It recently hit the headlines that Apple’s iPhone 5 is being outstripped in sales by Samsung’s new Galaxy S3. As Android users, we all know that this really was only a matter of time. While Android is awesome at so many things, productivity is always at the top of everyone’s list. While it’s always great to have more time and get more things done, having fun using your favourite Android device in the process make things all the better. Here’s a look at some of the best productivity apps available for Android.
How do you improve the experience of having fun whilst getting things done with Andriod? Make it free. Olive Office Premium is a free and fully-featured productivity app which is completely free and packed with features. You can both view and edit XLS, XLSX, DOC, DOCX, PPT, and PPTX files from Microsoft’s Office software and you can also view both PDF and CHM. this very completes repertoire of file usage makes its one of the best free office apps available for android.
File footprint: 12Mb
If the editing of Microsoft Office documents is not on your agenda and you just need an app to flick through them whilst traveling home on the train, then this next app is the perfect companion. Documents To Go gained a great deal of popularity for the iPhone and its highlighting feature is the ability to render high-resolution versions of PDFs and Office files such as those in your Google Docs account. The developers have done a great job in keeping the interface inline with the design of Android’s own, making it extremely intuitive to navigate your way around the crystal clear documents.
File footprint: Varies with device
For those of you who spend a great deal of your time with noses buried in spreadsheets, Simple Spreadsheets if your fully-fledged, stand-alone spreadsheet app for Android. There are not too many apps in the Android repertoire which will let you use spreadsheets with the formulas function which is critical play to many professionals that use this type of document. It should be noted however that direct support for Microsoft Excel spreadsheets is not present and instead you must use Comma Separated Value (CSV) format. The free version comes with ads or you could go from paid version at the cost of X. This Also has a wonderfully tiny footprint at just 300 kB
File footprint: 304k
Price: Free with ads or £1.20 with no ads
If you’ve being an early adopter of a 3-D television and struggle with having to periodically go back to plain old 2-D, there may be an Office Document Android app for you. Smart Office 2 is the first Android app ever to provide Microsoft Office-like functionality with a 3-D interface. Whether you can’t there the idea of dealing with 2-D or whether you’re looking for a gimmicky novelty to spur your procrastination into action, Smart Office 2 should do the job. 3-D features aside, a great deal of effort has been put in by developers in order to provide a great user experience such as a coverflow-style document viewer. On a more practical note, Smart Office 2 supports a complete compliment of Microsoft documents including DOCX, DOC, XLSX, XLS, PPTX, PPT) and also supports both PDFs and image files such as JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP. Smart office to is far from the cheapest productivity up going, but it certainly is one of the best.
File footprint: 13Mb
While we’ve concentrated primarily on office apps, Christmas looms ever closer and it’s highly unlikely that the next 6 to 8 weeks will see your finances spiral out of control. For this reason, let’s take a look at the Mint.com app. Rather than starting off the New Year on the financial back foot, why not take control of your finances with the Mint.com app. This full suite of budgeting features will help you to keep things on track over Christmas and start of the New Year in a more organized and prosperous fashion. Mint.com will aggregate all of your bank accounts in one place and will and help keep track of your credit cards, expenditures and mortgages. It will help you budget, boasts banking-level security with a warning system if it suspects fraudulent behaviour and will even warn you when you’re overspending on expensive takeaway coffee, a list of features which contributed to the app winning a Google Play Editors Choice award.
File footprint: Varies with device
Author Bio:-This article on Android apps was contributed by Steven Page.