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Best Free Program Launcher for Android

GO Launcher EX (7.6 MB), support multiple home screens with a pinch to quick jump to any of them, enhanced with themes, resizable widgets and a more powerful app drawer, where you can choose to close all running programs at one go, clear history, hide apps or add a folder to group apps. User preferences can be set for display, dock, app drawer, operation and more.
 
LauncherPro (2.1 MB), increase number of home screens up to 7 and set which one to be the default, with animated screen previews, app launcher with fly-in effect and enhanced scrolling, shortcut dock and smooth scrolling between home screens with no lagging.
 
Apps Organizer (623 KB), allows you to access your apps more quickly via labels or widgets like Internet, Multimedia, Games, Tools or other groups you create. Smart, easy to use, and your home screens are no more cluttered with too many program shortcuts.
 

Best Free Onscreen Keyboard for Android

GO Keyboard (5.3 MB), a popular onscreen keyboard with support for multiple languages and keyboard layouts, correct words as you type, suggest words from the dictionary, sms and contacts, Emoji and fantasy text output, touch-and-slide to select a key variation, keypress sound varieties, voice recognition, themes and plugins.
 
Google Gesture Search (842 KB), find a contact, a bookmark, an application, or even a music track on your device by drawing alphabets and/or numbers on the screen, and instantly launch the app associated with the search result.
 

Best Free Wallpaper Changer for Android

PicSpeed HD Wallpapers (477 KB), browse more than 170,000 HD beautiful wallpapers by categories in high speed on the Internet, mark the ones you like most as your favorites and cycle them for your wallpaper at a time interval you set.
 
Flikie Wallpapers HD (2.7 MB), auto change wallpapers from a selected folder or online from Flikie at time intervals you set, and allow you to search, save and share high quality wallpapers from a great resource.
 
Backgrounds HD Wallpapers (144 KB), search popular wallpapers and tap one you like to set as wallpaper or add to your favorites list. You can also enable slideshow to auto rotate wallpapers from the list at fixed time intervals.
 

Best Free Task Manager for Android

Advanced Task Killer (160 KB), just one tap to instantly conserve memory or stop your selected apps from running without the need to wait until the system does it for you. You can also touch and hold a running task from the list, then from the context menu select 'ignore' to move it to an ignore list, or force stop that particular running app or service.
 

Best Free Task Switcher for Android

Task Switcher (150 KB), press the Home button to reveal the open apps, tap one of them to jump to it or tap and hold to close it. Press the Home button again and you are back to the Home page. You can also use this tool to select your preferred Home app and show widgets.
 

Best Free Default App Manager for Android

Default App Manager Lite (940 KB), which is your default browser or music player? Try this app which gives you a list of apps whether they are set to run by default and allows you to set or reset any of them easily, saving you the trouble of going through multiple steps to change a default app.
 

Best Free Installer for Android

Easy Installer (93 KB), search and install applications (.apk files) from your SD card, with batch install, filtering and sorting. What's more? long press an apk file to do more, for instance, sending an app to friends by email.
 

Best Free Uninstaller for Android

Easy Uninstaller (62 KB), search and sort the apps by name, size or date and multi-select those you wish to uninstall from your device. It makes the process easier and quicker.
 

Best Free Battery Saver for Android

JuiceDefender - battery saver (828 KB), extend the battery life of your Android device easily with just one tap, as it equips with preset profiles and automatically manages battery draining components for you. Some advanced features are limited to the paid version.
 
Battery Dr saver (1.1 MB), view battery usage by display, cell standby, Wi-Fi, phone idle and the system; check battery temperature, level and health; turn off unused services, kill tasks and adjust screen and volume to save battery life. See also Task Manager.
 

Best Free Remote Desktop for Android

AirDroid (3.7 MB), easy to use with a clean and excellent interface—just run it and press Start on your mobile to get an address, enter it into a web browser on your PC, log in with a default password, you can then interact with your Android device wirelessly over a local Wi-Fi by clicking some pretty icons from your PC browser.
 
WiFi File Explorer (1.8 MB), access files on your mobile from a PC browser and copy files between two devices via a local WiFi connection without needing a cable. You can also drag-and-drop files and folders around your device. Some features such as create a new folder, zip and unzip files, transfer multiple files are only available for the paid-for Pro version.
 
Browsix Lite (844 KB), browse the contents of your phone easily from a PC via wireless connection—just enter browsix.com in your browser and you can view pictures, play music and videos on your PC. You can also send and receive SMS from the PC too. Some features such as file operations didn't work well when tested.
 

Best Free Automation Tool or Profile Changer for Android

Llama - Location Profiles (2.3 MB), annoyed at your phone going off at midnight? Use this handy app to change your phone profile to silent or quiet mode automatically during preset time. You can also add more events such as turn off Wifi, switch to airplane mode or take other actions on the conditions you set.
 
AutomateIt (4.3 MB), automate your device by the rules you set—if this is triggered then do that for me. Easy to use, just select a trigger and an action from the lists, tap Save and it does the jobs for you whenever the conditions are met.
 

Best Free System Monitor for Android

SystemPanel Lite (710 KB), a good system monitor to show usage of CPU, memory and storage, network traffic, active applications and internal system processes. It also doubles up as a task manager to terminate applications. See also Task Manager.
 

