Best Free Android Apps

 
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9. Best Free Phone and Messaging for Android
 

 

Best Free Dialer for Android

Dialer One (2.4 MB), better than the default Phone app, it comes with a smart T9 dialpad with speed dial, simultaneous search on calls and contacts, horizontal swiping to navigate between call log, contacts and favorites.
 

Best Free Contact Manager for Android

aContacts (602 KB), speed up searching contacts by favorites, alphabets or groups, send email or SMS to groups, complete with T9 speed dials, advanced call log, setting for grid or list view and more. Ads free.
 
DW Contacts & Phone (3.2 MB), easily search for a contact by group, organization or title, manage contact groups, send emails or SMS to a person or group, set group ringtones and icons, etc. The free version is supported by a small ad.
 

Best Free Contact Sharing for Android

Bump (2.9 MB), bump two devices together and share your contact info instantly without the need to type or write with a pen on scraps of paper. With a built-in messenger, you can also easily send photos and instant messages to the devices you bumped.
 

Best Free Messaging Client for Android

GO SMS Pro (8.1 MB), easier to find a contact or group to send an SMS or MMS with useful features such as message popup, quick reply, messages and folders view, emoji support and more. A good replacement of the default Messaging app.
 

Best Free Browser Texting for Android

SMS Text Messaging -PC Texting (399 KB), enjoy receiving and sending SMS from your PC's browser using your phone number, just like you normally would on your phone but without touching it. Unlimited SMS, supported only on Chrome with the MightyText extension installed.
 

Best Free Instant Messaging for Android

eBuddy Messenger (1.8 MB), a popular instant messaging service support multiple accounts including GTalk, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM, MySpace and more. Useful settings include hiding offline buddies and blocking unknown users. Ad-supported.
 
WhatsApp Messenger (9.4 MB), chat with your friends and family using this messenger across multi types of devices including Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Nokia phones. You can send text, pictures, audio and video messages. This app is free for the first year.
 

Best Free Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Android

Skype (15 MB), make free Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G or WiFi network on the move, or cheap calls to landlines or mobile phones at Skype rates. No video calls is available and some handsets may not be supported.
 
LINE (11 MB), a light and popular messenger supports both free messaging and voice calls. Features include automatically identify your friends using LINE, send photos, unique stickers and emoticons, create or join group chat rooms.
 
Tango Text, Voice, Video Calls (13 MB), make free voice and video calls over 3G, 4G and WiFi network on the move. From my contacts, it automatically finds the friends I can Tango. More mobile devices are supported but the desktop client has yet to be developed.
 

Best Free Walkie-Talkie for Android

Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT (5.6 MB), turn your phone into a live walkie-talkie or a handheld transceiver with this app easily. Besides talking with friends, you can also send text or photos to them using Android or iPhone devices over WiFi, 3G/4G or EDGE.
 

Best Free Call & Message Filter for Android

BlackList (1.5 MB), block unwanted calls and SMS easily and effectively by adding a call number to a black list from your contact, call logs, message logs or manually. Features include auto reply, logging and other various options. An exception list is limited to the paid version.
 

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by kendall.a on 6. January 2011 - 18:25  (63977)

Hey, check out Lookout. It's a free antivirus, backup program, that also will help you locate your phone if you lose it.

by Av_Crazy on 7. January 2011 - 2:01  (64018)

What does stub only means ?
and u have not included angry birds .. is it because it is already very popular ?
and yes a mention of antivirus will be good..currently i am using norton security but its still in beta and for now it is free
i will keep an eye on this one as i now own an android :D
some suggestions
not categorised - amazon kindle , applock , dropbox,app2sd,sdrescan,smsbackup,wallswitch
photo editing - photoshop express,picsay
file manager - astro
messengers - ebuddy,skype
browser-opera mini,ucweb
music player - poweramp
image viewer - quickpic

by Jojo Yee on 7. January 2011 - 4:19  (64031)

Good suggestion, kendall. It's now in the list.

by Jojo Yee on 7. January 2011 - 4:20  (64033)

Thanks for sharing, Av_Crazy.

by Bill G. (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 5:33  (64035)

This couldn't have come at a better time for me, upgrading the family's phones with tax refund and getting several droids. I don't know if any of these apps have known issues, but for apps that secretly collect personal data (regardless if it's known how they use it) maybe a disclaimer could be added to the review?

I'd love to see android app reviews as a recurring theme here. Maybe even a list of the apps known not to play nice.

by Rixk (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 5:43  (64036)

Uninstaller, AppMonster, Documents to Go, My Market, Evernote, Currency (XE), Springpad, Dictionary, Tunein Radio, Watchdog, World Clock, Startup Auditor, LCD Density, Quick Settings, & Yahoo! Mail. I also use Lookout like kendall, & a lot of the ones in Av_Crazy's list.

by MidnightCowboy on 7. January 2011 - 6:48  (64043)

"Stub only" means that the review is basic and incomplete. As soon as Jojo is happy that the content detail deserves elevation to the status of a full review, he will remove the tag.

by Brandon (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 7:00  (64045)

Android has so many great apps, it sucks my provider won't provide an update to Froyo for some time so I can install apps to the SD card. My favorite launcher out of the three popular ones is Go Launcher. You can choose the number of screens and designate any one as the home screen. It has a scrollable dock. The app drawer can be sorted into folders. It also has tabs showing recently used apps and ones currently running, displaying the memory in use and allowing you to close apps. It has many more features I haven't even fully explored. I miss the flyout effect from Launcher Pro, though.

