Source: Business Dailly

The Android operating system has taken the mobile world by storm. It has created a sense of urgency among leading mobile phone manufacturers like iPhone, Windows and BlackBerry to ensure they are in tune with the trends or risk sinking without a trace.

A recent research by ABI indicates that there will be 56 billion smartphone apps downloads in 2013, with Android estimated to account for 58 per cent of these. But why is the Android platform so popular?

The biggest advantage of Android compared to its contemporaries is that it has an open source code, which means it can be freely modified and distributed by device manufacturers.

It has a large community of developers and there are about 700,000 apps and counting, across different genres, available for the platform.

With that many number of apps and with people expecting to find a solution for their every task on their smart device, it can be daunting finding an app that will suit your needs the most.

Here is a list of some of the most essential business apps that you should have on your smart device.

OfficeSuite 6.5 Pro: This is a complete mobile office solution that lets you create, edit, share and print Word documents, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and attachments on the go.

One can also view PDF files and convert text documents into PDF. It supports a wide range of file formats including DOCM, LOG, XLSX, CSV, PPTM, EML and ZIP.

It includes a File Browser and integrates primary sharing services such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive or SugarSync, which give users multiple options for efficient file handling.

It also supports all the major languages, which include English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Swedish, Russian and Korean.

With more that seven million copies sold and the world’s most prestigious manufacturing companies choosing it to preload on more than 100 million devices in more than 205 countries, it is definitely the most sought after business app.

PrinterShare Premium Key: With this app, you can wirelessly print documents from device memory, SD card and even from Google Docs.

You can easily print your emails, photos, contacts, task lists, SMS/MMS, call log, web pages and any other type of digital content directly from your device via wireless connectivity.

This app makes your laptop or PC redundant. PrinterShare app supports almost all the premier printers from companies including HP, Epson, Canon, Brother and Samsung.

PocketCloud Remote Desktop Pro: This is a smart cloud solution provides you with a secure and fast remote access to your Mac or Windows desktop. With this app, you can easily access a half-done presentation or Word file to complete it, or your favourite games or pictures without bothering about the physical location of your laptop or desktop.

This app brings your laptop or PC to your smart device where you can email, edit or read your files. The connection can be made by auto-discovery option or you can enter the IP address or host name.

CamCard – Business Card Reader: This is a must-have business app that lets you save and manage business cards of anyone you deal with. 

Use your smart device camera to scan the business card and the app will automatically store the details. It can recognise five different languages including English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

So, next time you meet someone with a business offer that you find exciting, use this app and let it scan and store their business card for you at one safe place and relieve yourself the bother of copying it or storing cards that you easily misplace.

Locale: This is a most innovative and useful app, which may not appeal to you on first encounter. But you will not regret adding this app to your inventory. Locale tracks your location with its artificial geofencing algorithms along with Wi-Fi or GPS and adjusts your phone’s ringer volume accordingly.

So, when you go to your office the ringer silences and when you come back home it goes back to normal. With this app, you need not worry about your ringer accidentally going off in front of your boss or in a meeting room and embarrassing you.

GDocs: This gives you better access to your Google Docs online documents than you’d get by viewing them through a Web browser. It can edit text documents and view spreadsheets and PDF files online or download them for editing and sync them back when you’re done.

Scatterslides: This will enable you run your next presentation from your Android phone. It can stream your presentation via Wi-Fi to large displays; it can also behave as a remote control for your presentation, allowing you to move from slide to slide by swiping the screen.

Scatterslides lets you preview slides on your phone, too. The app supports Microsoft PowerPoint and OpenOffice Impress files, complete with embedded animations, audio and video.

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