Awesome Android Apps for FreeWith thousands of apps being released through the Google Play Store and the Amazon AppStore, it’s very easy for a few fantastic gems to fly under your radar. You already know to get mainstays like Foursquare, Instagram, and Google Keep, but there are all sorts of other awesome Android apps that deserve your attention. Here are five of the bigger highlights from 2013, all of which are available as free downloads. Whether you’re looking for a fresh way to share your picturesque moments or you want to learn a little more about what you can accomplish on your Android smartphone or tablet, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are probably dozens, if not hundreds of apps for each “that” you might have.

Flipagram

Create and Share Beautiful Flipagram Memories

Create and Share Beautiful Flipagram Memories

Free download from Google Play Store

You may already use Instagram or Facebook to share all sorts of photos and videos from your life, but what if you could take them even further with fun and “beautiful short video stories” too? That’s the idea behind Flipagram, an app that will help you “bring moments to life” by combining several of your photos from Instagram or your gallery, setting them to music and defining the timing of the flips. You can optionally add titles for an added professional punch. If you want to remove the watermark, though, you’ll need to fork over 99 cents via the in-app purchase.

Drippler

Learn Android Tips and Tricks with Drippler

Learn Android Tips and Tricks with Drippler

Free download from Google Play Store

If you’re a regular reader of Smartlife, then you’re likely very interested in how to get the most out of technology and how you can use it to make your life a little more efficient, a little more manageable, and maybe even a little more fun. To this end, Drippler could be one of the best apps for you, because the sole purpose of this app is to teach you how to get the most out of Android. You get daily tips, features, top apps, Android updates, Android secrets, Android guides, and all sorts of other useful information. If you’ve already got the smartphone or tablet, you may as well get the most out of it, right?

Pushbullet

Push Almost Anything from PC to Smartphone

Push Almost Anything from PC to Smartphone

Free download from Google Play Store

On a daily basis, you likely find your attention constantly bouncing between the information on your computer screen and the information on your smartphone display. With Pushbullet, you get all of the notifications from your phone pushed over to your computer. This way, you’ll never miss that file, note, or picture again. What’s handy is that you can even push links into your phone’s notification tray, making it really easy to visit an important webpage on your phone that you first found (or were shared) on your computer. This is far easier to use than the old way of emailing yourself a link or even hunting down that file you uploaded to a cloud storage service.

MightyText

Send a MightyText SMS From Your Computer

Send a MightyText SMS From Your Computer

Free download from Google Play Store

Continuing with the seamless connection between your computer and your smartphone, we find this app that effectively lets you send and receive SMS text messages on your PC or tablet. You get an instant notification on your computer when your phone gets an SMS, so you can reply right away without having to reach over and grab your smartphone. Photos and videos can be backed up easily and this app also supports group messaging and picture messages too. Everything still stays synced with your phone’s SMS inbox and you get the added benefit of being able to back up your text messages to your computer too.

Cluster

Collaborate on Cluster Photo Albums

Collaborate on Cluster Photo Albums

Free download from Google Play Store

You have your own photos that you can share, but it can be such a struggle to curate all the great pictures that everyone else might be taking at the same event. Instead of going through the trouble of uploading to a shared Dropbox folder or something of that sort, you can try using Cluster. This app lets you collect and share photos with your friends and family. People you invite to each group can upload their own pictures, resulting in “beautiful albums with everyone’s photos.” This is particularly useful for family reunions, weddings, and other social gatherings. If you’re worried about strangers seeing your embarrassing pictures, Cluster also offers privacy settings so your photos are shared only with those invited. And yes, you get unlimited storage too with free access anytime in the app or via the web.

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