Android apps of the day [March 30, 2012]

Android has over 450,000 apps. With so many apps out there, app discovery (aka finding new and useful apps) is extremely difficult. With our Android Apps of the Day initiative, dotTech aims to change that. Everyday we post three apps, allowing our readers to discover new apps, daily. Enjoy! [Subscribe to our Android section to never miss an article: RSS Feed | E-mail]

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Apps for March 30, 2012

Smart Lock (App/Media)

Smart Lock is an app locker that allows you to restrict access to your apps using a lock pattern or a four digit pin code. What makes Smart Lock different than other app lockers are the features it has in addition to locking apps. What features, you ask? Well in addition to locking apps, Smart Lock can: “fake crash” apps making whoever opens the app think the app crashed; protect media files; allows for recovery of pin code using a question and answer; has the ability to hide itself from the app tray/launcher; can lock internal/USB storage; chose specific apps to lock only on Monday-Friday or Monday-Saturday and/or during specific hours of the day; and more. There appears to even be a feature to protect contacts which will be added in future versions.

Smart Lock Free (App/Media) is fully functionality and free but is ad-supported. Smart Lock (App/Media) is paid and ad-free.

Price: Free, $2.40

Version discovered: v3.7.8

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 1.7 MB

Smart Lock Free (App/Media) on Play Store | Smart Lock (App/Media) on Play Store

What2Do – To do list manager

What2Do is a to-do list manager with a twist. Unlike traditional to-do list managers, with What2Do users do not create a list of what they need to do. Rather, with What2Do users can schedule tasks to automatically happen. Tasks that can be schedule with What2Do are: Sounds an alarm; send an SMS (text message); make a call; send an e-mail; run an app; send a file via e-mail; put device on silent mode; take device off silent mode; turn on airplane mode. Tasks are schedule to happen at a specific time and can be schedule to happen daily, on one specific date, or on specific days of the week

Take note because of the nature of what the app does, What2Do requests sensitive and potentially dangerous app permissions such as send SMS messages, directly call phone numbers, read contact data, and more. Plus in order to use the e-mail feature you must enter your Gmail username and password into the app. If you are not comfortable with giving What2Do these permissions and/or entering your Gmail username and password, don’t get What2Do. Personally speaking, I’m not comfortable with giving What2Do the permissions it requests nor with entering my Gmail username and password; as such, I won’t personally be keeping the app after I am done testing What2Do. dotTech and Ashraf are not responsible for any gain or harm incurred by downloading What2Do.

Price: Free

Version discovered: v1.1

Requires: Android 1.6 and up

Download size: 1.7 MB

What2Do – To do list manager on Play Store

Do it (Tomorrow)

Are you one of those people that just can’t schedule events days, weeks, or months in advance yet still desire an app to help you keep track of stuff you need to do? Like What2Do, Do it (Tomorrow) is another to-do list manager with a twist. Instead of allowing you to schedule tasks, events, etc. in advance, Do it (Tomorrow) is specifically designed for people who want to focus on today… with the ability to push off tasks until tomorrow.

With Do it (Tomorrow) users create simple tasks lists for “Today” and “Tomorrow”. These lists are very simple and don’t involve any sort of scheduling or reminders — they are akin to the types of lists you would wrote for yourself on paper: you simply type in the tasks you want to have done. When a task has been completed, tapping on it marks it out indicating it has been finished. If, for whatever reason, you do not do a task today, with a click of a button you can push that task off until tomorrow (i.e. send it to the “Tomorrow” list); and vice versa, if you really want to be diligent. (Tasks on the lists can also be completely deleted or reordered.) As the next day arrives, the “Today” list goes away with the “Tomorrow” list taking its place and a new empty list for “Tomorrow” appearing. If you would like the ability to sync your lists across devices, you can sync through Do it (Tomorrow)’s free web version http://tomorrow.do/.

Do it (Tomorrow) is free with the option to buy small, medium, and large widgets for $0.99 each or all three widgets for $2.25 via in-app purchases.

Price: Free, $2.25

Version discovered: v1.6.0

Requires: Android 2.1 and up

Download size: 1.9 MB

Do it (Tomorrow) on Play Store

dotTechies: We have tested all the apps listed above. However, Android Apps of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new apps. Always use your best judgement when downloading apps, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing paid apps, if applicable.

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