It is no more news that Android is already taking over the world of smartphones – even recently, the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak confirms it himself in our recent blog post; saying the phone is awesome and got some stuff which can’t be easily found in Apple’s iPhone because of its simple and easy to use UI.
Android OS is the official operating system that was brought to life with the involvement of Google, the company which holds the largest share in the search engine providing business. The OS, since that time when Google has joined forces together in acquiring a large percentage of the organization – everything has gone well for the user’s choice mobile operating system. Even with its latest version, Android 4.0 which many can also refer to as Ice Cream Sandwich – it is the fastest of all the version of the Android operating system.
Do you know one thing about Android? I think you don’t but I will tell you now because it is one of the basic secrets behind the huge rush for all the phones that runs the OS.
The secret is that most of all the Apps that are running on Android OS are mainly made for free access, unlike Apple’s iPhone apps which you will have to pay heavily for before you can download them to your iPhone or iPad talk less of using them. On Android Market, the total number of android apps which were available at a fee is fewer when compared to the amount of the free ones. That should tell you that Android is gaining the ground faster than any other competitor in the industry – but still, Apple still holds the largest share of the market with its latest quarter record.
But that’s not where I’m going today – what the post is all about is showing you the 25 top free Android Apps or can I say, the best free android apps you can download to your android mobile phone right from this very moment.
Top and Best Free Android Apps
1. WordPress for Android
WordPress for Android was first created and named wpToGo, but when WordPress itself saw the awesomeness feature of the app, and its cool UI and liked it – WordPress.org bought it and hired the same developer of the app to continue working on it in-house. This app features many options inside your wordpress blog. Its latest version offers full integration with other apps in the android market and world over – now, you can now spin content and directly send it to WordPress for Android app to update your blog. It comes with several features such as image insertion and other such as file uploading.
Features of WordPress for Android:
- Write and update your blog at your ease
- Insert images, video with your blog post
- Spin articles with ease since the app can work with other applications
- Keep your blog up to date with all latest and informative news in your niche
2. Facebook for Android
Facebook for Android is the android version of Facebook for iPhone app which many has considered as the best when it comes to choosing perfect app. But, Facebook for Android itself is lacking behind in features when compared to the official Facebook app itself but the recent update on the app added another great and awesome feature to the app, which will enable you to send and receive messages – use the official facebook inbox. The app is now okay and stable – it is fast and durable.
Evernote is available for iPhone users but what of android community? It is also available for users of android OS! Evernote app helps you store all your notes, voice memos and other files on your device and then access them through a desktop computer with ease.
- Ability to create and edit your new notes on the fly
- You can snap new photo from your device right into your account
- Ability to record a fast voice memo into your online evernote account
- Easily access all your notes anywhere you are with ease
- Ability to select some of your notes for offline use
4. Samsung ChatOn
Recently Samsung released its ideal android tool for users to chat on their device, and some other features. The Samsung chatOn messaging tool is the ideal messaging tool for users who wants multiple platform chatting experience. This app supports multi-platform chatting with support for older Samsung non-smart features smartphones. On android, there are plenty of mobile messaging tools but this app beats all of e’m flatly. It even has a feature that enables users to draw, and share image with its social networking features.
5. ASTRO File Manager
ASTRO is a Windows-style file explorer made available for Android users – it is suitable for someone who’s into fixing and installing of Android APK files.
The app is useful for installing something like that into your android based phones because it will make your smartphone look exactly like a computer, and gives you the confidence that you are in charge of everything.
ASTRO is a free ad-supported app, and you will have to pay for its full access which comes with no ads. This is the new age file exploring the app for all android users.
6. UK Jobs
If you’re a resident of the United Kingdom, you needn’t worry about all those missed job opportunities when there is an android app that can show you all the latest job openings around your location. All UK job vacancies are indexed in the database of this android application which has the ability to show you the data from independent employment site, 1job.co.uk. The site is a useful site and it is a non-governmental tool.
7. Google Sky Map
This is a magnificent app that renders Patrick Moore obsolete, by using your phone, you can get an accurate illustration of the stars, and the planets on your phone screen without much hassle. Just point your phone at the sky, and then learn about what are visible for you. And the good news is that the Google Sky Map android app also works indoors.
8. Google Goggles
Google Goggles will enables you take photos and let Google examine them, and then bring back a search result page for what it thinks you are exactly looking for. Meanwhile, this app’s major use is as a QR code reader, which lets you X-ray barcodes for fast access to applications or any data that people choose to insert in the odd little data squares.
The popular social media site, Foursquare is now available on Android for people who use the site. Foursquare app comes with the Google app by offering you an easy one-click check-ins, and integrated Google Maps for an unbroken Google exclusive experience. It presents you a home shortcut options that points to all your favourite places.
Twitter is considered as the number two social networking site on the internet, and there are countless numbers of Twitter apps on Android OS – and even, Twitter itself recently launched its own version of the app for Android but the truth is that we’re not gonna use that and instead, we’re sticking with Seesmic.
