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Android is a Linux-based operating system designed for mobile devices such as Smartphones and tablet computers. Android was unveiled in 2007 and the first android–powered phone was sold in 2008. The open-source code and accompanying licensing laws allows it to be freely modified and distributed to wireless carriers, manufacturers and developers alike. In 2012 there were over 700,000 apps available for android and the estimated download was placed at over 25 million with the number increasing daily. Android is the most popular platform for developers and although being primarily designed for phones and tablets, it has seen additional applications on televisions, games consoles, digital cameras and other electronics. Android has seen various updates since 2008 to improve the operating system, fix bugs and add new features. As of this year, a total of 900 million Android devices have been activated and 48 billion apps have been installed from the Google Play store and the number is growing all the time. Below is a list of the ten best apps available for Android on the Internet today. All the apps have two things in common: They all have quality enhancing features and they are all free.

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1. Carbon For Twitter – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotsandlines.carbon

Carbon for Twitter allows you to view all of your Twitter content on one screen such as timelines, lists, favourites, searches, trends and profiles. New features include fixed Vine previews on tweet screen, direct messages font, tilt timeline refreshing, power scroll, built-in YouTube player, conversion view, threaded messages and different styles for viewing user profiles. You can the app’s appearance by following the link along with reviews from satisfied users.

 

 

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2. BaconReader For Reddit – http://baconreader.com/

BaconReader for Reddit is especially designed for Android users with features such as subreddit grouping, keyword and domain filtering and direct picture uploading. All your important data can be found with one swipe and you can select a subreddit without opening a new screen. You can also share photos, music and videos, which are all stored in one place with colour-coded threads making it easy to read. Full support with update announcements and an FAQ can be found on the site along with further information.

 

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3. Gmail – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gm

Google Gmail is now available in an app. You can get your emails quickly and efficiently with push notifications and you can search and respond to any conversation even when you are offline. You can manage multiple accounts, view and save attachments and set up label notifications. Recent updates have improved the settings for archiving and deleting and any small errors and bugs have now been amended.

 

 

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4. Maps – http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/

Google Maps for Android pinpoints old favourites and new places so you will never get lost again. You can search for facilities local to your location such as restaurants, taxis and businesses as well as receive recommendations from your contacts and the experts via reviews and summaries. You can see where you are and what is going on around you with indoor maps, street views and 3D maps so you can share your locations with friends.

 

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5. Flipboard – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipboard-your-social-news/id358801284?mt=8

The personal magazine Flipboard is now an Android app. It is a popular way to catch up on news that is important to you and make new discoveries all over the world whilst staying in touch and sharing with friends. You can find thousands of websites and RSS feeds just by taping the red ribbon and using the content guide to get started. You can enjoy all your favourite social networks in a beautiful magazine style layout making commenting and sharing a simple experience. Many languages are supported and a help facility is available if required.

 

 

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6. Chrome – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chrome/id535886823?mt=8

Chrome is now available for Android making browsing and finding websites and information faster on your phone. You can switch between unlimited tabs as well as flick and swipe and your bookmarks, data and passwords are readily available as they are all stored in one place. You can even read when you are offline and there is the facility to browse incognito without saving your history. Clicking on the link reveals testimonials from many satisfied customers and the app is available in multiple languages.

 

 

 

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7. Google Drive – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-drive/id507874739?mt=8

Google Drive lets you store photographs, videos and documents all in one place and access them from any device. You can edit spreadsheets and share information with your friends and family knowing that you always have your latest information and versions of documents available. You can ‘pin’ files to make them offline and access all your details from any device without having to transfer or download anything.

 

 

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8. Dropbox – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropbox/id327630330?mt=8

You can import documents, videos and photographs from any device and share them easily with Dropbox. 2GB of storage space is given free when you sign up and automatic saving of videos and photographs will earn an additional storage. Attachments are no longer needed as you are able to share links to large files and there is the facility to add to your favourites which enables faster viewing. If you lose your phone you can rest assured that all your files are safely stored and the app is available in several languages.

 

 

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9. ES File Explorer – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.estrongs.android.pop

This app has been downloaded over 180 million times globally and is the leader for file management on Android. It provides access to pictures, photographs, documents and videos from other Android devices and from computers and you can share all your information with friends. The app operates from 3G or Wi-Fi and you can watch movies as well as upload or download. There is a wide range of features including remote access and root explorer and full details can be viewed after clicking the link.

 

 

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10. Pocket – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro

Pocket is aptly named, as when you find a file or information you like you can put in into Pocket. Videos, photos and articles can be selected and viewed in a beautiful layout on your phone, tablet or computer. Pocket operates from almost any app and if you haven’t got time to view things today, then you can view them tomorrow with Pocket.

 

 

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