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Any good free Android apps?

Are there any hidden gems for free on the Android Market?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Mar. 23, 2011 at 11:45

Just kidding :p
It depends on what you're after?
I love Tune Wiki - free musicplayer that displays lyrics, finds youtube videos for your tracks, streams radio etc.
Pulse is a great free news/ rss reader. Cool ui and really fast.
Tons more.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 23, 2011 at 11:42

No

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 23, 2011 at 11:45

Just kidding :p
It depends on what you're after?
I love Tune Wiki - free musicplayer that displays lyrics, finds youtube videos for your tracks, streams radio etc.
Pulse is a great free news/ rss reader. Cool ui and really fast.
Tons more.

discojake  Mar. 23, 2011 at 15:00

Nice article here on Techradar. Google Sky Map is particularly cool.

cardamon  Mar. 23, 2011 at 22:21

Yeah I love Sky Maps too! Androidify is pretty cute.

GeneralHuey  Mar. 25, 2011 at 16:25

Angry Birds!

feckarse  Apr. 4, 2011 at 21:45

FxCamera is nice for pics

sunnydurian  Apr. 5, 2011 at 17:41

Rembran8t  Apr. 5, 2011 at 18:34

ilikeeconomikscheetos  Apr. 5, 2011 at 19:08

TalkMyPhone is amazing - makes sending texts a lot easier if you don't have a keyboard, though a little fiddly to set up
Shazam - jawdroppingly good when out and about. Soundhound is a good alternative as unlimited tags per month
Smooth Calendar widget

chris22  Apr. 5, 2011 at 19:46

Angry Birds - Addictive game.
Barcode Scanner - Scan barcodes to find cheaper prices.
Battery Indicator - Gives a percentage of how much battery is remaining.
Doodle Jump - A fun game. (Only application I have bought)
EarthCam - Allows me to view webcams off places all around the World.
Evernote - To make notes.
Facebook - Facebook application for Android.
Fancy Widget - Changes the clock on my homescreen.
Foursquare - Check into locations to show your friends where you are, like Facebook Places.
Google Goggles - Solve sudukos, check prices etc.
IP Webcam - Uses my phone as an IP webcam.
Live Holdem Pro - To play Texas Holdem on the Internet.
MSN Talk - MSN Messenger.
MX Moto - A fun Motocross game.
Netcounter - Measures how much of my data allowance I have used.
PicPlz - Social Photo App. Allows you to take pictures, add filters etc and then upload to many sites at once.
SpeedTest - Tests how fast your Internet connection is.
SpeedX 3D Free - Fun game, can play in 3D with glasses!
Tic Tac Toe - To play the game of Tic Tac Toe.
Tumblr - For Tumblr.
Tweetdeck - For Twitter.

eek  Apr. 5, 2011 at 22:26

feedly - best rss reader by miles.

arcangel111  Apr. 5, 2011 at 23:27

whatsapp is good - free text/picture messaging to any of your contact list who also have this app - available on iphone/android/windows phones ... :)

Umillion  Apr. 6, 2011 at 01:49

Free game apps:
Andry birds rio
Stupid zombies
super dynamite fish
Clumpsball
Gun bros
Air hockey speed
speedx3d
Homerun battle 3d free

senab  Apr. 6, 2011 at 09:29

Shameless plug: Flow for Facebook (Free)

DaveyGee  Apr. 6, 2011 at 12:45

FotMob - for football scores
Hotukdeals Droid - latest deals for HUKD
Days Before - Handy for keeping dates, events etc
Twidroyd - twitter
CardioTrainer - records exercise
Movies
3g watchdog
Ghost Chaser - Pac man basically

moonmonkey  Apr. 6, 2011 at 15:32

K-9 Mail - Email
Dolphin browser HD - web browser
Handcent SMS - SMS client
Free music download - Hmm no prizes for guessing...
Relax with Andrew Johnson Lite - Sends you to sleep
Sleep-as-an-droid - Alarm clock, Sleep pattern monitor
GPS test - Tests GPS strength, speedometer, compass etc

Games
*****
Bubble blast 2
Chalk ball lite
Glow hockey
Meganoid
Toy story 3 puzzle
Buka lite
Mouse trap
Mathmaniac
Phit droid 2
Tetris
Ace solitaire

All are free. I don't like to pay...

mimminito  Apr. 6, 2011 at 16:01

HeatDroid - Hot UK Deals Android Application

Umillion  Apr. 6, 2011 at 16:18

Free Battery saving apps:

Juice defender - (it takes internet off when screen is locked, which saves battery life)

Green Power Free - Same as above (but do try them separately to see which one works better for you). Also this one switches wifi on/off for you too (I think).

