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In the age of smart phones and apps, having information at your fingertips is simple. Downloading new applications through your cellular service provider or internet provider, there are apps for nearly every conceivable function. Games, news, and even television and movies can be found with a few taps of the screen. Smartphones can even help increase productivity through work and person life by offering Android apps that function solely to help you become more organized.
Here are 5 Android apps that are a must have to increase your productivity.
While it may seem a little extravagant and unnecessary, having a barcode scanner in your phone can actually save time and money. Want to do a price check on the video game you have been wanting? Scan the code on the back of the box and, through your service provider or your internet provider, Barcode Scanner will link you with other merchants that may be selling the game. It can provide pricing and even reviews so you can see whether your purchase is worthwhile. College student? Scanning your textbooks can help find the best deal and can even save the book’s information to research later. Barcode Scanner will even scan QR codes, the new blocky, graphic barcodes that link directly to websites.
Often, documentation goes missing, receipts seem to vanish into thin air, or sending a copy of something requires you to find the nearest Kinkos. With Document Scanner, your smart phone can scan the paper and convert it to a PDF file, making it easy to send as an attachment in email or save to a file and stop worrying about losing the hard copy. You can upload the PDF to other productivity apps in your phone as well. The software is able to detect the four corners of the paper, making the document more to scale. There are even cropping options to customize the size of the page before converting to PDF. Auditors beware, receipts have gone digital.
Once you have created your PDF files, you will need somewhere safe to save them. With Google Docs, you can use your existing Google account to upload your documents, saving a backup online. You can create a document on your phone, and it will be available to view on your PC under your Google account. The reverse is also true, that once you save a document to your Google account on your PC, access will become available on your mobile device.
The best Android productivity apps save you time and money. With Google Voice, you are assigned a phone number through Google. Install the app, and you will be able to make calls and send text messages through this number, without affecting your normal phone number or text messages. It will also link any other phone numbers that you wish to add, including a work line or a home land line. In addition to this, any voicemails left to your account can be transcribed. If you don’t have the time to sit through a long message, simply read it. There are also custom greetings for specific numbers. International phone calls can be made at a discounted rate.
At its basic level, Note Everything is a note-taking app capable of documenting lists. Beyond that, it also allows you to take pictures and create to-do lists, syncing this information to your PC, the Internet, or even other phones. Through your service provider, this information can be uploaded quickly and can help you combine schedules, meetings, and appointments so you never forget a thing. Note Everything also links with Google Docs to give access to meeting notes or class schedules.
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