Android apps of the day [July 31, 2012]

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Apps for July 31, 2012

Notification History

You get a million notifications a day. Obviously that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point: every day, you’re flooded with notifications left and right: email! Text! Calls! Voicemail! Downloads! Notification History is a free, ad-supported app that lets you keep track of, and act on, your notifications.

After tracking notifications for a while, you can re-enter the app. You’ll notice it’s been populated with a list of all applications you’ve gotten notifications from, and if you open one of these from the list, it details the specific notifications.

This allows you to make more informed decisions: you can uninstall the app that pushed the ads, you can turn Gmail to fetch every 30 minutes to get fewer email notifications, and you can disable certain apps you just don’t want. Overall, Notification History is a very nice app for managing your system’s notifications.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.5.2

Requires: Android 2.2+

Download size: 649KB

Notification History on Play Store

MyScript Calculator

“Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.”

–Steve Jobs, 2007

Though Steve Jobs was talking about his new slab of glass and plastic, he could well have been talking about MyScript Calculator. It’s an absolutely brilliant and beautiful calculator that throws away everything you know about the clunky devices and replaces it with a beautiful blank screen.

The magic of MyScript is that you simply draw the equation you want. It doesn’t do anything too fancy–don’t do your Calculus homework with it–but it makes solving Algebra as easy as can be. It supports +, -, ×, /, ?, Pi, and parentheses, allowing you to do most everything you do during most days of the week. You can also just scratch out numbers and symbols you don’t want.

Here’s a short video showing off the beauty and elegance of MyScript Calculator:

This is definitely an app you should download, and it’s even one that deserves constant showing off. This is truly a beautiful, useful app.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0.1

Requires: Android 2.1+

Download size: 2.9MB

MyScript Calculator on Play Store

Super Calculator (Beta)

Looking for an app to calculate various formulas? Super Calculator Beta may be the app for you, but be warned it’s not the most stable app of all time. It supports currently a short list of built-in equations, including some geometry, some algebra, and a little physics.

With Super Calculator, you just select the formula you’re going to use and enter the known values in. It automatically calculates the remaining point. It’s not terribly useful, but is a cool proof of concept. It current supports the Quadratic formula, the Pythagorean theorem, the distance formula, exponents, Fahrenheit/Celsius conversion, nuclear fusion, and volume of a sphere.

Super Calculator really isn’t all that useful yet, but it definitely feels like it has potential. The ability to add custom formulas, while complicated, would increase this app’s usefulness exponentially.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.1.1

Requires: Android 2.2+

Download size: 397KB

Super Calculator (Beta) 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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