For those who prefer Android over iOS (and for good reason), here are some of the best Android apps for Engineers. The following range from mobile reference libraries to calculators to fun engineering-themed games.
We have also included some general organizational and management apps in case you are looking to streamline your life.
1. Engineering Unit Converter
What problem does it solve?: Easily lets engineers convert between units
This little app is indispensable for anyone who needs to convert between different units readily. Once downloaded and opened, users can choose between a variety of topics.
This includes length, energy, entropy, electrical charge and many more. It comes highly recommended by existing users and is pretty intuitive to use.
If any units you need are missing, the developers encourage you to contact them to include in future updates.
2. Realcalc Plus
Publisher: Quartic Software
What problem does it solve?: Provides you with an easy to use a virtual scientific calculator
RealCalc Plus is a handy scientific calculator that is designed to replicate physical units. But it goes further with its inclusion of extra functions like degrees/minutes/seconds, fraction calculations, unit conversions, and constants.
It comes with a history and memory functions and also supports binary, octal and hexadecimal calculations. This app also includes trig functions, radians or grads and a 12-digit display.
If that's not enough for you, it also comes complete with PRN and traditional algebraic modes.
Publisher: MSI/Design, LLC
What problem does it solve?: This app lets you work on, edit and share 2D and 3D models.
By all accounts, this is a fantastic app for modeling in 2D and 3D on your Android device. It lets you not only create but work on, edit and share 2D and 3D models. You can add shapes, lines, text and perform many other functions.
The app also lets you pan and zoom around the model with ease. But by far its standout feature is the ability to share files with other TurboViewer apps.
It does have some issues, so you are encouraged to read reviews before committing to the premium version.
4. Engineering Codes and Standards
What problem does it solve?: This app is specifically designed to act as a quick reference guide for engineering design codes
As the name suggests, this little app is intended for use as a quick reference guide for engineering codes and standards. For each standard and code users are presented with a brief description and cross-references to related codes and standards.
It covers many fields including mechanical, civil, piping and electrical engineering. One of its standout features is the speed at which developers respond to user queries and issues.
This app should come in handy.
5. Build a Bridge!
Publisher: BoomBit Games
What problem does it solve?: This is a great little engineering game for Android
Work hard, play hard, as the adage goes. Even engineers need some time off so why not try out this fun little engineering game.
As the name suggests, the aim of the game is to build a bridge over varying terrains and scenarios. It has a very easy to use 2D interface that you switch to 3D to see your masterpiece in action.
This is an ideal game when you have some free time but still want to practice your engineering skills. It comes highly recommended, hence its inclusions here.
6. Droud Tesla
Publisher: Vladimir Djokic
What problem does it solve?: This is a simple and free Android SPICE engine.
This Android-based Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit (SPICE) app is simple yet powerful. It's easy to use and intuitive to understand and also helps explain basic resistive circuits using Kirchhoff’s Current Law (KCL).
It is ideal for students who are new to electronics circuit design and construction but will also be handy for any hobbyist or general tinkerer.
Like other apps on the list it comes highly recommended but, as always, check reviews before buying any premium versions.
7. Mechanical Engineering One
Publisher: Multi-Disciplinary Software
What problem does it solve?: Designed to be a useful aid to help day to day calculations for engineers
This app has been designed by engineers for engineers. It aims to provide mechanical engineers solve day to day problems they may encounter. It is, according to their Google Play site, "one of the most comprehensive engineering tools on the market".
It has a straightforward and intuitive interface and includes many reference tables, calculators and converters. The app also comes with one of the most comprehensive unit converters on the market.
It has both metric (SI) and Imperials (US) units.
8. Learn Java
What problem does it solve?: This app is designed to help you learn the basics of Java programming
Learn Java is a great little app to help you learn the ins and outs of Java coding. Java is still one of the most popular languages out there, and this app should prove invaluable to any want to be Java programmer.
This application is ideal for getting to grips with the basics and is both fun and an effective way of learning. It comes complete with 64 lessons and covers most topics of Java in good detail.
