Best Free Android Apps

 
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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 Jojo Yee on 28. November 2011 - 8:31  (84039)

You're welcome Bygjj. XE Currency is one of the good apps I like. Try also Exchange Rates which is now added to the list.

by bygjj (not verified) on 29. November 2011 - 0:19  (84077)

Thanks a lot. I will definitely try it. How about any suggestion for forex monitoring?

by Jostrada (not verified) on 22. November 2011 - 10:20  (83690)

Well Mobeep is a very good free app too. It's another app store that has plenty of digital content like apps, games and videos: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.Ozura.MoBeep&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5PenVyYS5Nb0JlZXAiXQ..

by Viren (not verified) on 21. November 2011 - 8:01  (83630)

Can we application for Profile Switching. I got Android just few days ago and still learning. I use DHCP at home and fixed IP at work. So I need to make different profile to work at different places. It can be automatic or manual switching of WiFi Profile which stores all configurations.

It is Sony Xperia Pro. And I use Wifi in both circumstances where there is DHCP as well as Fixed IP used.

by Devashish (not verified) on 13. November 2011 - 5:45  (83184)

Hey guys,
I found this free app yest
https://market.android.com/details?id=LinkMyWorld.sem
Its a really good and unique app. I think it should be a part of the list too :-)

by dmoreau on 19. November 2011 - 2:16  (83516)

Hi! Please give my app Georeader a look. It is free and you can learn a ton of history with it and a lot more. It reads to you aloud historical markers when drive by them so you don't have to stop.

by Drizzle (not verified) on 11. November 2011 - 14:23  (83108)

K-9 Mail - sorry but the lack of a search tool for POP3 emails makes this email client useless as far as I am concerned. They claim that such a tool cannot be incorporated into their program (if you doubt me - check out their claims by searching on-line for advice on how to do a search when using K-9 Mail) - however even the standard Android client (to which I have returned - after all I only use my phone to check emails while on the go; it is not as my permanent email client - that is Thunderbird on my PC) has a search tool.

by Mark j (not verified) on 11. November 2011 - 8:31  (83088)

I find WinAmp to be the best free Music player and organizer. Far better than Astro, which is much weaker in music organization in the free version.

by frinjopop (not verified) on 10. November 2011 - 4:38  (83031)

Interested in Friendship, Dating , Relationship etc???

https://market.android.com/search?q=frinjopop

“Frinjo Pop”, search people with same interests as yours.
When two or more people with same interests come in proximity then you get notification. You can either send sms or make a phone call, if both are interested.

[Edit] Unnecessary details removed.

by Kai (not verified) on 9. November 2011 - 4:10  (82952)

I suggest:

(Shh! auto-silencer Lite)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zeus.chut&feature=also_installed#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwNCwiY29tLnpldXMuY2h1dCJd

(Visidon AppLock)
https://market.android.com/details?id=visidon.AppLock&feature=search_result

by Kai (not verified) on 9. November 2011 - 4:09  (82951)

(silent mode timer free)
https://market.android.com/details?id=co.uk.sentinelweb.silenttimer&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvLnVrLnNlbnRpbmVsd2ViLnNpbGVudHRpbWVyIl0.

(RD mute)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.raidroid.rdmute&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5yYWlkcm9pZC5yZG11dGUiXQ..

(silence scheduler)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.silence_scheduler&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5zaWxlbmNlX3NjaGVkdWxlciJd

timed profiles
https://market.android.com/details?id=ayman.utils.timedprofiles&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImF5bWFuLnV0aWxzLnRpbWVkcHJvZmlsZXMiXQ..

(silent time lite)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.QuiteHypnotic.SilentTime&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5RdWl0ZUh5cG5vdGljLlNpbGVudFRpbWUiXQ..

