The 25 Best Android Apps for Business

Have you decked out your Droid with business apps yet? If not, take heed: Google Android phones still have a ways to go in terms of business functionality. But there are a few promising apps already. Here are some of the best Android apps for business we could find.

While the apps below are good, expect to see many improvements from developers in the coming year.

25. Phonebook

Manage your contacts through this slick app, which lets you see missed calls, unread emails, text message, and upcoming birthdays by contact. Also lets you upload a photo of your contact. Handy if you have trouble keeping your contacts straight.

24. Sprite Android Backup


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Prevention is the best medicine for system health. Back up and restore your system using this comprehensive $5 app.

23. Google Voice

Use a unique phone number for this VoIP service. It transcribes your voicemails, gives you free text messages, integrates with your phone’s address book, and offers cheap international calls. Like Skype, but Googlified.

22. Cab4Me

If you’re a business traveler, this free app, which finds cab companies near your GPS location, can help keep you out of a jam. Cab company listings include user reviews and contact information.

21. The Weather Channel

This handy app offers the kinds of in-depth forecasts you would expect from the Weather Channel. Features include live video. The app automatically updates your location through your phone’s GPS.

20. Astro File Manager


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An app like Astro’s is essential for keeping your machine healthy. This free program keeps your files and system performance in check. It backs up your apps to a memory card, lets you see what processes are running, how much memory your systems is using, and CPU usage.

19. Stocks


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This free app piggybacks on Google Finance data to show you quotes and trends. Covers markets around the world.

18. Talk to Me

An excellent travel survival tool. Say something in one language, and it talks back to you in another. Current languages include English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian. Best of all, it’s free.

17. Greed


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Greed lets you read your RSS feeds without opening a browser. Stay up on news, blogs, and your industry quickly and easily.

16. TripIt

If you’re a frequent traveler, TripIt is your friend. It organizes flight, hotel, restaurant, and other itinerary information in an easy-to-read form. Also helps you find and contact places on the road through directions and contact info.

15. Currency

Currency converts more than 160 currencies using real-time foreign exchange rates. Comes with a tip calculator and, if you’re into forex trading, trends, charts, and news as well.

14. Seesmic

Possibly the best Droid app out there for Twitter users. Timelines organize your tweets; you can also save them as drafts and arrange notifications. There’s more. Seesmic is video and image-capable, shortens URLs, spellchecks, and supports multiple accounts.

13. Key Ring

Scan your gym, grocery store, or other membership card into your Droid. Key Ring stores each card’s barcode in a drop-down menu. Scan the barcode directly from your Droid the next time you go shopping or do any other activities requiring a card.

12. VNC Viewer

Stay leashed to your desktop with this handy app. It lets you safely log in and connect to a remote machine, so that you can make easy little changes without actually storing anything on your smartphone.

11. Google Maps Navigation

Possibly the best map app out there. Search by talking to the app. Or enter a landmark, business name, or other vague criteria, and Google Maps will generate results. Includes live traffic data, satellite view, street view, and turn-by-turn navigation. This app comes with Droid 1.6 models and higher.

10. Cashbook


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This expense tracker lets you easily enter and track your business expenses. It also tracks your weekly and monthly balance. Comes with password protection.

9. ActionComplete

If GTD (Getting Things Done) and the Four Quadrants of time management are part of your daily vocabulary, ActionComplete is made for you. It’s a project management-style to-do list app, which lets you group tasks into actions, schedule actions to be taken by others, prioritize projects, tag actions, set reminders, and more. Bonus: It’s free.

8. MightyMeeting

MightyMeeting acts like a remote control for your PowerPoint presentations. Upload your presentations to MightyMeeting, tag them for easy retrieval, and deliver your presentations through your Droid. You can invite others to see your presentation and edit it, too.

7. Astrid

This clean, easy-to-use to do list is a classic. Astrid, which is free, offers you reminders, checklists, tagging, and priority setting functions. You can backup your lists to RemembertheMilk.com, a free online to-do list application.

6. Spreadsheet

This versatile, XLS-compatible spreadsheet gives you 100 spreadsheet functions. They include searching, sorting, and formatting. You can also view, edit, and send attachments through other applications like Gmail.

5. AK Notepad

Take notes on your smartphone, make to-do lists, and put up reminder alarms with this easy-to-use notepad. You can email or SMS your note, as well as search notes by title. Simple, fast, and often indispensable.

4. mShare

mShare is where FTP and chat meet mobile. The app lets you transfer or exchange files to and from your computer and other mobile devices. It also works for any size file, as well as contacts and data storage.

3. GDocs

GDocs lets you take your Google docs anywhere. Create or upload your documents on Google Docs, then review them in micro format on your Droid phone.

2. Documents to Go

View and edit your Microsoft Office documents, PowerPoint included, through this $30 app, which also does PDF. The free version will do Word and Excel only.

1. Locale



This smart app
uses GPS, WiFi, and cell signal to adjust your phone settings based on where you are, and when. It will automatically turn itself off in meetings and movies, remind you to charge the phone when battery runs low, and more. There’s no better way to have your phone take care of itself.

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  1. GL Hoffman's Gravatar Comment by GL Hoffman on February 23rd, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Drea–nice list
    For job seekers out there, who only want to see the openings at companies, not from job boards, they should try the FREE android app by LINKUP.com.
    Visit http://www.linkup.com/android

    Oh, and the same for IPHONE at http://www.linkup.com/iphone.

    Both are FREE, of course.

  2. Kit O’Connell's Gravatar Comment by Kit O'Connell on February 24th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Where is ‘Phonebook’? I couldn’t find an ap with that exact name in the market. I used to use @contacts/acontacts, but it’s broken and I’ve been looking for a replacement.

