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Share a Contact via SMS without any Attachment [#New App Android]

When it comes to contact then either we use the instant messengers to send or share the contact. We also share the contact through an e-mail which attaches the .vcf file or sometimes while following the most lengthy approach we open your contact book go to that particular contact copy his or her number and then paste it in the SMS to send to it any person.

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Actually the last way is the most general way to share a contact because SMS is the most general feature which is available on all the device. You might not find some of your friends on Whatsapp or BBM or Line Messenger but they will always be approachable through SMSs. But again this is most lengthy way to share a contact

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Today I will be sharing an application with you which will make it really quick for you to share a contact with an SMS (without attaching any attachment like vcf files). Once you open this application it will ask you to choose the contact which is to be shared and then you will select the medium via which it should be shared.

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Once the SMS option is selected it will take you to the new SMS screen where the contact number details of the contact will already be available there in the textbox. You will just have to enter the details of the contact to which it is being send and then the contact details of the person will go as a normal SMS (which is really a great part of this application).

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Android Tips

List Of Top Free Hand Sketching/Drawing Apps For Android and iOS

With the size of android gadgets getting bigger and bigger, users have started exploring new ways of how extensively these devices can be used. One of the recent trends that Android users have developed is of drawing and sketching. Users now, in their free time, like to try their artistic skills but for that you need some good sketching apps and in this post we will be talking about the same.

Skitch

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We will start with the free ones first. Skitch is a popular sketching and annotation app, which means you can either sketch from scratch or annotate an existing image. The app is from Evernote’s developers and to use it you need an Evernote account which can be created for free. The app is for basic users and does not feature hardcore drawing tools that is well justified by its price which is free.

Download: Android | iOS

Sketcher Free

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The next free app which is a little more advanced than Skitch is called Sketcher Free. And yes it is available for free. This lovely sketching app features 11 brushes, color picker and eraser, and lets you share them with your friends and family via email and MMS. That is for the free version, but if you want additional features such as adjustable canvas size and the ability to zoom, you can buy Sketcher PRO which is available for $1.99.

Download: Android

Paperless

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If you own a tablet and not a phone then this app is perfect for you. Paperless not only lets you sketch and paint with regular tools, but features water colors, feather, pencil and brushes too. There are a lot of customization options ranging from changing the thickness of the brush, size, opacity, and smoothing to picking your custom colors. Furthermore you can share your creations on Facebook, and the app also lets you save your work in PNG format.

Download: Android | iOS

Fresco Paint Pro

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The next feature rich sketching app is called Fresco Paint Pro. Described as a ‘mobile art studio for Android’, the application features a variety of brushes, filters and effects to help you come up with some pretty impressive art images. The app also has an autosave feature that saves your canvas in a timely manner while you are working on it and also lets you export them in Photoshop PSD format for further editing jobs. There is also a free version of the app called Fresco Paint Lite, which you an try before going for the pro version.

Download: Android

SketchBook Pro

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SketchBook Pro is the ultimate Android drawing app that comes with a range of professional sketching and painting  tools that includes 60 preset brushes, layer blending, and customizable brush settings. The interface is very intuitive and streamlined too, and thus is quite user friendly. The paid app could sound a little too expensive at $4.99, but there is also a free version available called SketchBook Express and you can try that before buying the ultimate Pro version.

Download: Android | iOS

Similar Applications

Some other noteworthy sketching and drawing apps are SketchBook Express and Infinite Design. iOS users can also look at ArtRage and Paper.

Conclusion

The aforementioned apps are available in both free and paid versions. So what we suggest is that you download the free versions of the respective apps, try them out and then go ahead with the paid ones. As far as our verdict is concerned, SketchBook Pro is definitely the ultimate app, not because of its pricing, but because of its features and ease of use.

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Android Tips

List Of Best Keyboard Apps For Android

As we all know there are endless possibilities when it comes to customizing your Android, and if we can install different launchers and icons, we can improve our typing experience for sure too. The stock keyboard available on Android is good enough for all applications but even that can be replaced with some better or I should faster keyboards available on the Google Play Store. In this post we will talk about some of the best keyboard apps available.

SwiftKey Keyboard

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To start with we have the SwiftKey which sits at the top of the pack. The layout of the keyboard is attractive and easy to use and features stellar next work prediction. If one is not comfortable typing through words he or she can also type by sliding his or her finger from letter to letter without lifting. Even if you are precise with sliding your fingers from one letter to the other, SwiftKey is capable enough to guess the correct time that you are trying to type. The app also features a split keyboard feature that works only in landscape mode.

