If there’s one thing that the Android and iOS platforms share in common, it would be business. We see business owners – men and women – split fairly evenly when it comes to picking a side in the smartphone and tablet debate, and each side has its strong points. However, the Android platform is able to tip the scales in its favor, mainly due to Adobe Flash and MS Office compatible platforms, and a few other extras.
You work hard running your small business, so let your Android device help you by downloading the right apps to make things easier for you. Desktop PC apps may keep you on top of things at the office, but why stay chained to your desk when you have a powerful device right in your pocket?
If you’re looking for a solid video conferencing app to meet remotely with your employees or clients, then look no more than Skype. This hard-to-beat service is synonymous with video chat. With the Android app, you can make video calls using the front-facing camera on your smartphone or tablet. It’s flexible, so you can easily connect with other Skype users on almost any device. And if you’re away from the office, it can virtually drop you into a staff meeting.
The latest version of Google’s mobile OS – Android 4.4 KitKat – finally gives us access to native wireless printer support, although only a handful of the newest mobile phones have received the update. For everyone else, there’s Google Cloud Print, an Android app that offers a relatively painless way to print your documents or the contents of a webpage straight from your smartphone. It’s very easy to set up and it saves you the hassle of transferring documents from your smartphone to your PC before printing.
Google’s very own cloud storage platform makes it easy for Android users to access their files and documents on the go. It’s fully integrated with QuickOffice (which we’re going to talk about later); just sign in using your Google account credentials, and every document your edit or create will automatically be uploaded to the cloud. Installing the Google Drive desktop app on your PC will ensure that all your files and documents are available on any Web-connected device.
There are a lot of mobile office solutions on Android for you to choose from, but serious business owners should go for QuickOffice to view and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the go. This app has more features and broader compatibility than any other app, and it offers better tools for inserting tables, images, charts and other complex elements into your documents. What’s more, it’s fully compatible with Microsoft Office files so you can seamlessly transition between your desktop computer and your smartphone. On top of that, all editing can be done offline in QuickOffice, so you’ll never have to worry about losing service.
This personal finance app for Android comes loaded with useful tools and features for serious entrepreneurs. The app allows you to categorize, record and track your small business’ expenses with its user-friendly interface, then organizes them into visual graphs to show where your money is going. Simply put, the app will help you keep your bank account so you can stay on track with business operations.
Evernote is a popular, feature-rich note-taking app that helps you organize your life, as well as your business. It’s a free app that lets you dictate or manually enter notes, take photos, create to-do lists, and more. The app automatically indexes your notes and makes them searchable from any device so you can capture – and recall – your next great business idea, wherever you may be.