The world is being inundated—and we mean this in the most positive sense—with “smart” mobile devices, from tablet PCs, to mobile phones with all the capabilities of a desktop computer, to hybrids of tablets and smart phones (phones with big touch-screen displays). So it’s safe to assume that even those who take on owner driver courier work are using such devices, specifically, one that is powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system. So for those who are already Android users, here are the best four Android apps designed to make the self-employed courier do their job faster, more efficiently and even more fun than ever.
Developed by a company called Mobile Innovations, the Enterprise Android app is designed to work with Samsung’s Galaxy Note “phablet”, precisely because of Note’s qualities, such as crystal-clear, big touch-screen display. Anyone who regularly takes on owner driver courier work who happens to be happy owners of a Samsung Galaxy Note should get the Enterprise app for several compelling reasons. For starters, the app works in conjunction with Google Maps to do its magic: the Enterprise transforms a regular Galaxy Note into an all-in-one indispensable device for couriers, allowing them to use the Note to scan barcode, capture the customer’s signature, and verify the condition of the package. This means those old separate devices that used to do the said tasks are no longer needed.
RAC Traffic Real-time Traffic Data
The Android app called RAC Traffic, designed by the motoring organisation of the same name, can approximate your location based on your phone’s signal, and at the touch of a button, sends you helpful to-the-minute traffic information about the area you are in. Needless to say, the app allows you to evade bottlenecks or queues ahead of time and find other better routes, if there’s any.
The Absolute Must-have called Google Maps
Created by the planet’s foremost search engine company, Google, Google Maps embodies all the awesomeness and high-tech capabilities its maker has been known for. Anyone who is in the business of taking on owner driver courier work and happens to have an Android device should never leave home without Google Maps installed in their mobile device, especially if you’re delivering a package to an area you are not very familiar with. Google Maps allows you to see in high detail the streets and other location-specific information regarding your destination, allowing you to proactively plan ahead. And when used in conjunction with other related apps, Google Maps can help the courier ensure nothing but efficiency. And as if that’s not enough, the app’s latest update now supports voice-based navigation—all without Google charging the user a single cent for the service.
The Comprehensive gvSIG Mini Maps
Completing our top four Android apps for those involved in processing owner driver courier work is this nifty powerful app called the gvSIG Mini Maps. What makes it powerful is the fact that it seamlessly combines data from all the major map-based services, such as Google, Open Street Map, and Bing. This means the gvSIG app takes accuracy to a new level. And for UK users, the app has released support for the now open-source Ordnance Survey data