Inkitt

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Inkitt REVIEW :: APP DESCRIPTION

Inkitt allows users to discover, read and save free books and novels

Inkitt :: Features

Users can find books and novels by categories – horror, fantasy, erotica, sci-fi, action, adventure, mystery, romance, thriller, humor, drama, poetry and other categories

InkittInkitt aims to provide personalized novels with users selection of  favorite genres.

Based on users selection, recommended novels can be found under ‘Recommended For You’ section. Users can also subscribe to Classics, Top New Picks, Weekly Suggestions for updates and notifications

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Users can rate books/novels on its plot, writing style, grammar & punctuation and provide a text feedback detailing their experience, and also read reviews submitted by other users

Inkitt provides readability and download options

In terms of readability, Inkitt users are provided with options to change background to White, Black (Nightowl) and Off-White (Egg Shell) colors. Users can also change the font size as well

Users can download novels/books for offline reading

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Share novels with their friends through social media sharing capabilities

Move to specific chapters or sections of novels from where you may have left reading

Inkitt :: Improvement Areas

Some of the books/novels may be Work in Progress

The search functionality does not auto-suggest, and users may face difficulty in finding their novels if they miss words or spell incorrectly

Users may face some performance lags

Other Notable Points:

  • Company’s mission is to ensure fair publishing and objectivity for authors; and have published 7 multiple novels since July’16, 6 of which became best sellers on Amazon CREDIT: DBW
  • Half a million stories have been read, since the company’s launch in 2015 CREDIT: DBW

Final Thoughts:

With FREE books/novels model and a user-friendly interface, Inkitt has the potential be a standout in the crowd 

Moftare Rating: 3.75/5

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With countless Software and Applications in this Digital World, it becomes increasingly difficult to select the best Software or Application.

Moftare is dedicated to simplifying user experience on various devices. Moftare will help users understand the Android Apps Landscape and choose the best tailored to their needs.

Moftare – Find & Review Top Android Apps!

With countless Software and Applications in this Digital World, it becomes increasingly difficult to select the best Software or Application.

Moftare is dedicated to simplifying user experience on various devices. Moftare will help users understand the Android Apps Landscape and choose the best tailored to their needs.

FoodT App Review

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FoodT App REVIEW :: APP DESCRIPTION

FoodT (Food Trainer) is a Food App developed by a team from Exeter and Cardiff Universities to inhibit users from responding to foods or drinks ‘that they would like to consume less of’

FoodT App Review :: How it works?

  • Users are asked a series of questions such as Age, Height, Weight, diet, resistance to eat etc. etc. to understand the change in behavior to eat/drink before and after this training. After a month, users are again asked these questions to measure changes in variability

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  • Users then play a game wherein Food, Drinks and non-food items such as Stationary Items are shown and users have to tap when the item has green boundary and withhold when there is a red boundary on the item

The inclusion of non-food pictures is to make the game a little less predictable. Including these kinds of pictures actually helps the brain to learn the unhealthy food = stop associations

FoodT Review

Better the FoodT score you get, more is your resistance power towards unhealthy foods

FoodT App Review :: Features

  • FoodT App users can schedule reminders to get reminded of going through this brain training exercise

Developers suggest to play FoodT when you are alone, in a quiet environment, and before a meal to maximize its effects

  • Includes documentation about the App, Rules and Customization
  • Users can choose up to three categories of unhealthy food for personalized content during the game
  • FoodT App also provides Stats and Analysis with Scores, Speed, Accuracy, Usage to help users monitor their progress towards achieving their Diet goals

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Other Notable Points:

  • FoodT App is based on a trial which involved 83 adults who completed 4 sessions of food training (or a non-food control training) online. According to developers, After one week, participants had lost an average of 0.7 kg and consumed 220 kcal less a day

Final Thoughts:

FoodT is a brain training Food App that aims to reduce your weight by reducing your craving for unhealthy foods such as junk or alcohol.

Dr. Natalia Lawrence, a cognitive neuroscientist with a background in experimental psychology, behavioral neuroscience and clinical research said “It’s a tool to help people make healthier choices. In an age where unhealthy food is so abundant and easily available and obesity is a growing health crisis, we need to design innovative ways to support people to live more healthily. We are optimistic that the way this app is devised will actually encourage people to opt for healthy food such as fruit and vegetables rather than junk food.”

