Android based smartphones are some of the most fastest growing mobile devices around, and for good reason. People purchase Android devises not only for there quality, but because of an almost endless selection of smartphones to choose from. Big name companies like HTC, Samsung, Dell and many more have all thrown in there hats on the creation of Android devices. Numbers of Android smartphone sales have even hit an all time high, surpassing Apple’s iPhone line.
So lets say you’ve had an Android smartphone for quite some time now, and your wondering just what you can do to brighten it up. You’ve changed your ringtone and background a million times, got directions to see your favorite band, and well, made a phone call. So what’s next? Well perhaps you’d be interested in the most popular free Android apps of 2011! That’s right, there free and all you gotta do is download em and enjoy.
- Facebook for Android app – Of course you would be right to assume that the Facebook app for Android would be one of the top free apps downloaded for Android. With this app you can simply share status updates with your friends, chat, check out your News Feed and Events, upload photos and more. Check it out today and start enjoying the ever so popular Facebook on your smartphone!
- Pandora Internet Radio – Hopefully this isn’t the first time your hearing of Pandora. The service has been around for a short while now, and it offers it’s users a plethora of music for free. Simply download the app, create a station by genre or a particular artist, and Pandora will play the genre of music you entered, or the artist you entered along with similar artists. Take Pandora with you to the gym, office, car, or at home.
- Angry Birds – If you haven’t played Angry Birds by now it might be because you chose not to, or because your new to the smartphone world. The story goes that the greedy little green pigs stole eggs from the innocent birds, and now there angry! You must use each angry bird’s unique attack ability, and slingshot them across the map to break down the pig’s fortresses. This addictive game features 285 levels, hours of replay ability, and is the number one free game downloaded in the Android Market.
- Skype – The infamous Skype that some of us are used to on our desktop computers, has finally made it to Android. The Skype app will allow you to make free Skype to Skype calls and video calls, and IM’s on your Android handset. Additionally, Skype offers the ability to make regular phone calls to lane line and mobile phones at a small rate. It’s important to know that Skype isn’t currently compatible on all Android handsets, but it’s worth giving it a try anyways, as it is free.
- Netflix – This app is simple and easy to use. It provides an almost unlimited amount of content that streams to your computer, Xbox 360, your smartphone, and much more. Watch popular titles like Family Guy, South Park, Glee and many more. One thing that should be mentioned about this app is that it’s free, but you do have to have a membership with Netflix, which will run you about $7.99 a month.
- Zedge Ringtones & Wallpapers – This app is great for those inevitable times when your bored of how your smartphone looks and sounds. Zedge Ringtones & Wallpapers offers free user submitted ringtones, wallpapers, and notification sounds. With a massive data base and more than 40 million users every month, you can’t go wrong here.
- The Weather Channel – This app is another one that’s pretty self explanatory. Never the less, it’s still the number one downloaded free weather app in the Android Market. With the Weather Channel app you get detailed weather conditions, both local and worldwide, animated radar, severe weather alerts, and fully customizable weather maps. So don’t get stuck in traffic because of unexpected weather conditions, get your forecast today with this free weather app!
- Tiny Flashlight plus LED app – How many times have you desperately needed some kind of light but didn’t have anything on you? Well that problem could be solved with the Tiny Flashlight app from Nikolay Ananiev! Simply download the app, and the next time you need light, the app will use your smartphone’s LED flash as the light source. It also comes with a warning light option, and the ability to use your smartphone’s screen as the main light source.
- Barcode Scanner – Do you ever wish you could instantly find a price for a product that doesn’t have one? Well now you can with this free Barcode Scanner! Just download the app and you’ll be on your way to viewing contact info, reviews, pricing and more. It’ll scan barcodes, Data Matrix and QR codes. You can also share contacts, apps, and bookmarks using QR code. This Barcode Scanner app from ZXing Team is the number one barcode scanner app in the Android Market. Find out why today!
- Twitter – The Twitter app is pretty self explanatory at this point in time. All you gotta do is download the app for free and you’ll be on your way to following friends, family, celebrities, and pretty much anything that interests you. You’ll receive live updates from the people you follow, letting you know anything from upcoming deals at your favorite stores, to one of your friends letting you know they just got a puppy. Try it today for free!
So there you have it, the top 10 free Android apps of 2011! Hopefully these apps will make your smartphone a little more fun, and help you out a little at the same time. Could they remain the top 10 Android apps of 2012? We will have to wait and see! If your in the market for a new smartphone, head on over to my smartphone blog for a chance to win a free Android phone, get caught up with the latest smartphone related news, and more!