Mar 31 AT 10:00 AM Matthew Stevens 45 Comments

10 Of The Best Free Applications For Android

Android Market is growing by leaps and bounds almost daily. Market is growing so quickly it can often be a challenge to find the good applications from the bad. Here is a list of 10 applications that I have found worth keeping. Hopefully you will find an application or two you haven’t heard of and find useful. Please feel free to leave comments for other free applications worth our time.

Pkt Auctions

Pkt Auctions

Pkt Auctions

OK, granted this is the only eBay applications but it is still worth a look if you spend any time at all on eBay. I’m not spending nearly as much time on eBay as I once did but I much prefer this application to eBay’s mobile site. The interface is straightforward and breaks up the listing in such a way that makes browsing even a large number of listings a breeze. If you want to see the original list, Pkt Auctions will display it as well.

Any Clip

This application works in concert with an iGoogle widget of their own web site. When first using Any Clip it gives you a special code to input on the Any Clip site and the iGoogle widget. This code links the web and mobile applications together. What is so special about this application is it simply pushes notes to the mobile device. Those notes can be anything. A few ideas that come to mind are URLs, email addresses, phone numbers, shopping lists, to-dos, Wi-Fi Keys and more.

Contacts Cleanup

Contacts Cleanup

Contacts Clean-Up

Perhaps I’m a little OCD about my contacts but I like having uniform format across all of my contacts. There aren’t many tools to help me in that endeavor for Google Contacts but this one at least cleans up the phone numbers. You can format the numbers four different ways, preview the changes and then apply and re-run as needed for new contacts. The whole process is very quick, less than a minute for nearly 400 contacts. Contacts Clean-Up hasn’t messed with any of the International numbers I have for some contacts, so you need not worry about those. I’d venture to say this app may only work for +1 (US/Canada/Caribbean) formatted numbers.


PingDroid is a client for Android. allows for easy updating to an ever growing number of social networks and other services, including posting to blogs. I’ve had the chance to get a sneak peak at the next release which will include support for and in addition to’s own URL shortener service. One additional new feature will be the ability to select PingDroid from the browser through the menu and Share this page. I’ve been playing with these new features and I really like them a lot. PingDroid loads faster than’s own mobile site with a simple GUI negating the need to remember any special formatted commands to use via IM.

Night Clock

Night Clock

Night Clock

Night Clock is a real no nonsense alarm clock that does what it does without all the fancy bells and whistles. When launched Night Clock uses the entire screen in landscape mode. Long press the speaker icon to set the alarm clock. I love how the alarm is programmed; simply drag your finger left or right to adjust the alarm time. Use your own audio files for your alarm sound. To turn off the alarm just exit the application. I do wish the font of the clock took up more real estate on the screen. I like this app because it has been dependable and while it may not have as many options or settings it just works. It also serves well as a night time bedside clock.


I like having the added security of screen lock enabled but it annoys me when it enables every time the screen goes dark. AutoLock solves the problem by allowing you to set the time frame before the screen lock becomes active. For quick screen locking enable the Home screen Lock option in settings. A Lock icon will appear on the home screen, select the icon and press the End key to lock the screen immediately.

Pixel Pipe

Pixel Pipe


I’m the first to admit the G1′s camera isn’t what I’d expect from a mobile device released in 2008, nevertheless for the pictures I do take I want a way to send them out somewhere. PixelPipe supports sending images to a number of sites such a Twitpic, Flickr, blogs and more. Better still, PixelPipe works on a number of different platforms including S60, Windows Mobile, and even via email for the platform agnostic among us. PixelPipe’s delivery of images is speedy and very reliable.


Weather is a small, a mere 265kb, weather application. Weather supports multiple cities with a simple slide to either the left or right to scroll through your cities. Weather’s configuration is straight forward without a lot of flare giving the highs and lows along with a small graphic for several days. For more in-depth detail Weather takes you to Weather Underground‘s mobile site. So many weather applications are loaded down with graphics  and try to bring every detail of the weather to your handset.  What you usually need to know can be covered with high’s, low’s and a small graphic depicting the day’s outlook. Similar to Night Clock, the less is more approach works well for this application.

