Business advice isn’t exactly hard to come by, but professionals who are constantly on the run seldom have the time to sit still and take it in. Audvisor, a free new Android app, aims to solve that problem. Billed as delivering “sound advice from the world’s top experts in 3 minutes or less,” Audvisor is a lightweight platform through which you can listen to short speeches packed with useful information on a variety of business-related topics. Think of it like an enterprise version of the TED Talks app, sans video: part nuts and bolts, part inspiration, and wholly digestible in small chunks.
When you download Audvisor, you’re greeted with a quick tutorial that’s largely unnecessary, given how straightforward navigating the app actually is. Just swipe left or right to page between insights, or use the menu icon to search for audio clips by topic or speaker.
There are numerous topics available to peruse, with speeches on everything from sales tips to building better professional relationships to using social media more efficiently. The lengthy and searchable roster of contributing experts features plenty of names that are big in their respective fields, including Guy Kawasaki and Seth Godin. The utility of these speeches will vary depending on what you’re looking for, but the ones we listened to generally felt composed and insightful. They did a good job of getting a point across in their limited time frame.
Audvisor isn’t just a repository of collected audio clips, though. You can also personalize it to create a catered feed that brings you only the speakers and topics you want to hear about. Tapping on the previewed topic or speaker sections lets you establish your preferences, which then allows the app to populate a list of recommendations. You can also favorite talks yourself. If you’re not quite sure where to begin, though, the app comes with a shuffle mode as well.
The audio quality of these talks is generally very high, though a few inferior recordings managed to sneak their way in every now and again. Still, nothing was so bad as to be unlistenable. Playback controls are easy to figure out as well, with your basic play/pause and skip buttons, the latter of which lets you jump ahead or backwards 15 seconds at a time. Thankfully, you don’t need to stay within the actual app to continue listening to the talks, so you can get things done while you listen to tips about getting things done. Naturally, there’s Facebook and Twitter integration too, allowing you to share particularly inspiring recordings with your friends and followers with just one tap.
We discovered a couple of imperfections with Audvisor in testing, the most annoying of which being the lack of a proper exit function once you’re done with the app. In order to close it, you have to back out entirely and access your task manager to fully remove it from your notifications window. Audio playback also proved to occasionally take on a will of its own, launching playback automatically instead of requiring you to tap the play button to begin. These are minor complaints, however, especially considering this is (thus far) an ad-free application.
According to Audvisor (the developer), all of the app’s audio segments are exclusively produced for Audvisor, with new entries to be added on a regular basis. Currently, there are around 1000 audio clips from some 100 thought leaders, and the company says it’s working on a pro version that will give paying users access to a full library of audio. Audvisor requires Android 4.1 and up and can be downloaded for free from Google Play. It’s also available for iOS devices.