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Figure 16-7. Mobile Project Manager

Mobile Project Manager does have an overexuberant help screen that tries to pop up every time you enter a file, but you can uncheck the box set to display the help screen at all times in order to remove this annoyance.

See Table 16-7 for project management apps.

Table 16-7. Project Management Apps

App Name

Price

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Upvise Pro, by Unyverse

Free trial

Mobile Project Manager, by Hawkmoon Software

Time Tracker, by Sean E Russell

Free/$2.99

Free

This app handles simple CRM and project management.

This is a simple project manager that allows import and export of Excel files and sharing.

This is a simple time-tracking app for figuring out time spent and generating reports on projects and tasks.

Education and Training

Higher education institutions have begun offering apps aimed at students, including maps, enrollment information, and access to the campus learning management system. Both Blackboard and Moodle developers have recognized that students may want to access coursework with a mobile phone. In Moodle's case, they've worked on optimizing the mobile browser experience for general usability on all mobile platforms without a dedicated app. Blackboard is partnering with Sprint to offer the option of a free native app for Sprint customers. Schools that wish to support other phone networks pay an additional licensing fee.

Currently, most Android apps aimed at students focus on eBooks, flash cards, grammar, and study guides. There are some true gems among these apps. Google Sky Map (Figure 16-8) shows a view of the stars that changes as you change the angle you hold your phone (as if your phone has become a virtual telescope). Likewise, Google Earth provides a virtual globe with layers of customizable information about the planet.

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Figure 16-8. Google Sky Map

Table 16-8 shows some education apps for both teachers and students.

Table 16-8. Education and Training Apps

App Name

Price

Notes

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Grade Rubric, by Android for Academics

Free/$Q.99

Google Sky Map, by Google

Free

Blackboard Mobile, by Blackboard

Free

Formula Droid, by Abhishek Kumar

PlinkArt, by Plink Search

Free

This is a simple grading app for teachers that use rubrics. The paid version can e-mail final grades. It does not tie into a learning management system at this time. The company is developing a version that will sync with Google Docs and create a grade spreadsheet.

This app shows a map of the stars, but that is a simple explanation. It's one of the apps I regularly pull out when people ask why they'd want a smartphone.

This app only works with institutions that are running Blackboard's learning management software with the mobile plug-in. It allows students to participate in distance-learning courses from their phone.

This is a scientific calculator and formula reference guide for students; it includes things like periodic tables and a web reference.

Reference materials aren't limited to calculators and star charts. PlinkArt is a reference tool for artwork. It also has a scan and identify feature using your phone's camera to try to identify art, but, as with Google Goggles, this isn't completely reliable. Visual scanning is still too new, but it may be a conversation builder to guess what elements are causing PlinkArt to guess incorrectly.

Social Media

Social media has become an important part of doing business, as our social lives move to the Web and word-of-mouth is replaced by viral marketing. I already discussed social media and Android in Chapter 11, but I can't emphasize enough how mobile these social networks have become. Figure 16-9 shows blog posts made using the WordPress app for Android. I doubt anyone will use the app to write novels on their phone's virtual keyboard, but using this app makes it simple to take a photo from your phone and quickly blog about it.

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Figure 16-9. WordPress

Table 16-9 describes a few of the apps mentioned in Chapter 11 to get you started using social features on your phone.

Table 16-9. Social Media Apps

App Name

Price

Notes

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HootSuite, by HootSuite

Free/$2.99

WordPress, by Automattic, Inc.

Free

HootSuite is my top pick for Twitter on Android. Schedule tweets, manage multiple accounts, and see analytics. The paid version offers more features.

If you have a WordPress blog, whether on WordPress.com or on your own server, this app will let you post to it (provided that your blog is WordPress 2.7 or higher and has the correct server settings enabled).

Google Buzz, by Google

Free

This simple widget allows quick posts with pictures and/or location information to Google Buzz.

This simple widget allows quick posts with pictures and/or location information to Google Buzz.

Information Technology

Your IT staff may have already installed, modified, and mastered these apps for Android, but if you're looking into using an Android phone, it's good to know you can manage your server or answer help desk tickets from your phone. Not only are there a wide variety of IT tools for Android, a large portion of them are free and written for the convenience of IT professionals, such as the difficult-to-read but very useful ConnectBot (shown in Figure 16-10), which allows for SSH (Secure Shell) connections from your phone.

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