In today's on-the-go and connected world, it has become fairly common to have smartphones and tablets that not only serve as an entertainment gadget, but more on more, as a mobile work device. We list here top must-have apps for your device that will make your work life easier, no matter where you are in the world. Best of all, these featured apps are free and easily downloadable in the App Store or Google Play Store.
Google Apps pertains to the whole slew of app offerings by Google that has revolutionized not only the workplace but the whole world. These apps include Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Books, Google Translate, etc. Though not accessible in your device via an all-in-one grand app, these apps are instead available piecemeal whether as downloadable in App Store or Google Play, built-in in Android phones, or through your mobile browser. Because Google Apps are numerous, we shall discuss here the top apps we frequently use and love. You can choose which ones you prefer to add in your gadget.
Gmail is an easy-to-use email application that's built-in in Android phones. If you are using an iPad or iPhone, you can download the Gmail app via App Store. You can also set-up push email to sync your Gmail to your Apple or Android device. Additionally, if you have multiple emails, you can consolidate all of these by setting up your third party email accounts in Gmail. With this, you can now view your emails from other accounts and reply to them using just one email service, your Gmail.
We have discussed Google Calendar in a previous blog article, but we shall talk about it in more detail here. Google Calendar is an all-around calendar tool that encourages you to have better time management by adding appointments, tasks and agenda. You have a meeting from 1:00 to 2:00 PM? Simply click and drag to add that to your calendar. Do you need to be reminded of this meeting? Simply add a reminder of the appointment which sends a reminder through email or pop-up in your mobile device. Google Calendar allows you to add multiple calendars, so if you have work and personal calendars, you can easily create appointments or tasks and view these different calendars in one interface. Further, you can also choose to share and collaborate these calendars with your co-workers if you need to. Google Calendar is better viewed through a mobile browser. It is also accessible via Android phones, but you can also sync the calendar in the native calendar in your Apple devices.
If your work includes traveling to different countries or communicating with different nationalities, Google Translate is just right for you. Google Translate is a language translator app that is downloadable in Google Play and App Store. It has more than 60 languages to choose from. Also available, but in limited languages only, is a feature which allows you to speak what words you want to be translated and then hear how the translation should be pronounced. Though not always accurate and gramatically correct, Google Translate is the best app out there that offers this kind of service. And if you only need rudimentary words anyway, Google Translate is more than enough.
Google Docs is a web-based office suite that lets you create, preview and edit documents straight from your gadget. If accessed through your mobile browser, you can make and edit word files and spreadsheets. Aside from that, you can make simple online forms with Google Docs, and then the data you gather are automatically collated in an online spreadsheet. You can also collaborate with your co-workers by sharing specific documents in Google Docs. Recently, Google launched Google Drive, a cloud storage app available in the App Store and Google Play that allows you to preview all your documents in Google Docs. Google Drive lets you store up to 5GB of files in the cloud.