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 Jojo Yee on 2. August 2011 - 2:21  (76725)

Thanks Abhay2009 for the info. The animated ticking second hand of the clock was pretty cool, though the clock looked a bit oval in shape when tried on my device.

by king khan (not verified) on 29. July 2011 - 7:32  (76425)

Easy Filter Call Blocker & SMS is not on the market anymore, anyother sources or similar app? I know Handcent has a blacklist feature, but I want only the filtering functionality and not a replacement for the default sms app.

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 Jojo Yee on 30. July 2011 - 2:45  (76502)

Thanks King Khan for the info. You might want to give BlackList a try.

by Mobile Software (not verified) on 28. July 2011 - 12:31  (76355)

With NoteRec (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.knowgear.noterec) you can record a meeting, take notes and later playback the meeting jumping to the audio position associated with each note.

by abhay2009 on 24. July 2011 - 12:32  (76159)

Dear Jojoyee,

Today, I am going to suggest 2 new apps which are worth including this list without thinking any further, such is the usefulness and features of the free version of each apps:

1. Juicedefender - a versetile and all-round battery maintenance app.
2. Widgetsoid - excellent widgets maker app for catering all your needs for widgets.

I am sure that you will definitely thank me and compliment me for suggesting these two!

by Jojo Yee on 25. July 2011 - 13:11  (76211)

Thanks Abhay2009 for suggesting more good apps. I'll give them a try and compare with others within a week or so.

[Update: Both apps added.]

by abhay2009 on 21. July 2011 - 15:21  (75974)

Dear Jojoyee,

I request you to consider adding following apps to the list:

Smart Taskbar (Sidebar) - a fine alternative launcher and multi-tasking app.

Go Weather Widget - excellent free weather widget with a lot of skins and wallpapers!

by Jojo Yee on 22. July 2011 - 9:01  (76018)

Thanks Abhay2009 for mentioning GO Weather which is a good app and added to the list. Smart Taskbar is a nice app too but IMO when compared with Apps Organizer, the latter works more directly and efficiently as a program launcher.

by mattb (not verified) on 30. August 2011 - 23:18  (78691)

id like to recommend weatherbug. its free, tracks your location so it gives you updates where you currently are, has alerts in it. plus its free. its the best and i have tried them all as im a truck driver and knowing the weather is a big help.

by Jaikrishna on 18. July 2011 - 14:27  (75757)

I'd like to recommend Llama - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.kebab.Llama
It is an automatic profile switcher based on conditions such as time and location.
It can also perform a variety of actions based on a combination of various conditions.
IN SHORT- It is a free alternative to Tasker

by Jojo Yee on 23. July 2011 - 9:44  (76091)

Thanks Jaikrishna for the suggestion. I've installed the app and need some time to evaluate it.

[Update: This app worked well and added to the list.]

by Jaikrishna on 24. July 2011 - 7:19  (76149)

You are welcome! I'm using the app and its very helpful.
I'd suggest changing its title to "Profile Changer and Automator". Because it can also perform other actions like turning off wifi/bluetooth, closing an application, playing music,..etc.

by Jojo Yee on 24. July 2011 - 8:58  (76152)

That's a good idea Jaikrishna.

by sourabh (not verified) on 18. July 2011 - 8:25  (75744)

Hi friends,
I want to know app. which can record incoming and outgoing calls and compatible on LG P500.

Regards,
Sourabh

by toesnz on 17. July 2011 - 10:12  (75685)

Alarm Klock should be considered for best free alarm clock, Alarmdroid is add supported, ZDclock needs full internet access [for an alarm clock this seems a little strange??]

by abhay2009 on 15. July 2011 - 5:58  (75519)

Dear Jojoyee,

Pl look into Small Taskbar, a unique launcher and multi-tasking utility to supplment the default launcher app.

by Jojo Yee on 16. July 2011 - 3:59  (75599)

Is there a link Abhay2009 as I can't find it?

by abhay2009 on 16. July 2011 - 8:22  (75615)

I am sorry. I misspelt it.

