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February 14th, 2013

AndroidPhone_Feb13_BCell phones are definitely one of the most important inventions of modern times. They have more or less replaced landlines for many, and are an indispensable part of business. While the two main features of the phone - calling and texting - are great, with many systems like Android offering basic call and text management, many users would like more.

If you are looking for an app to better manage your calls and texts, check out Sanity.

Sanity has a number of excellent features Android users, and people who get a lot of calls, will find useful. Some of these include:

  • Record a call - If you are constantly using your phone for business, or talking with clients and would like a way to remember what was said, this app allows you to record phone calls. They will be stored as a format that can be read by computers and phones alike. Of course, you will want to let the caller know that the conversation is being recorded.
  • Caller or SMS announcement - Sometimes you are in a place where you can't look at your screen to see who is calling before answering. This app has a feature that will speak the name of the caller, so you know who it is on the other end. This feature also works for text messages, and will say the name of the text sender.
  • The ability to block calls and SMS - If you keep getting telemarketers calling you, or spam texts, you can create a blocked call and SMS list which the app will not allow through.
  • Urgent call list - There are likely one or two people that you always answer the phone for, and if your phone is on silent, you could miss their call. With Sanity you can create an urgent call list that will ignore current phone settings and allow the phone to ring (only for people on the urgent call list).
  • Automatic answer and loudspeaker - If you are driving, on a train, or in a situation where you can't otherwise answer your phone, Sanity can be set up to automatically answer your calls. You can also configure it to turn on loudspeaker automatically as well.
The interesting thing about this app is that almost every feature has advanced options that allow you to really tailor your phone's calling and SMS features. There are a nearly endless amount of ways you can use the app, and employees or business owners who use Android devices will definitely benefit from it, if they want more control over their calls and texts.

The best thing is, the app is free, although if you like it, you can chose to donate to the developer. If you're interested in learning more about Sanity, you can download it from the Google Play store here, or you can get in touch with us. We would be happy to discuss how Android devices can make your day easier.

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Topic Android
January 30th, 2013

When it comes to mobile devices, users really only have the choice between a closed system with three incredibly popular devices, or an open system with hundreds of phones. For those who want choice, that system is Android. When researching devices, you are bound to hear about Android's Nexus line, but might wonder, "what exactly is Nexus?"

To begin with, devices labeled with Nexus are Google branded phones and tablets made by different manufacturers that often come in different sizes. Below is a brief overview of the different types of Nexus devices, how they differ from other Android devices based on hardware and software, plus how to buy them.

Nexus devices As noted above: Nexus devices carry the Google brand. Flip one over and you will see the Google logo featured prominently on the back. What this means is that in countries like the US and Canada, the device is sold through Google's website. Google does not manufacture these devices, instead relying on companies like Samsung, Asus and LG to produce them.

There are currently three Nexus devices available from the Google store: The Nexus 4 - a 4-inch smartphone made by LG; Nexus 7 - a 7-inch tablet made by Asus; and the Nexus 10 - a 10-inch tablet made by Samsung. You can still find older devices like the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, etc. available from a variety of different cell providers.

Nexus hardware Google views the release of a specific Nexus device as what Android devices should be. This means they have near top-of-the-line components and are often considered high-end when they are released. It's easy to think of the them as the benchmark - hardware wise - for the other Android devices, up to a year after the release.

Because of the large number of manufacturers turning out Android tablets and phones, you can bet that any device, Nexus included, will soon be surpassed by another in a matter of months. However, most tablets are powerful enough that users often don't notice the difference, so there's really no need to worry about bigger and better with the Nexus - at least not for a year or two.

Nexus software Where the Nexus models excel is software. Google's Android OS is now in it's eleventh version, yet most users are still using devices with versions from 2011 and 2012. This fragmentation happens largely because manufacturers apply their own OS layout that needs to be updated when Google releases a new version of Android. This can take months.

Nexus machines receive OS updates a few days to a month after Google releases them. This means that for at least two years they will be running the latest version. These devices also don't have custom layouts, so you get a 'pure' Android experience, or as Google calls it 'Vanilla Android'.

In other words, if you want a device that runs the latest and greatest software and OS, Nexus is the way to go.

Buying a Nexus As Nexus devices are considered high-end, you might think that the devices come with a high-end cost too. That's not 100% true though. For example, the Nexus 7 tablet is sold at cost (USD$199 for the 8GB version). In comparison, the iPad Mini starts at over USD$300. In general, Nexus devices retail at an affordable cost for the intended market. If you are looking for a high-end Android tablet, the Nexus is one of the best value devices on the market.

