According to a recent Nielsen blog, 38% of mobile phone users own smart phones and that number is expected to be over 50% by years end. Sales in the us are expected to hit 95 million, becoming the highest-selling electronic device. Since so many of you are investing time, energy and money into your iPods, Androids, and Blackberrys I thought you might appreciate a recent blog from Social Media Examiner called, 44 Useful Mobile Apps for Social Media Marketers. I will highlight a few here.
The first app I’m a big fan of is Dropbox. Dropbox is usefully not only for your cell phone but for your computer as well. This free service lets you store your photos, docs and videos online. Once you install the software on your computer it will create a file in you Documents Folder that will update to all computers and mobile devices attached to that account.
Another personal favorite is the Kindle app. This app allows you to read any of the 950,000 books in the Kindle Store from your phone or tablet. Amazon’s Whispersync will automatically sync your last page read, bookmarks and notes across all devices upon which you have downloaded the app. This means if you read a book from your iPad or Kindle, you can pick up where you left off on your Smartphone.
DocumentsToGo enables you to edit, create and view Word and Excel files on your Blackberry, Palm OS, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch or Android. Additionally you can send and receive attachments using the device’s built-in mail app, including a desktop app with two-way file sync.
One of the biggest issues with Smartphone’s is battery usage which can drain quickly. The blog mentions Battery Pro for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. There is also Battery Indicator Pro for Android and Batterysaver Pro for Blackberry.
Android and iPhone can search app stores not only by what the app is called but also by what the app does with an application called Chomp. Free in both iTunes and the Android Marketplace, this handy app will making searching for apps much simpler.
LiveProfile is another app that can be used by iPhones, Blackberries and Androids alike. This completely free fast app is a messenger that will enable you to send photos, videos, post status updates and much more.
Need to update multiple social networks but don’t want to spend the time logging into each one? TweetDeck, now a part of Twitter will enable iPhone and Android users to do just that.
So that’s 7 out of 40 apps mentioned on Social Media Examiner. Check out the other 33 and if you have a favorite let us know so we can share your information with others. Isn’t that what social networking is all about?