The smartphone is a tool for both communication and productivity. As a result, it is the ideal device for collaboration.
Here is a list of collaboration apps for your smartphone. There are apps for document sharing, video conferencing, activity chatting, group scheduling, location tagging, and more.
Dropbox. This file management app lets you transfer and access files from any computer or mobile device running Dropbox. Drag and drop files into the 2GB of free file storage. Access those files from any device running Dropbox. Apps available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, and iPad. Price: Free.
Google Maps. Along with its classic map application, Google Maps now contains Google Latitude, a geolocation feature. It enables you to share your location with others, such as co-workers or clients, as well as see their locations. Check in at places to let others know you’ve arrived. Share, set, or hide your location at any time. Use the Google Buzz layer over Google Maps to post real-time geotagged updates and collaboration dialogue among team members. Apps available for Android, iPhone, and iPad. Price: Free.
Meebo IM. Chat on multi-protocol instant-messaging networks, including AIM, MAN, Yahoo!, MySpace, Google Talk, Jabber, and ICQ. Use a Meebo account and your IM history will be saved for you to access from any computer. Apps available for Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone. Price: Free.
Box. Box is a mobile app to manage documents, media and all your content in the cloud at Box.net. Share files and folders with web links. Sync files to Box. Access Box files on your desktop. Enhanced collaboration with Business account. Apps available for Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone. Price: App is free. Box.net Personal account is free; Business account is $15/user/month.
QlikView. The QlikView app can take your data and create dynamic charts and graphs. Magnify a particularly interesting piece of data and view the information both in portrait and landscape mode. When you’re finished editing, a one-button interface makes emailing simple. Apps available for iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry. Price: App is free. QlikView Personal account is free; professional account users call for pricing.
MangoSuite Mobile. MangoSuite Mobile is an app for the online MangoSuite business collaboration platform. The app covers the major features of the platform, including enterprise microblogging, IM/group chat, group conference calling, document management, personal and team task management. Apps available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Mobile. Price: App is free. Mango online account for 1 user starts at $7 per MangoApp per month.
Yammer. Yammer is a private, secure social network for your company. Yammer lets you connect with your coworkers to collaborate, share ideas, and be more productive. Apps available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Mobile. Price: App is free. Yammer Basic is free; Premium is $5 per user/month.
Create, edit, access and share Microsoft Office files. Display presentations in slideshow mode, or on external monitor. Edit across entire documents, presentation slides, or spreadsheets. Remotely access and manage files, with convenient access to cloud service providers, including MobileMe, Dropbox, Google Docs, Box.net, Huddle and SugarSync. Apps available for Android, iPhone, and iPad. Price: $14.99.
Podio. This mobile app gives you all the core functionality of the Podio web platform to create and to collaborate with your peers. Customize your mobile screen with all your favorite Podio apps and spaces. Create app items from your mobile device for everyone to work on. Edit existing apps. Follow and comment on activity in your streams. Create and delegate tasks, and track them. Apps available for Android and iPhone. Price: App is free. Podio is free up to 10 accounts; $4 per user/month.
Orchestra To-do. Orchestra is the to-do list that’s connected to everyone you work with. It not only helps you organize what needs doing, it also helps you communicate with others to get things done. Orchestra lets users assign tasks to themselves and each other, and to chat about them. It accepts voice or text input, as well as emails. App available for iPhone. Price: Free.
37signals Campfire. This is the official mobile app for Campfire, a group-chat tool. Campfire lets you set up password-protected chat rooms in just seconds. Invite a client, colleague, or vendor to chat, collaborate, and make decisions. Share text, files, and code in real time. Save transcripts so you don’t forget. App is available for iPhone. Price: App is free. Campfire starts at $12/month for 12 chatters.
GroupMe. Send group messages to your real life network. Start groups with the people already in your contacts. When you have a weak connection, the app can switch you to SMS so you’ll never miss a message. Every group gets a unique number for conference calling. Add your location to any message you send, and see all the group members on a map. Available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7. Price: Free.
Jumvo. Jumvo is a group-messaging app that lets you send voice messages as casually as texting. Jumvo lets you exchange voice messages with Facebook friends anywhere in the world. Engage group conversations with multiple friends. Receive a push notification whenever a voice message is received. Available for iPod. Price: Free.
Fuze Meeting. With the Fuze Meeting app, you can host a video or audio meeting from your smartphone. Fuze can call participants into the web conference. Features such as session recording and site branding are available with upgrades. Apps available for Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone. Price: Plans start at $9.99 per day for meetings by the day, and $29 per month for up to 25 participants.
ShowDocument. This app lets you view and participate on mobile meetings and real-time document collaboration through ShowDocument. View session content, web pages, shared screens. Exchange text chats with participants. App available for Android. Price: Free for up to 3 participants; $29.99 per month for unlimited participants.
Google Translate. Translate text into more than 50 different languages. Try the new “conversation mode” in English and Spanish. Speak a phrase to be translated, and then tap the “Enter Conversation Mode” link at the bottom of the screen. Tap the conversation bubbles in either language to quickly translate what you’re saying. App available for Android. Price: Free.
SugarSync With the SugarSync app, you can synchronize your files across multiple computers. Back up files to secure cloud storage. Automatically sync data between computers and devices. Easily manage team and groups with pooled storage. Set storage limits per user. App available for Android, iPhone and iPad. Price: $29.99 per month for 100 GB of storage and 3 users.