Best Free Android Apps

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Best Free Program Launcher for Android

GO Launcher EX (7.6 MB), support multiple home screens with a pinch to quick jump to any of them, enhanced with themes, resizable widgets and a more powerful app drawer, where you can choose to close all running programs at one go, clear history, hide apps or add a folder to group apps. User preferences can be set for display, dock, app drawer, operation and more.
LauncherPro (2.1 MB), increase number of home screens up to 7 and set which one to be the default, with animated screen previews, app launcher with fly-in effect and enhanced scrolling, shortcut dock and smooth scrolling between home screens with no lagging.
Apps Organizer (623 KB), allows you to access your apps more quickly via labels or widgets like Internet, Multimedia, Games, Tools or other groups you create. Smart, easy to use, and your home screens are no more cluttered with too many program shortcuts.

Best Free Onscreen Keyboard for Android

GO Keyboard (5.3 MB), a popular onscreen keyboard with support for multiple languages and keyboard layouts, correct words as you type, suggest words from the dictionary, sms and contacts, Emoji and fantasy text output, touch-and-slide to select a key variation, keypress sound varieties, voice recognition, themes and plugins.
Google Gesture Search (842 KB), find a contact, a bookmark, an application, or even a music track on your device by drawing alphabets and/or numbers on the screen, and instantly launch the app associated with the search result.

Best Free Wallpaper Changer for Android

PicSpeed HD Wallpapers (477 KB), browse more than 170,000 HD beautiful wallpapers by categories in high speed on the Internet, mark the ones you like most as your favorites and cycle them for your wallpaper at a time interval you set.
Flikie Wallpapers HD (2.7 MB), auto change wallpapers from a selected folder or online from Flikie at time intervals you set, and allow you to search, save and share high quality wallpapers from a great resource.
Backgrounds HD Wallpapers (144 KB), search popular wallpapers and tap one you like to set as wallpaper or add to your favorites list. You can also enable slideshow to auto rotate wallpapers from the list at fixed time intervals.

Best Free Task Manager for Android

Advanced Task Killer (160 KB), just one tap to instantly conserve memory or stop your selected apps from running without the need to wait until the system does it for you. You can also touch and hold a running task from the list, then from the context menu select 'ignore' to move it to an ignore list, or force stop that particular running app or service.

Best Free Task Switcher for Android

Task Switcher (150 KB), press the Home button to reveal the open apps, tap one of them to jump to it or tap and hold to close it. Press the Home button again and you are back to the Home page. You can also use this tool to select your preferred Home app and show widgets.

Best Free Default App Manager for Android

Default App Manager Lite (940 KB), which is your default browser or music player? Try this app which gives you a list of apps whether they are set to run by default and allows you to set or reset any of them easily, saving you the trouble of going through multiple steps to change a default app.

Best Free Installer for Android

Easy Installer (93 KB), search and install applications (.apk files) from your SD card, with batch install, filtering and sorting. What's more? long press an apk file to do more, for instance, sending an app to friends by email.

Best Free Uninstaller for Android

Easy Uninstaller (62 KB), search and sort the apps by name, size or date and multi-select those you wish to uninstall from your device. It makes the process easier and quicker.

Best Free Battery Saver for Android

JuiceDefender - battery saver (828 KB), extend the battery life of your Android device easily with just one tap, as it equips with preset profiles and automatically manages battery draining components for you. Some advanced features are limited to the paid version.
Battery Dr saver (1.1 MB), view battery usage by display, cell standby, Wi-Fi, phone idle and the system; check battery temperature, level and health; turn off unused services, kill tasks and adjust screen and volume to save battery life. See also Task Manager.

Best Free Remote Desktop for Android

AirDroid (3.7 MB), easy to use with a clean and excellent interface—just run it and press Start on your mobile to get an address, enter it into a web browser on your PC, log in with a default password, you can then interact with your Android device wirelessly over a local Wi-Fi by clicking some pretty icons from your PC browser.
WiFi File Explorer (1.8 MB), access files on your mobile from a PC browser and copy files between two devices via a local WiFi connection without needing a cable. You can also drag-and-drop files and folders around your device. Some features such as create a new folder, zip and unzip files, transfer multiple files are only available for the paid-for Pro version.
Browsix Lite (844 KB), browse the contents of your phone easily from a PC via wireless connection—just enter in your browser and you can view pictures, play music and videos on your PC. You can also send and receive SMS from the PC too. Some features such as file operations didn't work well when tested.