Another app indispensable for me is SMS Popup. An incoming text shows as a popup with buttons for closing, deleting, or replying within the popup; among many other features. Thanks for sharing the ones I didn't know about. I just have to find room now.

by Franc (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 7:15  (64046)

Be sure to read the manual and user licence etc as you will have to give this program access to everything on your device.

by mmmike on 7. January 2011 - 13:42  (64066)

"Call Confirm" is great for the occasional phone call that goes out inadvertently. Don't know about you but I have found that phone calls were completed when my phone is in my pocket.....kinda dumb, I know but it happens. Call Confirm's pop-up verifies that you do in fact want to make that call.

by Samalama (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 14:08  (64070)

The best has to be AppBrain

- a simple web-based replacement for the awful market place. Simply install the app (via barcode etc) then on their website choose what you want to install on your phone, sync and hey presto all apps installed!

Also:

App 2 SD Free (move app to SD)
Elixir
Box.net
Barcode Scanner
ES File Explorer -far better and free - also connect to LAN and FTP!!!!!!
Documents To Go 3.0 - DO NOT USE QuickOffice!
AppBrain App Market
PayPal
Catch Notes
SMS Backup +
App Protector Lite
Official eBay Android App

by Herbmmm (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 14:10  (64071)

Screebl Lite, ScoreMoble, NFLMoble, PalmaryWeather, AKNote Pad, Call History, Car Panel, Easy Answer Button, Fox News, Gmail, Gauge Battery Widget, GoMarks, ICE, MY Backup Pro, Rainy Days, Settings, Stocks, Volume Locker, Weather Bug, xScope, and Zillow

by pme (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 14:16  (64072)

Taskos is a great voice to text app. for errands, etc. love it.

by Kpocha (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 14:18  (64073)

Hi!
I would like an app that let me easy add tasks and control my calendar... It takes too much time to use the phone.. Is there something faster than a paper and a pen?

And please, try these ones!

Handcent SMS >> replace of the basic SMS app
Call Meter NG >> measure call, sent sms, data transfered, etc... perfect!
MotoTorch LED >> control the flash's leds of the phone
Instant Lyrics Lite >> shows the lyric of the song that is playing on the phone

4 PLayer Reactor >> play 4 player game!

Sorry for my English!
Regards from Rosario, Argentina!

by Riliwan (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 14:35  (64074)

Great stuff here. ni am going for the barcode scaner

by SteveA (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 14:48  (64075)

Oh man, there are sooooo many
Gesture Search -- from Google and has to be seen to be believed
Solitaire -- I'm addicted
The Weather Channel
Jorte -- My idea of a better calendar
Easy Answer Button -- solves the answer the phone problem
Flashlight -- The best!
LastPass -- Remembers passwords

by wmgoat on 7. January 2011 - 15:38  (64080)

Add:

Vlingo - voice to text
Google Googles - location identifier from a photo
Google Navigation
SportsTap or ESPN, both work good for up to minute action
Pandora
Advanced Task Killer to kill off unwanted apps
Flashlight - quick flashlight, but really drains battery fast

Will aka WmGoat

by kennyshu (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 16:20  (64081)

I will say the QuickMark QR Code Reader is better and much more faster than Barcode Scanner.

by kennyshu (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 16:38  (64082)

According to the most recent review
http://www.appbrain.com/app/camcard-lite-business-card-r/com.intsig.BCRLite
the application didn't get very high rates.

by wjracy (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 17:14  (64083)

Gizmo, thanks for providing one of my favorite go to sites when I'm looking for good free software. Now thanks for recognizing another area that deserves guidance.

Here's some of my favorites:

Advanced Task Killer – Keeps background processes to a minimum
Android System Info – Provides vitals of the resources
AnkiDroid – Great flashcard quizer
AppBrain App Market – Better Market replacement
Application Protection – Password protect apps from others
App List Backup – Creates download list for installed apps
App Referrer – Found a good app, send info to a friend
Apps Organizer – Creates folders to reduce icon clutter
Call Confirm – Eliminates pocket dialing
Cardio Trainer – Fitness tracking software
Dolphin Browser – Great internet browser replacement
Dropbox – Share files from your PC and others
ES File Explorer – App, file and task manager
Graffiti – Good keyboard replacement ala Palm
K9 Mail – Gmail replacement
Pandora – Streaming online music
Park Droid – Now where did I park my car
Password Safe Lite – Encrypted password manager
Swype – Replacement keyboard for fastest input
Weather Bug – Great weather data
Zedge – Looking for a ringtone or wallpaper

by rerun (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 17:31  (64084)

Not one mention of my favorite drawing, sketch, painting app....
PaintJoy. I've actually done some sophisticated work with it, even with obvious limitations.

