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Top 5 Presentation Apps for Android

Top 5 Presentation Apps for Android
Picking the right Android presentation app depends on your needs. / Credit: Shutterstock

A good business presentation may be the quickest, most concise way for you to present a lot of information to your clients. And by combining your Android smartphone or tablet with the right apps, you can ensure you'll always have access to your presentations when you need them. Some apps even let you create and edit slideshows from scratch, right on your mobile device. When it's time to present to an audience, just hook your device up to a monitor and go. But picking the Android presentation app that's right for you depends on your individual needs. Read on to learn about five of the best.

Quickoffice (Free)

Quickoffice, Google's mobile office suite, offers a full-featured presentation maker for Android smartphones and tablets. The app lets you create slideshows from scratch. You can select from a variety of layouts when adding new slides, and add text with formatting options including the ability to change colors, fonts and spacing. The app also lets you insert photos, shapes and charts so you can illustrate visual concepts in your presentation. And it integrates with Google Drive, Google's cloud storage platform, so your files will be synced across all your mobile and desktop devices. That means you can access the most recent versions of your Quickoffice files from anywhere. You can also use the app to play your slideshows right on your mobile device, or link it to a larger monitor to present to a group.

Office Mobile (Free)

Microsoft's Office Mobile is a good tool for presenting PowerPoint slideshows as well as making small changes to existing presentations on your Android smartphone or tablet. The app lets you open your presentations for review and lets you edit lines of text. When you're ready to present, just press Play to begin your slideshow. The best feature of Office Mobile, though, is its integration with the desktop version of Microsoft Office. By subscribing to Office 365, you can access all documents created on your desktop computer on any Android device running the Office Mobile app. Edited files are automatically synced across all your devices, so you always have the most up-to-date version of all your presentations.

MightyMeeting (Free)

MightyMeeting is a powerful presentation-sharing tool for Android tablets. To use it, first create a PowerPoint presentation on your desktop PC, then use the MightyMeeting app to upload it to the cloud. Once it's online, your colleagues or employees can join a virtual meeting to view your presentation from anywhere — whether they're in the same room with you, or they're halfway around the world. Viewers can watch your presentation, then discuss and share slides of their own. You can even open up an interactive whiteboard to share notes, diagrams and sketches. Once your meeting is done, the presenter can send out the full presentation as a PDF document for later review.

PowerPoint Keynote Remote (Free)

PowerPoint Keynote Remote turns your smartphone into a smart remote for PowerPoint and Keynote presentations. It uses Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to connect your phone and computer, then lets you use your phone to control your slideshow. You can advance slides by swiping or tapping up and down on the volume rocker, or quickly jump to a specific slide with one tap. It lets you preview which slide is coming next so you can organize your thoughts, and gives you private access to your notes for each slide to keep the presentation moving along. The app also lets you use your finger as a virtual laser pointer to highlight specific words or images in your slideshow. PowerPoint Keynote Remote is compatible with Macs and Windows PCs.

Presentation Timer Pro ($1.99)

A good presentation is concise and to the point, and doesn't waste valuable meeting time. That's why an app such as Presentation Timer Pro could come in a handy. The app can turn your smartphone into a handy timer to tell you how much time you have left to finish your presentation, and it automatically silences your phone during your presentation time to ensure you won't be interrupted. To use the app, just tell it how long your presentation should be and set your smartphone where you can see it. It will display a countdown of the remaining time, the current time and a graphical depiction of your progress. That way you can speed up when you're lagging behind, or slow down for a more in-depth presentation if you have a bit of extra time.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.