That being said, if you have a set budget, and aren't worried about a device running the latest and greatest version of Android, you shouldn't feel pressured to get a Nexus. There are many Android devices out there that could meet your needs and budget. Not to mention that almost all apps on the Google Play store will run on a large variety of devices, so you can still access the same apps.

If you have your heart set on a Nexus then check out the Nexus store. For those who can't access this, many big electronics stores also offer the devices, often at the same price as the Google store. To learn more about Android and your business, why not give us a shout? We'll be happy to sit down and have a chat.

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Topic Android
January 17th, 2013

Do you have a sweet tooth and like tech devices? Google does. Their mobile platform, Android, has brought a little bit of a sugar rush to many users because of all the sweet applications and devices. While Android isn't as popular as its major competitor - iOS - it is enjoying an increased number of users. The question is: How well is Android holding up? To answer this, you need to take a look at the state of Android.

Here's a spotlight on Android at the beginning of 2013.

Distribution by the numbers Since 2009 there have been 11 different major versions of the OS released, with the current being 4.2 (Jelly Bean). As of January 3, 2013, the percentage of devices (according to Google) using the two versions of Jelly Bean is around 10.5%.

Looking at the numbers, 4.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) has slightly over 29% of total users, while 2.3 (Gingerbread) has nearly 48% of users. In other words, nearly half of Android users still use an OS from 2010 - Gingerbread was released in 2010 with a major update in February 2011.

These numbers come from the Android developer's website, and offer an interesting snapshot into the more technical side of the OS. Overall, they show a fragmented market. Compare it to previous figures however, and you can see that the gap is slowly closing. It is highly unlikely though that Android will see Apple-like iOS version adoption rates anytime soon.

This fragmentation does hamstring users a bit, as many manufacturers are slow to release updates and some carriers block updates completely. On the upside, it forces developers to develop apps that are compatible with different OS versions to get the most users possible.

Apps, apps and more apps! Many users view Apple's App store as superior. While it's true that developers often release their apps for Apple users first, this is changing, with many developers now releasing apps simultaneously on both platforms.

In fact, back in October, Google Play (Android's app store) pulled even with Apple's App store - both stores have about the number of apps available, and according to The Sociable will have one million apps before Apple does.

A quick view of the Google Play store shows that many of the most popular iPhone apps are also available for Android, making the "Apple has better apps debate" less of a moot point.

What this means for the phone buyer in 2013 Android is currently in a bit of a conundrum: Developers are hesitant to invest in high-quality apps because of a lower usage rate compared with Apple, while users are hesitant to buy because of a perceived lack of high quality apps and lack of update support.

Google started to make steps in 2012 to turn this around. One of the major steps was the release of the Nexus tablet line. The Nexus 7, a 7 inch tablet, was released at more than USD$100 cheaper than the iPad and has seen fantastic sale rates. Similarly, Samsung released the S III which gives the iPhone a serious run for its money. Beyond that, features released in Jelly Bean make the OS more user friendly.

Combine this with the momentum of Google Play and the growing number of quality apps, and you already have a viable platform. If you are worried about the lack of updates you do have options. One of the more popular ones is to purchase a Google Nexus product. This is Google's 'Vanilla Android' and receives OS updates within a few days of their release, not to mention that the hardware is top of the line at release.

If you are in the market for a new phone this year, Android device is a great choice. To learn more about how you can integrate Android into your daily routine, please contact us.

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Topic Android
January 4th, 2013

Tablets are in. Just take a look around the next time you are out at a coffee shop. It's pretty much guaranteed that you will see at least two or three. The amount of tablets out there is steadily growing, and these mobile devices offer a great opportunity for companies to reach out to their customers through mobile advertising. This can be harder than it looks, especially because it's a fairly new idea. It doesn't have to be hard however.

One of the easiest ways to get in on the mobile advertising boom is through the use of mobile ad networks. There are over 150 available, serving more than 10 different niches. This will likely grow exponentially over the next few years as the demand for mobile marketing and the number of mobile devices continue to grow.

Sure, mobile advertising is the next big thing, but how do I figure out A. who the companies offering services are, and B. what companies offer what services? To help answer this question, mobyaffialiates has recently posted an infographic/map of which companies offer which form of mobile ad services.

This is an interesting infographic because you can click on the names of the companies to be taken to an overview of what each company does and the regions/areas they work in. It's definitely worth a look if your company is interested in launching a mobile advertising campaign. Some companies even offer ad development, so this could be your key to a successful campaign.

