Top 10 Android Apps

Top 10 Android Apps

Android’s been around for more than a year, and in that time developers have whipped up some great apps. Whether you’re a new Android owner or a pro looking for new tools, these 10 great and free apps belong in your arsenal.

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We’re going to skip right over the apps that are just so common, universal and well replicated on other mobile platforms that a user with a need will probably hunt them down — Facebook, Evernote, Remember the Milk, and endless Twitter clients, widgets and apps. We’ve also skipped over Google’s own neat apps, like Navigation and Googles, that are (or will be) included standard on new Android phones. Instead, we’re aiming to shine a little light on apps that quietly excellent functionality for those who download them.

10. Layar

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9. Listen

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8. AnyCut

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7. Secrets

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6. SlideScreen

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5. Shopper

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4. PDANet

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3. TasKiller Free


2. WaveSecure


1. ASTRO File Manager

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To each their own, of course, but we’d love to hear what Android apps you consider crucial to your own phone in the comments. We tend toward free, but if you’ve found a cheap app that’s worth a few bucks, our Android-loving readers, and developers, would likely be glad for the referral.


  • Wow.. you missed so many awesome apps.

    Android specific…
    Swype – best keyboard for Android bar none
    NetCounter – track your data usage
    Dolphin Browser – multi-tab capable browser
    ASE – Android Scripting Environment: code on your phone!
    Locale – Perform actions based on location/time
    Nandroid – important part of any recovery rom – snapshot your entire phone!

    And then the not so Android specific ones…
    FBReader – awesome ebook reader for Android
    Battery Status – shows battery percentage on the notification bar
    Pure Calendar Widget – Best calendar widget
    Weather Forecast Widget – Best weather widget
    Connectbot – free ssh client with tunnel support
    Andftp – free ftp/sftp client
    Twicca – fast twitter client

    Most of the above are free, but those that aren’t are definitely worth it.

  • My favourite ones, not listed in the article:

    NewsRob – RSS reader
    Dolphin – alternative web browser
    MyTracks – GPS location track logger
    NetCounter – counts data traffic over WiFi and 3G

  • Alarm Klock – I’ve tried the rest, this is the best

    Google Tasks Organizer – some prefer Astrid, but GTO is simple, the way a to-do list manager should be

    Wordfeud – when you’re stuck with nothing to do, this Scrabble clone is priceless (see also: Angry Birds, but you should have that already)

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