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Finally, Must-Have Free Apps From A–Z!

Finally, Must-Have Free Apps From A–Z!

With over 700,000 Android apps in the Google Play Store, finding useful, must-have apps can be a difficult process. It becomes more difficult when most of them are available for free. The following is a list that showcases 26 Must-Have Free Apps From A–Z! , that you may or may not be familiar with, which includes applications for social, news, productivity, games, messaging, photography, file sharing, and finance.

If your favorite android app isn’t listed here, do tell us in the comments below!

1. ANY.DO TO-DO LIST & TASK LIST

any do

    We’re all occupied with making schedules and sticking them in our bags, on the front door, in our pockets and tapping them into note applications on our telephones. Any.do is the most ideal approach to stay top of every one of those last details, because of its cloud syncing and sharing aptitudes.

    2. Battery Dr saver+ a task killer

    Battery Dr saver

      Battery Dr android application can help Android users to save power on their phone battery and boost the battery life. If you want to get fast performance and more storage for your Android Device, this is one of the best Free Battery saving apps. This app can show details like Temperature, power management, low Battery notification. In addition, the killer utility kills unwanted tasks.

      3.CamScanner

      CamScanner-screenshot

        CamScanner is a well-designed app that permits smartphones to act as scanners. It allows you to scan almost any kind of document, and then you can make numerous changes to the document scan. You can also add watermarks, and even fax the scanned document (for a small fee). It’s not an everyday application, but it can help you out in an hour of need. This app has built in optimizations features to make your scanned documents readable and sharp.

        4. Duolingo: Learn Languages Free

        Duolingo

          With the Duolingo app, you can learn several foreign languages in a game-style situation. This app has both text and voice lessons and if you give a wrong answer, you lose a life. If you give too many wrong answers, you have to start the lesson over. Duolingo is a fun way to learn a new language and it is useful for both kids and adults.

          5. Evernote

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          Evernote

            Evernote is one of the best, free note-taking android applications. It has many attractive and useful features including device syncing, applications compatibility, organizational features and many different types of notes. The premium feature adds more functionality, but millions of people are enjoying the free version of this app.

            6. Flipboard

            Flipboard

              Flipboard is the best free productivity app to get latest Technology news and updates around the world. In a beautiful magazine-designed layout, this app brings you the world news and social updates together on your Android phone and tablet. With Flipboard you can save anything to read later using Pocket, Instapaper, and Readability.

              7. Google Drive

              Google Drive

                Google Drive is a great solution for those android users who want some cloud storage. Google Drive cloud storage can be increased with a fee but you will get 15GB of free space to start with. With this amazing app, you can store your videos, pictures, and pretty much any other file you want. This app also allows you to work on documents with other people in real time. It has numerous unique features and is a must-have app for your phone.

                8. Hangouts

                Hangouts

                  Google Hangouts is one of the best communication apps, and it’s hard to find a better free option than Hangouts. It can be used it to send SMS and MMS messages but you can also use it for video calls (with up to 9 other people) and that too is free of charge. Nothing out there beats Hangouts in terms of messaging applications. Google Hangouts allows you to make free VoIP calls (phone calls over the Internet) to any other Hangouts user.

                  9. Instagram

                  Instagram

                    Instagram is the most popular photo-sharing social app with several attractive effects to style your photos. With Instagram, you can share and see the latest photos of your friends. Also, you can see many creative pictures from creative people all around the Globe.

                    10. JobStreet

                    JobStreet

                      This android app practically provides the same service and simple design patterns that you can find on the web version. In this application, you’ll find different options such as Search filters, Browse categories, Job alerts, and Past Search history to get results more easily. Overall it’s a good app to have.

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                      11. Kindle

                      Kindle

                        When we talk about eBook readers apps, Kindle app would be most popular among all other e-reading applications. Its connection to Amazon gives prime customers extended features with the book library. For a free experience, Kindle has an impressive library of free books in the public domain.

                        12. Lookout Security and Antivirus

                        Lookout Security and Antivirus

                          The Lookout Antivirus app protects your phone against bad stuff like viruses, loss, and theft. This useful app gives you the best chance to find your lost phone by locating it on Google Maps.