This app offers support for multiple accounts, and it comes with a home page widget showing the latest tweets on your Twitter account, and you know what that means? You aren’t left behind with everything happening on the internet.
Microsoft has joined forces with the SEVEN – a developing team that will design an official Hotmail app for the Android community. The app gives users a simple, clean user interface, push notification support and can also let you manage several Hotmail accounts at the same time.
Winamp is the official app that has been in existence for a decade ago which lets you listen to music and media files – it is the perfect and free media player on your android smartphone.
13. BBC News
While the official Android iPlayer app which is made for the Android platform is a little bit disappointing, the official BBC News app is even better. Inside the app, there is a stylish grid-styled front-page fixed story widget with features that let you swipe from left or right and vice-versa to switch between stories in your chosen category with ease. With its latest update, you can now have access to a couple of Home screen widgets with an option that lets you submit your own news tips helping BBC blog have more recent and updated content every time.
This app is the perfect one for people who wants to buy AR contents such as local house price apps, travel guides and much more. Layar is a stunning and newly improved reality app for android OS users which has an online store that enables you to buy all those things without stress.
Swype is a powerful and interesting app for android users which makes it dead simple for them to use hand to type on their mobile device – it also comes with advanced features that make it simple for you to predict what you are about to enter in your next line without much problem. Presently, this app is not yet available from the Android Market but you can only install it directly from the Manufacturer’s page. Update: this app is now available and the link has been updated.
16. RAC Traffic
RAC Traffic is a nice app for people travelling or driving car all the time, it is a dead simple application for people who always stays in front of their car steering. It helps you track your journey and gives you traffic alerts about places ahead of you to help you know what is at stakes. RAC Traffic guesstimates your location through mobile signal, and then show up the current traffic signal around your area, or the place your car is located at. It is also useful for getting information about the location you’re heading to, to avoid any blockages on the way.
17. Skyfire 3.0
The unique selling proposition (USP) of the Skyfire browser app is that, it supports Flash content without hassle of requesting you to install Adobe Flash player. This tool has the capacity of popping up a small window when it detects an embedded Vimeo and Youtube video or some other content similar to that.
The flash business of this application is handled by SkyFire’s servers – which does most of the computer stuff without many glitches, and then send those files to your handset with ease.
Last.fm is a good app that lets you stream different kinds of music on your mobile anywhere you are located. Though, you will have to pay for all your bandwidth consumption which means, all your music streaming experiences depends solely on your internet connection bandwidth and if you don’t have good mobile internet – you won’t enjoy it better.
19. gvSIG Mini Maps
gvSIG Mini Maps is an advanced and comprehensive mapping tool for android users which helps combines major online maps into one place – online map service such as Google Map, Open Street Map, and Bing. It works best in the UK with its support for the recently open-sourced Ordinance Survey data which will help it win the heart of most UK citizens. That means you don’t have to worry much than entering your street code and get the location to where you are, or where you are heading to.
Flickr app is really an interesting app with its advanced uploading option that helps you capture photos, and share it with the world. It comes with Twitter and Facebook sharing features as well which makes everything simple for you and your photo-nerd friends who want to have a glaring photo experience with you.
21. Google Maps Navigation
Once you have at least the Android 1.6 or later version such as Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), you are free to enjoy Google Maps app on your device. Its latest update adds life to its ability to show turn-by-turn voice navigation, simultaneously disturbing the SatNav industry while also boosting the in-car dashboard dock/charger accessory scene. This app is freely available and it comes with lots of features such as route calculations etc.
22. Catch Notes
Catch Notes, just like Evernote app – if you have this app around you, there is no way you would forget your late-night thoughts and others. With this app, you can take note of everything you want to remember at a later time together into one huge database. And the good thing is that, if you have a Snaptic account you’ll be able to sync this app with it – or better still, you can simply log in with your Google account details for instant mobile jotting experience. Once the content is written down, you can pin it to the home screen just as the Pinterest app does in real life.
23. Astrid Task/Todo list
Astrid is an app that describes itself as an “open source” task list tool, which includes syncing support with the popularly known RememberTheMilk site for an ultimate in finer point’s management. You just need to list your tasks and then order them according to their importance – setting off a timer to see specifically how long you have spent on Twitter or Facebook instead of doing the job at hand. It is an ideal app for expert-level procrastinators who love to postpone everything to another time.
Skifta is the first software tool to be granted with the DLNA certification – meaning that your phone is been turned into an official DLNA device. It means that you can now start streaming most of your household media to your mobile phone and beaming your smartphone videos to your local TV. It seems somehow heavy at the moment, but continuous updates arriving all the time will certainly help the situation a lot. This app requires Android 2.2 (GingerBread) or higher to work.
Shareprice is an app that uses your login details from the financial site, www.III.co.uk to offer you the latest and live share price news, and updates on your Android phone. Now, you can watch and get the latest updates on your nest-egg skyrocketing, even during this time, when there are many financial crises worldwide!
It is useful for android users that have low share values to check their shares and stay up to date with everything.
Hope you found these free android apps useful and helpful with your visit? Kindly add your comment below for requests, issues, and others and I shall surely respond to them one after the other.