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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 browsix.com 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 sourabh (not verified) on 18. July 2011 - 8:25  (75744)

Hi friends,
I want to know app. which can record incoming and outgoing calls and compatible on LG P500.

Regards,
Sourabh

by Jaikrishna on 18. July 2011 - 14:27  (75757)

I'd like to recommend Llama - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.kebab.Llama
It is an automatic profile switcher based on conditions such as time and location.
It can also perform a variety of actions based on a combination of various conditions.
IN SHORT- It is a free alternative to Tasker

by abhay2009 on 21. July 2011 - 15:21  (75974)

Dear Jojoyee,

I request you to consider adding following apps to the list:

Smart Taskbar (Sidebar) - a fine alternative launcher and multi-tasking app.

Go Weather Widget - excellent free weather widget with a lot of skins and wallpapers!

by Jojo Yee on 22. July 2011 - 9:01  (76018)

Thanks Abhay2009 for mentioning GO Weather which is a good app and added to the list. Smart Taskbar is a nice app too but IMO when compared with Apps Organizer, the latter works more directly and efficiently as a program launcher.

by Jojo Yee on 23. July 2011 - 9:44  (76091)

Thanks Jaikrishna for the suggestion. I've installed the app and need some time to evaluate it.

[Update: This app worked well and added to the list.]

by Jaikrishna on 24. July 2011 - 7:19  (76149)

You are welcome! I'm using the app and its very helpful.
I'd suggest changing its title to "Profile Changer and Automator". Because it can also perform other actions like turning off wifi/bluetooth, closing an application, playing music,..etc.

by Jojo Yee on 24. July 2011 - 8:58  (76152)

That's a good idea Jaikrishna.

by abhay2009 on 24. July 2011 - 12:32  (76159)

Dear Jojoyee,

Today, I am going to suggest 2 new apps which are worth including this list without thinking any further, such is the usefulness and features of the free version of each apps:

1. Juicedefender - a versetile and all-round battery maintenance app.
2. Widgetsoid - excellent widgets maker app for catering all your needs for widgets.

I am sure that you will definitely thank me and compliment me for suggesting these two!

by Jojo Yee on 25. July 2011 - 13:11  (76211)

Thanks Abhay2009 for suggesting more good apps. I'll give them a try and compare with others within a week or so.

[Update: Both apps added.]

by Mobile Software (not verified) on 28. July 2011 - 12:31  (76355)

With NoteRec (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.knowgear.noterec) you can record a meeting, take notes and later playback the meeting jumping to the audio position associated with each note.

by king khan (not verified) on 29. July 2011 - 7:32  (76425)

Easy Filter Call Blocker & SMS is not on the market anymore, anyother sources or similar app? I know Handcent has a blacklist feature, but I want only the filtering functionality and not a replacement for the default sms app.

by Jojo Yee on 30. July 2011 - 2:45  (76502)

Thanks King Khan for the info. You might want to give BlackList a try.

by abhay2009 on 1. August 2011 - 5:26  (76659)

Dear Jojo,

I have replaced Diaro with Colornotes as Diary app. Colornotes is a great app.

by abhay2009 on 1. August 2011 - 10:20  (76685)

Dear Jojoyee,

I was searching the Market for excellent Analog Clock Widget and I found Animated Analog Clock Widget worth to put on my home screen. I found it to be accurate and trendy with 3 skin packs to put on.

by Jojo Yee on 2. August 2011 - 2:21  (76725)

Thanks Abhay2009 for the info. The animated ticking second hand of the clock was pretty cool, though the clock looked a bit oval in shape when tried on my device.

by Gregster on 6. August 2011 - 14:28  (77036)

Hi Jojo and All,

Here is my first contribution. I was searching for a music player, frustrated that most are library based, I need a directory based one but couldn't get on with your suggested MyMusicOn music player.
When I upload a compilation album, I want it to stay as an album, not get scattered around as a hundred thousand artists!
I found MortPlayer, which I'm very happy with, it simply shows my albums.

However, while searching I found the most brilliant music app, moodagent. It has 5 sliders (sensual, tender, happy, angry, tempo) to adjust, so depending on your mood it will search your library and generate and play a playlist, perfect. What it also does is point you in the direction of other related music, online.

Try Cover Art Downloader if you're missing any covers

So now I have all music bases covered, Sorted!

Other apps I use thanks to this list are:
Application Protection (personal / confidential notes in Evernote)
Lookout AV and contacts back-up
Opera Mini (the Only browser to use!)
CamCard Lite
MoboPlayer

Other apps:
SlideIt Soft Keyboard for all my typing
Smart Rotator

Thanks for a brilliant site!!!!!!!!!!

G.

P.S. gonna try out Diaro, thanks for the tip abhay2009

[Moderator's note : Names edited of some programs to point to free versions. Commercial program edited out.]

by XMSCAN (not verified) on 10. August 2011 - 3:29  (77349)

Hi guys, we are happy to announce here that we have released ScanCard FREE VERSION (instead of previous lite version) on Android Market.

You would be able to capture images, recognize and save limitless cards. The service is also cloud-based, which means your cards are backed up on the cloud service as well. Then you will be free to manage your contacts anywhere at anytime. The only constraint is that you need a web synchronization account, which is free charge as well, to use the solution.

