Without any doubt, Android is world’s most popular mobile operating system. Sponsored by Google, this OS has already spread its roots from casual users to hardcore code-maniacs. Bloggers and pro-bloggers are no exception. It’s highly likely to have at least one android device for any blogger who calls him/her a blogging professional. Blogging app choices for Android are fairly limited if compared to desktop counterparts. However if used in a proper combination, an android device can be proved nearly as useful as web/desktop apps are. This awesome article features 17 awesome Android apps which can be used to make your blogging life easier and even more automated. In short, this list conveys almost everything a pro-blogger will ever need while writing a blog post.
0. Official applications
Official applications are the first choice if one is looking for a fully-featured tool for a platform specific blog. WordPress/WordPress.com, Blogger, Tumblr – all major blogging platforms offer official android apps for casual writing and editing. All these vary in both features and user interface but are similarly useful in doing on the go blogging.
Some applications, like WordPress App for android, offer real time statistics, visual editing and one-touch media-upload. While others, like Blogger app for android, are just deemed to be editors.
1. Jotterpad Writer
Jotterpad is an exceptionally brilliant writing tool for all kinds of writers, including bloggers. With custom font and markdown support, this simple android has all the writing features you’ll ask in an android app. For proof-reading it supports researching words & phrases using trusted web-dictionaries. Not just this, you can edit and save your files both online (using Dropbox) & offline (to your device memory). I use Jotterpad to plan my articles and stories by writing small snippets before moving to Evernote or Google Docs for rigorous editing.
Jotterpad is free to download and use for basic editing. But by using a $5.00 in-app purchase you can unlock more features in creative mode including custom fonts & .docx export.
Evernote is a cross-platform app for all types of needs a web-user can have. It’s a powerhouse for writers and bloggers too. The Android App for Evernote is feature packed with pk-heading-numbered numerous features like Visual Editing, tagging, clipping, custom formatting, real-time sync, team collaboration and many more that Jotterpad is incapable of. Evernote has been my favorite blogging assistant for the last two years. No matter what kind of blogger/writer you are, you must try Evernote before anything else.
Evernote is freemium service, which allows you to upload content worth 60MB per month to your Evernote account for free. For freedom, you will have to buy premium upgrades starting from $5.
3. Google Docs
Google Docs is an online word/document processor which enables you to write seamlessly on web, desktop and mobile devices. Google Docs for Android is an ideal app for those who just want to write text content for future use to publish content using a desktop browser. Google Docs supports all kinds of formatting but also image insertion. Docs isn’t an app you can solemnly rely on but it fits to all casual needs for those who somehow don’t like any of the pre-listed apps.
4. Google Analytics
Google Analytics for Android is an app which you can use to monitor real-time traffic to your website on the go. It’s free, fast and easy to use. All you need to set up the analytics script on your website/blog — download the app and start tracking how visitors interact with your content.
Feedly is a full featured RSS aggregator which helps you read and share articles from different blogs and connect to other bloggers. It’s a perfect way to be in sync with the latest blogging trends.
6. SwiftKey Keyboard
Of all keyboard applications in Play Store, only SwiftKey has proven to be my regular typing friend. It supports various intuitive layouts and emoji icons. But best of all, it syncs to your earlier blog articles, evernote notes, e-mails and social networks to provide predictions. In other words, it learns from you to help you write better.
While Evernote can be a very good project manager, Trello can also be used as a better alternative. Trello is your cloud based board where you can ‘stick’ and organize your ideas and manage them later.
Stuck on something? Wikipedia is always there for the rescue. While Wikipedia.org doesn’t need any introduction, The Wikipedia app for android is as functional as the web version. You can simply search, learn and copy from the app to your content.
9. Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Merriam-Webster dictionary is the best dictionary app available on Android. With the largest and most trusted collection of vocabulary, this app deserves to be on my list.