Best Free System Information for Android

Elixir 2 (5.7 MB), displays detailed info of your device: battery, internal and external storage, processor, memory, telephony, Wi-Fi, bluetooth, location, display, airplane mode, sync settings, ringing mode, camera, camcorder, installed applications, running processes, services and tasks.
 

Best Free System Toolbox for Android

ZDbox (3.0 MB), a handy and superb multi-purpose toolbox including Battery Info, 2G/3G Traffic, Silent Mode, App Lock, Task Killer, Uninstaller and App to SD all in one place. Clean and simple user interface with key status available at a glance and a quick tap to use any tools.
 

Best Free Widget Maker for Android

Widgetsoid (2.7 MB), making new widgets on your home screens has never been easier than this—long press a homescreen and tap Widget, select a size of Widgetsoid Switcher, tick the items you need from the various sections and click Apply. That's it and you can do more with many customization options.
 

Best Free Clipboard Manager for Android

Clipper (1.2 MB), a simple yet powerful clipboard and snippet manager for your mobile device to keep track of anything you copied to the clipboard and make it available right from the notification bar to view, edit and paste.
 

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by IronPlatypus on 30. June 2011 - 18:02  (74578)

Hi Jojoyee

May I suggest the Speedtest.net mobile app? I've found it to be incredibly useful. Wherever I go, whether using the 3g network or a Wifi hotspot, I can test the speed of my phone's connection so I can see what kind of performance to expect from my Internet-based apps.

https://market.android.com/details?id=org.zwanoo.android.speedtest

Thanks for keeping such a helpful list. I have many of these apps installed on my phone and I couldn't imagine using it without them.

by abhay2009 on 1. July 2011 - 12:06  (74612)

Why Colornotes has been dropped from the list? The new version 3.0 comes with a calendar and reminder utility.

by Jojo Yee on 1. July 2011 - 14:17  (74614)

Glad that you like this list IronPlatypus and many thanks to all site members and visitors having made good suggestions.

Definitely Speedtest.net Mobile is one of them to make to the list.

by Jojo Yee on 1. July 2011 - 15:51  (74616)

Another good suggestion Abhay2009. Added now and classified under Best Free Reminder/To-Do List as it's closer to that category in this list.

by abhay2009 on 6. July 2011 - 14:17  (74660)

I would also like to suggest 2 unique applications:
1. Relax and sleep - comes with unique ringtones to function as alarm and countdown timer utility.
2. Pulse - a news aggregator with beautiful interface.

Dear Jojoyee,

Pl consider above apps also.

I would like to share one thing about Go Launcher EX. When it is updated, it has to be selected as a default launcher. This can be solved forever by installing Home Manager to keep it default and to toggle between the launchers.

Thanks.

by imnoexpert on 2. July 2011 - 22:43  (74671)

Wonderful list, I've recently taken the plunge into Android and this will definitely help me to pick out the chaff.

I love Jorte, I use it all the time, I link it to my Google Calender so me and my wife can both see our schedule. I also use an app called 2X client on my tablet to connect to my PC upstairs, not really an app for everyone, but I find it really smooth and responsive.

by Anonymous123456 (not verified) on 3. July 2011 - 6:46  (74682)

I like the free anti-malware product from webroot.

by Jaikrishna on 4. July 2011 - 2:47  (74706)

Official Merriam-Webster Dictionary App is out. It is really great and also allows offline access. Has all the features that a dictionary must have.
It is recommended to replace this Dictionary over the old one.

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 RonnieJ on 4. July 2011 - 11:11  (74720)

Might be good, but it is NOT freeware..........

by Jaikrishna on 4. July 2011 - 11:29  (74722)

It is. That's why I mentioned it here. btw, I've tweaked through it and found it really good.

by MidnightCowboy on 4. July 2011 - 14:07  (74728)

Please supply a download link for the "free" app. All I can find say "license" and "buy now" in which case these comments will be removed unless you can help us out with a link?

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 4. July 2011 - 15:14  (74736)

Yes MC, there are other versions and some titles which look quite similar are not free. The free one looks good and now added to the list.

by MidnightCowboy on 4. July 2011 - 15:44  (74739)

Thanks Jojo :)

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.

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 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 Jojo Yee on 6. July 2011 - 16:38  (74875)

Thanks Abhay2009. I've briefly tried these two and need more time to test out to see their pros and cons while comparing them with other available freeware.

About after defaulting the Home button action to Go Launcher EX, I usually apply one of the following ways to clear its default action when needed:

1. Generic method: Clear default in Home button > Settings > Applications > Manage applications
2. Specific to this launcher: Home button > Preferences > Exit GO Launcher EX.

by abhay2009 on 7. July 2011 - 4:17  (74903)

But Home Manager provides an option to toggle between two launchers. If one freezes you can remove defaults easily without going through so many steps. Therefore request you to consider trying it.

I also request you to consider once again Youlu Address Book as it provides me very easy interface as compared to stock application. Further it has improved a lot since you reviewed for the last time.

Thanks.

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 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 9. July 2011 - 7:05  (75078)

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

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 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 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??]

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