Download: Android

TouchPal Keyboard

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The next strong contender in the list is TouchPal which offers both tap and slide-to-type functionality. The design is elegant too and comes with some unusual options, such as to switch to a compact T12 keyboard mode where multiple letters are shown on a single key. This is similar to what we used to see on mobile phones made a couple of years ago. The keyboard has the ability to suggest words based on the letters you are typing in. One very interesting feature is Twitter integration, which ones configured, lets you tweet directly from the keyboard by tapping an icon.

Download: Android

Swype Keyboard

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This is keyboard that popularized the swipe to type concept and in spite of new keyboard apps coming to the market, Swype still remains a strong contender. The swipe to type feature works flawlessly on this app and the accuracy is very impressive, with a next word prediction feature. Further Swype has a unique set of gesture based commands and also accepts freehand written text. For tablets this is greatly beneficial as users will be able to choose between the standard keyboard, a split-screen keyboard and even a small floating keyboard.

Download: Android

Thumb Keyboard

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Thumb keyboard is meant for users who are never happy with the default keyboard layout and want something as per their requirements. The keyboard is exceptionally customizable ranging from selecting your themes, to selecting your own backgrounds, changing colors of keyboard elements, setting up custom gestures, and much more. For thumb based typing, one can also switch to a split format that works better on large screen android gadgets.

Download: Android

A.I.type Keyboard Plus

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A.I.type keyboard is offers most of the features that the aforementioned keyboards do, however, the one feature that sets it apart is Float-n-Split mode. You must have guessed it by now, on large screened devices, the keyboard can be split in to two separate halves, each of which can be moved and resized independently. Secondary key functions are also available, and can be activated via long-presses. Furthermore, it boasts plenty of visual options such as themes, background images, etc.

Download: Android

Similar Applications

Some other noteworthy Android keyboard replacement apps are Smart Keyboard,  SlideIT and Shortcut Keyboard.

Conclusion

All the keyboards mentioned in the post are great and offer more than what you would expect. Being our job, we have mentioned the strong points of each of the keyboards and now it is you to decide which keyboard will suit your needs.

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Android Tips

List Of Top Floating Apps For Hardcore Multitasking On Android

The best part about Android OS, apart from its enormous file ecosystem, is the ability to multitask with apps. But at the same time multitasking can only be performed in the background and true desktop style multitasking is not what we have been seeing on Android. Having said that, there are a couple of good apps that can let you perform true multitasking with on your Android phone or tablet as they float on top of everything else on your screen.

Floating Browser

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Lets start with the first app which we think is quite useful. Browsing that something we all do all the time, whether we are using our desktop or our Android device. Floating Browser is a fully featured browser but its floating ability makes it extremely handy. It can float over any other currently running apps without affecting the these apps running in the background. It is resizable and fully supports tabbed browsing and bookmarking.

Download: Floating Browser For Android

GPlayer

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GPlayer as the name suggests, is a player but what sort? GPlayer is capable of playing videos in a floating window over other opened application. It is easily resizable and offers a handful of customizations for all types of users. It comes in handy especially when you are watching a movie and at the same talking about the same with your friends or family on an instant messenger or any of the social networking websites. The app comes with a built in file explorer so that you can browse to the videos you added and play them.

Download: GPlayer Video Player For Android

Tiny Apps

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Unlike the aforementioned apps that are serve just one purpose, Tiny Apps is a group of floating apps that can be used on top of other apps. It comes in two versions: Lite and Paid. The Lite version offers five apps: Notes, Sound Recorder, Paint, a Music Player, and a Calculator, while the paid one offers a floating browser and the ability to make any widget you have installed a floating app. This is very interesting as you can convert any regular widget into a floating one which makes it super convenient to multitask.

Download: Tiny Apps For Android (Lite)

Floating Notifications

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Facebook has added a new feature to their app, called Chat Heads which offer you the ability to text and message people via a floating ‘head’ on your screen. This is an extremely cool feature as you do not have to leave what you are doing and reply or read messages right then and there. If you are looking for a more powerful version of Facebook’s Chat Heads, you can install Floating Notifications that offers notifications for almost everything and also can be customized with tons of options. It comes with several themes too.

