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Android at work: 38 business-worthy apps

JR Raphael | May 3, 2016
For Android to win over the enterprise, it needs the right apps -- and these offerings definitely mean business.

Last but not least, if your mobile productivity needs are relatively basic and your business is committed to Google's cloud, the company's Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps may be good enough to get the job done. The apps' automatic cross-device synchronization and real-time multiuser collaboration are compelling perks, but don't expect to have a full desktop-like set of office suite features at your disposal.

Basic note-taking

For less intensive note-taking, Microsoft's OneNote app integrates seamlessly with the company's Office 365 OneDrive for Business system. It offers a laundry list of features, including the ability to create multiple notebooks, capture handwritten notes, and search for text captured in images.

Evernote is a popular third-party alternative with a similar set of tools for note capture and organization, while Google Keep is a lighter-weight option for mobile note and list management (with, as you'd expect, the bonus of tidy integration with the rest of the Google app ecosystem).

Team and customer communication

Most popular software for enterprise-level communication is available on Android via the official Google Play Store. Current corporate darling Slack is there and ready to beam your colleagues' incessant chit-chat into the palm of your hand, as is team-talk alternative HipChat. If you're a Cisco-loving business, the firm's Cisco Spark app is ready and waiting to take care of your corporate communication needs.

For on-the-go face-to-face meetings, Cisco WebEx, Skype for Business, and GoToMeeting are all available on Android -- as is, of course, Google's own Hangouts app, which features free audio and video calling between individuals or groups of users.

Business management

Industry-specific business management software like Salesforce and Workday are present in the Google Play Store, as are broader project management tools like Trello and the enterprise-friendly Basecamp.

Companies with cavalries of mobile road warriors may want to consider Expensify, which makes it easy as (soon-to-be-expensed) pie to collect receipts on the road; all a user has to do is open the app, snap a photo, and sit back while the software extracts all the pertinent details. The app can even export expense data into a generic format or one catered specifically to a program like Excel, Salesforce, or Microsoft Dynamics.

File management

Enterprises relying on the cloud for file transfers or storage have plenty of options for Android-toting users to deal with data on the go. Microsoft's OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox all offer Android apps for uploading, downloading, and manipulating or sharing files from smartphones and other mobile devices.


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