Best Free Android Apps

 

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Android AppsAndroid apps (short for applications) are mobile software designed for running on the Android operating system, which is one of the most popular platforms used in cellphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

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by MoHiCaN (not verified) on 25. March 2011 - 11:47  (68547)

Thanks a lot. Really appreciate it. Has been very helpful for me and my friends.

Which is the best file/folder lock free app out there?

by Av_Crazy on 23. March 2011 - 4:17  (68378)

Netfront Life Browser - new innovative browser

Schedalls - sms scheduler

Ndtv cricket - Follow live cricket scores

Mobilego - http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Telephony-SMS-GSM/Wondershare-Mobi... - android pc suite

by Av_Crazy on 16. March 2011 - 22:26  (68033)

Well i have tried skyfire many times on my lg p500 and it just *****
the startup is slow the page loading is slow everything is slow

now i was downloading dolphin browser and there are apparently three versions
doplhin browser hd - which has avery ugly look and even that felt slow
dolphin browser - like ucweb but it felt nice
dolphin browser mini - i just love it now ...its much nicer than opera mini and has many many features

plz check out the mini version

also can u tell if go launcher is better than launcherpro ?

by Jojo Yee on 17. March 2011 - 3:58  (68049)

Dolphin Browser HD works fine on my device but it's always good to choose the version that works best for you.

I've tried Go Launcher which is a good alternative to LauncherPro except that the former seems to allow for a max grid size of 5x5 in display settings whereas the latter allows for more, good for a device with a larger screen.

by Lowndes (not verified) on 16. March 2011 - 12:24  (67993)

Has anyone tried "AndExplorer" from Lysesoft?? a free file management app.
http://www.lysesoft.com/products/andexplorer/

Trying to find an easy way to send data files with email attachments. Looks like Google (Android) has a bias here, only supporting video and picture format attachments. It would seem to me these would take up considerably more bandwidth than a word or excel file, not to mention the "value" of "business" over "entertainment".

by 54pete on 24. February 2011 - 2:28  (66993)

Don't make the same mistake I did with Compass. I just couldn't get it to work properly (and I noticed many others had problems too). I finally realised that my phone cover with the nifty MAGNETIC latch was the problem. As Homer would say - Doh!

by AnonymousInTN (not verified) on 8. March 2011 - 0:23  (67618)

The Compass doesn't use a magnet; it works off GPS thus the magnet in your case won't bother it.

by 54pete on 14. March 2011 - 10:48  (67899)

The Compass app uses my phone's GPS to work out _where_ I am - that bit works. But to work out which way I'm pointing, it uses my phone's digital compass - that doesn't work due to the magnet in the case. If I take the phone out of, and away from, the case, it also knows which way I'm heading (after calibration). My HTC, and I expect all other smartphones also have a 'G-sensor' or 3-axis accelerometer, which tells it my movement (actually acceleration) in each of the three axes. For those interested, apps such as Sensor List can display all these, plus temperature, light level and possibly others - search on the Android Market for 'sensor'. Cheers.

by Anonymous12345678 (not verified) on 8. March 2011 - 8:19  (67632)

It is effected by magnets try putting a magnet near the phone, while using the compass, and a message will pop up.

by Nichoel (not verified) on 9. March 2011 - 4:30  (67666)

You can calibrate the compass by Settings>Location>Calibrate compass. That should help.

by Av_Crazy on 19. February 2011 - 4:37  (66700)

A good fun game - alchemy
androidify - cool app to make ur own android avatar
flikie wallpaper - awesome collection of wallpapers with default android image viewer style interface
floating images - another awesome image viewer

by Jojo Yee on 20. February 2011 - 5:16  (66773)

Thanks Av_Crazy, Flikie Wallpapers looks good.

by geekonabike on 13. February 2011 - 23:48  (66382)

Endomondo is hands down the Best Sports Tracking App in the universe + it's social networking with people you'd actually hang out with. On top of that it's all the motivation you can handle. + lots more Dead simple UI multi platform (any half smart phone)

by Jojo Yee on 20. February 2011 - 7:33  (66785)

The digits shown in duration and distance counters seem too big to fit in, or is it just me :-(

by andrews on 12. February 2011 - 3:46  (66226)

A few of my favs tgat are bit on the list...

