51 Must-Have Android Apps

Google Play features plenty of apps to keep you connected, from finance tools to apps for medical use.
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As the latest Android devices hit the shelves, Google Play, formerly called the Android Market, must keep pace. The Google app store now offers about 675,000 mobile tools. You'll find apps for everything from looking up health symptoms to scanning barcodes of products on a store shelf in order to look up reviews. Here we highlight an eclectic mix of apps to load on your Android device.

1. Advanced Task Killer

With some Android apps not allowing users to close them, Advanced Task Killer provides a way to force-kill tools and clean the device's memory. Just click the box next to the apps you want to shut down. Free.

2. Avast Mobile Security

Avast Software's Mobile Security app provides a remote cell phone tracker and locator as well as malware protection. It also lets you scan apps on your phone, as well as scanning your memory card content for viruses. Free.

3. Beautiful Widgets

If you're looking for a slick way to view a clock, weather animations and temperature readings, install Beautiful Widgets. Free.

4. Brightest Flashlight Free

A flashlight tool comes in handy during disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. This app uses the light of a smartphone camera's LED flash. It also features timers and audio effects. Free.

5. Cab4me Taxi Finder

Need help tracking down a taxi? Cab4me Tax helps you find local companies in your area and also indicates types of payment they accept. Free.

6. Catchnotes

This app is a convenient space to compile to-do lists, videos and sketches. You can use #tags to find your notes later. Free.

7. Chrome for Android

Experience the speed of Google's Chrome OS on your Android device. Like on the desktop, you can browse in Incognito mode without websites collecting or sharing your search history. Free.

8. Cisco WebEx

Trying to keep up with your meetings on the go? You can log in to a Web meeting on your Android smartphone or tablet using Cisco WebEx. Free but requires an account to use the application.

9. Citrix Receiver Beta

Companies can test features of this remote log-in app before they become part of the standard product. IT can use Citrix to manage, control, lock or wipe business apps remotely. Free.

10. Cloud Print

Need to print from your mobile device? Cloud Print allows you to send files from your phone to your printer. You can share printers with friends and send commands using SMS. Free.

11. Craigslist Mobile

Want to post an ad for an apartment? Craigslist Mobile provides a way to do so from your Android device. A mobilizer algorithm fits the popular site to an Android mobile screen. Free.

12. Documents to Go

This productivity app lets you view Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and attachments. Free; the full version unlocks editing capabilities for $14.

13. Dropsync

A fan of Dropbox? This app lets you keep your account with the cloud storage site synced with your phone or tablet. Free.

14. First Aid - American Red Cross

Prepare for hurricanes, earthquakes and other emergencies with this app from the American Red Cross. It offers videos, quizzes and step-by-step guidance on first aid scenarios. Free.

15. FCC Mobile Broadband Test

This app from Ookla allows you to test the download speed, upload speed and latency of a mobile broadband connection. Free.

16. Flipboard

Swipe through your favorite news sites and social media feeds using Flipboard. You can have a National Geographic news feed next to a Twitter timeline, which sits against videos from Facebook. Free.

17. Fontly

Check out Fontly if you're into typography. Explore type from the past, as well as add pictures of stylish lettering you come across. Free.

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