We recently wrote a blog post about the security problems on the Android OS. Many consider Android to have quite an issue with malicious coding and malware but that’s really not the case. So, in the spirit of becoming reacquainted with the mobile OS here are 5 apps to help increase your productivity.
Increasingly, smartphones are used as portable computers with nearly all of the functionality of a laptop or even a tethered PC. The proliferation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies ensures that more and more employees are joining the burgeoning ranks of the mobile, transient workforce.
With Android being the most used mobile platform we thought we’d help you out and save you some time. So, without further ado, here are our choices of the top five productivity applications available on the Android OS.
Less and less people carry a notepad and a pen around with them, meaning that note taking is becoming more linked to the usage of an application on a smart phone. The best note taking app, Evernote has everything that users need to organise and share notes and information on the go, from their mobile device.
There’s an automated transcription service that allows users to use voice commands to write their notes up. Evernote offers a free service that provides 60mb of storage a month. Not a huge amount of space but small text documents take up very little storage space. For users needing more however there’s the option to pay for a premium service providing an increase in storage space of 16GB.
Download Evernote today and get started. You can find it on the Google Play Store here.
Another familiar name and face then, but one no less useful on a mobile device than it is on a PC or laptop. Dropbox provides users with some cloud storage and the ability to share those files with others easily. The service is likely the most well-known cloud storage solution available and it provides a service for both consumers and professionals alike.
Dropbox gifts users with the ability to flip through photo albums, edit and share important documents, and email attachments direct from the application. Your data is stored off shore effectively meaning that if you lose your device you can still access your files saved in Dropbox – don’t lose your login details though.
Dropbox provides users with 2GB of free cloud storage and users earn extra space for referring friends. Anyone interested can find the app here.
Business Calendar Pro
A calendar is obviously an important productivity tool and the calendar provided out of the box on Android devices fulfills most basic functions. However for an increase in productivity the Business Calendar Pro application can greatly benefit users. Effectively, it’s a calendar replacement application that synchronizes with Google Calendars and it has standard views – agenda, month, day, and event view – and there are also features that include customizing calendars allowing you to organize your day more effectively.
Interested Android users can find Business Calendar Pro on the Google Play Store.
Team Viewer For Remote Control
Sharing files easily seems to be the main area that users desire better ease of access in. Team Viewer for Android can provide exactly that and the application allows users to use multi-touch gestures and transfer files from their device to any computer. TeamView provides users with options to easily edit documents or access desired software.
Screen sharing means that users can free their data from the constrictions of the small mobile screen. This ensures that work is easily collaborated on and carrying around laptops and other larger devices is no longer necessary.
Anyone interested can download the application on the Google Play Store – TeamViewer for Remote Control.
Perhaps the hardest problem to reconcile in this smartphone saturated world is that of battery life. Most smart phones need charging at least once every day and this clearly impinges on users productivity. That doesn’t have to remain the case however and there’s a helpful application available to monitor battery consumption on users' Android enabled device.
Battery Doctor allows users to better optimise the way that their device is consuming battery life. Once the application is installed users can optimise battery life with one click, let the app automatically adjust system settings, and notify the user when the power level is below 20%.
The application is available on the Google Play Store. Download Battery Doctor here.
Android is a well-used and well-loved operating system. It provides users with the most control when compared to its Apple or Windows counterparts. The malware problem really isn’t the issue that it’s been made out to be. With more and more people adopting this platform, effective usage of it becomes important. Use the above applications to greatly increase your day-to-day productivity on your Android enabled smartphone.