Download: Floating Notifications For Android (Trial)

LilyPad

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LilyPad is a great app for Android tablets. It sets up a floating interface for using several instant messaging services to chat with friends and family and saves you from the pain of switching back and forth. The app is extremely intuitive and and features gestures to minimize and hide specific chat windows. Free version of the app only supports Google Hangouts, but the paid version supports Facebook Messenger, AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and Jabber.

Download: LilyPad For Android

Conclusion

These are only five floating apps that we think would enhance your Android experience and would let you exploit this powerful OS. Beside these there are many other apps too, so we would suggest that you do try out the ones we mentioned above and let us know how helpful or painful they have been.

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List Of Essential Apps For Writers For Android and iOS

There was a a time when writing was done with the help of paper and pen but in the recent times the scenario has greatly changed. The modern writers are more keen on trying their hands not only scribbling through paper but also on technology. Yes, smartphones, tablets and PC have completely changed the way writers used to write and in the coming times it is only going to evolve. In this post we will talk about some apps that will help modern writers achieve greater productivity levels.

Evernote

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No, this is not just a note taking app. Evernote is probably the most useful tool for writers as it offers a comprehensive note-taking experience and can be synced between almost any device. There is a variety of data that can be created through Evernote, including text, images, voice recordings, documents and much more.  Further you can also organize notes by notebooks and tags, email notes and even share them with your friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter.

Download: Android | iOS

Springpad

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Springpad is another extremely useful app for writers. Other than the regular tasks like creating to-do lists, taking notes, recording voice reminders etc., the app also allows users to save content from the internet using the integrated web clipper, get useful tips, share your ideas, bookmark webpages and much more. As with Evernote, the data is synced with the servers and can be accessed from almost any device, making it convenient for writers to proceed with their ideas when they have time.

Download: Android | iOS

Draft

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Moving on from the free apps to one of the best paid apps for writers, we have Drafts. While Evernote and Springpad are used for noting down your ideas, Drafts is complete text editor and creator app. The basic features that a writer would require are easy to use interface, text formatting, word count, ability to change font and theme and instant synchronization. Gladly, Drafts offers the mentioned features and you would definitely like working on it.

Download: Android

Google Drive

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Evernote can be used to absolutely everything, but what about the non-text items such as photos or scanned documents? This is where Google Drive comes in handy. This cloud storage service offers enough space for writes to store all the non-text documents which could include images from the web, scanned documents, illustrations and more. Another very useful feature of Google Drive app is its scanner that generates excellent images.

Download: Android | iOS

JotterPad X

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We are covering JotterPad X in the last place but that does not affect its importance. Its is a five star rated app on the Google Play store and features a minimalist interface for both casual and creative writers. It’s perfect for writing essay, lyrics, news article, magazine and poems. Some other highlights of JotterPad X include undo, redo, night mode, finding phrase, pop up research (dictionary/thesaurus), auto-save, text styling and Markdown.

Download: Android

Similar Applications

Although the aforementioned apps are will offer enough features to writers for kickstarting with their new ideas, it is always helpful to add a few more applications that could prove useful for select users. Some similar apps worth considering are WunderList, MindJet, Writer and FreeNote.

Conclusion

This post is not about a particular type of apps and rather covered all the apps that are essential for writers. JotterPad X is definitely a great writing app and so is EverNote and Springpad but the latter ones differ in the sense that they offer rich media to be added along with text. My advice is to use EverNote, Springpad and Google Drive for noting down ideas while JotterPad for creating proper text files.

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Customize the Privacy Options of Hangouts on iOS and Android devices

On Google Plus anyone can invite you over a video Hangout or anyone can comment on your posts unless the privacy section is dealt particularly. Google Hangout application for iPhone and Android devices have the provision to control the privacy with which they followers or friends can interact with you Hangout either on the desktop or the applications for both the platforms. The screenshot and the tip has been mentioned for the Android devices, but the exact same steps can be used to do the same for the iPhone application as well.

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Open the application and then go to its Settings section. Now tap the Customize invites option.

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Privacy has been differentiated as per the circles affiliated to your Google Plus profile. Let’s say, Friends will directly invite you to the hangout session and you will just have to click the link to start the hangout, whereas in the case of other circles like entertainment the people will be able to send you an invitation for the Google Hangout on the acceptance of which the Hangout will start.

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Here hangout refers to both way to interaction, i.e. video and audio both. You can change the level of this invitation to the hangout for all the circles related to your profile.

