Top 10 Android Apps for Business
Are you looking for the Best & Top Ranked Android apps for your business needs? Here is our list of the Top 10 plus a few more. If you have a Droid app in your Top 10 that is missing, Add it below to share with the FasList team. The Best & Top Ranked are always here for you to rank & comment.
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PageOnce Personal Assistant
PageOnce's Personal Assistant is just what its name implies. The app collects and organizes your important information in a secure environment that's available via your Android device. Add your frequent flyer accounts, schedule notifications, have it monitor your mobile minute usage, and even get a consolidated view of your bank accounts, credit cards, and investments. The paid version removes advertisements, and adds real time flight information - a must have if your schedule includes frequent air travel. Personal Assistant lets you monitor the important financial aspects of your world in a single interface.
Skype's IP based phone service makes great use of the high speed capabilities of your phone, even if (or maybe because) it bypasses the telephony function of the phone itself. Aside from the obvious advantage that Skype lets you use your phone for voice calls without using up your relatively expensive voice minutes, you can use Skype to consolidate your voice connections under a single phone number (using a Skype-in number).
As more businesses and individuals add Skype accounts to their frequently used applications, you may find yourself making more no-cost calls with the Skype-to-Skype connection. And when you do need to call a standard phone number, Skype's per-minute costs are typically lower than standard cell contract minutes.
Evernote's “capture all” capabilities are perfectly suited for use with an Android-enabled phone. Its ability to collect images, text, audio, and nearly any type of file and store them in its cloud-based repository makes it easy to expand the already impressive capabilities of the Android platform. Evernote's ability to convert those captured assets to searchable notes, then make them available on your desktop, laptop, or even another phone, make this a must-have application.
Use your Android's camera to snap a shot of that wine label you want to remember, and Evernote turns it into text so you can retrieve it by searching on the name, or on the keywords you assigned when you uploaded the photo. Record a voice note using the Evernote app, send an email, tweet, or write a handwritten note, and Evernote will store and index your entries for later retrieval. Most features are available with the free version of Evernote, but some advanced features, like uploading any type file, are only available with the premium (paid) version.
It's a good bet that many of your business associates will exchange office productivity documents with you. When you're at your computer, opening and editing documents created in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint is a no-brainer. But if you want to stay productive while away from the office, Dataviz Documents To Go makes the perfect companion. With this app, you can open (and edit, using the paid version) these kinds of files, and email them as attachments. Documents To Go is integrated with Gmail, making it a perfect fit for Android devices. The premium version adds the ability to open PDF and Powerpoint files.
Google Goggles is part of a set of capabilities referred to as “augmented reality,” but aside from the hype, Google Goggles can be a boon for anyone wanting to find more information about something they are looking at. The app relies on the ability to snap a photo using the Android's camera, which it analyzes, then returns information about what's in the photo. Snap a photo of a business card, and Google Goggles returns a full listing of the contact, company, its website, and even directions to the location. Taking photos of buildings and other landmarks can return details about the building and what's inside. The reach of Goggles is expanding, so snap away to find out what you didn't know about what you're looking at.
Barcodes have been a staple of the retail business for years, and have found their way into other industries such as publishing, shipping, and postal services. Some are now being used online to act as quick references to websites. Most of the online barcodes are of the 2D variety rather than the traditional vertical bar sequence, but they perform the same function... providing information in a graphical format that can be reliably interpreted by a computer.
Barcode Scanner is an Android app that allows you to snap a photo of the barcode with your Android device's camera. The app then interprets the barcode for you, displays the information contained in the graphical image, and offers to take additional steps such as open your web browser to display the URL contained in the barcode. You may begin to see these 2D barcodes in magazines and online more frequently, and adding the app to your Android is simple and can save you lots of keystrokes.
Google Maps is a veteran application in the mapping and directions field. The app is reliable and flexible, and has lots of options that let you display your selected map in a variety of formats including Google's Streetview that displays images of the street and surroundings. The list of features is dazzling, and Google Maps shows its heritage by enabling more features on Android devices than on any of the other smart phones it supports.
The more interesting features include turn-by-turn navigation, search by voice (just talk to your Android), business listings and reviews, walking directions, traffic, and a few others. If you ever find yourself in unfamiliar territory, searching for the location of your next appointment, download Google Maps to find the quickest route.
Where for Android is a location application that helps you to find goods and services. If you're in an unfamiliar section of the city, just looking for the closest Starbucks, Where can help you out. Where includes a set of predefined searches, such as movies, Starbucks, gas prices, Zipcar, and Yelp (restaurant reviews) that can get you from where you are to what you want using the Android's GPS features and Where's search and routing functions. Where also includes weather, headline news, and a tab marked Offers.
There's nothing worse (well, almost) than running out of battery life unexpectedly. BatteryTime does just what its name implies, but gives you more information than simply the percentage of charge. The clean interface displays how many hours:minutes remain for specific functions, including Idle time, talk time, video playback, audio playback, and web browsing. Taking a quick look at what you can do, and for how long you can continue doing it can help you avoid missing that important phone call because you were killing time watching a YouTube video.
BatteryTime even includes a manual slider bar that lets you play 'what if' by setting the bar to a future battery charge level rather than its current state. This lets you see how much time you might have for each function as the battery level approaches discharge.
Android Time Card is just that; a way to track your time on your Android device. This app lets you enter a project, check in and check out of the project, and email your time sheet to yourself as a csv file. For folks who depend on tracking their work time to particular projects, Android Time Card makes the task as simple and efficient as possible. The user interface is spartan, but allows you to set up your defaults, such as rounding to the nearest 15 minutes, consolidating jobs by name or keeping each entry separate, and letting the app know what email address to send your time sheet to. To create an entry, type the job name or look it up in your history, click the Start button and go about your work. Click the Stop button to finalize the task time.
Expensify is an advanced app that combines the best capabilities of the Android platform to take the pain out of the possibly worst task in your work life - creating and submitting your expense reports. As Expensify puts it, "Expensify does expense reports that don't suck!" That's a bold statement, but the little app does this by importing your expenses from your credit card service and submitting expense reports as PDF files via email. In addition, it makes use of the Android's camera to take photos of any paper receipts that may not be part of your credit card history, like cash payments. It would be nice to have Expensify interpret the receipt images and automatically enter them for you, but the best it does is attach the image to your manually entered details. Still, not a bad way to collect the information. You can enter the details later, since the image is already captured.