The 5 Best Free Productivity Apps on Google Play

Virtually anyone would be honest to admit that more than half of the applications on his or her smartphone are gaming apps. In a 2010 Nielsen survey of around 4,000 smartphone users, an astounding 61% of respondents cited games as the most downloaded applications on their phones. Despite this fact, your phone would not be considered ‘smart’ if you don’t use it for productivity as well.

The Google Play store for Android smartphones has an extensive list of apps that can help you organize your phone, do your business activities, and assist you in making your grocery list. The ones listed below are basic apps which can help you organize your smartphone and its contents:


This app truly rocks because it allows you to make a checklist, draw your thoughts (using Skitch for Evernote), or even dictate what you want to be written into a note. It also gives you the option to attach files or photos so you can view them when needed. But perhaps the most lauded feature of Evernote among users is its ability to synchronize data stored on your account across all devices where you have the app installed. Once connected to the Internet and logged into your account, Evernote will allow you to sync the note you wrote using your Android device to your PC or tablet so you can access them anytime and anywhere.

OfficeSuite Viewer 6 + PDF

If you want to view Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and PDF (yes, PDF!) files simultaneously using only one app, then OfficeSuite is a good option. Considered as one of the best document file viewers available for Android, its ability to open PDF files is already enough reason for you to download it. What’s even better is that you get to use the application without the annoying pop up ads.

Advanced Task Killer

Apps and programs running on the background can cause your phone to become laggy or slow. As such, you need an app manager that can help you regulate your RAM consumption. The Advanced Task Killer works in stopping non-responding programs and in minimizing the number of apps running in the backdrop. To run this app after downloading, just hit the one-tap widget on your home screen and wait for the list of running applications to pop up. Depending on the settings you choose, you can automatically kill tasks on your smartphone after a specified period of time.

ASTRO File Manager and Browser

Can’t find the folder where you placed your secret photos? ASTRO can help you search for it. The app contains all the folders on your internal and external storage memory and assists you in accessing them. You can organize and browse the files on your phone and even access your accounts on cloud services such as Google Drive and Dropbox.

Google Drive

This app gives you the power to access files on your Google Drive account, create spreadsheets containing business telephone numbers, and upload photos all in one place. Google Drive initially offers a 5GB space limit, which you can upgrade to 25GB for $2.49 per month. Its office application suite is ready and able for any user who wants to create documents instantly.

But of course, even with the presence of these productivity apps for Android, it is still up to you to decide whether each app is a good fit for your needs.