                          13. Microsoft Office

                          Microsoft Office

                            Over the last year, Microsoft has made their Android version of Microsoft Office totally free. Through OneDrive app you can make full use of Microsoft office by saving everything there. OneDrive also gives you free storage and easily connects to your Windows computer. If you are an everyday Microsoft office user, this is the office suite to get.

                            14. News & Weather

                            News & Weather

                              This is a simple easy-to-use app that keeps you updated with the latest news and local weather information. It provides lists of the latest news headlines, the latest local weather info, and has a flashy home screen widget. You can tune your country-specific layout editions, and personalized news sections such as Hollywood, Technology, Sports, or anything that catches your fancy.

                              15. Opera Mini

                              Opera Mini

                                A web browser application for mobile devices that offers fast browsing experience by compressing webpages. With Opera Mini, all your favorite sites like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo load faster than normal browser. This fast browser application is best for browsing on slow Internet connections or for low data consumption.

                                16. Pandora

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                                Pandora

                                  Pandora is the premiere free music streaming app. This famous app lets you create your favorite radio stations, so you can make a station that plays anything from classic music to jazz, save the station, and create more. The only downside is limited choice of songs.

                                  17. QuickPic

                                  QuickPic

                                    The QuickPic app is best alternative album app for all your favorite and beloved photos. QuickPic allows you to browse, view or hide your favorite photos and folder instantly. The user interface can display your folders in several modes such as grid, explore, list and folder.

                                    18. RunKeeper

                                    RunKeeper

                                      This amazing app helps you to track your pace, measure distance, chart weight and training goals and much more. So whether you’re just deciding to lose weight, or even dive into marathon training, RunKeeper is one of the best health applications that helps to improve fitness.

                                      19. theScore

                                      theScore

                                        theScore is one of the best free Android apps available for all sports lovers.The app informs users of every major sporting event along with lot of awesome features for every sport. It’s also totally free.

                                        20.TuneIn Radio

                                        TuneIn Radio

                                          TuneIn Radio features hundreds of radio shows, podcasts, and talk shows and it’s all totally free. This amazing app also features easy controls with a charming interface, and some extra features like access to over 100,000 shows 24/7 stations.

                                          21. µTorrent

                                          utorrent

                                            The uTorrent app gives you the option to see, change and add torrent files to your downloading queue and also to switch torrents from your PC to your smartphone. This app is only recommended for those who have a big data plan with lots of mobile traffic. In order to use this feature, you will need to set up your remote account.

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                                            22. VLC for Android Beta

                                            VLC for Android Beta

                                              VLC is a trusted media player app, but it’s still in beta. On most android phones, it will work well and it has a number of extra features that you won’t find in other media players.

                                              23. WhatsApp messenger

                                              WhatsApp messenger

                                                This is one of the most famous messenger apps in Android as well as in other platforms. WhatsApp uses Internet connection to message with friends and family. With this app user can send unlimited sms, Voice notes and video to other WhatsApp users.

                                                24. Xender, File Transfer & Share

                                                Xender, File Transfer & Share

                                                  This app let you share big files between your Android smartphones at a faster rate than any other wireless medium, like Bluetooth, for example.

                                                  25. YouTube

                                                  YouTube

                                                    YouTube is a best and extremely popular app, which allows you to watch HQ and HD quality videos. Just sign into your YouTube account, and discover YouTube’s vast video collection, browse and subscribe to your favorite channels.

                                                    26. Zedge

                                                    Zedge

                                                      If you looking for free wallpaper or ringtones, Zedge is the best place. It features a vast collection of ringtones and wallpapers that you can use. The attractive interface makes it easier to use and look better.

                                                      Wrap Up

                                                      If we missed any other free Android apps, leave us a comment and let us know!

                                                      Featured photo credit: Ash Kyd via flickr.com

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                                                      20 Google Search Tips to Use Google More Efficiently

                                                      20 Google Search Tips to Use Google More Efficiently

                                                      Millions of people use Google search every day for a variety of reasons. Students use it for school, business people use it for research, and millions more use it for entertainment. But most people may not be using Google search to its full potential.

