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Five Great Productivity Android Apps to Help You Follow Through on Your New Year’s Resolutions

Today is the last day of 2013, with 2014 and its newest technologies just on the horizon, and many people today will resolve to improving themselves in their commitments for the new year. Of course, actually following through with these oft-challenging chores is the difficult part, and that is where these five productivity apps can help you stay true to your word and make yourself a better person. Or at least live up to your resolutions for more than 24 hours. 

1. AirDroid

Do you find yourself grabbing your phone numerous times a day on impulse alone? If that describes you well, AirDroid may be worth a look. AirDroid is centered around controlling your Android device from a web browser, allowing users to do things such as transfer files, send and receive SMS, and lock/wipe stolen devices. Proven handy in a multitude of situations, AirDroid is a steal for no money at all, although there is a premium purchase to enable more features.

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2. Pushbullet

Catering to a similar audience as AirDroid, Pushbullet is a great app allowing users to “push” links, notes, small files, and more between Android devices or through Chrome and Firefox extensions. Pushbullet is particularly handy for people who own multiple Android devices and like to do things like send APK files between them. As icing on top, Pushbullet also allows users to have their Android notifications show up on the browser extension, further reducing the need to look down at your device when you get a notification. At the low asking price of free, this app is an absolute no-brainer.

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3. Any.do

Probably the most fitting app on the list for getting things done is Any.do, a beautiful cross platform to-do list to keep you on top of things. Featuring a minimalistic interface, the app allows users to add and manage tasks by sorting them into categories and time. With its unique “Any.do Moment” feature compelling users to put time and thought into planning their day, cross platform compatibility, and its $0 price tag, Any.do will help you stay on task.

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4. Simplenote

If I had to use one word to describe Simplenote, it would be simple. There are many other apps attempting to tackle notetaking, some with a wealth of features Simplenote is lacking, but I choose this app instead. It’s kind of like “stock Android vs. TouchWiz.” Despite TouchWiz’s endless list of extras, many prefer stock anyway. For anyone looking for an easy way to jot and keep track of your notes, and isn’t into Google’s Keep or Evernote, this is your cross-platform solution.

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5. Timely Alarm Clock

You can’t stay on top of your goals when you sleep through them, right? Timely will ease you into waking up in the morning and tackling a full day in an extremely elegant way. So elegant, in fact, that even Google thinks it’s gorgeous. A lot of us here at DL have been using Timely as our go-to alarm clock and have fallen in love with the app’s features, including cloud syncing of alarms between devices. With that said however, Timely is not for everyone, so go check out the free version and try it out for a while before you pony up the cash for the pro version.

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How would your top five play out? Any resolutions for 2014 you care to share?

  • JackBochak

    I totally love Any.Do. Any.Do + Bitrix24 = best free productivity combo on Earth

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  • Quint

    The Timely app has been a pleasant surprise! I am glad that I downloaded it. I have been using Any.do over the last year or so; it just works for me.
    I use Chrome to phone for pushing links to the phone; i assume the app suggested is browser independent

  • Kent Gibbs

    Excellent, helpful article!

  • New_Guy

    Cal along with any.do is the best productivity app combo in the market.

  • James

    Anyone have any thoughts about word processing and spreadsheet apps/suites?

    • I would use Quickoffice. If you want something even more powerful, though, I’m not sure

      • counsel eew

        QUITE now requires a sign – in before use. I’ve moved to Officesuite Pro…

  • smores

    Any recommendations for a MATLAB like app?

  • Pratik Holla

    I cant get away from Google Keep as a to-do app. Its simplicity is what keeps me using it.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      I agree. I really hope Google keeps it simple. That being said, I wish for recurring reminders. I think it’d be complete at that point.

  • guy

    Any SSH client recommendations?

    • Raven

      ConnectBot has always been my old go-to although I see there are quite a few more available now then the last time that I looked for one.

    • BubbleSort

      I like JuiceSSH. I think it is forked off of ConnectBot but it has some additional features (better AWS support, syncing)

  • Michael

    Timely stinks. much prefer the stock alarm.

    • halkun

      Unfortunately, Timely is as close as to stock alarm I get on a locked bootloader S4 T_T

  • halkun

    Any recommendation for to do apps besides any.do?

    • MattyWalnuts

      i use gtasks. it’s pretty simple, but it syncs directly with gmail tasks and comes with a decent amount of widgets. it can also sync with most calendar apps/widgets, i use simple calendar widget.

      • Ej McCarty

        I just use tasks. Good widget that is customizable and simple to use

      • halkun

        Does it have have notification/reminder?

        • j__h

          Yes, gtasks has notifications and reminders

          • halkun

            Thank you good sir!

      • Chris Choncek

        I’ve tried them all (almost literally)…and the best is Wunderlist. I define “best” in this context as being simplistic but robust enough to handle complex projects. It syncs seamlessly between the web, phone, tablet and has been the only to-do app that I’ve used for more than a few months. I love it and recommend to anyone.

        • halkun

          I used to use Wunderlist but that app and on Windows are laggy 🙁

          • Chris Choncek

            Maybe you used an older version. They recently updated and I haven’t experienced any lagginess. I use it on my windows 7 laptop, windows 8 thinkpad, and my LG G2 without fail.

    • Marco Perez

      Bro, Todoist is THE best to-do app…easy. try it out! 🙂

      • halkun

        Does it have notification/reminders?

    • pierx

      Google Keep, Wunderlist.

  • Mike Aurin

    “Did you buy beer yet”. This list is 100% complete.

    • That’s Kellen’s touch right there 😛

    • Bigwavedave25

      I picked up some Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and some Oskar Blues G’Knight for the big bowl games… holy crap that Bourbon Stout, wow!

  • I was expecting to see habit tracking apps.

    • TC Infantino

      It might be even more fun to have a Hobit tracking app.