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7 must-have iOS apps that still haven't reached Android

Armando Rodriguez | June 26, 2013
Vine's big Android release might have fans of 6-second videos in a tizzy, but there are still loads of hot iOS apps we want to see on Google's mobile OS.

Is it coming to Android? The email I received from a Nike spokesperson seems to suggest that an Android app won't be arriving anytime soon:


What it is:AnyList is a simple app that lets you create and share lists with other people. The lists sync automatically to reflect changes made to them, and the app has a recipe mode that can suggest meals to prepare based on ingredients you already have.

Why you want it: You're sick of your roommate/spouse/friend/dog going grocery shopping and consistently forgetting to buy something basic. The recipe mode is also extremely helpful if you're looking to cut back on eating out and want to cook more meals at home.

Is it coming to Android? Jeff Hunter, cofounder of AnyList, told me that the company plans to release an Android version of the app in the future, but is staying focused on iOS right now so as not to stretch itself too thin.

The Transit App

What it is: One of the best-looking and most functional public transportation apps around, the Transit App is a must-have for anyone who relies on public transportation. The app lists all of the bus and subway stops in your immediate vicinity, so you can quickly peek and see whether you missed the last train home. The app's trip-planning mode can tell you how to get to your destination via public transit and how long it will take.

Why you want it:Google Maps is everyone's go-to app for driving directions, but it falls a bit short when you're looking to travel via public transit. The predicted times shown in the app generally don't match up with reality--and that can leave you waiting 40 minutes for a bus that was supposed to show up in 4.

Is it coming to Android? According to a tweet from one of the app's developers, an Android version of the Transit App should become available sometime next month:

@megapenguinx working on that as we speak. Hope it to be out early next month. cc/ @gcamp


What it is:Mailbox aims to help you regain control of your email. The app focuses less on how many unread messages you have than on keeping your inbox clear of email altogether. With simple gestures you can quickly archive or delete email, and the app lets you organize messages into lists. Mailbox also has an interesting feature for "postponing" an email message and having it reappear at a later date.

Why you want it: Mailbox teaches you the almost Zen-like practice of maintaining an empty inbox. Gmail is still better for responding to and organizing email, but Mailbox wins the prize for offering peace of mind.


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