Android Apps for Business

  1. Business Turns to Android

    Business Turns to Android

    This year, sales of smartphones based on Google's Android operating system have begun to surpass Apple's iPhone in the U.S., according to Nielsen. With increasing interest in Android handsets, mobile application developers are starting to make business-specific apps.

    Here are 10 apps from Google's Android Market, selected with the help of Google, that are popular and highly rated (on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 the highest) by users.

  2. Documents to Go 3.0 (DataViz)

    Documents to Go 3.0 (DataViz)

    Free viewer; $14.99 for full version
    Rating: 4.5 stars

    View, edit, and create Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files. If you want to edit or create files, you'll need to buy the full version.

    DataViz Inc.
  3. PocketCloud (Wyse Technology)

    PocketCloud (Wyse Technology)

    Free for limited features; $14.99 for full version
    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Access Windows, Mac, or Linux desktop files and applications from your handset. It's free to use with home machines, but workers who want to use this with a corporate computer on a network need to buy the full version.

    Wyse Technology
  4. Ignition for Android (LogMeIn)

    Ignition for Android (LogMeIn)

    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Your computers become an extension of your Android smartphone with this app. Remotely access and control both work and home computers, as long as they're connected to the Internet.

    LogMein, Inc.
  5. UPS Mobile App for Android (UPS)

    UPS Mobile App for Android (UPS)

    Rating: 4 stars

    Track packages or freight shipments from your handset and estimate shipment costs and delivery times. This app also lets you access your address book and payment info at and find the nearest UPS service locations.
  6. TouchDown (NitroDesk)

    TouchDown (NitroDesk)

    Free 30-day trial; $19.99
    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Workers can connect to corporate e-mail with Android devices and get new e-mail messages pushed to smartphones rather than needing to remember to download messages. TouchDown supports encryption, and the IT department can wipe data on the device should it be lost or stolen.

    Nitrodesk, Inc.
  7. Astro File Manager (Metago)

    Astro File Manager (Metago)

    Free; $3.99 for app with no ads
    Rating: 5 stars

    This app helps you copy, move, delete, and rename files on your smartphone. It also lets you send files as attachments to e-mail messages and read and extract compressed files, such as Zip and Tar files.

  8. Evernote (Evernote)

    Evernote (Evernote)

    Rating: 4 stars

    Evernote helps you remember things, whether it's a receipt from that last business dinner or the name of the executive you met at a conference. The app lets you type a text note, clip a Web page, snap a photo, or grab a screen shot and store it, organize it, and find it later.

    Evernote Corporation
  9. Travel Organizer (TripIT)

    Travel Organizer (TripIT)

    Rating: 4 stars

    When you're on the road, you can see the details of your itinerary, get maps and directions, and make phone calls straight from your itinerary with the tap of a finger.
  10. Expense Reports (Expensify)]

    Expense Reports (Expensify)]

    Rating: 4 stars

    Never lose another receipt. Log expenses, scan receipts, and take comfort that a free service will back up those receipts online. This app also lets you import expenses and receipts from your credit-card or bank account.

    Expensify, Inc.
  11. Dropbox (Dropbox)

    Dropbox (Dropbox)

    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Sync files between your computers and mobile devices. Share links to files and save photos and videos from your camera to your computers. This app also lets you browse a Dropbox folder from your handset.