                                                      Want to use Google search more efficiently and get the search results you want quickly? Here are 20 Google search tips and tricks to maximize your search efficiency:

                                                      1. Use the tabs

                                                      The first tip is to use the tabs in Google search. On the top of every search are a number of tabs. Usually you’ll see Web, Image, News, and More. Using these tabs, you can help define what kind of search you need to do. If you need images, use the Image tab. If you are looking for a recent news article, use the News tab. It’s rudimentary and most people use the tabs already. If you are not, then it’s highly recommended to get associated with them. They can cut search times dramatically if utilized properly.

                                                      2. Use quotes

                                                      When searching for something specific, try using quotes to minimize the guesswork for Google search. When you put your search parameters in quotes, it tells the search engine to search for the whole phrase. For instance, if you search for Puppy Dog Sweaters, the engine will search for content that contains those three words in any order. However, if you search “Puppy Dog Sweaters”, it will search for that phrase exactly as you typed it. This can help locate specific information that may be buried under other content if not sorted out correctly.

                                                      3. Use a hyphen to exclude words

                                                      Sometimes you may find yourself searching for a word with an ambiguous meaning. An example is Mustang. When you Google search for Mustang, you may get results for both the car made by Ford or the horse. If you want to cut one out, use the hyphen to tell the engine to ignore content with one of the other. See the example below.

                                                      • Mustang -cars

                                                      This tells the search engine to search for mustangs but to remove any results that have the word “car” in it. It can be wildly helpful when finding information about something without getting information about something else.

                                                      4. Use a colon to search specific sites

                                                      There may be an instance where you need to Google search for articles or content on a certain website. The syntax is very simple and we’ll show you below.

                                                      • Sidney Crosby site:nhl.com

                                                      This will search for all content about famous hockey player Sidney Crosby, but only on NHL.com. All other search results will be removed. If you need to find specific content on a particular site, this is the shortcut you can use.

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                                                      5. Find a page that links to another page

                                                      This Google search tip is a little obscure. Instead of searching for a specific page, you’re searching for a page that links to a specific page. Think about it this way. If you want to see who cited a New York Times article on their site, you would use this trick to find all the sites that link to it. The syntax is below.

                                                      • link:nytimes.com

                                                      That will return all pages that link to the New York Times official website. The URL on the right side can be practically anything. Be aware, though, that the more specific it is, the fewer results you’ll get. We know not a lot of people will likely use this Google search trick, but it could be very useful for some.

                                                      6. Use the asterisk wildcard

                                                      The asterisk wildcard is one of the most useful ones on the list. Here’s how it works. When you use an asterisk in a search term on Google search, it will leave a placeholder that may be automatically filled by the search engine later. This is a brilliant way to find song lyrics if you don’t know all the words. Let’s look at the syntax.

                                                      • “Come * right now * me”

                                                      To you or me, that may look like nonsense. However, Google search will search for that phrase knowing that the asterisks can be any word. More often than not, you’ll find they are lyrics to The Beatles song “Come Together” and that’s what the search will tell you.

                                                      7. Find sites that are similar to other sites

                                                      This is a unique one that could be used by practically everyone if they knew it existed. Let’s say you have a favorite website. It can be anything. However, that website is getting a little bit boring and you want to find other websites like it. You would use this trick. Below is the syntax.

                                                      • related:amazon.com

                                                      If you search that above, you won’t find a link to Amazon. Instead, you’ll find links to online stores like Amazon. Sites like Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, and others that sell physical items online. It’s a powerful Google search tool that can help you find new sites to browse.

                                                      8. Use Google search to do math

                                                      As a college student, I can attest that I use this one rather frequently. Google search can actually do math for you. This is a rather complex one to describe because it can be used in so many ways. You can ask it basic questions or some more difficult ones. It is important to note that it won’t solve all math problems, but it will solve a good number of them. Here are a couple of examples of the syntax.

