Best Free Android Apps

 
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Best Free Office Suite for Android

Quickoffice (17 MB), create and edit Microsoft Office documents including Word, Excel and Powerpoint files without the need to convert to Google Docs. You can store the documents in Google Drive for access anywhere online, or save them locally on your mobile device for working offline.
 
Kingsoft Office (Free) (13 MB), view, create and edit Microsoft office documents including Word, Excel and Powerpoint with multiple supported file formats such as txt, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt and pptx. Basic editing and formatting tools are mostly available.
 
See also: Google Drive
 

Best Free PDF Reader for Android

Adobe Reader (6.6 MB), view PDF files clearly on selectable viewing modes such as fit-to-screen, continuous scroll or reflow text, supports for multi-touch zoom and navigation, and sharing PDF files via bluetooth or email.
 

Best Free E-Book Reader for Android

FBReader (3.6 MB), a highly customisable ebook reader with non-nonsense menus delivers an excellent way to read an ebook. The app supports epub, rtf, fb2 (.zip), mobi, and plain text file formats, text-to-speak and other plugins, and integrates with external dictionaries. (Review)
 
Moon+ Reader (5.7 MB), read books in various formats such as ePub, txt, html, chm, fb2, umd or zip, with user settings for visuals, controls and themes. You can also bookmark, highlight, add notes and lookup words, and get free ebooks from online libraries. (Review)
 
Cool Reader (6.5 MB) supports a multitude of ebook formats including epub (non-DRM), fb2, doc, txt, rtf, html, chm, tcr, pdb, prc, mobi (non-DRM), and pml, with loads of settings such as bookmarks, text to speech, fonts, etc., that make reading a book more interesting. (Review)
 

Best Free Comic Book Reader for Android

Perfect Viewer (3.7 MB), equipped with five viewing modes to fit your screen, this fast comic viewer supports archive file formats including cbz/zip, cbr/rar, 7z/cb7 and lzh and common image formats such as jpg, png, gif and bmp. It also supports viewing pdf files with Perfect Viewer PDF Plugin which is also free.
 
A Comic Viewer (673 KB), a lightweight comic book reader opens various file formats including cbz/zip, acv, cbr/rar, jpeg, png and bmp. Some useful features include scale images to suit your screen height or width, adjust screen brightness, and set left-to-right or right-to-left reading to your liking.
 

Best Free Calendar for Android

Jorte (5.8 MB), a good calendar in a monthly or weekly view with a scheduler function and other useful features such as data import and export, acquire national holidays, sync events and tasks with Google calendar and more.
 
aCalendar (1.1 MB), a free versatile calendar with no ads, uses Android's native calendar backend and sync, shows text in day, week and even month views, with flexible recurrences, adjustable font size, fullscreen widgets and other user settings to the way you want.
 
Calendar Pad (316 KB), better than the default calendar that comes with your Android devices, it allows you to see your events with text in day, week or month views in addition to other features.
 

Best Free Timer and Alarm Clock for Android

StopWatch & Timer (667 KB), where to look for other than this well-designed stop watch and count down timer? It's clean and simple, with optional colors and alarm sounds. A reliable tool to get ready for use.
 
AlarmDroid (3.1 MB), besides most basic features, it has flip-and-snooze allowing you to turn the alarm clock back into snooze mode by turning over the phone, speaking clock announcing the time and local weather conditions, music or an Internet radio stream for alarm tone, and more.
 
Alarm Clock for Android (3.9 MB), not just a simple wake-up alarm clock, but also a reminder for all what matters in life such as birthdays, anniversaries, conferences or any important events that you don't want to miss. Settings such as notification, ringtone and others are a plus.
 

Best Free Notepad and Notebook for Android

Evernote (11 MB), take notes, ideas, pictures and recordings with your mobile device, and sync them instantly to your Web or PC version. Not only can it index all your notes, Evernote recognizes the actual text within the pictures so that you can search them easily.
 

Best Free Reminder / To-do List for Android

Any.do (6.7 MB), a very sweet To-do list app with alerts, speech recognition, cloud sync, backup and more. It's easy to use, press a task to change its priority, folder, alarm and note or share it; and long press an entry to move it around. (Review)
 
ColorNote Notepad Notes (535 KB), a handy note taking app in the form of text and checklist by color, with reminder, password, search and backup functions. You can easily schedule your notes and to-do lists in a calendar, pin a reminder on the status bar or stick a note on your homescreen via widgets.
 
