Many surprising things have happened in the world of telecommunications and IT during the past few years. High on the list are three well-documented and ongoing trends: the rise of smartphones and tablets in the enterprise, the popularity of Google’s Android and the consumerization of IT. As Android continues to make inroads into business, more and more apps are being developed that can help busy executives in their day-to-day activities. We've collected 15 popular business and productivity apps for busy executives from the Android Market.
Click through for 15 hot apps for busy executives from the Android Market.
Documents To Go 3.0, from DataViz, Inc., allows you to view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files in one app. The full version of the app also allows you to edit the files and supports password protected Word and Excel 97-2010 files. Need access to Google Docs? No problem. Documents To Go 3.0 also allows you to download, view and edit your files from Google Docs.
Cost: Free / Full Version – $14.99
Access your computer, files and desktop apps securely from your mobile device with PocketCloud Remote Desktop Pro, from Wyse Technology Inc. The application works with both Windows and Mac computers from anywhere on the planet. It’s easy to set up and packed with usability features like the Touch Pointer, keyboard auto-activation and custom keyboards with convenient shortcuts.
Jump Desktop, by Phase Five Systems LLC., is a remote desktop application that lets you control your computer from your phone or tablet. Compatible with both RDP and VNC, Jump Desktop is secure, reliable and very easy to set up. Features include a streamlined user interface that gives you the best possible remote desktop experience on any of your mobile devices.
Enhanced Email, by Quantum Apps LLC, is a fully featured but lightweight email client that can easily aggregate all of your email accounts into a single location. Whether you are a regular email user just needing to keep in touch with friends/family or a power business user needing to synchronize calendar/contacts/email with your Exchange server, Enhanced Email is the only application you will need. Enhanced Email features Microsoft's innovative Activesync technology and is licensed to use it from Microsoft using the same license such as power houses Apple Inc and HTC.
Droid Scan Pro PDF, by Trans-code Design, allows you to turn your mobile phone into a document scanner that goes where you go. Convert any snapshot into a highly readable JPEG or PDF by fixing geometry, contrast and color.
With MyBackup Pro, by RerWare, LLC, you can create backups of all the important data on your phone to your SD Card or RerWare's online secure servers. Then you can restore that data to any phone that MyBackup Pro supports, regardless of platform.
Skifta turns your Android device into a global remote control. Certified by the Digital Network Living Alliance (DNLA), Skifta allows your Android device to stream onboard media to any DNLA-enabled device, including TVs, stereos, PCs and the Sony PlayStation 3.
Juggling more passwords than you can keep track of? LastPass Password Manager Premium may be just what you need. It's a secure password generator that securely syncs your passwords across all your browsers and devices and automatically fills forms on all sites.
Cost: App – Free / 14-day free trial, requires $1 per month subscription afterwards.
Do you want or need your phone to change its behavior based on where you are? Look no further than Llama – Location Profiles. It can change your phone's ringer and ringtones — and a host of other settings as well — based on your location.
Want more control over your SMS app? The highly configurable chompSMS app, by Delicious Inc., gives it to you in spades. You can alter the style of your chat bubbles, add themes, a passcode lock, signatures and more. There are even blacklisting and Quick Reply features.
PdaNet allows you to use USB Tether or Bluetooth DUN to connect your laptop to the Internet using your Android phone as a modem. You can use your phone to connect via 3G data, Wi-Fi and even VPN.
Cost: Free – blocks access to secure Web sites / Premium – $15.95.
Seesmic integrates streams from Twitter, Facebook and even Salesforce.com Chatter into a single client, allowing you to stay on top of all your messages from various sources. Unlike many clients, it supports multiple accounts, giving you the ability when composing a message to send it out via one of your accounts or all of them at once. You can also customize a large number of features.
Turn your Android phone into a walkie-talkie with TiKL – Touch to Talk. It provides push to talk capabilities between Android phones without additional hardware and without using minutes. Communication is near instantaneous on 3G and 4G networks.
With Bluetooth File Transfer, 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).
Want to read an electronic book, newspaper or magazine but don't have your Kindle with you? Or don't have a Kindle at all? It's not a problem with Amazon’s Kindle App for Android, which allows you to read any of 900,000 Kindle-formatted books with your Android device.