Many of us are chained inseparably to our smartphones, and for a large portion of consumers that applies to work as well as play. In 2017, a smartphone connects you to the office 24/7 if you allow it to, for better or for worse. The benefits of being able (or expected) to stay connected to the office on the go are up for debate, but for those looking to push more productivity out of their phones we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 Android Office apps in 2017.
Chrome Remote Desktop
If you really want a computer in your pocket, this is the way to do it. The Chrome Remote Desktop app, as the name suggests, lets you remotely access your computer and control it on your phone. This is probably most realistic on a tablet or something you can use a Bluetooth keyboard with, but it’s still pretty usable on a phone for basic tasks that can’t be accomplished through the use of other apps on this list. Best of all, it’s completely free!
Free, varying subscription if increased storage space is required.
Google has quickly become a leader in productivity and business applications, and the Google Drive app allows you to access and edit a variety of file types across a variety of platforms. Edit your documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more and access and edit PDFs on the go. The service is also completely free unless you require a huge amount of storage, but for most users the free service should be more than adequate.
Free, $6.99 / $9.99 optional subscription
Many of us in an office environment are tied to the Microsoft Office Suite, and while Google Drive may offer pretty much everything Microsoft Office does, the reality of the world is that businesses are slow to adopt newer technology and Microsoft Office is not going anywhere anytime soon. The bright side is that you can access the Microsoft Office app from your phone, completely free outside of some niche features. For the vast majority of users, the free version will be completely fine and you’ll be able to access Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and more from your phone. If you use OneDrive, you can sync progress between your phone and PC too!
Quip is a really cool business app and it’s completely free. It doesn’t have a huge amount of features, but what it does it does well. The main use is to collaborate with others on documents, but it also includes a chat application to allow you to message other people working on the project. It’s a great app when used as a group on a single project, as it encourages and facilitates collaboration. Quip features a fully featured spreadsheet experience, the ability to export files to a variety of formats, cross device syncing, and an offline mode.
Free Office, as indicated by its name, is another free office suite app. For users looking for a no-cost and easy to manage program for writing and editing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, Free Office is definitely worth trying out. Unlike a lot of free apps it’s pretty fully featured and doesn’t feel cheap or like it’s lacking much. The app supports PDFs, TrueType and OpenType fonts, and most Microsoft file types.