In this day and age of technological advancement, we recognize that while certain situations can occur where your smartphone battery dies or you drop it and gets destroyed, it is best to have a few quality apps on your phone in case you need them during your outings!
Below are just a few quality apps for your Android-based smartphone that you should have on your phone.
RadarNow! provides National Weather Service (NWS) Enhanced Radar “Base” (N0R) images from the NOAA WSR-88D NEXRAD Radar sites located around the US. Radar images are downloaded directly from NWS servers so are always the most current available. When you start the app, the radar images are from the site closest to your location.
Listen to live audio from over 3,600 police and fire scanners, weather radios, and amateur radio repeaters from around the world (primarily in the United States and Australia, with more being added daily) on your phone.
Benefit from the most advanced early warning system, powered by the largest nationwide commercial-grade weather and lightning network, and get the industry’s most accurate pinpoint forecasts for your neighborhood and around the world. Know Before™.
Be safe, prepared and informed when a medical emergency strikes with the American Red Cross’s S.O.S. App for Android.
The American Red Cross has teamed up with Dr. Oz and Sharecare to create the ultimate emergency care application. S.O.S. provides step-by-step instructions on dealing with a variety of emergencies, including choking, broken bones, strokes, allergic reactions and more. Not sure what the problem is? We’ll help you figure that out, too.
Smart Compass is in the 3rd set of the Smart Tools collection.
This compass is a tool to search bearings(azimuth) using the built-in magnetic sensors. It has 3 significant features.
1. Although you may turn the phone into portrait or landscape mode, the heading is fixed.
2. The Camera’s view is used for reality.
3. Metal Detector(magnetic field) is included to verify the sensors.
The most complete GPS tool on market: Navigate, manage waypoints, tracks, routes, build your own dashboard from 45 widgets.
Use your screen as a flashlight, night light or strobe light.
ScreenLight Flashlight & Nightlite/Strobe Lite controls the brightness of your screen, keeps it turned on. Perfect as a night light.
Mountaineering or mountain climbing is the sport, hobby or profession of hiking, skiing, and climbing mountains. While mountaineering began as attempts to reach the highest point of unclimbed mountains, it has branched into specialisations that address different aspects of the mountain and consists of three areas: rock-craft, snow-craft and skiing, depending on whether the route chosen is over rock, snow or ice. All require experience, athletic ability, and technical knowledge to maintain safety.
Survival Guide is completely based on the U.S. Military Survival Manual FM 21-76.
SAS Survival Guide Lite
SAS Survival Lite is the FREE version of the complete SAS Survival Guide, available now in the app store. Based on the million-copy bestselling book, this fantastic free app provides you with a bare bones guide to wilderness survival. Jam-packed with basic survival tools, you’ll be equipped for any expedition to the outdoors with this entry-level guide in your arsenal.
Knots Guide is a SIMPLE quick reference collection of different knots.
– 92 knots.
– 10 categories: Bend, Binding, Climbing, Decorative, Fishing, Hitch, Looping, Running, Stopper, Whipping.
– Click knot image to get a zoomed in view of the knot.
Disaster Alert (by PDC), Active Hazards on an interactive map and in a list as they are occurring around the globe.
Additional hazard information can be viewed and shared.
The term “Active Hazards” refers to a collection of current and real-time incidents (compiled from authoritative sources) which have been designated “potentially hazardous to people, property, or assets” by the PDC DisasterAWARE™ application.
TIKL Walkie Talkie
You can use your smartphone as a walkie talkie for one or a group of people.
Night Vision Camera
Actually works by adjusting your cameras settings to let you see with very little light.
Backpacker GPS Trails Lite
Awesome GPS app for your android. Uses OFFLINE maps to navigate in the back country. No cell signal needed!
Very useful tool for sending your GPS coordinates to a predefined list of people in case you need help in an emergency.
Wild Edibles Lite
Wild Edibles offers a massive compendium of foraging knowledge suitable for beginners and experts alike. Use this app at home as a quick reference, or in the field as a replacement for cumbersome field guides. Providing the most comprehensive resources on the subject in a compact digital form, this app takes wild edible plants to a whole new level of accessibility.