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Top 3 Free Android Apps of 2012 (So Far)

Half of 2012 is behind us now and Android applications have come a long way in the last 6 months.  Now, a smartphone, tablet or phone that runs android has a world of applications to make its use easier, faster and more useful.  In my opinion, here are the best 3 free applications for your Android smartphone you should check out.


1. SMS Popup

Notifications are wonderful, but they are often plain notifications. The SMS Popup changes this.  This small app displays incoming sms messages in a friendly dialog with convenient buttons to send a reply, cancel the message or go to inbox.

The application is fully customizable with options to mark messages as read automatically and privacy mode to conceal the message contents and the sender’s name among others.

Developer: Adam K

Price: Free!

Average rating: 4.5 (39,873 users)

Requires: Android 1.5+

User reviews and download link here



It seems a new ‘G’ type of mobile internet connectivity comes out each year, with 4G being the latest.  Do you want to find out what speeds your provider is allowing you?  The number one reliable online speed test tool available on desktop browser is now on Android.

This application presents the most reliable way to test internet speeds on your network and save results, share them or even determine the type of data connection you get.  Better still, you can export all the test results – including dates – as a CSV file right from the Android device.

Developer: Ookla

Price: Free!

Average Rating: 4.5 (66,142 Users)

Requires: Android 1.6+

User reviews and download link here


3. Chrome Beta

Third to best happens to be the best browser in use in the world now, Google Chrome.  Though still in Beta stages, this Android browser brings the simplicity, ease of use, syncing capabilities and speed of the desktop chrome.

This version features Omnibox (Google Chrome’s signature tool) that takes only about ¼ inches of the screen and makes searching faster through text prediction.  Chrome beta for android features a new tab system to save screen space and cool swiping features that makes working with unlimited tabs fast, subtle and consistent.

Developer: Google Inc.

Price: Free!

Average rating: 4.1 (22,496 users)

Requires: Android 4.0+

User reviews and download link here

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