SMS Backup

SMS Backup

SMS Backup

Who among us hasn’t wanted to save SMS from time to time? Thanks to SMS Backup not only can you save some of your SMS, you can save them all. By enabling IMAP for your Gmail account, SMS Backup will upload your SMS to Gmail to read, forward and search as if it were any other email sent or received. I love being able to find messages when I need them. No longer do I need to keep a large volume of messages on my device when I can view them anytime right along with my email. Google Apps users: SMS Backup works for your email accounts too.


Locale has a lot of options to change everything from Display to Wireless settings. There are several applications that allow easy profile settings but most are a manual process. Locale takes profile settings further and enables profiles based on location. It uses either GPS or Wireless GPS to determine the device’s location and then changes profiles accordingly. With Locale I have profiles for home, work and other locations and almost never open Locale. Locale has a couple plug-ins with an API in the works to allow others to create their own plug-ins. Locale has released two plug-ins thus far: Twitter and SMS. Both send messages to either Twitter or via SMS. I’ve used a lot of different profile managers over the years on a number of different platforms and I can easily say Locale is among the best.

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  • Unk

    Too bad AnyClip isn’t free anymore…

  • Andrew J

    This is a pretty decent list. I might have included SnapPhoto, Gmote and the unofficial Google Voice (GV) app. I can’t live without those.

    Video Player, Barcode Scanner/Compare Everywhere would’ve been worthy of the list.

    Speaking of which, I’d like you to start implementing the QR Codes (like whenever referencing applications, that way I can scan and download while at work :)

    QR Codes are great and I would like you to force us to use them more. Keep up the good work!

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  • jay_cee

    Interesting list – interesting because I don’t have a single one of those applications or find them very interesting (to each their own I guess)

    My list: imeem mobile, mythtv remote, buddy runner, oi notepad, calcstra, system monitor, useful switchers, touchdown (ok, not free, but rocks), shopsavy.

  • i9mark

    i think useful switch should’ve been there at the top and picpush instead of pixle pipe, because pixle pipe will downsize your image to 320×240 format and not the original 3mega pixle image.

    • pixelpipe

      Pixelpipe never reduces the resolution of files as they pass through the service. Several client applications that support us do allow this feature however not our Android app. so your statement that we’re reducing the resolution is incorrect.

      Big thanks to Android And Me for the mention in the article!

      • i9mark

        I apologize and I take back what I said regarding on pixelpipe. For some reason what I remember from trying out the first time when it first came out, it resized my image uploading to flickr. All is well and back on the pixelpipe bandwagon.

  • Nick

    I would definitely include Any Cut and Gmote on there. I use SnapPhoto for picture taking. Astrid is my to do list, works great. Klaxon is my alarm clock. And MyBackup for backup (though the full featured one isn’t free, the lite one is still useful). It’s still always great to see other peoples top app lists!

  • Carmex

    I second the QR Code request. I think I’ve seen QR codes on this site before, but it would be great if they were used consistently. Very useful and also lots of fun. :)

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Thank you for your suggestion. We are hard at work to improve the site and QR codes will play an increased role.

  • Ricky

    What’s about WHERE?? That’s one of the best apps on the Market. 0.o

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Never tried it, but I’m sure it’s cool in a city like Austin.

    • Ben

      WHERE is definitely one of my MUST HAVE apps!

      It has the following main features:
      Headlines (News)
      Yellow Pages
      Gas Prices
      Traffic (New)
      Zipcar (doesn’t work for me)

      I use it mainly for Movies, Gas Prices, and Yelp.

      Yelp is pretty much the main reason to install WHERE.
      It gives you quick access to local things like
      Food (Grocery)
      Beauty and Spas
      Active Life
      Health and Medical (Services)
      Local Services
      Home Services
      Hotels and Travel
      and Arts and Entertainment

      There really is a lot offered by WHERE and that’s why I consider it one of my must-haves.

      • Nick

        I use Where for Yelp and Zipcar. I tried it for movies, but I hate the interface and it takes too long to find simple times, so I went back to using MovieFinder.

        • Ricky

          Yeah i use it for mostly Weather, Movies, and YP. And I’m waiting for the “Offers” section.

  • Yamil

    Nice list. I would definitely include:
    - Chomp SMS
    - Twidroid
    -Youtube Downloader

    and the o’sooo helpful -My Account!!!

  • monsieurgrand02

    Just picked up Pingdroid and I like it!

