Best Free Android Apps

 
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Best Free Media Player for Android

MX Player (6.8 MB), a powerful video player supports for multi gestures such as pinch and unpinch to zoom in and out videos to fit your screen, left scroll to adjust brightness and right scroll to adjust volume, multi-core decoding, CPU optimization and better subtitle readability. (Review)
 
MoboPlayer (5.7 MB), playback videos in various formats with features including thumbnail displays, subtitles, slide up/down on the left/right side to adjust volume and brightness, long press a file to add to playlist, view properties and more. (Review)
 
QQPlayer (6.7 MB), a video player supports for most popular formats including avi, flv, mp4, 3gp, mkv, mov and more, with added features such as on-screen volume adjuster and a zoom button.
 
mVideoPlayer (1.4 MB), offers three modes of video zoom, supports for subtitle, playlist and a video library browser with thumbnails, video info, search and other optional tweaks. A good replacement of Android's built-in video player.
 
RealPlayer (2.6 MB), enjoy your favorite multimedia content all in one app—either watch a video, listen to music or view a slideshow of photoes. Features include select music by artists, albums, genres or ratings, photo thumbnail previews and various settings. (Review)
 

Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android

Rocket Music Player (6.5 MB) is a solid, fast and useful app with a good set of features including auto-playlists, 5-band equalizer, song rating, tags editing, embedded lyrics, setting a ringtone or even a sleep timer. (Review)
 
TTPod (5.0 MB), play your music files by titles, artist, albums, genres, folders, favorites or playlists, supporting rich features such as a skinnable player, visualization, 10-band equalizer, auto search and display album art and synchronized lyrics, shake to change songs, sleep timer and basic tag editor. (Review)
 
Winamp (6.8 MB), easy to use with a clean user interface. You can play music by albums, artists, songs, genres or playlists, sync files wirelessly with the desktop Winamp, access to Internet radio stations with SHOUTcast, download free music from Spinner or stream it from CDLP. The free version is Ad-supported and has no equalizer. (Review)
 
MyMusicOn Music Player (488 KB), a good directory music player with supports for album art and lyric displays, via either online searching for synced lyrics, LRC files or lyric ID3 tags saved in your music files.
 
3 (Cubed) (895 KB), enhance your experience in playing music with this creative player viewable in Cubed, Wall, Boring or Morph Flow mode, with other useful features inclusive of playlists, a graphical equalizer, widgets, fetching missing art covers and preference settings.
 

Best Free Media Streaming Software for Android

Qloud Media Free (5.7 MB), play your PC-based music, video and picture files on your mobile device everywhere you go, without the need to copy or upload the files as the Qloud Server on your PC streams your shared folders to your mobile via the Internet connection. Ad-supported.
 

Best Free Media Server and Renderer for Android

Flipps (11 MB), formerly iMediaShare, a popular app supports for DLNA or UPnP devices and turns your smartphone into a media server to stream your personal and online media to your TV via local WiFi network. It also acts as a media renderer to play back media content streamed from another compliant device.
 

Best Free Video Sharing for Android

YouTube (6.0 MB), search, share and view videos from the popular video sharing site YouTube with this official app in a clean user interface, or upload a video to YouTube right away from your mobile device.
 

Best Free Video Trimmer for Android

AndroVid Video Trimmer (7.0 MB), split a video file into two separate clips, trim away unwanted parts in a video, or grab a video frame in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. You can also convert videos into MP3 audio files with this app. Some special effects are only for the Pro version.
 

Best Free Movie Resource for Android

IMDb Movies & TV (1.4 MB), watch trailers, browse photos, find latest releases, explore popular charts, rate movies and share movie info from a huge resource of more than 1.5 million titles, and 3.2 million celebrities, actors and actresses, directors and crew members.
 

Best Free Radio Broadcasting for Android

TuneIn Radio (9.0 MB), listen to local or worldwide ratio station streams on the web, find an extensive selection of local radios, music, talks, sports and podcasts from over 100,000 stations, and preset your favorite channels at ease. (Review)
 
A Online Radio (1.0 MB), a complete online radio player for your device to play any channel including mp3, m3u, pls, aac, aacp channels, shoutcast and icecast directories. You can search for channels and save them into your favorite list, plus other useful features including sleep timer.
 

