Top Free Android Apps for Business Travellers

Hello friends! I am back after a long pause. Actually, it’s been for a few days I am not keeping well and I had to postpone all my plans by a week. Excuse me for that!

If you are a business traveller always on a mission you must know well what it takes to be ahead of your competitors. Backpacking all modern gadgets, you are so much on your toes to reach customers with exciting business proposals that organizing your own life goes for a toss. You do not have time left for yourself. You sacrifice much of your sleep to catch an early morning flight, call a cab, navigate airports, check for hotels and at the same keep tabs on expense reports to file. You want to do some research on your place of visit in advance, look for a few important contacts before you arrive and try to mitigate all sorts of woes that cross your mind to be on safer side. But you cannot spare a slice of time from your busy schedule for all these. You wonder, if there is anything to manage your life in a better way!



Whether you are a business and frequent traveller or you regularly embark on weekend trips,  I have listed some of the free and best Android apps for your benefits. Let’s quickly go through these,

1.     Seatguru:

Up with a notebook, you have not slept last night giving the final touches to your much appreciated presentation! You need a few hours of comfortable journey on your way to the destination.

  • Use This App for: Selecting the best seat on-board your next flight to catch a fast sleep.
  • Bonus: The app gives you options to select seat from where you get access to power outlets (in case you still want to work on your project) or have the best view of in-flight movie.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free

2.     TripIt:

You now want a detailed itinerary including all your confirmation and schedule that you can share across several devices. You basically need a PA for doing all these for you.

  • Use This App for: Mapping out your airport experience from security check-in to departure gate. Forward all information about your hotel bookings, flight confirmations and car rentals to this app and the app takes care of the rest.
  • Bonus: Email your travel confirmations to and they are back with a detailed digital itinerary of your bookings and stays.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free

3.     Mapmyindia:

You have arrived in a new place as a business traveller and need information on ATM’s, banks, restaurants and emergency services at the first place.

  • Use This App for: Locating services like ATM’s, banks, restaurants, movies, shopping, attractions, hospitals and police stations.
  • Bonus: For restaurants and shopping you can do a category search as per your choice.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free

4.     Justdial:

You are in a new place and need a few location based useful contacts for some immediate service.

  • Use This App for: Finding about local businesses, hotels, restaurants, theatres, doctors, lawyers and a lot of other things.
  • Bonus: The hotkey feature gives you to quickly access results by just pressing a button
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free

5.     Zomato:

When you are travelling, food becomes one of your major concerns and you start looking for good places where you can enjoy your meals.

  • Use This App for: Thousands of location and cuisine based eat-out options in your place of visit.
  • Bonus: The user ratings and feedbacks give you an opportunity to zero in on your choice easily.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free

6.     Foodspotting:

This is another app on the same lines as Zomato, which will come useful while you travel abroad. If you are a foodie and are looking for good restaurants when you are not working, try this killer app.

  • Use This App for: Spotting food outlets which are placed high by user generated recommendations.
  • Bonus: Just select the type of food you like and it throws up all the places in your locality.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free

7.     GetTaxi:

You do not know the lingua-franca, but you need to hire a taxi in a new place. Give rest to your arms!

  • Use This App for: Saving you from the distress of getting a taxi in a new foreign land. Using GPS system the service provider will locate you and arrive where you are standing.
  • Bonus: You can make payment from your smartphone and will have all the details of the taxi, so you will never lose anything in a taxi.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free

8.     Best Parking:

You are in a new place and you are not sure about the parking.

  • Use This App for: Map-guided parking solution. The app guides you like a search engine for the best and cheapest parking in your area.
  • Bonus: The company promises to give you $5 Starbucks gift card (North America), if you ever land in trouble using this app.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free


9.     WiFi Finder:

You cannot afford to lose connectivity with people in your itinerary or office. Worried to remain connected in a new city!

  • Use This App for: Finding WiFi hotspots to use if your cell phone network fails.
  • Bonus: Save WiFi locations in your smartphone for later use.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free

10.XE Currency:

You have gone abroad for a business trip and you are confused with the complex currency conversion rates there.

  • Use This App for: Knowing the live currency rates of the country you are currently in.
  • Bonus: This app gives you accurate, minutely detailed currency conversion tables.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free


This time you want all loyalty bonus points you have collected on the go to show up in one place.

  • Use This App for: Managing your credit card points, frequent flier miles and hotel loyalty programs from a single hub.
  • Bonus: You do not need internet connection.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free


Damn! You have gone for a longer business trip and you are badly missing the life you are used to back at home.