If you are still facing lots of invitation on your profile then you can opt to snooze the notifications for the next 72 hours or you can go to the settings section and then uncheck the checkbox for the notifications for Hangout Invitations. This will save your phone from buzzing every time any tries to invite you to the Hangout.

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Android Tips

List Of Home Improvement Apps For Android and iOS

When one buys an unfurnished house for your family or yourself, the only and only thing he or she is concerned about is the interior. No matter what advise an interior designer gives to you, in the end it is about you to be satisfied with the look. Now there are people who do not get enough time to sit and design their house themselves, and instead hire a designer straightaway. But there are also a kind which relies more on their own ideas than going with what others say. For such people we are listing five home improvement and design apps that will help you come up with the best designs possible.

Houzz Interior Design Ideas

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Houzz is our first pick of the lot as it sports close to a million high resolution photos of interior design for some of the best ideas. You are also allowed to filter through this enormous photos database with categories like style, type of room, and location. After going through all the photos one can create his or her virtual diary of ideas and save them for offline viewing. Further you can share your saved ideas with your contractor.

Download: Android

My Dream Home Interior Design

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My Dream Home Interior Design features an inspirational design gallery of everyday spaces. The complete gallery consists of only high definition pictures and also supports live wallpapers. New HD interior images are added to the app on a regular basis and they can be shared to your friends and family via Facebook or Twitter.

Download: Android

Interior Design

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Interior Design claims to offer some of the best decorating inspirations for a lot many things. The app is filled with photos that not only provide inspiration for formal designs, but casual designs too. Whether the need is simple, small space or house interior, modern design, room, house interior or decoration, the app has got  enough photos that will help you find the inspiration you need.

Download: Android

Interior Design by FreeAndroApp

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Interior Design application is a simple,good and elegant collection of interior design images which come in handy when decorating your home with one of these designs. It includes designs for bathroom,bedroom, kitchen, and living room. There is also an option to mark selected images as favorites and then use them later on.

Download: Android

Interior Design Gallery

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The next interior design app is called Interior Design Gallery. This application is a good collection of interior designs for your bedroom, kitchen, and living room. The collection may not be as huge as what Houzz offers but they are definitely worth taking a look.

Download: Android

Similar Applications

If you feel the applications listed above are not enough, there are plenty of other alternatives too such as Interior Design, and Interior Design Ideas & Photos. For painting the walls inside of your home you can download BEHR ColorSmart, and if you are putting in a new carpet then the cost of that can be calculated using this calculator.

Conclusion

Though all the aforementioned apps are great in their own way, we pick Houzz as the best interior design app. There is a humongous amount of pictures that one can go through to draw inspiration and we liked the design too.

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List of Google Play Store Alternatives [Android]

When you want new apps for your Android device, the only and only place to look forward to is the Google Play Store app. But there are other alternatives out there in the market too which are worth taking a look at. In this post we will be talking about five best apps that are closest to the Google Play Store in terms of features and application database.

Amazon App Store

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Instead of starting off in a random order, we would consider the best Google Play alternative first. Amazon App Store is the best alternative to the Play store as it is neat, user friendly and offers a free app on a daily basis. Another unique feature that only Amazon App Store has is the Test Mode, wherein the app you wish to download can be tested on an emulator before you actually buy it. This avoids unnecessary purchases.

Download: Android

AppBrain

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AppBrain has been in existence for quite some time now and is a solid Google Play alternative. In fact many blogs provide AppBrain download links which clearly tells how popular it is. AppBrain consists of almost all the apps available on the Google Play store and is essentially the latter, but with a different skin. This app store alternative recommends you new apps,and also lets you manage and sync your settings and we really like it.

Download: Android

Fetch

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If there is an alternative to the Google Play store that is really fun to use and is equally innovative in terms of interface as the original Play store, it is Fetch. It is an extremely competent alternative and the main reason why we like it, is the ability to filter out your search results with an enormous amount of keywords: Meaning you would be able to search using almost any appropriate keyword. You can also narrow down the results by ranking, price, category, etc.

Download: Android

GO Launcher EX

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The app is essentially a home screen launcher app for Android, but with that comes packed an integrated Go Store featuring plenty of apps. The apps, obviously, are linked to the actual play store but the idea of getting the launcher and Play store alternative in a single app is itself quite interesting. There are various categories to filter your search results and the interface is simple to understand too.

Download: Android

GetJar

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GetJar is one of the strongest contenders in the list when it comes to downloading and trying apps that are less popular. When you download an android app from GetJar you are rewarded with gold coins, which can further be used for in-app purchases. This is an encouraging feature and beneficial for both developers and users. The major downside of this app is that it does not have categories.

