Topic: The Top 10 Free Android Apps We Use
We are always on the lookout for quality apps we can benefit from, be it gaming, communication, education, productivity, utilities or anything else.
Since I am working in a software review company, I thought it might be interesting to pull back the curtain, as it were, to let folks know what’s on our devices.
I’ve seen this with music, where music celebrities will disclose what songs are on their playlist but so far I haven’t seen the same coverage for apps.
Sometimes these apps help us in small ways, such as a game that offers an entertaining diversion while we’re waiting for that morning coffee, sometimes they help to achieve our personal goals, such as a fitness app, or it may be a serious productivity app that we need to get our jobs done.
Whatever the case, these apps may be widely popular or diamonds in the rough, but they are apps we use and love.
So, without further ado, here is Top Ten Free Android Apps We Use.
Dolphin Browser – Free
The Dolphin Browser is my Android internet browser of choice.
It’s like Chrome, but smoother and easier to use. One of the features I love about it is that it is remarkably easy to use it’s “Sonar” feature, enabling the user to merely mention the name of a website to go to and Dolphin quickly goes there.
Another feature I like about Dolphin Browser is its Gesture feature, that allows the user to draw a “gesture” (e.g. “G” for Google) and Dolphin will load the webpage corresponding to the customize-able gesture drawn.
Dolphin is easy to use and its smooth interface makes it a “must-download.”
Aldiko – Free
Aldiko is my go-to eBook reader, and one of the apps that makes each day run a little smoother. It is by far one of the best eBook reader apps available.
It has numerous features that make organizing my virtual bookshelf incredibly simple.
Whether I’d like to view my books on a virtual bookshelf with the most recent read at the top, in an alphabetical list view, or just icons filtered with only unread books, this app can do it all.
It allows the user to view .PDFs, .MOBIs, and .EPUBs easily. Aldiko also includes viewing options such as larger or smaller font sizes, black or white pages.
Overall, for a free easy-to-use eBook reader, Aldiko is the one to get.
Learn 50 Languages – Free
Learn 50 Languages is a truly valuable app that is a necessity for any world traveler. It has helped me all over the world, from South Africa to Iraq and is one of the most used apps on my phone.
I’ve used it to break the language barrier in Kurdistan with Syrian refugees, and used it during my constant 30+ hour flights to South Africa to learn Afrikaans.
It allows the user to download language packs, and he or she can then listen to them offline while dozing on a plane.
It includes approximately 1600 language combinations (US English to Afrikaans, Afrikaans to Arabic, etc.) and is packed with 100 lessons in each language to aid the user in learning useful phrases and names in a specific language.
Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks – Free
I have a hard time keeping track of the myriad of tasks I need to get done in my personal and professional life.
I’ve tried a bunch of different to-do apps, but none of them match the utility of Wunderlist.
On my work desktop, I keep the Chrome app version up all day long and tick off tasks as I complete them, including my recurring tasks that come up weekly or monthly.
The web app syncs to my Android phone and tablet, so I can keep track no matter where I am. I’m certain I’d get seriously behind if I didn’t use it daily.
Pocket Casts – $3.99
I’ve been addicted to podcasts for a couple of years now. My terrible addiction started with the Podcasts app on my old iPad.
I then migrated to Android for my tablet needs but I really struggled with finding the right app to keep up with more than a dozen casts.
Enter Pocket Casts. I’ll admit that the price tag gave me pause and I debated with myself on paying for a podcast app when there are so many for free.
I did my research, though, and none of them have the robust set of features, the ease of use, and frankly the material design flair of Pocket Casts.
With syncing between Android and iOS and a recently announced webapp version, I’ve got headphones on hours a day and they’re always on this app.
Chrome Remote Desktop – Free
The needs of my job demand that I can get to certain pieces of information that I only keep on my work computer even when I’m out and about.
We use a few remote desktop apps corporately, but I wanted something that just works. Chrome Remote Desktop just works.
Set up is easy, taking less than five minutes, and I can now access my work computer from my tablet or phone any time.
It takes a good wifi connection to give a smooth experience but on high speed, it’s as smooth and clear as can be.
I wouldn’t use it to play my favorite MMOs remotely or anything, but for running spreadsheets and reports from my local cafe, it’s perfect.
Feedly – Free
I’ve got quite a commute daily so while I’m catching up on podcasts, I also catch up on news and blogs through Feedly.
I migrated over following the closure of Google Reader and I haven’t looked back.
Following more than a hundred feeds in all manner of categories is a breeze.
It offers everything from local news and blogs, to assorted Google channels, national news, tech news, and more.
With that many to follow, I generally skim through looking for headlines or pictures that grab my attention.
It syncs smoothly on my phone, tablet, and web using Google as my sign-in and I can save things to Pocket or share them through social channels very easily.
Transit App – Free
I’m a commuter via public transportation and unfortunately, the online services provided by my local transit authority aren’t exactly web 2.0.
I was delighted to hear that a digital firm in my town added our local services to Transit. It makes it much easier for me to catch the right line at the right time and make it where I need to go with minimal delays.
The integration with Google Maps is great for finding my nearest stops and stations and I’ve got all my common routes saved to immediately display when I’m nearby.
Bubble Worlds - Free
There are several bubble-shoot themed apps out there, but I find Hapoga’s Bubble Worlds the best of them. The bubbles don’t scroll down on a timer (like some other games), but instead remain stationary; so it is ideal for all players, even the slowest amongst us.
You must match up bubbles to pop them, thereby making your way from the bottom of the screen up to the top. You don’t have to pop all of the bubbles, though, simply the ones with the bananas in them.
Once all of the banana bubbles are gone, the level is over. There are many worlds to play in (each with up to 30 levels), so there’s hours upon hours of gameplay. You can even buy special features with the coins that you are awarded for finishing each level. Bubble Worlds is great for kids and adults alike, and is a fun, but not frustrating free game.
100 Floors – Free
100 Floors is a challenging game, brought to you for free by Tobi apps. The way that the game works is simple, although the difficulty of the game is not.
Basically, you are trying to get from floor one up to floor 100, and each floor of this brainteaser building has a complex puzzle for you to solve.
Problems can be as simple as re-arranging tiles, solving a mathematical problem, or finding a pattern.
Often though, it can leave you scratching your head and pulling your hair out. When you finally solve the puzzles and advance to the next floor, though, you will feel a smug sense of satisfaction, perhaps even exhilaration.
What do YOU think? I’d love to hear your comments, let me know what apps you’re using and why!