You already pay enough for your phone, especially with the price of some Android flagships climbing north of $800. (Looking at you, Galaxy Note 8.) Throw in a monthly data plan, and it's easy to understand why you'd want to slash spending from your mobile budget. Why not start with apps? Many of the best options available through the Google Play store are free. The true challenge is sorting the must-downloads from the ones that will just waste space. Here are 40 of our favorite free Android apps.
Facebook for Android is quite similar to what you'd find on Facebook.com, but catered to smartphones. Share photos from your Android gallery, post updates on your wall, comment on the posts of your Facebook friends, share links and other media, and much more with the free app. The app is under constant tweaking, with additions such as editing posts and comments continuously being added. The experience wouldn't be complete without the Facebook Messenger app, which handles Facebook's chat and call features.
A 2017 Google Play Awards winner, language learning app Memrise uses a variety of tools to help users pick up basic conversational fluency with a number of languages, such as Spanish, Japanese and French. Memrise combines gamified learning techniques with what it calls "elaborate encoding" to help you recall vocabulary and info through the use of "mems", mnemonic devices such as etymologies or associations to help you lock in information. The free tier of the app comes with a variety of courses; a pro tier adds expanded features such as chatbot-assisted learning, speed review, and listening and native speaker video exercises.
Podcasting platform CastBox combines a clean and navigable interface, a good selection of podcasts, and powerful podcast audio searching to deliver an excellent mobile podcatcher. Users can sign in with Gmail, Facebook, or Twitter, and then search and subscribe to podcasts, download episodes for offline listening and sync their subscriptions across multiple devices. You can stream podcasts through Chromecast or Amazon Echo, and a premium tier removes subscription limits, allows for homepage customization, and puts you on priority for customer support and new features.
GoPro's Quik is a hard and fast AI-assisted video editing app that intelligently splices together your pictures and videos into short and snazzy videos. You select up to 75 photos and video clips from your internal memory or cloud storage, and the app intelligently selects highlight moments and photos. You can then tweak visual effects, text overlays and titles. Users can choose from 80 free songs to sync with the video, or add their own music, and the app will sync slide transitions to match the music's beat. Videos can be saved in 1080p or 720p quality at 60fps, which you can then share across a variety of social media services or save to your device.
Person-to-person payment app Venmo is a service from PayPal that lets you conveniently make and share payments with anyone you want. Pay anyone with a Venmo account instantly with money you have in your account, or you can link your bank account or debit card. It’s great for anyone who routinely has to pay out or collect from various sources — or even for divvying up a restaurant tab. With the app’s data encryption protecting your financial information, you’ll have no worries about security.
Pinterest is a fantastic online resource for a variety of interests and hobbies, with users able to pin or save images, links, and other resources to topic-related interest boards. Check out the community's pins and boards for projects, ideas, inspiration, reference, and whatever else you might need, or share your own material and create your own board for the vibrant online community.
AccuWeather provides users with timely and detailed weather forecasts, from 15-day outlooks to the hyperlocal MinuteCasts. Forecasts come with animated weather info, radar maps, detailed summaries, and push notifications for extreme weather alerts in the US. Extra features include AccUcast, a system for crowd-sourced warnings on hazardous weather and road conditions, as well as customizable forecast details, weather-related videos, and Android Wear support so that you can get forecast info at a glance on your smartwatch.