Most of us use our smartphones and tablets for games, texting, and calling. They are fun devices, and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the silly side of our technology, but many people don’t realise how useful they can be for business use. Whether you’re on the go, working from home, or just want an easy way to manage your workload, there are many Android apps to make your life easier, and here are just a few of the best:
If you’re guilty of trying to juggle work on a laptop, tablet, and smartphone, then Splashtop is essential for accessing those important files. The app allows you to access your files from anywhere, and on any device, ideal if you have an Android device, but then also have an Apple or similar other device. This means you can get work done on the train, and once you arrive at your office you can seamlessly switch to working on the same document on your laptop.
2. PrinterShare Mobile Print
Although we all try to keep our office paperless, sometimes we can’t avoid having to print something out. Some of the reasons for this include:
• Needing to send a letter
• Wanting something physical to give to a client at a meeting
• Printing information that you need close at hand
• Giving to someone for notes and annotations
Rather than going through the hassle of e-mailing yourself a document and then printing it from your computer, PrinterShare Mobile Print allows you to print straight from your tablet or smartphone wherever you are. You can either print remotely from a printer you’ve already set up, or easily find the nearest printer using Wi-Fi, great for those who frequently visit different offices.
Having your company’s server running to full capacity is essential for productivity, as well as ensuring that you aren’t losing money in lost sales or downtime. That’s why ServerUp is essential for those techie types who want to keep an eye on your server. You can check the status from anywhere in the world using your business broadband or mobile internet connection and quickly identify any issues. This is ideal for IT staff who need to work between locations, or for checking servers that are based abroad.
4. Documents To Go
If you need to create a spreadsheet, word document, or PDF when you’re out and about, then Documents To Go means you can easily work on your Android mobile or tablet wherever you are. With a similar layout to the programs used in Microsoft Office, it’s easy even for those with a limited grasp of technology to use this app, and it’s much easier than trying to use the pre-installed software that often comes with a new device. It’s also great for those who see clients out in the field, as the Slideshow feature can create impressive presentations.
If you run up big phone bills speaking to clients and staff abroad, Skype can really help your business save money. You can make calls for free over the internet; just remember that using the app on your smartphone may cost you money if you go over your data allowance. It’s designed to be an easy to use app, with many features to help keep you organised. There are also some additional paid for features such as call forwarding and voicemail which can be useful for busy days.
There are many ways that you can use your Android device to help run your business, so make sure you’re using your smartphone to its full potential. Android is a great choice for business people, as it means you can work from anywhere in the world, great for those who are looking to expand globally.
About the Author: The Telecom Group is a premier provider of IT and telecommunication services in New Zealand. They offer internet and business broadband products for the home and the office.