With the increasing number of Android tablets in use, it may be time to look into a more unique, (for now), form of advertising. If you'd like to learn more about mobile advertising, please contact us, as we may have a solution for you.

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Topic Android
December 20th, 2012

2011, '12 and '13 are shaping up to be the years of the rectangle. Take a look at almost all the smartphones and tablets released in the past years and all you see is a rectangle with rounded edges. This homogeneity isn't conducive to customization at least on the outside. Sure you can put a case on the thing, but even then many people pick the same styles. So, that leaves the OS and what you do with it. If you have an Android device, there are tons of features and customization abilities.

Here's how you can customize your home screen. Please be aware that this article is written for devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later. Older versions are similar, and differences have been noted where needed.

Wallpaper it up Android offers three different ways to customize your wallpaper/background:

  1. Gallery: This option allows you to pick a picture you have taken and apply it as your phone's wallpaper. The images can be stored on your phone's memory, cloud albums or Picasa/Google+ account.
  2. Wallpaper: If you don't have any pictures in your Gallery, or prefer to use one provided by the manufacturer you can select this option. Note, the wallpapers available to you will be different depending on what company made the phone.
  3. Live Wallpapers: Live Wallpapers are similar to Wallpapers - they are made by the phone's manufacturer - but these have been animated. For example, there's one that simulates water drops in a pond when you tap the screen.
Whatever you set as your background will be synced with your Google account, and should transfer to any other Android device you sign into using the same account. If you chose a device specific background, these won't transfer over. To set the background navigate to an empty home screen on your device and press and hold on the screen. You should be given the option to change the background which will be applied to all of your device's home screens. Note: This will vary depending on the manufacturer.

Folders: I choose you On most Android phones, the apps you download and install are accessed through the App Drawer. You can create shortcuts to these apps which can be placed on the home screens for quick access. This can be done by opening your App Drawer (usually a grey circle with six squares) finding the app you want, then pressing and holding it for a second or two. The App Drawer will close and you will be able to place the icon on the home screen.

You can move icons around on the home screen by pressing and holding them until the phone vibrates, then moving them where you want. Moving to either side of the screen will switch to the home screen to the left or right. You can also put similar app icons into folders by picking one and dragging it on top of the other. These apps will be placed into a folder, which can be renamed if you open the folder and press on the name.

Widgets and icons

A major part of the 'Android experience' is widgets. Widgets are essentially small apps that often show important information. For example, there's the Gmail widget that will show your new emails right on the home screen. There are a ton of widgets, and many apps have widgets as well.

To access widgets press the App Drawer icon and select Widgets from the top of the screen. Pick the widget you like, long-press on the icon and drag it to where you would like it to go on your home screen. On older versions of Android, you can press on a blank part of any home screen and a list should pop-up, allowing you to add widgets.

If you can't find a widget on your phone, a quick search of the Google Play store will return lots of widgets. After you download and install them, they should be in the Widgets section of the App Drawer. You just have to drag and drop them onto the home screen.

These are just three ways to customize your Android device's home screen, in fact, there are many more ways to customize your phone. One of the more popular ways is to install launchers. Launchers are programs that emulate another Android device's home screen. Say you have an HTC device, but don't like the look of the home screens, you can install a launcher to completely change it. One of the most popular launchers is Go Launcher which allows you to install themes, new layouts and even new buttons.

For some great examples of just how customizable Android's layout is, you should check out LifeHacker's Featured Home Screen page. What's your favorite layout? Let us know.

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Topic Android
December 5th, 2012

Computers are getting smaller. In the not-too-distant future, it's highly likely that the many business owners, managers and employees will do the majority of their work on tablets, instead of desktops. This trend has is already starting, and devices like Android tablets are making inroads into the office. The one downside is that transferring files between devices can be a bit of a chore. Helpfully there is an app that facilitates the sharing of files.

To wirelessly share files from your PC to your Android tablet without a cord, you can use the ES File Explorer File Management - available for free on the Google Play Store. This app does a lot more than allow you to share files from your PC, in fact it's main purpose is to access and maintain files on an Android device. There is a feature of this app which allows users to access files shared on their computer of a LAN - Local Area Network.

Here's how you can set this up: Note: The following steps are for computers running Windows 7.

