Although the Apple iPhone and its much-loaded iOS platform have changed the face of mobile phones and its uses, Google Android's open-source platform is quickly catching up and gaining its own loyal followers. With the huge number of applications (or apps) available for download in the android app store, a lot of android phone users can now make the most out of their mobile devices-be it for business, fun, recreation or games. But, while there are hundreds and hundreds of free android apps available, keep in mind that there can be a lot of apps that are not so great. We'll help you find the best ones from the android app store by giving you ten of the top free android apps this year.
1. Free Android Advanced Task Killer Application. This free android app can help you maximize the speed and efficiency of your android phone. Remember, although android phones can multitask (something that pre iPhone 4 users can not enjoy), this can hog up valuable memory and drain your battery. Use the Advanced Task Killer to quit tasks and apps that can slow down your phone.
2. Astrid. Science and research states that we can only store about 4 to 7 things in our short-term memory. It's a good thing you've got Astrid and your phone phone to the rescue! This nifty free android app can lets you track reminders, tasks and errands and even group them according to priority or due date. A tiny and cute cartoon octopus ("Astrid") even acts as your own personal assistant and reminds you of upcoming events.
3. Dolphin Browser. iPhones may have the proprietary Safari but androids have Dolphin Browser. This free android app makes mobile browsing easier and much more fun, with pinch-zoom, gesture commands, tabbed browsing, bookmarks sorting and more.
4. Foursquare. Instead of just letting your friends know where you went for dinner, show them exactly where you've been with Foursquare. Using Google Maps, friends can check where you are and you can also see where they've been. You can even explore restaurants, cafés and stores nearby through your phone. Remember to include Foursquare when you download android apps!
5. Sky Map. Have the heavens in your hands-literally by downloading this from android app stores. Sky Map lets you to see the constellations and the planets and even helps you put names on stars. GPS navigation also allows you to see the exact position of stars and planets according to your location.
6. Mint. This app, which is available in android app stores, can help you keep track of your personal finances on the go. Input your daily expenses and transactions so that you know where your money's going. You can even keep a monthly budget and inspect your overall cash flow with this free android application.
7. Replica Island. Relive the fun days of Mari Brothers and MegaMan on your android phone with this exciting and cute game. Replica Island lets you navigate a cute, green robot through 40 different levels, each with varying degrees of difficulty.
8. Talk to Me. Communicate with people from all over the world, no matter what race or nationalism with this handy and free android app. Simply type in any text and Talk to Me will translate it into any of the 40 different languages available. You can also talk to it, and the app will talk back to you in Chinese, German, Spanish, French … the list goes on and on!
9. Bubble Beats. Have you ever wondered how it would have been like to see music? Well, Bubble Beats provides the answer to that question with its unique and innovative interface. Free from android app stores, Bubble Beat is a jukebox of sorts that lets you assign colored bubbles or dots to certain tracks. You can then create playlists by grouping bubbles together. Never has listening to music been this fun!
10. Ringdroid. Are you tired of the same old boring ringtones and message alerts? Then download this free android app. Ringdroid allows you to record and edit sounds, as well as create ringtones. It's like your own little music studio inside your mobile phone!
Make the most out of Google's open-source platform and your nifty android phone! The handy, fun and innovative free android apps listed above prove that often, the best things in life are the ones that you do not have to pay for. So, head on to your favorite android app store and start downloading these apps now!