  3. Brad's Gravatar Comment by Brad on February 25th, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Kit, your phone android version is 1.5 and ‘phonebook’ supports 1.6 and above. That may be the reason you can’t see it in Android market

    The website for Cashbook (http://sites.google.com/site/mobilecashbook/) has some snapshots and feature descriptions. Tons of useful features.

    I also have ‘Documents to Go’ on my Droid. It’s opens almost all office files. Good for reading email attachment.

  4. tom's Gravatar Comment by tom on April 7th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    If you’re looking for a good app to help you get around Toronto. checkout TransitMe on the android market. http://www.digiveen.com/transitme

  5. Ali's Gravatar Comment by Ali on April 8th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    i Like the talk to me and Mighty meeting app!!

  6. Scott's Gravatar Comment by Scott on April 14th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Since this is supposed to be a “best business apps” list, where is the best app for syncing your phone with your Outlook/Exchange account? This is the single most important app a smartphone has and it’s missing from your list. And don’t say that Android already comes with one, because the Android email client for Outlook is garbage. (Can’t forward attachments, and can’t even download them properly most times.) I’ve been using TouchDown by NitroDesk and it has been very good, but no app that I know of syncs with Microsoft Outlook’s “Notes.”

  7. James Quigley's Gravatar Comment by James Quigley on April 19th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    A shameless plug for what we think is one of the more powerful Android business applications. Build your own mobile business apps… or choose from 200 pre-built business apps by category and business app type. Every app fully customizable and all designed for businesses.

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  8. Bill Bardon's Gravatar Comment by Bill Bardon on April 24th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Sales pros should check out Handy Quote. It lets you carry your product catalog in your phone, and write up quotes and orders for prospects and customers. Then email the quote to their inbox before you’ve left their office.

  9. Dale Martinson's Gravatar Comment by Dale Martinson on August 8th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    To Scott from April 14th….re: Exchange Sync w/notes

    The only app I could find that also sync Exchange notes is RoadSync by DataViz
    I believe they also make Documents to go. It’s been worng great for me.

    Dale

  10. Andrew Rutter's Gravatar Comment by Andrew Rutter on September 10th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Pieces is a new app that hooks up to the jigsaw.com contact database to give you immediate access to millions of detailed names, roles and numbers. Take a look at this one and other business apps for the Droid at http://www.droidmeansbusiness.com/applications.html

  11. David Johnson's Gravatar Comment by David Johnson on October 4th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    This project / task to do list app is quite good: Organisa Lite http://www.intelligent-architectures.co.uk/mobile/OrganisaLite.html

  12. Best Android Apps's Gravatar Comment by Best Android Apps on October 31st, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Nice list. Check out http://www.androidappreviewsource.com/best-android-apps/ for a comprehensive list of the Best Android Apps.

  13. XTDroid's Gravatar Comment by XTDroid on November 26th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Nict list, but you are missing a time tracking app for projects or tasks you are working on.

    Check out: http://www.xperttimermobile.com

  14. Jeffrey Austin White's Gravatar Comment by Jeffrey Austin White on November 30th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I use Flash Card Maker Pro to prepare for presentation and review talking points. This is the only flash card application that is optimized for Android pads, tablets, and mobile phones. Flash Card Maker Pro uses advanced gesturing and text-to-speech capability providing a fully interactive experience for users of all ages. This multi-sensory teaching tool uses all pathways of learning (visual, auditory, kinesthetic or seeing, hearing, touching) simultaneously, in order to enhance memory and learning. Use Flash Card Maker Pro on your Android phone or tablet to teach children how to read and do math, to help students study for exams, or to prepare for an upcoming presentation.

    Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand. (Chinese Proverb)

    Recycle your old paper flash cards and download the latest digital version today! Flash Card Maker Pro has the following highlighted features:

    1. Create Your Own Flash Cards
    2. Share Flash Cards with Other Users
    3. Download Decks of Cards from Developer Website
    4. Text-to-speech Audio Playback
    5. Built-in Study Timer
    6. Randomize or Change Order of Playback
    7. Swap Question and Answer
    8. Change Card Colors and Text Size
    9. Navigate Between Cards using Touch Gestures
    10. Backup Database to SD Card

  15. aliraza_ac's Gravatar Comment by aliraza_ac on December 9th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I downloaded Santa Booth on Android and it was awesome!! You can find it on Santabooth.net, it was similar to Chunky booth which takes a picture and make the person look like they are huge!!! I also like Harbor Boat Master which is on the Android market and is by far the best game out.

  16. Malik Wahaj Ahmed's Gravatar Comment by Malik Wahaj Ahmed on December 11th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Exactly the thing i was searching. 25 apps are more than enough to carry your business through your smartphone with a great business idea in your head. there are some great collection of management apps as well. 10/10
    Good work !

  17. Carl's Gravatar Comment by Carl on December 16th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Google Voice is NOT a VOIP application.

  18. Janice F. Baca's Gravatar Comment by Janice F. Baca on January 3rd, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Love the Action Complete! Thanks!

  19. Armil@list business on google maps's Gravatar Comment by Armil@list business on google maps on March 18th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Google is always making a way in which they can expand their services for the comfort of it’s users. They are now leading in providing relevant information to users.
    But Google doesn’t stop there because they’re still up for more.
    Google is now creating the Google maps to widen it’s services. This Google maps will help users to locate a certain business establishment in a map. On the other hand, they are allowing businesses to be listed for free. So, this is a free advertising opportunity for the businesses while widening it’s services.

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