Best Free Android Apps

 
 
Best Free Education for Android
 

 

Best Free Articles and Answers for Android

HowStuffWorks (4.09 MB), gives you instant access to over 30,000 articles, podcasts and videos with clear explanations of how things work. You can select Featured, Facts, Shows, Read or Quotes, or type your own question and search for the answers which are made simple and easy to understand.
 

Best Free Astronomy Software for Android

Google Sky Map (2.2 MB), point your device at the night sky or browse the skies in manual mode from anywhere at anytime and it helps you identify the stars, planets, constellations and other celestial objects with labels. You can also zoom and search the objects with this absolutely fun and good educational app.
 

Best Free Language Learning for Android

A Word A Day (235 KB), learn today's English word from Merriam-Webster dictionary, or download the episode and listen to it, with good examples and meaningful word origins. You can also practice your English word pronunciation with Google voice.
 
Duolingo (4.9 MB), a popular and high quality app for you to learn another language from the language you're familiar with, either it's Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, or English. It's fun, addictive and allows you to track your progress with shiny achievements. No fees, no ads and no gimmicks.
 

Best Free Publishing and Reading for Android

Free Books - Wattpad Ebooks (21.7 MB), a remarkable app connects writers to readers instantly and has a huge library of millions of books and stories available for free. Writers can easily publish their work, build a fan base and receive feedback, while readers can collect stories into reading lists, post comments, vote for their favorites and share with friends.
 

Best Free Sports Tracking for Android

My Tracks (832 KB), record your GPS tracks and view live statistics including time, speed, distance and elevation while hiking, cycling, running or participating in other outdoor activities. You can also share your tracks by sending them to Google My Maps and Google Docs.
 
CardioTrainer (5.45 MB), an excellent application to track and record your fitness activity with GPS and pedometer functions. Voice notifications, schedules and reminders, music integration and many more features are included.
 

Best Free Talks and Lectures for Android

TED (4.4 MB), talks at TED events usually last around 30 minutes and cover everything from technology to art to medicine to music. Almost all of the talks are online for you to watch at your leisure or they can even be downloaded with the app for offline viewing.
 
 
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by Anupam on 3. February 2015 - 18:44  (120946)

Jojo, would be good to add file transfer apps like Xender, Superbeam, or Shareit, which use wifi direct to transfer files at a really fast speed. Did not know about these until recently, and people should know about it. Maybe cover one of these in an app of the week article?

Also cover backup software for contacts, sms, etc, like SMS Backup and Restore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRe...

or Mobile Backup III: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobilehome.backup&hl=en

by Jojo Yee on 4. February 2015 - 3:55  (120951)

Thanks Anupam. Will look into the apps you've suggested.

Update: SHAREit has now been added to the list.

by sonystrife on 1. February 2015 - 10:53  (120892)

360 Clean Droid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.cleandroid

-cache & junk cleaner (better than 1tap cleaner, BUT BE CAUTIOUS)
-startup manager
-memory booster
-privacy shredder
-nice & sleek ui layout ;)

i stopped using 1tap cleaner since it has quite many intrusive ads

by morrig on 24. December 2014 - 12:55  (120235)

For some reason could not install Magic Piano by Smule on my tvbox which is seen as a Nexus 10 but will on my phone DG550, but found another great app for learning the piano or just playing with.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamestar.perfectpiano&...

by viveksingh on 24. December 2014 - 5:13  (120225)

This website organized the apps in a perfect way. Interested user can easily find the required apps and games by exploring the desired categories.
User can also read the user reviews and comment relating to app and find the interested software. In very few website you can find such valuable information.

by bernardz on 19. December 2014 - 11:04  (120152)
by UserError on 1. December 2014 - 19:11  (119925)

I've been using a very lightweight but still great file manager called Simple Explorer. It has material design, root capabilities, 100% free, and open-source.
You won't find it on the PlayStore, though. If you want to check it out, you must go to the official XDA thread:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2330864

by BillK on 13. October 2014 - 15:24  (119161)

I use Battery Doctor (Battery Saver) by Cheetah Mobile. It seems pretty good.
I also use Cheetah Mobile antivirus (CM Security) and Clean Master.
They seem to have good apps.

by daviodan on 2. September 2014 - 10:34  (118344)

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapfactor.navigator

MapFactor Navigator is a free turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for Android phones and tablets using OpenStreetMaps data. Maps are installed on the SD card so there is no need for an Internet connection when traveling. Map and app updates are FREE every month.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

AquaMail is an email app for Internet and Exchange mail, for Android 2.1 and higher.

Easy automatic setup for popular email services: Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, FastMail, Apple mail services (@me.com / @mac.com), GMX, AOL, and more. Recognizes mail accounts at domains hosted by Google Apps, Yahoo BizMail, and others.

by rickybobby on 21. April 2014 - 19:39  (115827)

A compelling list, no doubt about it. Thank you for making it.

Two comments:

1. The ZArchiver icon has changed to a new one, update it please.

2. I would like to recommend a very small file manager called 'Fo File Manager' https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seazon.fo It's a 330Kb download and shows the file attributes of any APK files you have, including the minimum version required. It also displays image files while showing their width and height. No ads, light and fast even on my old 800mhz phone running android 2.3.6.

by Jojo Yee on 22. April 2014 - 14:32  (115841)

Many thanks for your kind comments Rickybobby.

