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BB10APPS has listed Meeting Minutes Pro among the top 5 productivity apps released in 2012 for the BlackBerry PlayBook.


Also, we wish to thank Ana for the excellent write up on Meeting Minutes Pro.

Apart from Meeting Minutes Pro, here are some other Android Apps that I find useful and use frequently. Please note that I am in no way affiliated to any of these apps directly or indirectly.

SwiftKey 3 Tablet Keyboard: A very useful keyboard app that can make typing on the tablet easy.. And I mean really easy.. It learns from you as you type and improves itself as you use it. It is priced at $3.99 and is definitely well worth the price.

KingSoft Office: A very powerful and real office suite for Android that is completely FREE.

Tasker: A very powerful automation app to automate pretty much anything that you can think about. It lets you configure triggers, actions, tasks and looks like it even allows you to create your own apps (I have not tried this yet). Though priced relatively high at $6.49, it is a great app that you will not regret purchasing.

MDScan: If you ever wanted to scan bills, receipts, documents etc with your phone on the go when you don’t have a scanner within reach then MDScan is just made for you. It has some cool features like auto edge detection, perspective correction and multiple options to enhance the scanned image. It is priced slightly higher at $4.99.

Smart Voice Recorder: This is a good voice recorder that can automatically skip relative silence. Best of all, it is FREE.

Nexus Media Importer: Google did everything with the Nexus devices but left the ability of an external storage (micro SD slot) option much desired. That is where Nexus Media Importer comes in. It allows you to connect USB storage devices to your Nexus device without needing a root. Priced at $2.99, it works as a stop gap solution to the lack of micro SD slot on Nexus devices.

File Manager HD: An excellent free (ad supported) file manager app for Android. The UI is great and has rich features that makes it an everyday necessity.

There might be many reasons why you want to run Android apps on your PC/Mac. Let us see some reasons that I can think of.

  • You want to play that game your friend/colleague was playing on a tablet but don’t own smartphone/tablet yet
  • You have ordered a smartphone/tablet and waiting for its delivery. There is an offer on an app that you definitely don’t want to miss
  • You just want to try out the Android ecosystem before investing on a device
  • You want to try an app created by a friend but don’t have a device
  • And so many other reasons….

Whatever the reason might be, I am sure it is good enough for you to want to be able to do something about it from your PC. Here is where BlueStacks can help. BlueStacks is an Android App Player for Windows and Mac. While the Windows version is in beta and considered to be relatively stable, the Mac version is in Alpha and doesn’t have too many apps available yet.

Note: I am in no way associated/affiliated with BlueStacks.

I was first introduced to “apps” when I bought my first smartphone (an iPhone 2G) sometime around April 2008. Creating an app myself has been an idea ever since but I never really took the plunge given the requirements of a Mac and a $99 registration fee with Apple. Time moved on and sometime in the early days of 2012, I came across a promotion from RIM that promised to give a BlackBerry PlayBook to developers who port their Android app and submit to RIM. Well, this seemed like a great opportunity. I was not too busy at work that required me to spend more than 8 hours in office those days and I felt motivated enough to take the plunge into app development. Just before this, in December 2011, I was involved in a short term consulting project that required me to organize 5-6 meetings a day. To keep track of all those meetings, we had to document them and it was a very tedious task. I felt the need for something that would make these meetings easier to organize and track. Fresh from that experience, I didn’t have to spend much time on the idea for my first app. That is how “Meeting Minutes” was born. I had only 15-20 days to create, test and submit the app to RIM. Having no experience of Java or Android SDK, it was initially tough but the motivation was strong and I did eventually earn that BlackBerry PlayBook from RIM. The response was good and I continued improving the app and eventually released a paid version at an initial price of $0.99. Again, the response was good and I received several emails from folks that purchased my app appreciating my efforts and how my app is different and useful from other similar apps available. The updates to the apps kept rolling (based on the free time available after my day job) and as of this post the free version has been downloaded more than 3000 times and the paid version has been purchased by more than 300 folks…