Best Free Android Apps

 
 
Best Free Personal Development for Android
 

 

Best Free Articles and Answers for Android

HowStuffWorks (4.09 MB), gives you instant access to over 30,000 articles, podcasts and videos with clear explanations of how things work. You can select Featured, Facts, Shows, Read or Quotes, or type your own question and search for the answers which are made simple and easy to understand.
 

Best Free Astronomy Software for Android

Google Sky Map (2.2 MB), point your device at the night sky or browse the skies in manual mode from anywhere at anytime and it helps you identify the stars, planets, constellations and other celestial objects with labels. You can also zoom and search the objects with this absolutely fun and good educational app.
 

Best Free Language Learning for Android

A Word A Day (235 KB), learn today's English word from Merriam-Webster dictionary, or download the episode and listen to it, with good examples and meaningful word origins. You can also practice your English word pronunciation with Google voice.
 
Duolingo (4.9 MB), a popular and high quality app for you to learn another language from the language you're familiar with, either it's Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, or English. It's fun, addictive and allows you to track your progress with shiny achievements. No fees, no ads and no gimmicks.
 

Best Free Publishing and Reading for Android

Free Books - Wattpad Ebooks (21.7 MB), a remarkable app connects writers to readers instantly and has a huge library of millions of books and stories available for free. Writers can easily publish their work, build a fan base and receive feedback, while readers can collect stories into reading lists, post comments, vote for their favorites and share with friends.
 

Best Free Sports Tracking for Android

My Tracks (832 KB), record your GPS tracks and view live statistics including time, speed, distance and elevation while hiking, cycling, running or participating in other outdoor activities. You can also share your tracks by sending them to Google My Maps and Google Docs.
 
CardioTrainer (5.45 MB), an excellent application to track and record your fitness activity with GPS and pedometer functions. Voice notifications, schedules and reminders, music integration and many more features are included.
 

Best Free Talks and Lectures for Android

TED (4.4 MB), talks at TED events usually last around 30 minutes and cover everything from technology to art to medicine to music. Almost all of the talks are online for you to watch at your leisure or they can even be downloaded with the app for offline viewing.
 
 
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by grammygeek on 29. March 2014 - 15:11  (115390)

I would like to recommend a program. I used to use Airdroid to transfer my books to my tablet/phone - that is until I found Wifi Transfer -
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smarterdroid.wififilet...
It is much easer to use thatn Airdroid.

by West Swan on 1. April 2014 - 14:43  (115437)

Hello,

I am trying to fix an issue with a Sony Tablet S

Fortunately it has been rooted as I need to recover some deleted files from it.

My friends partner decided to 'play' with it.

Can you recommend a Freeware program to recover photos, contacts, messages, videos etc?

There are paid versions but I would rather not fork out any cash :-)

Regards,

Paul

by rickybobby on 21. April 2014 - 19:39  (115827)

A compelling list, no doubt about it. Thank you for making it.

Two comments:

1. The ZArchiver icon has changed to a new one, update it please.

2. I would like to recommend a very small file manager called 'Fo File Manager' https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seazon.fo It's a 330Kb download and shows the file attributes of any APK files you have, including the minimum version required. It also displays image files while showing their width and height. No ads, light and fast even on my old 800mhz phone running android 2.3.6.

by Jojo Yee on 22. April 2014 - 14:32  (115841)

Many thanks for your kind comments Rickybobby.

The ZArchiver app icon has now been updated.

by daviodan on 2. September 2014 - 10:34  (118344)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapfactor.navigator

MapFactor Navigator is a free turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for Android phones and tablets using OpenStreetMaps data. Maps are installed on the SD card so there is no need for an Internet connection when traveling. Map and app updates are FREE every month.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

AquaMail is an email app for Internet and Exchange mail, for Android 2.1 and higher.

Easy automatic setup for popular email services: Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, FastMail, Apple mail services (@me.com / @mac.com), GMX, AOL, and more. Recognizes mail accounts at domains hosted by Google Apps, Yahoo BizMail, and others.

by BillK on 13. October 2014 - 15:24  (119161)

I use Battery Doctor (Battery Saver) by Cheetah Mobile. It seems pretty good.
I also use Cheetah Mobile antivirus (CM Security) and Clean Master.
They seem to have good apps.

by UserError on 1. December 2014 - 19:11  (119925)

I've been using a very lightweight but still great file manager called Simple Explorer. It has material design, root capabilities, 100% free, and open-source.
You won't find it on the PlayStore, though. If you want to check it out, you must go to the official XDA thread:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2330864

by bernardz on 19. December 2014 - 11:04  (120152)
by viveksingh on 24. December 2014 - 5:13  (120225)

This website organized the apps in a perfect way. Interested user can easily find the required apps and games by exploring the desired categories.
User can also read the user reviews and comment relating to app and find the interested software. In very few website you can find such valuable information.

by morrig on 24. December 2014 - 12:55  (120235)

For some reason could not install Magic Piano by Smule on my tvbox which is seen as a Nexus 10 but will on my phone DG550, but found another great app for learning the piano or just playing with.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamestar.perfectpiano&...

by sonystrife on 1. February 2015 - 10:53  (120892)

360 Clean Droid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.cleandroid

-cache & junk cleaner (better than 1tap cleaner, BUT BE CAUTIOUS)
-startup manager
-memory booster
-privacy shredder
-nice & sleek ui layout ;)

i stopped using 1tap cleaner since it has quite many intrusive ads

by Anupam on 3. February 2015 - 18:44  (120946)

Jojo, would be good to add file transfer apps like Xender, Superbeam, or Shareit, which use wifi direct to transfer files at a really fast speed. Did not know about these until recently, and people should know about it. Maybe cover one of these in an app of the week article?

Also cover backup software for contacts, sms, etc, like SMS Backup and Restore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRe...

or Mobile Backup III: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobilehome.backup&hl=en

by Jojo Yee on 4. February 2015 - 3:55  (120951)

Thanks Anupam. Will look into the apps you've suggested.

Update: SHAREit has now been added to the list.

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