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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 Currents (6.0 MB), read your news and RSS feeds in beautiful magazine-like editions on your mobile devices with features including Pick of the Week, saved stories, your favorite blogs and feeds, and publisher editions covering news, lifestyle, business, science, technology, sports, entertainment and more.
 
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 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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