Top Business Apps for Android

Jan 4, 2010
Finance

Google’a Android mobile platform is beginning to gain a lot more traction, thanks to the increase in devices that support Android.  As a result, business users are finding an alternative to the iPhone with a number of mobile Android apps becoming available. Here is a variety of some of the most useful business Android apps […]

Google’a Android mobile platform is beginning to gain a lot more traction, thanks to the increase in devices that support Android.  As a result, business users are finding an alternative to the iPhone with a number of mobile Android apps becoming available.

Here is a variety of some of the most useful business Android apps that are available for the Android right now.

Android Apps Just for Google Lovers

Google Voice for Android combines your incoming call management with your contacts. Enabling visual voicemail, speech-to-text transcription and the ability to communicate with multiple people from a single Google Voice action, this free Android app lets you interact with others remotely via your email, dialer and text messages.

GDocs is a free Android app that gives you mobile access to your Google Documents.  From this Android app, you can view your existing documents, create a new one or edit a document.    GDocs will back up your Google Documents account, so changes made through this Android app will be reflected the next time you access your documents online.

Whether you are checking up on your own company news, keeping up with the competition, or following your favorite business bloggers, the NewsRob feed reader Android app can keep you in the know. Working with Google Reader, NewsRob’s free app lets you avoid pulling up the reader in your browser with easy access to your folders.

Android Apps for Organization and Productivity

Evernote‘s free Android app has been long-awaited, but is still not as robust as Evernote’s iPhone app. Nevertheless, Evernote for Android focuses on uploading content to your account, with a basic search tool for accessing notes you have already saved. Options for creating a new note include uploading a photo or file, or typing or speaking in a note.

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For many business people, a Web site presence is key to their marketing strategy and ability to interface with the consumer world. Ensure that your company is always represented online with ServerUp, the Android app that tracks your server up time. For $2.99 you can be alerted to server downtime, with timed scanning options as well.

Sometimes the best business tool is the simplest.  AK Notepad for Android lets you jot down notes for whatever reason necessary. Reminders can then be set from your notes, and you can send notes to yourself via email, SMS or as a sticky note on your mobile phone’s home screen.  This free app also lets you share notes with others.

When the hectic pace of the business world leaves you little time, Locale for Android can be quite helpful. Assign automatic phone settings based on GPS locations, so your ringer will always be turned off as you walk into the office, and turned back on when you arrive at home. Pricey at $9.99, Locale has a niche appeal.

DroidDrop combines your Android phone and your Drop.io account, turning your device into a mobile office.  Sync files between Drop.io and your phone, setting files to be privately or selectively shared.  Your Drop.io  account can also be accessed on the Web, giving you a good business tool for group work as well.

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