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9 iOS, Android Apps to Boost Productivity

Smartphones might be distracting, but they can also help get things done. Check out our picks for mobile productivity apps.
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It's hard to imagine that not so long ago, the most advanced digital tools for productivity were clunky desktop PCs. Now, it seems there is a product, app or service for anything a modern employee could need or want to get things done.

Employee habits and preferences have changed along with technology. No longer are workers tethered to their desks, as the rise of mobile devices has enabled them to work from anywhere in the world. Cloud technology lets them access their documents no matter which device is at hand.

Tech companies have recognized the shift in employee preferences and are working to meet their needs. Microsoft, the dominant force in digital productivity, has narrowed its focus on accommodating modern workers. Its upcoming Windows 10 platform will come in a variety of editions, three of which are optimized for business, and changes to its Office suite will enable mobile productivity.

[ Want to see what more options? Read: 8 Microsoft Office Alternatives ]

On a wearable level, Apple is working to meet the needs of mobile employees with its recently released Apple Watch. While the Watch certainly has benefits for consumers, there are more than a few perks available for enterprise users, whether they use productivity apps or frequently travel.

There are plenty of productivity apps on the market, and it can be overwhelming to choose which few will take up space on your smartphone. We've narrowed down the vast pool of offerings to a select few that can help you throughout the workday. Take a look at our picks, and if we missed one of your favorites, let us know in the comments section below.

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yalanand
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yalanand,
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5/25/2015 | 2:46:53 PM
Re: Apple Watch
@kevinmn: The recent Apple products you buy only to show off. The rectangular design looks gross an can barely hold a candle to the classic designs of watches we have come to like and love. 
yalanand
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yalanand,
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5/25/2015 | 2:45:24 PM
Re: Remember the milk
@SachinEE: That kind of logistics would require a much stronger architecture to support the app. I understand your views on it and yes with the IOT knocking at our doors it is high time to use some apps for content advertising. 
nasimson
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nasimson,
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5/22/2015 | 9:35:39 AM
keep track.
Thanks for a great list. Some of the apps are really relevant. New apps are added every day. Its difficult to keep track.
nasimson
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nasimson,
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5/22/2015 | 9:35:39 AM
keep track.
Thanks for a great list. Some of the apps are really relevant. New apps are added every day. Its difficult to keep track.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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5/22/2015 | 9:32:33 AM
Re: Contactually
@mak63 thanks, I'm glad you liked the roundup. Like you, I'm a big fan of Contactually but wish it didn't come with that price tag. Another one of my favorite picks on this list was Evernote Scannable, I feel like that would be great for storing business card info and managing contacts.
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SachinEE,
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5/21/2015 | 3:44:15 PM
Remember the milk
Remember the milk could really do wonders with GPS tracking and content advertising. It could take up the roots of IOT and display those things you need to pick up that are along your way. Suppose your list says to pick up groceries and meat but you take a different route and then the app optimizes itself to tell you to buy meat first.
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SachinEE,
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5/21/2015 | 3:42:09 PM
Re: Apple Watch
@kevinmn: Same here. Although I used to own the moto 360 and it wasn't certainly the best experience and had poor resale value, I can tell you this you would come across situations where you wished you had a smartwatch. Smart watches cannot beat dumb, only time and date showing (classic) watches in a million years. You want a watch to look "timeless" and with good resale value then invest in classic watches like rolex etc. 
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5/21/2015 | 5:27:32 AM
Apple Watch
I don't find out any value reason to purchase an Apple Watch...It's cost a lot...and I realize that what we may is not really what we get in this product.
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mak63,
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5/21/2015 | 2:01:57 AM
Contactually
I like Contactually. It could be very useful for people who forget to "communicate". Nonetheless, at $30 a month, I think I pass.

I would like to point out that there are some apps similar to Pomodoro on Google Play. I'm gonna get one.
Thanks for the article. I always enjoy them. It does take lot of time and effort to find good apps.
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5/20/2015 | 2:51:37 AM
Ringo is a great app to lower international calling costs
Ringo is one of several apps that have found ways of circumventing traditional mobile carriers - signal routed through undersea cables? - and changes your number to a local one. You start out with free credits, after which you have to pay a small fee. Makes international calls less of a headache.
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