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This list of Best Free Android Apps now includes 227 apps in various categories. To help you get the best of free Android apps from the Google Play store, we have selected some gems in each category and added them to the list with clear and brief descriptions of each app.

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Many thanks for the info braveangel. This list has now been updated with no Catch Notes.

I always appreciate a good security app, can't have enough security these days... I'll check out Trustgo! Thanks!

I have not seen any reference to Android Lost
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.androidlost

It's the best, most simple, cool featured security app I have seen.

Not only can I lock my phone remotely (from pc or other phone), I can remotely unlock it, erase data, send it a message, make it sound a loud siren, have it take a picture, have it display a message like "low battery warning" when the OK is pressed it snaps a picture and sends it to me... If stolen, I now have a photo of the bad guy/gal and also can get the GPS co-ordinates...

Lots of other features too, very useful, very simple app. I just love it. Best security app I found.
http://www.androidlost.com

Here are my recommendations:

Keyboard: TouchPal https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cootek.smartinputv5&hl=en (has swipe typing and additional languages)
System Toolbox: All-in-one Toolbox https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=imoblife.toolbox.full&hl=en
Launcher: ssLauncher https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ss.launcher (most innovative launcher with infinite customization options)
Battery saver: Battery Doctor https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ijinshan.kbatterydocto...

Hey remember me ? Been a long time since i posted here
Jojoyee there are many apps in your list that dont follow the holo guidelines
Also as Android 4+ has higher market share there is a huge lack of holo and android 4+ apps

Also the icon for evernote seems to be from ios version

Here is my list after a long time , categorised -

E book reader
Fabrik - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.icereader

Calendar
Digical - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digibites.calendar [Holo]

Notepad
Google keep - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep

Personal finance
Expense manager - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=at.markushi.expensemanager [Holo]

Converter
Flib - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tendaysoneapp.flib.con... [Holo]

Image editor
Aviary - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.aviary.android.feather

App backup and restore
Helium - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.koushikdutta.backup
[Can backup even app data - see description]

Program launcher
Nova Launcher - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher
[Android 4+ launcher]

Antivirus
Bitdefender - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.bitdefender.antivirus

Weather
Eye in sky - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citc.weather [Holo]

Social networking
Tweetdeck is dead so plz remove it from the list

Games
7x7: http://market.android.com/details?id=me.kiip.skeemo
Beach Buggy Blitz: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.vectorunit.yellow
Dead Trigger: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.madfingergames.deadtrigger [One of the best fps]
Nimble Quest: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.nimblebit.nimblequest [ Best casual game for me ]
Quantro: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.peaceray.quantro [Tetris clone]

Other utilities
AppGratis: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.imediapp.appgratis [ Get one free app per day ]
AppSales: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.tsapps.appsales [know which apps are on sale]
CritiCall: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.criticalltrial [phone rings for ur close ones even when on silent]
Flava: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.greenmon.flava [ Capture your life ]
JStock: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.yccheok.jstock.gui
LoaderDroid: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.zloy.android.downloader
Screebl Lite: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.keyes.screebl.lite [ keep your screen awake when phone is in your hands ]
TickTick: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.ticktick.task [ To do list ]
Wakelock Detector: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.uzumapps.wakelockdetector [ Know which apps are hogging your battery ]
reddit sync: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.laurencedawson.reddit_sync [ Best reddit client - should be posted in Social networking section ]
utilitas: http://market.android.com/details?id=it.utilitas [ all in one ]

Certainly yes Av_Crazy, you have been one of the great contributors to recommending good apps including this list. And yes the Holo theme design introduced since Android 4.0 ICS is a good trend for better cohesion between all apps on the Android OS and I believe more apps will adapt to it soon. I'll look into those that you've specifically recommended. The Evernote icon has now been fixed.

I didn't know phones or ipads could get viruses. Thanks for the great advise here.

I have come across an amazing backup and sync app for all devices and pc called Scatter. Dear Jojoyee, I highly recommend to add to this list

May I suggest to add Viber to the Best Free Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Android list? I know it had some ups and downs along the time, but the newer versions have improved the voice quality a lot and they have finally launched the desktop app that works pretty well too.

Regarding the "Best Free Apps Protection for Android"
I recommend APP Lock by DoMobile Lab. Has excellent reviews on Google Play
I have installed and used it on Samsung Note 2, and it is a rock solid stable app to lock any or all apps you chose
I have no affiliation with this program

A good suggestion Australia. APP Lock is now added to the list.
I received a mail from Astrid yesterday morning announcing that it has been bought by Yahoo!. They say the app will keep working for 90 days starting from may 1st and it will be gone after that period. You have to visit the app's site for more info about how to download and clear your personal data.
Good info IO.Hazard. Astrid is now delisted.
My pleasure Jojoyee. BTW, you're doing a cracking job providing Gizmo's visitors with this constantly updated megalist.

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?

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.

Wow, that was a quick response! Thanks for helping me Jojoyee.
Once I read your response I installed trustgo but then I went the lookout way. Now I'm trying to make up my mind between the two :P
I love your QR codes scheme. I just point 'n shoot and I go to the app I want fast 'n easy. Great Idea!

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

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

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.

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.

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

Thanks for your post.

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.

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.

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.....

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

OK I misread your previous post.
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.

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.

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