The best mobile apps are not just for iPhone and iPad anymore. These collaboration-minded apps help turn your Android smartphone or tablet into an essential business tool.
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TappIn enables anywhere, anytime access to files saved on any of the user's hard drives, all from an Android device -- without having to upload, sync, or store files online. That could raise the hackles of security pros, but mobility and consumerization elsewhere within the organization already requires heightened attention on this front. In TappIn's infancy, those pros would have been right: The service wasn't quite business-ready. It recently took significant steps to change that, adding key security and collaboration features. The latter enable teams to co-author and edit shared documents without keeping them in the cloud. Files stay on your local drives -- which should appeal to those skittish about storing sensitive data online -- and are available on any browser or mobile device. Its free Android app is complemented by comparable versions for other popular platforms, ensuring good interoperability for large teams. New tools for restricting file access to selected team members ensures data is kept confidential as needed. There are no limits on file size or storage beyond the user's own capacity.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.