With the continuous expansion of the Android Os into more mobile devices each day, busy professionals on the go are always seeking out new ways and more Apps to make their Android devices more accommodating to their business needs while they are mobile.
And while most of the Apps that offers them mobile satisfaction are paid ones, there are still a few free Apps that can outperform the said paid apps and are almost a necessity for every Android device that is owned by busy professionals.
Today, I list my top 10 choice of free apps that can enhance your productivity while you are on the go.
1. Yahoo Mail for Android
There are a few alternate email clients that you may be able to use to access your Yahoo Mail account on the Android. But if you want to enjoy all of the same flexibility of Yahoo mail — such as rich text editing, formatting, ease of attachments, and a view of your email just as if you was viewing it on a PC — no other mail client can handle the job as efficient as the Yahoo Mail app for Android.
As a software engineer and ardent critic of technology applications, I was bent on giving Yahoo a gruesome and thorough analysis of this App, which may not had been a fair start. But after one month of research usage and evaluation among my team of three other Android evaluators at the University of Dublin (in Ireland), we had no other choice but to give the Yahoo Mail App for Android a nine out of 10 rating for its ease of use flexibility, speed, beautiful interface, and user friendly menus.
The other one percent was probably withheld out of prejudice and our sheer disbelief that this App could have been so flawless.
Today, it is the most used App on my Android phone, and I am sure it is the same for many other users.
2. WhatsApp Messenger
A little over a year ago this App was still in its infant stage. But today; from the Middle East to Asia, WhatsApp Messenger seems to be rivaling the struggling but dominant blackberry messenger service when it comes to smooth and almost cost free multi-national mobile messaging.
Unlike the complexities of having to get a user’s Blackberry PIN with a series of precise serials, WhatsApp simply connects you to another person half a world away once you have their mobile phone number in your phone’s default address book.
And once their mobile numbers are there, WhatsApp automatically adds them to your available contacts list, thus making it easier for you to know who is using the App and who is not; and by extension, connect with them instantly.
And even if they changes the device or even change their number, WhatsApp makes it seamlessly easy for their contacts to be automatically transferred to the new device, and as such, continue to be in contact with you.
While its additional features includes image file sharing, and instant voice message sharing, the App may need to go a little further to allow for more file exchange flexibilities and a little more intuition to make it more adapted for both business and pleasure.
However, if global mobile messaging for free is on your lists of interest, then it is well worth having WhatsApp on your Android device (or other supported phones Os).
3. Kingsoft Office
Well I have to admit it, Kingsoft Office is indeed a king when it comes to preparing, editing and viewing Microsoft Office documents or any other office productivity document on Android devices.
This well compiled piece of App gives you all of the flexibilities, features, menus and user options that you can find on even the most advance Office suit on your desktop computer. It is like having your desktop office application in the palm of your hands.
During our Android research , I compared this product with almost every major App in its category, and can safely say that it has practically doubled the performance levels of its closest rival.
Walking around with an Android device, and not having this App installed on it, is like simply putting yourself in a less productive position.
Whenever you are on the go there is always a need to scan documents, agreements and other information that may be important for later use or subsequent print off.
Well, the Camscanner App has passed my test as a true mobile scanning tool that defies my initially low expectations.
Unlike other Apps where you have to be fixing the document in a perfect position or having to be twisting and angling yourself, zoom in and then zoom out; this App is way pass all that drama.
Just hold or quick focus on the document and touch the scan button, and camscanner (see this video) would do all the rest. It recognizes the document, and automatically trim out all of the other objects around it including any fingers that was holding the document, then quickly converts it into a nice, clean, and crystal clear PDF scanned image just as if you had scanned it on a machine.
Install this App on your Android and you would be surprised at its smart scan capabilities, and how benefiting it can be for you. It’s like walking around with the entire office scanner in the palm of your hands.
5. Drop box
This is a well established app that is very useful for sharing files between your computer and your phone, and would allow you to indirectly edit documents on your PC (even if it is turned) off while you are on the go.
You can then power up your PC later and access the same file from your drop box folder for further review or continuous work.
Other core features includes cloud file storage, and file sharing with as many computers (users) as you may wish, directly or indirectly from your phone or the account itself.
6. Magic Jack
I have used many other Apps on my Android devices for free calling. However, the only one that seems to offer better call quality, and all the other features of a standard telephone for free, regardless of where you are; is the Magic Jack App for Android.
This App pushes your call even through the slowest of an Edge internet connection and offers you the opportunity to call for free year round to the USA and Canada, while an upgrade would be required for minimal paid calling to other countries.
Persons can also call you wherever you may be via a vanity number that is assigned to your phone by the Magic Jack App.
7. Printer Share
There are a lot of Apps that offers you the ability to print from your Android devices, sometimes with many trials and errors.
But the Bluetooth printing, WiFi printing, and network printing options provided by Printer Share, makes it a preferred a preferred App for a business person who simply wants to print their documents on the go, or have the convenience of virtual printing access, minutes before a meeting that may be far away.
It allows the user to print files from his PC drop box folder (even if the PC is in Tokyo and the user is in New York), or it allows the user to print to his business partner’s printer way back in London, using the phone’s internet connection.
If printing on-the-go means something to you, you may indeed want to embrace printer share.
8. Dolphin browser
The generic browser that comes with your Android device can often be slow and cumbersome, and may also restrict you to view web-pages in mobile format only, even though you may sometimes want to see the site’s desktop version on your tablet or your phone.
To make things easier, the Dolphin browser allows you to switch between the desktop and the mobile version of a website with just once touch of an icon.
Unlike other browsers, it allows you to view flash websites and portals using other website features that are usually not accessible on a mobile device.
Though this browser is comparatively slower than Opera mini, its overall performance means that it is within the best of the rest, and is definitely worth a shot on your Android device.
Ever received a file in compressed file format on your phone and can’t uncompress it to see what’s inside? Then you may need AndroZip for Android .
This App would allow you to easily uncompress over twenty file formats on your mobile device, and assign the relevant program to view its contents.
This is certainly a reasonably powerful unzipping utility that would have usually been accessible on a desktop computer only.
So if you want to save yourself the file compression hassle while you are on the move, then you may also need to install AndroZip.
10. Team Viewer
You may be on the go, and need to retrieve a document from one of your staff computers or a computer at home; or you may need to review a client list yourself or edit a document back in the office yourself.
With Team Viewer you can view the screen of your computer via your mobile phone screen, and assist your staff with a document or view a document even if you are half a world away.
Using Team Viewer would simply require your staff entering a code to accept your incoming request to view their screen or you can pre-authorize your phone to have unrestricted access to selected computers in the office, and practically control, use or shut down the office PC down, even if you are half a world away.
This may sound a bit creepy and snoopy, but it is a tool that may be more than useful for people having to offer technical or administrative support to someone in an office thousands of miles away.
In conclusion, there are many other Apps that could have easily made this list as they have their own unique features and benefits. But for now, the above seems to be some cool ones that may matters the most for every busy professional on the go.