                                                      • 8 * 5 + 5
                                                      • Planck’s Consant

                                                      If you search the first one, it’ll return 45. It will also show a calculator that you can use to find answers to more questions. This is handy if you need to do some quick math but don’t want to do it in your head. If you search the second term, it will return the number value of Planck’s Constant. So it can do math, but it can also help you solve math problems by showing values for known mathematical terms.

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                                                      9. Search for multiple words at once

                                                      Google search is flexible. It knows you may not find what you want by searching only a single word or phrase. Thus, it lets you search for multiples. By using this trick, you can search for one word or phrase along with a second word or phrase. This can help narrow down your search to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Here is the syntax.

                                                      • “Best ways to prepare for a job interview” OR “How to prepare for a job interview”

                                                      By searching that, you will search both phrases. Remember the quotes tip above? It’s being used here as well. In this instance, these two exact phrases will be searched. It can be done by word too, like the example below.

                                                      • chocolate OR white chocolate

                                                      This will search for pages that have either chocolate or white chocolate!

                                                      10. Search a range of numbers

                                                      Searching for a range of numbers is another tip we don’t anticipate a lot of people using. The people that do use it, though, will probably use it quite a bit. People interested in money or statistics will find this tip particularly useful. Essentially, you use two dots and a number to let Google search know you’re looking for a specific range of numbers. Like the syntax below.

                                                      • What teams have won the Stanley Cup ..2004
                                                      • 41..43

                                                      In the first instance, the search will toss back the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2004. The two dots with only one number will tell the search that you don’t need anything before or after 2004. This can help narrow down searches to a specific number to improve search results. In the second, Google will search for the numbers 41, 42, and 43. It is obscure, but wildly useful if you happen to need to search for numbers like this.

                                                      11. Keep it simple

                                                      Now we’re getting into the general tips. Google search knows how to search for a lot of things. What this means is you don’t need to be too specific. If you need a pizza place nearby, use this to search.

                                                      • Pizza places nearby

                                                      Google search will grab your location and deliver a variety of results about pizza places that are near you.

                                                      12. Gradually add search terms

                                                      There will come a time when Google search doesn’t shovel out the results you expect. In this instance, keeping it simple may not be the best option. As Google itself suggests, the best method is to start with something simple then gradually get more complicated. See the example below.

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                                                      • First try: job interviews
                                                      • Second try: prepare for job interviews
                                                      • Third try: how to prepare for a job interview

                                                      This will gradually refine the search to bring you fewer, more targeted terms. The reason you don’t go straight from the first try to the third try is because you may miss what you’re looking for by skipping the second step. Millions of websites phrase the same information in a number of different ways; using this technique lets you search as many of them as possible to find the best info.

                                                      13. Use words that websites would use

                                                      This is a very important one. When people use Google search to hunt the web, they generally search for things using the same language that they would use for speaking. Unfortunately, websites don’t say things the way people do; instead, they try to use language that sounds professional. Let’s look at some examples.

                                                      • “I have a flat tire” could be replaced by “repair a flat tire.”
                                                      • “My head hurts” could be replaced by “headache relief.”

                                                      The list goes on and on. When searching, try to use terminology you would find on a professional website. This will help you get more reliable results.

                                                      14. Use important words only

                                                      The way Google search works is to take what you search for and match it with keywords in online content. When you search for too many words, it may limit your results. That means it may actually take you longer to find what you’re looking for. Thus, it is apropos to use only the important words when searching for something. Let’s see an example.

                                                      • Don’t use: Where can I find a Chinese restaurant that delivers.
                                                      • Instead try: Chinese restaurants nearby.
                                                      • Or: Chinese restaurants near me.

                                                      Doing this can help Google find what you need without all the clutter. So remember, keep it simple and use important words only.

                                                      15. Google search has shortcuts

                                                      A number of commands can be entered to give you instantaneous results. Like the math example above, Google can immediately give you the information you need that is displayed right at the top of the search results. This can save time and effort so you don’t have to click a bunch of bothersome links. Here are a few examples of some commands you can enter into Google.

