30 best free apps for Android

Got a Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 or any other Android device? Then you need to download these 30 free apps

Yay! Free stuff! Everyone loves free stuff. And there's plenty of it on Android, with more than 927,000 free apps available in the Google Play store right now. We know, because we counted.*

But a word of warning - much of it is rubbish: a frustrating mix of non-official rip-offs, shonkily designed bedroom projects and, in the worst cases, plain old arrgghh-this-doesn't-even-work-at-all duds.

Fortunately, for every 10 bad apps there's at least one good one. Which still leaves 92,700 good apps out there. We'll be honest, we've not tried all of them - but we have rounded up 30 crackers for you here. Read on, download and enjoy.

* We didn't really.

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1. GOOGLE TRANSLATE

We've seen a few clever translation apps in our time, but recently Google Translate has crushed them all. It now offers (sometimes clunky, word-for-word) translations of over 70 languages with input via text, handwritten words or symbols, spoken words or even text recognition via the camera. It can then give you the translation in the form of text or speak it for you.

The core app can do all this with a data connection, and language packs can be downloaded for free so you can use it abroad without the need for Wi-Fi or the fear of roaming data charges.

Download Google Translate here

2. NASA App

This isn't the best looking app in the world, but it's full of geek-level info and media from the NASA archive, along with news and updates on what's going on up there and back at base. Maybe one day they'll get a slick front end for it all, but for now this raggle-taggle collection of links, pictures, videos and news feeds has plenty to keep space cadets informed and entertained.

Download NASA App here

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3. TWICKETS

Twickets is a way to buy or sell spare tickets to gigs or events, but what makes it special is the rule that tickets can only change hands for their face value or less. That means the profiteering touts stay away and genuine fans get to recyle spares in good faith - great if one of your mates has dropped out and left you in the lurch, or you need an extra seat at short notice.

You can browse what's available or offer tickets via the app and finalise the deal via Twitter (hence the name). 

Download Twickets here

4. Audible for Android

Long journey? Tired eyes? Audio books! A bit like radio shows that you actually want to listen to, a bit like podcasts before all the funny people stopped doing them, a bit like books being read to you (OK, mostly the latter), audio books are a treat to be savoured.

Amazon's Audible app is a gateway to its own audio book service, drawing you in with free tasters of some of its best sellers. It's worth downloading even if it's only for those free nibbles.

Download Audible here

5. Navfree

You've got Google Maps already and that's lovely. However, that relies on a data connection, which isn't always available even in your home nation and will sting you with ludicrous charges abroad. Navfree is based on an open-source map database and provides mapping and voice-guided sat-nav for no cash at all.

You can load it with paid extras if you like, but it's fine as it is. Download the local variant for any country you're visiting before you leave and you'll always have a map and a sat-nav tool at your hip. 

Download Navfree here

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Comments

Great List! I am very suprised their are no free calling & texting apps listed on this list though! They are very usefull when traveling abroad! Check out an app called "dingaling" very useful

 https://itunes.apple.com/app/dingaling-mobile/id397237504?mt=8 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.dingaling.android#?t=W2.....

Hi very good information. Recenty I downloaded a app by name basefolder, In which we can store unlimited files and access it from anywhere. This is really a very useful app for secure data storage.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qsgsoft.basefolder&hl=en

WOWSOME (http://wowsomeapp.com/), an alternate for your photoshop images. It augments your real world with out using of photoshop. Allows the user to take a snap as Batman, headed crown, handled reptiles, funny, scary, dary different approaches. Try to get awesome pictures with WOWSOME Objects.

Predict the rating of a new movie. Really interesting, try it out:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.miksoft.movie_pred_and...

When will you review POS apps?  I was using Square but then i got rid of my iPad and got a Galaxy android tablet. The one i'm using now is SirclePOS. It's made by www.cornerstorepos.com  .  The back office is sweet, use it to create new products.  check it out at http://sircle.mobi

zuHapps released a collection of free android quote apps. Read, bookmark and share top quotes.

All quote apps are listed at www.zuhapps.com 

Free app SpeedGeek, has many cool features which you may need in car, bike, boat or plane ;) 

Chceck it out : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.capps.speedgeekfree

[Android APP][2.2+]Child Proof Gadget-Child Lock (App for parents) 

Child proof gadget is now more powerful. Exit from 'Kid Area' is nearly impossible, for a kid now.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lee.childlock&hl=en

I would definitely add #LetsMeetApp here. It's an app that enhaces the probability of meeting your friends. It has proceeded the #Facebook Nearby Friends. And it is way better. Here's LetsMeetApp at Google Play: http://bit.ly/19YZpAa

Nice collection of Apps. I have installed pic2text app recently. I really love the app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pictotext It will separate text information from picture and saves lots of time.

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