  • Use This App for: Finding out the best hotels to stay, best nearby restaurants to dine, useful stores, banks, ATM’s, theatres, bars or supermarkets in your vicinity.
  • Bonus: It also gives you information on places of interest, in case you have the time to visit!
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free


You are now looking for a way to book your flight or railway ticket to come home soon.

  • Use This App for: Booking railway tickets from IRCTC, flight tickets from IndiGo, Jet Airways, GoAir and SpiceJet; even movie tickets from INOX, PVR Cinemas, Fame, Cinemax and more from your smartphone.
  • Bonus: You can send gifts, shop from thousands of outlets and recharge prepaid mobile connections.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free


You have stayed longer in a place for your business and now you want to resort to some budget hotel and plan for traveling by train or bus.

  • Use This App for: Pocket-friendly travel options by flights, trains or bus and for cheap hotel stay choices.
  • Bonus: The app allows you to track information on flight status, delays, airport information and contact numbers. You can also have a map-guided road-trip using this app and check your PNR status.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free


Just in case you have travelled abroad and have stayed there longer for business assignments. Your pocket has drained out and now you are looking for some cheaper flight options to come back home.

  • Use This App for: Locating thousands of budget flight operations across the world.
  • Bonus: This app gives the cheapest flight information on your smartphone
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free


Luckily you have loaded this one on your device before starting the journey! Now you are wrapping up your trip and want this app to categorically report all your expenses throughout the stay.

Done! This app keeps track of all your expenses on the move.

  • Use This App for: Maintaining records of all your credit and debit card expenses by allowing it to sync the details.
  • Bonus: Generates report easily on expense heads and allows you to email in PDF format.
  • Availability: Android
  • Price: Free

I am signing off today with a note that, Android apps market is a fast growing one. This is my effort to bring out few of the best apps from business and travel categories. I might miss out some more deserving and better ones, but you know, this is a highly competitive place where more than 7,00,000 apps are already vying for your attention! I hope the list provides you some value.


Search Engine: Breaking News!

Hello and welcome again to my blog. I have decided to post on weekends and do it somewhat regularly. So what am I going to dish out this weekend?

Out of several updates coming in from all directions, be it Blogging, Content Writing, SEO, Social Media and various other interests I pursue, what grabbed my attention this week were two interesting Search Engine News; which I’m sure will be worth to share with you.

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The first one is a relatively old peculiarly named anonymous search engine Duck Duck Go, started by Gabriel Weinberg in 2008. The search engine shot up in to the popularity chart with reportedly having 1bn unique users in 2013 after former CIA contractor Edward Snowden revealed last year how Google and Microsoft were intruding people’s privacy for collecting their browsing history. For your information, Google’s AdSense algorithm is designed to collect people’s browsing habits and to package this info to corporations for targeting more potential customers. Intrigued by this revelation from Snowden, people were searching for an alternative anonymous browser which would not track their usage data and since then their popularity graph is heading north. Comparing Google’s standing in this domain, a figure of 4m unique searches per day for the Ducks to do in November last year is very impressive, but it is going be far-fetched at this stage to think that they have arrived to unsettle Google in 2014 or so. We will keep a close watch!

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The second one, BinPad, is not even a new kid on the block. It’s on a formative stage. Coming out from the stable of Xdroid Inc, an IT company focusing on actionable artificial intelligence; they have just announced their arrival and have given you a Trial version. What is so different with this search engine? When you search through any popular search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing, you get a long list of uncategorized results. Like if you are searching to learn the process for making green tea, there you will get long list of result pages and some of these may even take you to sites selling exotic tea leaves, etc.! What’s your search experience then? This one promises to curate the results into categories and present in a hierarchical way. That will make it simple for the people to easily find out the information they are looking for. They are also going to include platforms like news, education, television, editing and tools. The launch date is not announced though; we can use their trial offering. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Keep fit and have a nice week ahead. See you next week and till then, bye!

Content Writing: Some Useful Tips for You.

