20 Android apps for dads and grads

As many of you know we are right in the middle of graduation season, and Father’s Day is just around the corner.  Instead of the annual tie or cliche’ socks from aunt Margaret, why not treat your beloved dads and grads to something they can really use. An app! Or a game!

Introduce them to this handpicked collection of 20 noteworthy apps that are guaranteed to make life after school, college, or a dad’s fatherly duties easier than ever.

Weber Grills

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From the guys behind the familiar backyard cooking tool themselves comes the official app for Weber Grills. Features include nearly 100 recipes, dozens of guides, techniques, and grilling tips; pictures and videos make it a breeze. Headed to the store to prep for a big barbecue?

This app also includes grocery lists that pull together all of your recipes into one handy buying list. Pull off a killer meal? Share it via email and let the world know how awesome that rack of ribs tastes.

MLB.com Home Run Derby

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Scratch that baseball itch with MLB.com Home Run Derby, the only official Home Run Derby  game from Major League Baseball.  Play with 8 Allstars from 2010 to 2013 and try to win it all.

The game has great graphics and 2 modes. Arcade Mode puts you in a race to beat the clock as you have to hit as many home runs as you can before time runs out. In Derby Mode, you can battle your Facebook friends or the world in an authentic derby.  Play and see if you can beat your friends and become a champion.

Cars.com

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The Cars.com app is designed to make it easy to find new and used cars in your area or around the nation. With the app, you can conduct car comparisons, research car models, and get dealership info so that you are better equipped during your auto hunt.

Leery about purchasing a particular vehicle, the app also has consumer and experts reviews on automobiles. The app even has dealership reviews by customers so you know the car dealers to avoid. Use this app to buy the perfect college car for you grad or to buy the vintage roadster of your dad’s dreams.

SofaScore

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You like sports? Well, then you want to keep up with the latest scores, statistics, rankings, etc. You can do all that with SofaScore. Football, Basketball, Tennis, Hockey, Volleyball, Handball and even Water polo and Darts for example, you can track all that via SofaScore. There’s a huge array of sports within the app itself so just set it to keep you up to date with whatever you want and enjoy.

Just Helping My Dad

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From Oceanhouse Media comes another solid read-along book for fathers of younger children. Have your wee one (ages 2-5) follow along as the book reads the Little Critter story or let them take things at their own pace.

Words light up as they are read, pictures pan and zoom, and images associate with words; background audio brings pages to life.

Monster Job Search

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Put that diploma to work and get yourself started on a new career! Monster is one of the more trusted names in the job searching space and the Android app can help make the hunt less tedious. Details include the ability to create and edit cover letters, save searches, create job alerts, and push notifications. Thanks to GPS integration you can find jobs available near you.

Venmo

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Gathering up money for rent, utilities, pizza, and beer has never been easier. This app lets users securely transfer money to their bank account, collect money from others, and pay with your debit card without pesky fees. Perfect for those of you moving in with a handful of roomies this fall; you’ll have no problem getting everyone to chip in on that keg. Just tell mom you’re using the money for books and stuff.

BenchPrep

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You might have wanted this one during the school year as it helps prepare you for some of those big, stress-inducing tests like the MCAT, LSAT, SAT, and ACT. Nevertheless, we suggest you add this one to your Android phones and tablets as it could prove invaluable down the road.

With more than 200 courses to choose from, you’ll have access to videos, books, and other resources to help increase your scores. Award-winning stuff praised by multiple news outlets, it reportedly raises scores by an average of 15%.

Life360

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An app for dads that I find useful is called Life360. Its essentially a location sharing app but its a bit different than the rest and its great for keeping track of my kids when they’re out and about which is the main reason I use it.

Life360 is a kind of a closed user group family location sharing app which you can keep personal to your family members only and share info between a trusted circle. It has some great features for keeping in touch with your children, like auto checking-in so your kids don’t have to send that ” I got here OK” text message, group messaging to all the or one of your family members in the circle so that your child can always get a message to one of the parents or older siblings.

Another really nice function that we particularly like is the built-in Panic Feature. This feature will automatically send a phone call, email, text message, and your GPS tracking coordinates to everyone in your trusted family circle, this is real handy knowing that your kids can call for help at the touch of a button.

