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In the Living Mobile Series brought to you by Motorola, Mashable has rounded up the best apps for work, leisure, productivity and fitness to help you throughout your day.
We all live busy mobile lives, and sometimes finding just the right app will help you get the most out of your day. Whether you’re looking for an app to help you stay motivated or an app to wake yourself up in the morning, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve got the 104 apps that we gathered for the series, and each of them could help make your life a little bit easier. So check them out, and let us know what you think in the comments.
1. 10 Android Apps at SXSW
The annual conference in Austin, South by Southwest, is known for helping to launch “breakout” apps over the years and many developers choose it as the place to launch their products. It’s also a great place for networking with investors and partners. While the focus is usually on iOS, we rounded up the best Android apps that were either launched or heavily promoted this year, some of which are just starting to take off.
Health care is a big category for startups this year, as is enterprise, so there’s definitely a push to make these apps for multiple platforms sooner rather than later. Apps that do this will be able to reach a larger and more diverse user base, early on.
2. Use These 10 Apps During Downtime
Downtime is hard to find, whether you’re working 9 to 5, going to school or raising your kids full-time. When you do have that extra hour or two, and you inevitably take out your smartphone, shouldn’t you spend the time wisely with a few good apps?
You could scroll through Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook until your fingers ache, but we found 10 apps that’ll help you relax and enjoy your free time even more.
The terms social and mobile are used together so often, it’s easy to forget the most important function of your phone: a modern little black book. It contains everything from your contact info to the notes that five years ago, you would have scribbled on a napkin. And with apps, your phone is capable of so much more.
There are apps for organizing grocery lists which you can share with your family, apps for finding books, managing finances and keeping a diary. There’s apps for finding dates, something most people prefer not to do on a shared device — luckily app makers are aware of the demand and apps sometimes offer even more features than the web version, such as finding dates who are nearby.
4. 12 Apps You’ll Use This Weekend
Everybody’s working for the weekend. Ditch the work and savor your two days off by getting stuff done. Brew a snazzy latte, catch up on news or channel your inner Julia Child with a new recipe — the world is your oyster. From buying movie tickets to navigating a new neighborhood, these 12 apps will keep your weekend jam-packed with excitement.
Everyone knows that a balanced diet and regular exercise is the key to leading a healthy and robust lifestyle, but getting there can be no picnic. We’ve all felt bored, burnt out or just plain too busy to get out the door and pound the pavement or hit the gym, and falling off the wagon is really easy when accountability is lax.
With the right tools and input, you can turn your smartphone into your very own trainer, nutritionist and commitment keeper for less than a drop-in exercise class — and boost your chances of success while doing it. Here are eight apps that can give you the edge in your workout routines, designed to help you see results and track your progress with ease.