June 13, 2012 // By: Heather McIlvaine
Apps for Android & iOS
Let’s be honest: there are already a million articles on the “best” business apps for basically every smartphone and tablet on the market. SAP.info has a few of these in the archives, too. While the Web surely doesn’t need another Top Ten list, it’s hard to resist the temptation to scour the iTunes Appstore and Android Market every few months to see what’s new. And the trouble is, there is almost always some fresh app on the scene with a breakout idea. Like the recently released location-based networking app, Here on Biz. So we’ve given in: here’s another list of great apps for doing business on your smartphone or tablet.
Google released this new service in April 2012 as an extension of Google Docs, its online app for file creation and sharing. Google Drive lets you do all the same tasks that you used to do in Google Docs (create and edit files and also share them without needing to send an email attachment), and it provides some new functions, too. You can now use Google Drive to sync files between all your devices and access them from anywhere, be it desktop, smartphone, or tablet, à la Dropbox. Simply download the Google Drive client to your PC running either Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, or Mac OS X Lion 10.7 or Snow Leopard 10.6. Then, download the Google Drive app to your Android smartphone or tablet. For the moment, iPhone and iPad users are out of luck, Google is still working on an app for Apple devices. It should be available soon.
Further highlights: Google Drive supports Optical Character Recognition technology, which means you can search all your files — even photos and videos — using keywords. You can also install third-party apps from the Chrome Web Store for added functionality like photo and video editing, sending faxes, and more.
Google Drive is free up to 5 GB (compared to only 2 free GB on Dropbox). Paid subscriptions start at $2.49/month for 25 GB and go up to $49.99/month for 1 TB.