Now that 2011 is complete, it is time to praise the year’s best new mobile productivity apps.
Here is my list of the best new mobile apps of 2011. All of the apps involve aspects of productivity or mobile commerce. They are for Android and iOS. Nearly all the apps are free.
Zaarly. Zaarly is a new way to buy what you want or to sell what you have. Tell Zaarly what you want and how much you will pay. When the offers appear, you choose the best deal. Bid on goods (a picket fence) or services (someone to paint it.) Also available on iOS. Price: Free.
Price Check by Amazon. Use Price Check to scan a barcode, snap a picture, type or say an item’s name to check prices instantly. Buy directly from the app. Use the price-sharing feature to ensure best price. Also available on iOS. Price: Free.
Text Only. TextOnly is a browser/reader that reduces data usage by 80 to 90 percent, displaying only readable content from web pages. It strips unwanted content like images. Price: Free.
Blogger. Start blogging on the go with the official Blogger app. Easily publish posts with pictures, labels and location information. You can view the list of posts. And if you have multiple accounts or blogs, you can easily switch between them. Price: Free.
Google Wallet. Tap, pay, and save with Google Wallet, the app that makes your phone your wallet. Google Wallet makes paying fast with a Citi MasterCard or the Google Prepaid Card. Automatically syncs Google Offers to your phone. Price: Free.
Glympse. Glympse is the easy way to safely share your location in real time. No sign-up needed. No social network to manage. Just send a Glympse to anyone via email, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter. Your location is only shared for the duration you specify and then stops. Price: Free.
CloudTalk. Send voice messages as easily as texting, without the complications and interruptions of phone calls and voice mail. Choose any combination of voice, photo, video and text to get your message across to everyone in the conversation. You can talk privately to any number of people. Price: Free.
Speaktoit Assistant. Speaktoit Assistant is a virtual assistant. Answer questions, find information, launch apps and connect to social networks. Simply speak or type in everyday language and Assistant will understand and respond with what you need. Price: Free.
Any.DO. Any.DO is an intuitive, gesture-based To-Do app. Capture tasks using voice-commands. Swipe tasks when complete, or shake to clear task from screen. App is also collaborative for team projects. Price: Free.
SaveMeeting. Record, edit and share your meetings. Record markers in the audio. Upload up to 1,000 minutes to SaveMeeting for free. Enable clients and colleagues to play and check your meetings. Price: Free.
Slice. Organize your online purchases and emailed receipts. Slice combs through Gmail and Yahoo! Mail to find receipts and track spending. Get push notifications when a package is shipped or delivered. Price: Free.
Tweetbot. Tweetbot is a Twitter client with personality. The app features multiple timelines, smart gestures, configurable buttons, and customizable navigation. Price: $2.99.
Flipboard. The new iPhone version of Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you, from Instagram photos and Facebook updates to Tumblr posts and articles from your favorite publications. Price: Free.
Square Card Case. The personal way to pay. Walk in the door of any Square merchant. Card Case can open your tab automatically. Just say your name at checkout, without touching your phone or wallet. Explore new places, browse menus, keep digital receipts and more. Also available on Android. Price: Free.
Hipmunk. Hipmunk takes the agony out of flight search. See all the relevant flights on a timeline to visualize the right choice. Hipmunk incorporates important factors like length of flight and multiple stops. Book the ticket on your phone, email it, or finish on your desktop computer. Also available on Android. Price: Free.
Orchestra To-do. This is a to-do list app that connects everyone in your group. Organize what needs doing, and communicate with others to get things done. Price: Free.
Quirky. Collaborate with others to create inventions and revise existing products. Once an idea is submitted, the community works with a design-staff to take products from sketch to reality. Price: Free.
Google Translate. Translate words and phrases from more than 60 languages using Google Translate for iOS. Speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations. Also available on Android. Price: Free.
Dragon Go! Dragon Go! is a virtual assistant for iPod Touch or older iPhones that don’t have Siri. Touch a button and tell Dragon Go! what you need, and it scans the web for results. Share your results via an easy-to-use pop-up toolbar featuring link share options across email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter. Price: Free.
Quora. This is an app extension to the popular questions and answers site. Quora captures information about nearby locations. Discover content in over 60,000 topics on the fly. Price: Free.