A recent study undertaken by Microsoft Corporation and published by the BBC revealed that in certain cases, goldfish have longer attention spans than that of the average human. Loss of concentration can start after 8 seconds, and is thought to be the result of a digitalised lifestyle. Interestingly the ability to multitask is statistically higher than ever!
An average adult spends about 90 minutes a day on a phone which makes up 23 days a year. Browsing social media pages, internet, and mobile games are becoming the most common reasons we are dependant on our phones. According to eMarketer, by 2019 the time spent on mobile devices will grow to 2h 14 minutes a day. In an environment full of various distractions, some more useful than others, intellectual stimulation is vital. Since we spend more time on our smartphones, why not make every minute count? Acquire a new skill and get entertained along the way. This week Osmii is attending one of the most exciting events in mobile app industry – App Growth Summit in Berlin. Inspired by the atmosphere Osmii has picked ten enticing mobile applications for Android and iOS that will make sure you’ve invested your time wisely!
Perhaps, the most popular smartphone app for mastering a new language. A user can practice reading, writing and listening in a gaming form. A wide range of languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Greek, Norwegian, Hebrew and many others. Designed for those who always wanted to learn a new language but never knew where to start.
For those who are interested in learning an Asian language, Lingodeer would be the best pick. Lingodeer is also an educational application for learning a foreign language. The app offers 2,000 most frequently used words and phrases up to the intermediate level, covered in 60+ units and 150+ lessons for each of 4 available languages.
- Vocabulary Builder from Magoosh
Magoosh is vocabulary building game that can add to your daily speech up to 1200 new words. The app offers basic, intermediate and advanced vocabulary sections. Like most of the learning + fun apps, a user has to beat levels to unlock new words. For those who want to improve writing skills, it is an absolute must-have.
Learning an instrument is a task that requires time, energy and patience. Yousician is perfect for those who are determined to learn to play an instrument. The educational process is based on step-by-step tutorials followed by fun challenges. Besides, Yousician evaluates performance and can give instant feedback. Seasoned music teachers can improve students’ engagement during group or a private lesson.
Less than a month ago, Google internal incubator, Area 120 released Grasshopper in to the wild. Grasshopper is not the first in a market of learn-to-code apps, however, one of breaking ground. The app is designed to teach a user core concepts of coding via series of small animated puzzle games. Grasshopper has high ratings on both Google Play and iTunes, and there is no question why- every detail is thought of. Overall, it is a perfect app for those, who want to determine whether coding is their true call or not.
- StarMap 3D+
StarMap 3D+ is a portable star atlas for those with a bug for astronomy regardless of the experience. With this app, a user can identify visible planets, stars, constellations, star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae based on time and location. Besides this StarMaps 3d+ stores information about over 100,000 stars, all 88 modern constellations, 6,441 deep sky objects and the real-time position of 150+ satellites. An essential tool for worldly sky watchers.
There is a vast variety of brain training apps on the market, but NeuroNation stands out. NeuroNation is honored with Google ‘Best Apps of the year’ and “LEONARDO,” the Health Award for Digital Prevention supported by the Federal Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and Research. Engaging gameplay includes 28 exercises and seven courses aimed to sharpen users mind. Essential for those who want to take cognitive performance to the whole new level.
Chemistry is an astonishing science but deciphering the formulas is a complex task. Luckily, there is an app that will solve this dilemma. ChemistryLab turned organic chemistry mechanisms into a fun game. Helpful accomplice for chemical student and an entertaining exercise for chemistry lovers.
- Quiz up
Everyone once in their life played trivia or even participated in a Pub Quiz. Next app has millions of players and over 1000 of topics to choose from. Quiz Up also allows creating quizzes on any subject of choice. One significant disadvantage – it is highly addictive!
- AP World History Exam Prep
AP World History Exam Prep for those who have a passion for learning. The application contains 700+ flashcards that cover periods from prehistoric times to modern days. The software is designed to aid user’s self- quizzing and besides, provide feedback. A student will massively gain from conveniently organized card decks, accordingly to the college board. Those with enthusiasm for history – will get to appreciate the fantastic content and user-friendly interface.
At Osmii we believe that knowledge is power. To find out how we support technology vendors on their journey contact our senior digital consultant Sarah Neeworth though firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website www.osmii.com