The team behind web-based productivity suite Zoho is in the middle of hosting their Zoholics user conference in San Francisco, and in between all the panels and presentations, they’ve taken the opportunity to talk a bit about their plans in the mobile space.
“Mobile is going to be one of the most important focus areas for the company this year,” said Zoho evangelist Raju Vegesna. Their approach, it would seem, is to further expand their presence in the mobile space, and they’ve already begun by pulling back the curtains on a handful of new mobile apps.
Despite being the most widely-used smartphone OS in the country, Android hasn’t historically received much Zoho love. To date, there has been only one Zoho app in the Google Play Store, but Zoho has just bolstered their Android lineup with two new additions — Zoho Docs and Zoho CRM. The Zoho Docs app allows users to upload and share (but not edit) documents with coworkers and team members, while Zoho CRM provides users read/write access to their full vault of customer information, accounts, leads, and more.
Zoho also comes bearing good news for users of their online project management service, as they’ve unveiled a new Projects app. Previously, users on-the-go had to rely on the company’s mobile website, but users can now use the native app to create/manage tasks, monitor time spent, and jot down/record notes to keep all team members on the same page.
Zoho CRM is already live in the Google Play Store with Zoho Docs to join it any time now, but the iOS Projects app is still in submission limbo pending Apple’s approval. The apps themselves can all be had for the low, low price of free… though there’s a bit of a catch involved. See, the apps themselves don’t cost anything, but they can only be used with a $3/month mobile subscription.
Zoho offers Office Suite, which includes Writer, Projects, Sheet, CRM, Show, Creator, Wiki, Planner, Suite, Notebook, Chat, Meeting and Mail. All products are offered through dynamic webpages that allow for rich online applications. Zoho’s parent company is Zoho Corp (previously AdventNet), “a software company started in 1996 focusing on building affordable software for businesses.” Zoho Corp also builds ToonDoo, a site that allows users to easily create comic strips. Zoho’s main competitors are Google Docs & Spreadsheets as well...