Advanced task killer - This one you must tweak to these settings:

1. Go into (advanced task killer) settings and turn off 'show notification' (it can be annoying to have to keep noticing icon on top)

2. In the same settings menu turn Security Level to medium... you must then restart your phone to see the change... it does need to be done now instead of later.

3. Open this app again (boring, I know):

Press, hold and add apps to 'ignore list' to keep these apps running, like advanced task killer, Green Power free/juice defender, gmail, mail, messages and any other one of your choice.

4. In settings, go to 'auto kill' and select 'CRAZY' (my favourite bit)

5. In settings for the last time, go to 'Auto frequency' and select 'when screen off' (very important)

Finally enjoy more battery life!

Sorry for taking over the thread.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 6, 2011 at 18:46

Best battery saving? A widget to switch from 3G/umts to gsm-only!
3G is by far the biggest waster right behind that shiny touchscreen.
You really only need 3G for heavy browsing and video streaming...
For syncing of mail and twitter or facebook, 2g/gsm is sufficient.
If you make it a habit to only enable 3G or WiFi when you actually use it, your battery will last a third (min.) longer.

Umillion  Apr. 6, 2011 at 19:20

The above app is really good but juice defender or green power does this for you automatically. It takes 3g and 2g, basically the internet off...but the nice thing is it periodically (every 15 mins) checks for mail etc and when you put your screen on, the internet comes back on.

You could use both I guess.

djbenny07  Apr. 7, 2011 at 08:38

depends on what you want to do

Fare Comparison - Kayak App
Game - Angry Birds
Note Taking - Evernote
File Backup - Dropbox
Security - Wave Secure (requires subscription)

an1  Apr. 7, 2011 at 11:28

I like (that are not already above at time of writing):

Wordfeud - basically a multi-player implementation of scrabble (seems to allow rude words, lol). The free version has pop up adverts though.

Go SMS Pro - I tried Handcent then this and I prefer this.

Barcode scanner and Google Shopper - let you scan barcodes out and about and search online for the same product cheaper.

Voucher cloud - gives vouchers for places near you. Most of them aren't brilliant deals, but the idea is good and I hope better vouchers are yet to come as more people use it.

Astro file manager - I consider this an essential install.

Bluetooth file transfer - why oh why did Android not have this feature as standard?

KeePassDroid - an android implementation of the popular desktop secure password storer (useful for using different passwords for each log in).

Launcher pro - my favourite alternative to the standard home screen, but this is a personal preference. Some may prefer ADW launcher etc.

Sipdroid - if you are into VOIP and want to use it on your mobile, then you need this. Even if you have Android 2.3 with VOIP integrated, this offers some useful features such as a hold button and automatic call recording.

Ringtone maker - use an MP3 instead of the boring default tunes.

Tricorder - okay I installed this because I am a sad Star Trek fan, but it has some interesting features - notably one displaying the fact Android phones have an internal compass, which surprised me.

Wifi analyzer - ok you could use your laptop to do the same, but this lets you view the channels wifi is using and helps you select one not used near you for the best performance.

Regarding app killers - word seems to be not to use them as they can cause more trouble than they are worth. Android does a good job of handling running apps itself and keeps them in memory to load them up faster again if needed. Running apps do not necessarily take CPU time which is what kills the battery.

jengie  Apr. 7, 2011 at 17:10

Totally subjective question.

I use:
Angry birds
Pulse
New Scientist
Word Checker
Taskiller
Easychan
and Aldiko

Umillion  Apr. 7, 2011 at 17:26

O about the task killer I remember reading something about that... makes sense so I've taken advanced task killer off

Cheers for the reminder an1.

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