You'll find it in Android Market/Productivity/Smart Taskbar (Sidebar).

by Moo Nomnom on 11. July 2011 - 19:10  (75233)

I would recommend reviewing more security tracking apps.
Lately I gave Prey on android a test to make sure it worked, and after a couple hours waiting I never received any reports. It seems for some phones prey doesn't work, at least not well. I guess the android version inst too good compared to computer.

by Jaikrishna on 13. July 2011 - 3:47  (75356)

I've tried almost all tracking apps and now I'm fixed with androidlost. It really does have a lot of features and provides all of them for free. Further, the app does no polling to the server, which saves battery. It uses Google's Push mechanism for all operations.
My favourite feature is switching on wifi or GPS from remote, and taking pics with the camera.

by Kon (not verified) on 8. July 2011 - 22:27  (75058)

Android ID3 has been renamed. Link is broken. New link is: https://market.android.com/details?id=au.com.pickup.pmm

by Jojo Yee on 9. July 2011 - 3:54  (75074)

Many thanks Kon for the info. Renamed and updated with more details in the list.

by Jojo Yee on 7. July 2011 - 8:51  (74915)

Update: Replaced NewsRob with Pulse News which comes with more features. Pulse News also runs on iOS and added to Best Free iPad Apps.

by toesnz (not verified) on 6. July 2011 - 10:27  (74846)

i've referenced back to techsupport for many years as one of the best sources of quality freeware. The android listing is great but as a number of people have suggested it now needs to broken down into individual areas like the listing for PC programs.

Also a number of the recommended programs are adware, i think techsupport needs to clearly label this software as adware, and with any luck android market will follow suit. keep up the good work

by Vahid (not verified) on 6. July 2011 - 4:26  (74838)

Finding good apps for Android is many people's issue and this page does it in perfect structure and format. Great! Thanks!
What I could suggest to be added here is:

1. aDownloder: Amazing torrent download client. Note that it's the client itself not a torrent client remote control. if you want to have the internal search tool you should download the app from its website.

2. SugarSync: It's obvious I think. Just put it beside dropBox does the same thing as drop box + more. (specially synchronizing the photos you take on your mobile with your cloud space)

by Jojo Yee on 9. July 2011 - 7:05  (75078)

Good suggestions Vahid. Added aDownloader to the list while SugarSync will be looked into.

by abhay2009 on 4. July 2011 - 9:52  (74716)

Dear Jojoyee,

I have finalized a list of configuration for my Galaxy S phone, which I consider superior to stock applications and has satisfied me over a period of time:

1. App Launcher - Go Launcher EX
2. G---- theme (paid) - comes with fabulous icons and icon available for every app. Classic theme which is free, is also good and clean.
3. Note taking - Color notes and Evernote.
4. Reminder - color notes.
5. Calendar - Jorte and Color notes.
6. Alarm - ZD clock.
7. Battery apps- Batteryminder, Juice Defender and Battery Improver.
8. Diary writing - Diaro. PL INCLUDE THIS APP ALSO IN THE LIST!!
9. Sticher - Podcast application.
10. TOI - for news.
11. Dictionary - Merrium-Webster. THIS IS BETTER THAN ARCUS.
12. File Manager - File Expert.
13. Videos - mVideo player. A really good player!
14. Pictures - Quickpic.
15. Wallpaper - Flikie.
16. Ringtones - Ringtones Extended and Zedge.
17. P------- - Best paid player - worth investing.

There are many more applications. I have chosen them from this list and some of these are already suggested by me.
Thanks.

[Mod: Paid app names were removed according to the site rules.]

by Jojo Yee on 4. July 2011 - 14:54  (74734)

Well organized and good suggestions.

Thanks Jaikrishna and Abhay2009 for mentioning Merrium-Webster Dictionary. Added to the list.

by Jojo Yee on 5. July 2011 - 9:39  (74777)

After briefly trying out Diaro, I experienced a minor bug preventing a saved entry to show up if it was the first entry dated in a month earlier than the recorded month in my diary, though the entry did show up after re-starting the app. Or it might be just me.

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