7 of the Best Apps for BYOD Smartphones

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Enterprise level end users are becoming more mobile during the age of BYOD (bring your own device). Downloading the right apps to improve business performance and ROI can be tricky so here are a few apps designed for BYOD smartphones.

PreyFree

PreyFree is an iOS/Android open source anti-theft app designed to help you keep track of your laptop, phone, and tablet with the help of a web-accessed control panel. One of the pluses of PreyFree is its small file size of 5.53 MB. The file can be downloaded on either smartphone or desktop depending on what is more convenient for the end user. With BYOD security in mind, PreyFree performs optional actions like triggering an alarm or erasing sensitive data.

Skype



Now part of Microsoft, Skype software provides a variety of services including instant messaging, texting, voicemail online, Skype-to-Skype voice calling and free video calling. Group video can even be tried out with the latest version. The software can be used on smartphones, computers, or smart TVs. Skype makes it possible to hold meetings and bring employees and customers together regardless of distance. Users can pay as they go for different features or buy a subscription.

Loopt

Loopt makes it possible for companies to see what customers really think about services or products being provided with the GPS-based open source app which was acquired in 2012 by Green Dot for $43.4 million. It shows where nearby friends and customers are on Loopt’s interactive map and displays Yelp reviews they’ve posted. The app also makes it possible for real-world interactions between friends to happen, putting an end to missed connections. Loopt lets users journal their life so friends and customers can see what they’re up to. Loopt automatically updates maps on smartphones of the locations of all people connected through the app.

Evernote

The open-source note-taking app, which also has a premium version for $45 a year, provides a solution to recording, organizing and syncing for end users on the move. Evernote makes it possible to gather web articles, handwritten notes, and snap photos to record physical and digital details of all project developments. The latest version of Evernote for iOS and the Web provides reminders for users. Evernote also makes it possible for users to find images, words and documents easily whether it’s handwritten or typed.

DataViz Documents to Go

DataViz works to bring your desktop applications to your smartphone enabling you to create and edit Excel files, PowerPoint presentations, and Word files, and view PDF documents. The full version is $14.95 while the free version lets you view Word and Excel documents. DataViz gives you full commenting support. It can also track change from Word along with Google Drive Support. DataViz 3.0 for Android offers unique editing tools compared to other mobile office suites. The only struggles for some users is that DataViz can come across as unintuitive and it does not support Dropbox.

SugarSync



SugarSync allows users to back up, access, sync, and share all documents, music, photos, and movies on all desktops and mobile devices. SugarSync’s applications are available for PC and Mac, iPhone/iPod, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and Android, eliminating any potential syncing problems from one device to the other. Getting a free account gives users 2 GB of storage with two computers plus one smartphone. A paid account which ranges from $9.99/month to $24.99/month gives users more storage and unlimited computers. Compared to similar applications like Dropbox, some enterprises have found SugarSync to be faster for multi-platform mobile applications development.

Prezi

Prezi presents itself as a virtual whiteboard with the focus of transforming presentations from monologues into conversations. Both employees and clients are better able to see, understand, and remember ideas being communicated. Prezi’s design moves away from the monotonous slide presentation format to visual story with an organic flow which is intuitive. Users can work with the application’s open campus to create a story arc allowing one to see the big picture and zoom in to see the details. Pricing starts off free for basic presentations and sharing with upgrades available.

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