What are some unconventional applications for Android

To make life easier during the corona pandemic, numerous companies are currently making their programs and apps available free of charge for a few weeks or months. We present a selection to you.

Live streams to the home office

The biggest problem in the home office is often the lack of personal communication. Accordingly, programs that enable group chats via video are currently in great demand. Lifesize, for example, is offering its premium subscription free of charge for the next six months. Up to 25 people can join together for video conferences in Lifesize via the browser, the desktop app (Windows, Mac) or the mobile app (iOS, Android). The US start-up Hit Labs is currently making its Pronto tool available to schoolchildren and teachers in particular, free of charge. In addition to video group chats, files and tasks can also be shared via the software.

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An unconventional solution is offered by Discord, actually a voice and text chat that is particularly popular among gamers. The structure of the free program is similar to the communication tool Slack and can be used on the desktop as well as mobile. In addition, Discord users can live stream their screen or individual applications via the app. In response to the pandemic, the company increased the limit to up to 50 simultaneous viewers.

The remote access and remote maintenance software Teamviewer comes from Germany, in which video conferences are also possible. As reported by PC Welt magazine, the company currently allows the version for private users to be used for professional purposes.

Comprehensive office packages

Google and Microsoft offer even more extensive solutions for the home office free of charge. For users of Google's G Suite software package, some premium features will be activated until July 1st, for example up to 250 participants per hangout call. Individuals can use Microsoft Teams and Word, Excel and Powerpoint as web apps free of charge. For companies and educational institutions, the group provides Office 365 packages for several months.

An alternative is the "Remotely" cloud suite from the Indian company Zoho, which can also be used free of charge until July 1st. In addition to a word processing program, presentation and spreadsheet software, it also includes several project management tools and a video chat. There are also corresponding offers in the area of ​​IT security: The password manager 1Password is extending its free test phase of the "business" model to six months.

Learn and do yoga for free

There are also a number of offers for schoolchildren and students that are free in times of crisis: For example, the learning platform Duden Learnattack offers its videos and exercises on nine school subjects free of charge for those two months who register by March 31. The Scoyo and Simpleclub platforms are also reacting to the nationwide school closings. Scoyo, which is aimed at students from first to seventh grade, is giving away 14-day access to affected students and parents. At Simpleclub, teachers and principals can order a free "aid package" that is valid until April 20th. All three subscriptions expire automatically and do not need to be canceled.

Schoolchildren and students whose educational institution has a license for Adobe Creative Cloud can access Photoshop and Co. from home until May 31st.

Aside from learning and working, some companies also offer free apps for free time. Those looking for a sporty balance can, for example, download Down Dog's yoga and fitness apps free of charge until April 1st. IPhone users can let off steam musically with the help of the Minimoog Model D synthesizer, which has been available for free for a few days. The Koassilator app is currently free of charge for Android users (also for iOS). The tool enables users to create music by swiping gestures.