    WHERE definitely needs to be added as well as Twidroid for the Twitterers out there!

  • Gammax

    you mean the 10 apps everyone should have!!!

  • Jaques

    This may be a simple question, but how do I install these applications. Where do I find them. Open Market?


  • francisco

    hi, can somebody help me HOW I download this FREE aplications and more??? I search in android market and here and i can´t download anyone… thx
    sorry for my english

  • MIke

    WHERE… Where is WHERE? I have searched for it on ‘market’ and it doesn’t come up as an option? Why is this? How do I get it?


  • dina

    i JUST got my G1 about 2days ago, and ive been hearing about chomp sms. ive tried installing it but it doesnt show up when i search it. SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE:(

  • Joseph

    Also interesting is the “Locale Plug-In” which can set all your social Network’s statuses based on your Location or Time conditions. Great for posting that you work again, or are out to party. You define it once, and when you enter the situation it posts automatically.

    • http://Website Eug

      Except Locale is no longer free…

  • Nayan Raut

    Roadsync is best mail client getting developed on Android.

    My list goes like this
    1. Roadsync
    2. Facebook Babbler Light
    3. Background
    4. Bubble burst lite
    5. Flash Light
    6. Google Sky
    7. IP calc (IP address calculator)
    8. Shazam (Song identifier)
    9. Telnet
    10. Wikimobile

  • Amit Mhatre

    Hi guys this list is very good, there are more such applications @

    Amit Mhatre
    Sogeti -MSL

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    good article

  • AndroidGal

    Definitely would check out WHERE and also ADDRESSBOOK from Asurion Mobile.

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  • http://Website eug

    Locale used to be a great application but it is no longer FREE.

    The devs then decided to charge an outrageous amount for it and force all users to upgrade to the paid version locking the settings in a state that couldn’t be changed if you refused. Greedy and thuggish.

    Alternatives are Settings Profiles and Timeriffic.

  • http://Website Jenny

    Hey! So I lost my g1 last month and got a mytouch. I’m trying to regain my most used applications and night clock is one of them but I can’t find it in the market. Any suggestions for what I should do ?

  • http://Website Brian

    I also lost Night Clock and can’t find it anywhere. If anyone knows how I can get it again (since it’s not in the market) let me know.

    • http://Website Samuel

      Try Kaloer Clock. The size of the application is heftier, but for that you get features like automatic start on plugin options, different viewing modes and different style and colored skins. It also comes with options for viewing in 24-hour mode and including the day, as well as displaying battery, alarm and SMS notification icons. Those are my two cents.

  • http://Website Simon

    Have you tried smart vibrator, astro and loc8or….

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    I want the hacking device software in android to hack the others mobile….. Will u please tell the name of that application…..

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  • http://Website Phil4

    Check Free SMS (RefineAndroid):
    - worldwide;
    - several providers (a huge number of countries and carriers/operators);
    - with replies (for USA/Canada);
    - it’s free for the SMS recipient. Some providers do charge for receiving SMS if the recipient sends a confirmation SMS;
    - history (removable).

    Providers add minor ad block at the end of SMS messages.

  • Radhika roy

    there are too many new applications being launched in android market off late. The customers are really spoilt for the choice but who’s complaining. More the merrier.

    But android has opened possibility of a whole new world of mobility and also turned fortune for samsung as a mobile handset manufacturer.

  • sms spy app

    Is it just me or do most of the apps in the market place look like a third grader made them? Ive been looking for a good calendar app and widget and they all look like hell on my droid! Ive had my Droid for just over a week and I’m still trying to find quality apps with no luck. I think the market place needs an overhaul.

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  • IT Rush

    Haven’t tried night clock yet, looks really cool to me. Hope to install it right away. Thanks

  • Ryan

    Also try the new app called Wake Up for a Cure. Its a basic alarm clock that plays an ad after you wake up and the proceeds go to cancer research. Its pretty cool and its as easy as waking up to help save someones life!

  • boinkenn

    This software can either backup and restore SMS and can backup and restore Contacts, very handy. I’ve been using and strongly recommend you to use.
    OR You can search ” obbosoft ” in google……

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  • Dane Daily

    Merely a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw great style and design. “Competition is a painful thing, but it produces great results.” by Jerry Flint.