10 Android Apps for the Modern Business Traveler

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-01-19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Android Apps for the Modern Business Traveler

    For those business travelers who use their mobile devices to plan their trips, here are 10 Android apps that will make traveling easier and more enjoyable.
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    Go Offline for Your Mapping, Navigation
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    Go Offline for Your Mapping, Navigation

    Offline Maps & Navigation is a useful app for anyone who knows he or she won't have access to the Web for an extended period. The app provides full access to roads and other information around a particular area, and will deliver navigation instructions. It's a handy app to have when driving around town and away from a WiFi or other wireless signal.
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    A Little Help With Understanding Everyone
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    A Little Help With Understanding Everyone

    As international business travelers know all too well, the language barrier can sometimes be difficult to overcome. That's where Voice Translator comes in. The app translates the user's voice and plays it for those around him or her. The app also works when communicating via text with someone else.
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    Plan Your Trip With Flights
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    Plan Your Trip With Flights

    Flights is a simple but critical app for anyone planning a trip, as it lets users search different airlines for the best prices. Unlike some other apps, such as Expedia, the app doesn't handle processing itself. Instead, it will simply find the best, cheapest combination of flights for users and then direct them to the offering site of their choosing. Think of Flights as the Google of flight shopping.
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    Track Those Flights With FlightAware
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    Track Those Flights With FlightAware

    When it's time to take the flight, it's also time to turn to FlightAware. The app tracks all of the flights in the air, but more importantly, it informs users on the status of their flight, how far along in their trip they are and much more. FlightAware is a must-have flight tracker for any business traveler.
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    Kayak Does a Little Bit of Everything
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    Kayak Does a Little Bit of Everything

    Kayak is arguably one of the most full-featured applications in this roundup, providing users with flight, hotel and car shopping. Plus, it comes with the ability to explore points of interest around a particular location and alerts users when prices come down. It even has a flight tracker and trip-itinerary feature built-in. Image 5: Please use this image:
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    WorldMate Takes Control Over All Aspects of the Trip
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    WorldMate Takes Control Over All Aspects of the Trip

    WorldMate is designed for those who want to have a single repository in which they can manage all aspects of their trip. The app lets users manage their flights, find out where their gates are, store the confirmation numbers for cars and hotels, and much more. It's like having a personal travel assistant in a smartphone.
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    Uber Is There if You Need a Car
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    Uber Is There if You Need a Car

    Well-known car-hailing service Uber makes it easy for users to request a car, pay through the app with a credit card and get to their destination without any trouble. While Uber is only available in select cities, in those hundreds of cities where it is available, it's a vital app for any business traveler. Image 7: Please use this image:
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    Planner Helps You Stay on Track
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    Planner Helps You Stay on Track

    Planner isn't a dedicated traveling app, but it certainly works well as one. The app has a built-in calendar and organizer and is an ideal way for users to keep track of where they need to be once they get to their destination. Planner includes support for notes, events and tasks, and lets users look at the week ahead. It's like Google Calendar, but with some extra features tossed in.
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    Zagat Offers Up Restaurant Reviews

    When it's time to bring a client to lunch or dinner, finding the best place to go is paramount. That's where Zagat comes in. The free app provides restaurant reviews, so users can see which restaurants in town are best, based on everything from food quality to service. There's even a tab so users can find options based on their desired price range.
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    Order Your Food Through GrubHub

    For those who would rather eat in, GrubHub is a valuable app. It provides a list of restaurants around a particular location. Once users find what they want, they can either order from within the app and have the food delivered, or request take-out. Either way, GrubHub is a handy app when users are in a new town and just want to get some good food and relax.
 

With the holidays behind us, expect business travel to pick up. If you are one who travels for business, being prepared before a trip will make traveling a bit easier to swallow and ultimately more appealing. In the old days (pre-mobile devices and mobile apps), being prepared meant keeping a list and relying on a travel agent to help remember all facets of a trip. Now, with help from smartphones and tablets, it's possible to have all of the trip details—from booking to finding a place to eat—in the palm of your hand. Truth be told, it has never been easier for a busy professional to travel the world. In this eWEEK slide show, we look at some of the apps available on Android through the Google Play marketplace that make traveling easier and more enjoyable. With more than 1 million apps available in the Google Play store, there is a wide range of useful programs at the traveler's disposal. Here's a collection of some of the better apps for business travelers seeking simple solutions that make traveling for work less stressful.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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