A lot of people, especially those used to doing business without the use of the internet, may find it difficult and impractical to use business apps to promote the services that they offer as well as to get in touch with potential clients. However, seeing as most people now have mobile phones, including kids, and with Wi-Fi zones and internet plans for mobile phones becoming increasingly popular, it may not be such a bad idea to put effort into learning more about how to utilize these applications.
Applications can be obtained from websites and app markets. Some of them are free, while others require payment, which really isn’t so bad because paid applications tend to have more features compared to the free ones. One of the most popular app markets is Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market. It is pre-loaded on mobile phones that has an Android operating system, and is home to several of the top free mobile applications, although it also offers applications that require payment.
Of course, one cannot talk about app markets without mentioning Apple’s App Store. Unlike Google Play which supports several brands of mobile phones and tablet PCs, the App Store is only available to those who own gadgets that were designed and manufactured by Apple, for example, the iPhones and the iPads. However, that shouldn’t suggest that it is less popular than the former, or that it has fewer applications to offer. In fact, as of January, 2012, Apple’s App Store has 550,000 applications while Google Play has 450,000.
Another one of those app markets is the App World from Blackberry. Compared to the first two app markets mentioned, the number of applications the App World has is significantly lower. As of January, 2012, it has 60,000 applications. It makes sense because Blackberry mobile phones are considered by many to be the no-nonsense type, ideal for businessmen and businesswomen who need a gadget that functions as mobile phone, an organizer, and a computer. It’s those three rolled into one. Of course, the iPhones and those that run on Android can also perform such tasks but they are more consumer-oriented.
When it comes to business apps, it matters very little if one has a Blackberry phone, a device with an android operating system, or an iPhone. Maybe it does, if one prefers one brand over the other, but the point is, each brand has an app market that offers thousands of applications that it’s almost absurd not find anything that would be suitable.
Square, for example, is one of those free, incredibly easy to use business apps that can handle credit card payments, regardless of where you are, as long as you have an iPhone or an iPad, and can access the internet. Although it does ask for a 2.75% fee for every single transaction, you can rest assured that that there will be no monthly charges.
For android devices, there are business apps such as Documents To Go, which allows users to view as well as edit Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and even PDF files. The free version is for viewing documents that have been attached to emails, while the paid version enables people to edit the documents.
Article Source: Pete_Morgan