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10 Cool Mobile Apps from Cisco You Don’t Know But Should

April 18, 2014
at 4:40 pm PST

How many apps do you have on your mobile phone or tablet? Too many? Do you use all of them? If you do, you’re in the minority. 22% of people use an app only once after they have downloaded it, according to a study by Localytics.

iPhone Apps

My own iPhone is full of apps,  some of which I rarely use — but also some tremendously valuable apps that I use multiple times daily.

When apps first came out, we all rushed to download as many as we could, to see what they did. Alas, many of them were ‘duds’ from the start, or lost value over time, so we abandoned them rather quickly.

Companies did the same. They (we) built plenty of apps, perhaps to experiment or capture a new capability, or to address a new audience or market segment. Cisco built more than 120 customer-facing apps and more that 50 apps for employee self-service. [That's too many!] Some of those apps were light on features, some were initially great but were later superseded by better apps, and some stand out for the recurring value they create.

Nevertheless, everyone is fighting for space on your device with the latest app and features.

I try to update my apps on a regular basis and remove any that I haven’t used in a while just to eliminate the noise and clutter on my device so I’m not scrolling through unused apps.

Cisco has quite a few great apps – below are 10 cool apps that I think you should consider downloading:

App

Description

Platform

User Rating

WebEx App

Cisco WebEx Meetings is an online meeting app; you can join Cisco WebEx online meetings right from your mobile screen and stay connected to important meetings, wherever you are.

iOS | Android | Amazon

4+

#1 Most Popular Cisco App

3D Interactive

Cisco 3D Interactive Catalog allows you to interact with Cisco products in 3D -- rotate them around, explore features and learn about the key technologies that deliver Cisco’s competitive advantage.

iOS

4+

#10 Most Popular Cisco App

Cisco Prime

Cisco Prime allows you to monitor and troubleshoot network issues anywhere, anytime. It helps organizations simplify network management, deliver predictable services and lower the total cost of ownership.

iOS

4+

Cisco Proximity

Cisco Proximity allows automatic pairing of a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) with Cisco room-based video collaboration endpoints when they come within proximity. Content shared on video endpoints can be viewed on your mobile device.

iOS

4+

#3 Most Popular Cisco App

Cisco Jabber

Cisco Jabber is a collaboration application that provides presence, instant messaging (IM), voice, voice messaging, video, voice messaging, desktop sharing and conferencing.

iOS | Android

4+

#2 Most Popular Cisco App

Cisco Binary Game

Cisco Binary Game app is a fun way to learn the binary number system. It has been played more than a million times all over the world.

“Great tool… This is a great and fun tool for developing proficiency in binary calculations.”
- DaMotif8er

iOS

4+

Cisco App

Cisco (Marketing) App allows you to connect and collaborate with Cisco to get the latest news and promotional offers, find events and Cisco partners in your area, search for content, play our latest videos or podcasts, receive current security alerts, advisories and responses or find support.

iOS | Android

4+

#6 Most Popular Cisco App

Cisco Well Magazine

Cisco Well Magazine is an interactive magazine that offers in-depth information highlighting technology advances in healthcare through reports, relevant case studies, video and more.

iOS

4+

Cisco VNI

Cisco VNI provides global, regional, and select country-level forecast projections and data based on Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecasts. Cisco VNI Forecast data is updated annually and covers a five-year forecast period (currently 2012 –2017) focused on mobile and fixed IP network traffic growth, trends, and service adoption.

Google

3.5

Cisco Technical Support

Technical Support app provides access to comprehensive Cisco technical support content, including support contract management information, leverage the communities for collaboration and share documents about configuring and troubleshooting Cisco products and solutions.

2012 Web Marketing Association Best Advocacy Mobile App award winner

2012 Forrester Groundswell B2B Mobile App award winner

iOS | Android

4+

I think: you can’t go wrong with these 10.  Try one or try them all.  Or, you can check out all of the Cisco apps available.

Let me know which apps you like from the Cisco catalog.

Also feel free to shine a spotlight on little-known business, tech, news, and productivity apps you find especially helpful, interesting, or just plain cool (bonus points if they’re not well-known!).

 

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16 Comments.


  1. Leslie Lau

    I’ve played the Cisco Binary Game and enjoyed it :)

       7 likes

  2. I find the Cisco Marketing app very useful. I especially like the “social” section as it provides an easy way to stay on top of the latest postings to Cisco blog channels. Ironically, this method is much better than the desktop version of blogs.cisco.com

    @LinaArseneault

       4 likes

  3. Cisco (Marketing) App very good

    I like Cisco

    Tung Nguyen – CCNA, CCNP

       3 likes

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    I hope you write againn very soon!

       3 likes

    • April 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you for those kind words. As a special bonus, a preview of our just-released “why digital?” video at http://youtu.be/s6vdLaHetF0 … which is a follow-on to our “what’s digital?” video here: http://youtu.be/j0tgnn75Qc4

         2 likes

  5. i like cisco with inovation all decade

       2 likes

  6. Rich Gore

    Hi, Mark – Interesting, will need to try out some of these (although I use webex and jabber frequently).

    You intrigued me by listing the #1, 2, 3, 6, and 10 of the “Most Popular Cisco Apps” — where can I find the full list?

    - Rich

       3 likes

    • April 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Rich:

      Here’s the full list of Cisco mobile apps for various platforms:
      http://www.cisco.com/web/about/facts_info/apps/ciscoapp.html

      This list doesn’t state which are “most popular” (star ratings) or “most downloaded” since those stats change constantly – but I hope it’s helpful.

         2 likes

  7. I use the Jabber and WebEx apps all the time.

       2 likes

  8. I love the WebEx app for my tablet so I can watch all my Cisco classes on the go!

       2 likes

  9. Cisco is the best

       3 likes

  10. I like Cisco…..

       2 likes

  11. Hi,
    I am in the majority group. Too many apps on my smart phone.Anyway I do like Cisco Binary game apps.

       1 like

  12. Great list. I already use Jabber and the Binary game and I have Proximity (just waiting delivery of the SX10 for our office then I’ll try it out)
    I’ll download webex now.
    Great blog, keep up the good work.

       1 like

  13. I use Jabber and WebEx extensively. They are both GREAT tools. As a Windows phone user, I find the tag line “Cisco Jabber Collaboration – Anywhere on Any Device” ironic.
    With Windows phone being 3 in global sales, Cisco is leaving a large number of users without Jabber.

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