Best Free Android Apps

 
 
Best Free Image Tools for Android
 
 

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.
 
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 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.
 

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.
 
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.
 
PhotoFunia (2.8 MB), 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.
 
PicsArt - Photo Studio (12 MB), 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.
 
 
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by Av_Crazy on 28. July 2013 - 19:47  (109713)

Hey remember me ? Been a long time since i posted here
Jojoyee there are many apps in your list that dont follow the holo guidelines
Also as Android 4+ has higher market share there is a huge lack of holo and android 4+ apps

Also the icon for evernote seems to be from ios version

Here is my list after a long time , categorised -

E book reader
Fabrik - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.icereader

Calendar
Digical - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digibites.calendar [Holo]

Notepad
Google keep - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep

Personal finance
Expense manager - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=at.markushi.expensemanager [Holo]

Converter
Flib - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tendaysoneapp.flib.con... [Holo]

Image editor
Aviary - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.aviary.android.feather

App backup and restore
Helium - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.koushikdutta.backup
[Can backup even app data - see description]

Program launcher
Nova Launcher - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher
[Android 4+ launcher]

Antivirus
Bitdefender - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.bitdefender.antivirus

Weather
Eye in sky - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citc.weather [Holo]

Social networking
Tweetdeck is dead so plz remove it from the list

Games
7x7: http://market.android.com/details?id=me.kiip.skeemo
Beach Buggy Blitz: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.vectorunit.yellow
Dead Trigger: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.madfingergames.deadtrigger [One of the best fps]
Nimble Quest: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.nimblebit.nimblequest [ Best casual game for me ]
Quantro: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.peaceray.quantro [Tetris clone]

Other utilities
AppGratis: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.imediapp.appgratis [ Get one free app per day ]
AppSales: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.tsapps.appsales [know which apps are on sale]
CritiCall: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.criticalltrial [phone rings for ur close ones even when on silent]
Flava: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.greenmon.flava [ Capture your life ]
JStock: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.yccheok.jstock.gui
LoaderDroid: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.zloy.android.downloader
Screebl Lite: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.keyes.screebl.lite [ keep your screen awake when phone is in your hands ]
TickTick: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.ticktick.task [ To do list ]
Wakelock Detector: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.uzumapps.wakelockdetector [ Know which apps are hogging your battery ]
reddit sync: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.laurencedawson.reddit_sync [ Best reddit client - should be posted in Social networking section ]
utilitas: http://market.android.com/details?id=it.utilitas [ all in one ]

by Jojo Yee on 29. July 2013 - 8:14  (109725)

Certainly yes Av_Crazy, you have been one of the great contributors to recommending good apps including this list.

And yes the Holo theme design introduced since Android 4.0 ICS is a good trend for better cohesion between all apps on the Android OS and I believe more apps will adapt to it soon. I'll look into those that you've specifically recommended.

The Evernote icon has now been fixed.

by robyn26 on 8. July 2013 - 5:58  (109034)

I didn't know phones or ipads could get viruses. Thanks for the great advise here.

by abhay2009 on 25. June 2013 - 14:52  (108713)

I have come across an amazing backup and sync app for all devices and pc called Scatter. Dear Jojoyee, I highly recommend to add to this list

by Anupam on 26. June 2013 - 10:01  (108734)

Please post links for the apps, when you post suggestions. The app suggested is here:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appfour.scatter

Users are advised caution as the app is in beta.

by DaRK.STaR on 22. June 2013 - 2:19  (108652)

May I suggest to add Viber to the Best Free Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Android list? I know it had some ups and downs along the time, but the newer versions have improved the voice quality a lot and they have finally launched the desktop app that works pretty well too.

by Australia on 29. May 2013 - 4:46  (108112)

Regarding the "Best Free Apps Protection for Android"
I recommend APP Lock by DoMobile Lab. Has excellent reviews on Google Play
I have installed and used it on Samsung Note 2, and it is a rock solid stable app to lock any or all apps you chose
I have no affiliation with this program

by Jojo Yee on 30. May 2013 - 8:08  (108145)

A good suggestion Australia. APP Lock is now added to the list.

by IO.Hazard on 2. May 2013 - 16:05  (107438)

I received a mail from Astrid yesterday morning announcing that it has been bought by Yahoo!. They say the app will keep working for 90 days starting from may 1st and it will be gone after that period. You have to visit the app's site for more info about how to download and clear your personal data.

by Jojo Yee on 4. May 2013 - 9:40  (107460)

Good info IO.Hazard. Astrid is now delisted.

by IO.Hazard on 5. May 2013 - 4:10  (107469)

My pleasure Jojoyee. BTW, you're doing a cracking job providing Gizmo's visitors with this constantly updated megalist.

by DaRK.STaR on 25. April 2013 - 0:45  (107322)

Nice list!

I just got a tablet and I wanted to install an antivirus. This listing shows lookout and avast as the best ones but the best antivirus for android (your review) shows trustgo and avast as the tops choices. Who am I suppossed to believe? Does anyone else have some any suggestions?

by Jojo Yee on 25. April 2013 - 2:36  (107323)

Thanks for your kind comment DaRK.STaR. TrustGo Antivirus & Mobile Security is a new top pick selected by our fellow editor IO.Hazard in the review article. It's now updated in this mega list. Give it a try and hope that you'll like it.

by DaRK.STaR on 25. April 2013 - 3:15  (107324)

Wow, that was a quick response! Thanks for helping me Jojoyee.
Once I read your response I installed trustgo but then I went the lookout way. Now I'm trying to make up my mind between the two :P
I love your QR codes scheme. I just point 'n shoot and I go to the app I want fast 'n easy. Great Idea!

by jausick2232 on 7. April 2013 - 22:45  (106878)

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

by jwalantsoneji on 7. April 2013 - 14:45  (106876)

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

by Yankiwi on 6. April 2013 - 21:37  (106863)

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.

by mjuice7 on 8. April 2013 - 8:02  (106891)

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.

by Yankiwi on 8. April 2013 - 9:20  (106898)

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

Thanks for your post.

by mjuice7 on 7. April 2013 - 9:24  (106871)

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.

by Yankiwi on 7. April 2013 - 22:33  (106877)

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.

by mr6n8 on 7. April 2013 - 23:24  (106879)

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.....

by Yankiwi on 8. April 2013 - 9:16  (106897)

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

by mr6n8 on 8. April 2013 - 12:02  (106910)

OK I misread your previous post.

by Jojo Yee on 7. April 2013 - 0:52  (106866)

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.

by Yankiwi on 7. April 2013 - 3:51  (106869)

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.

by twinkler on 6. April 2013 - 19:43  (106861)

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"

by iawi on 6. April 2013 - 1:58  (106846)

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.

by Prof. Jewell on 8. January 2014 - 5:39  (113465)

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

by wdhpr on 5. April 2013 - 4:16  (106828)

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.

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