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.
 
Springpad (4.1 MB), quick and easy to add and organize notes, tasks, reminders, bookmarks, clippings, media or anything you want to remember in one place. Better still, it's synchronized and accessible on your device and on the web.
 

Best Free Reminder / To-do List for Android

Any.do (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.
 
Dictionary.com (3.6 MB), includes more than 2 million definitions and synonyms from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, 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 KAI (not verified) on 28. October 2011 - 10:58  (82296)

how about Facebook Messenger?

by Jojo Yee on 31. October 2011 - 7:34  (82454)

Thanks Av-Crazy, Maxthon Browser and Elixir 2 are now on the list.

by Jojo Yee on 31. October 2011 - 8:52  (82457)

Good suggestion Bernardz. Wifi Analyzer is now on the list.

by YmerejO42 (not verified) on 1. November 2011 - 6:39  (82515)

Just to let you know, I use GO Launcher EX, and after a friend was bragging one day about how many home screens he had (7), I decided to try with mine... The max is 30, not 9. Once you fill the screen, you can swipe it sideways and add more.

This is the free version, not the paid.

by rylynn (not verified) on 1. November 2011 - 13:43  (82526)

From "Phone and messaging" I'd like to mention about smslemon.com. It's android app to manage sms via web site.

by Back to school. (not verified) on 4. November 2011 - 10:03  (82704)

Retro Calculator is fun if you don't need all the bells and whistles of a scientific calculator.
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.android.calc&hl=en

by Kai (not verified) on 9. November 2011 - 4:09  (82951)

(silent mode timer free)
https://market.android.com/details?id=co.uk.sentinelweb.silenttimer&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvLnVrLnNlbnRpbmVsd2ViLnNpbGVudHRpbWVyIl0.

(RD mute)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.raidroid.rdmute&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5yYWlkcm9pZC5yZG11dGUiXQ..

(silence scheduler)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.silence_scheduler&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5zaWxlbmNlX3NjaGVkdWxlciJd

timed profiles
https://market.android.com/details?id=ayman.utils.timedprofiles&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImF5bWFuLnV0aWxzLnRpbWVkcHJvZmlsZXMiXQ..

(silent time lite)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.QuiteHypnotic.SilentTime&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5RdWl0ZUh5cG5vdGljLlNpbGVudFRpbWUiXQ..

(phone silencer)
https://market.android.com/details?id=org.peterbaldwin.silencer&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIm9yZy5wZXRlcmJhbGR3aW4uc2lsZW5jZXIiXQ..

by Kai (not verified) on 9. November 2011 - 4:10  (82952)

I suggest:

(Shh! auto-silencer Lite)
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zeus.chut&feature=also_installed#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwNCwiY29tLnpldXMuY2h1dCJd

(Visidon AppLock)
https://market.android.com/details?id=visidon.AppLock&feature=search_result

by frinjopop (not verified) on 10. November 2011 - 4:38  (83031)

Interested in Friendship, Dating , Relationship etc???

https://market.android.com/search?q=frinjopop

“Frinjo Pop”, search people with same interests as yours.
When two or more people with same interests come in proximity then you get notification. You can either send sms or make a phone call, if both are interested.

[Edit] Unnecessary details removed.

by Mark j (not verified) on 11. November 2011 - 8:31  (83088)

I find WinAmp to be the best free Music player and organizer. Far better than Astro, which is much weaker in music organization in the free version.

by Drizzle (not verified) on 11. November 2011 - 14:23  (83108)

K-9 Mail - sorry but the lack of a search tool for POP3 emails makes this email client useless as far as I am concerned. They claim that such a tool cannot be incorporated into their program (if you doubt me - check out their claims by searching on-line for advice on how to do a search when using K-9 Mail) - however even the standard Android client (to which I have returned - after all I only use my phone to check emails while on the go; it is not as my permanent email client - that is Thunderbird on my PC) has a search tool.

by Devashish (not verified) on 13. November 2011 - 5:45  (83184)

Hey guys,
I found this free app yest
https://market.android.com/details?id=LinkMyWorld.sem
Its a really good and unique app. I think it should be a part of the list too :-)

by Phil Trip (not verified) on 15. November 2011 - 15:04  (83330)

rad.io rocks!

