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10 must-have apps for Indian smartphone users

Last updated on: April 16, 2012 11:55 IST

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Sameer Mitha, ThinkDigit.com

This is India mate! And you will undoubtedly want some apps with an 'Indian' perspective to them. You will undoubtedly need apps that will show you the nearest restaurant, the closest cinema hall, get you to the juiciest Indian celebrity gossip and give you some desi music beats on the go. Here are 10 must-have apps for the Indian smartphone users.

You've just picked up your brand new Android/iOS device and are all set to load it with apps. Now, apart from games, you are going to look for some utility and entertainment apps as well. We know you will download the likes of Shazam, IMDB, Zite and more to satisfy some of your utility needs.

1. Saavn

For the Bollywood music lover in you, Saavn is a free app that lets you listen to Indian music for free anytime, anywhere. Users can search for songs from Bollywood, bhangra, bhajans, ghazals, and more.

Users of the app can create and save their playlists as well. If you aren't aware of the latest and greatest Bollywood numbers, you can also take a look at Saavn's Weekly Top 15.


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The Saavn mobile app works with your existing Saavn.com account giving users of the app access to saved playlists, stations, and favourites.

Music enthusiasts can download the app from the Google Play Store and iTunes for free.

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2. Bollywood Hungama

Are you a sucker for Bollywood gossip on the go? Need the news on the latest celebrities with you wherever you go? Well, there's an app for that!

Bollywood Hungama brings you behind the scenes and the latest gossip of the most happening parties with all the stars at all the times. The app also brings you the latest reviews of movies that are running in theaters.

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Users can listen to the latest music launches from the jukebox and follow their favourite stars on their twitter timelines.

The app is available for free.

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3. Book My Show

If you are a movie junkie and need to know which movie is running at a theater near you then Book My Show is the app for you.

This app not only informs you about the show timings but gives you the option to book tickets straight from the app as well.

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The app gives users movie & cinema listings, movie synopsis & details, check showtimes, the ability to choose seats and buy tickets directly from your phone. This app supports multiple secure payment options as well.

The app is available for free.

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4. Zomato

Visiting a new city? Don't know the best restaurants around? Fear not! There's an app for that! Zomato lets you search menus across 30,000 restaurants in India.

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Spanning 10 cities -- Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad & Chandigarh -- Zomato also lets you check ratings, reviews and pictures of all restaurants in your city.

Zomato is a free app.

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5. Sari

Ever wondered how your girlfriend became a pro at draping a sari? Well wonder no more as there is an app that can teach you to do the same. The app gives you step-by-step instructions on how to drape one of the most elegant yet complicated traditional Indian dresses.

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Android and Windows Phone users can download the app for free. iOS device users however will have to pay $0.99 for this app.

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6. IPL

If the IPL fever has hit you as badly as it has hit us, then you are undoubtedly looking for an app that will give you updates of your favourite matches on the go.

The IPL 2012 app gives you the following information:

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  • Up-to-date match scores as they happen
  • Schedule by results, fixtures and by team
  • Teams and player profile sections
  • Latest news and photos during the course of the tournament
  • Post-match videos from all the games

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7. Indian Railway Info

Commuting by rail are we? Well there is an app to help you with that as well. The Indian Railway info app provides information about Indian Railways, anytime anywhere. The app helps users get access to the following information...

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  • Train search
  • Seat availability (For trains running from major stations)
  • Seat availability (Between any two stations)
  • New train number finder
  • Arrival and departure
  • Train running status
  • Seat upgrade status
  • Fare enquiry (Much requested by users)

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8. Mobile Number Tracker

Are you getting calls from unknown numbers? Do you want to find from where that person is calling? Now you can use Mobile Number Tracker to find from which state/telecom operator a mobile number belongs to.

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It shows caller info during incoming call. You can also view the details of mobile number in the call log. The MNP ported numbers are not traceable by the app.

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9. Just Dial

We have all called Just Dial services to get the number of a cab service, restaurant or our nearest mall. Now, there's an app to replace that exhausting call.

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Users of the app can find out which movies or events are happening around them, the best restaurants and lounges in the city, the latest art shows, or find ATMs, Hotels, Doctors and much more from a list of popular search categories.

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10. RTI India

With RTI India Mobile, users can access rtiindia.org directly from their smartphone.

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  • Users of the app can:
  • Send and receive personal messages
  • Access and post to the most recent discussions
  • Read and post to RTI India blogs and articles
  • View RTI INDIA profiles

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