Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2018

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Best Free Background Remover for Android

Background Eraser, a convenient app to remove unwanted background of an image and make it transparent with various tools in three editing modes. You can then use it like a stamp on another image with a photo editor.(App of the Week)
 

Best Free Barcode Scanner for Android

Barcode Scanner (988 KB), a small yet efficient tool by ZXing Team to scan data matrix and QR codes containing URLs, contacts, products info, etc. If you've not installed it on your Android device, this is the right one to use for scanning the QR code for an Android app. (App of the Week)
 
QR Droid (6.8 MB), more than a scanner, it's also a reader and generator—scan QR codes from camera, decode them from saved images or from URLs of images, create QR codes from your contacts, installed applications, bookmarks, SMS and more.
 

Best Free Camera App for Android

Retrica (81.5 MB), take photos with your device's camera with this app loaded with a huge set of real-time unique filters and useful features like selective focus, light exposure, timer, making collages with interval shooting, sharing and more.
 

Best Free Business Card Reader for Android

CamCard Free (15 MB), capture business card images and save card details such as name, contact numbers and email addresses into your contacts automatically. Basic editing tools and multi-languages are supported, but more advanced features are only available to the full commercial version.
 

Best Free Document Scanner for Android

CamScanner -Phone PDF Creator (10 MB), scan multi-page documents and save into PDFs with tags for sharing with others by email, SMS or upload to cloud storage. Auto crop and auto enhance images but exported PDFs come with watermarks. Ad-supported. (App of the Week)
 

Best Free GIF Animator for Android

Giphy, search and share GIFs and stickers from a huge library on your social channels, or create and save your own with its GIF maker by choosing multiple images or trimming a video. (App of the Week)
 

Best Free Image Editor for Android

Snapseed (24 MB), a capable and powerful photo editing app which is good for both professionals and amateurs. It's easy to use at your fingertips, either swipe left and right on top of the photo to adjust what a filter does, or swipe up and down to gain more controls of the filters. (App of the Week)
 
Photoshop Express (1.3 MB), edit photos on your mobile device easily—touch to crop, rotate, adjust color and add artistic effects, then save them or upload to Facebook, Photoshop.com or TwitPic. Nice interface but no resizer is included.
 
PicSay - Photo Editor (1.2 MB), get a picture to add titles, balloons, stickers and special effects, or to resize, crop and straighten, flip or rotate. More special effects and some advanced features are for the paid-for Pro version.
 
Pixlr-o-matic (6.5 MB), adding special effects to your photos is as easy as you count one, two, three—snap a photo from your camera or select one from your gallery, then choose a color filter, a lighting effect and a good frame from the many choices included, and save or share your cool-looking photo with friends. (App of the Week)
 
PhotoFunia, enjoy your fun-filled experience by adding more effects to your photos easily—select a scene from more than 150 choices such as billboards or magazines from the app, then take your picture or get one from your gallery for it to integrate with the scene and download to your mobile for sharing or saving. (App of the Week)
 
PicsArt Photo Studio, besides common editing such as crop, rotate, resize and adjust colors, this all-in-one image tool lets you take photos or load images and do more manipulations including collage, add frames, masks, clipart, text, draw and apply artistic photo effects before saving or sharing your results. Rich in features and easy to use.
 

Best Free Image Stitcher for Android

Photaf Panorama (Free) (5.6 MB), easily create 360-degree panoramas from your Android device—just aim and move your device's camera around, then press Stitch Images and it does the rest for you automatically. You can export your panoramas to a folder, send to your friends or upload to Photaf Panoramas Gallery for sharing.
 

Best Free Image Viewer for Android

QuickPic (380 KB), light and fast, gives you a high-resolution thumbnail preview fit into your screen, touch or pinch to zoom, rotate and other additional features including slideshow, crop, share, set wallpaper and more.
 