As interesting an idea it seems, it would be even more interesting to understand its impact

Moftare Rating: 4/5

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Android Auto Review

Android Auto Review

ANDROID AUTO REVIEW :: APP DESCRIPTION

Android Auto is an Automobile Dashboard App which enables users to make or receive calls, read or send messages, get directions or play music while they drive

Android Auto Review :: App Features

  • Users can mount Android Auto into their Vehicle screen through Bluetooth Connectivity
  • The home screen includes the Music Player, your saved places for Navigation and the Calling interface

Android Auto

  • Includes integration with Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and other popular music apps. Below is the list of some of the other popular apps supported with Android Auto:
    • Hangouts
    • Tunein Radio
    • WhatsApp
    • Wechat
    • Skype

Android Auto includes compatibility with essential music apps on your phone

  • Includes Voice Assistant (‘Ok Google’) to help users make calls, send messages, get directions, set reminders or ask questions

Android Auto Review

Auto-reply message (“I’m driving right now) is sent to users if they try to make a call or send messages

Other Notable Points:

  • On 15th November 2016, Facebook announced that Facebook Messenger would be integrated with Android Auto to enable users to read Facebook messages as well. This was announced on the heels of Android Auto update on 7th November making the App compatible with every car
  • Android Auto starts automatically when the device is paired with your Car’s Bluetooth network

Android Auto Review :: Improvement Area

Performance of Android Auto can be improved with concerns about slowness and crashes popular among users at the moment

Final Thoughts:

Since its launch in June 2014, Android Auto received mixed reactions and was under the wraps until a series of updates after 7th November 2016 update which made users interested again with improved compatibility and features.

Positive changes have started to flow but there is still a gap among users with Performance and Compatibility issues. Android Auto would have to continue to upgrade and improve in order to get Best-In-Class Infotainment Tag

Moftare Rating: 3/5


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Linkedin Learning

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Description:

Linkedin Learning is a resource platform which provides courses and video tutorials on different subjects.

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Linkedin Learning – Features:

  • A typical course would include two sections – Overview & Contents. The overview section covers the background of the subject, instructors profile, and recommendations of what other courses you can cover. The Contents section would include videos indexed by topics, for instance, if you are looking for Finance courses, the content section would include videos on ‘What is finance’, understanding the fundamentals of finance and so on.

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  • Users can download an entire course or individual videos so that they can watch them even when the device is not connected to the internet and enables them to scroll video as per their needs
  • At the end of every chapter, you need to clear quiz that pertains to that particular chapter. The quiz typically contains objective questions
  • Recommended courses are provided by Linkedin Learning on their selected skill enhancement preferences. For instance, if you selected research as a skill you want to excel, courses like ‘Qualitative Market Research’, ‘Writing research papers’ etc. would be suggested in the form of feeds

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  • All Courses are categorized under three backgrounds – Business, Creative, and Technology
  • Users are provided with sorting and filtering options to narrow down their search of right course. You can filter courses by Level – Beginner/Advanced, by type of resource – Course/Video or by duration of the Course/Video

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Other Notable Points:

  • Some of the video content is sourced through Lynda which comes at the back of Lynda’s acquisition by Linkedin for $1.5 billion
  • Linkedin Learning went live with ~9,000 courses
  • User should be a premium linkedin subscriber. The subscription starts from $21/month and is billed annually

Improvement Area:

It is critical in today’s world that users not only master courses through resources, but also interact with each other on topics that are relevant. Linkedin Learning is definitely useful in identifying and mastering skills through videos and quizzes, but one aspect they can think of adding could be creating communities to enable users interact, follow or share emotions. This will help users to not only master skills better but also educate them about new opportunities in the market

Final Thoughts:

Linkedin Learning is a simple, intuitive and an expert driven platform, and with Lynda’s resources, it can help users in getting trained on various skills.

Ryan Roslansky, Vice President, Product at LinkedIn, commented:

“We know the useful shelf life of professional skills has shrunk to less than five years. There is a critical need to help people acquire new skills through a highly personalised, data-driven and engaging learning experience. And we couldn’t be more thrilled to fill this need with LinkedIn Learning.”

Moftare Rating: 4/5


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Google Trips

Key Facts

Launch Date19th September 2016

App Type – Travel

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Description:

Google Trips is a Travel app which allows users to help them plan their trips by providing information about places to visit (day/night), restaurants/food & drinks attractions, transport, shops/malls, currency, the internet and other important information to make travelers familiar with their destination

Google Trips

Google Trips Features:

  • Allows users to plan and visit places through ‘Things to do’ section which has places by Local Favorites, Historical, Art, Museums, Indoors, Outdoors, Kid Friendly, Farther Away etc. Users can also look at all the places under A-Z places tab
    • Tip – Tap the star button on these places and revisit with ‘Saved places’ section
    • Places can be viewed in two modes – The List Mode and the Map Mode

