Productivity and Business Apps for Android - dummies

Productivity and Business Apps for Android

By Daniel A. Begun

Many business-related Android apps are ready to help with common business and productivity tasks. These apps assist with scanning business cards, taking notes, working with Microsoft Office documents, reading PDF documents, blogging with WordPress, printing to nearby Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled printers, and organizing your appointments, tasks, and to-do’s.

Here are some popular productivity and business apps available for Android devices:

  • CamCard ($6.99 US): With CamCard, you use the Android device’s camera to take a picture of a business card. Within a few seconds, CamCard scans the image using optical character recognition (OCR) technology and extracts all the relevant information, such as the person’s name and title, company name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and website. You then can make any necessary corrections, and save it to your phone’s contacts.

  • ColorNote Notepad Notes (free): This is a powerful notepad app in which notes are entered either as simple text notes or line-by-line checklists. In addition to giving each note a title, you can assign one of nine colors to each note. You can also password-protect your notes and back them up to your SD Card. When an item in a checklist is done, check it off as completed.

  • Documents To Go ($29.99 US): With Documents To Go, you can work with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly on your Android device. You can create, edit, and format doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, and pptx files. You can also read PDF files, sync your documents with your Windows PC, and even read and edit your Google Docs documents.


  • Evernote (free): With this app, you can manage lists, and capture images using your device’s camera and audio notes using your device’s microphone. You can also attach PDF, photo, audio, and video files to notes. You can add tags to your notes and search through your notes for specific words. You also can sync your notes to the Evernote online service, which then enables you to access your notes from virtually any other mobile device or computer.

  • ezPDF Reader ($0.99 US): Plenty of PDF readers are available for Android devices, and a number of them are free. But ezPDF is by far the best of the bunch, because it lets you adjust how the PDF files appear on the screen.

  • Jorte (free): This app helps you to organize all your appointments, tasks, and to-do’s into an appointment book, calendar, or personal organizer. Use Jorte as a stand-alone calendar or sync it with your Google Calendar. Jorte includes three different types of weekly views, a 14-day view, and a horizontal view. If you subscribe to multiple Google Calendars, you can specify which of them you want to appear in the calendar.

  • PrinterShare Premium ($4.95 US): PrinterShare lets Android devices do something that they aren’t designed to do: print. With PrinterShare installed, your device can print pictures, Web pages, calendar events, contacts, e-mail messages, call logs, Google Docs, and PDF files to nearby Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled printers.

  • Scan2PDF Mobile 2.0 (£3.99): Scan2PDF Mobile is a simple app that lets you snap a photo of a document, then it automatically converts the image into a PDF file and saves the file to your device’s SD Card. You can convert existing photos to PDF files, rotate converted images, create multi-page documents, and send converted files via e-mail.

  • Thinking Space Pro (£2.39): This app enables you to create a mind map to plan a task or project or brainstorm an idea. A mind map connects ideas that share complex relationships; it is built entirely on related concepts that branch off into further related concepts. The result is a graphical diagram of interrelated items that represents a holistic view of a task, project, or idea.


  • WordPress (free): While there are numerous ways to blog, the most popular blogging tool is WordPress. You can use the WordPress Android app to post, edit, and manage your blogs while on the go. For each blog you manage, you can set the WordPress app to notify you whenever someone posts a comment.