Best Free Automation Tool or Profile Changer for Android

Llama - Location Profiles (2.3 MB), annoyed at your phone going off at midnight? Use this handy app to change your phone profile to silent or quiet mode automatically during preset time. You can also add more events such as turn off Wifi, switch to airplane mode or take other actions on the conditions you set.
AutomateIt (4.3 MB), automate your device by the rules you set—if this is triggered then do that for me. Easy to use, just select a trigger and an action from the lists, tap Save and it does the jobs for you whenever the conditions are met.

Best Free System Monitor for Android

SystemPanel Lite (710 KB), a good system monitor to show usage of CPU, memory and storage, network traffic, active applications and internal system processes. It also doubles up as a task manager to terminate applications. See also Task Manager.

Best Free System Information for Android

Elixir 2 (5.7 MB), displays detailed info of your device: battery, internal and external storage, processor, memory, telephony, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, location, display, airplane mode, sync settings, ringing mode, camera, camcorder, installed applications, running processes, services and tasks.

Best Free System Toolbox for Android

ZDbox (3.0 MB), a handy and superb multi-purpose toolbox including Battery Info, 2G/3G Traffic, Silent Mode, App Lock, Task Killer, Uninstaller and App to SD all in one place. Clean and simple user interface with key status available at a glance and a quick tap to use any tools.

Best Free Widget Maker for Android

Widgetsoid (2.7 MB), making new widgets on your home screens has never been easier than this—long press a homescreen and tap Widget, select a size of Widgetsoid Switcher, tick the items you need from the various sections and click Apply. That's it and you can do more with many customization options.

Best Free Clipboard Manager for Android

Clipper (1.2 MB), a simple yet powerful clipboard and snippet manager for your mobile device to keep track of anything you copied to the clipboard and make it available right from the notification bar to view, edit and paste.

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by Weezl (not verified) on 4. June 2011 - 9:19  (73209)

Great article and especially helpful to a new smartphone and android user (2.1). I am currently implimenting your recommendations. Thanks.

Can you advise on the next best alterative for App 2 SD Free as it is not available for Android 2.1? Alternatively, is it possible to upgrade a phone with 2.1 to 2.2 (hope this is not a stupid question!)

by Jaikrishna on 4. June 2011 - 15:33  (73218)

The upgrade depends on your device's hardware and support.
Just google for upgrade to froyo
And if there's an upgrade you'll know.

Also search for your model and see the OS version.

by Av_Crazy on 5. June 2011 - 22:33  (73321)

Robotek , 2 player reactor , robo defense are good addicting games

and tweetdeck is now just for facebook and twitter..plz correct that in ur article...
and seesmic[by comitic] is a better choice imo

daily horoscope is another good app

netcounter doesnt sync data in realtime for wifi atleast for me..droidstats does that better

home manager[by carp] for those who use more than one home replacement app

and for im - meebo is not the best
trillian and imo are far better

quick settings by sergej is a good app

wallswitch is a good wallpaper changer app

thats it for now

by Jojo Yee on 6. June 2011 - 6:22  (73334)

Thanks Av_Crazy for the various suggestions and I'll check them out.

Nevertheless TweetDeck works just fine on my device for all four services including Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Google Buzz as described in the article. See also more details about Android TweekDeck.

by Av_Crazy on 6. June 2011 - 11:51  (73339)

oh m sorry for misunderstanding for tweetdeck

i went on the market
and it just shows twitter and facebook in bracket after the name so i got confused as i hadnt read the description

by Jojo Yee on 6. June 2011 - 16:15  (73377)

You're welcome Av-Crazy. The two words Twitter and Facebook in brackets after the app name is indeed misleading.

by gibby (not verified) on 7. June 2011 - 16:59  (73452)

thnks for telling me now im searching these apps

by ValR (not verified) on 10. June 2011 - 14:42  (73597)

Super article, really helpful and informative. At risk of playing Olver Twist and asking for yet more though. . .

My wife & I don't have smartphones (or iPhones, either) and have never had anything running an Android OS. But we're now about to acquire an Asus eeePad Transformer, this to save us from (a) lugging a laptop around with us and (b) avoid falling into the evil clutches of The Emperor Jobs.

Friends with smartphones say the Android apps get better and more plentiful by the day. But they also say, there's a big difference between a mobile phone app and a tablet app. And we've now read elsewhere that Android phone apps don't scale up well on the larger-screen tablets (our Asus is 10.1).

