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Top 20 Mobile Productivity Apps of 2014

Here are my favorite new mobile productivity apps of 2014. There are content creation and discovery tools, scheduling and networking apps, secure communication utilities, a smart keyboard, and even an app to make you smarter. Several of these are new standalone apps from large establish Internet players. All of these apps are free.

“Best of” lists are always subjective. If your favorite new app of 2014 did not make this list, be sure to include it in the comments below.



Hyperlapse on iPhone.

Hyperlapse. This is Instagram’s new mobile app for creating time lapse videos. It’s a terrific tool for brands to create fresh content without high cost. Using Instagram’s in-house stabilization, Hyperlapse shoots polished time lapse videos that were previously impossible without bulky tripods and expensive equipment. Available on iOS. Price: Free.



SlideShare on Android.

SlideShare. This is the official mobile app for LinkedIn’s SlideShare presentation app. Explore over 15 million presentations, videos, and infographics in stunning, full-screen layout. No time to read now? Save favorites to read later, even offline. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.


Paper. Use this standalone app from Facebook to explore and share stories in immersive designs and full-screen, distraction-free layouts. Paper includes your Facebook News Feed and sections about your favorite topics. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

MS Office

MS Office on Android.

MS Office on Android.

MS Office. View, create, and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from nearly anywhere on your smartphone. Content and formatting stay intact so documents still look good when you’re back on your PC or Mac. Available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Price: Free.


Here on Android.

Here on Android.

Here. Here is Nokia’s mapping and location application, taking on Google Maps. Search, navigate or get directions anywhere – even without an Internet connection. Save interactive maps to your phone or tablet and they’ll continue to work for you offline, wherever you are. Get voice-guided, traffic-enabled navigation. Available on Android and Windows Phone. Price: Free.


Bleep on Android.

Bleep on Android.

Bleep. Bleep is a private messaging app by BitTorrent that lets you make voice calls and send text messages over your Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. Bleep is a peer-to-peer chat client, meaning there’s no central server that can see your messages or metadata. Available on Android. Price: Free.


CityHour on iOS.

CityHour on iPhone.

CityHour. CityHour helps you arrange face-to-face meetings with other professionals around commonalities, such as industry, location or shared objectives. CityHour quickly syncs with your LinkedIn profile to locate contacts both in and out of your current network that are open to scheduling in-person meetings. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

Yahoo News Digest

Yahoo News Digest on Android.

Yahoo News Digest on Android.

Yahoo News Digest. Yahoo News Digest provides a summary of important, need-to-know news. Digests are delivered twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. All the top stories are summarized and presented with the key information that you need to stay on top of what’s happening. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.


WeTransfer on Android.

WeTransfer on Android.

WeTransfer. This is the mobile app for the online file-transferring platform. Simply select your files, add your correspondent’s email addresses and transfer up to 10GB. Enjoy inspiring backgrounds during the transfer. Your correspondent will receive an email with a download link. No signup. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.


Timeful on iOS.

Timeful on iPhone.

Timeful. Timeful gets things scheduled so you can get them done. It’s your calendar and to-do list with intelligent assistance to make the most of your time. Timeful learns from your behaviors, adapts to your schedule, and personalizes the recommendations the more you use it. Available on iOS. Price: Free. on Android. on Android. This is the app for, a free online platform to learn a language through “digital immersion.” Do you like to read about science and technology? Prefer French recipes or travel magazines? understands your vocabulary and finds real articles from the web to suit both your level and interests. Practice new words through fun games and quizzes. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.

Wonder Discover

Wonder Discover on iOS.

Wonder Discover on iPhone.

Wonder Discover. Wonder Discover is the mobile app for Wonder Place, a video and text content platform for ideas and stories, across categories that include food, the mind, wellness, entertainment, culture, and home & family. Watch and read, share content, find additional content from creators, and utilize Shop Motion to purchase items within the content you watch. Available on iOS. Price: Free.


Storehouse on iOS.

Storehouse on iPhone.

Storehouse. Storehouse is an app to tell stories with your photos and videos. Combine photos, videos, and text into a story. Import photos and videos from your Camera Roll, Instagram, Flickr, Dropbox, and Lightroom. Embed stories on your blog or share them to other social networks. Available on iOS. Price: Free.


Intro on iOS.

Intro on iPhone.

Intro. Intro is a mobile app to turn your page into a shareable digital business card. Share any combination of your page, phone number, and email. Keep track of the people you’ve shared your card with, and cards you’ve received. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

Ginger Keyboard

Ginger Keyboard on Android.

Ginger Keyboard on Android.

Ginger Keyboard. Use Ginger Keyboard’s intuitive features to speed up your typing. Tap into the Ginger Page writing app to quickly review your text for grammar, spelling and punctuation. Features advanced rephrasing, translations, text reader, personal dictionary, and more. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.


SurveyMonkey on iPhone.

SurveyMonkey on iPhone.

SurveyMonkey. Use the SurveyMonkey mobile app to create surveys and polls, send them to anyone, and monitor your results from anywhere. Manage responses, make quick edits, and improve response rates on the fly, and even conduct on-the-spot polling. App and basic plan are free. Pro plan offers unlimited polling and expanded features. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

Speaker Studio

Speaker Studio on Android.

Speaker Studio on Android.

Speaker Studio. Take over the entire production of your own podcast or radio show with Speaker Studio. It allows you to broadcast live or pre-record podcasts while adding tracks and sound effects. Upload tracks, broadcast live in seconds from mobile apps or your desktop, and share them with followers everywhere. Available on Android. iOS app coming in February. Price: Free.


Findery on Android

Findery on Android

Findery. This is the mobile app for Findery, a user-generated travel site. Share your stories about places, discover the world around you, or explore the globe right from home. Find new places through personal stories, hidden histories, interesting facts, and local tips. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.


SideChef on iPhone.

SideChef on iPhone.

SideChef. SideChef is a free step-by-step cooking app to make you productive in the kitchen. Created for novice and advanced chefs, over one thousand recipes are taught through photos, instructions, and voice commands. Search and browse by ingredient, keyword, diet, cuisine, or interest. Features integrated timers, easy conversions and more. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.


Elevate on Android.

Elevate on Android.

Elevate. Elevate is a brain-training program designed to improve focus, speaking skills, processing speed, memory, math skills, and more. Each person is provided with a personalized training program that adjusts over time to maximize results. The more you train with Elevate, the more you’ll improve critical cognitive skills that are proven to boost productivity, earning power, and self-confidence. Available on iOS and Android. Price: Free.

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