Google Trips

  • If you want to visit places during the Daytime, a section called ‘Day plans’ can help you with that. Suggested places with their timings, distance, and other details are available here
    • Users can filter places by time of the day – Morning/Afternoon/Full Day with an option to select the day of the week (Mon – Sat)
  • The ‘Food & Drink’ section will help you go out for Eat & Drink and has details about various cuisines – Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Seafood etc. and ‘Top Spots’ can be found here. Top Spots are further categorized by budget, type of food/drinks, timings for user to visit places basis their needs

Food & Drink

FEATURES CONTD…

  • Flight, Hotel, car rental information is automatically synced with your Gmail
  • To know information about Airport, Local Public Transport, Taxi, or about Walking/Biking in the city, there is a section called ‘Getting around’ which includes details about how to move from & to the Airport?, what forms of public transport are available?, what are the local taxi charges and its whereabouts?, parking lots, walking/biking conditions
  • Lastly, but definitely not the least, Google Trips provides information on Hospitals, Emergencies, Shopping Malls, Currency and the Internet with their ‘Need to know’ section

Need to know

Other Notable Points:

  • Google claims to have Travel guides for more than 200 cities
  • Offline mode – download cities and operate Google Trips without network
  • The interface is user-friendly

What it lacks:

  • Currently, users cannot manually add Travel reservations (flight, hotel etc.)
  • Cannot sort/filter places, events etc on the basis of reviews, distance, money

Final Thoughts:

In an interview, Richard Holden, Vice President of product management, Google said

“WE REALLY NEED TO HELP CONSUMERS WHEN THEY’RE ACTUALLY AT THEIR DESTINATION”

Google Trips competes with likes of TripIt: Travel Organizer, Gogobot and others, and includes features such as real-time sync, offline mode, combines all kinds of information that may be required when we travel that can give these Apps a run for their money!

Moftare Rating: 4/5


Yahoo Newsroom

Yahoo Newsroom

Yahoo Newsroom Key Facts

Rebranding Date – 4th October 2016

App Type – News

Yahoo Newsroom


Description:

A catalog of stories (they call it ‘Vibes‘) with options to react (message/like) and share thoughts (post your own story or comment on other stories)

FEATURES
  • Plethora of news categories from various sources (Business Insider, CNBC, Good Morning America etc.)

Yahoo Newsroom Categories

  • Recommends news (they call it ‘My Feeds‘) based on selected categories and app usage
  • Sleek User Interface
  • Message (they call it ‘react’)/like stories to interact with other users
    • Includes an option to add GIF to express emotions along with text while reacting to news/stories

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  • Users can post their thoughts on stories or create their own story with recommended categories (provides a search ability to categorize thoughts based on relevant existent Vibes)
  • Push Notifications on recommended stories
WHAT YOU MAY NOT LIKE:
  • There are too many categories; there is a search option, but inclusion of sub-categories would help users relate better
  • Users may face some network lags
  • Includes sponsored ads; these advertisements do not have a distinguished visualization and users may confuse these ads with their feeds

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  • Users cannot have their own avatar (image). The First letter of your name is used as your avatar when you interact with other users on stories

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  • Not supported Globally

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Yahoo has made significant updates in re-branding the app to make it more interactive, user-friendly and personalized (manages feeds based on usage behavior)

I see this as Reddit for the masses

-Yahoo’s senior Vice President of Publishing Products, Simon Khalaf, told Mashable

Although the App has some scope of improvements and we may see those in upcoming updates, this is still a good re-invent nonetheless.

Moftare Stars: 3.75/5


Google Allo

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Google Allo Key Facts

Launch Date

9th September 2016

Google Allo (App Type)

Google Allo App Type

Description:

A communication app which allows users to send messages to users and groups

Features:

  • Send messages, pictures, videos, location
  • Includes Google Assistant for Chat, Quiz, Games, Weather, News, Restaurant details etc.

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  • Private (Incognito) & Group Chat Mode - Incognito mode allows users to chat privately with encryption that enables chat to be only seen by the sender and recipient but the data is stored on users device which is different from incognito in Chrome (browsing data is not stored)

Google Allo

  • Sticker packs for sharing emoticons

What it lacks:

Google has come up with its own version of Somewhat WhatsApp, but it needs to go a long way to compete with WhatsApp.

  • Although it assists users with useful information such as restaurants, movie timings etc, Users cannot share documents, audio, contacts
  • Limited flexibility in configuring privacy, network and account settings at the moment
  • Incognito in Allo is different from Incognito in Chrome. This may mislead users

With concerns around being still in Beta mode and users/experts reported the App as not a polished version, We can expect significant updates in Google Allo

Moftare Rating: 3/5