An increasing number of smartphone and tablet apps relies on cloud. Cloud-based software grows important because of our necessity to sync files across all devices we use. Work PC, home PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet – file management grows more complicated. Cloud computing apps provide us with a better control over our documents and this particularly important now as the number of mobile users significantly grows.
It is reported that this year Smartphone users outnumbered the users of all the other mobile devices. Smartphones have evolved into actual computers which made them suitable even for business. With tablets that have even better features its’ no wonder that mobile devices are increasingly used for work rather than for play.
What’s more, employees are allowed to bring their own devices to work (Bring Your Own Device). People have opposing opinions about this trend – while some find it practical, others think it would never replace traditional brick and mortar offices. However, even if we are not directly part of BYOD shift in business most of us still want to finish certain tasks on the move. Cloud computing apps enable us to sync files and share them, so it is not difficult to get a part of the work done on our way home.
Tablets are particularly important in BYOD. They have numerous features and can run a wide variety of applications. These apps increasingly rely on cloud because the cloud solves most of the problems that are inherent to mobile devices. Cloud computing apps have most of their infrastructure and processing power stored on remote servers which allows seamless experience regardless of a device being used. These apps do not occupy local storage space nor do they require complicated installation.
Cloud Computing Apps for Business
How likely are employees to edit Microsoft Office documents on their smartphones? Not much. However, in urgent situations Quickoffice Pro might be a great solution. It works on Android and it allows you to open and edit Microsoft Office documents even on smartphone, though you’ll probably use it more on a tablet. It is excellently integrated with cloud storage services like Dropbox, Sugarsync, Egnyte, Evernote, etc. These cloud storage services themselves offer a variety of options for document management. File syncing along with file sharing are probably the best features of cloud storage services and a proper FTP client allows simple and practical file transfer.
Google Docs will probably remain the best possible cloud solution for business collaboration because they offer a variety of useful features. This means if a colleague asks you to take a look at a particular document urgently you’ll be able to open it and edit it in Android wherever you are. Besides Google Docs, Evernote is another business app many employees are already familiar with. It is like a scrapbook for all kinds of notes. Evernote offers a particularly interesting feature for mobile devices – making ink notes with a fine-point pen. So, if you ever wanted to make a note on an important meeting and you felt uncomfortable opening you laptop, now you can make use of your mobile device.
The importance of cloud computing apps is in that they generally improve performance of mobile devices. We all want seamless streaming of our apps regardless of whether we play games or edit our business documents, don’t we? These apps simply offer variety of ways to facilitate our professional and private lives.