Android is a great platform that provides a nice counterbalance to iOS, with good performance and plenty of useful apps available for it. A lot of talented developers offer their apps for free in 2014, which makes it easy to fill up your phone with all kinds of useless junk. In order to help you avoid clogging up your phone I have compiled a list of some of the best free apps out there.
The Google Package
It doesn’t get any better than Google - every android app they’ve made is supreme when compared to others. Take Gmail for example; when you install it, you don't get just a simple app that allows you to communicate using email - you get various options to classify your receiving mail so you can have a view that's clear, which makes it faster and simpler to use. You're probably already familiar with YouTube, which is the most used source of different kinds of videos and it allows you to see, hear or learn anything you're interested in - and share it with your friends! Chrome, Google Maps and Google Drive are all absolute must-haves for everyone who's a proud owner of an android phone - they'll make your life much easier.
If you want your android phone to have a long and happy life, you need to protect it. The best free antivirus app you'll find is definitely Avast - it'll keep your phone safe from viruses, malware, and spyware. Other than that, Avast gives you an option of remote locking, or memory wiping your phone - you never know when are you going to need that.
Viber is simple to use and completely free. If you need to be available to someone 24/7, text or call them no matter from which part of the world they are, you should install this smart little app. You can expect nothing but HD sound, and if it happens that your Viber was turned off, you'll get your missed texts and calls the very minute you are connected to the internet.
Have some fun while you're waiting for the bus, or when you simply have some spare time, with this Minecraft Pocket Edition. Give it a chance and you'll see how catchy it really is - you can make practically anything, if you just find the right materials (a whole house, a sword reinforced with diamonds or a magic portal that can help you travel to another world), using your Crafting Table and grid.
This app is great for boosting up the performances of your android phone. Clean Master is a strong optimizer that's capable of cleaning all of the junk and spam. Other than that, it protects your phone from malware, viruses and trojans. If you start using it, you'll find fixing problems you have with your device a lot easier. If you still don't have any, you should know that this app is great as a prevention.
You probably already know what kind of game this is, even if you haven't played it yet - its popularity has been spreading like a plague for a while. Basically, the birds in the game are very angry because the evil pigs stole their eggs, and now their own survival is at stake. You need to save the birds by using the powers they have and retrieve the eggs.
Synchronizing all your devices is finally possible - all you have to do is to install this smart app. Evernote allows you to maximize your productivity and have your ideas, to-dos and other notes all in one place. Besides, Evernote was on the first place of New Yourk Times' list of must-have apps so, you should definitely try it out.
Being updated is very important to everyone today, and this app will make it much easier for you. By using Mint, you can be informed about the latest news that come from the world of business. You can also read about the professional opinion of various experts and upgrade your business. Mint has a very functional search, which means you will be able to find whichever topic you want to learn about.
Sharing the captured moments of life with your friends and family has never been easier, because now we have Facebook and Instagram at our disposal. But if you want to go a step further and make your photos more interesting and fun, you should start using Snapseed. This easy-to-use app allows you to bring your photos to perfection, enhance and share them.
Pou is an adorable little alien you can adopt by downloading the app. You can play with it, clean it, dress it up and watch it grow - you'll fall in love with it in no time. By collecting coins in the game, you open more and more games in the Pou's Game Room so you two can play together.
If you find these apps useful or fun you may want to look at some of the other android apps that users have voted as being among the best. You can check out a user-generated list of the 100 best android apps for 2013-2014, vote and add your favorites to help share your experience and help out users looking for great apps.