Three Android Apps to Increase Your Productivity


An average day in the life of a professional involves multi-tasking to accomplish deadlines and meet day-to-day responsibilities. The good news is that technology can greatly simplify tasks and save you time, making you a more productive employee. Here is a look at three Android apps that can help you make the most of a busy day at office.


  1. Evernote


Evernote, is quite simply, a platform for just about everything you want to create and store. The free Android app stores all your plans, ideas, notes and photos so you can access them later whenever you feel the need to. Have a brainwave you want to make note of quickly and access at a later time? Want to record a voice memo? Need to draw a concept and use it on your tablet, phone or other internet-connected device? Evernote has you covered.


Besides the ability to share notes with co-workers, some of the cool features of this app include:


  • Taking and attaching pictures to a note from within the app
  • Taking and attaching spreadsheets, images and docs to any note
  • Scanning text in a photo using Optical Character Recognition technology
  • Setting reminders for projects, tasks and goals from within the app


Time tracking: Your productivity is dependent on how smartly you use your time. Between attending a meeting, making to-do lists and catching up for a few minutes with your friend on Facebook, you end up spending more time than you anticipated. Use Evernote to track your productivity by making a note of the tasks you’ve been doing every half hour. Initially, it may seem like a lot of work, but you will get a good understanding of how you’re investing your time, and learn to manage it better.


Collaboration: Shared notebooks is one of the best features of Evernote. If you are collaborating on a project with employees working out of a different geographically distant office, there is no scope to share a whiteboard and work together. You can use shared notebooks to send webpages, notes, research and other project communications across project teams.


Reminders: You can set a reminder for any note filed in Evernote. You can manage your short-term and long-term deadlines easily with this feature.


  1. Dropbox


Dropbox works like any other hard drive installed on your computer. This easy-to-use app allows you to add all the files you want to access via the cloud at any time. If any other device is connected to your Dropbox account, your recently added files will be synced to all these devices as long as they are connected to the internet. Dropbox enables you to increase productivity by making all files available on-demand on your computer and other connected devices. It is especially useful when you are away from office or working from home. Dropbox allows you to share files from your account. You can easily provide co-workers or project members visibility into your work to aid collaboration.


You can save contract proposals, flowcharts or research notes in Dropbox, open them on your computer quickly, make any changes you want to make and save them, and access the updated files any time you need them. No need to copy files onto a USB stick, and identifying which computer has the most recent version of the files. The syncing of files occurs immediately, and is clearly indicated with a green check mark next to the updated files. You can roll back to an earlier version of the file and also view as well as restore recently deleted files.


  1. CloudOn


It can be quite frustrating when you are unable to open MS Word files that are not compatible with your device. CloudOn allows you to access Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint from mobile devices. You can create, review and share documents, presentations and spreadsheets from any device. If mobile productivity is what you’re after, this app is a good bet, with over a million active users as of 2013.


The smartphone version of the app makes editing on-the-go quick and efficient. You can view a document in full-screen viewing mode. You can change font size, run track changes on or off, and create tables very easily with an intuitive touch-based functionality. The FileSpace feature allows you to add notes and view all activity in real-time on a single file. This aids collaboration and allows team members to stay on the same page to accomplish critical tasks across the organization.


CloudOn connects to GoogleDrive and Dropbox, making it simple to store, edit, retrieve and share documents on multiple devices. If your work involves heavy use of the Microsoft product suite, and you travel on business quite a fair bit, CloudOn is an excellent productivity tool you can leverage. It is free, so you get started on it immediately!