The holidays are coming – if they haven’t already – and people often travel to places where 4G doesn’t work. It may be because they are abroad and do not want to spend on roaming, or because several Brazilian tourist cities do not yet have wide availability of wireless connection. For offline moments, the dnetc made a selection of useful applications that you should install before embarking on your way to your next destination.
You can watch movies, listen to music offline, and read books and news. In addition, there are apps that help you plan your trip and can also help you to walk through unknown places. The apps work on Android and iPhone (iOS).
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To listen to music: Spotify
The famous music application allows the user of the paid version to download the tracks to listen to during the rest. There are 40 million songs, organized by artists, albums, genres and the most varied playlists. Spotify is able to learn from the listener’s musical taste and make related suggestions. You can create and download your own vacation playlist, for example. The subscription to the premium plan costs R $ 16.90 per month.
Spotify has a collection of millions of songs, albums and playlists – Photo: Thiago Barros / Reproduction
To watch videos: Netflix
Since last year, Netflix has allowed you to download your content on the app for smartphones and tablets. The streaming giant has a huge collection of films, series, cartoons, documentaries and shows, including original content. Not everything in the catalog can be downloaded, but much of it offers this facility.
In the item details, just click the download button so you can watch it later. Netflix’s monthly subscription costs R $ 27.90 and the app is available on Android and iPhone (iOS).
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To get organized: Google Trips
Google Trips is a travel manager that helps the user organize flight and hotel reservations, suggests interesting places nearby and even makes daily plans. Available for Android phones and iPhone (iOS), the app is integrated with Gmail and already collects everything related to travel, such as the reservations you make, automatically and easily. The best thing is that the application allows everything to be viewed also offline.
Managing your trips can be easier with Google Trips – Photo: Reproduction / Isabela Cabral
Not to be lost: Google Maps
With the Google maps app, you can save regions to view and search addresses and routes even without an internet connection. Present in 220 countries, Google Maps is the most complete map service: it allows GPS navigation in real time, displays information on public transport, traffic and even details of millions of places, such as restaurants, shops, airports and points Touristic. Essential for exploring any unknown place. Can be used on Android smartphones and iPhone (iOS).
In addition to routes, the Google maps app displays information on public transport, traffic and establishments – Photo: Reproduction / Isabela Cabral
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So as not to mess with languages: Google Translate
If your vacation includes a trip to another country, Google Translate can be very useful. The application translates more than one hundred languages from the text typed on the phone’s screen. Some of them, including Portuguese, can also be translated by voice; in manuscript mode; or just pointing the smartphone’s camera at a sign or label, for example.
To use the app offline, just download the desired language packs in advance.
Google Translate makes translations in more than 100 languages and makes several of them available offline – Photo: Reproduction / Isabela Cabral
To find that unmissable attraction: TripAdvisor
Another travel-oriented app that works offline is TripAdvisor. The service concentrates information and opinions about hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other places around the world.
Travelers can leave their comments, photos and reviews, which help others discover interesting activities ─ and escape problems ─ at any destination. You can even create an account and save your favorites for easy planning. It is possible to download the content for a city to access later, without internet.
TripAdvisor, which has information about cities around the world, is a reference in the travel industry – Photo: Reproduction / Isabela Cabral
For fun reading: Pocket
How about taking the holidays to catch up on reading those dozens of links you found or received recently? Pocket saves articles, videos and other content for you to view later, even offline. You can save directly from apps like Facebook and Twitter, with a button on your browser or just adding the link. In addition, the app, which is available for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones, can still read the texts aloud.
Pocket lets user save articles to check later – Photo: Reproduction / Isabela Cabral
To enjoy podcasts: CastBox
CastBox is one of the best podcast aggregators and is available for both Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. Through the application, the user can find and subscribe to free podcasts – audio programs on the most diverse subjects – to receive the new episodes and access the old ones, which can be downloaded to listen whenever they want. The app offers recommendations based on categories or your history. There are more than one million podcasts in the catalog.
Organizing and listening to podcasts is very simple with CastBox – Photo: Reproduction / Isabela Cabral
To embark on new books: Kindle
With the Kindle app, you don’t need an e-book reader to read virtual books from Amazon’s collection. The app has an interface that optimizes e-books for a more pleasant reading on your smartphone or tablet. You can even make adjustments to the text size and background color, highlight excerpts and bookmark pages.
Books can be downloaded and read at any time. There is also the option to read the first chapter of a book before purchasing it and some literary classics are available for free. The Kindle app can be used on Android smartphones and the iPhone (iOS).
Kindle app takes reading ebooks for the smartphone with comfortable interface – Photo: Reproduction / Isabela Cabral