JustPictures! (1.2 MB), not only can you view pictures from your SD card, but also browse photos from Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, Smugmug, Photobucket, Windows Live, Tumblr and Deviant Art in a unified and clean user interface, with slideshow and other features.
 

Best Free Paint Program for Android

SketchBook Mobile Express (4.4 MB), a high quality app allows you to draw on your mobile screen using a variety of digital brushes and pencils with simulated pressure. The interface is streamlined with tools including an eraser, redo/undo, color and transparency, flood fill, symmetric mode, layers, import photos and export to a png file.
 

Best Free Photo Collage for Android

Photo Grid (4.6 MB), select the photos you like and tap 'Create' to collage your photos easily. You can manually select a layout or just shake your device to change it. Support various modes such as grid, free style, high and wide modes, with frame, background and editing features.
 

Best Free Screenshot Capture for Android

Screenshot Easy (5.2 MB) allows you to take a screenshot on your mobile device easily in a way you like—simply tap an app icon or a shortcut, shake your device, or use a button combo, etc., with screenshot adjustments and configurations too. (App of the Week)
 
 

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in need of assistance...my phone has been hacked and ive tried so many downloads and even bought a new phone that i sleep with at night and somehow it keeps happening...im starting to go nuts like its my personal mission to stop this from happening...any help is greatly appreciated

BillPin which has acquired Billmonk just now has a good Android application for sharing bills.

This listing of Android apps is superb, as always, but I'd like to add a small note of caution about Ringdroid. It's a great program and works well, but when I repeatedly found icons for gambling and other unwanted applications on my home screen, I finally tracked down Ringdroid as the source. As a result, I uninstalled it, as I don't need to create ringtones regularly, and I can always reinstall it briefly if I want to create a ringtone, then uninstall it again.

If anyone has reliable information that this problem is no longer happening with Ringdroid, that would be good to know, but until that is known for sure, users should be aware that Ringdroid may install all kinds of junk apps on their phones.

just to visually clarify:

This is the good Ringdroid:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid&feature

This is the evil, crap, fake Ringdroid (Social Edition):

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid.social&featu...

Both look like the same icon except that the Social Edition (the evil, crap, fake Ringdroid) has a white circle filled in with blue, & a white "in" written on the blue background.

I agree (as noted in my posts 106877 and 106897).

Thanks for your post.

hi yankiwi, i think you may find that you have downloaded a knock off copy of ringdroid from google play. it is called ringdroid (social edition) by song qinglin. a while ago i did the same as ringdroid had not developed their most excellent app for ice cream sandwich/jellybean at the time i needed it. it did exactly the same things as you have detailed..crap dropped all over my screens from airpush. i finally tracked this down with the excellent dr. web. as far as i know & have experienced ringdroid has never done what you have detailed. ditch the fake app & get the real thing. as you stated it is a great app.

Hi, mjuice7,

Thanks for the suggestion, but I just went to Google Play and checked out both Ringdroid apps. After reading them both, I'm quite certain that I had the one from the Ringdroid Team, and for three reasons:

1) Because of the obvious difference in the two icons (I'd never before seen the blue and white emblem in the "Social Edition" icon);
2) Because I've never heard of "song ginglin," but seem to remember reading something about the "Ringdroid Team" before; and finally (and most important),
3) Because I am cheerfully "anti-social" and heartily detest Facebook, Twitter, and all other annoying forms of "social media" or anything that even remotely smacks of that, so I would never download the "social edition" of anything!

Ringdroid is indeed a great app, but for now I'll play it safe and leave it off my phone unless I have a reason to load it in order to create a specific ringtone. I hope others enjoy it and find it "AirPush-free."

Thanks again for your post.

The Ringdroid app linked from here is not a blue and white icon. It is redish note with a yellow scissors. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ringdroid the Rindgdroid app with a blue and white emblem is from a different developer https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.media.ringtonemaker#?t.....

