Best Free Android Apps

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11. Best Free Personal Development for Android


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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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by Av_Crazy on 1. January 2012 - 17:35  (86343)

Poweramp is trial , link2 sd and titanium is for root users , and imo task killers are not necessary for android , gmx mail is not in english ... other suggestions are good..thanx

by Jojo Yee on 2. January 2012 - 4:54  (86383)

There're two popular schools of thoughts whether you need a task killer for your Android device. One says Yes and the other No.

By design, Android determines for you if it needs to get rid of a process that is not needed by force-killing it, based on its memory management and the apps telling it whether they are running services. (See also Multitasking the Android Way)

Taking the advantage of this design, quite a number of apps don't offer you to close the programs other than pressing the Back button to send them to the background. But there're cases where you still need to actually stop an app without waiting for the system to do so.

Just for example, when I run a game, it always goes back to the stage where I left off. To go back to the beginning stage, I'll need to access the system by going to Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage Applications, and select the game app to 'force stop' it. Or rather, I would run a task killer to do it more quickly than repeatedly going through the many steps.

by Av_Crazy on 2. January 2012 - 10:36  (86398)

If using task killer for closing just one or two apps then its fine but mostly people open task killer and press kill all task which does more harm
and most of time it depends on the user...if he/she thinks it will help than he/she will do it regardless any info

by Mesen on 1. January 2012 - 19:42  (86351)

You're right about PowerAMP, Link2SD and Titanium Backup but GMX Mail is english and very useful. GMX Mail was elected best in this site.

Thanks for comments...

by Av_Crazy on 2. January 2012 - 2:02  (86368)

Den maybe my mistake..when i clicked the link for gmx for android market the screenshot were not in english and in comments alos ppl had complained

by Jojo Yee on 2. January 2012 - 2:58  (86371)

The UI of the app GMX Mail is in English so I don't see any problem in using it. Added to the list.

by Jojo Yee on 1. January 2012 - 15:38  (86337)

Appreciated your feedback and many suggestions Mesen. TaskPanel XTRA is now replaced with Advanced Task Killer in this list. Any.DO has been commented at this post.

Update: MX Video Player is a good suggestion and added to the list.

by Av_Crazy on 2. January 2012 - 10:38  (86399)

Why u still havent tested avast ?

by Jojo Yee on 2. January 2012 - 15:25  (86415)

This probably will take us some time to look into as we have more choices of security apps now in the market. Other than Lookout which has been widely used and Avast which was recently officially released as you've mentioned, there're also many others which are worth our attention such as below:

AVG Antivirus Free

Creative Antivirus Free

Norton Security and Antivirus

Dr.Web Anti-virus Light

NetQin Security & Anti-virus

Zoner AntiVirus Free

Webroot Security & Antivirus

Very likely we can set up a separate review category at our site for a more detailed comparison to see how effective these apps are.

by Av_Crazy on 3. January 2012 - 2:38  (86447)

If there's goin to be a seperate review then very good...however if u see this avast has the most features , more features are coming and everything is for free !
also see this chart to see where thy stand in detection

by ivorysoul (not verified) on 31. December 2011 - 4:38  (86264)

Hi I was trying to download the droid apps and it keeps telling me There are no Android phones associated with this account. Please sign in with a different account.Thanks ivorysoul

by Jojo Yee on 31. December 2011 - 9:54  (86272)
by Ivan (not verified) on 30. December 2011 - 18:00  (86240)

Please consider adding Kingsoft Office (English) to Home and Office section. I think it is a great office suite. Feature-rich(editing included) and entirely free!

by Jojo Yee on 31. December 2011 - 3:48  (86261)

Thanks Ivan for the suggestion. Added to the list.

by Kai (not verified) on 23. December 2011 - 12:28  (85803)

Gesture launcher (by Shinji)

launch gesture launcher with skyfish launcher free or task changer ads. That's good shortcut too.

by cberkop (not verified) on 22. December 2011 - 16:56  (85732)

I would like to suggest the following
Call Control - Call Blocker

It has a community Blacklist, as well as your personal list. It blocks calls, sms, spam calls, and much more.

Won Verizon's save time app for the last couple of years.