If you have a flair for writing, you can try your hand in writing blogs on what you are passionate about. This may even open up avenues for you to write for “Google” and give you an opportunity to earn some extra bucks. That’s true! Like a giant magnet Google is attracting all and sundry with a web presence to desire for a higher Search Engine Result Page (SERP) ranking and most of the websites thrive on their written content. Google search engine is the Numero Uno choice when it comes for the online visitors to look for information and is the cornerstone for most of the Digital Marketing strategies adopted by business houses. Whether you write for a blog or a business, the focus is on to please Google so that some ranking points come your way. While zooming past my content if you decide to pause and think that it will be nice to start from here, you may keep the following basic tips in mind for a stint in content writing,

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#Content Writing

  1. Write like the way you talk to someone – that plain and simple.
  2. Keep the content unique – do not copy abruptly from other sites. This is what Google’s Matt Cutts, an authority on Google search engine guidelines for webmasters,  suggests the content writers.
  3. Write on fresh, relevant and popular topics – you may closely monitor social media sites for what is trending.
  4. Keep a check on your grammar and spelling mistakes.
  5. And finally, if you are writing for your own blog or a business your focus should be on keywords which Google will love and take note. So keep keywords in mind for Search Engine Optimization(SEO)

You do not need to be a Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Vikram Seth or a Chetan Bhagat to do well in writing. Every one of us has some story to tell and who knows, a well-directed step taken today may give you the highest reward tomorrow – The Satisfaction!

Best of luck…

GMail: Now Schedule Emails for Sending Later from Your Account.

Hello and welcome again!

Sending emails now on a scheduled date and time is no longer a distant dream. Most of us have at least one email account for our personal communication and we generally keep multiple accounts for work. Personal or professional, do you not often realize that scheduling an email for sending later or bringing back the email to inbox if not read by the recipient are some features conspicuously missing? But there is one solution available out there in the market which GMail users can rejoice upon. Come, let’s dive in.

boomerang for gmail

Boomerang is a nifty little free add-on software which is available only for GMail on Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser platform sits pretty with your GMail and does just what I have said right now and much more. You will just need to install the small tool and in a matter of few seconds you are good to go.

Download Boomerang for GMail and follow these steps,

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boomerang for gmail step 1 and 2

boomerang for gmail step 3


The installation is as simple as that and it’s done.

Now click the Boomerang icon added in your GMail account on top right corner,

boomerang for gmail step 4

Next, selecting any option from 5, 6 or 7 shown below will bring up another window to allow Pop-ups. Do that as indicated. Press ‘Done’ and ‘Refresh’,

boomerang for gmail step 5 6 and 7

boomerang for gmail step 8 9 and 10

One more window pops-up. Pressing ‘Accept’ will allow, ‘’, the publisher of the tool to have access to your mail account along with Google. Read carefully the mandatory declaration that comes up before taking the action and if you decide to go ahead then only click ‘Accept’. It’s  a very common practice anyway.

boomerang for gmail step 11

That’s it and we are ready to use the tool now. Explore the amazing things you can do with the tool and it integrates seamlessly with your GMail.

boomerang for gmail step 12 13 and 14

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What you can do:

1)   Schedule emails for sending later

2)   ‘Boomerang’, from which the tool is named, to bring back emails into inbox on a pre-scheduled date or time which was earlier sent to a person

3)   ‘Boomerang’ unread mails of important events or information to reappear on a later date or time instead of keeping track of these with a scheduler, calendar or an organizer.

You can also check an alternative at for Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

Browser: Chrome, IE or Firefox, who’s the champ?

The Browser domain was once ruled by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, but recently Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox took the battle to a new level. So much so that during this time last year it was predicted based on several parameters that Google Chrome would uproot Microsoft IE to take the pole position in global market share.  This chart is an indicator,

browser market share prediction 2013

Mozilla Firefox is also there at a sniffing distance.  It’s very interesting from a user’s point of view that they have a handful of choice. There is a global paradigm shift happening and visibly there are scores of people migrating to tablets, smartphones and laptops. For all however, browsers still remain the main entry point to the web and at least that is how the web architecture is designed. Globally, therefore the key players are in loggerheads in this arena and are steadily upgrading their offerings to improve their users’ experience. Be it Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox, today all of them are pretty slick in appearance and amazingly fast in presenting requested websites to the end user, a notable departure from their predecessors. Each one of these has its own brownie points over the other for which they retain their fans but at the same time they are working to incorporate features of their competitors to win more customers. Here I present a comparative analysis of the three major browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Check it out!

Google Chrome 31



  • Minimalist
  • Monochromatic buttons are not pain for the eyes
  • Tab browsing like all its competitors
  • Browser blends well with the surroundings and hardly visible
  • Unified address and search bar minimizes the space occupied by the browser
  • The two layer navigation layout houses all the essential options
  • The single click bookmarking feature presented with a star button on the right side of the address bar is hassle-free. Simply superb 1-2-3 steps and done!