Hi, mr6n8,

Thanks for your post, but I understood that difference. I was simply trying to use that difference to explain to the previous poster that one of the reasons that I knew that I had downloaded the original Ringdroid app and had NOT installed the "social edition" version from the alternate developer was that I had NOT seen that additional blue and white emblem before. Just to be sure I'm being clear, the Ringdroid I downloaded was the original Ringdroid with the icon that had only the reddish note and yellow scissors you described and did NOT have the additional blue and white emblem.

I hope this clears up any misunderstanding.

Cheers

OK I misread your previous post.
Thanks for the feedback Yankiwi. So far I've not experienced unwanted app icons on the home screen resulted from Ringdroid. Check if you have installed Ringdroid developed by Ringdroid Team or the Social Edition by another developer, and if you have installed the app directly from the Play Store. According to the developer, Ringdroid is an open-source project and it does not contain ads. You may also email the developer to find out more.

Hi, Jojoyee,

Thanks for the info. I've never downloaded any app from any source other than the Google Play Store, so I'm sure it was that version of Ringdroid. I scanned with AirPush Detector, which found that Ringdroid contained AirPush, because I'd noticed occasional app icons on my home pages ("Slotto" and others). The unwanted app icons would only appear occasionally while I had Ringdroid installed, but they have never appeared since I uninstalled Ringdroid.

As I said, I really liked Ringdroid; it's a great program, does what it says it will do, and does it well, but until I'm sure that it's not going to load junk onto my phone, I'll only install it long enough to create a ringtone (which I rarely do), then immediately uninstall it. However, if others have better or newer information to the contrary, I'll be glad to hear it.

Thanks for this great list!

aContacts hasn't been updated in over three years and its Play listing says "Not fully compatible with Android 2.0"

Best Android Navigation Apps

Add OsmAnd. By far the most powerful mapping App for Android.

Uses off-line OSM maps (no data download but online also available) and includes voice guidance, gpx track recording, contours, etc etc.

Is it time for its own category, viz. Offline Navigation (GPS) Apps, ?

For example, I would like to see a comparison between OsmAnd and Copilot Live V9

Just got my first smartphone which runs on Android. I've installed many of your suggested apps and they all seem to be high quality. Thanks for your work on this list.

Hello, JoJoyee...

The photos for Jetpack Joyride and Temple Run are reversed!

Thanx for a great piece of research! Keep it up.

Thanks pratomorone for pointing out. They are now fixed.

Great list Jojoyee!
I myself love to play games on my phone some now and then. I am a huge fan of racing games and I found GT Racing: Motor Academy Free+ to be one of the best free games around. It is a 400MB download, but if you have a WiFi connection it's worth downloading it.

Audiogalaxy no longer seems to be available on GooglePlay, and the website is also unavailable. This should probably be removed from the Best list. Does anyone know of an alternative?

Thanks for the feedback Luftmensch. It's now removed from the list as Audiogalaxy has been discontinued due to its acquisition by Dropbox. When available, a good alternative will be added to the list.
Update: added "Qloud Media Free" as an alternative to Audiogalaxy.

There's a game... I think it's called 3D Cats or 3D Flying Cats.... it's pretty addictive too but is a battery drainer. The cat meoows when you crash sometimes growls a bit, actumy feel bad for smashing his rocket into a wall.

Es file explorer is universally the best file manager in terms of simplicity and options. Have used it on both HTC and Samsung.

SuperSU is better than Superuser IMHO especially now with the new updates.

Google Drive is awesome for storage space and versatility as you can open and create virtually anything using docs without having to install office software. Kingston Office I think its called is an amazing free office manager of you want one.

Titanium Backup and My Backup are great apk and data tools. My SMS backup is handy too.

I use win amp for music player but Apollo is great as well.

Sorry, had to remove one of the games you mentioned, because it's not free. Please take care to suggest only free apps, as our site is about freeware. Thanks for the suggestions.

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