Mint

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Get a handle on your finances before things spiral out of control. Mint ties in nicely with its website and services and lets users keep a close eye on where money comes from. More importantly, it can help you understand where it’s going.

Colorful and easy on the eyes, charts and graphs really put things into perspective. The sooner you do this one, the better.

Tripit

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Helping to plan that well earned gap year after graduation from university. Tripit is a travel planning app that uses all your travel confirmation emails like flight, hotel and car rental info and puts it all into one place that organizes it into a really useful itinerary right on your phone or tablet. It will sync with your calendars to create reminders, provide directions for your destinations, and update you with real-time flight info.

The ability to use Tripit to share your journeys with friends via social media is also a neat idea, and if you’re lucky enough to have Google Glass with you on your travels, then Tripit is also available as a Glass app.

JackThreads: Shopping for Guys

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Grad need some new swag for college?  Dad need some new fan gear for the big game? JackThreads is the go to app for that.  Built with guys in mind, JackThreads bring shopping to you so you can sit in your underwear on your couch and shop for the coolest kicks, a nice watch for dad, or a suit for that job you just landed.

Shop for clothing for guys all in one place.

Google Drive

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You’d be seriously silly to not take advantage of Google’s free suite of productivity software. Whether you’re uploading and editing your thesis or personal budget, creating an invitation to a cookout, or backing up copies of receipts, Drive can help. Each app gets better with time and the seamless integration with Android makes this a no-brainer.

Monster Truck Destruction

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Play as Bigfoot… ‘nough said!

Back when I was a kid, Monster trucks rallies were as exciting as getting a new device is to me today.  Relive your childhood days with this great Monster Truck game.  Drag race against an opponent or freestyle and race the track yourself.  You can even play in the championship mode.

Apply upgrades to your vehicle to make it the biggest baddest truck on the block.   With over 30 trucks to choose from you are sure to find a truck you want to use to jump ramps and destroy cars with.

Scout

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Thanks to the recent switch over to OpenStreetMap, the app is more current than ever before; updated once a minute! Highly detailed and open-source, the navigation’s backbone is essentially a Wikipedia for mapping. And, now that there’s more than 1.6 million potential editors, there’s nothing that comes close in terms of potential.

Other details found in Scout that we’re fond of include a clean and consistent UI, On My Way, Nearby Places, and 3D buildings. What better way to get around that new campus and college town?

DIY Watch

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Dads, honey-do lists never quite get completed.  There is always something to do and little time to do it in.  That’s where DIY Watch comes in.

Watch shows from the DIY network so you can become as good s the pros (or at least look like you are trying to learn). Watch full episodes and even entire seasons of shows so that you can fix whatever the wife asks you to fix.

Sunrise Calendar

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One of the best looking calendar apps and experiences we’ve seen on Android, this one ties into multiple sources and third-party sources. Looking for a gorgeous way to mesh your Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and iCloud accounts?This is the one you need to check out.

Recently moved out of beta, we’re in love with it and cannot wait to see where it goes from here. Bonus points awarded for a stunningly simple widget and desktop counterpart.

Eureka Events

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Discover local events or look for events happening around the USA.  The Eureka Events app looks to keep you up to date with the latest info on upcoming events.

Check out whats happening after work or what will be happening 2 months from now in your favorite vacation spot. Concerts, sporting events, the arts, and family friendly events are all compiled in this handy application, along with links to buy tickets and add events to your calendar.

Google Wallet

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Pool your money into an account that can be used for purchasing apps, games, and other content in Google Play Store. Order the physical card and take it to the real world and use it wherever MasterCard works. Send money to and from other users, transfer from your credit cards and bank account, and track it all with one app. PIN protected, it automatically notifies you when purchases are made. Tie in some Offers and Loyalty cards and you’ve got a great all-in-one service.

Real Estate & Homes by Trulia

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We thought of this one with the college grad in mind.  Pretty soon you will have to leave the nest (by choice or by force).  Trulia has an app dedicated to finding the right home for you.  With Trulia, thousands of homes are literally at your fingertips.

Whether you are thinking of renting or buying, you can find the property of your dreams with Trulia.  Look for properties across town or across the country.  You can even view pictures of the interior and exterior.  Also get notifications when new homes hit the market.

So, there you have it.  A nice mixture of fun and productivity. What do you think?  Are there others that you might recommend? Let us know in the comments.