Google Android OS has come out to be a major competitor at-least to Windows mobile OS and Nokia’s Symbian OS, if not for Apple’s iPhone. Some of the latest Smart-phones like Motorola Droid, T-Mobile’s G1 and G2, HTC Hero etc feature Google Android OS.

Just like Apple’s App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch, Google too has its own App Store called Google Android Market. Though the Android market is relatively news, there are thousands of Apps already and if you have just bought an Android phone, it is quite obvious that you will be dying to try out some Free Android apps on your brand new phone. There are hundreds of Free Apps already in Android Market which makes your job of picking up the best apps even more difficult. Hence, we at TechPP have done all the hard work for you and have come out with a list of super cool, useful and crazy apps for your Android phone.

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This is the first article in the series of posts which will introduce the best free apps available for your Android Phone.
Update: Ultimate List of Free Android Apps – Part 2

Ultimate List of Free Android Apps

1. Phonebook

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Phonebook has a cool user interface for viewing and managing your contacts. It displays your contacts with pictures and contextual information such as coming birthdays, missed calls and unread text messages. Phonebook comes with a nice landscape view, a dialer and a quick access to your favorites and most called contacts.

2. Locale

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Brilliant and simple program to handle profiles automatically. Locale is a scriptable, location-aware settings manager. A wide range of triggering events are available like battery level, dates, times, GPS coordinates and calls from specific people can all be used. Some third-party programs even integrate with Locale, increasing the available options

3. Facebook for Android

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Pretty decent way to read and post status updates. Update your status, post pictures, check out your friends profiles, make comments all from the comfort of your device. This is a must have if you have a Facebook account.

4. Opera Mini

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Opera Mini is an Android app that serves as an alternative to Android’s default web browser. It is a extremely lightweight. Opera Mini loads most websites much faster than Android’s Browser loads the full HTML site. Extra speed is also accomplished by Opera compressing and routing the page through their own servers.

5. PicSay

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PicSay is a small app that lets you edit and modify photos on your phone. You can add speech balloons, any of a range of text styles, and images like hearts and stars to your photos. Or if you’re feeling less whimsical, you can modify the picture’s contrast, tint, hue and saturation levels; flip and rotate your image; and do other basic editing tasks.

6. Live Chat

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Chat, flirt and discuss with other users in this Live Chat application. You can create your own chat groups and create a profile with photo.

7. Twidroid

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This Android based Twitter app is available in a free and a pro version. Both of Twidroid’s offerings provide most every Twitter function you might need, from the basic viewing and sending tweets, following and unfollowing users, viewing profiles to the more advanced: saved searches, URL shortening, photo posting, and geo-location support.

8. iSkoot

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iSkoot is a free app for Android phones that puts Skype on your mobile. Click to call or chat with your Skype buddies! Make inexpensive international calls with iSkoot, as well, through SkypeOut. This is similar to iSkoot app for iPhone.

9. ShopSavvy

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ShopSavvy is all about the deals. Enter a product name or barcode (using the keypad or the camera), and ShopSavvy identifies the product, searches the Web and local chain stores for the best prices, and collects reviews of the item.

10. Ringdroid

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Ringdroid app for Android lets you create free ringtones from your favorite songs. Just load a song onto your SD card, select start and end points, and save it as a ringtone, alert or notification. You can even record your own ringtones with Ringdroid.

11. Google Voice

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Google Voice is a new service from Google that gives the user his own personal phone number. You then can use your Google Voice number to make phone calls or send SMS messages from the web. And the Android app lets users do the same from their Android device. This means users can make and receive calls and text messages on your Google Voice number through your phone. Google Voice also archives all voice mails and SMS messages online, so you will never lose that important message.

12. ActionComplete

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ActionComplete is a high-tech to-do list for your Droid phone. It makes it easy to organize your tasks and appointments. You can even set reminders that will pop up based on where you are, allowing you to remind yourself of certain tasks at the office, others at the home, and so on.

13. Astrid

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Astrid is a solid task manager developed by Google. Tasks are easy to add and easy to check off when you’re done. You can also add a timer to help you build that sense of urgency.

14. TooDo

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TooDo is another task management application, with online syncing, either with Toodledo or Remember the Milk. Synchronization is both ways – tasks created or marked completed on TooDo can be seen online, and vice versa. It also has a couple of really nice features – first, you can add voice, photo, and video notes to your tasks, and second, you can set geographical reminders to pop up whenever you’re in a specific location (based on the GPS).

15. Meebo IM

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Meebo is a free Instant Messaging app that supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo, MySpace IM, Google Talk, Jabber and ICQ. You can also sign in using a Meebo account and your chat history will be saved forever, and can be accessed from anywhere by logging in at meebo.com

16. TuneWiki

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TuneWiki is a replacement for Android’s built-in media player, offering a number of nice features. Most notable is the lyric scroll, which pulls lyrics off the Internet and scrolls them along with the song. It can also be integrated with Last.fm and Shoutcast radio streaming, YouTube video search.

17. Meridian

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Meridian is yet another media player app which can play back MP3, OGG, MP4, and 3GPP files, and offers up basic playlist and gesture support. It’s pretty ugly, but it gets the job done.