Bubba Army Rules!

by dmoreau on 19. November 2011 - 2:16  (83516)

Hi! Please give my app Georeader a look. It is free and you can learn a ton of history with it and a lot more. It reads to you aloud historical markers when drive by them so you don't have to stop.

by Viren (not verified) on 21. November 2011 - 8:01  (83630)

Can we application for Profile Switching. I got Android just few days ago and still learning. I use DHCP at home and fixed IP at work. So I need to make different profile to work at different places. It can be automatic or manual switching of WiFi Profile which stores all configurations.

It is Sony Xperia Pro. And I use Wifi in both circumstances where there is DHCP as well as Fixed IP used.

by Jostrada (not verified) on 22. November 2011 - 10:20  (83690)

Well Mobeep is a very good free app too. It's another app store that has plenty of digital content like apps, games and videos: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.Ozura.MoBeep&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5PenVyYS5Nb0JlZXAiXQ..

by bygjj (not verified) on 22. November 2011 - 23:40  (83734)

I am a new android user and I thank you all for your suggestions. Im trying them out. Besides your best apps I find xe currency converter a solid free app:))

by Mountainh2o (not verified) on 27. November 2011 - 17:16  (83999)

Yes, take it back! Get a Droid X2 for a less expensive phone, and a Motorola Razr if you have some money to spend. The Motorola Phones ROCK! I get metal detector, flashlights, compasses, two types of barcode scanners, bubble level, super compass, guitar string tuner, speed test, just to name a few!

by Jojo Yee on 28. November 2011 - 8:31  (84039)

You're welcome Bygjj. XE Currency is one of the good apps I like. Try also Exchange Rates which is now added to the list.

by Ross Lewis (not verified) on 28. November 2011 - 10:44  (84042)

Hey folks check out this latest happening app called http://www.myBantu.com , great productivity app for shopping, local search,dining,movie ticket booking etc. Best known for its personalized recommendations. And i heard its now voice enabled :o

by Jim Hazel (not verified) on 28. November 2011 - 18:24  (84058)

I am new with a Droid phone I hope it is easy to use.

by DesElms on 28. November 2011 - 21:35  (84071)

Hmm. Interesting.

In the best free ebook reader category, it's hard to believe the COOL READER...

https://market.android.com/details?id=org.coolreader#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDIx.....

...didn't make the cut.

by bygjj (not verified) on 29. November 2011 - 0:19  (84077)

Thanks a lot. I will definitely try it. How about any suggestion for forex monitoring?

by Wizzball (not verified) on 29. November 2011 - 13:47  (84113)

Please review TouchPal Keyboard by Cootek. Seems to be free and supposedly the Global Champion of GSMA Mobile Innovation Award.

by sujaram (not verified) on 2. December 2011 - 15:10  (84288)

livehome is a good desktop organizer better than GO launcher or launcherpro

by hotmale (not verified) on 2. December 2011 - 17:39  (84290)

my suggested sites to download popular freeware android apps are
1- AppsApk.com
2- Cell11.com
3- Fone3.com

by Jaydesmith on 5. December 2011 - 11:43  (84414)

Thank you for your valuable suggestion. I appreciate your listing...

by Kai (not verified) on 6. December 2011 - 8:01  (84476)

Task Switcher
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.shisho.taskswitcher&feature=search_result

A really simple, light task switcher,and useful. Press the home button and all your open active apps appear. Simply press an app to go to it or long press it to kill it. Or press the home button again to go to the real homepage. Then,it's useful because can show widget in task switcher. such as,use flashlight's widget to on device's camera LED quickly with task switcher.

by Jojo Yee on 6. December 2011 - 15:56  (84513)

Thanks Kai for your kind suggestion. Task Switcher is now added to the list.

by steveorg on 7. December 2011 - 17:18  (84586)

I can't agree with the choice for Best Free App Backup. The problem, as App Backup & Restore's market page says, is "App Backup cannot backup data or settings." That is a crucial feature.

Titanium Backup gets my vote. The free version does everything the Pro version does except multiple backup versions and batch restores. Multiple versions is rarely needed, but can be done manually by copying the Titanium Backup on the SD card.

[Moderator's note : Pricing about commercial version removed]

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