Top Five Apps for the Tech Savvy Student
Hey there, welcome to our weekly Top Five Apps for the Tech Savvy student! My name is Ezim Osai and I shall be your tour guide on this so nerdy a journey.
In lieu of recent surveys, it has been found that over 40% of youths in Nigeria who currently use the internet on mobile phones, rock the Android Operating System. The Android OS is the brain baby of Google and was much commercialized in Nigeria with the dawn of Tecno and several other phone providers, who provided Androids for the masses at very pocket-friendly prices sometime between 2008-2012.
As this is the preferred Operating System of most youths, and my own preferred operating system, our apps will be Android apps which may or may not be available on iOS, Windows, BlackBerry or Java. As a beginning week, this week all the apps on my list are Google Apps (Apps developed by/in Google Inc) and while it was a bit tough selecting just five, I believe the under listed will be of immense use to a tech savvy student (or anyone in general, really).
Topping my list this week is Google Drive. GDrive is an app and service that lets users save files (pictures, videos, texts, folders, apps etc) on a cloud system with a free 15GB storage!
Not only can these files be saved, but they can be shared with other users to 'collaborate' without ever being downloaded by the other user.
What this means is that for some of us who are very concerned about Intellectual Property, someone we choose can view and edit certain accessible files but will be unable to download them to his or her own device. Pretty neat huh?
An added advantage is the ease of access of Drive. Once you have it downloaded to any device running Android OS (or any computer at all), all you have to do is sign into your Gmail and have all your saved files at your fingertips to be viewed, edited, shared or downloaded whenever you want.
While Drive may not be the best Cloud service ever, it is very easy to use and very functional. Top choice for me.
Chrome is the web browser from Google which comes preinstalled on some devices but certainly not all of them.
Although Chrome is not my favourite web browser, it does bring a useability and sleekness that other browsers are yet to match. Particularly, it made this list because of one simple function: Shared Tabs/History.
Wherever you download and sign into your Gmail with Chrome, all your old bookmarks and history can be imported into the new device. This is very useful for some of us who do a lot of web-work and can't always save URLs.