                                                      • Weather *zip code* – This will show you the weather in the given zip code. You can also use town and city names instead of area codes, but it may not be as accurate if there are multiple area codes in the city.
                                                      • What is *celebrity name* Bacon Number – This is a fun little one that will tell you how many connections any given celebrity has to famed actor Kevin Bacon. The popular joke, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, is that no actor is more than 6 connections away from Kevin Bacon. Mark Zuckerberg has a Bacon Number of 3.
                                                      • The math example posted above is another one.
                                                      • What is the definition of *word* or Define: *word* – This will display the definition of a word.
                                                      • Time *place* – This will display the time in whatever place you type in.
                                                      • You can check any stock by typing its ticker name into Google. If you search for GOOG, it will check the stock prices for Google.

                                                      These quick commands can take a web search that is usually multiple clicks and condense it into a single search. This is very helpful for information you need repeatedly.

                                                      16. Spelling doesn’t necessarily matter

                                                      Google search has gotten a lot smarter over the years. These days, you don’t even need to spell words correctly. As long as it’s pretty close, Google can usually figure out what it means. Here are some examples.

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                                                      • If you search “Nver Gna Gve Yo Up” Google will automatically assume you mean to search for “Never Gonna Give You Up.” If by chance your misspelling was intentional, Google gives you the option to search for the misspelled term instead.

                                                      This trick is great if you happen to forget how to spell something or are not altogether sure how something is spelled. It can also be helpful when searching for obscure words. This applies to capitalization and grammar as well.

                                                      17. Use descriptive words

                                                      Pretty much everything can be described in multiple ways. Take our namesake, the “life hack.” The terminology “hack” refers to a computer programmer breaking security on a network or system. However, when used in conjunction with the word “life”, it alters the meaning to tips and tricks people can use to improve their lives. If you have trouble finding what you’re searching for, keep in mind that people may search or define what you need in a different way than you do.

                                                      • You may search “How to install drivers in Ubunut?”
                                                      • When you really mean “Troubleshoot driver problems Ubuntu.”

                                                      There really isn’t a good specific example for this one. If you search for something and you can’t find an answer, try asking the same question using different words and see if that helps the results.

                                                      18. Find a specific file

                                                      An often forgotten feature of Google search is the ability to search for a specific file or file type. This can be infinitely useful if you need a specific PDF or PowerPoint file that you previously viewed or need to use for another project. The syntax is quite simple.

                                                      • *Search term here* filetype:pdf

                                                      In the above example, you simply replace the search term with whatever you’re searching for. Then use the filetype command and enter the extension of any file type you can think of. This can mostly be useful for scholarly purposes, but business presentations and other assorted presentations can benefit from this kind of search as well.

                                                      19. Money and unit conversions

                                                      Google search can quickly and accurately convert both measurement units and currency value. There are a variety of uses for this, like checking to see the conversion rate between two currencies. If you happen to be a math student, you can use it to convert from feet to meters or from ounces to liters. Here’s how to do it.

                                                      • miles to km – This will convert miles to kilometers. You can put numbers in front to convert a certain number. Like “10 miles to km” will show you how many kilometers are in 10 miles.
                                                      • USD to British Pound Sterling – This will convert a US dollar to British pounds. Like the measurements above, you can add numbers to find exact conversions for a certain amount of money.

                                                      It’s true that this tip is geared toward math students and international business people. However, you’d be surprised how often these tips are used by regular people.

                                                      20. Track your packages

                                                      Our last trick is to use Google search to find out where your packages are. You can enter any UPS, USPS, or Fedex tracking number directly into the Google search bar, and it’ll show you the tracking information about your package. This is much easier than going to the specific sites, waiting for them to load, then searching for your packages there. No examples are really needed for this one. Just type your tracking number in and see where your package is.

                                                      Google Search wrap-up

                                                      Google search is a very powerful search tool. Using the tips outlined above, you can find anything and everything you could ever need on the World Wide Web. Whether it’s avoiding Wikipedia for a school essay project, finding the latest stock prices, or even finding song lyrics, there is a way to make Google search work for you.

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