2017’s best productivity apps for Android and iOS
Improved hardware and the right mix of productivity apps makes working on a smartphone a breeze for professionals on the move
Big screens, powerful specifications, improved cameras and faster broadband speeds have made working on a smartphone a lot easier. Combined with the right set of apps, a smartphone can fulfil most basic work-related needs for which one had to depend on notebooks or even a tablet. Here are some of the apps released in the last year which make smartphones a more powerful productivity tool.
Developed by Microsoft, To Do is a task manager to keep track of the important meetings and lined for the day or week or tasks they have to finish by a deadline. Meetings on Microsoft Outlook will be automatically synced with the app as it is integrated with the email client and Office 365. It works across platforms, so a task created on an Android smartphone or iPhone can be accessed on Windows PC. The app uses AI to provide task suggestions to users everyday based on their older and upcoming listings.
Free (Rs130 per month Pro version)
Kaizala is a collaboration app for professionals on the move and has been optimised for slower networks to ensure the users can connect even when they are not on 4G networks. User can carry out group chats and share photos, videos or documents of relevance with other team members. User can also create an assignment in the app and hold a poll between members. The app is largely free to use but to access features such as advanced reporting, analytics tool, and advanced security controls, user needs to subscribe for the Pro version.
Professional social network, LinkedIn, released its Lite version of its mobile app for professionals on the move. The app has been stripped off all the resource intensive elements and given a fresh new look so it would load faster even on slow networks and entry level Android smartphones. The app has a simpler layout, uses lighter colour themes and smaller fonts. It takes up just 4MB of space after installation.
Adobe Scan can scan anything from a A4 document to receipt and then sync the scanned files with other Adobe apps such as the Acrobat Reader. It is flexible to use and allows users to choose orientation of an image, crop it (if required), re-arrange the order if there are multiple pages involved and save them in grayscale or in the original colour. It supports OCR (Optical Character Recognition), which means it can recognise text in a scanned file and then convert them into editable Word or Excel files.
Google’s AI-backed smart assistant comes preloaded with most new Android smartphones. However, for users who are still on older smartphones, running on Android 6.0 or something even older, the assistant is available as a standalone app. Once downloaded, user can use it in the same way as on new smartphones, by pressing and holding the home button. Google Assistant can help users with their work in multiple ways. One can use it to send messages, set reminders, get weather/news/finance updates and find answers using voice commands. The assistant uses AI to process user queries and searches to understand the user and provide more accurate replies.
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