One Dozen Super-Useful (And Free!) Android Apps

One Dozen Super-Useful (And Free!) Android Apps

Six months ago we pointed out the best Android apps to boost your mobile productivity, but since then more free applications have appeared in the Market that offer useful features you don’t want to miss.

Let’s take a look at a few notable free apps that make getting things done with your Android handset easier and more fun. All of these are available in the Android Market on your phone; the apps that have dedicated web sites are linked below.

Gmote: Turn Android into a remote control for your computer and its music and movies with Gmote. Perfect for controlling your media centre PC under the television from the couch, Gmote can browse what media files you want to play and offers regular play, pause, rewind, and volume controls (as shown). Alternately, you can go into Gmote’s touchpad mode and drive the mouse on your computer screen with your phone, launching and switching applications. Gmote requires that you install server software on your computer as well as the Android app to work.




Shake Awake

Useful Switchers

Contacts Clean-up

ActionCompleteGetting Things Done

No Signal Alert

Free Dictionary Org

Weather Channel


Even six months later, previously mentioned Compare Everywhere, Shazam, and AnyCut are still prime free Android apps, as well as Secrets password manager.

What are your favourite useful and free Android apps? Let us know in the comments.

Gina Trapani, Lifehacker’s founding editor, loves a good free Android app. Her Smarterware feature appears every week on Lifehacker.

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