Set up both devices

  1. Download and install the app on your Android tablet. It can be downloaded from here.
  2. Start the app on your device and go through the overview and brief tutorial.
  3. Navigate to the folder on your computer you would like to share with your device. You can also create a new folder on the desktop for files you want to access on your device.
  4. Right-click on the folder and select Add a network location.
  5. Click Next and a screen will display your computer's IP address which you can jot down. If your computer is the only one on the network, there's no need to do this, but if you have more than one, it's a good idea to write this address down. It should look something like 192.168.1.107 - the IP will differ, depending on the network.
  6. Set a Username and Password when you're given the option. Then click Finish. Note, if you don't set a username and password, anyone connected to the network will be able to access the folder.
Connect your Android device
  1. Connect your Android device to the same Wi-Fi network the computer is connected to.
  2. Select LAN in ES File Explorer on your Android device. It can be found by pressing the downward pointing blue arrow in the top-left side of the app.
  3. Press Search on the app. It will search and display a list of devices currently connected to the LAN.
  4. Tap the computer icon with the IP address that matches the one you jotted down above.
  5. Enter the username and password you established earlier and select Connect.
Using ES to transfer/view files After you have connected, you can tap on the icon again and you will be able to see the folder(s) you selected to share. To copy a file from your computer to your device:
  1. Tap and hold the file for a second or two to get a list of options.
  2. Press Copy to copy the file.
  3. Navigate to /sdcard/ - by flicking to the left/right on your device.
  4. Select the folder where you would like to place the file, and press and hold for a second until the menu comes up.
  5. Press Paste.
If you want to move a file from your Android tablet to your computer, you can navigate to it's location on the /sdcard/ section, then press and hold to select Copy and navigate to the LAN section. Select the folder, long-pressing on it and finally pick Paste.

There are many different apps out there that can help you integrate your Android tablet to your office. If you do choose to follow this method you should be aware that it may not be the most secure way to transfer files. It would be a good idea to contact us before you try this at the office, as we may have a solution for you that could make things even easier.

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Topic Android
November 22nd, 2012

The world of tablets and smartphones is a fast one. It seems like a new device that pushes the boundaries is introduced each week. When it comes to Android, what devices set the boundaries for others to break? Google's Nexus line. Nexus devices are what Google thinks of as the 'benchmark' Android device; what an Android device should be. On November 13, two brand new Nexus devices were made available for sale.

This year, there are two new Nexus devices to tempt eager buyers. There's the Nexus 4, a 4.7 inch phone made by LG and the Nexus 10, a 10 inch tablet made by Samsung. Here's a brief overview of the two devices based on the five most important aspects most business users look at when looking for a new phone.

The display The display is one of the most important components of any mobile device, as it's what enables us to use it. As such, development companies are pushing the envelope in terms of resolution. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7 inch display with a 1280X768 (HD) screen. The display is on par with other devices currently available, and many reviews have noted that the display is the best they've seen in midday sun.

Samsung is well known for their displays, take a look at a ES900 TV next time you're in an electronics store and it's hard not to stare in amazement at the picture clarity, not to mention the thinness. This quality transfers over to the Nexus 10. The display is 10.1 inches, and has a resolution of 2560X1600 - the same resolution as the new 13 inch MacBook-pro Retina display.

Another noteworthy point related to the display of these devices is that they both use Corning's Gorilla Glass 2, which make them considerably more scratch resistant than older devices.

Battery life For business users, the amount of time they can use a mobile device before needing to charge it is crucial. The battery on the Nexus 4 should be powerful enough to get you through the day with moderate usage. Reviews are coming back that the device is actually fairly poor in terms of battery life. According to engadget, "our standard video rundown test, which consists of looping a movie at 50 percent brightness with WiFi on (but not connected) and normal pull notifications for email and social media, (the Nexus 4) lasted for five hours and 18 minutes before the battery died." Most business users will likely be charging this phone at the office.

The Nexus 10, when subjected to the same test by engadget writers, lasted almost seven and a half hours. This isn't bad, considering the display, but it isn't great either, almost every tablet of the same size lasted longer. The late 2012 iPad lasted for just over 11 hours for example.

Processing power The faster the processor, the better the apps will run. The Nexus 4 has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor which is comparable to other high-end devices currently available. This processor should be more than capable at handling all you can throw at it, and likely will for at least the next year or two.

The Nexus 10 has a slightly more powerful 1.7GHz quad-core processor, which is currently one of the fastest processors available for mobile devices. As with the Nexus 4, the tablet should be able to hold its own for at least the next few years.

The OS As is tradition, the release of new Nexus devices means a new version of Android. This year, Google has released 4.2, however, it's an incremental update rather than a completely new version of Android - 4.2 is still called Jelly Bean. The new update brings a number of features including a small update to the layout, a new camera app and a new keyboard where you can swipe your finger over the letters to spell words.

