I admit that I'm a coffee addict, but I have long suspected that the reality is I'm a coffee shop addict. I'm at my most productive when I'm sitting in a public place staring at a blinking cursor.
I can't always get to a coffee shop when a deadline is fast approaching and I have found it difficult to concentrate on finishing a project without a cup of java and some ambient noise. Here's where the Coffitivity Android app steps in.
It's rare that I'd recommend a beta application, but Coffitivity is such a beast.
This app is designed to play the sound of a public place as background noise. It's simple, giving users the choice of Morning Murmur, Lunchtime Lounge or University Undertones backing tracks, which plays the sound of conversation, some laughter and chinking of cups, but almost of it is indistinguishable.
The application has a couple of real strengths. First is that there are no special permissions: it doesn't need an internet connection and there are no adverts in it. Second is that it plays the noise over anything else on your device, including music or a call.
It isn't perfect with two flaws. One should be insignificant to most users: it's over 40 MB in size. That's the payback for it not streaming the sound over the Internet. The second is that the application doesn't leave a persistent notification to let you know that it's playing, so it could be possible to leave it running all day and all night.
In my testing, I've found that the Settings button doesn't do anything, but seeing as the default settings are good enough I'm not too bothered.
Seeing as Coffitivity is still in beta, this is a great opportunity to jump in and give the developers your suggestions.