With millions of android apps in google play store and thousands getting added every-day, Google Play Store is undoubtedly getting Bigger and Better. The choice of Apps download for Android Smartphone user is getting even tougher, but mobile users will say, its good to have a Problem of Plenty. Fortunately, for every 10 bad apps there’s at least one good one in play store.
We have picked this list based on free download, usability, long-term promise and UI ease. That’s the reason, you will not find few of the default in-built apps – Gmail, Google Calendar, Hangout, Google Maps, GooglePlus, Google Now. We have eliminated apps which are well known and are downloaded immediately once someone buys a new Android Phone in India like Whatsapp, MX Player, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Truecaller, to name a few.
Here is the list of 20 best free Android Apps of 2014 for Indian Smartphone users. Read, Download, Install and Enjoy!
Listed under Travel and Local category, one of the latest inclusion in Google Play Store, but worth to be in top 20, specially for Indian Mobile Phone users.
WoNoBo gives 360 degree street view of major Indian Cities. One can literally walk through Taj Mahal, Elephanta Caves and other famous tourist places.
Just enter the address and get surprised to see places around you with real view. WoNoBo still has low maturity content rating, but has high potential to do wonders for Indian Android users.
BreakFree, one of the most useful and innovative idea on Google Play Store. It helps you keep track of your Mobile Phone addiction and gives notification to reduce the usage. BreakFree tracks the amount of time one spends looking at phone throughout the day and gives an addiction score in 3 zones Green, Yellow and Red, green being the most preferred zone to be in.
One of the most interesting feature is - it allows to track addiction through a dashboard of Daily, Weekly and Monthly report. With nice characters, graphs and stats, the app guides you on how you can control phone usage for a healthy digital lifestyle.
3. Circle of 6
Mentioned in Lifestyle category, but its more a social security app. We have seen app like this before, but this one is more useful and easier to understand & operate. Circle of 6 lets user choose six trusted friends or family members to add to their circle. Recently it has been upgraded in Hindi with Hotlines customized for New Delhi.
In an uncomfortable or risky situation, with just two taps on the phone, Circle of 6 to automatically send the entire circle a pre-programmed SMS alert message, with exact location. It’s quick, simple, secured and furthermore it’s free.
One of the leading and most trusted app on play store, Paytm is an easy way to recharge Mobile, DTH, Datacard, and pay Utility Bills. Right from selecting the recharge to the payment process, Paytm is quick and flawless.
Recently Paytm have added one unique feature “Bargain Chat” which allows bargaining over-the-counter via their in built messenger for apparel, electronics, home décor and much more.
Surely one of the most beneficial app for hassle-free Mobile recharge, Utility payment and Online Shopping.
5. Google Drive
Another impressive Google product for free. Google Drive also known as Google Docs, allows users to store and edit files online. Files stored on Google Drive can be accessed anytime from Mobile, Tablet, or Computer.
Google Drive allows to store documents, pdf, images and videos upto 15 GB. One of the most beneficial feature is users can easily share files with others to view, edit, or leave comments. The file is updated and auto-saved regularly, reducing the chances of data loss.
Mentioned under Productivity category, Google Drive is surely going to help improve productivity. Highly recommended.
With so many image editor apps in google store, it’s difficult to pick the right one. Pixlr is one of the most popular Photo Editing app with more than 10 Million download.
Pixlr Express is an all in one app with Photo Editing, Collage creation and social media sharing with uncomplicated UI and features. It has over 2 million combinations of free effects, overlays, and borders to further personalize image.
Pixlr allows sharing of edited photo directly with friends through Whatspp, Twitter, GooglePlus, Facebook or email. The fact which makes this app stand apart from other editing app is – it’s ad free.
ES, with 300 millions global downloads, is one the leader in file manager segment apps. ES File Explorer is all in one free, full-featured file and application manager. It is comprised of: file manager, application manager, task killer, download manager, cache cleaner, autostart manager, root explorer, built-in ZIP and RAR support, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One), FTP client, and LAN Samba client.
ES permits access to documents, images, videos, and other files on both Android phones and computers. This app makes it easy to stay connected over 3G, 4G, EDGE, or Wi-Fi to share with friends, upload photos, and watch videos.
ES is one of the must have app on your android phone. It does everything!
8. Clean Master
Clean Master is free, easy, fast, intuitive and one stop solution to keep your phone safe and function trouble-free.
Clean master app is designed to clean junk files, regain free storage, boost memory, enhance speed, and secure device from malicious apps and vulnerabilities.
With more than 200 Millions downloads, Clean Master surely deserves a slot in your Mobile app.
BookMyShow, app truly deserves to be in entertainment category, which allows booking tickets for movies, plays, concerts and many other events happening in across more than 100 major cities in India including, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Jaipur, Kochi, Bhopal, Allahabad, Darjeeling, Goa, Jammu, Lonavala, Ludhiana, and many more.
Most of the renowned cinemas in the country like PVR Cinemas, BIG Cinemas, INOX, AGS Cinemas, Apna Cinema, CineMAX, City Gold, DT City Centre, E-SQUARE, Cinepolis, Fame Cinemas, Fun Cinemas, Glitz Cinemas, Gold Cinema, Gopalan Cinemas, HDIL Broadway, Movietime, Prasads, Q Cinemas, Rajhans Cine World, Satyam Cineplexes, SRS Cinemas, Storm 5D, Wave and many more have tied-up exclusively with BookMyShow.
