Best free Android apps

The best free apps from the Android Market

Just bought an Android smartphone? You are probably going to need some apps. Here's the best free apps available from the Android Market to download this month

The past couple of months have seen a bevvy of top Android blowers spilling over the horizon, including the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3 - but if you're in the market for a new handset, you'll want the best apps around to fill it with. Each month T3's Android Army storms the Market in search of the very best free Android apps available right now. Check out the list below to see what they discovered this month.

Best free Android apps: June

Layar
Layar is an augmented reality web browser that brings the internet to the real world and allows you to search exactly what you see.
Layar full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Red Bull Augmented Racing Reloaded
Will this app give you wings?
Red Bull Augmented Racing Reloaded full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

National Rail Enquiries
It’s training day, at last...
National Rail Enquiries full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

StreamZoo
Insta, who? Instagram has sold out so is StreamZoo its replacement?
StreamZoo full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Avengers: Iron Man - MKVII
Glimpse into the future of comics of rusty response to new tech?
Avengers: Iron Man - MKVII full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Best free Android apps: May

Vivi in Style - Peroni
Full of style and a surprising amount of substance.
Vivi in Style - Peroni full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Sky Cloud
Impressive app to get you Wi-Fi on the go.
Sky Cloud full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Cordy Sky
Are we getting boardy of Cordy?
Cordy Sky full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Wattpad
Nice-looking user-upload site but is there something dodgy afoot?
Wattpad full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Dark Legends
Bit of a monster mash.
Dark Legends full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Best free Android apps: April

Stickman BMX stunt bike
A man full of cunning stunts.
Stickman BMX stunt bike full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Fancy
A Pinterest-alike app - Fancy that?
Fancy full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Google Currents
Turning the web into magazines.
Google Currents full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Temple Run
Keep on running…
Temple Run full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Telmap Navigator
Satnav, GPS, call it what you will, but it’s one of the main car-based aids a GPS-enabled smartphone can provide.
Telmap Navigator full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Best free Android apps: March

Rick O'Shea
Not just a great name…
Rick O'Shea full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Skater Boy
Not pictures of Avril Lavigne, you perv.
Skater Boy full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Tilt Racing
Does exactly what it says on the time.
Tilt Racing full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Sky Sports
Great app, but badly needs quicker updates.
Sky Sports full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Easy Battery Saver
Brilliant app which actually works.
Easy Battery Saver full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Best free Android apps: February

Spider-Man Running
Great physics game – even if it has nothing to do with the webbed wonder.
Spider-Man Running full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Crackle
Free movies! Sounds great, but...
Crackle full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

TED
Are you better off Ted?
TED full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Sunday Times
Spin-off app is decent enough if you don’t mid a wait.
Sunday Times full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Transparent Screen
Genius idea works pretty well in practise.
Transparent Screen full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Best free Android apps: January

JEFIT Pro
Beefcake! Beeeeeeefcake!
JEFIT Pro full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Abduction!
Save the cows before they are beamed up into an alien space craft and get as many points as possible.
Abduction! full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Appsfire
App recommendation engine comes highly recommended.
Appsfire full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

My Tracks
Plot your runs and share them with your fitness friends – or stalkers!
My Tracks full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Alchemy
Combine elements together to create different objects. The more combinations, the more you feel like a god.
Alchemy full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Best free Android apps: December

Bonsai Blast
Get rid of the coloured balls before they fall down a hole using a gun and your thumbs.
Bonsai Blast full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Google Goggles 1.3
Goggles turns middle-aged, kills off sudoku fantatics everywhere.
Google Goggles 1.3 full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Choice of Broadsides
Though fairly basic graphically, this enjoyable adventure novel come video-game has plenty of replayability.
Choice of Broadsides full reivew | Best Android apps | Best apps

Audiogalaxy
Transfer all your tracks from your desktop to your phone completely for free.
Audiogalaxy full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Gun Bros
Old school shoot-em-up lands on Android.
Gun Bros full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Best free Android apps: November

