The space on the homescreen of your mobile phone is some of the most valuable real estate in the world – worth a cool £1bn to app developers!
Here are the select few apps that have currently made it onto the homescreen of my Google Nexus 4 phone – they are, I suppose, my ‘£1bn apps’:
Capsule CRM – the best CRM solution ever! (also, a client (not biased, honest!))
Google Music – Liked Spotify but liking Google Play too. Helped by the fact its a couple of £’s per month cheaper for what appears to be pretty much the same range of music. Interface not quite as user-friendly as Spotify though and downloads seem to take longer…
Evernote – still hard to beat to capture those lists and thoughts. Google Keep has a long way to go IMHO.
Plume – Twitter interface. Not thrilled with it I must confess but it does the job. Free version (cheap-skate I know!) so I get those annoying adds. Wish there was better search capability.
DoggCatcher – my podcast hub. I listen to tonnes of podcasts so this app gets well used. A good app overall but I still miss Tunecast, an app I used to use on iOS (not available on Android as far as I am aware). Again, search facility is lacking in functionality.
Google+ – increasingly flicking to Google+ in preference to Plume (Twitter). I like the scrolling of the Google+ app and the visual qualities are great. My photos are automatically uploaded from my phone so its becoming an increasingly powerful and appealing hub. Watch this space.
Linkedin – Linkedin is an important source of contacts for my work so I use it a fair amount. The app is okay but is still no competition for the web.
Xero – our accounting package of choice. Loved by our clients. Loved by us.
Feedly – I mourned the day that Google Reader was disbanded but Feedly has picked up the reins well for my RSS feeds. Don’t dip in as often as I used to (not sure why really?) as the app has got better and better. Slick interface and good visuals.
Audible – I chew through audiobooks when on journeys in the car so this app is an absolute must for me. Fortunately it works well and allows for audiobooks to be purchased and downloaded directly through the app which is perfect (didn’t used to be possible).
Amazon Kindle – again, like Audible and DoggCatcher this is one well worn app on my homescreen. I’m surprised the glass isn’t wearing away where the app sits as I keep on clicking on it! App works well. Can click into Amazon Kindle store to add new ebooks (this functionality was removed by Apple on my iOS but not sure if this is still the case?). Love the way you can sample books plus the recommendations along the bottom of the screen. All very neat.
YouTube – enough said
Google Play Store – from where the fun and functionality is sourced!
Google Chrome – the browser of choice. Surely!
Lost track of what this is called? Google Hangouts / Talk / Chat – I’m lost! Anyhow, it seems to work well for texting and chat.
Gmail – works well. Easy to switch between accounts. Been toying with Boomerang. Any other suggestions?
What apps get onto your £1bn space on your phone? Which apps should I be testing?