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Top 20 Mobile Productivity Apps of 2013

Here is my list of the best new mobile productivity apps of 2013. There are smart calendar and meeting apps, design inspiration tools, secure communication and anonymous search apps, and video and image tools. There are apps to measure your fitness, convert your data, and feed your mind. More than half of these apps are free.

Many of these popular apps were widely followed throughout the year, including by my monthly productivity apps lists. However, “best of” lists are always subjective. If your favorite new app of 2013 did not make this list, be sure to include it in the comments below.


Vine mobile app

Vine on Android.

Vine. Vine is a tool to create short looping videos. Use it to deliver a message, demonstrate a product, or highlight the essence of your brand. Post videos on Vine, then share to Twitter and Facebook. Available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Price: Free.


IFTTT mobile app

IFTTT on iPhone.

IFTTT. IFTTT lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: “if this then that.” Employ the triggers and actions of channels, such as Dropbox or Instagram, to automate your actions and streamline your online productivity. Available on iOS. Price: Free.


Helpouts mobile app

Helpouts on Android.

Helpouts. This is the mobile app to Google’s new Helpouts platform. Helpouts connects over live video people who need help with the people who can give help. Available on Android. Price: Free.


Mailbox mobile app

Mailbox on iPhone.

Mailbox. Mailbox is a fast and simple email manager. Quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash, or snooze them to automatically return later. Scan entire conversations with chat-like organization. Add up to 10 Gmail, Google Apps, iCloud, or Yahoo accounts to Mailbox to enjoy a simple, unified inbox. Available on iOS. Price: Free.


Ember mobile app

Ember on iPad.

Ember. Ember is a scrapbook app to collect, organize, and share design images. Build collections for your projects, or build Smart Collections based on a tag or color. Ember analyses the colors of your images for search. Add annotations, including drawn shapes, which Ember can convert into perfect shapes. Available on iOS. Price: £34.99.


Cal mobile app

Cal on iPhone.

Cal. Cal is a simple and smart calendar app. As you type, Cal recognizes whom you want to meet and where you want to go. Events come to life with smart maps, contacts, apps, and social integrations. Good integration if you use task lists. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.

DuckDuckGo Search & Stories

DuckDuckGo mobile app

DuckDuckGo on Android.

DuckDuckGo Search & Stories. This is a mobile app for anonymous-search engine DuckDuckGo. Search anonymously, without tracking, filter bubbles, or sharing your personal information. The app features auto-completion to answers, shared stories from desired sources, and no repeat topics across sources. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.


Quip mobile app

Quip on Android.

Quip. Quip is a word processor app that is designed for collaboration. It combines documents and messages into a single chat-like thread of updates. Quip features collaborative editing, document messaging threads, shared checklists, edit receipts, and notification on edits and editors. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.

Tempo Smart Calendar

Tempo Smart Calendar mobile app

Tempo Smart Calendar on iPhone.

Tempo Smart Calendar. Tempo Smart Calendar app finds and organizes everything you need for each meeting. It features an address book with contact details, passcode tool for conference calls, doc and email manager for related meetings, location finder, and more. Integrates with LinkedIn, Facebook, Foursquare, and Yelp. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

Google Keep

Google Keep Mobile App

Google Keep on Android.

Google Keep. Google Keep is Google’s new notes app to quickly capture what’s on your mind. Keep track of your thoughts via notes, lists and photos. Add reminders to important notes. Have voice notes transcribed automatically. Use widgets to capture thoughts quickly. Access your notes from anywhere. Available on Android. Price: Free.


Kickoff mobile app

Kickoff on iPhone.

Kickoff. This is a mobile app for Kickoff, a chat and task-sharing tool for small teams. Collaborate both online and offline, Kickoff syncs across all devices in real time. It features a variety of group chat and group task tools to streamline your collaboration. Share files of any kind, receive push notifications for tasks relating to you, and access task completion details. Available on iOS. Price: $6.99 for mobile app; $27.99 for Mac app.


Osito mobile app

Osito on iPhone.

Osito. Osito is a predictive intelligence application that brings you the information you need before you need it. Based on the information you provide it, Osito provides information you need to know, such as traffic updates, travel details, and schedule alerts. Available on iOS. Price: Free.


TapShoot mobile app

TapShoot on Windows Phone.

TapShoot. TapShoot is a simple and novel app for taking a photo or video. Tap two Windows Phones together, and then one is the viewer and one is the camera. The camera phone streams to the viewer phone so you can remotely control the image. Take an image instantly or with a three-second delay. Apply a range of filters to improve the image. Available on Windows Phone. Price: $0.99.

Silent Text

Silent Text mobile app

Silent Text on Android.

Silent Text. Silent Text is an app for encrypted instant-messaging and secure-file transfers. Enable the Burn Notification for a recall of the Silent Text you did not mean to send or to dissolve all traces of the text message and attachments. Decide when to include geo-location coordinates. Available on iOS and Android. Price: App is free; Silent Circle subscription is $9.95 per month.


Talkboard mobile app

Talkboard on iPad.

Talkboard. Talkboard is a collaborative whiteboard app for iPad that lets you sketch out ideas and work on them with others. Invite others to join your projects. Use Talkboard for sketching ideas, brainstorming, drafting presentations, or wireframing. Available on iOS. Price: Free.


Oyster mobile app

Oyster on iPhone.

Oyster. This is a mobile app for the Oyster book service. With over 100,000 books in its library, Oyster’s subscription service intends to be the Netflix of online books. For a monthly fee, enjoy unlimited access to its books. Available on iOS. Price: $9.95 per month.


Konvert mobile app

Konvert on iPhone.

Konvert. Konvert is a simple and elegant app for converting units on a smartphone. Convert angles, currencies, time, mass, power, speed, temperature, acceleration, and more. Available on iOS. Price: $0.99.


Moves mobile app

Moves on Android.

Moves. Moves automatically tracks your exercise throughout your day. View the distance, duration, steps, and calories burned for each activity. The activity tracker is always on, so there’s no need to start and stop it. Just keep your phone in your pocket or your bag. Available on iOS and Android. Price: $2.99.

Photoshop Touch

Photoshop Touch mobile app
Photoshop Touch on Android.

Photoshop Touch. Adobe Photoshop Touch lets you transform images using core Photoshop features designed for mobile devices, as well as new capabilities tailored for mobile creativity and social networking. Find and share images, view comments, and access interactive tutorials. Available on iOS and Android. Price: $4.99 for smartphone, $9.99 for tablet.


Editorial mobile app

Editorial on iPad.

Editorial. Editorial is a plain text editor for the iPad with powerful automation tools and an inline preview for using Markdown. Editorial comes with a variety of modules for processing text, images, or even data from web APIs. Available on iPad. Price: $4.99.

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