By far, we are the only “100% free” business card reader working on Android OS, which recognizes Chinese, English and other European languages, with a real performant OCR (Optical Character Recognition) engine, accuracy up to 95%+++. Compared to most cloud-based solutions, with ScanCard you are getting the recognized contact information immediately after capturing the business card's image, no need to wait days and hours before getting it on hand.

View ScanCard's video on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/xmscan?v=XP4hqLK410I

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Download Link:
https://market.android.com/details?id=scan.bcr.ch

Any comments are welcome! Thanks for your supporting!

XMSCAN

by Joy039 (not verified) on 10. August 2011 - 6:36  (77358)

Go Launcher EX is getting better and better in my opinion.

Anyway, I wanna share this, maybe the easiest way to activate and deactivate either pin or password or pattern screen lock if we set one on. With just 2 clicks :)
First of all, I use pin for screen lock. I prefer to lock the phone to only just some applications. Personal taste.
'Turning off' the security lock password/pin/pattern via Android setting is time wasting :)

I use Simi Clock Widget
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.th.android.widget.gTabsimiClock
2x1 is enough for me as I like clean home screen. Simi Clock can also be used as applications launcher. I set the left tap for No Lock app
https://market.android.com/details?id=org.jraf.android.nolock
So if I don't want to lock my phone, I just use No Lock to disable locking. Same way if I want to lock it (with security pin is always on).

Plus, set Go Laucher EX glide down action for Screen Off and Lock app
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.katecca.screenofflock

Thanks

by Prasad Bharadwaj (not verified) on 10. August 2011 - 9:31  (77368)

HI Jojoyee,

I need email application which can save my inbox read email and read it as and when i needed with attachment.

Currently am using maildroid...this application has a functionality to send and receive email and also to move to sd card ( Memory Card )

Once i download all the email's to my computer mail clinet like outlook...that's end of it..

i will not be able to view email's on my mail droid which is in android phone.

Need a solution for this.

Thanks & Regards
Nagendra Prasad

by Jojo Yee on 11. August 2011 - 4:40  (77421)

IMO a better option is to use a webmail which you can access across platforms and devices from any places. If I understand it correctly, I don't think MailDroid supports for reading Outlook archives or the other way around.

by Jojo Yee on 11. August 2011 - 4:47  (77423)

Welcome your contribution Gregster and thanks for sharing it with us.

by Nimitha (not verified) on 18. August 2011 - 10:15  (77887)

Hi Jojoyee,

I would like to suggest a new app that got released to the Android market a couple of weeks back.

It is myBantu - a free online personal assistant.
myBantu is a free online personal assistant that helps you in dining, movie, shopping and local business needs. It gives you very personalized and relevant recommendations, opinions from friends and web world, online coupons and more.

Check this link: www.mybantu.com
Also, https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mybantu.app

by Vahid (not verified) on 19. August 2011 - 5:26  (77927)

Hi There,

I used both contact managers you mentioned here but didn't like them and ended up with "Go Contacts". Free and cool! based on HTC Sence contact manager I think but great for that am on CM7 at the moment.

Cheers

by mobiappmax (not verified) on 20. August 2011 - 6:20  (78009)

Speedtest.net is widely used for giving key measurements on ping,Easy Filter Call Blocker & SMS is not on the market anymore, anyother sources or similar app? I know Handcent has a blacklist feature

by mattb (not verified) on 20. August 2011 - 14:44  (78037)

rooting and overclocking is a very bad idea. all your doing is making the processor work harder which will shorten the life span of the phone. a better option is to figure out whats causing the problem and fix that. i mean if your car didn't have any power you wouldn't just jam the gas pedal to the floor, you'd take it to a mechanic and see what was wrong with it. fixing problems > band-aids like overclocking.

by Av_Crazy on 27. August 2011 - 13:54  (78441)

Finally i can utilize all the best and hd applciation with my new S2 :D

And here are some apps for u to consider

1. 2 player reactor - great game
2. air control lite - another great game
3. alarm clock xtreme - better than alarmdroid imo
4. android pro widgets - cool set of widgets
5. android lost - many features for free
6. autorun manager - like autoruns for pc
7.appremover - much faster dan easy uninstaller

and many more..will add later

by mattb (not verified) on 30. August 2011 - 23:18  (78691)

id like to recommend weatherbug. its free, tracks your location so it gives you updates where you currently are, has alerts in it. plus its free. its the best and i have tried them all as im a truck driver and knowing the weather is a big help.

by Kathyyy (not verified) on 14. September 2011 - 18:02  (79605)

I like http://smslemon.com. This is Android app to manage smses by the website. I can send, receive, browse and... my smses from phone by the website smslemon.com. This app is very helpful and simple for me. It's worth to check.

by Jojo Yee on 17. September 2011 - 7:09  (79769)

Good suggestions Av-Crazy.

[Update: both Air Control Lite and 2 Player Reactor added to the list.]

by Vahid (not verified) on 20. September 2011 - 7:11  (79937)

Hi Jojoyee,

I have 2 suggestions that have made my life much easier

1. FTPServer. is exactly what its name says

2. automateit which is kind of light, more user friendly and free version of the famous Tasker app.

Now my wifi is enable automatically when I'm at home and my FTP server is also automatically started when I'm connected to my home WiFi and my phone FTP is auto-mounted on my Ubuntu, so: my phone is wirelessly accessible when I get home without touching anything!

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