What Are The Most Popular Types Of Mobile Applications?

Mobile applications (or mobile apps, in short) are software applications that run on mobile devices. Normally, mobile apps get divided into 3 categories – mobile web apps, mobile native apps and mobile hybrid apps. There is another interesting way to group these apps.

Based on the kind of functions a mobile app performs, here are the most popular types of mobile apps:

#1. Personal Assistants

These apps get designed to handle daily tasks. Some popular examples of these apps are reminders, notes, calendar, stopwatch and alarm clock. However, extra utilities can help enhance their powers and make them work better. These utilities make it possible for them to convert, estimate and calculate in a better way. For example, utilities can help turn a screen into flashlight, and scan QR codes. In short, these apps help increase a mobile user’s productivity.

#2. Geo-location Guides

Geo-location guides or GPS-powered guides are one of the most popular apps. The GPS guide allows users to use travel, weather, and navigation apps. The GPS feature uses Internet connection to find the geographical co-ordinates of the mobile device, and thus, users can find almost anything (from restaurants to railway stations) using the power of the Internet.

#3. Multimedia Tools

These apps help in playing video and audio files, capturing and editing images, and sharing all of them in popular social networking channels. It is clear that they are mainly for creative people, and video and music lovers. These apps are becoming more innovative and functional as Smartphone cameras are constantly getting better.

#4. Branding Solutions

These apps are a part of an effective marketing campaign adopted by smart companies. They get exclusively created to increase the reach of a company as they target their mobile customers. These apps allow users to access all the services of a brand on the go. Users can receive promotional deals and special offers, and stay up-to-date with a brand all the time.

#5. Proprietary Solutions

A user cannot download these special apps from the app stores; they are exclusive to internal usage. These apps run only on a handful of corporate devices, and are available only to the authorized account holders. What purpose do they serve? They perform automatic operations, and carry out data processing, planning and management works.

#6. The Educators

These apps get specially designed for kids, and fall in the games category. Unlike normal gaming apps, however, they focus on imparting education. They help a kid learn how to count, read and draw in an interesting and fun-filled way. In short, they help to wake the natural interest of a kid to learn something new and useful.

Accounting Software Only Sounds Boring

Most business owners I know think that accounting software is boring. Not as boring as say, sitting through the movie “Watchmen.” Or waiting in line at Starbucks while some idiot discusses what flavor of tea he should choose (it’s TEA for God’s sake). Or listening to NPR.

But accounting software can be fun. Fun, I say!

Jason has lots of fun with his accounting application. He’s the owner of a 20-person firm that distributes party supplies. His company’s all about inventory. He’s spent the time to make sure that inventory is tracked in great detail by his accounting software. This is not an easy task as he’s got over 10,000 items. Oh, and a lot of helium for balloons. Now, that’s fun.

Jason’s completely obsessed with quarterly cycle counts, weekly spot counts and semiannual physical counts. His warehouse is cleaner than my kitchen, but that’s only because I have teenage kids who specialize in home destruction. Jason’s inventory records are even cleaner than his warehouse floor.

A lot of business owners ignore inventory management in their accounting software. Some don’t like keeping detailed records because they don’t want to reveal too much to the tax guy. But using these features can keep this asset under control and therefore save lots of money. Now that’s fun.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Jason’s big into alerts. So when certain inventory levels get below a minimum his purchasing guy gets an e-mail alert to order more. If a ship date passes the current date then his customer service person gets an e-mail alert. If an inventory item hasn’t been counted recently his warehouse manager gets an alert. Jason takes alerts even to his receivables systems too. His controller gets email alerts when invoices go past 30 days. And if helium inventory levels are high then Jason takes care of that too. He has a lot of fun doing that.

All of this is done by his accounting software. Most popular accounting applications do this stuff today. And most major databases, like Microsoft’s SQL Server allow you to write “triggers” which are the same as alerts. Knowing things before they happen is fun. Finding out after the fact isn’t. Just ask the people who invested with Bernie Madoff.

Want more accounting software fun? Ask Susan.

Susan is a partner at a 10-person law firm. Sure, as an attorney she likes to eat puppies and beat little children. But there’s another side to her too. A fun side. She’s a penny pincher, running a business. Susan doesn’t have to worry about inventory. But she can still have fun with her accounting software.

There’s a lot of stuff she needs to know about every day. Like unbilled time that needs to be billed. And pending client work that needs to be assigned. And client projects that are running up against their limits. Susan’s not an accountant but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to use her accounting software. She gets flash info.

Every day there’s a Flash Report on her desk. This report is a one pager with key information about the firm. The flash info. Plus open receivables and open payables. She’s not waiting for the end of the month to get her information. She’s getting it immediately. She’s taking advantage of the daily reports that her accounting system offers. Like alerts, most software today generates dashboards and flash reports and daily status information, in addition to the detailed financial stuff that accountants like to know.

Like Susan, Ellen’s another owner who has fun with accounting software.

Ellen sees her accounting application as a sales tool. She runs one of those annoying franchise kiddie-tumbly-gymastic places. The ones that hand parents two Advil and a shot of Jack Daniels when entering. Every time Ellen sends out an invoice she plays with the message on the bottom. She advertises upcoming classes. She promotes her summer camps. She highlights a great staff member. Her invoices are like mini-tweets (there, now I’m cool because I just referenced Twitter). Ellen looks at her invoices not just as a bill for services, but as a communication with her customers. Fun!

Another fun thing I’ve seen good penny pinchers do: They beat up their accounting software partners. They have them come in, or get online, and demonstrate to them new features, add on applications, and better ways to use the product they have. They torture them with questions and try to soak some free training from them. The software vendors think they’re going to sell upgrades or more licenses. Boy, are they na├»ve.

See? For some penny pinchers, accounting applications can be fun! And profitable too!

How To: Save Money Using Free Software

Make your list

Look at the installed programs in your computer and start by deleting any application you’ve used in the past, but don’t need anymore. Now write down the programs that you are using. If you have two or more applications of the same type write down only your favorite. Underline the ones that are not free.

Now you have a general view of all the software you have, both free and paid.

Search for alternatives

For each paid program you have installed, search for free alternatives. You might find it hard to choose one so to ease up the process, read some reviews and study the features and drawbacks of each program. This might seem complicated, but it’s actually not. Any good application has been reviewed at least a few times on well-known websites. If you can’t find any reviews for a program it means it’s not trustworthy or it’s very new.

A good review should include the program’s features and issues/bugs (if any), some screenshots with the UI and system requirements (so you can be sure it works on your computer).

When free is not enough

If for example you need a powerful image editing application and the free ones you’ve tried are just not enough in terms of functionality it’s OK to say no to freeware and buy the application you need. The same goes for the cases when you have a paid program but can’t find a viable alternative at all.

Other than that, when you do find a free app to replace a paid one do not hesitate to do so. Even replacing 5 programs can save you a great deal of money. Some programs even have a yearly license renewal (in that case you’ll be saving even more money).

Where to find free applications

Finding free applications shouldn’t be a problem. There are numerous websites that offer free software downloads and even the trial versions of paid applications, all legally of course. A simple search on the Internet will reveal dozens of them. Just be careful to download the original setup file, as some websites wrap applications in their own installers, which also include toolbars, search engines and other third-party applications.

When you finish analyzing your software list, and made the possible replacements sum up the license costs of the commercial apps you are not using anymore to see how much money you managed to save.

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