10 Android Apps to Help Survive a Mobile Tech Conference
Mar 25, 2010 9:00 AM –
AndroidTapp.com attended CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas recently to cover all things Android, mobile applications, and smartphone related hot topics. Armed with several Android phones we needed efficient Android apps to help survive the information overload of a mobile tech conference. We’ve listed 10 Android apps to help keep up with travel, scheduling, social and journalism while mobile.
1. Before TripIt you would have to rely on reading travel itineraries from email… which is OK, but why not have an app that keeps your travel organized for you and alerting you in the process?
2. I personally survived by my Google Calendar and Gmail as it kept me in sync with scheduled meetings and demonstrations and of course push email.
3. WordPress was the single most useful app for mobile journalism. Most of the breaking news, product photos and demonstrations we posted about CTIA were composed via the app. It really helped using Google’s Speech-to-Text feature on the Nexus One to quickly dictate content.
4. Evernote was a key Android app for both note taking and journalism as well. More convenient was to the “cloud” feature, whereas items I saved in my Android phone can easily be accessed from Evernote’s website. Often there was not time to type on a virtual keyboard so the Audio Notes feature was priceless!
5. Uploading videos to YouTube for new Android phone product demos came handy. However I learned the hard way large file size mobile videos have to be uploaded via Wi-Fi versus cellular data plan.
6. Along with the calendar, syncing with tasks from Google Apps via gTasks was a boost. Grabbing and editing content from the cloud via mobile was necessary at times and was made possible with GDocs.
7. Of course when you see first hand all the hot new tech gadgets unveiling you naturally want to broadcast it with your social networks of choice; ours being Twitter and Facebook. There are a host of these types of apps debuting daily. Too many to list… but here are some for Twitter and Facebook. Personally I used Twigee for Twitter and touch.facebook.com over Facebook for Android for this conference.
8. Check-Ins are the hot trends in social networking these days! The shear number of check-ins from both Foursquare and Gowalla attendees was huge. These apps also made sharing check-in status on Facebook and Twitter a breeze.
9. Touting more than one Android phone amidst a million things going on, the last thing you need is to have to remember several phone numbers. Google Voice made things convenient by having one phone number that can ring several phones. This made coordinating and conferencing more effective.
10. Google Maps came in handy not only for driving and being taxied, but finding places and Buzzing about the venues.