10 Best Free Android Apps for Phone and Messaging
Android apps are mobile software designed for running on the Android operating system, which is one of the most popular platforms used in cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Since Android was introduced, more than 400,000 Android apps have been developed and most of them are available for download from the Android Market—the online software stores hosted by Google—but not all are free.
Here is the list of Best Free Phone and Messaging for Android apps. Like the apps and want to give them a try? Have a look….
Best Free Dialer for Android
Dialer One (681 KB)
Dialer One is a simple, small application that replaces Android’s stock Phone application. It allows the user to search through their contacts with the T9 keypad giving them call recommendations along the way as well as giving them the option to browse through their entire contact list. A nice feature of this app is the ability to set contacts as speed dial numbers from a long press on any number.
From the main screen the option button reveals the option to view the call log, view your starred contacts/favorites, view contacts, look up speed dial, and go to the settings screen. The settings on Dialer One are rather impressive, really. Some of the more impressive and thoughtful features include the option to view only contacts with phone numbers, setup a default view (ie. favorites, contacts, most called), language settings, robust color settings, group by contact in the call log, ability to export call log, and to set dialer one to be available in the notification bar.
So, Dialer One is a definite step up from the stock Android dialer and contacts application, but if you are using proprietary versions of Android like Sense then some functionality may be missing.
Best Free Contact Manager for Android
aContacts (602 KB)
Application for speeding up searching contacts: search by group and company, T9 search, Search in any fields, grouping phone contacts, advanced call log, Callback reminders, Speed dial setting for grid or list view and more.
Contact Group Manager (Free) (558 KB)
Contact Group Manager for the management group and find contacts.
Grouping a number of ways: manually create a group, grouped by organization, grouped by title. You can send Email & SMS to these groups and set group ringtones.
Find a variety of ways: Name, Organization and Title. Now you can search almost all fields (birthday, name, phone number, organization, notes, address, Email, relationships, websites, etc.).Including voice search.
Best Free Browser Texting for Android
GO SMS Pro (2.38 MB)
GO SMS Pro is a beautifully-designed, beastly-performing messaging app that does practically everything you could want in a texting app. GO SMS PRO brings you cool UI, fast and convenient SMS/MMS experience. GO SMS is the most popular messaging app; Very powerful, Cool, Safe, Fully customizable.
The beauty side reflects the MIUI-esque interface that supports themes ranging from Grey to Dark and even Christmas (themes and font packs are downloadable). There’s also a nice setting that launches a pop-up for incoming messages. Users can then respond or delete directly within the window. A good replacement of the default messaging app.
The beastly side is what really makes GO SMS Pro such a great app. For one, the app supports batch actions for deleting, marking all, or backing up. Yes, GO SMS can back-up your text messages to your SD card, email, or Dropbox. You can then restore those messages if you delete or wipe your phone and need to recover. Other methods for browsing messages include searching for a person, phrase, or keyword.
Best Free Browser Texting for Android
MightyText – SMS from Computer (206 KB)
Free, Send & Receive Text Messages from your Computer, sync’d with your Android phone! With Mighty Text Android™ App & Chrome Extension, you can: Send SMS text messages from your computer, Receive SMS text messages immediately as they come in on your Android device, Sync all SMS text messages from your Android device to your computer. But without touching your android device. Unlimited SMS, supported only on Chrome with the MightyText extension installed.
Best Free Instant Messaging for Android
Meebo IM (291 KB)
Meebo is a totally free IM app. Chat with friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, MySpace, Google Talk, Jabber and ICQ. Small file size with clean and clear design, easy to use.
Best Free Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Android
Skype (7.52 MB)
Make free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype, whether they’re on an Android, iPhone, Mac or PC, as well as IMs to your friends and family. Skype to Skype IMs, video and voice calls are free* over 3G or Wi-Fi. Make low-cost calls and SMS to mobiles or landlines from your Android. Send pictures, videos and files to any of your contacts. Enjoy high-quality sound when you call anyone else on Skype. Talk face to face or show what you’re seeing with front and rear-facing cameras.
Tango Voice & Video Calls (4.03 MB)
Tango allows you to make free phone calls and free video calls over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. Make calls to any other person who has Tango installed on their PC, phone or tablet. Start a Tango call with just voice, and easily move into a video call when you have something to share. It’s easy to use, it’s fun, and it works.
From my contacts, it automatically finds the friends I can Tango. More mobile devices are supported but the desktop client has yet to be developed.
Best Free Voice Activation for Android
Vlingo Virtual Assistant (3.55 MB)
Vlingo for Android combines fast and accurate voice to text technology with the intelligence to listen to what you say, and quickly connect you with people, businesses and activities so that you can get things done while on the go.
Best Free Call & Message Filter for Android
BlackList (481 KB)
This is an advanced call/sms filter and blocker tools. Create a black list and stay safe with your Android phone. This is a simple app, but rich and powerful features to manage unwanted call/text message from anyone. This app works with per caller ID (incoming number) basic. Caller Ids can be organized into blacklist or exception list and configured blocking options. Features include auto reply, logging and other various options. An exception list is limited to the paid version.
Best Free Profile Changer and Automator for Android
Llama – Location Profiles (946 KB)
Tired of your phone going off in the middle of the night? Annoying your colleagues by having your phone blast out your ringtone at work? You need Llama! Llama uses phone masts to determine your location, so that you can change your ringer, vibrate and ringtones depending on where you are as well as the time of day. Llama provides you with sound profiles so you can quickly switch between quiet, loud, silent and normal sound settings.
You can create events and home screen shortcuts to manage your sound profiles and more:
Silence your phone at work. Turn your Bluetooth on ready to connect your headset for a morning run. Set your phone quiet when it’s late at night and you haven’t gone out. Start the music player when a headset is connected. You can also add more events such as turning off WI-Fi or taking other actions on the conditions you set.