What are the 10 essential productivity apps for Android, iOS?


sramanWhile the lion's share of mobile application downloads involve mobile gaming, the productivity app space is quickly gaining clout. Smartphones initially gained in popularity due to their effectiveness as a business tool, simplifying communications among colleagues and clients. And, as mobile giants like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) fight over OS market share, their respective teams are beefing up in-house tools and utilities to set them apart from their competitors.

For one, in June, Google acquired QuickOffice, a provider of mobile productivity apps tools for Android and iOS. Then, in July, Google acquired third-party iOS mail client Sparrow. And while both of these apps are still available to Apple users, it's likely that Google may fold their development teams in-house and incorporate both operations.

Apple's own foray into productivity dates back to 2010, when it acquired voice activation software, Siri, available for the iPhone 4S and beyond. The effects of Sparrow or QuickOffice on Google's in-house apps may take time to materialize, given that Siri was only integrated into Apple devices a year after it was acquired.

However, opportunities in the productivity app game aren't limited to the tech giants. A Distimo study from May measured the number of downloads necessary to reach the top 25 paid or free apps in various categories from the app store. A mobile developer need only reach 130 paid downloads per day or 2,300 free downloads to reach the top 25 productivity apps list.

Perhaps this is why many of the biggest names in productivity apps still operate independently. Mobile bookmarking service Pocket boasts a team of eight members, for instance.

What are some of the best productivity apps, both in terms on innovation and simplifying the life of the user? There are some of the more widely known tools, such as cloud-based note organizing tool Evernote (and its recently acquired visual bookmarker Skitch and handwriting app Penultimate) or Android-based typing prediction app SwiftKey.  However highlighting these ignores the many other great, smaller operations in this space.

FierceMobileContent has highlighted some of the best productivity apps for a variety of common tasks. Read on to find out which apps are doing it right and how they could change your life--Sandhya

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