10 Free Android Apps That Will Actually Make You Money While Shopping!

Shopping is either pure bliss or torture depending on who you ask. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you are on, Android apps will help you save money and allow you to become a more efficient shopper (which I’m sure appeals to most of you). So what does that entail? It’ll give the shopaholics more bang for their buck, which is never a bad thing. Perhaps even more importantly, these Android apps will provide shopaphobes what they really crave- less time in the stores!

The pure power and functionality of these Android apps can really make shopping virtually an all new experience. No matter if these apps function as a shopping list, database, storefront or a supplemental knowledge source, they’re all squarely aimed at one thing: if you use them, they will save you money!

You’re getting a feeling like Android shopping apps, in general, might just help you, right? Well here are 10 Android apps that will save you money while they help you fulfill all your shopping needs and desires. Oh and did I mention that all these ten are completely FREE to download?

SnapTell

Want to know more about an item you saw on the rack? Just use SnapTell to scan the barcode of any CD, DVD, book or video game and you will be able to get all the information you could possibly need. What type of information? Well, if you just want some more cursory information, that’ll work. Most notably, if you want to see how the price stacks up to other distributors, it can do that for you in seconds. This app could be a big time money-saver for you if you take the time to use it before you make that next media purchase!

Key Ring Reward Cards

This is a very handy app to consolidate all your clutter in your purse/wallet while ensuring that you don’t lose valuable reward/loyalty cards. How does it work? All you do is take a snapshot of the barcode of your reward card (just about any decent sized company with a rewards program is in the database- over 650 programs) and enter some basic information about the store. That’s it; you’re now ready to use your phone as your reward card at that store in the future by pulling up your reward information from that store on this Android app. It’s probably not for non-techies or those who crave extreme simplicity. It is, however, a great idea and technology that will no doubt get crisper in the future.

If you don’t mind carrying all your reward cards and potentially losing one or two along the way (and having to suffer through the wait to replace the card), this free Android app sounds like a waste of time. But, if the extra inch of not-so-soft plastic padding for your rump (or the misuse of perfectly good purse space- not to mention the potential inability to use your chic tiny purse out shopping) isn’t idyllic, this app is worth the few minutes to download and get everything set up properly.

OurGroceries

This is the perfect app for the happy, busy family of Android phone users. It allows the kids to endlessly add all their necessary foods. When the items are purchased, they can be removed from the list (on all the Android phones it’s registered to) and then, 4 hours later, they can easily be added back onto the list! Joking aside, this is a great app to have for the new-age hyper busy, hyper tech families that want to become more efficient.

Hey, it costs a lot of money to keep purchasing that extra loaf of bread that your husband/wife (or even you- thanks to that undecided hmmm, don’t we need bread moment even though you just bought two loaves yesterday- yes you’re not alone!) just picked up and will end up turning green before anyone has a chance to make a sandwich with it.

OI Shopping list

To me, this app, fully named the OpenIntents Shopping list, is like the OurGroceries for the single folks out there. Not to say a family wouldn’t benefit from this app, it just has more features and it’s not a perfect fit like the other app is for families that need a simple solution to keep up on their latest shopping needs. That being said, this app is a powerful workhorse and can really end up saving you countless hours and some decent cash at year’s end.

US Yellow Pages Search

This is one of the more useful free Android apps available and I’ll be honest, it doesn’t 100% fit with the theme of helping you save money while shopping. I could argue that it does, but for simplicity, I’ll just use an old clich: Time is Money! Saving some time is just as good as saving cash on those busy days out and about. Having this app on your Android phone is like having 300 super-thick Yellowbooks from all over the US crammed into your back pocket. Not a bad thing if you travel a decent amount or enjoy living outside of your house. It’s just a great resource to have on hand for those times when you need to find a business’s number fast.

eBay

This official app brings eBay to your Android phone. It’s kind of crazy, but I think I like this UI better than the actual website on my computer. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad. Nonetheless, it gives you an idea that this Android app was developed correctly and really hits the mark. That is, if you’re an eBay fan; if you’re not, sorry!

Amazon.com

Similar to eBay’s Android app, this beauty from Amazon brings all the functionality from the full-sized website to your Android phone. It’s amazing how seamless this transition appears for these giant resellers. This is a great thing for us though!

Craigslist

The last of the GIANT resellers’ Android apps on this list, I promise. Well, kind of: if you don’t include Groupon in your list of “resellers”, I haven’t lied to you. So, if you’ve ever used Craigslist, you know how utterly important it is to check out a potential “killer item” within 5 minutes of it being posted and subsequently be the first handful of people to contact the seller to have any hopes of actually ending up with it in your possession.

That being said, if you use Craigslist and you have an Android phone, YOU NEED THIS APP NOW! Haha, sorry to scream, but if you’re going to use this portal of goodness with the hopes of eventually buying something you want/need, you have to have instant access to newly posted items. The only way to do that (I’m taking liberties assuming you aren’t a recluse and on your home computer 24/7) is to have access “on-the-go” to instant notifications for your set of items that interest you and also a way to view them. This app performs both of these necessary actions and does them well.

*Please, for your sake, if you want to be the guy (gal) bragging about the awesome deal you got on the “coolest thing in the world” instead of the not-so-happy version of you regrettably telling the story about “the one that got away” to anyone who will listen, download this app!*

Groupon

This is the official app from the immensely popular and rapidly growing Groupon website. This site has a “cult-like” following (not in a bad way!) which actually benefits its users. Essentially, the more people that use their services, the more offers are presented to the users and that helps all of us save a good amount of money! This free Android app ensures that you’re never out of the “Groupon loop” and you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of the appealing offers wherever you may be.

