When elders used to tell me that time is money, I always made a “yeah right” face. Fast forward 10 years and it turns out they were right. The 10 best productivity apps for Android not only help you in saving precious time but in the long run, money too.
Back in my leisure days, I played all day without a worry in sight, but today I have to juggle hard to make time for play. But it’s not all gloomy now; the productivity apps for Android do help me in daily digital tasks and save me around an hour of time per day.
Note: The apps were tested over a long period of time across multiple devices. They performed extremely well and no issued were faced during extended testing. The apps are in no particular order due to their exceptionally diverse natures.
1. Slack – Free
Talk to the Team
The app’s name may seem like counter-productive but that’s the beauty of it. Slack is actually made for slackers who just want a place to communicate effectively and immediately.
I hate the email culture and I despise writing those “official” emails. Thankfully I don’t have to do that much with Slack. My development team, testing team and writing team are all there and it is far easier to communicate with them.
All the files and code can be shared instantly thanks to the robust cloud integration. The only hitch is the long yet necessary signing up procedure, it is cumbersome.
- A seamless and painless interface.
- Support for multiple teams.
- Instant syncing across all devices.
The app comes with great archiving and a stellar search feature. Usually with group chats it is hard to keep track of the conversation, but with the great search you will never be left out of the loop.
2. Buffer – Free
The best social media manager in the 10 best productivity apps for Android, Buffer is a true performer. If you manage multiple social network pages and need to feed constant updates, this is the must have app for you.
I managed a few Facebook pages in the past and it is hard to keep up with constant updates. Buffer makes it easier to post on social networks including fan favorites like Twitter.
Schedule great posts and leave for your vacation without the need to worry about updates. The app will handle the posts and do the work for you.
- Easy to upload custom content.
- Can manage multiple accounts easily.
- Large queues of content supported.
The app comes with a simple analytics to keep your post-reach in check. It is a handy feature for the marketers among us.
3. IFTTT – Free
Make Them Work
IFTTT is the easiest and at the same time powerful app in the best productivity apps for Android list. The name stands for If This Then That and this is exactly what the app does.
For example if you want to automatically change your profile picture on Facebook when you change it on Twitter, this app can help you do that. That’s right, no more changing apps and uploading again, jumping through loopholes. This is only the fraction of what this app is capable of.
- An amazingly friendly interface.
- A surprising amount of apps supported.
- Cuts work in almost a clean half.
There are hundreds of app combo-recipes available in the app but you can create your own personalized one if you want. After that you can just as easily share it with fellow IFTTT users from within the app.
4. Evernote – Free with In-app Purchases
The Marquee Note
Ah the good old trusty Evernote, the one app which has been featured in multiple lists I made. By now Evernote should be paying me for free marketing but hey if it’s good its good. Evernote is the best note taking, to-do list making and reminder apps around.
This app takes everything you know about notes and takes it to the next level. The ease of use, the interface, the social connectivity all are top-notch. This app alone has helped me plan birthday parties, Asian weddings and one funeral.
In-app Purchases: $1.00 – $49.99 per item
- Take notes in an instant.
- Add photos and doodles to your notes.
- Send notes in a convenient email.
Create a shared notebook which can be edited by other members and you have a nice workplace. This way you can manage a lot of things and always stay up-to-date with the overall progress.
5. Contacts + – Free with In-app Purchases
Look, Call, Message
Contacts + is the most comprehensive and effect contact app available on the Play Store. Although it comes with some In-app purchases, it is remarkably well crafted and robust in features.
I have been using this app since it featured in the top Emoji app list and it has been a real performer. The app takes over your contacts, SMS and even dialer and makes them much better.
The only thing I feel makes this app lose points is the slight lag when switching to SMS.
In-app Purchases: $1.00 – $49.99 per item
- Transfer is seamless and easy.
- Contacts look great on the app.
- Dialer is very responsive.
Auto-syncing contacts from Facebook and Google and you have a very populated contact list. Thankfully unlike other apps in the business, Contact + actively searches for duplicated contacts and offer to merge them.
6. SwiftKey – Free with In-app Purchases
Swipe the Sentences
A warrior is as good as his weapon and a typist is as good as his keyboard. Same goes for Android and its touch screen keyboards. SwiftKey aims to reduce thumb cramps all the while giving you access to a faster and effective typing style.
The keyboard is the most crucial app in the 10 best productivity apps list because it can be used in combination of almost all the apps. The interface, the themes, the key sizes all can be modified to make your own.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $4.99 per item
- Comes with an assortment of different themes.
- The un-docking feature is amazing.
- Comes with one-handed typing for phablets.
The app comes with a slightly new feature called swipe typing. Although it was done first by another app, it is still a welcome feature in SwiftKey.
Basically you just swipe your fingers on letter and the app automatically forms words. You have to try it to experience the full potential.
7. Google Drive – Free with Optional Subscriptions
Process the Words
Google Drive is not just cloud storage; it also doubles as a portable word processor and table maker. The app sneaked its way into our cloud storage apps list too thanks to its ability to keep your digital goodies safe. But here it made the list due to its stellar word processing.
Sometimes I do my writing on my phone (a Note 3 with a big screen) by combining Google Drive, an On the Go cable and a small portable keyboard. This is the very definition of productivity.
- Always connected to the cloud.
- Uploads are fast even on slow internet.
- The file manager is awesome.
The ability to export your stored files in MS Word format or Excel format is a huge plus for students and businessmen/women alike. With this great app, there are no limitations on your portability.
8. Pocket – Free with In-app Purchases
Like it? Keep It
Like this article you are reading but fear your internet might betray you? Well Pocket it dude and live ease. Pocket is a great app which allows you to save articles in their entirety to your device.
After that you can read them at your leisure with or without internet. I usually store articles in Pocket and read them on the way to my office. It’s a great way to ensure longer battery life (4G drains it a lot) and still enjoy reading quality content.
In-app Purchases: $0.99 – $44.99 per item
- A solid interface which is a treat to use.
- A built-in web browser to further access the archived site.
- Can sync across multiple devices.
While using any browser or any other app simple find the share button and select pocket. And that’s it; the page will be saved for later viewing. It doesn’t get any simpler than this.
The 10 best productivity apps for Android certainly will help you better manage your time and resources. If you have found or made a productivity app and want us to check it out, share it in the comments below and we will oblige.