Post updated: February 26, 2017
When trying to decide which hardware to implement across the office, many people stick to what they know without considering what another system could offer them. This goes for choices of which devices to use for work as well as what type to use. In other words, those that are used to laptops may find the switch to tablets uncomfortable at first, or may avoid it altogether, without realizing the power tablets have to achieve different means at work. Or, people who are used to Macbooks may choose an iPad simply because they are used to the iOS system even though an Android device could benefit them more when needing to work on the go. Whether you are a diehard Android lover seeking the perfect sales app for you, or an Appler considering moving to Android for sales apps, it’s important to understand if an Android sales rep app is right for you.
What sales apps does Android offer?
- CRM applications for Android: CRM is the backbone of sales, and Android has well-developed mobile apps for almost all of the top CRM systems. While some, like Salesforce, offer a lite free version with the option to upgrade for added features, others, like Insightly, offer free CRM integration as well as features that help you manage and share contacts, tasks, notes, projects, and more. Other CRM systems with great Android apps include Base, Zoho, BPMobile, and more, and one of the most notably awesome is Resco Mobile CRM, which has some of the best offline access out of all the CRM apps.
- POS and catalog systems for Android: Android has comprehensive options for POS apps, including PayPal, ZingCheckout, and credit card scanning apps. Android also offers great sales cataloging apps that include the same features as their iOS counterparts, and many all-in-one sales apps that integrate communication, task management, cataloging, and POS tools and can even be integrated with the CRM you use in the office.
- Task management and pipeline tools: Android has its own task management system as well as a host of options for apps to add-on to tailor to your preferences. While many iOS task management apps rely on using aspects of the iOS system, such as Contacts or Calendars, Android allows this option while also giving you room for adjustment if you prefer to integrate other options.
The iOS or Android debate
When deciding which program to use – iOS or Android – it’s important to think about your needs and which needs each system fulfills. Many choose iOS because of initial attraction to the intuitive design, but Android has long been heralded as a much more flexible phone. Additionally, while there were issues with apps in the past because many created for iOS and then ported over to Android, both iOS and Android are now on a much more even playing field when it comes to app store offerings. This means you don’t have to worry that the apps you love on iOS won’t be available on Android.
The importance of staying synchronized
While laptops and computers are often synchronized across the office (in other words, everyone is using Macs or everyone is using PCs), now that work has become so mobile, businesses must realize the importance of synchronizing tablets and smartphones as well. If employees who rely on iOS Cloud programs to save documents at work use a smartphone that is incompatible with iOS Cloud at home, they may not have access to the same information at work and at home, which can cause lags in productivity or miscommunications about important data and contacts. So, think about devices you use at home and in the office and which will offer you the ability to always stay up to date with the programs you need.
Android offers flexibility because many of their apps can be used with iOS programs, while iOS tends to be more restrictive in which apps and programs you can use. If you use a Mac in the office but an Android phone, look for applications that can be used seamlessly across devices. Most importantly, don’t be scared of change. Often, testing out new devices is the only way to see what you like about a program and what you don’t. If you have any other tips on sales apps for Android, let us know – we would love to add them to our list!