Aussaulter
Money-grabbing shoot-’em-up that’s far too much fun for free.
Aussaulter full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Hooked
App that gets you hook, line and sinker.
Hooked full reivew | Best Android apps | Best apps

Burn The Rope Worlds
Get yourself some rope burn again.
Burn The Rope Worlds full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Shoot the Apple
Childish but addictive three-star chasing game.
Shoot the Apple full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Sleep Talk Recorder
Do you talk and sleep? Then this may well be for you.
Sleep Talk Recorder full review | Best Android apps | Best apps


Best free Android apps: October

Catch Notes
Note-taking app hits the right note.
Catch Notes full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

WebMD
Doctor, doctor, I have an app in my hand
WebMD full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Fat Booth
Does my bum look big in this? No, but your face does.
Fat Booth full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Trip Advisor
An app to advise you on trips
Trip Advisor full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Iris (Alpha)
One in the eye for Siri
Iris full review | Best Android apps | Best apps


Best free Android apps: September

Pixlr-O-Matic
Camera app that will pimp out your images for free.
Pixlr-O-Matic full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Wi-Fi Finder
Do we really need to explain what this one is about?
Wi-Fi Finder full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Hanging With Friends
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Hanging With Friends full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

GroupMe
The social network for any group any time!
GroupMe full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Google Earth
The whole planet in the palm of your hand.
Google Earth full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Best free Android apps: August

Subsonic Music Streamer
It’s not the slickest, but it is a very competent streaming app.
Subsonic Music Streamer full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Samsung Smart Viewer
Turn your Samsung Galaxy S2 into a TV.
Samsung Smart Viewer full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

CNN
A great news app with some of the best multimedia functionality around.
CNN full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Beeb Anywhere
Keep up to date with BBC News and Sport via this feeder app.
Beeb Anywhere full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Plume
A viable and stylish alternative to the official Twitter app for Android.
Plume full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Best free Android apps: July

Pulse News Reader
A news reader that definitely isn't flatlining...
Pulse News Reader full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Vopium
VoIP client which offers free calls and cheaper international charges for your mobile.
Vopium full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Google Maps 5
Maps gets a marvelous 3D makeover on Android.
Google Maps 5 full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Mixzing
Giving iTunes a deserved kicking...
Mixzing full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Layar
Layar is an augmented reality web browser that brings the internet to the real world and allows you to search exactly what you see.
Layar full review | Best Android apps | Best apps


Best free Android apps: June

Bump
Share content on phones by "bumping" them together.
Bump full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Endomondo
Comprehensive sports tracker at a literally unbeatable price.
Endomondo full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Barcode Scanner
A simple to use application that allows you to scan a barcode and search for better deals online.
Barcode Scanner full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

BBC News
Official BBC News app finally arrives, but is it worth the wait?
BBC News full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

British Library
Hordes of information from one of the most respected institutions in the world.
British Library full review | Best Android apps | Best apps


Best free Android apps: May

7Digital
Digital music service gets a massive makeover.
7Digital full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Angry Birds Rio
It's name is Rio and it throws birds in the wind.
Angry Birds Rio full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Aroundme
Location aware, but lacking any real direction.
Aroundme full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Glympse
Share your location without the whole world knowing where you are.
Glympse full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Good Reads
An app dedicated to reading books, not Reading the place.
Good Reads full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Best free Android apps: April

Amazon
Purchase content from the e-tailer straight from your phone.
Amazon full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Advanced Task Killer
Turns off the apps which are drinking up too much of your phone’s battery juice.
Advanced Task Killer full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Amazon MP3
Turn your phone into a music machine with Amazon’s music store and download songs DRM-free.
Amazon MP3 full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Photoshop
The ultimate phone-photo pimping app.
Photoshop full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

BBC iPlayer
Your favourite catch-up TV service finally comes to Android.
BBC iPlayer full review | Best Android apps | Best apps

Feel like splashing out? Check out our monthly pick of the best paid Android apps available right now.