Nicely designed, easy to navigate and simple to use, BookMyShow is definitely the better way to book and buy entertainment tickets with a secured payment gateway.
Flipboard with rating of 4.5 stars from almost 600 thousand reviews is certainly an app to look out for in news and magazine category. It gives news and updates from around the world, which can be localized for Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, U.S. and U.K.
With intuitive design and friendly UI, readers can select news of their choice from News, Technology, Business, Design, Sports, Photography, Style, Music, Politics, Science, Celebrity, Films and other categories to keep themselves updated.
Flipboard allows connecting upto 12 social networks for streamlining activities like commenting, liking and sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr, 500px, SoundCloud, Sina Weibo and Renren.
Download FlipBoard for Free and keep yourself updated.
AppLock, a secure app for mobile phone with password or pattern. It can lock SMS, Contacts, Gmail, Facebook, Gallery, Market, Settings, Calls and any app users can choose, with abundant options, protecting privacy.
AppLock allows users to control and hide photo & video access with option in Vault. It has various nice themes with easy password change option.
Applock’s basic version comes with useful features, which is sufficient to keep phone apps safe and secured.
12. Premium HD
Who doesn’t want their smartphone to have an amazing look with HD wallpaper? Premium wallpaper gives an enhanced personalized look to Android Phone with beautiful wallpapers.
Users are left with liberty of choosing their favorite from more than 10,000 Wallpapers from categories like Animal, Car, City, Dark, Fantasy, Flower, Food, Game, Girl, Love, Macro, Man, Movies, Aviation and few more.
Premium HD allows to save wallpapers to sd card and gallery, which can later be set as Home Screen or Lock Screen Wallpaper.
Zapya, one of the fastest wireless file transfer tool in android play store. It allows file sharing among Android, iOS and Windows PC devices with speed upto 10MB/sec, which is far faster than normal Smartphone Bluetooth sharing.
App, photo, music, video, or just any file type, Zapya can transfer them to another device without aid of mobile network nor Wi-Fi routers. With over 70 million users World wide, Zapya is fast growing as a alternate for Bluetooth or cable data transfer.
If you are in India, Justdial is the right app for your need. Justdial makes is easier to search Movies, Restaurant, Hotels, ATMs, Banquets, Automobiles, Repair Vendors, Education, Essential and Beauty & Spa in India.
Users can auto search “Near Me” with the help of GPS and sorting can be done on attributes like ratings, distance or popularity to get best deals.
With so much of updated information, Justdial deserves to be titled as India’s No.1 Local Search Engine.
Smartphone being used more as a chatting and messaging tool, a need for a well designed SMS collection is on high. SMS Funbook is a collection of fresh messages categorized for friends, Love, Jokes, Adult, Shayari, Festivals, Birthday, Special Days, Inspirational, Brain Teasers, Regional and other sms collection.
One of the most interesting collection is Funny SMS which comprises of Bollywood SMS, Boy vs Girl, CID, Decent Double Meaning, Facebook, Funny Insults, Funny Questions, Funny Shayari, Funny SMS, Husband vs Wife, Munna bhai, Poor Jokes, Rajnikant, Santa Banta, Student.
SMS Funbook has feature of adding the liked SMS to Favorites tab. SMS FunBook is for fun!
With rating of 4.6 stars from one Million reviews, Evernote is one of the best way to take notes of important events and information. Evernote is easy to use and user friendly app to store and access information across different devices like Smartphone, Tablet and Computer.
Evernote lets users take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable and editable. Share notes with friends and colleagues via Email, Facebook and Twitter.
Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity with Evernote.
With more than 100 Million Downloads and rating of 4.5 stars from over 7 Million reviews, Lookout is one of the most trusted and widely used Security and Antivirus android app. It protects smartphones from virus threats, database backup & download, phone loss and theft.
With the registered email, users can log into Lookout.com to locate their phone, view backed up data and manage devices, anytime, anywhere.
Lookout app should be amongst the first 5 downloads for any Android phone.
SwiftKey is one of the most downloaded keyboard from Google Play store. It delivers smarter autocorrect, next-word prediction, support for over 800 emoji, emoji prediction and much more.
Trusted by Millions, it upgrades Android device’s on-screen keyboard, making it faster and easier to type. It’s packed full of customization features including over 30 colorful themes, layouts for all screen sizes and devices, and supports over 60 languages.
19. Google Translate
Google translate, another free product from google which allows translation between 80 languages, which includes prominent Indian languages like English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Malay, Punjabi, Tamil & Telugu.
With Google Translate users can speak, type, write or take a picture to translate and Save translations to access from any device.
Google translate is one of the good ways to learn other languages and an alternate to traditional dictionary.
Echo is amongst the top lock screen to view and interact with notifications. It automatically categorizes notifications and delivers the most important alerts to lock screen.
Echo allows customized grouping of work, game, and social updates and notifies on priority messages. Echo has feature of setting notification timer and permits to view and dismiss notifications individually.
Echo is free security app for a limited time.