Mobile apps empower the enterprise and the world


Today we are kicking off a weekly mobile app roundup to keep you up to date on the hottest mobile apps for the enterprise, as well as consumers.

Mobile apps are the way most mobile device users get value out of their devices. A full 86 percent of time spent on mobile devices is on mobile apps, or 2 hours and 19 minutes per day out of a total of 2 hours and 42 minutes per day, according to the latest stats from Flurry. That compares with only 14 percent of the time spent on the mobile web, or a mere 22 minutes per day.

While the survey focused on consumers, mobile apps are also becoming the dominant way employees use their mobile devices in the office. According to stats from enterprise mobility firm Good Technology, there was a 54 percent jump in enterprise mobile app activations in the fourth quarter of 2013. Many of these were custom-built apps focused on business intelligence, secure browsing and social media.

In our inaugural roundup, associate editor Robert Bartley takes you on a tour de force of five new mobile apps. From Glip comes an app that provides a messaging channel for your whole team, while Accompli provides an email-integrated app that enables users to make changes across all iOS platforms while still in the app. From Snupps comes an app that enables you to digitize your possessions and organize them virtually.

Do you suffer from jet lag during your business travels? Well, wake up and smell the coffee. Entrain has developed an app that creates a plan to help your body adjust to a new time zone. Once you have recovered from your jet lag, you can turn to an updated version of Google's Field Trip app that enables you to use your recently acquired Google Glass to find the historical sites and hot spots in your new location.

Every Wednesday you will get a sneak peak at latest and greatest mobile apps so you can show your colleagues around the water cooler the cool things you can do with your mobile device. - Fred