Do you have these niche Silicon city apps on your phone?

Bengaluru is so app-crazy it needs one to say hi to neighbours and watch birds
news Monday, April 25, 2016 - 16:20

From bird watching to finding your parking space on the go to seeking your neighbour’s help in a dire situation, the Silicon city has its very own android application for it all, that's how app-crazy we are. The News Minute brings you five mobile applications that will not only make your life easier, but also 



Did you know that you could spot rare migrant birds like Taiga Flycatcher, popularly known as the Red-throated flycatcher can be spotted in the Indian Institute of Science campus? Or have you recognized a Black Stork perched on a rock near the Hoskote Lake? Not only does the BirdExplorer application, developed by Kannan AA come as a boon to the birdwatchers of the city, it also provides a perfect platform for those who want to take up a new hobby. The application lists around 1,300 species of birds that can be spotted in and around Bengaluru, and specifically points out birds based on seasons and sizes. Equipped with hotspot options, BirdExplorer provides instant direction to the location where the bird is likely to be spotted. You can also make a wish list of birds you wish to spot, and the application will notify you when it gets information from the worldwide portal ebird.

Talking Street

The tradition, culture and quite literally the lifeline of the city lies on its streets. The Bengaluru-based street food application, Talking Street, helps you get to know the city best – by exploring its street food joints. From providing a listing of various varieties from light bites on a lazySaturday afternoon, to the best place to have the steaming cup of coffee when you are out shopping, the application takes you to the destination that your taste buds seek. The next time you are in J.P.Nagar, how about pampering yourself with hot dosais from Murugan Dosais coupled with hot filter kaapi, instead of hunting for the nearest Starbucks?

Hey, Neighbour


Times have changed and we no longer know who even occupies the flat next door. A polite nod here, and a smile of acknowledgement there, and that would be our interaction with the neighbours. In this era of fast paced city life, Hey, Neighbour introduces you to those who reside in your locality and helps to create a sense of belonging to the neighborhood. Not only does the application help you make friends, it also helps you to share details and services with the neighbours, making it more sought after. Who knows, you might even find your carpool buddy or a badminton partner through the application. In addition to this, the application also provides local news and traffic updates in your area.


A typical outing on a Saturday evening will eventually culminate to the outing turning into distress. Courtesy – inability to find a parking space. The city is so congested with its vehicular population that finding a parking slot could be a lot more stressful than you imagine. Bengaluru’s very own Parkitekt, India’s first integrated parking application makes your parking process much more cooler. There is no more yelling at the security guards or evil-scheming involved to find your spot. The application provides live parking facility at restaurants, entertainment venues, and even business hotspots. With a database of over 20,000 spaces, the android platform provides us with the best and least expensive parking spaces.

One Day Outing

With 52 do-it-yourself places and activities, One Day Outing, a niche Bengaluru application is your one stop destination if you are looking to plan a one-day getaway. The platform allows you to choose based on the type of destination you would prefer and the likely distance you are ready to cover from your point of location. From trekking to wild thrill experiences to historical monuments, the application offers a wide variety of choice within Bengaluru’s vicinity. It not only provides you with best options to get to your destination, it also gives you a friendly-tip that would come in handy when you visit the place. Pack your back bag, already? 

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