The Top 10 Apps of 2019 that will Change Your Life Forever

From brain training workouts to keep your cognitive function fighting fit in later years, to a language app that claims to have you fluent in Hebrew or Swahili in less than a day and a half, Fritha Sutherland scours the web to bring you ten of the best life-changing android apps for 2019


1. BBC GOOD FOOD

BBC Good Food app offers a substantial database of more than 10,000 recipes. Select, rate and save user-submitted recipes, as well as tested recipes from the BBC Good Food team and celebrity chefs. Simple, step-by-step guides keep you on track in the kitchen.

2. MY FITNESS PAL
MyFitnessPal is a handy all-in-one calorie counter and exercise tracker to help you reach your health goals, whether that be losing, gaining or maintaining weight. You can sync your workouts with other apps and use the barcode scanner to quickly log food consumption. Choose from 350+ exercises or create your own exercises and workouts.

3. OTTER
Otter voice notes is a smart, innovative, automatic note-taking app that empowers you to remember, search, and share your voice conversations (for English only). With 600 free minutes every month, it’s a steal! Otter creates smart voice notes that combine audio, transcription, speaker identification, inline photos and summary keywords. It helps business people, journalists and students be more focused, collaborative and efficient in meetings, interviews, lectures, and other important conversations.

4. GRAMMARLY KEYBOARD
Grammarly Keyboard is the handy app that corrects your grammar and spelling mistakes. The keyboard integrates smoothly with all those popular apps you use on your mobile device. It’s simple to set up. Job done!

5. DOODLE
Doodle takes away the headache of getting everyone together for an event, party or meeting. Conflicting schedules and the pinging of emails or text messages back and forth until you find a date and time that everyone agrees is often frustrating. To relieve the stress of planning and avoid tearing your hair out, let Doodle do the legwork. All you need to do is to suggest a number of suitable times and invite participants to select (by a voting poll) their preferences. Your recipients don’t even need the app or an account to participate!

6. GOOGLE DRIVE
Google Drive safely stores and syncs all your files to enable you to access them across all your devices no matter where you are. Here’s some of what you can do: set access levels for who can view, comment, or edit; enable viewing of files offline; use your device camera to scan in paper documents; access pictures and videos from Google Photos; plus loads more.

7. FLIPBOARD
Flipboard is a fantastic app for keeping abreast of what’s going on in the world. It’s on trend magazine-style design brings you the latest news headlines, videos, podcasts and media that matter to you the most. Access articles from thousands of publishers around the world. Become your own publisher and collect stories around specific themes and add them to personal magazines.

8. LIBBY
Libby (by OverDrive) places your local library books at your fingertips with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks available to borrow at an instant…and for free. All you need is your local library card and to sign into a library on the Libby app. Libby has an innovative built-in ebook reader and a beautiful audiobook player, but if you prefer you can send books to your Kindle for reading. Your loans, holds, reading positions, bookmarks and notes are synchronised automatically across all your devices. The app is supported by more than 30,000 libraries worldwide.

9. DUOLINGO
Duolingo is the must-have app if you are looking to learn another language. The interface may look cartoon-like but users find the gamer-style, bite-sized language lessons bring fast results. The app currently supports the following languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Hebrew, Welsh and English. It most recently added Swahili and Romanian. Fully interactive, 34 hours of Duolingo are equivalent to a semester of university-level education.

10. PEAK
Peak is a fun, brain training workout using brain games and puzzles made in partnership with leading universities to challenge memory, language and critical thinking to keep your mind active. Workouts take a mere 10 minutes and new challenges await you every day. The app currently has 45 brain games to choose from.