  • Excellent, most of the websites load faster than that was with its predecessors
  • A good hardware acceleration adds even more speed

Other Features:

  • Supports HTML5, which means it is future ready
  • Voice Search is integrated and that is quite unique
  • Security features are well implemented
  • Instant site prediction and loading is a very good additional feature
  • Extensions or application available from WebApp store is a refreshing feature that tries to erase the line between local and cloud application
  • Syncing is an absolute delight for all Google fans as that efficiently integrates everything from Google’s stable
  • Built-in Flash player and PDF reader are available
  • Spell checking is a tiny little detail they have focused upon
  • Quick and automatic updates are constantly keeping the pace


Do Not Track Privacy feature is turned off by default


The competition is fierce but Google Chrome draws the attention and it is actually the Web browser to beat in terms of speed, features and philosophy

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11



  • Slimmer than its predecessor
  • Excellent tab implementation
  • Unified address bar and search features
  • Two layer navigation layout
  • Bookmarking is quite similar to Chrome
  • Users are able to drag and separate a tab to make it a full-fledged browsing window
  • Users also can customize, drag and pin a tab on the taskbar which sits there with the website’s favicon like another pinned application. The interesting part is that when a user right clicks on that icon he gets option to go to different sections of that particular website and the browser morphs itself by replacing its own icons with the sites favicon and colored front, back buttons. Really unique!


  • Fast and at par with competitors on various benchmarks
  • Hardware acceleration is better

Other Features:

  • Decent HTML5 support
  • Top security features
  • Do Not Track Privacy is enabled by default


No built in Flash and PDF reader


Now it’s good news for Windows 7 users as they can enjoy the speed, features and compatibility of Internet Explorer 11, which was earlier available only with Windows 8. Nevertheless, Microsoft have come out of slumber and ramped up their offering in every possible way to retain its old customers as well as to generate enough interest.

Mozilla Firefox 26



  • Lean in appearance
  • Tab browsing is quite similar to its competitors
  • Tabs are kept above address bar and separate search box takes up a little more screen space and makes it a bit bulky
  • Similar Chrome like single click bookmarking option is there
  • But the robust customization options, the extensions and host of developer tools are its USP


Fast but not up to that mark to compete with its rivals on this parameter

Other Features:

  • Good HTML5 support
  • Cross platform
  • Built in PDF viewer
  • Speed, memory usage and security features are pretty good
  • Hardware acceleration is decent
  • Small and frequent update packets are quite in thing these days and Firefox have paid full attention to this, although these updates are not anything massive to ramp up the performance of the browser. The full pack updates what they used to release earlier were better in this sense


  • Slower than its competitors on some benchmarks
  • Less HTML5 support
  • No built-in Flash player 


Firefox is quite popular for its customization/extensions and professional users loyally stick with this for the add-ons they get to use with this cleanly designed, fast, cross-platform browser.

So the question now is which browser is better. Each one of them have their own set of loyal fans. But a large section including some from the fan-bases keep trying different things. They are the deciding factors who can tilt the scale in favor of one or the other if they are won away by the niceties of a particular brand. Currently Google’s Chrome is holding the carrot and luring us with its modern features and design. But others too are not far behind and the war is going to get more interesting to follow.

Mobile Phone: Samsung Galaxy I8552 Vs Nokia Lumia 625. Below Rs 15K, Who Packs the Punch!

In the last few years we have seen a rapid growth in mobile handset industry. There are consumers and there is healthy number of suppliers as well. More and more people are looking for smartphones these days, a clear departure from what they used to own, say, five years back. Still, it’s not every day that we buy a smartphone. We are rather happy to flip through pages of information on the latest launches or do some window shopping and save our desire for the next rocking launch! When it comes to buying a new handset, we are confused with the plenty of options we can choose from. Most of us are the budget types but at the same time cannot suppress that desire to own a marvel.

Here I have picked up two recent models, below the Indian market price of INR.15,000/-, which keep a decent balance between budget and specification.  Samsung Galaxy Win I8552(Grand Quattro) VS Nokia Lumia 625. Although Android is the users choice these days, you just cannot ignore Nokia for their built quality and battery life. Let’s have a look,


Samsung Galaxy Win I8552 aka Grand Quattro

Nokia Lumia 625

Mobile Image

image samsung galaxy win i8552

Image of Nokia Lumia 625





Galaxy Win I8552

Lumia 625

Launched in India



Mobile Price




143.9 grams

159 grams

Form Factor




133.3 mm X 70.7 mm X 9.70 mm

133.2 mm X 72.2 mm X 9.20 mm


GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz / UMTS 2100 / 900   MHz

GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz / UMTS 2100 / 850   / 900 MHz

