Mobile Apps for Cross-Cultural Outreach: Android (Part 5)

Continuing where we left off (see part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4), here is the final edition of our list of helpful Android apps for cross-cultural outreach. If you’re interested in feature phones, we started this series with Nokia S40 feature phone apps (part 1part 2). This list of apps is provided courtesy of Mobile Advance.


image091Evernote (free) This one of the most used apps for productivity and organization on any platform. It allows you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders – and makes them all searchable and available on all of your devices. You can even email things to your Evernote account. The basic version is free, or you can upgrade to the premium version for more storage space and other features. A variety of add-ons are also available to make it work seamlessly with your browser, scanner, etc.

image092Forms (free) Device Magic Forms enables your team to collect structured data quickly and easily on their smartphones and tablets. Design forms on our web-based designer, push them to your team, and route their responses through to a wide range of connectors.

image093Kingsoft Office (free) – Rich editing features! Small Size, Stable Operation, and Special interface! Support 23 kinds of files, including DOC/DOCX/TXT/XLS/XLSX/PPT/PPTX/PDF. Built-in file manager that can automatically organize your office document. Tight integration with the mail application. Support cloud storages such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and other services with WebDAV protocol.

image094Office Suite Pro ($14.99) OfficeSuite Pro allows you to view, create, edit, print and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the go. You can also open attachments and see PDF files on an Android based phone or tablet with our feature-rich mobile office solution.

image095WorkFlowy Agent (free) WorkFlowy is the world’s best tool for taking notes and making lists. It is simple yet very effective app to keep you organized. WorkFlowy Agent is the best way to make use of the web application on your Android smartphone! It works as an enhanced proxy to bring you the best user experience possible and running WorkFlowy in single click.

image096Wunderlist (free): This is a fairly basic list-making app, but that is what makes it so nice to use. You can create multiple lists and even choose to share your list with others (or see lists that others have shared with you). It’s great for to-do lists, packing lists, and more. A Pro version is also available for those needing additional features, including collaboration.

Utilities/Tool Replacement

image097Battery Doctor (free) This app regulates the manner in which your device is charged with a 3 stage system to ensure you get the most out of your battery. It also features an impressive amount of features that can monitor and regulate power consumption.

image098Brightest Flashlight Free (free) Brightest Flashlight App – Free of Charge. Turns on all available lights on the device. Camera Flash LED at Maximum. Screen at Bright Maximum. Keyboard Backlight at Maximum. Soft Keys Backlight at Maximum.

image099Brightest LED Flashlight (free) Flashlight Mini instantly turns your device into a REAL brightest flashlight! The ultimate lighting tool that takes full advantage of the LED light. Strobe/Blinking Mode is also supported and it’s FREE!

image100CamScanner (free) Turn any Smartphone into a Scanner with CamScanner. CamScanner is an intelligent document management solution for individuals, small businesses, organizations, governments and schools. It is the perfect fit for those who want to scan, sync, edit, share and manage various contents on all devices.

image101Google Translate (free) Translate words and phrases between more than 70 languages using Google Translate for iOS. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.

image102High-Powered Flashlight (free) Bright. Fast. Simple. The most elegant and functional flashlight app, ever! And it’s the ONLY flashlight app that goes with a compass, giving you the direction in the darkness. Features: Brightest Flashlight instantly ON. Always-On compass. Strobe mode with 10 different frequencies. Built-in SOS signal. Intuitive and elegant UI design.

image103Genius Scan ($1.99) Genius Scan turns your Android device into a pocket scanner. It enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF. In addition to email, Genius Scan provides easy upload to Box, Dropbox, Evernote or any other cloud service app installed on your Android phone. The Genius Scan scanner technogy includes smart page detection, perspective correction, image post-processing. It allows you to build PDF documents with multiple scans.

image104Juice Defender Ultimate ($4.99) For battery life just too good to be true, JuiceDefender Ultimate employs a ton of advanced, fully customizable and really effective power saving features. Absolute control for the highest energy efficiency: try the ultimate battery saving experience!

