5 great Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t
Top-5 Android Apps
Apple’s mobile platform is quite capable, especially with the additions Apple has made recently in iOS 6 and iOS 7. Developers now have more access than ever to software features that had previously been off limits, and the latest round of apps has introduced plenty of great new functionality to iPhones and iPads as a result. But the simple truth is that there are still tons of amazingly useful things Android devices can do that the iPhone and other iOS devices simply cannot.
Some missing features may be introduced in future versions of iOS while others many never arrive, thanks mainly to Apple’s strict guidelines that developers must follow. I’m fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on your viewpoint) in that I carry an iPhone 5s as well as an Android phone with me all the time, but most iPhone users simply don’t have access to all of this great functionality.
So, what awesome stuff are iPhone users missing?
There’s plenty out there — in fact, feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments below — but here are five great Android apps designed to add terrific functionality to Android devices that the iPhone and iPad just can’t have.
Created by Apps & Zerts, Inc., Cover Lock Screen is a fantastic app that completely replaces the lock screen on your Android smartphone. The app learns which apps you use most in various locations you frequent, and it makes them easily accessible with no user intervention.
“No more fumbling through screens of apps to find the one you’re looking for,” the app’s website explains. “Cover learns when and where you use different apps and puts them on your lockscreen for easy access.”
The app uses location and motion data to determine if a user is at home, at work or even driving in a car, and rearranges the apps available on the lock screen to meet the needs of each situation. For example, mapping and navigation apps might be presented to the user while driving, and then email, calendar and other productivity apps will take center stage at work.
Simply put, this great app just isn’t possible to make for iOS devices.
“Cover is built exclusively for Android – it couldn’t have been built on any other mobile platform,” Cover’s creators explained. “Android’s openness allows Cover to rethink how a phone should behave and improve core features.”