Published your post, finally? Now, get more traffic to it by buffering it to your followers and friends. Buffer is a multi-social network sharing app which allows to share your updates on Twitter, Facebook, App.Net and Google+ Pages. Buffer is surely a very helpful app for those bloggers who gain a decent amount of traffic from social networks. With least clutter possible, buffer for android supports one tap sharing, scheduling and tracking in one single app.
11. Facebook + Facebook Messenger
Facebook continues to remain the biggest social media network around, and its mobile applications are the primary way in which people are using the platform. FB has two main applications: Facebook and Messenger.
An impressive statistic shows that Facebook’s everyday’s mobile use is more than 1.15 billion active users. If you look at other apps, you’ll never witness these numbers.
Facebook is so popular because it took the communication ways to a different level. Nowadays, everyone’s using Messenger in order to instantly communicate. Moreover, Facebook still remains the most relevant network if you want to develop your social image.
Snapchat has become extremely popular in the last several years, and its “unique proposition” looks like this: A social network that is more private than the rest. How did they do it?
Well, the auto-delete feature made it possible. If you never used Snapchat before, here’s how it works: you have a list of friends which represent your social circle. You can take pictures, videos, or voice recordings, and send them to your social circle. After they click your content, it takes a few seconds until the content can never be seen again.
13. TED App
You must have heard of TED talks. They’re all over social media and YouTube, as big celebrities and successful people have given educational speeches regarding different fields of activity and topics.
Along with the popularity which came from social media channels, TED has launched the mobile app. Everyone can access it by all operating systems.
There’s also a bigger tendency towards self-education in 2017. Many individuals choose to skip college and university. They believe that self-education can bring more benefits, and apps like TED can definitely contribute to their goals.
14. E-mail Applications
Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail…these are all popular applications because they are the primary way of reading, sending, and receiving e-mails. Because most professionals own a smart mobile, it’s much easier to access your e-mail platform using your own phone.
E-mail applications are popular and extremely demanded since the beginning of the entire digital mobile apps “boom”. They will continue to stay popular due to their benefits: instant notifications, flexibility, and ability to instantly use the e-mail platform. The only prerequisite is an internet connection.
Dropbox was designed to facilitate the process of sharing files. If you are working on any project, you need a seamless way of sharing information with your team members. In the case of blogging, there are many occasions on which you have to share information with others. For example, if you hire a writer to do a small piece for your blog, then you may have to share files with the person. It is easier to share data and information using Dropbox than many other applications. Dropbox has been on the market for an extended period of time. Therefore, many people trust it as the most appropriate application that they can use to share files with others.
Dropbox launched its services in 2007. Since then, the application’s popularity improved big time. According to their own statistics, Dropbox stated that there are over 1.2 billion files which are uploaded daily. Their service is really strong for today’s generation. Why?
The reason is simple: most of the organizational actions that we have to do, we’re doing it online. We store the information on our PCs or Mobile phones, and then we proceed with other things. If we can always place our files on a platform that can be accessed through more devices, we won time.
In case you haven’t heard, Shazam is an application that ”listens” to a song, and immediately finds its artist’s name and the song’s name. After you download it, you’ll see a relatively big circle on your screen. After you touch it, everything’s automated. You can use Shazam to boost your mood and write way more often.
Because most of the time we hear music without playing it ourselves, it gets frustrating not to be able to play it again. Shazam solved this issue, and they have become the biggest music recognizing application on the web.
17. Amazon Kindle
If you want to read a book on your mobile phone, Amazon Kindle should be on top of your mind. Because Amazon is such a giant in the shopping industry, their Kindle platform has also managed to occupy the “biggest e-book platform” position in today’s mobile apps marketplace. They currently have over 50 million mobile monthly users.
In addition, e-books are also more in-demand than the traditional hardcover books. If we construct an equation which involves the frequent mobile use and the popularity of e-books, we could conclude that the Amazon app stays on top of the ladder.
Using these android applications, you can manage your blog anywhere and give your blogging career a boost. This was all from me. I hope you experimented and enjoyed the listed applications. Let me know if you think there is an app capable of being on the list.