Jun 16 2011

Useful, Free Smartphone Apps and Resources for Developers

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Smartphones are everywhere, and people all over the world are using them because of the many useful and amazing features they have that people love. People use smartphones for their daily work because smartphones have loads of advantages over a PC or Laptop, portability being a major one. Smartphone based apps also let you access your data no matter where you are.

With a smartphone in your pocket, you can perform every task that you would do with your laptop or computer. For the design community, there are abundant iPhone / iPad / Android resources and apps available on the net. Instead of wasting time in searching for the one you need, take a look at this collection of apps that we have compiled here to let web designers and developers find the most useful apps they can increase their productivity with.

Useful, Free iPhone and iPad Apps

iPhones and iPads are highly consumer-driven devices that come with a number of useful apps to help you in your web development process, and make it fun for you. Imagine you have all your necessary tools packed in one nice and stylish device. Certainly many of the apps for iPhones and iPads are paid apps, but they all are worth paying as they provide much more robust development tools. However, some free apps are also available that are more than enough to get you started using your iPhone and/or iPad as a web development support device.

TaskPad HD
TaskPad HD as the name suggests is a task managing app that allows you to sync tasks across all of your devices on top of managing them through web browser.

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LiveView
LiveView gives you remote screen view best for the designers to create graphics for mobile applications. It is a tool that has proved its usefulness in creating speedy and grubby simulations, demos, and experience models.

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WordPress
This app lets you update your posts, create new ones, moderate comments and all other related tasks that you would do via WordPress for your blog.

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Craigsphone
A Craigslist for iPad that lets you find everything related to your web development and design work. Be it customers or jobs, people to outsource to, or anything else.

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FontShuffle
An app that lets you find the right font for your project as it contains hundreds of font families which are sorted by similarity.

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SkyGrid
It is a RSS feed reader that gives you an easy way to browse appropriate design and development information and articles.

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Dropbox
DropBox is a magical free service that allows you to carry all your documents, photos, videos and everything else with you no matter where you go. With DropBox installed on your PC, whatever you save on your DropBox will automatically be saved to your computer, iPhone, iPad and even to DropBox website for easy access.

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SugarSync
SugarSync is an alternative for DropBox that also lets you sync and access your files from your other devices and computers.

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2X Client
With 2X Client, you can remotely connect and work on your Windows computer.

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Doodle Buddy
A doodling application that lets you draw up any design idea with your fingers. Colors are included in this app.

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Evernote
With this app, you can store your notes, ideas, snapshots, recordings, and anything else for trouble-free finding afterward.

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Note Hub
Another note taking app with which you can create projects and add notes, to do lists and whatever you like.

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Twitter
An official Twitter app to let you tweet and collaborate with your clients over Twitter.

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Twitterrific
Another Twitter app for those who want a different interface while staying linked with their clients.

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Skype
Take the power of Skype on your smartphone with this app. All the features of Skype come with this handy communication app.

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Fring
Fring is a Skype alternative that lets you chat and place calls to others for free if they’re also using Fring.

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PCalc Lite Calculator
A scientific calculator for exact measurements and calculations. It is a free completely functional lite version of the paid complete calculator app.

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Square
Now you can accept credit cards on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with no monthly fees or contract required. You’re ready to take payments just after the few minutes of downloading the app.

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Salesforce Mobile
This app gives you instantaneous access to your Salesforce information on your iPhone.

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Jot
It is a simple, high-speed whiteboard that allows you draw up your ideas and share them via email or save them as photos.

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Adobe Photoshop Express
Do not compare it with Adobe Photoshop but indeed it is a very helpful resource that you can use to crop, flip, add borders and apply different kinds of color presets to improve your photos.

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PaperDesk LITE
It is like a notebook in your hand that can also record audio. It is a simple pad of paper with no needless decorations that enables immediate and responsive note taking.

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Font Displayer
It is a developer service that can be used to test fonts in different sizes, layouts and settings.

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Uploadingit
Upload up to 20GB of data online be it your photos, documents, audios and videos.

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Google Mobile App
This app lets you search the internet for pictures, voice, contacts, maps, images news and shopping.

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Cool Hunting
It is a high-quality iPad app with a worldwide scope that lets you explore the spaces between print and web, online and offline.

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Palettes
Another color palette creating tool that can significantly increase your productivity by letting you choose and create a color palette anywhere at anytime.

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Flipboard
Flip through the news, photos, social media accounts and everything that matters to you. With this tool, you can see your social media accounts in an easy to scan and fun to read manner.

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Getty Images
This app is specially designed for creative and media professionals that brings more than 24 million images to their fingertips.

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Useful Free Android Apps

Android is the mobile device operating system developed by Android Inc and employs a modified version of Linux Kernel. Android Inc is a firm that was later purchased by Google, and now its main competitor is the Apple iPhone which is already very popular in the market due to the many useful features. But now the Android developers have also developed a lot of useful applications for the Android that hold almost the same features as that of the iPhone.

Touchqode Code Editor
Touchqode Code Editor is an Android App that helps developers and coders view and edit the source codes that are associated with syntax highlighting, auto-complete and other features found on a standard desktop IDE.

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HTMLeditor
A simple and fast editor to help you with coding when you are on the move.

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Eval your Javascript Code
With this app, now you can test run Javascript snippets straight from your Android.

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AndFTP
It is an FTP, SFTP, SCP, FTPS client so that you can easily manage numerous servers right from your Android. It offers all the features that you may find in an standard FTP client such as download, upload, resume support, rename, delete, copy, set permissions and create folders.