18. Flixster

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Flixster does one thing, and it does it well: Movies. It keeps you up to date on everything new in the movie world, be it for the box office or the rental store, complete with movie times (by way of GPS), community-driven user reviews, and trailers.

19. PostBot

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PostBot is an open source app for posting text and images to WordPress blogs. You can set up multiple blogs and choose which to post to from the settings. This is a great little app for posting quick thoughts and photos from your Android phone.

20. PF Voicemail+

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PhoneFusion’s Voicemail+ offers a really slick way to get visual voicemail on your Android phone. You need to register for a free account and forward your voicemail to them. Once it’s set up, you’ll be able to scroll through your voicemails, listen to the ones you want and ignore the ones you don’t, delete messages, and respond by text.

21. Video Player

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Video Player app from Android Tapp does exactly what it says: It plays videos, a function that Google mysteriously chose to leave out of Android. Video Player isn’t fancy; you can play, pause, move backward and forward through the video, and that’s it.

22. Sherpa

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Sherpa is an Android app that helps you find new places based on your own personal preferences. Sherpa “learns” your likes and dislikes, then uses your location information to suggest restaurants, stores, and attractions in your area that might float your boat.

23. GDocs

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Since Android is a Google product, the absence of an app for viewing and editing documents and spreadsheets from Google Docs would just be wrong. That’s where Art Wild’s GDocs comes in, allowing users to view spreadsheets and to create, edit and view word processor documents from their Google Docs account. Please note that the editing is strictly text-only.

24. Imeem Mobile

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You can play music off your phone’s SD card or stream music over the Internet with Imeem’s mobile player. Imeem offers several ways to listen once you’ve created a free user account: Upload tracks from your computer and listen to them under the “My Music” tab, create on-the-fly radio stations from music similar to your favorite artists using the “Search” function, or listen to featured stations put together by Imeem’s staff and other users.

25. Palringo

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Palringo is similar to Meebo which integrates multiple IMs into 1 app. You can access Yahoo Messenger, AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook and other IM networks with Palringo. You can create groups at will, but only other Palringo members can take part.

This is it for the first part of the series. Hope you liked the post. Please share/bookmark the post in case you found this useful. Let us know which is your favorite app and which are the ones you use often. In case you like an app which is not yet covered here, feel free to share it so that we can include it in our next part of the series.

 
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  • http://www.iconfinder.net Martin LeBlanc

    Why isn’t Gigbox on the list? -> http://www.mygigbox.com

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Answer is simple! This is just the first part of the series. Thanks for your reco though, appreciate it :)

  • عروس

    intersting collection
    I liked Facebook for Android thanks for the apps.

    • appsshelf

      yes i have too in my mobile its amazing

  • http://www.siggyvolgt.nl Erwin Sigterman

    Just had a new HTC Hero and was looking for new apps. Great blog!!

  • booyah

    Dolphin Browser > Opera Mini ?

  • Bearfan

    How can I play m4a audio files from iTunes on my HTC droid Eris??

  • Kim

    Why isn’t Fake-call me app on the list?
    It’s the ultimate fun app that has real use: get me out of that boring meeting/conversation, amaze my friend with calls from any celebrity.

  • http://bonfirehealth.com/ Paul Kratka

    Good Job Raju!

    Any recommendations for handling MS Office docs (Word, PPT, Excel and, PDF files)? I’ve found DataViz’s Docs to Go but thought I’d ask your opinion first.

    Thanks, Paul

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      It all depends on your requirements. DataViz is good enough, but you can also check out Documents To Go 2.0, which has both Free and Premium versions. If you are technically inclined, check this out – http://community.citrix.com/android

  • David

    How about “mp3 download”? Great app to get free music =)

  • Kim

    Any idea on an outlook contacts sync app yet?

  • http://degrassiac.wordpress.com alex

    Wow! This is a great list. I’ve been comtemplating a samsung moment and I’ve been trying to see if it had some decent apps..that phonebook app looks awesome! So does twidroid and the blog/wordpress app, two I’d really use! I wanna get my samsung moment now!!!

  • ashley

    tried to search sherpa in app market but it says no matches… is it spelled right?

  • http://www.cavemanradio.com Caveman

    Can’t find the phonebook app…

  • Paul

    Since I am a deaf guy here, I ordered this phone for texting/IM/Email communications only. One major issue I have is that if I do not have the phone physically on my body, I cannot tell if anybody has sent a message on my Samsung Moment. There are no flashing lights to alert me. Is there an android app that just flashes the main screen when it vibrates while the phone is sitting the counter or wherever it may be? I’m sure there are others that would like that feature especially when they have to silence their phone for meetings…..

  • Erick

    My current fave app is Searchify – it lets you do wikipedia search, calendar search, keywords and other stuff from the built-in search – very useful! http://olilan.co.uk/searchify

  • DropIn

    Imeem has been eaten by Myspace and no longer works.

  • Jalisha

    Where can i get the phonebook app? It is not showing up in my android market and it seems like a really good app.

