Android for Lawyers

The most widely-used mobile phone operating system gets its own dedicated Weekly Edge this week.

Though Android has more market share than the iPhone’s iOS operating system, only 22% (and counting) of you lawyers have an Android device.

Today we take a dive into Android and see what all the fuss is about.

8 Android Apps Every Attorney Needs

via Uptime Legal Systems by Dennis Dimka

Once you download the apps found in this helpful guide from Uptime, you’ll be an unstoppable productivity machine. This article goes through several apps lawyers can use to make their practice run smoother. One standout in this list is Remote Desktop , a tool that Uptime believes every firm should have. Of all the apps, this seems the most likely to save the day in a moment of professional crisis. Favorite Action Point: Use Tiny Scanner to turn your phone into a scanner on-the-go. Using your phone’s camera and the app, you can take pictures of documents and turn them into PDFs.

Android Owns the Smartphone Market, But are Lawyers Buying In?

via FindLaw By William Peacock

iPhone vs. Android is the debate of the century. And by century, we actually mean just the last few years. With lawyers online constantly weighing in on this topic but rarely providing a definitive answer (including us), we liked this article’s perspective on the “winner”. Though the numbers show that Apple is in the lead, with quite a large gap, it’s not necessarily a reflection of the quality of the system itself. Favorite action point: Since iPhone is more popular among lawyers, for the time being iOS will get first release of new apps. But as Android continues growing in popularity, most of those relevant apps are finding a home in the Google Play market as well.

Introducing Nearby: A New Way to Discover Things Around You

via Android Official Blog by Akshay Kannan

Navigating the Google Play Store to find helpful apps can be time consuming. Apps, especially those that lawyers would appreciate, are meant to be tools of convenience and productivity. In the ongoing quest to be more productive and tap into technology to run a smoother firm, there is a new Android feature that will help you do just that by showing you relevant apps related to your current location. With the launch of this cool feature, you no longer have to depend on word of mouth, research, and tech savvy to discover what’s useful in your neighborhood. Soon it’ll all be delivered directly to your device. Favorite Action Point: If you’re in an airport using Nearby, you may find your app recommending you may an airline app that can get you free in-flight entertainment while you wait at your gate.

One Lawyer’s Experience With Project Fi

via TheDroidLawyer by Benjamin Wright

Google has ventured into yet another market with the launch of their own cell phone carrier service. The author test drives the phone and reports his findings. The service comes at a straightforward base price of $20 per month for unlimited texting and calling, plus $10 per month per GB of data. While it’s not a great deal if you use a lot of data, it can be cost-effective. The phone will automatically join available wifi networks (and use VPN for public wifi networks to protect your privacy) Favorite Action Point: Getting access to public wifi on your phone with a VPN built into the phone’s operating system ensures that you can use public wifi and not have to worry about your data being compromised.

How to Encrypt Your Android Phone and Why You Might Want to

via HowToGeek by Cameron Summerson & Chris Hoffman

Free wifi sounds amazing until it compromises the safety of your phone. Especially for lawyers who are often dealing with very sensitive documents, it’s crucial to protect you and your clients’ privacy. Encryption allows you to secure your phone, preventing intrusion into your systems from attackers. There are some drawbacks, however. With increased security comes less convenience. Every time you need to access encrypted data, it has to be decrypted first, which can mean you may notice a small performance drop once enabled. Though, most users with modern phones probably would not notice. Favorite action point: Use encryption to ensure that your phone data is protected from intruders, especially considering your phone contains confidential client information in the form of emails and documents.

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Andrew Cabasso
About the Author: Andrew Cabasso
Andrew Cabasso is an attorney and co-founder of JurisPage, an online marketing agency for law firms, now part of Uptime Legal. Andrew has given many lectures and CLEs on website design and Internet marketing to legal professionals. He is the author of Search Engine Optimization for Lawyers and The Complete Guide to Attorney PPC. Follow Andrew on LinkedIn, Google+, or Twitter.

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