Best Free Ringtone Changer for Android

ZEDGE (2.1 MB), search and preview ringtones by categories, download any you like and set it as your default or contact ringtones, replacing the Android System ringtone which has fewer options. Searching wallpapers for your home screens is included. See also Wallpaper Changer.
 

Best Free Ringtone Maker for Android

Ringdroid (365 KB) incorporates an audio player with a volume unit (VU) meter—easy to use, just slide the start and end markers to make a ringtone by cutting an audio file down to size or recording a new one directly on your device. Supported file formats include MP3, Wav, AAC and AMR.
 

Best Free Lyrics Player for Android

musiXmatch Lyrics Player (6.6 MB), find lyrics of your music while you play it from within the app, identify music through the microphone with the Music ID, or search lyrics from a rich database of over 6 million lyrics in 18 languages.
 

Best Free Computer Piano for Android

My Piano (6.5 MB), a superb piano app comes in with studio quality sounds, various intruments and sound effects, multi-touch, optional two actaves, an integrated recorder with save and load functionality, plus a plethora of other features good for beginners and advanced users. Ad-supported.
 
Magic Piano (17 MB), experience the fun of playing piano with the keyboard in a variety of styles or by tapping on the beams of light to create melodies, share your musical skills with friends, enjoy a large catalog of songs or listen to other players' performances, all in this popular app. Additional songs require in-app purchases.
 

Best Free MP3 Tag Editor for Android

Pimp My Music (2.4 MB), auto fetch missing lyrics and album art covers in various sizes and edit most common tag fields including artist, title, album, genre, lyrics, track, year, composer and comment. It comes with a built-in player and supports formats including mp3, ogg, flac, aac, mp4, m4a and wma.
 

Best Free Remote Control for Android

Gmote 2.0 (319 KB), turn your mobile device into a remote control unit to browse and play music and video files on your computer—install this app on your device and Gmote Server on your PC, once it's set up, just sit back in a sofa and enjoy.
 

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by Av_Crazy on 20. September 2011 - 12:04  (79947)

Elixir has been updated to version 2 with more awesome features and widgets

and other apps worth considering -
browser texting
bunny shooter [ 5 stars in market right now ]
equalizer [ increase sound output ]
appbrain [ keep track of apps ]
go contacts ex
friendcaster - alternative to facebook
go book - constantly updated
go keyboard
robo defense - original tower defense game

by NCTreasure (not verified) on 20. September 2011 - 14:15  (79958)

Try Mr Number to block calls and texts from numbers you don't want to talk to. It is by far my favorite app. You can add groups such as all blocked/private calls as well as by what the number starts with. For example, you can block all calls that start with 800, 877, 866, etc. You can choose to also block texts from the numbers whose calls you have blocked. You can also choose whether you want these calls to go straight to your voicemail, or if you want your phone to pick up and hang up on these callers.

by NCTreasure (not verified) on 20. September 2011 - 14:22  (79959)

Try Mr Number to block calls and texts from numbers you don't want to talk to. It is by far my favorite app. You can add to your blocklist from contacts, or add groups such as all blocked/private calls as well as by what the number starts with. For example, you can block all calls that start with 800, 877, 866, etc. You can choose to also block texts from the numbers whose calls you have blocked. You can also choose whether you want these calls to go straight to your voicemail, or if you want your phone to pick up and hang up on these callers.

by Anonymous123 (not verified) on 20. September 2011 - 22:36  (79979)

Another class of application: "Best Free Ad Blocker".

Recommend "AdFree Android" by BigTinCan.com.

It turns out that there is an etc\hosts file on android, which means that specific IP addresses can be diverted to la-la-land. Addresses of AdMob servers, for example, can be changed from AdMob to a site that will never respond. Thus all the applications that show ads will never receive any ads to display. Elegant!

The list is updated via the (optional automatic) marketplace application update process, so it can stay current.

