Our Android phones have more computing power than NASA had when they put a man up on the moon. There are some things they should be able to do, but they don’t. I posted on Facebook asking people what they wished their phones would do, and I got some answers.
The answer that showed up the most was the desire for contact management – merging duplicate contacts and organizing them correctly. That actually exists. Go Contacts EX is a free app that claims to do it. I haven’t checked it out yet, but it looks promising and the reviews are good overall.
Other possible apps that people mentioned:
- An app that would allow you to remotely turn a phone from silent to ringtone (when you’ve lost it, or when you absolutely must reach your spouse, kid, or ambulance driver).
- An app that, as soon as you leave the office, analyzes traffic conditions and tells your wife when to expect you home.
- A diet app, but not an ordinary diet app. This app would take the pictures of your food (that you’re constantly uploading to Facebook anyway), analyze them for calorie count, and keep a running tally. It would also integrate with a program like Endomondo to track how much you’ve burned off over the course of the day with exercise.
- One of our religious friends who prays several times a day wanted a prayer game. The game would remind him to pray at the set times, and award him points whenever he prayed on time. The points would allow him to advance levels, and at each level, there would be some sort of badge or reward.
- Personally, I need a lie detector on my phone. Sometimes, people tell me things and I really want to trust them, but it just doesn’t seem like they’re being straight with me. I wish I could just pull out my phone, record them, and know the truth.
What apps would you like to see?