The ZArchiver app icon has now been updated.

by West Swan on 1. April 2014 - 14:43  (115437)

Hello,

I am trying to fix an issue with a Sony Tablet S

Fortunately it has been rooted as I need to recover some deleted files from it.

My friends partner decided to 'play' with it.

Can you recommend a Freeware program to recover photos, contacts, messages, videos etc?

There are paid versions but I would rather not fork out any cash :-)

Regards,

Paul

by grammygeek on 29. March 2014 - 15:11  (115390)

I would like to recommend a program. I used to use Airdroid to transfer my books to my tablet/phone - that is until I found Wifi Transfer -
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smarterdroid.wififilet...
It is much easer to use thatn Airdroid.

by terrawarra on 23. February 2014 - 3:37  (114604)

I recently bought a Nexus 7.... I've never been crazy about the ipad and its dependence on itunes for any movies... also the ridicuously high price for an ipad here in Australia... $350 to $750 depending on the size.

Very happy so far with the Nexus 7 but I don't seem to be able to find "Adobe Flash Player" for it.
....apparently discontinued for the latest Android.

Do any of you have an alternative replacement for it ?

by Jojo Yee on 23. February 2014 - 3:59  (114605)

@terrawarra, please check out this page "How do I manually install Flash Player on my Android device?" which may help.

by terrawarra on 23. February 2014 - 4:03  (114606)

Thanks for your prompt advice Jojo.... I'll give it a go !

by terrawarra on 23. February 2014 - 4:46  (114607)

Just downloaded an archived version of Adobe Flash but after reading a little more on various forums, I've decided to hold back on installing until I can be sure that it wont stuff up Nexus 7.

I have the latest version of Android which I believe is KitKat.... too many comments advising against making Flash work with it.

The only other advice I've found is to use the Dolphin Browser but I'm reluctant to part with Chrome.

In the meantime, I'll do a little more homework on the subject.

by terrawarra on 25. February 2014 - 5:10  (114637)

I finally downloaded and installed the Dolphin browser and a "hacked-for- kitkat" version of Adobe Flash Player.

It's working like a charm on my Nexus 7 and I'm starting to actually like the "Dolphin" browser. Not as as slick as Chrome but I sure do like the easy access to bookmarks simply by swiping left to right !

by Freecycler on 1. February 2014 - 11:45  (114122)

360 Mobile Security is a joy to use, and it includes a very convenient Flashlight and Cache Cleaner which work very well. Maybe worth mentioning the program under these categories too?

by Mikezzz on 1. January 2014 - 20:59  (113321)

I would recommend the app called aCalendar. It shows text in the month view on a phone better than Calendar pad does. I have used it for several months and it has always been reliable.
Thanks for this site. I have used it a lot.

by Jojo Yee on 2. January 2014 - 8:50  (113341)

A good suggestion Mikezzz. aCalendar has now been added to this list.

by boygnius on 12. November 2013 - 19:42  (112195)
by Jojo Yee on 13. November 2013 - 5:29  (112201)

Thanks for the info boygnius. The link has now been updated.

by avid fan on 18. October 2013 - 11:35  (111560)

many thanks for all involved in the website - it's been a lifesaver for finding good freeware and now it's come in handy again as I get onto android (late, admittedly).

I've built up a good list of apps to add to my new device, but I did notice you're missing one important category - kid's education!

Most people seem to get tablets for kid's educational purposes, and a quick browse on Google Play indicates many many different apps for maths, language and other skills.

We're looking for good apps for kids from 3-6, so if you or others can recommend any particularly good educational apps for them it would be much appreciated.

by Australia on 9. September 2013 - 6:57  (110611)

Highly recommend the game for Android called 'Bottle Crash'
Have had the app on my Note 2 for 3 months, with no problems
The best thing about this game is that the advertisements are not obvious
Many bottles flying up on the screen, and you throw ninja weapons.
Watch out for the bombs that are also thrown in front of you
Highly recommended as a test of concentration
I have no affiliation with this game

by braveangel on 4. September 2013 - 5:30  (110496)

Catch Notes has shutdown. Please remove from the list. http://www.androidcentral.com/catch-notes-service-shutting-down-after-au...

by Jojo Yee on 4. September 2013 - 13:32  (110504)

Many thanks for the info braveangel. This list has now been updated with no Catch Notes.

by JJames on 20. August 2013 - 13:38  (110223)

I always appreciate a good security app, can't have enough security these days... I'll check out Trustgo! Thanks!

by Chilli on 2. August 2013 - 18:07  (109876)

I have not seen any reference to Android Lost
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.androidlost

It's the best, most simple, cool featured security app I have seen.

Not only can I lock my phone remotely (from pc or other phone), I can remotely unlock it, erase data, send it a message, make it sound a loud siren, have it take a picture, have it display a message like "low battery warning" when the OK is pressed it snaps a picture and sends it to me... If stolen, I now have a photo of the bad guy/gal and also can get the GPS co-ordinates...

Lots of other features too, very useful, very simple app. I just love it. Best security app I found.
http://www.androidlost.com

by mrinmoyjk on 29. July 2013 - 18:24  (109734)

Here are my recommendations:

Keyboard: TouchPal https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cootek.smartinputv5&hl=en (has swipe typing and additional languages)
System Toolbox: All-in-one Toolbox https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=imoblife.toolbox.full&hl=en
Launcher: ssLauncher https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ss.launcher (most innovative launcher with infinite customization options)
Battery saver: Battery Doctor https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ijinshan.kbatterydocto...

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