Your Android device can be a great tool to make you more productive in your daily activities and with these apps I’ve hand-picked for you, you will become even more productive. So what are you waiting for? Install them and get to it!
Lookout Security & Antivirus
In order to be more productive, you have to be safe first. And the best way to keep safe is by using a good security suite. I personally recommend Lookout Security & Antivirus, which you can download and install for free here, in the Google Play Store. It offers a plethora of useful security features, starting from the antivirus ones, backup of your apps and even the ability to find your phone if it should ever go missing. A feature I personally love is Lock Cam – the app will silently take a picture of a person who fails to unlock your device, along with the location of the device. A paid version also exists, but the free one’s features should be more than enough for most users.
Keeping notes, lists and whatever else you need to remember in one place is absolutely crucial to being productive. In order to do all these things and more, I use Google Keep, a tool Google is offering for free. You can get it here in the Google Play Store. The cool part about Google Keep is that your notes are kept in sync in your Google account, and you can access them on virtually any device, as long as you have your username and password. For example, if you create a shopping list on your computer, you’ll automatically have it on your phone, too, without the need to transfer it. Google Keep is a simple, yet very effective tool and it even supports location-based reminders. You can add one in order to get a reminder when you get close to the supermarket.
Don’t you hate it when you’re reading an article on your phone and when you get home, for some reason, you want to continue on your computer, and you can’t find it anymore? Pocket comes in to fulfill that need. After you’ve installed it from the Google Play Store, you can just use Android’s sharing feature to add the article to Pocket. You can then find it in the Android app, as well as on your PC, on Pocket’s website. It’s that easy, and you’ll never lose an important link or article again.
Not too long ago, it was pretty difficult to come across a full, good Android office suite without paying for it. Well, there are a few around these days, but I’d recommend KingSoft Office, which you can download from the Google Play Store here. The suite has full document editing capabilities and can be used with a variety of document formats. Namely, it supports no less than 23 document formats, including DOC, DOCX, TXT, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX and PDF. So why not use it to make those final edits, while en route to your presentation and use what would normally be lost time in a productive fashion?
Let’s face it, a lot of the time on an Android device is spent typing various things – be it in a chat, while writing an email, a report or whatever else. But there is no way to make typing faster and save some time, right? Wrong! SwiftKey is an Android keyboard replacement which allows you to type words while not taking your finger off the screen. Basically, you just slide your finger over the letters and the app guesses what you want. In most cases, it’s very effective. It may not be free (it costs $3.99 in the Google Play Store), but it’s worth every penny. It can even provide you with statistics about your typing habits. They say that my typing is 25% more efficient…
ASTRO File Manager
Last but most certainly not least, being productive means being organized. And if you want to be organized, you need to be able to find and access your files fast. ASTRO File Manager, which you can download for free from here, in the Google Play Store, helps you do just that. It’s a powerful file manager, but it also has support for your cloud accounts; that way your Dropbox or Google Drive files are easy to access, without even leaving ASTRO File Manager. It also has fast searching features, so you can find anything you’ve misplaced very quickly.
These are some of the best apps as far as Android productivity tools. If there are some others you like, let everyone know in a comment!