The biggest new feature in 4.2 is the ability to set multiple users. Each user gets their own private environment with different apps, settings and files. The downside to the multi-user environment is that it's only available for tablets at this time. It will likely be available for smartphones in a later update.

Price and availability When it comes to picking devices for use at the office, price will play a large part of which device business users select. While the Nexus 7 tablet, released earlier this was ridiculously cheap considering it's specs, both of these devices carry on this trend.

The Nexus 4 is available in a 8GB or 16GB versions for USD$299 and USD$349 respectively. Both versions come unlocked and can support nearly every network around the world. The only downside is, there's no LTE. So if you upgraded to a LTE plan in the past few months, you may want to give this one a pass. Does the price seem a bit high? The next cheapest device with similar specs is USD$450. Based on price alone, this phone is worth it, and if you live in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany or Spain, you can pick one up now. Other countries will likely have to wait a couple of months.

The Nexus 10 is available in either 16GB or 32GB for USD$399 or USD$499, respectively. While this is a fairly large chunk of change, the iPad starts at USD$100 more. Like the 4, the Nexus 10 is, comparatively, a good deal when looking at price alone.

All Nexus devices can be found on the Google Nexus Store.

Ultimately, are these devices worth it? If you're looking for a new Android device that isn't too costly and don't want to bother being locked into a contract where you can't replace your phone. these devices are a good to great choice. Wondering how they will work in your organization? Contact us, we may have a solution.

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Topic Android
October 31st, 2012

The last few weeks have been rife with tech speculation. No, we aren’t talking about the results of any election, rather new tablets. It seems that the last two weeks of October have turned into ‘Open Tablet Season’, where developers go hunting for sales by releasing new tablets. Announcements have been made by both Apple and Google. Apple had their turn last week, and Google’s big event is October 29. Rumor has it, there will be new Android tablets too. Before you get caught up in ‘Tablet Frenzy 2012’ you should ask yourself how you intend to use it for business.

Before we answer any questions about whether a tablet, more specifically an Android tablet, is right for your business, we need to look at the elephant in the room, the iPad. The iPad is a great device that allows users to communicate much as they would on a smartphone, just over a larger screen. The thing about the iPad, and most other tablets, is that they are generally designed for the largest audience - no, not businesses; retail consumers.

This puts businesses at a bit of a disadvantage in terms of tablet adoption, simply because modern tablets are so new that they haven’t had time to evolve and concentrate on many other mediums outside retail everyday-use. This has left businesses wondering why they should adopt tablets, and those that have try to fit the tablet to traditional uses.

Most early business adopters of the tablets, Android tablets in particular, have been using them as oversized PDAs. In this way, Android tablets excel, especially if you use Google’s products. Practically your whole office, calendar, alarms, contacts and email are in one easy to carry device. The administration side of business and Android go hand-in-hand.

The tablet is great for the road-warrior. Why carry a large, bulky laptop around for presentations when most tablets can now connect to projectors, thus enabling users to run presentations and keep notes on the same small device. Tablets are also good for giving presentations during a lunch meeting, or to a smaller group. There’s no need to rent a big space with a projector to present to a handful people.

Where the tablet starts to look less impressive for businesses is in terms of productivity. Continuing the presentation example from above: Yes, you can easily give presentations on a tablet, however creating and editing, while not impossible, takes a lot longer than on a computer. The same goes for word documents and spreadsheets. It’s an act of frustration to use advanced features of both office functions on a tablet. While this sounds like a big con, there are a number of programs expected in the near future, like Office 2013 for Android, and add-ons like keyboards, that will make it easier to be productive on a tablet.

The other hinderance of tablet adoption is that many small businesses just don’t have a way or plan on how to manage tablets in the office. A large number of backup and management solutions companies use come from before the modern tablet became so successful, and as such, they lack a way to support these devices. Consequently the value add-on of tablets might be offset by the cost of upgrading to support them.

There is a high enough adoption rate of these devices amongst companies that back-end developers and service providers are starting to work in ways to manage/integrate mobile devices into the company’s systems while keeping the cost to a minimum.

If you’re thinking of integrating an Android tablet into your office ecosystem - a move many agree with - and if you want to be more mobile and connected from anywhere, we recommend that you talk to us first, as we may have a low-cost, or affordable way for you to integrate a device into your systems successfully.

