Best Free Android Apps

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Best Free Office Suite for Android

Quickoffice (17 MB), create and edit Microsoft Office documents including Word, Excel and Powerpoint files without the need to convert to Google Docs. You can store the documents in Google Drive for access anywhere online, or save them locally on your mobile device for working offline.
Kingsoft Office (Free) (13 MB), view, create and edit Microsoft office documents including Word, Excel and Powerpoint with multiple supported file formats such as txt, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt and pptx. Basic editing and formatting tools are mostly available.
See also: Google Drive

Best Free PDF Reader for Android

Adobe Reader (6.6 MB), view PDF files clearly on selectable viewing modes such as fit-to-screen, continuous scroll or reflow text, supports for multi-touch zoom and navigation, and sharing PDF files via bluetooth or email.

Best Free E-Book Reader for Android

FBReader (3.6 MB), a highly customisable ebook reader with non-nonsense menus delivers an excellent way to read an ebook. The app supports epub, rtf, fb2 (.zip), mobi, and plain text file formats, text-to-speak and other plugins, and integrates with external dictionaries. (Review)
Moon+ Reader (5.7 MB), read books in various formats such as ePub, txt, html, chm, fb2, umd or zip, with user settings for visuals, controls and themes. You can also bookmark, highlight, add notes and lookup words, and get free ebooks from online libraries. (Review)
Cool Reader (6.5 MB) supports a multitude of ebook formats including epub (non-DRM), fb2, doc, txt, rtf, html, chm, tcr, pdb, prc, mobi (non-DRM), and pml, with loads of settings such as bookmarks, text to speech, fonts, etc., that make reading a book more interesting. (Review)

Best Free Comic Book Reader for Android

Perfect Viewer (3.7 MB), equipped with five viewing modes to fit your screen, this fast comic viewer supports archive file formats including cbz/zip, cbr/rar, 7z/cb7 and lzh and common image formats such as jpg, png, gif and bmp. It also supports viewing pdf files with Perfect Viewer PDF Plugin which is also free.
A Comic Viewer (673 KB), a lightweight comic book reader opens various file formats including cbz/zip, acv, cbr/rar, jpeg, png and bmp. Some useful features include scale images to suit your screen height or width, adjust screen brightness, and set left-to-right or right-to-left reading to your liking.

Best Free Calendar for Android

Jorte (5.8 MB), a good calendar in a monthly or weekly view with a scheduler function and other useful features such as data import and export, acquire national holidays, sync events and tasks with Google calendar and more.
aCalendar (1.1 MB), a free versatile calendar with no ads, uses Android's native calendar backend and sync, shows text in day, week and even month views, with flexible recurrences, adjustable font size, fullscreen widgets and other user settings to the way you want.
Calendar Pad (316 KB), better than the default calendar that comes with your Android devices, it allows you to see your events with text in day, week or month views in addition to other features.

Best Free Timer and Alarm Clock for Android

StopWatch & Timer (667 KB), where to look for other than this well-designed stop watch and count down timer? It's clean and simple, with optional colors and alarm sounds. A reliable tool to get ready for use.
AlarmDroid (3.1 MB), besides most basic features, it has flip-and-snooze allowing you to turn the alarm clock back into snooze mode by turning over the phone, speaking clock announcing the time and local weather conditions, music or an Internet radio stream for alarm tone, and more.
Alarm Clock for Android (3.9 MB), not just a simple wake-up alarm clock, but also a reminder for all what matters in life such as birthdays, anniversaries, conferences or any important events that you don't want to miss. Settings such as notification, ringtone and others are a plus.

Best Free Notepad and Notebook for Android

Evernote (11 MB), take notes, ideas, pictures and recordings with your mobile device, and sync them instantly to your Web or PC version. Not only can it index all your notes, Evernote recognizes the actual text within the pictures so that you can search them easily.