Download: Android

Other Alternatives

Although the aforementioned Play store alternatives are more than enough for all sorts of users, but other apps like AppsFire, F-Droid and Opera Browser (yes it does have an in-built app store) are also worth considering.

Conclusion

Of all the apps listed above, the best that we can pick is Fetch and Amazon App Store and for a change there are really good.

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Best Apps Lists

Top Five Apps of The Week For iOS and Android

Welcome to our “top apps of the week” series. In this series, every week we share few handpicked applications that are worth deserving your attention. The list contains apps for your android as well as iOS devices. We prefer to list out the apps which are free but also don’t avoid the ones which have the price worth its features.

For now read on the top apps that we selected to feature in this week’s issue.

Soundwave [iOS]

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Soundwave is one of the rarest apps that marries social media with music. The app provides you a feed which is populated with what your friends are listening. Then you can tap that song to further share, preview or listen. The big advantage is you are out of the pain to search that particular song which your friends are listening. The app also lets you follow your favourite celebrities.

Download : iOS (Free)

SloPro [iOS]

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SloPro for iOS is one app that lets you record videos from your iOS device at extremely slow speed. The app comes in lite as well as pro version which costs not more than $4. Easily capture the video, edit it on your device itself and share across multiple platforms. The app in our tests worked like breeze. (Read more.)

Download : iOS (Free)

Explore Shakespeare [iOS]

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If you are interested in any of the plays of Shakespeare, this app is for you. With illuminating visuals, the Shakespeare’s best-loved plays are amazingly presented on your iPad. However for free you can only view the initial scenes of his best-loved plays. For the full version you will have to however spend few bucks.

Download : iOS (Free)

Xbox Music [Android]

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Though it is little late but still better. The free app by Microsoft is Xbox Music cloud/streaming music service. You can do all what a cloud streaming music application does but cant stream it prior for offline download.

Download : Android (Free)

Simplenote [Android]

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The app is by the company who created WordPress, Automattic. The app is fairly minimalistic in approach and has a basic idea of organising your notes through out the devices.

Download : Android (Free)

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List Of On-The-Go-Shopping Apps For Android and iOS

Shopping is something that humans have been doing since ages, and in the 21st century it has only become more convenient. Convenience, not because of the introduction of new and trustworthy ecommerce websites, but because of the fact that now one can shop anything at any time through your iPhone and Android smartphone. In this post we will list the top 5 shopping apps for your iPhone and Android device.

eBay

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To start with the list, we have one of the most popular websites, eBay. The app is around for quite some time now and lets you manage purchases and inventory straight from your Android and Apple device. The interface is well optimized for mobile screens and offers the same experience as on the desktop version of the website. Using the app you can buy, bid, or make offers, and also track shipments. Also you will be able to save your searches, compare items and leave feedback.

Download: Android | iOS

Amazon

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The next big contender in the shopping app list is Amazon. The official app has been recently received major UI updates and looks neater now. Shoppers can scan barcodes, search using snaps, compare prices, check availability, track orders and much more. Users can browser by department to narrow down searches, and are also offered with daily Lightning Deals.

Download: Android | iOS

Craiglist

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Craiglist Android and iOS app allows users to search and post ads as immediately as they would from the desktop version of the website. Users can preview posts, share posts with friends, or contact the poster of the ad via email using the app. The design is simple and easy to understand and will not disappoint you.

Download: Android | iOS

Groupon

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If you are always looking for good deals and hardly go for a product that is not offered at a discounted price, then Groupon is the best app for you. The app offers unbeatable deals with discounts ranging between 50 % and 90 %. There are many categories such as dining, spas, fitness, and also you will get to know about deals in your locality. The deals can be shared with friends and family.

Download: Android | iOS

LivingSocial

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Users who like to get deals on spas, gyms, and more, should consider LivingSocial too. They offer discounts ranging between 50% to 90 % which is one of the highlights and there is also an interesting feature wherein if you buy a deal and you get three of your friends to buy the same deal, your deal becomes free.

Download: Android | iOS

Other Alternatives

Some other noteworthy shopping apps are Etsy, RetailMeNot, and The Coupons App. Walgreens App is another decent alternative.

Conclusion

People are always looking at buying products and do not care about deals should definitely try eBay, whereas if you are a deals-lover, go ahead with Groupon.