Top free Android apps for 2013

Our top picks of the best free Android apps, games and tools.

In no particular order here are our top Android apps that should be installed instantly on your new Android device. With a bit of gaming, serious stuff and entertainment for all.


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Everyone needs a good puzzle game stashed on their phone or tablet, just to help pass the time on a boring commute or that regular unscheduled train delay.

7×7 builds on classic puzzle mechanics but offers a refreshing modern delivery on matching five coloured squares in a row. Its clear presentation helps it run on any level of device, but means you get totally absorbed in the gameplay.



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This award winning app started life as a Samsung S Pen app but has now broken free to be made available to all phones and tablets.

It’s a super-simple flickbook app that helps you make cool flip animations quickly and easily. Offering the usual sharing features, you can fire your results up on YouTube too. If you want a bit of creative fun you can’t go wrong here.



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It’s the classic Pitfall from Activision but not like you remember it. “Inspired” by the Atari 2600 classic, to celebrate 30-years since Pitfall’s release, it leaps into the smartphone age with 3D graphics and free-running gameplay.

The iconic Pitfall Harry, tests your skills by racing through jungles, caves and native villages while avoiding death-defying obstacles such as fiery volcanic flames, tumbling ancient artefacts, and narrow cliff-side pathways


Flipboard: Your News Magazine

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The news-reading app that made it big on the Apple iPad is out for Android and is as good as ever. It turns your favourite websites and news feeds into a glossy, animated magazine, updated hourly and daily so you never get tired of it.

It’s well worth trying if you haven’t already. Updated for Android 4.2 to take advantage of the docked Daydream mode.


BT SmartTalk

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Letting you make calls from your smartphone at landline prices.

BT customers can register up to 5 smartphones to benefit from dialling 0800 numbers or making calls abroad to the UK over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G and not getting a crippling phone bill in return.



Fitocracy Fitness Game

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Make fitness fun and get back into shape quickly and without quite so much pain for the gain. A smash-hit on the iPhone, now flabby Android owners can discover how much fun staying in shape can be with Fitocracy.

Track your workouts, earn points, unlock achievements, beat quests, and slay the laziness dragon, it’s all one huge gaming metaphor.


Xbox SmartGlass

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Xbox SmartGlass lets your phone work with your Xbox 360 console to bring interactive experiences and content about what you’re watching or playing, right to the device that’s already in your hand.

It’s Microsoft’s second screen experience turning your Android device into a slick remote to navigate around the Xbox 360 dashboard and interact with movies, TV and the new Xbox Music app. Expect this to only improve and be added to over 2013.


Fluid Football

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This is an addictive strategy game that puts real-time tactical decision making at your fingertips, letting you call the shots and test your strategic know-how in a series of high pressure on-field situations where only you can decide the best way to beat the defence and carry your team to victory.

T3 described Fluid Soccer as “the perfect blend of New Star Soccer, Score Great Goals and Flick Kick”.


Whale Trail Frenzy

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Winning award after award, this fun, free-running style flying game is now free to play.

This rather psychedelic game might look simple but its soothing soundtrack hides the fun gameplay, which involves collecting Blubbles, looping the loop, upgrading your skills and abilities, smashing enemies, unlocking costumes and meeting bonkers characters along the way.


Easy Voice Recorder Free

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Everyone needs a handy app now and again and this turns your phone into a handy dictaphone, recording voice conversation direct to your phone’s memory or smart card.

Switch to speakerphone mode and you can even record your telephone calls. Supports MP4 and Wave formats.



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The amazing desktop browser is now available on your Android phone and tablet. The official Mozilla Firefox Android browser is fast, easy to use and customisable, with the latest security and privacy features to help you stay safe on the internet.

With plug-in system and synchronisation with your desktop browser it’s pretty cool.


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