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Best Android Science Apps

  1. Oct 25, 2014 #1
    This nice thread, Favorite Android Science Apps?, is closed, so I decided to start a continued thread on this topic...

    I've recently got me my first Android phone, and I spent yesterday with checking out apps and installing them.
    Here are some science/education related apps I've installed (all free), and I also list some rather nice system-related apps. Please share info about your recommended science/education/system apps in this thread, if you like.

    Calculators/Converters etc.:

    RealCalc Scientific Calculator
    http://www.quartic-software.co.uk/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.nickfines.RealCalc

    Algeo Calculator - a graphing calculator
    http://www.algeocalc.com/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.algeo.algeo

    Elkens Unit Converter Pro (1500 different units in 78 categories)
    http://www.unitconverterpro.com/
    Unit Converter Pro Plus: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unitconverterpro.ucp
    Unit Converter Pro (Lite): http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unitconverterpro.ucplite

    Wopnersoft Unit Converter
    http://wopnersoft.blogspot.se/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.wopnersoft.unitconverter

    JQ Soft Periodic Table
    http://jqsoft.ru/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jqsoft.apps.periodictable.hd

    Navigation:

    MapFactor GPS Navigation
    http://navigatorfree.mapfactor.com/en/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapfactor.navigator

    Compass 360 Pro
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.proapp.pro.app.compass [Broken]

    Mapedy Offline Maps/GPS Navigator
    http://mapedy.com/
    Example (USA): http://usa.mapedy.com/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.mapof.usa

    Google Sky Map (Astronomy)
    http://www.google.com/mobile/skymap/ [Broken]
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.stardroid

    Satellite AR (Satellite locator)
    http://spacedata.agi.com/MobileApps/about.htm
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agi.android.augmentedreality

    Language:

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary-apps/android-ipad-iphone-windows.htm
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.merriamwebster

    Google Translate (Translator)
    http://support.google.com/translate/#4350137
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate

    System Apps:

    ES File Explorer (File manager with root capabilities)
    http://www.estrongs.com/ [Broken]
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.estrongs.android.pop

    SystemPanelLite Task Manager
    http://android.nextapp.com/site/systempanel
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nextapp.systempanel

    ReChild Advanced Task Killer
    http://rechild.mobi/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rechild.advancedtaskkiller

    SwiftKey Keyboard
    http://swiftkey.com/en/keyboard/android/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey

    Tiny Flashlight + LED (Flashlight)
    http://tinyflashlight.com/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devuni.flashlight

    Zooper Widget (very customizable general widget)
    http://www.zooper.org/wp/android/zw [Broken]
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.zooper.zwfree

    My phone science desktop at the moment:

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    ...but I need more space:

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  3. Nov 2, 2014 #2
    I've done some further evaluation of Android apps (all free), and I have replaced some of those posted above with better apps (at least IMO):

    I found Compass 360 Pro a little buggy, and I think this compass is better (fast, smooth, and it can display degrees, GPS latitude and longitude):

    PierroX.net - Marine Compass
    http://www.pierrox.net/cmsms/applications/marine-compass.html
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.pierrox.mcompass

    Zooper Widget is pretty nice, but I liked this more (lots of weather detail and weather forecasting):

    Devexpert Weather & Clock Widget
    http://www.devexpert.net/weather/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devexpert.weather

    I've replaced "Tiny Flashlight + LED" with this one:
    Color Flashlight: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.socialnmobile.hd.flashlight

    I've uninstalled SwiftKey Keyboard, since I don't found it better than the default keyboard.

    And I've installed and used this system app which I find very nice and useful:
    Cheetah Mobile CleanMaster (junk cleaner, memory booster, app manager)
    http://www.cmcm.com/en-us/clean-master/
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cleanmaster.mguard
     
  4. Nov 3, 2014 #3

    fluidistic

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    There are some apps that measure magnetic fields.
     
