Note: A guest article by Carolyn. More details about her after the post.
It seems like every day we are discovering more and more things we can do with our smartphones.
Remember the days when typing up a document involved, at the bare minimum, a typewriter that weighed almost as much as you did? Remember when inventory management required someone to walk up and down the aisles of the warehouse, noting each and every item on the shelves?
These days we can edit documents, view up-to-date inventory management information and do a whole lot more awesome stuff by simply tapping a few buttons.
The future is now, and if you’re wondering how to get your business in on the smartphone revolution, here are a few of the worthy, productive business apps for Android. You didn’t get your business going by wasting tons of money, did you? Of course not! With that in mind, you won’t have to spend a dime on these apps, unless you require some premium features.
Note: All the apps mentioned in this post can be downloaded from the Google Android market. Appropriate links provided for your convenience.
This app allows users to view and edit email attachments from Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other parts of the Microsoft Office Suite.
This will be great news to anyone who has ever scrambled to find a computer to make a few last minute edits to a business proposal or quarterly report. The Premium version is a pricy $30, but some users might find the ability to create and edit documents that are not only email attachments to be a nice little bonus feature. The app also works for PDF files.
This app is perfect for those who prefer to operate within the simplicity of Google’s Docs program. The benefits are plentiful. First, Google Docs is much, much easier to use within the app than it is when viewed through Android’s web browser. Also, Google Docs stores everything within in the Cloud, so when you’re running late and need to make a few last minute edits before the meeting, you can do it on your phone, and the changes will show up on your desktop or tablet, where you can print them out.
Business cards are so 2009. When Bump was introduced, it pretty much made business cards a thing of the past.
The app lets you exchange contact information with colleagues and fellow business owners with a few button clicks. If you’re worried that your colleague might have an iPhone, fear not! The app works with Android and iOS, so you can get everyone’s information at that next Tweet Up.
This one does exactly what its name implies. You can order a cab from the office so that when you get to the bottom floor, it will be waiting for you, like your own personal pine-scented limousine service. The app uses Android’s GPS system to find your location and you can choose your company and order your cab quickly and simply. The app also allows users to call the cab company and select a place and time for pick up.
Evernote is an app that allows users to take notes on their phones. Not too cool, huh? Did we mention the app stores all your notes in the Cloud so you can sync them with your computer and tablet?
If you need to make a note of something, you can either type into a traditional note or use the apps voice recorder to make an audio reminder. Never again will you have to pull 7 different notebooks together to look at all your notes, they are all stored on Evernote now.
Take your tasks wherever you go with this feature-packed Android application. Spot tasks situated close by, include and finish tasks on the move, sort out future tasks, and sync it all flawlessly with Remember The Milk (RTM), admired online service of the same name.
This app symbolizes mobile task-management at its best. With millions of users worldwide, Remember The Milk is everywhere you are: from your phone, to the web, to your Google apps, and more.
TripIt is a necessary app for business travelers who would like to manage and share their travel plans with the rest of their team or let Facebook and LinkedIn contacts know when and where you’re headed.
It’s a chief dashboard for all of your travel plans, covering you and your network’s movements, points, miles, itineraries and more. TripIt “automagically” gets all your trip aspects and makes one helpful itinerary that’s there when and where you require it – on your Android, synced with your calendar, and online at tripit.com. Pro users (optional) get two extra bonuses: flight alerts and alternate flight choices.
8. Angry Birds
Even the most high-powered business executive has to cut loose every once in a while.
Whether you’re killing time between meetings or at lunch, Angry Birds has become synonymous with “decreased workplace productivity” for a reason.
I know there are hundreds if not thousands of Android apps are available for your business on Android market. Did I miss some app you find worthy?
Let us know in the comments section.
Author name: Carolyn
About: Carolyn is a guest blogger who writes about small business and the tools, like Big Commerce, that they use to optimize their performance.
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