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Tech Talk: Four free mobile apps to help you level up in 2020

We spend an incredible amount of time on our smartphones because of the vast access to information and exciting aspects the phones provide.

 

Apps are the life of our phones and it’s easy to get lost scrolling mindlessly on social media without getting quality information or any work done for that matter.

You can reap more from your phone with these four free apps that can help you upskill to help you stay ahead of the competition in 2020.

1. Grasshopper
This free app helps you learn how to code. It’s especially useful to beginners in the programming field. The app breaks down keywords in coding and it focuses mainly on JavaScript learning. It also has practice lessons after every lesson and a summary of what’s been taught. You can set apart time in the morning or evening to Interact with the app and familiarize yourself with coding if you are completely new or want to refresh yourself on a few things. This is a cool way to spend time on your phone and considering how marketable programming has become, this should change your job prospects for 2020.

For more advanced learning, try the Mimo App (which is premium and costs about Ksh 7,000 annually) or learn through YouTube and Udemy.

This app is available on both Google Playstore and Apple AppStore.

2. Acadium

Digital marketers are becoming increasingly important in this day and age. If you have yet to be introduced to digital marketing, then this free app will help you not only learn more about online marketing but also ask relevant questions, therefore, helping you elevate yourself. Learn about content marketing, SEO, email marketing, paid advertising and more. The app also has productivity tools and it’s interesting that you can connect with a mentor in the digital marketing space and get to know more about the field and even make real connections.

This app is available on both Google Playstore and Apple Appstore.

3. Google Primer
There are times you feel like you just want to hold your phone but you’ve tapped on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Tiktok and you’re still not satisfied. Download the free Google Primer app and learn interesting aspects of selling, video marketing, business management, website functionalities and more. The app is also more of an introductory platform for marketing and business and it takes you behind why brands work the way they do.

The lessons are simple, organized and you can curate them according to your interests. Google partnered with business and marketing professionals so you can be rest assured that what you’re learning is legitimate.

This app is available on both Google Playstore and Apple AppStore.

4. Elements of Photography
“If you throw a stone in Nairobi, it’ll either land on a photographer, events planner or social media Influencer”, I’m sure we’ve all heard the joke. But the reality is, photography is now a revered skill to have. Manufacturers are looking for product photographers, celebrities want portrait photographers and newsrooms want journalists who can also dabble in photography. Elements of Photography is a free photography that can help you upskill in photography.
It’s a comprehensive app on DSLR photography where you get tips, video tutorials, quizzes and tools you hadn’t thought of. It’s great for beginners while experienced photographers will likely have to pay for the premium version to get more.

This app is available on both Google Playstore and Apple AppStore.

With a focused mind, you can still learn a lot from the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram by following the right accounts.

This is the year to get new skills and find ways to stay ahead of the curve. What interesting apps have you come across?

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