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Best Free Web Browser for Android

Dolphin Browser HD (4.8 MB), a powerful browser with multi-tab browsing, bookmarking and syncing, multi-touch zooming, back and forward navigation, better HTML5 support, versatile add-ons, optional mobile view and many more features. (Review)
 
Chrome (23.9 MB), a popular browser for you to search and browse fast, sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your phone or tablet, and open a tab in Incognito mode to browse without saving your history. Runs on Android 4.0 and up.
 
Firefox (17 MB), enjoy the mobile version of the desktop Firefox. You can switch tabs with live thumbnails, control privacy, customize with mobile add-ons, and sync your desktop history, bookmarks and passwords to your mobile devices.
 
Opera Mini (908 KB), a good alternative to Android's Web Browser to provide fast pageloads as it uses powerful servers to compress Web pages by up to 90% before sending them to your mobile device, with Speed Dial to get you to favorite sites quickly too. (Review)
 
Skyfire Web Browser (1.7 MB), gives you more features with tabbed browsing, loading pages as an Android user agent or desktop browser, support for HTML5 flash videos, easy access to Facebook and Twitter news feeds, various useful settings and more.
 
Maxthon Android Web Browser (5.5 MB), a fast and handy browser with supports for tab browsing, gesture commands, forward and backward navigations, full-screen browsing, favorites manager and sync, download manager, add-ons and many more features.
 

Best Free Webmail for Android

Gmail (2.5 MB), a dedicated Gmail application with email pushed automatically to your phone. Supports for multiple Gmail accounts, search and access synched messages when offline and other common features.
 
GMX Mail (4.4 MB), access your GMX mails on the go using this official app optimized for your mobile device. The app also includes a Mail Collector for you to read and send emails from your multiple email accounts, such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and more, all in one place.
 

Best Free Email Client for Android

K-9 Mail (1.83 MB), a powerful and open-source email client for replacement of Android's default Email app, supporting standard protocols such as IMAP and POP3, with search, push email, multi-folder sync, flagging, signatures, bcc-self and more.
 

Best Free Download Helper for Android

Download All Files (438 KB), tried to download a file but greeted with the message Content not supported? This app helps you download all file types (except for streaming media) and save email attachments to your SD card.
 

Best Free News Reader or Feed Aggregator for Android

Flipboard (3.6 MB), flip through the news from websites, or the updates and photos on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, etc., all in a magazine layout that's easy and fun to read. You can also customize your Flipboard with the sections you like, share articles and photos, or comment on posts.
 
Pulse News (8.3 MB), manage your news sources in tabbed pages, browse stories by sliding visual mosaics and tap one to read in full. What's more? Add stories to your Pulse.me accessible on the Web, or share them with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.
 
Google Play Newsstand (7.4 MB), read news and magazines on your mobile devices with highlights and categorized stories, add favorites to the library, bookmark articles for offline viewing, explore new topics and subscribe to the RSS feeds you like.
 
World Newspapers (2.4 MB), take a few you like from a directory of thousands of local and international newspapers, magazines and websites, and add them to your favorites for reading with optimized display. You can also download webpages for offline viewing, mark Pocket (formerly Read It later), etc.
 

Best Free Bookmark Manager for Android

Pocket -formerly Read It Later (2.6 MB), ever come across something on the web you'd like to view but can't at that time on a browser? Add it to your Pocket bookmark list from your PC or mobile for viewing at your leisure. This app downloads articles or web contents (except videos) in the list to your Android device for offline viewing too.
 
Google Search (608 KB), search the Web, as well as the applications and contacts on your device, with this official Google Search app and get search results and suggestions instantly as you type.
 
Google Goggles (3.0 MB), snap a picture and search the web for the info you want—either it's barcodes, print ads, landmarks, books and DVDs, contacts info, logos, some text to translate or even Sudoku puzzles to solve.
 
Maps (6.9 MB), an excellent mobile mapping app by Google to get directions to go from one place to another, search for any business or place to find more info, or see where your friends are right now on the map and so on.
 
Waze social GPS maps & traffic (18 MB), a voice-guided navigation app complete with live maps, turn-by-turn directions, automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change, and community generated real-time traffic and road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps and more.
 

Best Free Weather Alert and Monitoring for Android

GO Weather (5.2 MB), monitor live weather conditions and forecasts at your location or other places you selected from around the world, with a desktop widget, video or image background, alert notification and other features. No ads.
 

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by HAN on 5. January 2013 - 5:06  (104236)

The best launcher, launch anywhere and anytime.

Skyfish swipe launcher

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.trashfeed.skyfishfree

by Beev on 9. January 2013 - 18:35  (104358)

I Have just upgraded from a HTC Wildfire S to a Samsung GS3. A couple of great Apps I would like to suggest are as follows:

Music Player and Organizer - JetAudio Basic
File Manager - FX

Im extreemely impressed with these two apps so far!

