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Best Free Android Apps

 
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8. Best Free Internet and eMail for Android
 

 

Best Free Web Browser for Android

Dolphin Browser HD (4.8 MB), a powerful browser with multi-tab browsing, bookmarking and syncing, multi-touch zooming, back and forward navigation, better HTML5 support, versatile add-ons, optional mobile view and many more features. (Review)
 
Chrome (23.9 MB), a popular browser for you to search and browse fast, sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your phone or tablet, and open a tab in Incognito mode to browse without saving your history. Runs on Android 4.0 and up.
 
Firefox (17 MB), enjoy the mobile version of the desktop Firefox. You can switch tabs with live thumbnails, control privacy, customize with mobile add-ons, and sync your desktop history, bookmarks and passwords to your mobile devices.
 
Opera Mini (908 KB), a good alternative to Android's Web Browser to provide fast pageloads as it uses powerful servers to compress Web pages by up to 90% before sending them to your mobile device, with Speed Dial to get you to favorite sites quickly too. (Review)
 
Skyfire Web Browser (1.7 MB), gives you more features with tabbed browsing, loading pages as an Android user agent or desktop browser, support for HTML5 flash videos, easy access to Facebook and Twitter news feeds, various useful settings and more.
 
Maxthon Android Web Browser (5.5 MB), a fast and handy browser with supports for tab browsing, gesture commands, forward and backward navigations, full-screen browsing, favorites manager and sync, download manager, add-ons and many more features.
 

Best Free Webmail for Android

Gmail (2.5 MB), a dedicated Gmail application with email pushed automatically to your phone. Supports for multiple Gmail accounts, search and access synched messages when offline and other common features.
 
GMX Mail (4.4 MB), access your GMX mails on the go using this official app optimized for your mobile device. The app also includes a Mail Collector for you to read and send emails from your multiple email accounts, such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and more, all in one place.
 

Best Free Email Client for Android

K-9 Mail (1.83 MB), a powerful and open-source email client for replacement of Android's default Email app, supporting standard protocols such as IMAP and POP3, with search, push email, multi-folder sync, flagging, signatures, bcc-self and more.
 

Best Free Download Helper for Android

Download All Files (438 KB), tried to download a file but greeted with the message Content not supported? This app helps you download all file types (except for streaming media) and save email attachments to your SD card.
 

Best Free News Reader or Feed Aggregator for Android

Flipboard (3.6 MB), flip through the news from websites, or the updates and photos on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, etc., all in a magazine layout that's easy and fun to read. You can also customize your Flipboard with the sections you like, share articles and photos, or comment on posts.
 
Pulse News (8.3 MB), manage your news sources in tabbed pages, browse stories by sliding visual mosaics and tap one to read in full. What's more? Add stories to your Pulse.me accessible on the Web, or share them with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.
 
Google Play Newsstand (7.4 MB), read news and magazines on your mobile devices with highlights and categorized stories, add favorites to the library, bookmark articles for offline viewing, explore new topics and subscribe to the RSS feeds you like.
 
World Newspapers (2.4 MB), take a few you like from a directory of thousands of local and international newspapers, magazines and websites, and add them to your favorites for reading with optimized display. You can also download webpages for offline viewing, mark Pocket (formerly Read It later), etc.
 

Best Free Bookmark Manager for Android

Pocket -formerly Read It Later (2.6 MB), ever come across something on the web you'd like to view but can't at that time on a browser? Add it to your Pocket bookmark list from your PC or mobile for viewing at your leisure. This app downloads articles or web contents (except videos) in the list to your Android device for offline viewing too.
 
Google Search (608 KB), search the Web, as well as the applications and contacts on your device, with this official Google Search app and get search results and suggestions instantly as you type.
 
Google Goggles (3.0 MB), snap a picture and search the web for the info you want—either it's barcodes, print ads, landmarks, books and DVDs, contacts info, logos, some text to translate or even Sudoku puzzles to solve.
 
Maps (6.9 MB), an excellent mobile mapping app by Google to get directions to go from one place to another, search for any business or place to find more info, or see where your friends are right now on the map and so on.
 
Waze social GPS maps & traffic (18 MB), a voice-guided navigation app complete with live maps, turn-by-turn directions, automatic re-routing as conditions on the road change, and community generated real-time traffic and road alerts including accidents, hazards, police traps and more.
 

Best Free Weather Alert and Monitoring for Android

GO Weather (5.2 MB), monitor live weather conditions and forecasts at your location or other places you selected from around the world, with a desktop widget, video or image background, alert notification and other features. No ads.
 

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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

View more ScanCard’s reviews:
http://xmscan.wordpress.com/products/press/

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!