I have no association with BigTinCan -- I just like the product!

by Av_Crazy on 21. September 2011 - 18:49  (80056)

For adfree to work phone needs to be rooted

by Anonymous123 (not verified) on 22. September 2011 - 20:23  (80139)

Maybe we need a "Best rooting (unlocking) app"? [grin]

Try "Revolutionary: S-OFF & Recovery Tool 0.4pre4" documented at http://unrevoked.com/rootwiki/doku.php/public/revolutionary.

The program actually runs on your Linux or Windows PC with the phone connected to the USB port.

One more update, SU, [link to direct file edited out] will be needed to allow the SuperUser application to authorize apps like AdFree when they are launched.

Rooting the phone is a 5 step process.

1. Attach you phone to a USB port on the PC.

When/if the phone asks how to connect to the PC, select the "mass storage" or "external drive" option. The phone will be just like any USB thumb-drive.

(PS: you can now copy your music or pictures to/from the phone. Look in the DCIM and Media folders.)

2. Run Revolutionary on your PC.

This will unlock the phone's secure storage and install a "recover program".

Note there will be a reboot involved, which will disconnect the phone as a mass storage device. Repeat step 1) if it doesn't automatically reattach.

3. Copy the superuser zip file (don't unzip it) to the root directory of the SD card/external storage device.

Revolutionary will have changed the phone's hardware security settings to allow this. I just "dragged and dropped it".

4. Power off the phone and reboot into "recovery mode".

This starts the recovery program Revolutionary installed. It is a method of doing maintenance, somewhat analogous to powering on a PC and entering setup instead of booting Windows.

For my HTC phone, I hold the volume down button while I press the power button and quickly get a text mode menu driven program.

The recover menu will have a "flash the rom" option. This automatically finds the SU zip and applies it as an update. This update enables SuperUser to work.

After the rom is flashed, use the "reboot" option to reboot the phone.

5. Go to the market and install the "Superuser" application. This application watches for other applications to request superuser status, and (after prompting you) upgrades their privileges so the can successfully run as a superuser.

Sorry for the long post. Maybe I should write an article explaining all the "slang" and processes power users have for jail-breaking there Android phones?

by MidnightCowboy on 23. September 2011 - 6:26  (80163)

"Revolutionary comes with NO WARRANTY (express or implied), and NO GUARANTEE OF FITNESS for any particular task. Although we have attempted to minimize the risk the best we can, the authors disclaim any chance of damage to your phone. The entire risk of running Revolutionary lies with you, the user".

I believe this is best avoided at this stage unless you are a developer.

by Av_Crazy on 23. September 2011 - 8:36  (80177)

Rooting is not such a tedious process and every phone has got its own rooting method which can be found on other forums...and rooting is not for the average joe...if anyone wants to root there phone they can just search the net

by abhay2009 on 24. September 2011 - 12:13  (80252)

Dear Jojoyee,

Pl consider the following very good apps:
1. app Backup & Restore by Infolife LLC - this app is very good at backing up apps such that you can automate the process of backing up at the time of installation itself as it automatically backs up the latest version once it is installed. You can also decide how many versions to keep. This has totally automated the process of backing up my apps, such that I need not worry about manually backing up everytime I do updates.
2. Hearing Saver - it is very handy and useful app in the sense that it locks the media volume you set while hearing music with earphones attached and mutes the media volume once the earphones are unplugged.
3. Default App Manager - it has provided me a windows like options on android.
You will surely add these to the list, such is the usefulness of them.

by Jojo Yee on 26. September 2011 - 2:07  (80326)

App Backup & Restore is a good addon to the list Abhay2009. Other suggested apps are being tried while this list is split into multi pages for quicker page loading.

