PowerOne Financial Calculator ($4.99 in Google Play Store)Regardless of the role you play in commercial real estate, doing the math is an unavoidable part of being in the business. The PowerOne Financial Calculator application is one of the best financial calculators available, making it an indispensable commercial real estate app.
Using a form-based interface, PowerOne is much easier to use than a traditional financial calculator. Its built-in templates provide you with fill-in-the-form tools to solve many commercial real estate problems and it lets you build your own for your frequently completed calculations. PowerOne also runs on just about any platform that you can imagine, so you can take its familiar user interface top devices above and beyond your Android system.
WorldCard HD/Mobile ($5.99 or free in Google Play Store)While WorldCard Mobile isn't a dedicated commercial real estate app, it solves one of the biggest challenges that people in commercial real estate face - managing business cards. WorldCard Mobile lets you capture contact information right into your Android phone's contacts, your Google contacts or your Exchange contacts by taking a photograph of the business card with your device's built-in camera. It uses optical character recognition technology to read the card, saving you from having to type it in.
The Mobile version works on Android phones, while the HD version is optimized for tablets. Both also have free "lite" versions that you can use to try the software out, although the lite version has limited capabilities.
Cloud Storage Applications (Free in Google Play Store)Your Android device can connect to just about any cloud storage system. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and Skydrive all have free Android apps, so you can choose the service that you provide. Any of them will let you access all of the data you have in your cloud drive from your Android device. They can be very useful when you need to review a lease from the field, check a spreadsheet, or even do an impromptu PowerPoint presentation. How can cloud apps benefit commercial real estate? Click here to find out.
LoopNet (Free in Google Play Store)Quite possibly the most ubiquitous commercial real estate app, LoopNet runs on Android. As on other platforms, it offers a range of different ways for your to search LoopNet's list of for sale and for rent properties.
The free application lets you search all of LoopNet's Premium Listings. In addition, if you have a LoopNet subscription, you can also search non-premium listings as well as manage your portfolio of LoopNet listings, right from your Android device.
SiteWise ($0.99 in Google Play Store)The SiteWise commercial real estate app lets you do demographics analysis for site selection right on your Android device. It covers the United States and Canada with census data and lets you pull basic data based on every geographical distinction used in the census as well as doing radius searches and searches by drive-time.
The basic application contains U.S. and Canada census data as current as 2010 and 2011, respectively. You can also purchase an upgrade for more current and more complete private-company data. Either version lets you directly share or email your reports in Excel or PDF format.