Three Must-Have Apps in 2021

Shirmarie Starks | Staff Writer

Between the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, there are over 4.5 million apps available for download according to statista.com. We are all familiar with social apps such as Twitter, Facebook and TikTok, but what about other apps that can provide value and help improve your lifestyle? There are a plethora of really genius apps out there. Here is a list of 3 extremely useful apps for your phone.

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Google Calendar

This simple scheduling and time-management app is ideal for both the technologically savvy and technologically challenged. Google Calendar allows one to create color-coordinated calendars based on different areas of life. These calendars can include personal, work, family and even birthday calendars on one single interface. Since the calendars are individually curated, a user can also invite people to edit or simply share their calendars with friends. With this feature, your availability can be compared to others in order to make plans accordingly. Google Calendar also has a feature to create goals, reminders and tasks so that users can stay on top of their life. The app can even connect with your Google Mail account to automatically import events such as meetings and concerts into your calendar. As if this is not enough, Google Calendar is also able to sync with other calendar platforms such as those found in iOS, Android and Windows. Users can access Google Calendar from a laptop, but the convenience and constant updates from the smartphone app makes this app very useful.

1 Second Everyday

After facing a pandemic and being quarantined for almost a full year, finding the joy in each day may be hard for some. That is where this video-diary application comes in. 1 Second Everyday (1SE) allows users to record one second of video or to insert a picture for each day of the year. Afterwards, the pictures and/or videos are mashed together into a single video. This video can capture anywhere between a week, a month or even a year’s worth of time and memories. Having the app also encourages users to go out and try new things – pandemic approved, of course. Maybe you will finally check out your local coffee shop with the nice mural on the side wall. Maybe you’ll even go hiking on a trail within your state. Piecing together the positive moments in your life, and possibly even the important negative ones allows you to visually see how the little things truly add up.

Peloton

The Peloton app is a convenient way to get active at home or a gym if you are comfortable doing so. Peloton offers mobile classes in areas such strength, cardio, cycling, and treadmill running/walking. Users can access calmer choices such as yoga, meditation, or even complete outdoor runs to the voices of Peloton staff members to fulfill their workout goals. HU student Angel Hobbs, a fourth-year in the 5-year MBA program said that “My favorite things about Peloton are the challenging programs that are designed for you and the enthusiasm from the Peloton instructors.” For almost every class, Peloton displays the level of difficulty from beginner to advanced. They also give users the numerical level of difficulty on a scale of 1 to 10. If you have accountability partners and would like to work out with them, Peloton also has the ability to connect you with your friends. “Being able to follow my friends on Peloton so that we can hold each other accountable” is what HU student Lundon Williams, a senior nursing major, enjoys about the Peloton app. On November 10, 2020, Beyonce Knowles announced that she was partnering with Peloton to provide a free 2-year Digital Membership to students from 10 HBCUs. Fortunately, Hampton University was included in the number. Go redeem your Peloton subscription by Tuesday, February 16, 2021 and accomplish your fitness goals!

Google Calendar, 1 Second Everyday, and Peloton can all be found within the Apple App Store and Google Play Store! Whether you want to stay organized, create memories or get a quick workout in, these three apps can help you get it all done!

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