Asus and Motorola (and others) should now be running Honeycomb 3.1, so I wondered if the apps listed in this article are going to be compatible with Honeycomb -- or whether (as I suspect!) we're just going to have to download 'em all and find out for ourselves. . . Aaaargh.

by Jojo Yee on 10. June 2011 - 16:15  (73602)

That's a good point VaIR. For the time being, the list of Android Apps reviewed here mostly works best on Android 2.x, good for smart phones and other devices with a bigger screen for example 7".

Android 2.x dominates the market currently while Android 3.x is still pretty new (see also Android chart). I'm afraid that not many apps have optimized for the 10" tablet running on Android 3.x as yet, but things certainly will change given some time.

by Mike Gregory (not verified) on 13. June 2011 - 6:45  (73703)

Laputa application missing from Apps Store

I tried both your link and the one on their site but is is missing.

Emailed them to see what happened

by steveorg on 17. June 2011 - 16:01  (73925)

Gtunes QR code doesn't work.

by Angus S-F (not verified) on 17. June 2011 - 19:11  (73930)

Laputa Reader is gone from Android Market.

by Jojo Yee on 18. June 2011 - 0:26  (73940)

Laputa Reader's homepage is still on but its download from the Market is now not working. As an alternative, you can try to download the app from here, then use an installer to install the apk package.

by Jojo Yee on 18. June 2011 - 0:50  (73942)

Unfortunately GTunes Music is no longer available from the Android Market and it's now removed from the list. It'll be reviewed when it's back. Thanks Steveorg for posting it.

by Cdsonic (not verified) on 18. June 2011 - 0:52  (73943)

Try 'Wifi Static' to setup a static ip address on your android for your home or business wireless network.
also try 'Overlook Fling' to find out info about your home or business wireless network.

by Av_Crazy on 18. June 2011 - 5:37  (73950)

Try appremover from curvefish .. its much faster then easy uninstaller...easy uninstaller takes a lot of time to open sumtimes

by Kon (not verified) on 18. June 2011 - 22:15  (73972)

Pinky Dress is broken.

Battery Improve is also broken. I think there's a newer version, "Battery Improve(new)", which I think is the same?

by Jojo Yee on 19. June 2011 - 12:18  (73990)

Thanks Kon for the info. Battery Improve is now updated to Battery Improver(new) and Pinky Dressup is removed as it's currently not available from the Android Market.

by lizgor1 on 21. June 2011 - 15:30  (74098)

how do you register android phone so as you can download free apps

by Moj Mail (not verified) on 22. June 2011 - 5:27  (74143)

You forgot Docs!
Google's app to work&sync with your Google Docs.
Why keeping local notes if you can make it safer in the cloud and always accesible from other devices and computer?
The widget makes it quick to launch existing docs or make new.
But remember to NOT move it on SD card if you wish to use the widget, Android doesn't support widgets from SD card.
Go Docs ;)

by abhay2009 on 23. June 2011 - 4:46  (74221)

Dear Jojoyee,

I would like to suggest to wonderful applications:

by abhay2009 on 23. June 2011 - 4:48  (74222)


by abhay2009 on 23. June 2011 - 4:50  (74223)


by Anupam on 23. June 2011 - 11:42  (74249)

Its a kind request. Please type in small alphabets. In net etiquette, capital letters means you are screaming.

by Jojo Yee on 26. June 2011 - 4:46  (74344)

Many thanks Abhay2009 for the various good suggestions. ZDbox, Cube Calculator and 3G Watchdog mentioned by you are now added to the list and your other recommendations will be looked into.

by abhay2009 on 27. June 2011 - 2:45  (74379)

Pl also consider
Battery Minder - for battery alerts!
ZDclock - versatile alarm utility
SecretLock - for locking files.

by Jaikrishna on 28. June 2011 - 12:36  (74465)

You should definitely add handyCalc to this list. It includes a great scientific and graphic calculator, unit and currency converter.
I've already told once about this and you've not replied. Pls check and reply.

by Jojo Yee on 28. June 2011 - 15:51  (74470)

My apologies for missing out a good chance to try out this app.

The current version 0.51 of handyCalc available from the Android Market doesn't work well on Android 2.x. It's known to have a keypad problem in which a user is not allowed to enter any numbers from it, let alone doing calculations :(

I've downloaded the previous version v0.50 from the developer's site and it works on Android 2.x. The app is outstanding in its class and will be added to the list soon.

[Update]: handyCalc Calculator is now added.

by Jojo Yee on 28. June 2011 - 16:04  (74471)

Thanks Abhay2009. SecretLock seems to be identical to iLock which is currently available from the Android Market or unless I'm mistaken?

by Red Jenny (not verified) on 29. June 2011 - 8:05  (74505)

iRunner is a really fun game.

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