[Moderator's note : Commercial details removed]

by ogian on 7. January 2011 - 18:10  (64088)

Thanks for providing this category. However, I don't think launcher pro is ready for prime time. I just installed it and tried to make a phone call. I got "continue this action using...". I selected launcher pro, then I decided I wanted to go back to the home screen and I could not unless I selected the standard android launcher. I don't need this app getting in the way when I want to make a simple phone call. I also couldn't find it in my app list after install. That was enough for me. I'll stick to home switcher for the time being.

by steveorg on 7. January 2011 - 18:47  (64090)

Let me second a couple of programs that were already mentioned.

AppBrain is a great app manager because it lets you use the app market from a regular computer and select apps to install or bookmark for later. It also makes reinstalling apps on a new phone much easier since it synchronizes the app list on your phone with your online account,

Springpad is the ultimate information organizer. Notes, tasks, bookmarks, web page content, recipes, lists and almost everything under the sun can be saved to your online account. Most importantly, everything is instantly synched, so using a computer and phone together is seamless. Evernote is also solid in this category. I prefer using Springpad, but Evernote is better at sharing with others.

by Wolfton (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 19:13  (64094)

Frozen Bubble is great for phones with trackballs, but for the others; not so much.
Multi Mount SD-Card Free
Photoshop Express

Most of my other favorites for phones are already mentioned above.

For tablets like the Nook Color, Musical Lite and xPiano are fun to have.

by ramblingderek (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 20:45  (64097)

AlpineQuest Uses Mobile Map Creator (Java on PC, Mac etc) to download maps from anywhere in the world. Includes OS maps for UK. Copy the maps created to your Android. Not a navigation guidance tool but as the GPS shows where you are it is ideal for walkers and cyclists. Free version doesn't track where you have been but still very useful.

by Owen (not verified) on 7. January 2011 - 20:54  (64098)

Lastpass - the Android client is quite usable and the application generally is very worthwhile. While I think it is a more than reasonable price, continued access to any mobile client (e.g. Android) is part of LastPass Premium which is $12/year. Again, well worth it, but not free :^).

Google Reader - if you are an RSS addict (ahem) you will absolutely love Reader on Android. I have tried other Reader clients and this is as good as it gets (as close to desktop experience as you could ask and ideally optimized for small screens). If you don't use Reader, but follow lots of different (or even just a few) websites, you should try Reader - it is a very efficient way of browsing large amounts of information and only getting the details on things you really want to know / see.

TweetCaster - much better than official Twitter client version and the free/ad supported version is not irritating. So good, you should probably part with $3.99 for the pro version just to support the developer.

Google Shopper - too cool! Use your camera to view almost anything that you are thinking about buying (a book cover, UPC code of almost any product, etc.) and it brings up competitive pricing and product reviews.

I agree with others on Soduko Free, official eBay App and DropBox.

Looking forward to more entries and categories here.

by rhiannon on 7. January 2011 - 21:44  (64099)

The 12 best apps for your new Android device

The Gentle Alarm looks quite useful.

by elgie (not verified) on 8. January 2011 - 0:31  (64103)

PdaNet
Toss It
Talking Tom
FourSquare
MyTracks
Google Sky
Google Voice
Metal Detector
Meebo

by 54pete on 8. January 2011 - 3:00  (64109)

I love this site, and now it has an Android category - brilliant!

Doit.im - Task / todo manager using GTD methodology. Cloud data, sync between Web, Windows, Mac, iPhone.

Mini File Manager - But haven't tried your recommended Astro yet.

MyPhoneExplorer - Downloaded to get phone data backup facility, but it does so much more. You can even send SMS or place phone calls from your PC (through the phone).

AppBrain - Agree with others on this, very good.

MyTracks - I record bike rides. Records the usual including elevation / profile. Upload to Google MyMaps.

DropBox - Access to 'cloud' files from smartphone. Mentioned in another PC category.

Google Maps - Works well. Now with navigation so can be used as SatNav.

Maps (-) - Similar to Google Maps, but uses OpenStreetMap and its cycle maps. Shows bike paths - yay! (at least in Oz) I'm pretty sure it caches maps on phone to help reduce data traffic.

Blogaway - Blog from your Android phone.

Reduce Photo Size - I used this to reduce the size of images uploaded to my blog. Instead of picking up an image from the Gallery (HTC) or camera, you pick it up from this which then gives basic editing options.

WebSharing Lite - Simple file sharing between phone and PC through wifi instead of using USB. Had this before MyPhoneExplorer which seems to have more functionality.

AndTidWiki - A bit specialised, allows editing of TiddlyWiki files on Android. TiddlyWiki files are HTML files with the editor built in (Javascript).

You've certainly got you work cut out now, Jojoyee...

by Jojo Yee on 8. January 2011 - 3:46  (64110)

Thanks Pete for the good suggestions. I'll look into them and many other products mentioned in the comments section here.

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