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Topic Android
October 18th, 2012

One of the greatest things about the Android system is widgets. They help us check our mail, change the song, or the settings, all from the home screen(s) of our device. You could say they are multi-taskers and efficiency enablers that help users get the most out of their phones. The only issue with widgets is, you can’t usually use them while using another program, well, not without an app.

Widgets are small apps that enable a user to perform a function of an app e.g., change the song playing without having to open the music player on your Android. Widgets are an integral part of the Android platform as most of them allow users to execute the main function of an app from the home screen. Widgets Anywhere, USD$1.99 on Google Play, is a great app for Android users who love multi-tasking. It allows users to have access to their favorite widget even while in a program.

The app is currently available for devices using Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and 4.1 (Jelly Bean). If you have Jelly Bean, you can easily bring up your favorite widget by pressing and holding on the Home button (center button), and selecting the Widgets Anywhere logo. This will work anywhere, making it easy for you to multitask.

You can also set the size, transparency and visibility along with what widget is shown from the apps settings. The only downside we can see with this app is that it replaces the Google Now shortcut on Jelly Bean, however, few users utilize this feature anyway.

This app definitely makes the Android user experience easier, especially if you’re a heavy widget user. If you’d like to know more about using Android in your business please contact us.

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Topic Android
October 2nd, 2012

Often, the hardest things a manager has to do is keep ideas straight, or translate creative ideas from their heads onto paper. One of the best ways to achieve this is through the use of mind maps, having a central idea and visually connecting ideas to it. Mind maps are designed to help people see the bigger picture, and can help you make better decisions. Because of their visual nature, they are a great fit for Android tablets, and there are some terrific apps out there.

Here are five apps for Android tablets that will help you with your mind mapping.

Connected Mind Connected Mind, USD$3.00 on the Google Play store, is a full function mind mapping app that allows you to create maps using your finger to draw and edit branches and nodes. Each branch is randomly assigned different colors (which you can change) to help keep your map organized, and with 27 shapes you can create some pretty complex maps.

The good thing about this app is all maps are stored in the cloud and linked to your Google account. This means you can access the maps on any Android device, or even on Chrome with a Chrome extension. You can also share the map, as an image, to other apps like Gmail, WhatsApp, Google Drive, etc.

Mindjet for Android This app is the Android version of the popular PC based mind mapping program Mindjet. With this app, you can create professional looking mind maps quickly and easily. At the bottom of the screen is a customization toolbar that allows you to customize category nodes, branches and sub categories to your heart’s content. Any mind map created on your tablet will sync with mindjet’s browser or computer based versions; you can take your mind maps anywhere.

As an added bonus, the app syncs with Dropbox and if you have the full version, Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Apple Mail and Yammer. The downside of this app is you do have to subscribe to use it. A Web based subscription is USD$15 a month, while the full version is USD$30 a month. The app on the Google Play store is free, but you will be asked to subscribe after 30 days.

Mindomo Mindomo is an app that’s quite similar to Mindjet in that it’s easy to use to create professional looking mind maps. While it offers many of the same features, it also adds collaboration if you sign up for the paid subscription, giving you the ability to work on mind maps while offline. You can also embed images directly from your phone into the mind maps, with maps and images being synced to other versions when you’re connected to the Internet.

Mindomo has four pricing options: Free, which gives you three maps a month, Premium, Professional and Team. The cost for the three paid programs is USD$6.00, USD$15 and USD$29 a month, respectively. The Professional and Team versions give you the ability to collaborate with up to five guests and five users for the Team version.

iMindMap HD If you have a creative streak in you, or love brilliant looking mind maps, this is the app for you. Backed by ThinkBuzan (the company started by Tony Buzan, the inventor of modern mind maps) you can create mind maps worthy of framing, while also storing them on ThinkBuzan’s cloud storage service. There’s more to this app than it being really, really, ridiculously good looking though. You can draw your own branches, embed Web links and pictures directly from your camera, open email attachments and export your maps as images. It also has a built in function that will help ensure a neat and tidy map.

You can have up to five maps on the free version, but can subscribe to ThinkBuzan Cloud for USD$20.99 for one year.

Simple Mind If you are looking for a low-cost (USD$5.00), easy to use app, this is a great choice. You can create, edit and reorganize maps and that’s about it. The maps you produce look simple compared to some the other apps produce. While this may be a downer to some, simple mind maps often look great, and if done correctly, can look super professional.

If you’re interested in using mind mapping apps in your company, or for your Android device, please contact us, we can help you set up an app that will meet your needs.

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Topic Android