Best productivity apps for Android and iOS users
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New Delhi: Professionals on the move do not have to rely on their laptops or tablets for everything. 0A smartphone is quite capable when it comes to work provided you have the right productivity app on your smartphone. These apps can take care of most work related tasks such as reading and replying to emails, checking schedule and taking notes. Here are some of the top apps released in 2016.
Blackberry Hub +Services
Blackberry Hub+ Services is a unique productivity app that shows all your latest emails, text messages chats, calendar updates, notifications on a single page. This liberates a user from rushing through each and every app one by one for the latest updates. It also serves as a full-fledged email service that works with all major email services such as Gmail, Outlook and Microsoft Exchange. If you take the monthly subscription, which costs Rs 67, you can also access to Blackberry Contacts, Notes and Launcher. Without subscription user can take advantage of only the email service with in-app advertisements.
Bear is a note taking app that strikes a right balance between taking notes and accessing the various features. The smartly organised interface makes looking for different options easier by clubbing the notes into pre-defined categories. You can sync your notes and carry over your notes started on your phone to your PC. It also provides finer details about notes such as word count, characters, read time, and the number of paragraphs. The app is free to download and use but too access its feature such as access on multiple devices and the option to customise the interface with colourful themes you will have to go for monthly subscription of $ 1.49.
Microsoft Hub Keyboard
This is a smart keyboard with some built in tools which allow you to get more out of your keyboard. For instance, the built in language translator can translate a word or bunch of words on the keyboard itself. It works even if you don’t have a translation app on your phone. Among Indian languages it supports Hindi and Urdu. The keyboard also allows user to add and share contact details of people in the phone book on any app. The option to add clipboard is another of its cool features which lets user see all the recently typed text and share it over messengers or mail.
Part of Google’s Early Access program this app can help users by allowing them to control their smartphone using voice commands. It is not restricted to a few apps but works with almost everything on the phone. One can use it to control apps, and even type on the screen without touching the display. Typing through words is a bit slow as it works by assigning a number for each letter. Overall, it is quite effective in getting things on the phone without having to type on it. To access it, download the app, then go to phone settings-> accessibility-> voice access and enable it.
Unlike your phone’s default calendar app, OneView Calendar doesn’t divide your calendar page based on month or week. Instead, it only shows the dates that are more relevant to you. You can look at your daily schedule, time and even notes on any of the dates by simply zooming into the page. The interface looks a bit bland but the amount of information it can provide on a single screen is hard to match. It cans also pull out and show appointment detail from email accounts you have linked to it. User can create an event or add schedule to the calendar by dragging the plus icon on the app interface.