If you enjoy using this app, the developers have created many others for different languages from Python to C ++ and more.
9. Wolfram Alpha
Publisher: Wolfram Group
What problem does it solve?: This is, effectively, the Wikipedia of Engineering
Many engineering students have dubbed Wolfram Alpha as the Wikipedia of Engineering. It is, in this sense, an indispensable knowledge engine that can be used to answer questions.
Like Wikipedia, the app will scan its database and return any and all relevant entries it can find. It is a pay to use the app, but at less than $5 it might be the best app purchase you've made in a long time.
It covers many topics, not just engineering, so this app is useful for many other professionals and students in various fields of expertise.
10. Electrical Engineering
Publisher: GK Soft
What problem does it solve?: This is a great little engineering design tool and calculator for Electrical Engineers
Electrical Engineering is a great little Android App specifically designed provide a powerful design tool. It has some other handy features like an electrical calculator, an electrical circuit calculator, and electrical formulas.
It covers a broad range of subfields including, but not limited to; electronics, power engineering, telecommunications, control systems, radio frequency engineering, and signal processing.
The app's key features are its ability to calculate important electrical sizes and electrical power as well as calculate current in parallel circuits.
You can also use it to see formulas for electrical power, resistance, current and charge and calculate stored energy in a capacitor and more.
11. Engineering Cookbook
Publisher: Loren Cook Company
What problem does it solve?: This is a highly recommended mechanical engineering reference guide
The Engineering Cookbook, by Loren Cook Company, is a great convenient reference guide for mechanical designers. It provides quick and easy access to frequently needed information at your fingertips.
The app includes information on things like heating and cooling load estimation, sound and vibration guidelines, ventilation rates for indoor air quality, and design formulas and conversion factors.
Many users seem to be very happy with the application with the vast majority giving it roaring reviews.
Publisher: INTSIG Information Co., Ltd
What problem does it solve?: CamScanner is a handy little tool to digitize paperwork and notes
CamScanner is one of the most popular mobile scanning apps around. Intuitive and easy to use, it converts photos into various formats including PDF.
This app is very popular indeed and has, to date, over 350 million downloads across 200 countries. It was also one of the best 50 apps on the market in 2013.
The app includes its own cropping and enhancing tools, and it allows you to store and sync documents across platforms.
Frankly, this is a great little tool to have in your kit.
Publisher: Dropbox Inc
What problem does it solve?: Dropbox is a fantastic tool for sharing and syncing files from your phone to desktop
If you've never heard of Dropbox you really must have been living under a rock for the past few years. It is one of the most popular, stable and easy to use cloud-based storage apps out there.
It has a friendly intuitive interface and works flawlessly across many platforms. If you need to share documents quickly and efficiently, this app comes highly recommended.
It does have a limited storage capacity compared to other alternatives but you can up its storage through either purchasing space or promoting them on social media.
14. Frame Design
What problem does it solve?: This app is great for designing 2D frames on your mobile device
Frame Design is a fantastic Finite Element Method (FEM) app designed to help architects, mechanical engineers, students, and civil engineers, to name but a few. You can design and edit supports, forces, hyperstatic structures both textually and graphically.
The app supports the ability to import steel profiles or any other sections from free engineering libraries, import .dxf files, share pictures, undo functions, scale entire structure, use automatic dimension lines and much more.
Whilst its reviews are generally glowing; some users have reported issues using the app so review those before plunging in.
15. Microsoft OneNote
What problem does it solve?: OneNote is Microsoft's answer to other organizational apps like Google Keep and Evernote
OneNote is a great app to help you store essential details, schedule appointments and keep track of things all in one place. It is available cross-platform and syncs perfectly between Android and your Window's desktop and other devices.
It is free to use and is generally well-loved by anyone who uses it on a regular basis. This app lets you type, handwrite and clip stuff from the web to consolidate all your thoughts together.
It has a very flexible canvas that can be used for many different tasks. You can even scan handwritten notes or pages straight into OneNote then make them searchable.