One of the best things about having a tablet is downloading free apps to help optimize and personalize the device. No matter what your interests are, there are dozens of apps available. Including the popular Facebook and Twitter apps, which help millions of users keep in touch with friends and stay up to date on the latest happenings, there are thousands of free Android apps available.
Here are some of the best free Android apps:
Google Maps Navigation
Everyone needs to know where they’re going, right? Whether you’re traveling by foot, bike, car or Segway, just plug in your destination and Google Maps will tell you how to get there. The Apple Maps debacle of 2012-and the iPhone community’s subsequent return to Google Maps-highlighted two things: 1) How difficult building a successful map application is, and 2) just how good a job Google has done with its map navigation app.
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Skype has become an incredibly popular form of communication. Though it offers a telephone-like service, most people use Skype to video-chat with friends or family across the state, country or globe. Skype is communication in the 21st century, so why not add it-for free-to your 21st-century device?
Both Skype and Facebook started out on laptop computers, but have since become available as tablet apps. Foursquare, on the other hand, was built for mobile devices. It allows users to access a social network where they and other users notify each other when they have arrived at a public location-the bar, the dog park, the basketball game, etc.-so users can meet up with people they know. Foursquare is the app that, rather than encouraging people to stare at their screens all day, tries to bring people together face-to-face.
This hugely successful app allows users to store memory, called “notes,” on their tablet. “Notes” can come in the form of just about any data, such as a typed page, Web page, handwritten note (written with either finger or stylus), photo or voice memo. With Evernote, users can keep their most important information in one neat, organized place.
Are you a reader? The company that kick-started the e-reader craze has a free Android app, so even if users haven’t bought a Kindle device, they can still purchase and read books on their tablet. This allows access to not only books, but books on tape, music and the rest of the Amazon community.
With Yelp on their tablet, users can check out restaurants and venues on the go. Yelp is an online community that offers individual and composite reviews of the places we all go to gather. For users who have recently relocated to a new city or even just a new neighborhood, Yelp, allows them to select a restaurant, night club, doctor or other service provider that meets their needs. In addition to nightlife and entertainment, the Yelp community also discusses and rates home services, auto repair shops and other areas of day-to-day life.
Ebay is one of the Internet’s pioneers that remains the premier online marketplace for buying and selling, despite challenges from competitors like Amazon and Craigslist. The online retailer’s Android app shows just why: Ebay has taken each new development and figured out how to use it to make its users’ experience easier. Ebay has stayed relevant by staying current. That means that when users add the Ebay app to their Android tablet, they’re not only getting access to a gigantic online marketplace; they’re also betting on one of the world’s most successful and durable companies.
Flickr’s gigantic online photo-sharing community is open to users to access easily with its Android app. Flickr’s genius-and its popularity-lies in its simplicity. With the Flickr app, consumers can easily view, post and share an unlimited amount of pictures with friends. Whether they’re an amateur or a professional, Flickr’s worth it (and like everything else on this list, it’s free!).
As you can see, these free Android apps open up a range of possibilities to just about anyone. Whether you’re buying and selling goods, sharing photos or organizing an event, using these apps on your Android device makes it easy to do what you want.