With an extensive base of third-party software developers churning out thousands of apps on a regular basis, the Android operating system hosts some really innovative applications which can turn your Android smart-phone into a powerful tool to boost your productivity. Our researchers have spent months tapping away at their screens to bring you 10 useful office applications for your Android smart-phone:
1. Skype (FREE)
Skype, the most popular Internet telephony service provider in the world brings you the Skype app for Android smart-phones. With this app, you’ll be able to make low-cost calls, SMS messages, send pictures, videos and make free Skype-to-Skype video calls to any of your Skype contacts.
Developer / Publisher: Skype
Helping todays on the go smart-phone users, CallFlakes brings forward a host of follow-up services when you end a call. Offering six ultra-useful follow-up types, namely text, reminder, email, meeting, share and call CallFlakes makes following up a simple one-tap affair. This is an incredibly useful tool for executives who’re always on calls.
Developer / Publisher: CallSome Solutions
3. Friday: The Personal Assistant
Introducing the first passive auto journal, Friday helps you handle today’s high speed workloads by remembering for you. Just like your brain, Friday collates events happening around you, the people you meet, the locations you visit, the photos you take, Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare feeds, along with your calls, texts and mails to present you a digitized and searchable timeline. With Friday, you can share your favorite activities which you’ve been doing all day. Filter and search through your activities to find the exact information you need instantly.
Developer / Publisher: Dexetra
Box grants you cloud based access to your files from anywhere. Secure with file-level encryption, pass code lock and auto logout, Box also syncs nicely with your Google Account, letting you access, create and view key documents, upload multiple images, videos and files from your smart-phone’s SD card, save files for offline access, share folders, leave comments on files, save files you edit or create in other apps to your Box account and access Box files from within other Android apps. Add widgets and home-screen shortcuts to a file or folder and see updates on files by those you’ve shared it with. With up to 5 Gb of data at your disposal, Box lets you focus on the task at hand.
Developer / Publisher: Box
Version: Varies with device
CamScanner can turn your phone into a powerful document scanner. Scan multiple pages of text, receipts, business cards, books and quickly store them to your Android device. Putting together an expansive set of services, CamScanner lets you sync documents in real-time, so that edits made on one device simultaneously show up on others. Use CamScanner and carry out multi-page scans, batch scans, merge documents, auto-crop photographs, Smart-enhance scan results and save them to system album, create PDF files for scans. All real world documents can be digitized and saved right away on your smart-phone.
Developer / Publisher: IntSig Information Co. Ltd.
Price: $4.96 (Free 1 month trial)
Re-invent your typing speed, making it faster, and more intuitive using the latest touch-screen input software. SwiftKey 4 introduces SwiftKey Flow, one of the world’s most powerful gesture-input technologies, combining the intuitive capabilities of SwiftKey’s own prediction engine with speed and style. Glide your finger across the screen and Swiftkey will analyze your input and offer real-time predictions. Users can now ‘flow’ entire phrases without even having to lifting their finger, simply by gesturing to the space bar.
Developer / Publisher: Swiftkey
Version: Varies with device
Price: $1.82 (Free 1 month trial)
7. Google Drive
Weighing in with its game changing Drive, Google offers users 5GB of free space and allows you to upload files to Google Drive directly from your Android smart-phone. Users can make any file available offline, enabling access even without an internet connection, take photos of printed documents and convert them into Google document, plus letting you share and sync files with your peers. Google drive updates to the latest version of the file every time it’s edited. A one-stop solution to boost your productivity, Google Drive brings you the most comprehensive suite of services, free of cost.
Developer / Publisher: Google
Bringing you the power of Microsoft Office and placing it in the palm of your hand, CloudOn allows you to use your Android smart-phone to create, review and edit Microsoft Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint® documents. CloudOn helps you sync documents between your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts. Users can preview a large number of files including: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc. Share your work, show, edit and create charts, alter the contents of any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files from your phone itself. A nifty auto-save feature makes this app a must-have.
Developer / Publisher: CloudOn Inc.
Version: Varies with device
The to-do manager to beat all to-do managers, Any.Do keeps you on top of your work by remembering all the tasks you have to complete. With a host of features like cloud sync, Google Task Sync, alerts, speech recognition, notes, Widgets, complete task management, auto complete, gesture support & much more, users can get the most out of Any.DO’s beautiful & extremely functional interface. Syncing across all devices, Any.DO lets you drag & drop jobs on to your agenda, swipe off a task to mark it as complete & shake your smart-phone to clear your completed tasks. Share tasks with others and get even more work done. With extensive multi-language support, Any.Do is a must-have for users worldwide.
Developer / Publisher: Any.DO
Evernote is a powerful app that’s loaded to the brim with features, helping you keep everything in sync across all your devices, managing your notes, images and files, making them available across every device you use. Evernote also helps you take pictures, record audio and save entire web pages to your Evernote account including the images and links. Evernote helps you organize by collecting information from various sources into a single place. From text notes to web pages to files to snapshots, everything is always at your fingertips. Evernote also helps you plan your travel, collecting confirmations, maps and scanned travel documents, making sure they’re always at your fingertips. Sharing your work has never been easier, thanks to Evernote.
Developer / Publisher: Evernote Corporation