On an Android device one is never sure about the choice of apps they want especially when ‘Google Play’ store is being a home to thousands of them. While free sounds good, it doesn’t always cut the mustard, yes it definitely doesn’t mean that they all are quality or better than a paid app. To make sure you never install a useless app here’s my selection of the best 10 most popular free apps on Android you should install right now.
This is probably the most popular app out there and it deserves to be my first pick. WhatsApp is one of the most essential app you can install on your Android device, especially if you have friends and family across the world. Rather than burning your carrier charges by sending text messages, WhatsApp lets you send messages over any Wi-Fi or mobile data connection instead. You can also send and receive photos with no size restrictions, and if you’re using Wi-Fi (or you have unlimited mobile data) they won’t cost you any extra to send. You can also voice-chat with anyone and that’s not all, it has plenty of other features as well and it is always updating with something new.
Twitter is one of the most used apps on ‘Google Play’. It’s perfect for new users, but loathed by power users. Twitter has insisted over and over that the best ‘Twitter’ mobile experience can be had using their own apps and have made it nearly impossible to bring a new third party app to the market. Start a conversation, explore your interests, and be in the know. ‘Twitter’ is an app that lets you connect with people, express yourself, and discover more about all the things you love. Get breaking news, explore the scenes at exclusive events and discuss about it, express yourself with texts, photos and emoji’s, emoticons, videos, gifs and vines too. Use hashtags, get closer to people who you admire including celebs like Kim Kardashian, oh well. You can also share your tweets with multiple applications.
Keeping up with your friends, family or anyone is now faster than ever. Try as you might, there’s very little you can do to avoid Facebook, but thankfully the ‘Facebook’ app for Android has gone through a number of revisions to make using the social networking website on your Android device easier than ever. Share updates, photos and videos. Get notified when friends like and comment on your posts. Play games and use your favorite apps. The app is fast and stable, with a simplicity that reminds you of the good old days when using Facebook used to be bearable, though we’re a little annoyed that Facebook has siphoned off its messaging service to its own standalone ‘Facebook Messenger’ app, which you might also want to download.
The madly popular social video phenomenon eventually hit Android after an infuriating period of exclusivity on ‘Apple’ devices, with ‘Android’ fans now able to see for themselves what all the fuss is about. ‘Vine’ focuses on one thing – a simple interface that lets you start and stop recording by touching the screen, and a six-second time limit. Clips are then reviewed, processed and uploaded to the Vine servers, for others to rate. You might become a star. Or just clog up the world’s internet pipes with a trillion clips of your cat not doing anything out of its normal behavior range. It’s a very crazy and fun app to play with.
Skype may seem like a complicated app, with its video, chatting, and landline-calling capabilities, but rest assured, it isn’t. Its newly designed interface is decidedly tidy, with only three main tabs to house most of the app’s functions. The official ‘Skype’ for Android lets you place free voice and video calls to other Skype users, or, for a small charge, voice calls to landlines and mobile numbers. Further, the refreshed app sports a new interface with a focus on messaging, making it easier than ever to fire up a chat.
- TuneIn Radio
Listen to the world’s largest collection of sports, news and music. ‘TuneIn Radio’ turns your Android device into a global radio, allowing you to stream over 100,000 radio stations from around the world. No matter what type of music you’re in to, it’s almost guaranteed that there’s a radio station somewhere in the world that’s dedicated to that genre. Forget messing about with knobs, TuneIn Radio’s interface is clear and easy to use on a touchscreen, and you can tune in with just a tap.
Selfie is the new sexy and this is the perfect tool to create selfie videos dubbed with popular sounds. It is very simple, just choose a famous sound, record a video on it with funny or any hilarious or serious gesture, send or share the following dubbed video among your friends or at any social network. It’s a funny, entertaining way to juxtapose your own video with the audio recording of something that’s recognizable to everyone in the chat and applicable to the conversation.
Evernote is an excellent app for your Android device that lets you stash and sync all your text notes, voice memos and files on your phone and access them through a desktop computer. It’s a brilliant productivity tool that lets you organize and search your notes so you always have exactly what you need at your fingertips.
Instagram is the go-to app for quickly taking photos, adding quirky filters to them and sharing them with the world. Over 300 million people use Instagram and thanks to the social aspects and effortless interface it’s easy to see why it’s such a hit. You’re not limited to sharing your snaps on Instagram either, as you can easily add your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more with just a few taps. See the world through somebody else’s eyes by following not only the people you know, but inspirational instagrammers, celebrities, icons. Every time you open Instagram, you will see photos and videos from your following list.
- MX Player
The best way to enjoy your movies. MX Video Player supports a wide array of codecs. And, they’re not only supported as software codecs – there is the “H/W+” decoder. What that means is you can use hardware decoding on your videos, even if hardware decoding support isn’t available for that format on your device. What it means (in plain English): you get the same performance and battery life here as when you use your default video player. The interface you get while playing videos is great. This app can also play audio files, however, it needs some extra configuration for this. There are many settings to let you adjust whatever you want, from change the default video decoder, to fine-tuning the interface, to playing a video in the background – just about everything you could imagine. Overall, this app is an excellent media player, and I can really recommend it to everybody.