In Pictures: 11 time management and productivity apps for Android
In the demanding world of IT, it seems as if everyone's workload has increased, making productivity and time management critical workplace skills. Balancing it all can seem unmanageable, but help is at your fingertips--if you know where to look. These 11 Android apps will help you get the most out of your busy day.
Our daily lives are filled with tasks--both personal and professional--that can be made easier with the right tools. If you own an Android device, there is a wealth of apps designed to simplify the art of living.
In today's workplace information is thrown at us from every angle, making it difficult to keep pace with demands and maintain high quality work. To help you get the most out of your busy day, we've put together this list of productivity and time management apps for Android. These tools can help you save time, lower costs and increase your overall productivity.
In today's active world, there is no reason to be out of touch just because you are out of the office and cloud apps help bridge the gap between you and your data. MediaFire describes itself as a "complete and easy to use service for managing your digital stuff." With up to 50GB of space for free account holders, you are able to access video and audio files, documents and pretty much all their digital media while on the go, making them more productive and effective.
MediaFire offers Personal accounts starting at $12 a year, with 50GB space, long-term storage, a 2GB file size limit, and a 200GB monthly file transfer limit. Its Pro ($96/yr) and Business ($288/yr) packages offer even more.
Dropbox is similar to MediaFire in that it provides cloud storage, file synchronization and an Android client app. The difference between MediaFire and Dropbox is that MediaFire essentially lets you choose any file on your device that you want to be stored in the cloud. Dropbox, on the other hand, lets you choose a folder or folders on your device, and the contents of any file that change within that selected folder will be reflected in the storage cloud.
Dropbox allows you to store 5GB of digital media, whereas Mediafire allows up to 50GB for free. The premium plans for Dropbox start at $120 a year for 100GB, and go drastically up in price from there.
Google Drive is all about cloud storage and letting you access your files no matter where you are or what device you are using. Like Dropbox, you can specify a directory on your computer that is then synched to your Drive account. You get 5GB of space for free; you can move up to 25GB for $30 a year.
Google has made collaboration easy and allows you to share a link to a file or to a folder containing many files. Google Docs is available to Drive users, so you can use the Google Docs editing tools to work with your files.
Kingsoft Office is a rich text and document editor that allows you to work in a familiar word processing environment. It supports 23 types of files, including DOC, DOCX, TXT, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX and Adobe PDF. With support for cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box.net and others that use the WebDAV protocol, Kingsoft Office allows you to edit your documents even when you are on the go. Integration with email and a Read Mode that makes each document more visually pleasing make this a must-have tool.
Astrid Tasks is a combination task manager/to do list/personal assistant--it's like the personal secretary you never had. Although its primary user base is likely to be people who are already using their mobile devices for personal tasks, this is one of those apps that will convince you that smartphones and tablets are not just for making calls, listening to music and watching videos.
Astrid is all about making your life easier through organization. The app lets you create reminders, lists, subtasks and widgets. By using the app, which automatically synchronizes tasks via a cloud server that runs on Astrid.com, you can access their updated lists and notes using your tablet, phone or other mobile device.
Universal Password Manager
The Universal Password Manager (UPM) is a necessity in a world dominated by logins, passwords and potential problems resulting from the loss of those logins and passwords. Admit it: If we don't have a way to remember different passwords for our various accounts, you either use the same password over again, or make it easy to remember, and thus, easy to compromise.
UPM lets you use one password to gain access to the data in the app, which consists of the site or institution name, username, password and URL. It has the capability to synchronize the data on a cloud storage server, and has direct integration with Dropbox. The app itself is very simplistic, but it's secure and uses an encrypted database.
Evernote brings the various aspects of your life together in an attempt to simplify the tasks you have to deal with throughout the day. It's well-suited for those times when you have a thought, concept, idea, URL, video, song, product or anything you want to save for later.
Evernote lets you take notes and photos, create lists, and record voice memos. The virtual audio-visual notes become searchable from anywhere you have access to the app, whether it's on your phone, tablet or other Internet-connected device.
Extra: Evernote offers an add-on called EverClip. If you can see it on the Web, you can save it Evernote: URLs, images, text and more. This alone saves time for IT workers, Web developers and techies in general.
While many of these apps are about providing access to data, thoughts and ideas, Springpad is about collaboration. As humans, we tend to want to share what we love with those whom we love. Springpad lets you save those things you love, organize them into "notebooks" and share them with others. It differs from social sites such as Facebook by allowing others to work with and contribute to your notebooks.
Springpad lets you save articles, photos, scan barcodes, record voice memos and even places. Once they are saved, Springpad allows you share them with those you wish to collaborate with—and, of course, those collaborators are also Springpad users with their own collaborations.
If you prefer simplicity, MobisleNotes is one of those "back-to-basics" apps that doesn't come with many frills--but the basic feature set make this tool effective, easy to use and quick to open.
It was created with the intention of letting users jot down whatever is on their mind in the simplest way possible. With it you can create checklists, set reminders, password lock and share notes. When you are done with tasks, you can simply check them off.
Remember The Milk
Remember The Milk (RTM) is similar to Evernote and Astrid. It's an online collaboration app that enables you to create tasks, assign priorities, due dates, times, create lists, use tags and more. The app syncs once a day with the Remember the Milk cloud server, and then your data can be accessed from virtually any Internet-connected device.
It was created with the goal of providing an easier way for folks to get things done---and it's effective for achieving that goal.
Like several of the apps we have already discussed, Any.DO is a task manager, but unlike the others, Any.DO is like a task manager on steroids. Designed to be used daily, it features seamless cloud synchronization, speech recognition, alerts, snooze, tasks, Google Task Sync, the capability to add notes, subtasks and recurring tasks. It also lets you know if you've missed a call, has auto-complete functionality, in-app actions and gesture support.
It's simplistic, but full-featured and has a lot of bells and whistles that live transparently under the hood.