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      Guys, Phonebook app seems to be out of Android market, not sure why

  • CuriousGeorge

    I would really like to dump the text messaging package. With an android OS, is this possible? Can I send and receive SMS? Will it be unnoticeable to the recipient that I am using some other solution?

  • dan

    nice list,but can you make more like this?with new apps?

  • BMor

    Locale is not free according to the Marketplace it’s $9.99

  • Allan LuPone

    Please email me a list of all the medical and banking application fir the Htc EVO.
    Thak you. Allan

  • Renee B.

    Looking for a chat app that doesn’t use text minutes. Something that is private and might install on your phone as a decoy program…

  • Patricia

    Where can I find a good app in Droid to download music ?

    • tom

      called mp3 download…works great and free

  • Mark

    For those of you looking for a better SMS app, you wont find many better than chompSMS – freebie, and I like the customization you can do.
    Only slight negative I found was trying to resend failed messages, although only had it for 4 days myself and not experienced MMS with it yet.

  • BUMMED IN WA.STATE

    WONDER HOW TO TRACK MY PHONE . LOST IT AT CHURCH AND NOO ONE SEEN IT . CALLED IT AND NADA . JUST BUMMED BECAUSE IT WAS THE SAMSUNG VIBRANT WITH ALL MY STUFF IN IT AND NOW IM LOST …KNOW THE FEELING ?

  • Nicolas Sito

    Hi all,
    Nice list of apps, some of them really good!
    Regards
    Nicolas

  • avi kupchik

    you don’nt have a complete list the is hundreds more

  • Malik Wahaj Ahmed

    I must thank the author for this great list a bunch of free apps are great for my android. Thanks for the list..

  • Phil4

    Check Refine Efficiency Pro: http://refineandroid.doodlekit.com/

    – cache cleaner (root and non root(individually)), no sd card cache support;
    – market history cleaner;
    – task killer;
    – start up manager (root and non root(no guarantee));
    – task scheduling.
    Also browser history cleaner.

  • Hani Delphys

    Applications android is very useful. I like this

  • Mason

    this needs to be updated. Shopsavvy is gone/obsolete, imeem mobile didn’t come up in search. nor did; pf voicemail+, and sherpa… (yes, i searched the app market on my htc incredible w/google)

    • John

      Pf voicemail + is on the Android market but i wouldn’t bother downloading it. It’s very choppy and buggy and when I finally uninstalled and unregistered it, I started having all kinds of problems with my standard voicemail. And yes I followed all the steps to uninstall it and un-forward my calls back to my phones “nornal” settings, yet I still had problems. And when I went to get help, u found out just how horrible the support is for pf Voicemail +. Don’t download. –HTC Evo 4G on the Sprint network–

  • http://www.techcorona.com Tech Corona

    For those of you looking for a better SMS app, you wont find many better than chompSMS – freebie, and I like the customization you can do.
    Only slight negative I found was trying to resend failed messages, although only had it for 4 days myself and not experienced MMS with it yet.

    • Paul

      I’m agree with you

    • Lakeshia

      Handcent messaging is also great. It allows you to do all chompSMS does and more!!!

  • karinafeb

    greats list download now from android market

  • wii softmodden

    android rulezz!

  • Maximo

    My gf got a sony with android. Almost for all apps you have to pay and they are 1/2 as good as the ones for iphone. Do all android people pays for apps? Now i know why are much more iphones than androids around. Also now i know wjat to get my gf for her bday.

    • smart ass

      Dude your an idiot bitch. We hardly pay for apps. You need to look better

    • Catt

      No, I’ve only paid for a handful of apps. Usually after trying them free first. I first downloaded a free app called Chomp. It is basically a search engine for the market. You can search by free, or without filters.

  • gourav

    handy list, i just recently buy a smart phone with android & will try it sure one by one……….

  • Brandon

    I prefer not to use apps to make ringtones on the droid – I just go to http://www.brinked.com

  • linkmyworld.android

    check out this cool new app called “LINK MY WORLD” for storing contacts, relating them and doing lots more in terms of functionalities

    https://market.android.com/details?id=LinkMyWorld

    check the above url for more deatils and video for understanding all the features.. cheers !!! :)

  • MacARiP

    Thanks dude…
    Simplicity of brilliant explanation…
    Love it…

  • Dhruv

    its really nice bunch of application of android .
    any one have any idea for fresh application of android..?

  • app_mom

    you may also want to pick up some games for your toddler (if you have one). all games by this developer are great:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Russpuppy#?t=W251bGwsbnVsbCxudWxsLDEwMiwicnVzc2gudG9kZGxlci5nYW1lIl0.

  • david

    Tango call

  • W3C

    Andriod.where are all my adripd performence.playforms,widgismy driod,fix

  • http://twitter.com/ahovancsak Andres Hovancsak

    If you guys are looking for a great free mp3 downloader app for android try gomp3.

  • http://mobilepricesnews.com/ Mobile

    i like to this apps
    Palringo is similar to Meebo which integrates multiple IMs into 1 app.

  • Soldier9945

    Try “Tunee”, also available on the web @tunee.net

  • mason

    is that similar to imeem in respect of playing ur mp3s and tuning into a pandora-like radio?