Best Free Reminder / To-do List for Android (6.7 MB), a very sweet To-do list app with alerts, speech recognition, cloud sync, backup and more. It's easy to use, press a task to change its priority, folder, alarm and note or share it; and long press an entry to move it around. (Review)
ColorNote Notepad Notes (535 KB), a handy note taking app in the form of text and checklist by color, with reminder, password, search and backup functions. You can easily schedule your notes and to-do lists in a calendar, pin a reminder on the status bar or stick a note on your homescreen via widgets.
Remember The Milk (3.4 MB) allows you to add and complete tasks on the go, organize tasks with priorities, due dates, time estimates, repeating, lists and tags, and sync with Remember The Milk online. Some features including unlimited sync and push notifications are only for Pro version.

Best Free Personal Finance for Android

Financisto - Expense Manager (2.2 MB), an open-source personal finance manager lets you record and monitor your daily transactions with multiple accounts in any currency you choose. Useful features include scheduled and recurring transactions, budgets, reports, backup and restore database, export to CSV or QIF files.
Expense Manager (222 KB), easily manage your expense and income accounts by categories and scheduled transactions. Supported features include payment alerts, expense reports and charts, password protection, import and export of account activities, etc.
Personal Finance (601 KB), on top of Expense Manager, you can do more with stock portfolios, market overview, financial news, real-time stock quotes, market indexes and rates, currency converter, loan calculator and more.

Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus for Android

Dictionary - Merriam-Webster (20 MB), type in or speak a word to look up its definitions, audio pronunciations, example sentences, synonyms and antonyms which are accessible offline. Most words including highlighted ones are hyperlinked for a tap to search deeper. Other features include Daily Word and Recent Searches. Ad-supported. (3.6 MB), includes more than 2 million definitions and synonyms from and, with audio pronunciation, voice-to-text search, hyperlinked words, favorite words list, Word of the Day, homescreen widget, offline dictionary, etc. Ad-supported.
Arcus Dictionary (6.3 MB), fast and ad-free dictionary with more than 165,000 words, definitions and synonyms without requiring network access after install, supports for text-to-speech, word hyperlinks, favorites and other options.

Best Free Encyclopedia for Android

Wikipedia (1.5 MB), search in your preset language for useful information from millions of articles written collaboratively by volunteers around the world with this official app optimized for your Android device, with today's featured article, save pages for offline viewing and other features such as optional font size, copy and share.
Wikidroid (Wikipedia Browser) (377 KB), a good alternative to the official Wikipedia app, Wikidroid allows you to view all Wikipedia articles formatted perfectly for your device in a fast and sleek interface with zoom, bookmark, copy, share and other features including save pages to SD card. Ad-supported.

Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree for Android

Ancestry (2.8 MB), an easy-to-use app to build and update a family tree of yours, or scour the research library by name to trace historical records with individual info, family, photos and evidence.

Best Free Translator for Android

Google Translate (4.9 MB), instantly translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages with voice input and text-to-speech supports. Other features include offline access to history and favorite items, display translations in full screen mode, handwriting and more.

Best Free Calculator for Android

Mobi Calculator FREE (176 KB), an excellent and easy-to-use calculator with math expressions, memory and history entries that can be edited for a recalculation without the need to enter them all over again. It comes with scientific functions and other useful features such as radix mode, time calculation and more.
RealCalc Scientific Calculator (296 KB), a scientific calculator that's fully featured and complete with unit conversions. Useful features include result history, digit grouping, 10 memories and more. Handy to use on a mobile device.
handyCalc Calculator (1.3 MB), powerful enough to solve equations with variables and functions, draw graphs for math expressions, and with unit and currency converters built-in, though it didn't respond well to a long expression when tried. (If the keypad doesn't work, please try the previous version from the developer's site.)

Best Free Unit and Currency Converter for Android

Unit Converter (828 KB), Wopnersoft's Unit Converter converts most common units of measure and currency in a simple and clean design. It's easy to use and allows for saving commonly used conversions to a favorites list.
Exchange Rates (750 KB), set a base currency you like, add other currencies to the conversion list and long press one of them to view charts in a time range you choose. Overall, it's an elegant currency converter that's easy to use, rich in features, integrated with a calculator, supporting online or offline mode and has no ads.

Best Free Compass for Android

Compass (3.0 MB), use this handy tool to check for direction, navigate from one place to another and for everything that is location-based. You can also easily make a quick note about the location using Catch Notes.

