Once the holiday season is over, you may feel the need to cut back financially in order to make up for the money spent on your loved ones, employees or coworkers, and maybe even on yourself. With that in mind, cutting back on business costs just got a little easier. Here are eight Android business apps that are now free to download:
1. QwikList Voice – used to be $1.99
QwikList Voice – QwikList Voice allows you to create lists, reminders, tasks, and notes just by using the voice-recognition software on your Android. It also has a widget for your home screen, so it’s easily accessible, and you can add to your lists by scanning barcodes or looking up UPCs.
2. Voice Alerts – used to be $4.92
Voice Alerts – If you’re looking for a voice app that will help remind you if your battery is low or when you receive a text or email message, Voice Alerts is an app to seriously consider. It will actually speak to you whenever something important or noteworthy happens with your phone. However, you’ll need to download the free text-to-speech library from the Android Market before you can use Voice Alerts.
3. Newsr – used to be $2.99
Newsr – If you use Google Reader, Newsr may be the right app for you. It will sync with your account to make sure that you “never read the same news twice.” It’s just an easier and more convenient way to read your RSS feeds on your Android.
4. QwikSMS – used to be $1.99
QwikSMS Auto Responder Deluxe – Have you ever been so busy that you can’t respond to incoming calls or text messages, or you can’t respond because you’re in an important business meeting? Well, QwikSMS Auto Responder Deluxe will automatically respond to your text messages or phone calls for you. And it will only respond to the same person once, no matter how many times they text or call you in a row.
5. I Expense – used to be $1.00
I Expense – The purpose of the I Expense app is pretty straight forward. It enables you to keep track of your travel expenses, including mileage, food, and hotel stays. It even allows you to take pictures of your receipts so you can be reimbursed later. When you’re done with your trip, I Expense will generate a report that you can send to your boss or keep for your own records.
6. BluePoint Antivirus – used to be $4.99
BluePoint Antivirus – This app is exactly what it sounds like, an antivirus for your Android. BluePoint Antivirus believes that while there are other antivirus apps that are free, most are light on features. However, BluePoint Antivirus prides itself on providing you with “breakthrough technologies” to keep your Android safe, protected, and secure.
7. Magical TimeTable – used to be $1.00
Magical TimeTable – While this app is geared toward students, Magical TimeTable has some great benefits that any business professional could use. Basically, Magical TimeTable allows you to set up when your phone should be on vibrate or silent mode and when the ringer should be audible, all by using a simple timetable. This is perfect if you have regularly scheduled business meetings or appointments that can’t be interrupted by your phone.
8. Smart Inventory App – used to be $5.39
Smart Inventory App – This easy-to-use app allows you to manage your store’s or company’s inventory through barcodes directly on your Android phone. You can use the built-in barcode scanner or use an add-on device. Once you’ve scanned your barcodes, you can then manage your inventory effectively and conveniently.
One or several of the above apps may fit your professional and business needs. But, you won’t know until you try them out. And what do you have to lose; After all, they’re free, and they may not be free for long. Take advantage of the price cuts for the many Android apps and have a fantastically productive start to 2012.