The platform for mobile apps has changed from simply entertainment to now encompass business applications that provide office efficiency and convenience.
Being able to communicate with employees, organize office priorities and smoothly keep track of deadlines, specialized apps have opened a new world for businesses. Here are the top 10 business apps for Android.
1. Quickoffice Pro
Although expensive in terms of typical app prices, the $14.99 offer includes the Quickoffice Pro bundle. This app supports all Microsoft Office applications including PowerPoint, so users are able to read, edit and create documents, spreadsheets, and slides anywhere their phone takes them.
2. Google Docs
The invention of Google Docs has transformed the business world by allowing all users of a company to view and edit spreadsheets, documents, and slideshows through Google’s online platform. Regardless of location, Google Docs allows users to collaborate with wherever their co-workers live. The Android app provides easy file sharing with contacts while the camera can be used as a reader to scan documents onto the app.
3. CamScanner – Phone PDF Creator
More advanced than the Google Docs app scanner, CamScanner allows users to import office documents into their Android phone by converting the photos into PDFs. When importing multiple pages of one document, the app’s batch mode automatically crops and saves the PDF pages into one file instead of creating a separate file for each. While there is an ad-supported free version, the ads-free paid version is more convenient and efficient.
4. Picsel Smart Office
Smart Office’s interface supports Office ‘97-‘10 with a 3D document viewing option. It has a custom clipboard and text reflowing option that includes an additional tablet interface.
Another doc scanner and reader, OfficeDrop differs from other apps because of its “web-based document portal” which allows users to manage their previous receipts and documents via a desktop. Scanned through the phone’s camera, the documents are created into PDF documents that can be labeled and organized.
For Outlook on Android, TouchDown connects to the Exchange server and provides a single interface allowing access to email, calendar, contacts and tasks. What sets TouchDown apart from the built-in email client is its built-in configuration options that can be set to fit the client’s personal needs. Though it is $19.99, there is a 30-day free trial that allows the user full access to the app.
7. Splashtop Remote Desktop
Allowing the user to access their personal desktop remotely, Splashtop Remote Desktop supports both PC and Mac. This app streams the entire desktop to the mobile device for only $4.99.
8. Cloud Print
This app is one of the best printing apps for an Android device. From any Google Cloud Print connected printer, images taken from other apps or the built-in camera can be directly sent to Cloud Print for easy printing. And with a Cloud Print printer, print jobs can be sent internationally for free.
9. SignMyPad Pro
This Android app has the ability to sign documents from any location. It has an embedded GPS tool, which records the users coordinates for maximum security. While there is a free version, the Pro version features location awareness as well as other handy tools. Via email or Dropbox, open the PDF document, sign it with this app and save it for personal records.
This device uses the Android camera to scan business cards. The information provided is then saved directly into the phone’s contacts. It has an option for batch scanning, QR code scanning, and email signature scanning for maximum efficiency.
Stable and business-ready, these 10 Android business apps will keep offices running smoothly from any location and any device.
Ted Levin is a freelance writer and editor. He enjoys writing about social media, content marketing, and storytelling.