Yours,
Beev

by tsndnm on 10. January 2013 - 19:16  (104394)

While loitering around Google Play I found this app called SURDOC. This is basically an online backup app. They are presently offering a ridiculous 100GB of storage for a year . So if anyone is looking for a temporary harddisk online you may want to give it a try. Though the survival of the service remains to be seen...

Note :
1. The 100 GB is available via the app store only.
2. Last date to get that much space seems to be 15-01-2013.
3. Only Almighty knows the catch behind?

by MidnightCowboy on 10. January 2013 - 23:05  (104396)

Agreed. A business model like this is unsustainable. They will either go bust like so many others before them or become no more competitive than the already established services. IMO I would not trust this as my only solution at this time. MC - Site Manager.

by mr6n8 on 11. January 2013 - 11:06  (104401)

It is even worse (or better). They are giving away unlimited storage for a year with the option to purchase 3 years of unlimited storage for $19.99@year.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/surdoc-giving-away-free-unlimite...

I would not trust a 1 year old company with a deal that sweet. Too many of these storage sites have gone away.

Though I have had 2 free 50GB ADrive accounts for over 5 years.

by gizmogirl85 on 25. February 2013 - 16:35  (105748)

There's a game... I think it's called 3D Cats or 3D Flying Cats.... it's pretty addictive too but is a battery drainer. The cat meoows when you crash sometimes growls a bit, actumy feel bad for smashing his rocket into a wall.

Es file explorer is universally the best file manager in terms of simplicity and options. Have used it on both HTC and Samsung.

SuperSU is better than Superuser IMHO especially now with the new updates.

Google Drive is awesome for storage space and versatility as you can open and create virtually anything using docs without having to install office software. Kingston Office I think its called is an amazing free office manager of you want one.

Titanium Backup and My Backup are great apk and data tools. My SMS backup is handy too.

I use win amp for music player but Apollo is great as well.

by Anupam on 25. February 2013 - 16:41  (105750)

Sorry, had to remove one of the games you mentioned, because it's not free. Please take care to suggest only free apps, as our site is about freeware.

Thanks for the suggestions.

by Luftmensch on 27. February 2013 - 16:52  (105802)

Audiogalaxy no longer seems to be available on GooglePlay, and the website is also unavailable. This should probably be removed from the Best list. Does anyone know of an alternative?

by Jojo Yee on 28. February 2013 - 1:37  (105808)

Thanks for the feedback Luftmensch. It's now removed from the list as Audiogalaxy has been discontinued due to its acquisition by Dropbox. When available, a good alternative will be added to the list.

by Jojo Yee on 28. February 2013 - 13:53  (105821)

Update: added "Qloud Media Free" as an alternative to Audiogalaxy.

by das.markus on 12. March 2013 - 19:56  (106186)

Great list Jojoyee!
I myself love to play games on my phone some now and then. I am a huge fan of racing games and I found GT Racing: Motor Academy Free+ to be one of the best free games around. It is a 400MB download, but if you have a WiFi connection it's worth downloading it.

by pratomorone on 19. March 2013 - 14:37  (106387)

Hello, JoJoyee...

The photos for Jetpack Joyride and Temple Run are reversed!

Thanx for a great piece of research! Keep it up.

by Jojo Yee on 20. March 2013 - 3:27  (106405)

Thanks pratomorone for pointing out. They are now fixed.

by wdhpr on 5. April 2013 - 4:16  (106828)

Just got my first smartphone which runs on Android. I've installed many of your suggested apps and they all seem to be high quality. Thanks for your work on this list.

by iawi on 6. April 2013 - 1:58  (106846)

Best Android Navigation Apps

Add OsmAnd. By far the most powerful mapping App for Android.

Uses off-line OSM maps (no data download but online also available) and includes voice guidance, gpx track recording, contours, etc etc.

by twinkler on 6. April 2013 - 19:43  (106861)

Thanks for this great list!

aContacts hasn't been updated in over three years and its Play listing says "Not fully compatible with Android 2.0"

by Yankiwi on 6. April 2013 - 21:37  (106863)

This listing of Android apps is superb, as always, but I'd like to add a small note of caution about Ringdroid. It's a great program and works well, but when I repeatedly found icons for gambling and other unwanted applications on my home screen, I finally tracked down Ringdroid as the source. As a result, I uninstalled it, as I don't need to create ringtones regularly, and I can always reinstall it briefly if I want to create a ringtone, then uninstall it again.

If anyone has reliable information that this problem is no longer happening with Ringdroid, that would be good to know, but until that is known for sure, users should be aware that Ringdroid may install all kinds of junk apps on their phones.

by Jojo Yee on 7. April 2013 - 0:52  (106866)

Thanks for the feedback Yankiwi. So far I've not experienced unwanted app icons on the home screen resulted from Ringdroid. Check if you have installed Ringdroid developed by Ringdroid Team or the Social Edition by another developer, and if you have installed the app directly from the Play Store.

