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I started an Insurance business in 1998 and from a £30,000 initial investment, turned it into a multi-million pound business which was sold to the Capita Group in 2010. I decided to setup ARWood Consulting with a vision to provide business advice to others looking to achieve their goals in business. When not working, I'm an avid classic car collector.

JULY
16
2012

Top 10 Android apps for business

Top 10 Android apps for business

The top ten Android business applications that no entrepreneur should be without. All the apps listed below can be download and purchased (where applicable) via Google Play on your Android smartphone.

  • Documents To Go - Documents To Go is a must have for any business user. If you use Microsoft Office in your daily life then you will need Documents To Go. The app enables you to view, and more importantly edit and create Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files in a mobile-friendly way. Price: £9.29
  • Google Gdocs - If you've chosen the Google way instead of Microsoft Office, then this handy app, will help you get more out of Google Docs on your mobile. Download a document to your Android device, edit the doc offline and then sync the file back to Google Docs. The Gdocs app allows you to edit and create Google Documents including text documents, spread sheets and PDFs with a much mobile-friendly interface than the normal Google Docs web interface. Price: Free
  • Evernote - Evernote for Android lets you capture your thoughts as they happen, wherever you find yourself, in meetings, on the train, or when you wake up with a great idea for your business at 3am in the morning. Thoughts can be captured as text, pictures or audio. You can then share the information with your other devices; laptops, desktops, Macs, PCs, even other types of phone. The free version has more than enough memory for most users, however you are limited on the amount you can upload. Evernote Premium gives you bigger upload capacity, offers greater sharing options, gives you access to note history, and more. Plus, you get PDF searching, faster image recognition, and no ads. All for just £4.00 per month or £35.00 per year
  • Dropbox - Dropbox is fast becoming the default method of sharing data on the internet. Dropbox gives you 2Gb of free cloud storage and adding and copying data couldn't be easier. Dump files you want to sync in a folder on your computer – it works with mobiles, tablets, Macs, PCs – and Dropbox will let you access them on your Android phone. You can even stream music and movies in your Dropbox straight to your Android phone. Price: Free (extra storage space starts from £6.31 a month)
  • Remote for PowerPoint - Run your presentations from your Android phone, using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Just swipe your finger on the phone to change and remote control your PowerPoint presentation. See the slide image and slide notes in the phone, keep your presentation max time, highlight or draw with the mouse as a laser pointer and much more. The app supports Microsoft PowerPoint and OpenOffice Impress files and will work with embedded animations, audio, and video. Price: Free
  • Skype for Android - The Skype application for Android brings you all the power of Skype in a mobile-friendly format. Make free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype, whether they're on an Android, iPhone, Mac or PC. You can add a contact by searching by name, email address, or Skype name. Once you've got some friends in your Contacts list, simply tap on their name, and you get the option to place a voice call, a video call, or send an IM. As well as IM to send messages you can also use Skype as a way of sending pictures, videos and files to any of your contacts, it's cheaper than MMS and it's much easier than trying to send data via Bluetooth. Price: Free
  • Seesmic - Seesmic is the best way to manage your social networks in one powerful and yet simple app. You can see and update your Facebook, Twitter and Salesforce Chatter accounts at the same time, as well as being able to search and get notifications for new messages. Additionally you can share photos, videos and location using Lockerz, yFrog, TwitPic and even YouTube all from within the app. Price: Free
  • HulloMail - HulloMail is a voicemail and voice messaging app. It's free to download and use, and it works with phones on the Three, Orange, Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile, BT and Talk mobile networks. HulloMail lets you access voicemails and missed call notifications via your handset, email or the Web. It also includes a feature called 'Hullos', which lets you send instant voice messages to your contacts for free. Price: Free (HulloMail is ad-funded but you can get an ad-free version with unlimited storage for only £5.99 for the year)
  • TripIt - TripIt is a travel organiser app for Android, and is ideal for those constantly on the go. TripIt takes all your trip details and creates an itinerary that's there, when and where you need it – on your smartphone or tablet, sync'd with your calendar, and online at tripit.com. When you receive a confirmation email from anywhere you book, simply forward it to plans@tripit.com. TripIt instantly recognises reservations from 3,000+ booking sites including cruises, restaurants, concerts and more. Price: Free (TripIt is ad-funded but you can get an ad-free version for £2.54)
  • WorldCard Mobile - WorldCard Mobile is a business card scanner for your Android phone. Simply take a picture of the business card with the your phone's camera and the card details are automatically recognised and translated to digital text and uploaded to the WorldCard database, or directly into your phone's contacts. It even recognises cards in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch. Price: £3.79.
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