One of the greatest things about Android smartphones is their ability to empower the mobile worker. From banking to securing files, Android apps can do it all. And all that powerful technology turns you into an office hero, even if it’s only your home office consisting of one employee. Take control of your time and finances, tapping the potential of Android devices and their supporting apps. Here are this week’s best.
Titanium Backup PRO ($6.03)
With Apple launching a serious cloud and backup system, it’s high time Android users get with the program. Titanium Backup gives you backup and restore capabilities for your phone’s content, with an auto-update feature for Market apps, encryption and syncs. Titanium will even backup data with certain services including Dropbox, with tools for monitoring malware as well. With the pro version you get additional memory, a cache cleaner and the option to move apps into ROM. At about $6 you’ll want to try the free version first (it’s necessary before adding the PRO version anyway).
MobileIron’s timed its update announcement well, extending its support for Android devices with an enterprise app store, anti-malware capabilities and the option for administrators to exercise control over which apps an end user can install. Available later this month, the updates to MobileIron’s Virtual Smartphone Platform gives more power to the social enterprise, seeking a balance between existing devices and employees that want to use them for work purposes. It’s accompanying Android app, called MyPhone@Work, lets you manage the platform from your mobile device, providing a secure portal for admin and employees to access apps and keep enterprise networks safer.
Chase bank has launched another Android app designed for business users. It’s a real-time tagging app with alerts and tracking for your business Chase Ink card. Create custom categories for your purchases to auto-organize transactions, adding client names, jobs or whatever categories work for your needs. Purchases can even be split between tags, saving you time on the back-end for monitoring your activity and organizing your accounts. It’s useful for business card holders to track employee purchases, as they can tag themselves. Adjust spending limits for employee cards, also in real-time, so you can always stay in control of company spending and reports.
Intuit GoPayment (Free)
Intuit has a series of financial management apps in the Android Market too, extending bank and credit union account management, as well as on-site payments to mobile users. One of Intuit’s more popular apps is GoPayment, which lets you accept credit card payments through your Android phone. It’s comparable to Square, the app that started the craze around mobile credit card swipes. GoPayment, along with Intuit’s other Android apps, are tied to your central Intuit account for all your financial management needs. Spreadsheets, reports, tracking and direct payments are just some of the features Intuit offers. With Mint under its belt and a recognized brand name, Intuit’s also a leading supporter of NFC technology, with grand hopes for the mobile future.
Business Insider (Free)
The business-oriented publication has launched an Android app for the world of professionals, delivering real-time news updates, analysis and original content. Known for its verticals in tech, finance, business strategies and politics, Business Insider is the latest in a growing line of mainstream publications that are looking to mobile distribution. The app supports offline reading, and bookmarking for articles you enjoy or would like to read later. Each article can be shared with friends, including Twitter and Facebook networks. Organization is a key component to this app, making it easy to navigate amongst the varied categories.
Prox Pro ($1.99)
Microsoft Kinect has managed to add a few neat tricks to its gesture-based components, showing off even more upcoming points of interaction at this week’s E3 conference. But gesture-based capabilities aren’t lost on Android devices, thanks to Prox Pro. The app combines the features of your accelerometer with the phone’s proximity sensor to enable gesture controls, letting you interact with your phone without touching it. A technology still in its infancy, you’ll be a bit limited in what you can do with this app. But so far you can already launch apps, access your status bar, change your phone volume and create load-outs for different actions.