[Update: Default App Manager added to the list.]

by deetailed on 2. October 2011 - 13:34  (80741)

I'm gonna recommend Financisto (https://market.android.com/details?id=ru.orangesoftware.financisto) in the Personal Finance category. I've tried a lot of personal finance manager apps including Expense Manager that you recommend, and Financisto blows all of them out of the water IMO. It has good UI, many functions including filtering, custom categories & currency, can handle multiple accounts, can backup to SD and export to CSV, PIN lock... There's a considerable learning curve there but once you're used to it, it's working great. Moreover, there's no external content function like market rate, news, stocks. That is another plus for me (may be different for those who actually use those).

by Jojo Yee on 2. October 2011 - 15:06  (80746)

Good suggestion Vahid. AutomateIt added to the list.

by Akshay Suvarna on 3. October 2011 - 8:58  (80793)

hey thanks Nimitha! thats a great app!

by Av_Crazy on 4. October 2011 - 3:58  (80836)

Conmigo - expense manager
elixir - u still have not updated it
picturen lite - alternative to quickpic
maxthon - good browser
fireworks - another excellent game

by saeed beydaghi (not verified) on 4. October 2011 - 7:46  (80849)

Angry Birds

by Droid dude (not verified) on 4. October 2011 - 9:19  (80851)

I really liked Zlango messaging. it's an icon texting app, and it's still free https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zlango.zms&feature

by MidnightCowboy on 4. October 2011 - 9:21  (80852)

Is already included - see page 12

by PunaJim (not verified) on 5. October 2011 - 5:24  (80906)

I don't have an Android phone, but I do have an {Pandigital} S3C6410ANDROID ADB, and I have no programs and not much more then an operating system and two games. Solatary and Links. Other then that, I have nothing. I'd like to get some of the games on here and some of the apps as well. but I don't have a Android Phone so this web page is not letting me get any thing.

Please help... I just bought this yesterday.

Mahalo.

by esfritzi (not verified) on 7. October 2011 - 23:05  (81075)

Take it back for a refund and look at the new Kindle tablet, which uses the Android operating system.

by Anonymous! (not verified) on 7. October 2011 - 23:49  (81077)

I believe the reader comes with SlideME marketplace to download apps. Or you can go with the Amazon App Store for android. To use Amazon, configure your included email client, then in the browser, go to their app store to download the app store app to the reader - follow their very good instrutions - and go from there. I don't think Google Android Marketplace is supported.

by Anonymous! (not verified) on 7. October 2011 - 23:50  (81078)

Pandigital uses the Android OS.

by Jojo Yee on 9. October 2011 - 10:46  (81144)

Financisto is a good recommendation Deetailed. Thanks and added to the list.

by okrick on 18. October 2011 - 6:52  (81643)

Jojoyee,

I feel Google Sky should be included in the Educational category. Download the app then hold the phone up next to any part of the night sky. The default display orients to the direction perpendicular to the display, e.g. the display shows roughly the portion of sky that would be shown in the built in camera.

Come to think of it, I'll include the app on the free astronomy page.

Rick

by Jojo Yee on 18. October 2011 - 13:49  (81657)

Absolutely that's a fun and good educational app, Rick, and I would agree it will be a good add-on to your review article Best Free Astronomy Software. I tried this app sometime ago and quite liked it but somehow it was missing from my to-be-reviewed list. Thanks for the suggestion and it's now added to the list here.

by Jojo Yee on 20. October 2011 - 14:36  (81785)

GO Keyboard is a good suggestion Av-Crazy. Added now to the list.
Thanks for your many other suggestions too. Some of which are in my to-be-reviewed list and I'll test them out one by one whenever I can get some free time.

by RAD (not verified) on 21. October 2011 - 9:26  (81829)

If you are into music apps, you may wanna check our new radio app for android we've just launched and tell us what you think. The app is for free and offers more than 4000 international radio stations and podcasts. We are constantly adding new stations and if you can't find your favorite we'll add it. contact@rad.io. Hope you enjoy!

by bernardz on 21. October 2011 - 11:07  (81838)

Profile Timer Free, a simple but quite a useful app. It lets you set your profile in silent for a period of time, say a movie or a meeting then it reverts back to normal.

It would great if it had a location there just in case you left early.

by bernardz on 21. October 2011 - 11:09  (81839)

Wifi Analysiser is one I use a lot, it tells me what Wifi connections are available and how strong they are.

by Av_Crazy on 21. October 2011 - 12:59  (81850)

Ok take ur time

by oborm (not verified) on 27. October 2011 - 8:44  (82222)

I would suggest to use NetQin Mobile Security I think its better then Lookout.

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