25 essential business apps for Android

Plenty of business-related tasks are moving to smartphones, including expense tracking, social media, and even on-the-go invoicing. Here are 25 essential apps for Android

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This is a cross-platform solution designed to bring the same level of security and control to mobile devices that IT applies to laptops and desktops, including the ability to identify, tag, and assign policies to both employee- and business-owned smartphones and tablets. McAfee EMM combines secure mobile application access, anti-malware, strong authentication and compliance reporting in this suite. Integration with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator enables IT to implement persistent policies and simplify compliance management.

23. BIG-IP Edge Client
Developer: F5
Cost: Free for the app
Available on iOS too? F5 also offers a mobile edge client for rooted devices. If you’ve jail-broken your iPhone, you’re in business. Users with pre-Ice Cream Sandwich Androids also need to root their phones and use the rooted-device version of the client.

This is an SSL VPN solution that provides secure mobile access for all devices running Android Ice Cream Sandwich. To use this client, the enterprise must already have a BIG-IP Edge Gateway in place. With the combined solution, IT teams can implement customizable access policies to provide managed mobile connectivity for contractors, partners, or specific groups of employees. Organizations can also grant full network access or limited web access to specific applications, depending on business priorities.

24. Citrix Receiver
Developer: Citrix
Cost: Free
Available on iOS too? Yes

Citrix Receiver provides remote access to XenApp applications and desktops. If your company uses Citrix to host applications, you can use Citrix Receiver to check your email, review documents, tune into project dashboards, and approve expenses from your Android smartphone or tablet.

25. Chatter
Developer: Salesforce.com
Cost: Free for the basic version; $15/month/user for the premium version.
Available on iOS too? Yes

This mobile collaboration tool from Salesforce.com “makes business processes social.” Users can share and collaborate on files, while also having the ability to comment on files, track versions and receive alerts the minute anything changes. Chatter feeds allow you to monitor sales deals, changes to customer information and project updates. Users can also create team groups, view colleague profiles and monitor both projects and work groups.

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