  5. Nov 4, 2014 #4
    Cool, I will scout around and look for them... I've also got some other app recommendations from a friend which I will check out....
     
  6. Nov 4, 2014 #5

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  7. Nov 9, 2014 #6
    I've now tried a couple of magnetometers, and I liked these two the best so far:

    Mobile Develop Team Magnetic Field Detector (with graphing and vector information)
    Spaceware Magnet-O-Meter (with graphing and optional sound function)

    I've noticed that when they get close to speaker drivers, they completely freak out, haha!

    And some further apps I've tried, which I like:

    Iero ElectroDroid (an electronics toolset, quite nice)
    http://electrodroid.it/electrodroid/
    http://play.google.com/store/search?q=pub:Iero&referrer=utm_source=blog_widget
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    Chartcross GPS Test (checks and monitors satellites, signal strength and gps location)
    http://www.facebook.com/GpsTest
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chartcross.gpstest

    George Sapkin World Factbook (quite extensive country information, quite nice)
    http://plus.google.com/ GeorgeSapkin/posts
    http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.sapk.android.factbook

    And I have a couple of more promising apps to check too, so I'll be back...
     
  8. Apr 2, 2015 #7
    Time for an update of this thread :smile: (again, only free apps in this post):

    Mathematics

    Mathlab - Graphing Calculator (Links: Homepage - Google Play)

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    Astronomy

    3 apps with pretty good ratings:

    Escapist Games - Limited Star Chart (Links: Homepage - Google Play)
    Smoky Cogs - Night Sky Tools (Links: Homepage - Google Play)
    Terminal Eleven - SkyView Free (Links: Homepage - Google Play)

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    Measuring Devices/Tools

    Vieyra Software - Physics Toolbox Suite (Links: Homepage - Google Play)

    My note: A quite cool app, with many measuring devices implemented in the same app (but it also depends on the actual capabilities of your device);

    "Useful for education, academia, and industry, this app uses device sensor inputs to collect, record, and export data. in comma separated value (csv) format through a .txt file sent via an e-mail or through Google Drive. All analog data is plotted against elapsed time (or clock time) on a graph. Users can export the data for further analysis in a spreadsheet or plotting tool."

    Tools included:
    1. G-Force Meter - ratio of Fn/Fg
    2. Linear Accelerometer - acceleration
    3. Gyroscope - radial velocity
    4. Barometer - atmospheric pressure
    5. Roller Coaster - G-Force Meter, Linear Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Barometer
    6. Proximeter - periodic motion and timer
    7. Hygrometer - relative humidity
    8. Thermometer - temperature
    9. Magnetometer - magnetic field intensity
    10. Light Meter - light intensity
    11. Sound Meter - sound intensity
    12. Tone Generator - frequency producer
    13. Orientation - azimuth, roll, pitch
    14. Stroboscope
    15. GPS
    Screenshot:
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    PC Mehanik - Smart Tools (Links: Homepage (not in English) - Google Play)

    My note: A pretty nice tool box, with 30 tools in one app, e.g. ruler, flashlight, compass, stopwatch, etc etc.

    Screenshot:
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    Last edited: Apr 2, 2015
  9. Apr 23, 2015 #8

    meBigGuy

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    A must have system app is Android Assistant
    WiFi Analyzer is useful
    Navigation: OsmAnd+ will do topo maps (maybe that wasn't free --- not sure)

    Astronomy: Heavens Above (I like watching the space station, iridium flares!!, and counting satellites)
    NASA Space Weather
    NASA App
    NASA Earth Now

    There are a bunch of free Audio and FFT analyzer programs, each with it's own strengths and weaknesses.
    SpectralView Analyzer
    Audio Analyzer Free


    And of course, Bejewelled Classic: Anyone beat my 530,000,000, level 123 score? (just felt like bragging)
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2015
  10. May 15, 2015 #9
    Thanks, meBigGuy, I will have a look at those! :smile:
     
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