Remember The Milk (3.4 MB) allows you to add and complete tasks on the go, organize tasks with priorities, due dates, time estimates, repeating, lists and tags, and sync with Remember The Milk online. Some features including unlimited sync and push notifications are only for Pro version.
 

Best Free Personal Finance for Android

Financisto - Expense Manager (2.2 MB), an open-source personal finance manager lets you record and monitor your daily transactions with multiple accounts in any currency you choose. Useful features include scheduled and recurring transactions, budgets, reports, backup and restore database, export to CSV or QIF files.
 
Expense Manager (222 KB), easily manage your expense and income accounts by categories and scheduled transactions. Supported features include payment alerts, expense reports and charts, password protection, import and export of account activities, etc.
 
Personal Finance (601 KB), on top of Expense Manager, you can do more with stock portfolios, market overview, financial news, real-time stock quotes, market indexes and rates, currency converter, loan calculator and more.
 

Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus for Android

Dictionary - Merriam-Webster (20 MB), type in or speak a word to look up its definitions, audio pronunciations, example sentences, synonyms and antonyms which are accessible offline. Most words including highlighted ones are hyperlinked for a tap to search deeper. Other features include Daily Word and Recent Searches. Ad-supported.
 
Dictionary.com (3.6 MB), includes more than 2 million definitions and synonyms from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, with audio pronunciation, voice-to-text search, hyperlinked words, favorite words list, Word of the Day, homescreen widget, offline dictionary, etc. Ad-supported.
 
Arcus Dictionary (6.3 MB), fast and ad-free dictionary with more than 165,000 words, definitions and synonyms without requiring network access after install, supports for text-to-speech, word hyperlinks, favorites and other options.
 

Best Free Encyclopedia for Android

Wikipedia (1.5 MB), search in your preset language for useful information from millions of articles written collaboratively by volunteers around the world with this official app optimized for your Android device, with today's featured article, save pages for offline viewing and other features such as optional font size, copy and share.
 
Wikidroid (Wikipedia Browser) (377 KB), a good alternative to the official Wikipedia app, Wikidroid allows you to view all Wikipedia articles formatted perfectly for your device in a fast and sleek interface with zoom, bookmark, copy, share and other features including save pages to SD card. Ad-supported.
 

Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree for Android

Ancestry (2.8 MB), an easy-to-use app to build and update a family tree of yours, or scour the research library by name to trace historical records with individual info, family, photos and evidence.
 

Best Free Translator for Android

Google Translate (4.9 MB), instantly translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages with voice input and text-to-speech supports. Other features include offline access to history and favorite items, display translations in full screen mode, handwriting and more.
 

Best Free Calculator for Android

Mobi Calculator FREE (176 KB), an excellent and easy-to-use calculator with math expressions, memory and history entries that can be edited for a recalculation without the need to enter them all over again. It comes with scientific functions and other useful features such as radix mode, time calculation and more.
 
RealCalc Scientific Calculator (296 KB), a scientific calculator that's fully featured and complete with unit conversions. Useful features include result history, digit grouping, 10 memories and more. Handy to use on a mobile device.
 
handyCalc Calculator (1.3 MB), powerful enough to solve equations with variables and functions, draw graphs for math expressions, and with unit and currency converters built-in, though it didn't respond well to a long expression when tried. (If the keypad doesn't work, please try the previous version from the developer's site.)
 

Best Free Unit and Currency Converter for Android

Unit Converter (828 KB), Wopnersoft's Unit Converter converts most common units of measure and currency in a simple and clean design. It's easy to use and allows for saving commonly used conversions to a favorites list.
 
Exchange Rates (750 KB), set a base currency you like, add other currencies to the conversion list and long press one of them to view charts in a time range you choose. Overall, it's an elegant currency converter that's easy to use, rich in features, integrated with a calculator, supporting online or offline mode and has no ads.
 

Best Free Compass for Android

Compass (3.0 MB), use this handy tool to check for direction, navigate from one place to another and for everything that is location-based. You can also easily make a quick note about the location using Catch Notes.
 

Best Free Flashlight for Android

Tiny Flashlight + LED (1.3 MB), use your device's camera LED flashlight or screen as a bright torch, with adjustable light sources and support for warning light, police light, color flashlight, strobe flashlight, morse code and more.
 

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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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