7 must-have free Android apps

There are a bewildering amount of Android apps out there, which is why we make a point of producing recommendations for apps to download on a fairly regular basis. This time around, we’re going to look at some unmissable apps which have the added bonus of being completely free.

You can download any of these free apps simply by clicking on their name, which will link you through to the Google Play store. So, without further preamble, here are seven apps you should snag for your Android device…

There are a lot of task managers and to-do lists available for Android, but Any.do rises to the top. Any.do makes it easy to add anything that enters your mind, but then the app lets you drag and drop that task into different folders or onto different days. This makes it as easy to add something to next week's to-do list as it is for today's to-do list. Throw in the built-in sharing features and Any.do can help you manage not just your tasks, but those of friends and co-workers.

Dolphin Browser isn't the fastest browser for Android devices, but it manages to strike a fine balance between features and performance, and that’s why it’s our favourite for Google’s OS. There are plenty of cool add-ons to explore, and it’s both powerful and feature-rich.

There are a lot of “read-later” apps out there, but Pocket does it better than anyone else. With extensions for all major browsers and apps for both Android and iOS devices, it is a one-stop-shop for creating the ultimate personalised reading list. I love being able to sync across devices.

Install the software on your PC, tweak some phone settings, and from that point on you can use SnapPea to manage your music, photos, videos, apps, and contacts from your desktop. You can even send text messages from your PC using SnapPea, and amaze your friends with your blazing fast texting skills!

Snapseed is a photo editing app which is very capable and powerful when it comes to enhancing images. True, it lacks the flashy design of Apple's iPhoto for iOS, but it exceeds even that excellent app in some effects. In short, it’s a top notch photo editing app for your Android smartphone, particularly considering that it’s free. See our full review here.

You might not think that your smartphone needs a security app, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, as more malware is being targeted at mobiles these days. Avast is famous for its free antivirus software, and its mobile security app is an excellent offering. As well as malware protection, it has a host of other tools such as an app manager, and it boasts anti-theft features such as remote lock and wipe.

Using a "gameified" approach to teaching, Duolingo guides you through a series of bite-size lessons to help you learn a new language or just to stay in practice. The app supports German, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish. If you already speak those languages but want to improve your English, the app has you covered as well.