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10 Apps That Will Turn Your Android into the Ultimate Business Machine

10 Apps That Will Turn Your Android into the Ultimate Business Machine


    Blackberrys were the default business device until the iPhone came about. Many companies adopted the iPhone because of it’s better web browsing and apps were way more plentiful than on the Blackberry devices.

    However, companies still seem overlook Android devices.

    Android phones can be fully customized with any number of applications to turn your Android into the ultimate business machine.

    Here are 10 applications to get you started:

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    1. Business Calendar

    Half of the battle is won by showing up on time. Business Calendar for Android allows you to manage multiple Google Calendars just like Google’s own web interface. In the Month View, you can easily show and hide calendars from the main window. To change from Month to Week View, simply swipe your finger over that week. Need to see more — or less — than a week? Use the slider at the bottome of the screen to show anywhere from 1-14 days.

    Download Business Calendar

    2. Evernote

    Evernote has become one of the most powerful business tools for anyone who wants to remember and organize anything. Evernote is adaptable to the GTD methodology or pretty much any method you’d like to use. Using Evernote for Android will allow for voice-to-text notes and voice notes. Scanning business cards saves you from losing them after any networking meetings you may have.

    Download Evernote

    3. Task N Todos

    Task N Todos is the easiest task manager for Android. The clean and simple layout, coupled with the All Tasks list and the Summary tasks list, makes Task N Todos much easier to manage multiple lists than on the web-based Google Tasks.

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    Download Task N Todos

    4. LastPass

    LastPass is a ray of light in what can only be described as the horrible world of passwords. With extensions for every major desktop browser and the premium option to use LastPass on your Android, there is no reason to have lame (or easy to guess) passwords any longer.

    Download LastPass

    5. SMS Backup+

    So many people are using text messaging for business these days, so it’s really important to be able to save these SMS conversations. SMS Backup+ will save your text and picture messages, along with your call log to your Gmail account. If you’d like, your call log can also be displayed on your Google Calendar. Having your call log here is great when you want to track sales calls.

    Download SMS Backup+

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    6. Dropbox

    Dropbox offers several great benefits for Android users. Instantly uploading images and videos taken from your camera can be a lifesaver if your device gets lost or malfunctions. You will also have access to all of the files stored in your Dropbox folders, meaning you will always be “in sync” no matter where you are.

    Download Dropbox

    7. Skype

    Whether you have a Skype number or just make Skype to Skype calls, SMS and video chats, having Skype on your Android is an essential business tool. (That said, unless you have a fast network and fast device, video chatting can be a little choppy at times.)

    Download Skype

    8. Call Reminder Notes

    Call Reminder Notes is the perfect app for remembering information you’d like to talk to someone about. Set a reminder to “Call Dave at 3:30 on Tuesday” and add notes about why you need to talk to him. If the information isn’t urgent, you can also add in a note to pop-up the next time you talk to him.

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    Download Call Reminder Notes

    9. Google Voice

    Google Voice is a great option if you want to have more than one phone number going to your Android phone, and even more ideal for anyone looking to keep their personal and business lives totally separate. Think of it as a customizable voicemail service. Contacts can be grouped and a voicemail greeting can be recorded just for them.The voicemails are transcribed and emailed, texted or displayed in the Google Voice Android app. With Google Voice, you have the ability to text message and make calls using either your Google Voice number or your normal cell phone number.

    Download Google Voice

    10. Pomodroid

    One of the hardest tasks when working while mobile is the greater level of distraction. Pomodroid is an app based on The Pomodoro Technique. The basic idea is to work on one task for 25 minutes then take a short break. Pomodroid is a timer to help you keep track of your time — and your breaks.

    Download Pomodroid

    (Photo credit: Young Businessman on Tablet via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on May 14, 2019

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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