35 Inspired Android Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Wednesday Oct 27th 2010 by Thor Olavsrud
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Android apps put power in the hands of knowledge workers no matter where that worker happens to be. Plus: some Android apps are free.

Can an Android app improve your life?

It sure seems so. The latest Android apps give knowledge workers the ability to connect and interface with information anytime, anywhere, like never before. With the right apps on your smartphone, you can collaborate with colleagues, view and update files, track your projects and all sorts of other neat tricks.

To help you get started, here's a list of 35 of the best Android apps to help knowledge workers get the most out of the power at their fingertips.

1) Thinking Space

Thinking Space is a mind mapping application that allows you to visualize, structure and classify ideas. You can create nodes, add notes to them and arrange them, all with a UI that makes it a snap to work with. The maps you create with this app are also compatible with PC-based Xmind and Freemind. Free.

2) SlideScreen

This app replaces your traditional home screen with one that shows summary information for SMS, Gmail, phone calls, Calendar, Google Reader, Stocks and Twitter, making seeing all your important information at once a snap. Free and paid. The paid version removes ads. $6.99.

3) Evernote

This app allows you to log, index and search all manner of information, from notes to audio to photos. For instance, you can take a photo of a white board and Evernote will recognize the text in the photo, index it and then allow you to find it later by entering a search term from the information on the white board. It even synchs with the Web. Free.

4) ActionComplete

ActionComplete is a robust task manager. It is built around projects you create, which are made up of individual actions that serve as milestones in the project. The app is based on the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology created by David Allen in his book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Free.

5) Greed

This RSS reader is built around its integration with Google Reader. It gives you offline access to your Google Reader articles and podcasts, and it provides notification for new articles. It also integrates with Instapaper. Free.

6) Bluetooth File Transfer

With this app, you can explore and manage the files on any Bluetooth-enabled device, receive files and send contacts. It's built on FTP and Object Push Profile (OPP). Free.

7) Documents To Go

This app puts Office productivity applications in the palm of your hand. It allows you to view, edit and create Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, as well as Adobe PDF files. You can even use the full suite of formatting options. Free and paid. The free version only gives you the ability to view documents, while the paid version unlocks all the features. $14.99.

8) MangoSpring Mobile

MangoSpring Mobile is a personal, team and company collaboration tool that allows you to share and update documents on the go. Free.

9) Root Explorer

Root Explorer is a file manager with root access to Android's file system, including the data folder. Paid: $3.95.

10) handyCalc Calculator

The app adds just about every calculator function you can think of to your Android phone, allowing you to put your scientific calculator in the drawer forever. Free.

11) Parcels

This handy app lets you track all your packages in one place. Carriers supported include: Apple, Fedex, UPS, UPS Mail Innovations, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.de, DHL Express National (Germany), DHL (Germany), DPD Standard (Germany), GLS (Germany), Hermes, TNT, TNT International (Netherlands), TNT National (Netherlands), OnTrac Shipping, LaserShip, Posten (Norway), Post (Austria), Post (Switzerland), Posten (Sweden), USPS, DHL (USA), DHL Express (GB), Home Delivery Network (GB), Japan Post Int. Mail, CNE Express, Royal Mail, Spee-Dee Delivery (USA), Parcelforce. Free.

12) LogMeIn Ignition

This app lets you securely access your computers—Windows or Mac—and all the files on them remotely from your phone. Never leave anything behind again. Paid: $29.99.

13) Time Recording

Time Recording is an app that lets you manage your time sheet, including options like tasks, target time, hourly rate, paid overtime and multiple data/time formats. It also supports CSV export. Free.

14) Android Time Card

This time clock allows you to check in and check out on your phone and then e-mail your time sheet to yourself in CSV format. It supports multiple timers and even allows you to record your mileage for when you're on the go. Paid: $2.95.

15) CallTrack

This app logs your phone activity to your Google Calendar, allowing you to track who you've called or received calls from and when. Free.

16) MightyMeeting

Manage a library of PowerPoint presentations directly from your Android phone with this app. You can use the app to share the presentations via e-mail, blog, Twitter and Facebook, and you can also start or join Web meetings using it. Free.

17) GDocs for Android

This editor/viewer for Google Documents allows you to create, edit, view, import, export, send documents and sync them with your Google Docs account. Free.

18) QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite

This Microsoft Office productivity suite for Android devices allows you to view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files with integrated access to multiple remote storage providers. Paid: $15.

19) Exchange for Android

This app offers Exchange/Outlook sync for your Android! It works with Exchange 2003/2007 and allows you to sync your e-mail, contacts

20) DroidAnalytics

This app puts all your Google Analytics data at your fingertips. You can quickly see Pageviews, Visits, Unique Visitors, Average Time on Site and Bounce Rate, with filters for Top Keywords, Top Referrers, Top Countries, Top Traffic sources, Top Search Engines, Top Referring Sites and Top Browsers. Paid: $1.47.

21) NewsRob

This is an excellent, plain but functional Google Reader client with built-in syncing for off-line reading. Free and paid. The free version features ads. NewsRob Pro goes for $7; it removes the ads and adds exclusive features for power users.

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