Best Free Flashlight for Android

Tiny Flashlight + LED (1.3 MB), use your device's camera LED flashlight or screen as a bright torch, with adjustable light sources and support for warning light, police light, color flashlight, strobe flashlight, morse code and more.

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by andrews on 12. February 2011 - 4:01  (66228)

Try astrid for tasks, syncs with google tasks and more...

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

Has anyone tried "AndExplorer" from Lysesoft?? a free file management app.

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 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 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 - - android pc suite

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 largetomtom (not verified) on 29. March 2011 - 3:49  (68733)

I use Droidwall (root required though) and APN on/off to block internet on some apps or just to disable internet access on my phone.

Writting in Japanese, I like Simeji 'keyboard'
supports hiragana, katakana, and kanji convertion. Still the best imo.

by Av_Crazy on 31. March 2011 - 13:03  (68976)

Go sms will be discontinued shortly
GO sms pro [free] has been launched
much better than go sms and with many many improvements

by Jaikrishna on 31. March 2011 - 13:58  (69027)

Awesome! Thanks a lot!
I'm buying a new Android phone and I'm a newbie to it.
Definitely this will help me out with many good Apps.

Keep up your good work.

by Jojo Yee on 31. March 2011 - 14:38  (69065)

Thanks for the update Av_Crazy.

by Jojo Yee on 31. March 2011 - 14:42  (69070)

You're welcome Jaikrishna.

by Prithvi (not verified) on 1. April 2011 - 6:19  (69263)

Please suggest a good app that asks for an unlock code for applications, files, folders, anything. All in one. 'Application Protection' works only for apps.


by Doug R (not verified) on 4. April 2011 - 6:18  (69418)

Well i personally use "GO launcher", it gives an option to apply a lock to ALL aplications, whether it be by pattern, pin, or just a verification button. Works great for me....My cousin downloaded an app that lets your kid(s) play with your phone and not do any harm, pretty neat if you have kids

by IronPlatypus on 11. April 2011 - 16:04  (69991)

I just stumbled upon Wifi Analyzer - it allows you to analyze nearby wifi networks. I don't have an Android phone so I haven't tried it out, but I read it's similar to the inSSIDer utility which is a great tool.

by kingkong (not verified) on 16. April 2011 - 18:06  (70320)

Boat Browser Mini is my favourite Android internet browser right now
just love it

by Jojo Yee on 17. April 2011 - 1:07  (70339)

Update: To keep the page neat and tidy, I've removed the QR Code buttons but the QR code images are still available when when you move the mouse over the program icons. Also as part of the improvements, this page has been made to load faster with optimized images.

by Jaikrishna on 17. April 2011 - 2:58  (70347)

Yeah, This is really tidy. But, the QR images could have been larger. There is some unwanted yellow space surrounding the QR image. Just enlarge the image to fit the box.
You could also display them on the left side of the icons so that the text is not hidden by it.

by Jojo Yee on 17. April 2011 - 3:49  (70350)

Thanks for your comment Jaikrishna. I've changed the padding color from yellow to white. Give it a try.

The size of QR images is reduced so that the page can load faster. I tried the barcode scanner on the images and they're still good for capturing. In another way, when I move the scanner nearer to the screen, I'll see a bigger QR image on the scanner.

The QR image will only cover up a small portion of text temporarily when you move the mouse over a program icon. It automatically clears itself when you move the mouse away from the icon. Placing the QR image to the left of the icons is a good idea but it can't be applied here as the image will be covered by the modules on the left panel.

by Jaikrishna on 17. April 2011 - 4:45  (70352)

Hmm, maybe your phone's camera is a very good one. But, I've got Galaxy Mini with 3 MP Fixed Focus camera.
I've tried pointing on the image at several distances for a lot of time. It just doesn't detect. But, previously the larger QR images were detected even at a distance of 1 feet from monitor.

It will work for most people, but some like me would never get it. It is your wish, to change back for ease of use or maintain this for faster page loading.

by Jojo Yee on 17. April 2011 - 7:20  (70365)

Appreciated your feedback Jaikrishna. The previous larger QR images will be made available soon. It will slow down the page load a bit but hopefully not much as the images are optimized and quite small in size.

[Update: The QR images have been replaced with the larger ones previously used.]

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