THE WEBMASTER ANDROID APP GUIDE 2011


the best webmaster apps for Android phones and tablets


THIS ARTICLE ATTEMPTS to list the best webmaster apps for Android phones and tablets. These apps are 'must haves' for anyone in online marketing, the affiliate business or even if you are just a webmaster. In addition, some of these res ire zrear for general productivity and helping you get the most out of your day.

Pulse

This application organises all sorts of websites into a viewing system. You can scroll up and down to switch between cirrereir website reeds or left to right to view individual articles within a website. With Pulse, you can add your world news sources like BBC and CNN, as well as choosing popular magazines for any topic: cooking, fashion, mobile marketing, tech news, world news, design, entertainment, gaming, music and social media. You can also add-in custom feeds by either copying the feed URL or using Lie search feature I for example, if you wanted to add "gaffg' just search for gaffg kr.z se.ecr the hrtp: gafrg.com'feed. You can do the same for other news sources. If you are serious about marketing, you can wen add other feeds such as SEO blog, SEOMOZ. conversion room, conversion rate improvement and more.

Zinio

Zinio helps you to find all of your favourite magazines in one place. Zinio is available for Android and iPhone/iPad. You can select magazines from various categories: Top Sellers, Art, Automotive, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Men, News, Science & Tech, Sports and Travel.

Word Press

WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) so it only makes sense to give webmasters the ability to blog and add pages with a mobile app.

TweetDeck

TweetDeck is a dynamic way of using Twitter where you can add multiple Twitter accounts and also add in Facebook, Foursquare and Buzz. This program will also make it easier for you to scan DMs and to notify you when someone has tweeted you or your website.

twicca

twicca is another popular alternative to the regular Twitter app. The regular Twitter app has very basic features and this is why webmasters prefer more dynamic programs and applications, twicca makes it easier and has the following features: post photos/ videos via yfrog, URL

shortening, geo

tagging, saved searches, recent hashtags, reply history, retweet, local trends, tweet filtering and more.

Adobe Reader

As the name implies, this program lets you view PDF files on your Android phone or tablet. Many documents exist as PDFs and if someone emails you a file that you need to get from your phone, it would help to have an application like this to be able to do more with your phone.

Astrid Task

Astrid Task is a very popular download for Android and iPhone. It is a task management program that helps you with your 'to do' lists. Just add a task and you can set the priorities and adjust the dates. You can adjust the deadlines, add tags, enter notes, set notifications, create a calendar event and even add more features to interact with other programs.

Remember The Milk

This app and website acts similar to Astrid Task. You only need one of these programs but test them to see which one you like better and which one you like for add-ons with other programs. You can create a new task, assign a date and add notes to your task. You can add it to a list and also assign the priority.

Evernote

This has become a must-have app as it does many things from organising your notes, recording your ideas and taking pictures to adding notes and creating 'to do' lists. This is one of the most downloaded Android Apps on the market.

Kindle

Amazon has become one of the top sellers of books and has produced its own Kindle device which is a best selling product that allows users to download books rather than having to buy them and wait for them to be shipped or have to worry if they are in stock. The Kindle app is available on Android, iPhone, iPad and Blackberry so you can take your books with you everywhere you go.

World Newspapers

At the time of writing this article, this app has over 100,000 downloads. You can get access to over 6,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world. You can browse by country, most popular, web news, magazines, videos or add an RSS feed. The most popular magazines in the system are Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Daily Times, Financial Times and Newsday.

Skitch

This app was created by the Evernote Corporation and is a basic app that lets you write over images and edit them. You can take personal pictures and add in your own drawings and text. This could also make for a useful business application if you need to explain some features of a picture or diagram.

IP Cam Viewer

How did this app make the list and how could it pertain to webmasters? Well if you have cameras in your house it is a good way to monitor that things are ok. If you are a webmaster with kids then you might be able to find more inventive uses for this program.

Dropbox

At the moment, you get 2GB of free cloud storage with Dropbox. This program works on most computers and nearly all mobile devices such as Android and iPhone/iPad. This tool is perfect for users with multiple computers or even better, if you are working with multiple clients.

Box

Formerly known as just box.net, Box works similar to Dropbox in that it offers cloud storage. Box is typically known to be geared more towards businesses while Dropbox is better suited for personal use. Either way, you can use both of these programs to access important files on your mobile phones or tablets.

K-9 Mail

K-9 Mail is an open source email client offering all sorts of integration for your business emails. K-9 supports POP3, IMAP and Exchange 2003 & 2007. It is listed as having over one million downloads in the android market.

CamScanner

This app allows you to scan important articles and save them as a PDF file. You can even scan receipts, store them in your preferred file format and save to your device or upload with Box, Dropbox or Google Docs.

Bump

Bump has over ten million downloads with over 50,000 reviews. Bump allows you to share contacts, photos, apps and other files. As the name implies, just hold your phones and bump fists. A great app for exchanging contact information at conferences.

Scatterslides

This app lets you store and display various PowerPoint slides on your phone. The formats include PPT, PPS, PPTX and ODP for OpenOffice.org. The application can also connect to any Windows device that is also running Scattershow and connects via Wi-Fi.

PicPush

This app lets you share your pictures and videos to a number of sources all at once, rather than having to do it several times. You can add them to Facebook, Flickr, ShutterfTy, PhotoBucket, SmugMug, Gallery and Picasa. This is great for webmasters that use pictures and want to push them to their social media sites.