According to the developer, Ringdroid is an open-source project and it does not contain ads. You may also email the developer to find out more.

by Yankiwi on 7. April 2013 - 3:51  (106869)

Hi, Jojoyee,

Thanks for the info. I've never downloaded any app from any source other than the Google Play Store, so I'm sure it was that version of Ringdroid. I scanned with AirPush Detector, which found that Ringdroid contained AirPush, because I'd noticed occasional app icons on my home pages ("Slotto" and others). The unwanted app icons would only appear occasionally while I had Ringdroid installed, but they have never appeared since I uninstalled Ringdroid.

As I said, I really liked Ringdroid; it's a great program, does what it says it will do, and does it well, but until I'm sure that it's not going to load junk onto my phone, I'll only install it long enough to create a ringtone (which I rarely do), then immediately uninstall it. However, if others have better or newer information to the contrary, I'll be glad to hear it.

by mjuice7 on 7. April 2013 - 9:24  (106871)

hi yankiwi, i think you may find that you have downloaded a knock off copy of ringdroid from google play. it is called ringdroid (social edition) by song qinglin. a while ago i did the same as ringdroid had not developed their most excellent app for ice cream sandwich/jellybean at the time i needed it. it did exactly the same things as you have detailed..crap dropped all over my screens from airpush. i finally tracked this down with the excellent dr. web. as far as i know & have experienced ringdroid has never done what you have detailed. ditch the fake app & get the real thing. as you stated it is a great app.

by jwalantsoneji on 7. April 2013 - 14:45  (106876)

BillPin which has acquired Billmonk just now has a good Android application for sharing bills.

by Yankiwi on 7. April 2013 - 22:33  (106877)

Hi, mjuice7,

Thanks for the suggestion, but I just went to Google Play and checked out both Ringdroid apps. After reading them both, I'm quite certain that I had the one from the Ringdroid Team, and for three reasons:

1) Because of the obvious difference in the two icons (I'd never before seen the blue and white emblem in the "Social Edition" icon);
2) Because I've never heard of "song ginglin," but seem to remember reading something about the "Ringdroid Team" before; and finally (and most important),
3) Because I am cheerfully "anti-social" and heartily detest Facebook, Twitter, and all other annoying forms of "social media" or anything that even remotely smacks of that, so I would never download the "social edition" of anything!

Ringdroid is indeed a great app, but for now I'll play it safe and leave it off my phone unless I have a reason to load it in order to create a specific ringtone. I hope others enjoy it and find it "AirPush-free."

Thanks again for your post.

by jausick2232 on 7. April 2013 - 22:45  (106878)

in need of assistance...my phone has been hacked and ive tried so many downloads and even bought a new phone that i sleep with at night and somehow it keeps happening...im starting to go nuts like its my personal mission to stop this from happening...any help is greatly appreciated

by mr6n8 on 7. April 2013 - 23:24  (106879)

The Ringdroid app linked from here is not a blue and white icon. It is redish note with a yellow scissors.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid

the Rindgdroid app with a blue and white emblem is from a different developer
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.media.ringtonemaker#?t.....

by mjuice7 on 8. April 2013 - 8:02  (106891)

just to visually clarify:

This is the good Ringdroid:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid&feature

This is the evil, crap, fake Ringdroid (Social Edition):

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid.social&featu...

Both look like the same icon except that the Social Edition (the evil, crap, fake Ringdroid) has a white circle filled in with blue, & a white "in" written on the blue background.

by Yankiwi on 8. April 2013 - 9:16  (106897)

Hi, mr6n8,

Thanks for your post, but I understood that difference. I was simply trying to use that difference to explain to the previous poster that one of the reasons that I knew that I had downloaded the original Ringdroid app and had NOT installed the "social edition" version from the alternate developer was that I had NOT seen that additional blue and white emblem before. Just to be sure I'm being clear, the Ringdroid I downloaded was the original Ringdroid with the icon that had only the reddish note and yellow scissors you described and did NOT have the additional blue and white emblem.

I hope this clears up any misunderstanding.

Cheers

by Yankiwi on 8. April 2013 - 9:20  (106898)

I agree (as noted in my posts 106877 and 106897).

Thanks for your post.

by mr6n8 on 8. April 2013 - 12:02  (106910)

OK I misread your previous post.

by DaRK.STaR on 25. April 2013 - 0:45  (107322)

Nice list!

I just got a tablet and I wanted to install an antivirus. This listing shows lookout and avast as the best ones but the best antivirus for android (your review) shows trustgo and avast as the tops choices. Who am I suppossed to believe? Does anyone else have some any suggestions?

by Jojo Yee on 25. April 2013 - 2:36  (107323)

Thanks for your kind comment DaRK.STaR. TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security is a new top pick selected by our fellow editor IO.Hazard in the review article. It's now updated in this mega list. Give it a try and hope that you'll like it.

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