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Android Codepad
Android CodePad is a simple source code viewer that supports syntax highlighting. It supports all C-like, Bash-like, and XML-like languages. It also automatically selects the syntax depending on the file.

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View Web Source
This app allows you to view the source code of any web page, copy and paste the HTML, select the text and search for it. You can also share the clips with your friends.

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PhoneGap Developer
A perfect resource for PhoneGap developers to test their applications. It also includes guides, API references and documents making it a handy tool.

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Design Snack Mobile
Design Snack Mobile is a characteristic-rich, interactive and socially-powered motivating web design gallery.

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HTML Test
This free app lets you test your HTML skills. This interactive testing approach is used in energetic real-world atmospheres to check and train professional Web Developers.

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Magic Color Picker
A color selection tool useful for designers, artists and programmers that offers 7 different color models and RGB, HSV, HSL and YUV color modes to choose color from.

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Devcheats
This free app offers a succinct collection of cheatsheets that includes PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails, jQuery, CSS, SEO, Apache, Regular Expressions, SVN, C++, Drupal, HTML5, Javascript, Mysql, WordPress and much more.

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W3C Cheatsheet
This app gives you quick access to useful information provided by W3C which is the leading international Web standards community.

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Firefox 4 Beta Mobile
This is a beta version available only for Android 2.0+ devices that is a feature-rich browser come with developer extensions.

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Android Developer Tools and Resources

Free Android Developer Ebook: andbook!
This is a free ebook for new Android developers that contains easy to follow tutorials intended to help you get started with coding.

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Free Android Developer Ebook: Professional Android Application Development
This is a hands-on guide that helps you build mobile applications by giving examples. The ebook helps you quickly construct real-world mobile applications for Android phones.

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Android Emulator from The Developer’s Guide
A mobile device emulator is included in the Android SDK that imitates all of the hardware and software features of a typical mobile device. It endows you with a range of navigation and control keys.

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SensorSimulator
It is a java standalone application that imitates sensor data and broadcasts them to the Android emulator. This app simulates sensor data from accelerometer, compass, and orientation sensors and the data can afterward be used in an Android application, to turn them live through said sensors.

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App Inventor for Android
This is a new tool from Google for non-developers to let them create their own app in an easy way.

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Common Tasks and How to Do Them in Android
Here is the collection of some common tasks that you would perform during Android development. A quick and to the point how to guide to help you on your way.

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Fireworks Template for Android
User interface elements are redrawn as vector images in this Fireworks template, and elements are labeled as per Android vocabulary.

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Android Wireframe Templates
With this, you can use letter size (8.5 inches by 11 inches) quite effortlessly for paper prototyping and getting a reasonable sense of scale. You can even get them printed on A4 papers.

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Android Developer Sense
Android Developer Sense contains completely editable Photoshop files, unique fonts and previews, the whole lot that you may require in order to modify your set in accordance with your preferences.

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Icon Design Guidelines
This guideline gives necessary information about how you can create icons for different parts of the application user interface that match with the Android 2.x framework.

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Widget Design Guidelines
This guideline provides information about designing widgets in a way that they fit with other elements on the Home screen.

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Google Android Developer tool
Google Android Developer tool is the most commonly used Android App.

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Android UI Patterns
This is a set of interaction patterns that assist you in designing different Android apps. This guide is a short hand summary of a design solution that can help you a lot.

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Android GUI Prototyping Stencil for Visio
This app is useful for those who believe that earlier prototyping is more helpful for them.

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About the Author

Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

Comments and Discussions
  • mobsjar, 16 June 2011

    oh, That’s really superb – I really like this post. Plz keep it coming ……….

  • Oxer, 16 June 2011

    Yeah, would like to read more posts on smartphone Apps’ design & development too.

  • Peterpasha, 16 June 2011

    ummmmmm…nothing for blackberries?

    • Robert Bowen, 21 June 2011

      Correct, Peterpasha, the author, perhaps not being familiar with Blackberries, or perhaps not wanting to overload the post too much, opted to steer clear of them in this post. Sorry if that leaves you out. It was unintentional.

      Perhaps you could recommend some of your favorite Blackberry based apps for Developers to get that conversation going also? Would love to see your favs?

      Noupe Editorial Team

  • beetFreeQ, 16 June 2011

    Thanks for all the great links, especially for Android development. I have one small problem with the post however. You listed many great iPhone/iPad apps that are available for Android, too (often with a better design/functionality, as I can see from the iPhone screenshots). Why didn’t you mention the Android versions for Evernote, Skype, Photoshop, WordPress, Dropbox etc.?

    • Robert Bowen, 21 June 2011

      Hey beetFreeQ,

      Thanks for the follow up. You are right, there are versions of those apps available for the Android, and I wonder if Aquil had not tested those on the Android (as he may have had them already in use on an iDevice, not sure). Sorry for the oversight though. Thanks for catching it. Not having an Android I cannot say for sure, but I would assume the interface and functionality for the apps would probably remain the same across both platforms. So kudos on that call.

      Noupe Editorial Team

  • Nathan, 20 June 2011

    Simply incredible how much the Android development is stepping ahead! I just switched my entire sales force from iPad/iPhones to Androids, especially for the advanced demands of our CRM and VPN, and we couldn’t be any happier. Now, I just need to find an affordable freelance Android App Developer to build us a few custom programs.

    Anyone? Email: yngdodger@gmail.com
    Nathan

  • Robert Bowen, 21 June 2011

    Glad the post is proving useful, everyone. Check, more on mobile development! ;) Stay tuned…

    Noupe Editorial Team

  • Faisal, 29 June 2011

    Really like this Post…

  • Larysa, 14 July 2011

    Is the Dropbox and Skype App working on an Android Phone too?

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