Best free Android apps – 2011

Apple’s iTunes App Store has been the leader in mobile apps by far. However, as per market research, the android Market is fast catching up on Apple and should soon overtake the leader. In addition, instead of only Apple hardware, the Android Market has a wide variety of phones to choose from such the Droids, the HTCs or the Samsungs.

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To add icing on the cake, there is a plethora of apps that are visually captivating, popular and very useful, that is available in the Android Market. Most of them are free, with a few exceptions that cost a buck or two. The article below provides a list of the best FREE Android apps of 2011. Even the hardcore fanatics swear by these apps. They can be used by the young as well as the old.

So download these free apps, make your life a little easier and get entertained.

  • Yelp: This is just like Yellow pages and allows you to search and look for bars, restaurants, computer shops, hospitals and various other services and businesses. In addition, it has user reviews as well as social networking that make it one of the best must-have apps on your Android phone.
  • Kindle: This allows the users to read magazines, books and newspapers without buying an e-reader. Its immense popularity is made apparent by the fact that users can freely download or buy thousands of books as well as have access to hundreds of different magazines and newspapers.
  • Angry Birds: This is one of the most popular and heavily downloaded games of 2011. The game makes for an apt companion on long journeys and is a lot of fun.
  • TED Air: This is another app that is widely popular. The app is fast and smooth and you can listen to video-recorded presentations that educate, uplift and inspire you and your life.
  • TuneIn Radio: This app allows you to listen to live radio that are local as well as international.
  • Slacker Radio: It is one of the fastest growing, popular apps that offer music streaming services. It has excellent audio quality and several customizable features.
  • ooVoo Video Calls: This is one of the better apps that provides reliable and stable video chat services. You can make voice calls, group video and instant messaging across platforms such as Windows, iOS, Android, etc.
  • Gmail: This app offers Gmail as a dedicated app on Android phones. The app allows you to access and change data on Gmail while offline and even supports multiple account sign-ins.
  • Facebook for Android: This app is solid and allows users to check Facebook updates and interact with all your buddies, along with a host of other features.
  • Mint.com: This is one of the best apps to keep a tab on your finances. The app allows you to check all your expenses and income and link the bank accounts and the credit card usage. You can also have a chart-wise depiction of your financial situation, so that you can see your spending pattern.
  • Astrid Task/To-do List: This app manages all the tasks and provides features such as alarms, due-dates, etc and also syncs with Google tasks.
  • WebMD for Android: This app provides information about first-aid in case of emergencies and also provides a list of hospitals and pharmacies in the locality.
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