Physical Keypad



Dual Sim




Yes, HSDPA, 21 Mbit/s, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbit/s

Yes, HSDPA, 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbit/s


Display Colour

4.7 Inch, 480×800, TFT, 16M Colors

4.7 Inch, 480×800, IPS LCD, 16M Colors

Display Size

480X800 pixels

480X800 pixels

Touch Screen

Yes, Capacitive Touchscreen

Yes, Capacitive Touchscreen



Quad core 1200 MHz Cortex A5 GPU: Adreno 203

Dual core 1200 MHz, Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon   S4 MSM8960, GPU: Adreno 225

Internal Memory and RAM

Internal Memory

Yes, Internal Memory : 8 GB Storage, 1 GB RAM

Yes, Internal Memory : 8 GB Storage, 512 MB RAM











Pop Mail



Push Mail



Pocket Mail




Image capture

Yes, Primary: 5 MP, LED Flash, Secondary: 0.3 MP   (640 X 480 Pixels)

Yes, Primary: 5 MP, LED Flash, Secondary: 0.3 MP   (640 X 480 Pixels)

Image resolution

2592.0 X 1944.0 Pixels

2592.0 X 1944.0 Pixels

Image zoom

Yes, Digital Zoom

Yes, Digital Zoom, 4 X

Video capture



Video resolution

640×480@30 Fps

1920×1080@30 Fps, Continuous Autofocus In A Video

Music & Video

Audio player

Yes, Music Formats: AAC, AAC+, AMR, MIDI, OGG,   MP3, WAV, WMA Loudspeaker:3.5mm

Yes, Music Formats: 3GP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, M4A   (Apple Lossless), MP3, WAV, WMA



Yes, RDS, Stereo FM





Video player

Yes, Video Formats: 3GP, MKV, MPEG4, WMV

Yes, Video Formats: 3G2, 3GP, H.263, H.264, MOV,   MPEG4, WMV

Data & Connectivity



Yes, B



Yes, B, 236.8 Kbps

Mobile office

Wireless Protocol

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11, B/g/n, Mobile Hotspot

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11, B/g/n, Mobile Hotspot



Yes, V4.0, EDR, A2DP, Proximity Monitor Profile   Over LE


Yes, USB Port, MicroUSB 2.0

Yes, USB Port, MicroUSB 2.0





Memory slot

Yes, MicroSD Card

Yes, MicroSD Card


Yes, Up To 32 GB

Yes, Up To 64 GB

Phone Book

Yes, Limited

Yes, Practically Unlimited Entries

Call Information


Practically Unlimited

Practically Unlimited

Missed call

Practically Unlimited

Practically Unlimited


Practically Unlimited

Practically Unlimited

Call recording




Battery model

Li-ion 2000 mAh

Li-ion 2000 mAh

Talk time

Up To 11 Hours(3G)

Up To 23.9 Hours(2G) / Up To 15.2 Hours(3G)

Standby time

Up To 210 Hours(3G)

Up To 552 Hours(2G)Up To 552   Hours(2G)



Yes, MIDP 1.0

Yes, MIDP 1.0


Android, V4.1.2, Jelly Bean

Windows Phone, V8





FM Recording



Torch light



Call Blacklist



SMS Blacklist



Pocket MSN




Yes, HTML5

Yes, HTML5

Skype calling



Other Features

World clock
Document viewer

Document viewer

Voila! it’s pretty much a tie. Few pros here, cons there and vice versa but if we take a finer look it may help us to come up with the winner.  Let’s see,

Pros in Samsung Galaxy Win I8552: Weight, Dimension, Dual SIM, CPU, Memory, FM and overall it’s Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean(Quite a recent and stable version at this price range)

Pros in Nokia Lumia 625: Display, POP Mail feature, Video Quality, Expandable up to 64 GB, Unlimited Phone Book, Better Talk time and Standby time.

The cons are almost the same for these two models and the notable one is, both of them do no connect to TV sets. (That’s alright. How many of us expect to have that at this price range!)

Conclusion:  If a gorgeous display and shooting good quality video is your passion, you may go with Nokia. Nokia has the reputation of giving better talk time and battery life. They have not missed that here either.

If you like gaming, check out various apps and in for better multitasking, Samsung should be your choice as they have packed in better processor and RAM.

Still a tie! Ok, now Windows 8 of Nokia is pitted against Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean of Samsung and clearly Android has a better Apps ecosystem than Microsoft’s offering.  You can also have a lot of customization with your Android phone and so they are that popular. That now tilts it in favor of Samsung. After all who doesn’t love to show off some extra bit he has more than others! Happy buying…