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The smartphone owner population is growing. Multi-functionality, portability, and connectivity are opening doors for learning. No wonder students harness smartphone technology to help them in education.  These tiny pocket computers keep students connected to the Internet, improving their academics. However, many students are oblivious to the power in their hands; the power of educational apps, the potential for success.

What Is a Smartphone?

On a superficial level, a smartphone is a gadget that allows people to make phone calls as well as use other features (which used to be found only on personal digital assistants or personal computers) that are not common on a conventional phone. To further understand what a smartphone is and is not, we need to look at its history.

Before there were smartphones, there were only cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Cell phones were for calls and text messages; PDAs were used as organizers. The latter could keep contact information could create to-do lists. They could also sync with a computer. As technology progressed, PDAs acquired the ability to connect wirelessly and to send and receive e-mail. As time passed, PDAs gained cell phone features while cell phones became more like PDAs to the point of almost turning into small computers; the beginning of smartphones.

The first, most successful smartphone was the BlackBerry. Research In Motion was the first company to introduce different versions of the smartphone to the public. More firms joined them, like Motorola, Sony and Nokia. Although Research In Motion was the pioneer, it was Sony that first introduced the smartphone closest to what we know today. Sony was able to do so with the help of PALM Corporation, the firm that was known for making portable computers and PDAs. The Sony PCS phone was developed with PALM software. Users were able to access their personal information manager data and make and receive calls and text messages.

Itching to learn something new but don’t have enough in your budget to pay for classes? No problem! As long as you aren’t aiming to study a topic that’s incredibly niche and specialized, you can use one of the following apps to earn yourself up to a college-level education without paying a cent.
Of course, proper instruction from a qualified teacher would be better than simply learning from an app, so it should be made clear that these apps are only recommended as supplements or when a formal education is not an option for whatever reasons.
So here are list of some educational apps that one should try in order to make the best use of your smartphone as a learning tool.

Hello English: Learn English

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Learn spoken English and grammar from Hindi, Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Oriya, Assamese, Malayalam and Nepali. A free English learning course used by over 10 Million (1 crore) learners for spoken English, grammar, and vocabulary building.
Hello English by CultureAlley is India's number 1 ranked free Educational App, and the best free App to learn English speaking.

BYJU'S – The Learning App

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fall in Love with learning!
Stay on top in every subject with classes from India’s best teachers including Byju Raveendran, using state of the art technology for visualization. Understand and master all concepts right from High School Foundation Class 6-12 Math & Science to Competitive Exam Prep like JEE, AIPMT, CAT & IAS.

Math Tricks

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This program is designed for those who want to learn interesting mathematical tricks to speed up the calculating. These tricks will help solve part of the mathematical problems and tasks much faster than classical. Will also be helpful to those who want to hone basics such as the multiplication table.
When you learn these mathematical tricks, you'll be able to show off your skills to friends and prove to them that you have a talent for mathematics. New skills you can use in the store, at school, at college, at work - wherever thanks to quick calculation skills can save a lot of precious time.

GK Current Affair-SSC IBPS IAS

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OnlineTyari is India's No.1 Test Preparation App. Available in Hindi, English and Marathi language.We provide latest online content for SSC (CGL, CHSL, 10+2), IBPS (Bank PO, Clerk, RRB, SBI & Associates Bank), GATE , UPSC (IAS, IPS, IES), Railways RRB, Insurance LIC AAO and numerous state level government exams.
In our App, we cover most essential topics and provide study material for GK and Current Affairs 2016, NCERT questions and solutions, Maths (Reasoning and Aptitude), English Learning and Computer Knowledge.

Apart from competitive mock tests and best practice papers, OnlineTyari App also provides Daily Job Alerts, Employment News, News Digest and Articles about the current happenings around the world and also supports an online discussion forum where students can ask and answer questions related to various competitive exams.
Exams covered by app:
A) UPSC Civil services (IAS): - Best study material for IAS 2016 Pre and Main Examination including notes from NCERT. CDS & NDA are also covered.
B) SSC (CGL, CHSL, Constable and 10+2), IBPS (Bank PO, Clerk and RRB), Railways RRB, insurance LIC AAO : - Banking Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English, Reasoning, Computer knowledge and General Awareness practice papers.
C) GATE & Engineering Exams: - Practice papers for branches like Computer, electrical, civil and mechanical are well covered for GATE, IES & PSU exams.
D) Teacher Exam: CTET and State teaching exams including UPTET, MPTET, REET and more.
E) State level exams: -
i) For north india we cover exams like RAS and REET (Rajasthan), UPPSC and UPTET (Uttar Pradesh), Bihar SSC and BPSC (Bihar), Haryana PSC, MPPSC (Madhya Pradesh), Maharashtra (TET, B.Ed., Police and MPSC).
ii) For south india we cover exams like Tamil Nadu PSC, Kerala PSC, Andhra PSC and Telangana PSC exams.

Robomate+ Free Video Lectures

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Robomate+ is India's Largest Video Platform for Students helping them prepare better for exams such as JEE Main, JEE Advanced, CA CPT, MBA, CAT, CMAT, CET, Board Exams such as CBSE, ICSE, SSC (Class 9 and Class 10) ,HSC Commerce and HSC Science.
Download Robomate+ and watch awesome, modular lectures during your commute, coffee break, or any time of your day.
Top Benefits of Robomate+
1. Crack Difficult Concepts with Ease
● Understand Difficult Topics by reviewing videos as much as you want
● Watch High Quality Video Lectures from the Best Faculties
2. Learn Anytime, Anywhere
● Study even if you are out of station
● Study any time of day whenever you want to
3. Save Money and Time
● Install the Free App to access detailed content and Save money
● Save Travel Time and Travel Expenses
Access the following Free courses on Robomate+
• Online video lectures for IIT-JEE- MAIN and ADVANCED
• Online video lectures for CA-CPT
• Online video lectures for MBA - TEST PREP. - CAT, CMAT
• Online video lectures for CBSE – Std.9 & Std.10
• Online video lectures for ICSE – Std.9 & Std.10
• Online video lectures for MHTCET - ENGG. and MEDICAL – Std.12
• Online video lectures for SCIENCE - MH-STATE BOARD – Std.11 and Std.12
• Online video lectures for COMMERCE - MH-STATE BOARD – Std. 11th and Std.12
• Online video lectures for MH-STATE BOARD ENGLISH MEDIUM - Std.9, Std.10
• Online video lectures for MH-STATE BOARD MARATHI MEDIUM - Std.9, Std.10
• Online video lectures for MH-STATE BOARD SEMI ENGLISH MEDIUM - Std.9, Std.10
• Online video lectures for KARNATAKA PU 1 - SCIENCE