Yes… FINALLY a post for us Android Lovers! I know it seems that we live in an Apple World but believe it or not Android users outnumber iPhone users. Android’s market share in Q2 of 2011 was 39%, Apple’s was 28%. So take that Apple!
Below is a list of my favorite Android apps for 2011. I’ve tried to have a good mix of personal and professional apps. Keep an open mind and imagine the possibilities that could pertain to your Real Estate business.
As Debra stated in yesterday’s post, this is a wonderful app. I use this for all of my note taking during business meetings or just to keep a log of things I would like to implement in the future. You can easily share documents that you have created or added to Evernote. The editing features in this app are fantastic. Save your notes, files, links and images all in one place. There is a desktop/online version as well so you always have access to your files, where ever you are at the time. There are so many possibilities with this app. When you think of Evernote, think text/notes (you’ll get why I’m saying this when you read about Dropbox below). Check out their site for tutorials and read their blog for even more info. http://blog.evernote.com/
I’m a Dropbox Lover. I have been for about 5 years. Dropbox is a lot like Evernote in the sense of sharing on multiple computers or devices. When you think of Dropbox, think files. I like to think of it as an online hard drive that I can access from anywhere. They have a desktop, mobile and website version so literally anywhere you go with internet access you’ll have all of your files. You can also share certain folders with other people. One straightforward way you could use Dropbox with your clients would be to set up a folder for their transaction, give them access and they can log on and view the exact file you would be referencing. You can also make folders private. Have I sold you…?! Check out their blog for more info. (http://blog.dropbox.com/)
3. Google Location Based Apps: Places, Navi, Maps, OH MY!
So I know I was supposed to keep the list to 11 apps that I love for Android but let’s get serious… WE LOVE GOOGLE! Without trying to gush too much about how awesome Android is for having Google Location Based Apps standard on their operating system, let’s go over a bit about each one…
- Google Places: Out with a client and need a spot for coffee or lunch? Or maybe you’re gas tank is almost on empty? Set up your searches and it will automatically calculate your location and find those places closest to you. Need directions? That leads me to the next feature…
- Google Navigation: Click on your place or the address you entered and hit Directions and Navigate (the little blue triangle arrow). The nice little GPS lady will guide you to your location without having to purchase a third party GPS device. Hello multi-tasking device!
- Google Maps: I use this so much… Mainly for drive times and traffic updates. The directions feature will even tell you how long it will take to walk to your destination. Have a client that is a bicyclist? Yup, does that too!
As you know we are WordPress Advocates here in the CBBain|Seal Training Dept. We love them. Well we have yet another reason to love them… the app. This makes blogging so easy and instantaneous! Out in the field and see something interesting that is blog worthy? Why wait until you get home and vaguely remember the details? Do it now! Snap a pic, write some verbiage that people can benefit from, upload and BOOM! Blog post of the day… DONE!
I won’t go into this too much because you hear it all the time. Bottom line: Facebook is where it’s at and the app makes it so it’s where YOU’RE at. Use it… Love it.
6. Dolphin Browser (multi tabbed browsing)
This is a new one to me but once I downloaded this browser I haven’t gone back to the standard Android Internet Browser. With the old browser I kept getting an error message that my tabs were at capacity and I needed to close some in order to open another window. I only had 4 open. The Dolphin Browser fixes this problem, I can open away! I don’t like to be limited. 😉 It also has a fun feature that allows you to “draw a gesture” to go back or open Facebook and many more. Pretty nifty little browser, if I do say so myself.
This is my ‘Go To’ app for Twitter. I’ve tried a bunch of different apps for twitter on my droid and have always gone back to Hootsuite. Hootsuite allows you to set up multiple accounts and feeds and makes it all come together nicely. I don’t have many issues with loading or refreshing and it’s easy to update my status. Hootsuite also has a desktop web version. You can set up tabs and save searches for quick easy viewing. The app lets you just swipe from one tab to the next with ease.
8. Google Currents (link to Zite in Debra’s post)
Google Currents is a lot like Zite, the app that Debra mentioned in her post. It’s an online news tool that pulls in popular articles that you can customize to your liking. You can pull in your Google Reader accounts too. You can read articles from your Library or read what’s Trending at the moment and easily share this out via email, Facebook, Evernote, Google+ or wherever you have set up to share to from your mobile device.
Voxer is a fun newly popular app. This turns your phone into a Walkie Talkie. Think of it as a more personal text messaging tool. Most of us love the convenience of texting and Voxer brings that same love. For the same reasons we love video, we love verbal messages. It’s more personal. The message is clear. Can’t stop to take or make a call? Shoot them a Voxer message. Voxer also allows you to send picture and text messages, all while keeping a nice log for referencing!
10. Lightbox (Android’s version of Instagram)
Lightbox is an online photo sharing community. Snap a pic, snazz it up a bit with the filters they offer and share it out. It gives that “I’m a human in your community not just a ‘sales person'” feel to things. Lightbox is another tool to use to connect with people. How could you use this in your business? Snap shots around your community, share it out with some clever captions, next thing you know with a little consistency you may be that Community Specialist your next client chooses. Just sayin’.
Since this app was already mentioned in Debra’s post. I just want to add a little tidbit… Instead of just “Checking In” to places, think of Foursquare as a business review tool. Within Foursquare you can leave Tips. <—- Do THIS! We love to hear from our peers! The same way you would give a review on Yelp you can give a review via a tip on Foursquare. Another fun way to use this app is to take photos of places you frequent in your community, make lists and leave tips. People search these in Foursquare and again, with a little consistency, you could be the person that keeps popping up in their searches. Check out the Corcoran Group on Foursquare for a BEAUTIFUL example of how to use Foursquare in your business.
Although I’ve reached my Top 11, something I feel is noteworthy about Android is the fact that speech to text is standard within their operating system so there is no need for the Dragon Dictation app you can get for the iPhone. Oh yea and that QR Code scanner that you have to download separately for the iPhone… Standard on many of the Android mobile devices. Yup… Already done for you. We like that don’t we?
There’s my list about my love of Android… I hope you enjoyed and found it helpful. If you have any Android apps to share or have questions about how to use these, please, feel free to share or ask in a comment below!
Have Fun Android Adventurers!