File manager - linda file manager
Internet radio xiaa live
Browser - xscope
Apps finder - appbrain
Apps organizer - folder manager
Wifi tether (root) - barnical
Scanner - camscanner
Scanner police etc. - scanner radio
Diet manager - calorie counter
Auto milage and maintenance - acar
Timer - ultracron
Grocery list - groceryiq
Shipping tracker - parcels
Flashlight - tesla led
Parking aid - carry matey
Cheap gas - gas buddy
Travel aid - flightview, tripit
Task manager - astrid
Money manager - mint, loot
News - newsy
Weather - radar now
Store card manager - keyring
Dock home -car dock

Not free but my favorite and most used - tasker

by Jojo Yee on 20. February 2011 - 7:39  (66786)

Good list Andrews. Some of which like Mint and XiiaLive Lite are still not widely available and I think they're currently restricted to certain countries for download though.

by LilMaster (not verified) on 11. February 2011 - 3:02  (66168)

I continue to be surprised at how Gesture Search ends up missing most best app lists. It is among my top go to apps. Searching for an app on my phone: I use Gesture Search. Searching for a contact: ditto. Just a few (usually not more than 2) scrawled characters with my thumb as the phone rests on my palm and lo, I have what I want. Its an invaluable app that I strongly recommend to every Android user I meet (most are immediately amazed by it). Get it here: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.gesturesearch

by Jojo Yee on 11. February 2011 - 8:44  (66181)

You won't be surprised LilMaster as it's now in the list here. Definitely a good suggestion.

by deratu on 11. February 2011 - 2:31  (66160)

ES Explorer:
The description should mention that it provides wi-fi access and ftp to your pc.
App Backup:
Has anyone tested the Restore capability of apps like File Expert? Is the data related to the app restored as well? In my experience, few apps can actually do this and the one I use (Titanium Backup) requires Root access.
Online Backup:
Recommend SugarSync instead of DropBox. SugarSync provides 5GB free storage as opposed to DropBox’s 2GB. In addition, SugarSync backs up your photos to their servers and to your pc in the background while you carry on with other stuff (useful for my wife who doesn’t want to fiddle with file managers, etc.).
LauncherPro:
One of the best features of LauncherPro which hasn’t been mentioned is the ability to hide all the shovel-ware provided by your Telco.
News Reader:
Prefer NewsRob over Google Reader.
Music and Media Player:
doubleTwist. I can stream all of the music on my PC to my hi-fi (or anywhere else) using my phone.
Car Mode:
Speaker-phone toggle.
Fancy Widget:
Good looking widget showing time, date and weather.
ListMaster:
For simple lists like groceries etc.
Samsung’s Mobile Print
Flixster:
For movies.
SwiftKey Trial: [Mod: SwiftKey Keyboard is trialware. The feature Predictions expire after 31 days of use.]
Trying this out. After installing the app, it analyses your sms’ to establish your word patterns. The longer you use it the more accurate it gets at suggesting the next word you want.
Zimly:
Music and video player which I’m trying out. Very clean interface.

I second ES File Explorer, LauncherPro, Barcode Scanner, Documents To Go, Jorte, Springpad, Dolphin Browser HD, K9 (email client), GO SMS, Vlingo Virtual Assistant, LastPass (password manager), My Tracks, MyPhoneExplorer.

by Jojo Yee on 11. February 2011 - 2:38  (66164)

Appreciated various suggestions Deratu and I'll look into them. BTW, LastPass seems to be a free trial for 14 days and requires $12 annual subscription afterwards. In that case, we consider it as trialware and not freeware.

by deratu on 11. February 2011 - 4:04  (66170)

You are correct:) The PC version is free.

by abhay2009 on 9. February 2011 - 16:00  (66099)

I recommend to you Youlu Address Book as the best contact manager which has a nice streamlined easy interface. It is very easy to use and you would never turn back to use default android application to make a call or send sms.

by Jojo Yee on 10. February 2011 - 13:07  (66128)

Pretty good user interface and well integrated with Youlu Message. When signing up to Youlu.com, I've been asked to wait for SMS verification until time out couple of times. Yet to find a solution to it :(

by TRUE (not verified) on 28. January 2011 - 19:14  (65391)

you should check out Dolphin Browser HD, great browser

by Jojo Yee on 29. January 2011 - 1:52  (65408)

Thanks for mentioning it True, that's a powerful browser.

by ABHAY NANAL (not verified) on 24. January 2011 - 10:18  (65112)

I have found a new file explorer called "File Expert" which is much better than ES file explorer or Astro file manager.

by Jojo Yee on 24. January 2011 - 15:23  (65125)

Absolutely it is a good find Abhay and many thanks for sharing it.

by Webguy (not verified) on 22. January 2011 - 6:16  (64983)

Vlingo is a voice activated mobile powerhouse! Very impressive!
Just the SMS "Safe Reader" portion is worth it. Of course it will initiate calls via voice. However, it can also send SMS totally via voice! I even requires specific command to turn on it's command listener.

by Jojo Yee on 22. January 2011 - 13:24  (65001)

That's indeed a good suggestion Webguy.

by kendall.a on 21. January 2011 - 17:04  (64964)

I just read last night about a relatively new app called "JuiceDefender" and it sounds awesome!

http://latedroid.com/juicedefender

I'm going to check it out as it got high ratings from the review I read.

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