image105Smart Tools ($2.50) Smart Tools is a complete package of 5 app sets. It includes 5 Pro sets for a total of 15 tools. In a word, All-in-One. Set 1: Length, Angle, Slope, Level, Thread – Smart Ruler Pro. Set 2: Distance, Height, Width, Area – Smart Measure Pro. Set 3: Compass, Metal detector, GPS – Smart Compass Pro. Set 4: Sound level meter, Vibrometer – Sound Meter Pro. Set 5: Flashlight, Magnifier – Smart Light Pro

image106Swiss Army Knife (free) This app contains a set of tiny tools: a flashlight, a unit converter, a timer, a stopwatch, a compass a bubble level, a calculator, a magnifying glass (Android 2.2+ required), a mirror (Android 2.3+ and front camera required) and a ruler.

image107Tiny Flashlight +LED (free) Flashlight app for your device! Incredibly simple and yet very useful flashlight application. Will use your device’s camera LED / flash / screen as a torch. Tiny Flashlight is currently the best led flashlight app on the Android Market, because it supports the widest range of devices with camera flashlight (led flash); it’s also the brightest flashlight / torch, because of the camera flashlight, which emits very intense light in the dark.

image108Wi-Fi Finder (free) Never worry again about not finding a Wi-Fi internet connection. Wi-Fi Finder is simply the best app for finding free or paid public Wi-Fi hotspots online or offline. Now for both phones and tablets!

image109Wifi Analyzer (free) Turns your android phone into a Wi-Fi analyzer!! Shows the Wi-Fi channels around you. Helps you to find a less crowded channel for your wireless router. Compatible with Android 4.3.

image110Word Lens ($4.99) Instantly translate printed words with your phone’s camera! Word Lens gives you translation on the go. No network required – results appear immediately on your video screen when you need it, anywhere in the world. Easy to use, like the regular camera. Look up translations by typing them in, or clicking on a word. One language pack included with app purchase. Additional languages extra. Available language pairs: English/Spanish, English/French, English/Italian, English/German, English/Portuguese.


image111Christian Creeds & Reformed Confessions (free) This application will help anyone better understand and appreciate the depth and richness of the Christian faith as it has been historically understood. It includes the Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed, Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort, and the Westminster Confession and Shorther and Longer Catechisms, all of which are fully searchable and include hyperlinked verse references (KJV, plus the ability to specify a native app of your choosing for other translations). Additional resources can be downloaded from within the app.

image112ConvertPad (free, $2.99 for “plus” version) ConvertPad and ConvertPad Plus(Ad-free version) are most powerful and fully featured Unit converter, Currency converter and Calculator. It’s a simple but the most powerful unit converter. (10,000,000+ downloads). ConvertPad is intuitive and easy to use. Features fast, real time currency and unit conversion in a clean interface.

image113First Aid- American Red Cross (free) Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Get the app and be prepared for what life brings. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.

image114Google Earth (free) Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for Android. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Integrated Google Maps Street View allow you to explore the world at street level. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more.

image115Google Maps (free) Download the latest release of Google Maps, and never carry a paper map again. Google Maps for Android with Navigation (Beta) has: Detailed maps with 3D buildings. Voice guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation. Driving, public transit, biking, and walking directions. Live traffic information to avoid congestion. Local search and business reviews. Google Maps Street View. Indoor maps for select airports, hotels, retail stores, and more.

image116The Weather Channel (free) With over 200 meteorologists and our ultra-local TruPoint(sm) forecasting technology, you can trust us to help you plan the best day possible, with the most accurate WEATHER™ forecast available.

image117WebMD (free) WebMD provides mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Topics, and more. It also provides offline access to first aid information, critical for emergencies when you may not have a data connection. You can customize the app with personal contacts, drugs, conditions, and articles relevant to you.

We’ve reached the end of our list of helpful Android apps for cross-cultural outreach. Next up we’ll look at apps for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).

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