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My Top 12 Must Have Free Android Apps

Updated on March 22, 2012

Cellphones have become more than just a device to make calls or text people these days. In today's day and age people want more from their mobile phones and thus the smartphones have become very popular. From Samsung's Galaxies to Apple's iPhone to Windows Mobile you name it.

People want to use their phones to do all kinds of thing like browse the internet, social networking, create documents, email, games, etc. It's become a mini computer/laptop (tablets).

I have compiled a list of my favourite free android apps I just cannot live without. I have not included any games in this list.


1) World Newspapers

This is by far the best newspaper app on the market due to it having over 6000 newspapers, magazines and websites in it.

You can search for your favourite newspaper from over 105 countries. It has a RSS reader which has a smart search and offline reading. It has translation, bookmarks and video news.


2) Twitter

For me the default twitter client for the android just works. It has everything in the client that I require from notifications, retweets with quotes, lists and trending topics.

You can follow me on twitter at @GeoffChisnall if you would like to engage me on there.


3) My Data Manager

This is one of those little gems. I need to know how my data is getting chewed up seeing as I am on a 250MB data package I need to keep track of what I do where and what apps are using the most data.

This can monitor you normal mobile data and even your wifi data. You can set your data package and it will give you stats of the applications using the most and also warn you when you are getting close your cap because where I come from, data is not cheap!


4) Boat Browser

I must admit...while I was going though the list of my top apps, this item changed. I used to use a browser called Miren Browser but when I searched for it I found that they took it off the Google Play since Google changed the market.

After doing some research I came across Boat Browser. I must say I am starting to love it as it has exactly what Miren had but with so much more! It is fast and sleek and even comes with a screenshot function. It has bookmarks on the home page, tabs and even voice command control.


5) Football Live Scores

I am a football freak. I follow almost every league on the planet. Whenever I am not at home and there is football on, I am on my phone checking the latest scores. This app is simple and clean and shows you the goal updates and also the league standings.


6) ADW Launcher

I use ADW Launcher as my UI manager because it is quick, clean and easy to customize.


7) Google Docs

What I love about this app is when you edit or create documents on your computer from Google Docs and you need to show someone something that you did, you just load up the app and it can access your Google Docs where ever you are . You can edit, create and share your documents all from your mobile.


8) Dropbox

This is a pretty awesome application. When you have to copy files between your computer and mobile you can drop the files to dropbox and it will show in your dropbox folder on your computer, phone, webpage and where ever you installed dropbox too. You can drop your photos, documents and videos.


9) WhatsApp

WhatsApp is a messaging service and can be installed for Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Window Phones and Nokia making it the best messaging app out in the market as anyone who has it installed can message across platforms.

One can send videos, photos and voice messages as well as no international costs like SMS. It supports group chat and one does not have to add people to your contacts list. Whoever is in your phonebook that has WhatsApp will automatically be added into it.


10) Skyvi

Skyvi is for Android as what Siri is for the iPhone. By the sound of your voice you can make phone calls, text people, search for something on the internet, ask for directions, update twitter or facebook, get the weather and ask for locations or places around your area. So imagine you have your android hooked up to the dash and you are communicating with it to phone, navigate and just ask random questions. It's like having another person in the car with you!

This app is still new so it's always being developed. It's not that perfect but it the best app out there at the moment for the android.


11) Facebook for Android

Facebook for android is a must for any social networker. It does everything you need to do from facebook, News Feeds, status updates, photos, events, groups and search for friends. The only thing you can't do is play your farmville.


12) Flickr

For those photographers out there, I am sure you use Flickr to upload your photos. Flickr app is the only nice app that I have found where I can browse Flickr and also update the photos I take. You unfortunately cannot edit your photos or albums.

What applications can you not live with or maybe you have some applications that you recommend. Would love to hear from you.


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    • gchisnall profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks for the comments perpetuallearner and ronny2005.

      I tried Dolphin this morning for a bit and I am not experiencing that "Auto Reload" but Dolphin is still too bulky for me compared to the other browser I use.

      I tried Opera as well and I'm not really a fan...I didn't like the desktop version either!

      ronny2005, what didn't you like about Boat Browser if I may ask?

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      6 years ago from HubPages

      The only thing I do not like about Dolphin browser is that whenever I minimize it, or I have opened multiple pages, and I am reading a particular one, then the other pages are loaded once again, which is called 'Auto Reload' by Dolphin, and it can't be removed.

      I had installed Boat Browser, but I did not like it, so I uninstalled it.

      I am using Opera Mini although. It is good, and I think it will be better than Dolphin if the multiple tabs are kept at the top of Page like in Dolphin.

    • perpetuallearner profile image


      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I remember reading a lot of positive reviews for Dolphin Browser, and it felt too bulky for me too. I'll definitely give Boat Browser a try since we both have the same...concerns. Have you tried Opera Mobile?

    • gchisnall profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Ronny!

      I think I will give Dolphin another try again...I remember when it was first released it was kind of bulky for me compared to the original Miren I had installed.

      I will check out your Android App & Games hub out!

    • ronny2005 profile image


      6 years ago from HubPages

      I too have published a hub with a list of Android Apps & Games! Nice hub.

      I think Dolphin Browser is better than Boat Browser. You need to check it out and it's super-easy to use. You have made a good list, by the way!


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