If you’re a small business owner or just a person who likes to keep an eye out for any unwanted expenses, the first thing you’ll want to do after buying a new Android phone is find a few good applications that will help you manage your money wherever you are.
And of course, you will find them! There are a lot of great apps on the Android Marketplace, and unlike Windows Mobile or the iPhone, a lot of them are completely free. This is one of the good things that come with owning a phone running on open source software.
Here are some of the best Android apps that will help you keep your finances in check and save money.
This is a very simple, free Android application that is designed to help you keep track of all the money you spend, receive and currently have in your bank accounts or in cash. It doesn’t have a direct connection to your bank (like the desktop MS Money), so it’s very secure (although some may see that as a drawback). It’s very easy to add new entries, so you can do it quickly whenever buying something at your local store or in any other place. Now you can ditch your old paper checkbook (if you had one), and replace it with an app on your phone, which is no doubt always with you.
This is a good tool to have if you own a website and earn money from Google Adsense. It basically allows you to view and analyze your AdSense earnings and performance (clicks, impressions, CTR, etc.) directly from your phone. If you like to view stats (especially when you’re earning a lot of money and try to maximize your earnings by improving your ad positions and click through rate, you’ll likely find this app very useful. The only major drawback is that it is not free, but at 1 euro, it’s totally worth it, especially when you consider that you get guaranteed quick customer support.
A great free Android app that helps you manage any coupons you have. But that is by a long shot not everything it can do! It also has an integrated search system that you can use to find good, non-expired coupons (from top online coupon sites). You can share any coupons you like with your friends by Tweeting, emailing or posting them on Facebook directly from this application. And if that’s not enough, you can also use your GPS to find any valid coupons (you can even use voice search) for the stores in you vicinity and compare prices by barcode from various shops. And yes, you get all of this for free!
As the name implies, this app is designed to bring eBay to your pocket. You can use it to search, view and buy items, place bids, view your account and much more! This can come in very handy when you’re not in front of your computer, but need to watch an ending auction closely and possibly place the last bid to win it. With Pocket Auctions, you can view the timer and click the Bid button at the last second (of course, you’d need a stable Wifi, 3G or EDGE connection). Best of all, it’s also completely free!
Last but not the least, a great Android app that was specifically created to help you find the best price on any product. Here’s how it works – you just take a picture of the barcode of the product you need (using your phone’s camera) and the software automatically searches the Web for the best price. It will show you the cheapest prices and the locations of the nearest stores where you can find that product. You can save quite a lot of money sometimes, like when buying a laptop or an electronic appliance – chances are that a store a few blocks further has a discount or rebate of a few tens or hundred dollars.
These are the top 5 Android apps that will help you manage and save money wherever you are, directly from your phone. There are a lot of other apps, but these have received the best reviews and are the most advanced. And as you can see, 4 of them are free, which makes them even better.