QQPIayer

This app lets you play almost any video format that you can think of, so you no longer need to have video files formatted for another source just to be able to view them. Although this app is better suited towards wasting time and watching videos, it can still have practical purposes especially if you are trying to share business related videos or presentations.

Viber

Viber is a great app if you have contacts in different countries around the world. Viber works similar to Skype but is perfect for mobile phones. As long as your friends have Viber on their Android or iPhone, you can send free text messages and make free calls using your local data network. Viber is very popular despite having some questionable terms and conditions about sharing your data. If you are concerned about privacy or having your data sold, maybe you want to try the next app.

WhatsApp

This app does almost the same thing as Viber and both are equally popular with over ten million downloads. This app works for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Nokia phones. It uses your 3G or Wi-Fi to message your friends. This program is best for chatting or sending images and voicemails.

Advanced Task Killer

It is nice to be able to run multiple apps at the same time but if you leave them constantly, it will drain your battery and slow down your phone. Use this basic app to zap the apps you don't need open.

Google Docs

Google Docs has improved over the years and is still a useful cloud storage program that can give you access to important word and excel documents wherever you go. Now, you can have them on your phone and make any necessary changes you want on-the-go.

Google Goggles

This is Google's image recognition technology in an app. Just take a picture or scan using Google Goggles and you will get results based on the image whether you are scanning a product, some famous landmark or tourist destination, art, store signs and other logos. Google can even translate and for conferences, you can use it to scan business cards to pull the data and import into your contacts.

Google Translate

This is a very useful app when travelling to conferences. This translator service and app has one of the most comprehensive - compared to other translation sendees.

QR Droid

This app lets you use your camera to scan a QR code. QR codes can give you information for a business card or connect you to a video if you are browsing a magazine, for example. This app has over fiwe million downloads and it shouldn't take long to double that.

Facebook

Some people are just plain addicted to Facebook while other people, such as online marketers, use this as a tool to make money or for generating more business contacts. HD9 is one of the more popular apps and if you cant get enough social media, you can try Google+.

Google+

This is the new social media site from Google and is aiming to be the main competitor to Facebook. In a short period of time. Google+ has quickly surpassed 20 million users. It has a cleaner interface and cses s:c.a" circles' to organise your friends, family, business contacts or any other circle you want to create.

Linkedln

linkedln has become an important business tool for professionals to list information about their business or their jobs and past experiences.

For webmasters, it can be a great tool for finding other webmasters and people that work in similar fields.

Skype

Skype is starting to become the most popular messaging system, making others Hke Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, MSN Messenger. ICQ all appear obsolete. Skype lets you do many things for free, from texting. international phone calls, setting-up business line and even sharing your desktop screen with others if you want to make a live presentation/demo.

Documents To Go

This is one of the top selling apps on the marker and also one of the more expensive ones. However, it is worth it if you are a webmaster or online marketer. You can edit word documents, excel spreadsheets, create PDFs and read and edit PowerPoint presentations.

Barnacle Wifi Tether

This app makes it easier for you to turn your 3G phone into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. Some Android phones already have this feature built into their phone but if you don't have it or can't figure out how to set it up, you can always download Barnacle.

Pingdom

If you have a website then you absolutely need to have Pingdom or a similar program that helps to monitor your website and sends you notifications when your server goes down. You can always view the current status of all your websites and get the alerts you need if your site appears offline.

Trillian

If you are a user of one or more of the following messaging services: MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk and Facebook chat, you can use Trillian to organise all of your chat programs rather than have applications for each service.

Expense Manager

This program has surpassed 500,000 downloads and has a high user rating in the market. This app helps you track expenses and income by the week, month and year and you can also organise these by categories, create multiple accounts, schedule payments and the coolest feature is taking pictures of your receipts.

ProOnGo Expense Tracker

Like Expense Manager, this app lets you scan receipts and turn them into expense reports automatically. You can also sync this program to QuickBooks. At present, this program has over 50,000 downloads so it is not as popular but it is worth trying out a few programs to see which works better for your personal or business needs.

Barcode Scanner

This app lets you scan barcodes to get prices and reviews. Most of the ten million people who have downloaded this app will probably use it to waste time at the grocery store but it can have many purposes for business owners. This app can also scan Data Matrix and QR Codes that contain URLs and contact information.

Astro File Manager

This program also has over ten million downloads and lets you manage your files (pictures, music, video, etc..) on your phone or tablet. There are many apps that do the same thing but you only need to pick one.

Layar

This app uses Augmented Reality (AR) technology and displays information around you based on the field of vision from your Smartphone. You can add layers which act like filters; for example, some of the popular layers are Panoramio, Tweeps Around (3D), and selected other categories such as Accommodation, Architecture and Buildings, Food and Drink, Wi-Fi hotspots and much more.

AndroZip File Manager

This program also acts as a file manager but its most useful aspect is zipping and unzipping files. With over a million downloads it means this app is certainly well liked and has many uses.

Remote Desktop Client

This desktop client provides access to your Windows machine while you are away travelling on business, or at a conference. This app is expensive but is worth it if you frequently need access to an important machine.

TeamViewer

This program is probably better than the one above but at least you should know your options. This app is free and gives you access to Windows, Mac and Linux computers. This app has over 500,000 downloads and is certainly trending.

Read It Later

This app has a free and paid version with both receiving many downloads. You can save web pages to read later - a good tool for doing research and compiling information.
 
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