(phone silencer)
https://market.android.com/details?id=org.peterbaldwin.silencer&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIm9yZy5wZXRlcmJhbGR3aW4uc2lsZW5jZXIiXQ..

by Back to school. (not verified) on 4. November 2011 - 10:03  (82704)

Retro Calculator is fun if you don't need all the bells and whistles of a scientific calculator.
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.android.calc&hl=en

by rylynn (not verified) on 1. November 2011 - 13:43  (82526)

From "Phone and messaging" I'd like to mention about smslemon.com. It's android app to manage sms via web site.

by YmerejO42 (not verified) on 1. November 2011 - 6:39  (82515)

Just to let you know, I use GO Launcher EX, and after a friend was bragging one day about how many home screens he had (7), I decided to try with mine... The max is 30, not 9. Once you fill the screen, you can swipe it sideways and add more.

This is the free version, not the paid.

by KAI (not verified) on 28. October 2011 - 10:58  (82296)

how about Facebook Messenger?

by oborm (not verified) on 27. October 2011 - 8:44  (82222)

I would suggest to use NetQin Mobile Security I think its better then Lookout.

by bernardz on 21. October 2011 - 11:09  (81839)

Wifi Analysiser is one I use a lot, it tells me what Wifi connections are available and how strong they are.

by Jojo Yee on 31. October 2011 - 8:52  (82457)

Good suggestion Bernardz. Wifi Analyzer is now on the list.

by bernardz on 21. October 2011 - 11:07  (81838)

Profile Timer Free, a simple but quite a useful app. It lets you set your profile in silent for a period of time, say a movie or a meeting then it reverts back to normal.

It would great if it had a location there just in case you left early.

by RAD (not verified) on 21. October 2011 - 9:26  (81829)

If you are into music apps, you may wanna check our new radio app for android we've just launched and tell us what you think. The app is for free and offers more than 4000 international radio stations and podcasts. We are constantly adding new stations and if you can't find your favorite we'll add it. contact@rad.io. Hope you enjoy!

by Phil Trip (not verified) on 15. November 2011 - 15:04  (83330)

rad.io rocks!

Bubba Army Rules!

by okrick on 18. October 2011 - 6:52  (81643)

Jojoyee,

I feel Google Sky should be included in the Educational category. Download the app then hold the phone up next to any part of the night sky. The default display orients to the direction perpendicular to the display, e.g. the display shows roughly the portion of sky that would be shown in the built in camera.

Come to think of it, I'll include the app on the free astronomy page.

Rick

by Jojo Yee on 18. October 2011 - 13:49  (81657)

Absolutely that's a fun and good educational app, Rick, and I would agree it will be a good add-on to your review article Best Free Astronomy Software. I tried this app sometime ago and quite liked it but somehow it was missing from my to-be-reviewed list. Thanks for the suggestion and it's now added to the list here.

by PunaJim (not verified) on 5. October 2011 - 5:24  (80906)

I don't have an Android phone, but I do have an {Pandigital} S3C6410ANDROID ADB, and I have no programs and not much more then an operating system and two games. Solatary and Links. Other then that, I have nothing. I'd like to get some of the games on here and some of the apps as well. but I don't have a Android Phone so this web page is not letting me get any thing.

Please help... I just bought this yesterday.

Mahalo.

by Anonymous! (not verified) on 7. October 2011 - 23:49  (81077)

I believe the reader comes with SlideME marketplace to download apps. Or you can go with the Amazon App Store for android. To use Amazon, configure your included email client, then in the browser, go to their app store to download the app store app to the reader - follow their very good instrutions - and go from there. I don't think Google Android Marketplace is supported.

by esfritzi (not verified) on 7. October 2011 - 23:05  (81075)

Take it back for a refund and look at the new Kindle tablet, which uses the Android operating system.

by Mountainh2o (not verified) on 27. November 2011 - 17:16  (83999)

Yes, take it back! Get a Droid X2 for a less expensive phone, and a Motorola Razr if you have some money to spend. The Motorola Phones ROCK! I get metal detector, flashlights, compasses, two types of barcode scanners, bubble level, super compass, guitar string tuner, speed test, just to name a few!

by Anonymous! (not verified) on 7. October 2011 - 23:50  (81078)

Pandigital uses the Android OS.

by Droid dude (not verified) on 4. October 2011 - 9:19  (80851)

I really liked Zlango messaging. it's an icon texting app, and it's still free https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zlango.zms&feature

by saeed beydaghi (not verified) on 4. October 2011 - 7:46  (80849)

Angry Birds

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