Wacky World Of Weird, Wonderful AppsTia Winter | 13 March 2018
In a world that has become increasingly connected it can seem that our lives are dominated by our smartphones. These sleek, slim devices are what most people use as their primary means to connect with the world, access information and bring a semblance of order to their everyday life.
Smartphones and mobile devices account for about 65% of total digital media consumption and research suggests that smartphone users spend almost 90% of their time using apps on their devices. There are plenty of mobile apps; in fact, there’s an app for practically any task you can think of. The best and most successful apps are practical, functional and most importantly, satisfy a need, no matter how arbitrary or weird it might seem.
You can check flight details, book accommodation, order coffee and compare insurance quotes, track how many steps you’ve taken, assess the traffic, play your favourite casino games, or even find out the name of that song that’s morphed into an annoying earworm that’s been dominating your internal dialogue for the last two weeks. You can do all this (and lots, lots more) all through an app by simply wielding the unassuming power and convenience that your smartphone provides you.
There’s an app for literally everything, you just need to find it.
While some apps are built around pure function, necessity and plain old good ideas, others run wild with concepts that seem downright bizarre and hilariously niche. There are a bunch of weird apps out there, and we’ve rounded up a list of some of the most bizarre. Feed your curiosity, download a few and decide whether these weird mobile apps are totally useless, or misunderstood strokes of genius.
1. Run Pee
While this app rightfully deserves to be included in the weird department, one can’t deny the fact that it’s built around a really great idea. This is practicality at its peak! Run Pee is a simple app that tells you when it’s the best time to take a bathroom break during a movie, based on which parts are slow. You simply enter the movie you are about to watch, start the timer on the app when the movie begins and it will send you vibration alerts when you’re nearing a scene that would give you a good chance to run to the toilet. You can even read the synopsis of the scene you’re missing while you’re relieving yourself.
2. Pimple Popper
It appears that there’s no stopping the strange Internet phenomenon that surrounds people’s fascination with pimple popping. Now you no longer have to be relegated to the depths of YouTube’s algorithm in order to get your next pimple-popping fix. Pimple Popper is a free app available for Android and iOS that makes a gross game out of zapping zits. Be sure to download this app if you want the on-demand convenience and therapeutic release of popping pimples wherever you are.
3. Hold the Button
This app is about…you guessed it…holding the button! While not the most terribly inventive idea, Hold the Button has managed to capture the attention of people all over the world. Who exactly those people are, we’re not entirely sure, but what we can safely assume is that they all share the relentless pursuit of the pointless. The aim of the game is to hold the button for as long as possible and the only way to win is to keep holding and never let go for all of eternity.
4. Crack My Screen
If for some reason the aesthetic of a cracked screen resonates deeply with you, be sure to download Crack My Screen. This app makes your smartphone appear as though it’s just fallen off the roof of a 50-storey building. For most people the thought alone of their beloved smartphone looking horrifically damaged induces terrifying anxiety and primal dread, but if you’re not like most people then this is probably the exact app you’ve been looking for.
There’s no denying the relentless pull of celebrity culture that creates a creepy environment of voyeurism. Even if you can’t stand a certain celebrity (or in this case, celebrity family), we somehow still manage to be constantly bombarded with titbits and trivial updates about their daily lives. Introducing K-Blocker, the eponymous app that has become the antithesis of the world’s most infamous reality TV family, the Kardashians. Installing this app on your smartphone means that you can browse the web with reckless abandon, knowing that you will be free of all the Kardashian-related content doing the rounds. That’s right. No Kylie, Khloe, Kourtney, Kim or Kanye…not even momager Kris can sneak past this app.
Looking at these apps it’s pretty clear; there really is an app for everything! So, if you have a specific want or desire, you’ll probably find it at an app store!