I have used it for a few weeks now ad it works great.

by abhay2009 on 22. December 2011 - 13:50  (85720)

Dear Jojoyee,

I would like to recommend following good apps to ur attention and request u to review them:
Mobisle Notes - for taking notes and making checklist; comes with reminder/alarm.
StartUp Manager - a very good start up manager.
Mobo task Killer (now Easy Task Killer) with Easy Battery Saver plugin - both are too good. Mobo is automatic task cleaner.
AutoAppOrganizer - it is much much better App Organizer listed herein. Interface itself is praiseworthy. Finally, I got the best App Organizer and launcher.
Sanity - is a very good call manager; runs along with the call; comes with call blocking call recording.
Days left - a nice looking widget for reminding a future task/event.
SeePU - shows cpu activity and available memory in notification. Very handy.
Executive Assistant free - is widget which organizes notifications for missed calls, received messages, calender events, facebook notifications under one widget. Very handy and my favorite!!
AndRoot--- M------- - is a good file manager, though it looks like a root file manager but isn't. (Moderated: Not free)
Habit Streak - a handy app to form any habit.
Quick Exit - provides a shortcut in notification to end any app quickly.
Quick Boot - provides very handy options to reboot or shutdown the phone.
Battery Monitor Widget - is a very good widget and app to show important information about battery state and comes with various alarms necessary for battery maintenance.
ShakeOff - provides a quick way to lock the screen just by shaking the phone.
DeviceInfo - provides a quick view of the system information.

by Anupam on 22. December 2011 - 14:03  (85723)

Please provide links. Without links, and with so much of suggestions, I think you will understand how difficult it will be for Jojo, and the moderators to search for each and every suggestion.

by abhay2009 on 30. December 2011 - 3:29  (86200)

Dear Sir,

Pl consider the following as I feel they are worthy of being included in the list:

1. AutoApp Organizer -

2. Mobisle Notes -

3. Quick Exit -

4. Quick Boot -

5. Screen On Toggler -

6. Seepu -

7. Battery Monitor Widget -

8. Shake off -

9. Deviceinfo -

10. Executive assistant free -

11. Sanity -

12. Startup Manager -

13. Easy Battery Saver + Task Killer -

14. Habit Streak -

15. Appkik -

by Anupam on 30. December 2011 - 10:53  (86222)

Thanks Abhay, much appreciated.

And please, don't call me sir :).

by MidnightCowboy on 30. December 2011 - 13:41  (86229)

No, PM me and I'll suggest something else :D

by abhay2009 on 23. December 2011 - 12:55  (85806)

Dear Anupam,

I agree with u. But I am a user of the android phone. Being a member of this site, I would like to contribute as much as I can. If I suggest more and more good applications, it will be of huge benefit for the user community of this site. However, as I have mentioned the correct names for each app and Jojoyee has explained, there should not be much of a hassle in finding the right applications. In future, I would suggest 2-3 apps at a time with links as required.

by Anupam on 23. December 2011 - 18:50  (85820)

Dear Abhay, we welcome the suggestions gladly, and are ever thankful to the visitors for them. Of course, with the names, one can find them, but still, one has to search, and if there are a whole lot of suggestions, then you can understand, its time consuming to search each and every one of them.

Time is important for everyone. The reason for writing my comment was simple, that the editor does not have to perform time consuming operation for searching and then checking each suggestion. I hope you understand, and thanks for your co-operation.

by Jojo Yee on 22. December 2011 - 14:13  (85724)

It's good to have links but when without, it's ok to me if the app names given are accurate. Quite easy to find them via the Search Box from the Android Market page at

Thanks everyone for giving many good suggestions and I'll go through them one by one.

by Av_Crazy on 21. December 2011 - 20:55  (85642)

Avast for android has been released
kicks all other av's to dust

by Kai (not verified) on 18. December 2011 - 0:46  (85211)


Nice! comfortable for eye and feel cool and clear. Todo that suggest you todo.
and has widget,too,it will be the great todo.

by Jojo Yee on 30. December 2011 - 10:50  (86221)

Any.DO looks pretty good, simple and easy to use. I also like the gesture features such as drag and drop to organize, mark completed task by swiping or clear them all by shaking. That said, syncing tasks with Google Tasks didn't work well in that a task folder deleted from Google Tasks still appeared in this app when I tried it .

A similar app Taskos To Do List | Task List seems to have even more features. Syncing task folders with the Google account worked well when tested but the task items were repeated in my Google Tasks after syncing.

Both apps are potential competitors and would have been better if the above shortfalls are ironed out.

by abhay2009 on 22. December 2011 - 13:52  (85721)

You are right! It may become a favorite todo app!

by Kai (not verified) on 17. December 2011 - 10:30  (85182)

Skyfish Swipe Launcher free

Perfect Task Switcher

Skyfish Swipe Launcher and Perfect Task Switcher both are Great. I recommended launch perfect task switcher by swipe from right edge,yeah,you know.hehe.

by Av_Crazy on 16. December 2011 - 15:32  (85134)

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