The Coupons App

Another money-saving coupon app? Yes! That’s all I can say- the prospects of saving a buck in this economy is a powerful force it seems. I’m almost a bit surprised at myself that I didn’t completely inundate this “shopping list” with coupon apps (patting myself on the shoulder for spreading out the love). If only I could go back in time to 1989 and use this app instead of clipping 500-plus coupons from the Sunday paper (for my mom). Well those were good times- minus the paper cuts.

What’s this Android app going to do for you? Anything and everything coupon related; it brings the coupons with you on your phone and allows you to find new ones even while you’re at the store! That’s pretty awesome for those of us not commanding “Top CEO” salaries…

Honorable Mention:

There’s only one free Android app that I would consider putting on this list. The reason is because it’s probably the most important app for everyone to download today. I consider it more of a “mandatory app” than an Android shopping app and that’s why it’s here.

The app I’m speaking of is the Barcode Scanner. Among other things, it allows you to browse the web on your computer and take a photo of the QR Code of an app you’re interested in downloading. Once the code is processed (which takes very little time- talking seconds), the corresponding Android app’s download page appears in the Google Marketplace! It’s that simple and works like a charm once you get past the short “operator error” stage that plagues most of us.

Best Android Apps for Families

The Good, The Bad and The Irrelevant

We see the good and the bad, and everything in-between. Sorting through the Android Marketplace of over 300,000 apps is no small task, but we’ve been steadily working towards finding the best stuff for your family, and giving you a breakdown of the cool and the drool (our version of the good & bad) on all types of apps, not just games.

All of the apps that we review have to pass a precursory inspection before we will even consider them for our review process. This means that we only review apps that have some relevance to families, aren’t malicious, and generally meet a certain level of quality.

The Best of the Best

But even though all of the apps that we review meet these initial criteria, there is still a huge difference between an acceptable app and a truly enjoyable app that surpasses our expectations.
It’s always a treat to stumble upon an app that is really well made, entertaining, engaging and has some sort of depth to the interaction that it provides. You can always tell when there has been an extra bit of effort and love built into an app, and (coming from people who use and review a bunch of different apps) it’s definitely appreciated.

These are the apps that stand apart from the others, they are some of Famigo’s favorites, and we think that your family will absolutely love them too:

Top Paid Apps

Cut the Rope – $0.99

A beautiful game with adorable characters and a gorgeous user interface. It plays off of really interesting and intricate physics puzzles. If Pixar had made a blockbuster app, this would be it. Although this app has been popular on Apple’s app store for a while, it is new to the Android Market.

Drawing Pad – $1.99

There are a lot of drawing apps out there, and a bunch that are supposedly designed especially for kids. From what we’ve seen, they’re mainly lackluster. (Meaning they look like bad rip-offs of Paint, with design queues taken from the 1980s, not that we don’t love the 80’s, but these apps aren’t even trying to be retro!) This drawing app, however, is fantastic. It’s clean, easy to use, and has a ton of choices for different colors and materials

X Construction – $1.43

We like this one so much that we keep on playing it, practically everyday, even though we’ve already reviewed it. It’s challenging, sometimes frustratingly so, but that’s what keeps us coming back to it over and over again. There’s something about being responsible for a train completing its journey that’s oddly satisfying.

Nano Panda – $0.97

There’s one word that describes this app: adorable. It’s another physics-based puzzle game, but it manages to be delightful through its game play, user interface, and excessive use of pandas. In our eyes there’s no such thing as too many pandas, so this app gets the Famigo seal of approval.

Top Free Apps

Peggle

This is a brightly colored, easy to play app that is fun for everyone. It has the capability of being multi-user, which we love. (It’s always more fun to play together!) There’s an especially nice touch built into the game, win a level and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

Angry Birds

This one really goes without saying. When an app has its own line of kid’s toys and a movie in the works, you
know there’s got to be something to it. What is that something? Probably the great graphics, cute characters, challenging game play and wide audience appeal. We’d happily pay for a version without ads, but that isn’t an option yet.

Shift Lite Puzzle Game

A really challenging puzzle game with a deceptively simple black and white look. Each level provides new (and progressively frustrating) challenges that can all be solved with four simple actions, figuring out which of the four and in what combination is the problem.

Top 10 Free Android Apps for the Year 2010

Although the Apple iPhone and its much-loaded iOS platform have changed the face of mobile phones and its uses, Google Android’s open-source platform is quickly catching up and gaining its own loyal followers. With the huge number of applications (or apps) available for download in the android app store, a lot of android phone users can now make the most out of their mobile devices-be it for business, fun, recreation or games. But, while there are hundreds and hundreds of free android apps available, keep in mind that there can be a lot of apps that aren’t so great. We’ll help you find the best ones from the android app store by giving you ten of the top free android apps this year.

1. Free Android Advanced Task Killer Application. This free android app can help you maximize the speed and efficiency of your android phone. Remember, although android phones can multitask (something that pre-iPhone 4 users can’t enjoy), this can hog up valuable memory and drain your battery. Use the Advanced Task Killer to quit tasks and apps that can slow down your phone.

2. Astrid. Science and research states that we can only store about 4 to 7 things in our short-term memory. It’s a good thing you’ve got Astrid and your android phone to the rescue! This nifty free android app can lets you track reminders, tasks and errands and even group them according to priority or due date. A tiny and cute cartoon octopus (“Astrid”) even acts as your own personal assistant and reminds you of upcoming events.

3. Dolphin Browser. iPhones may have the proprietary Safari but androids have Dolphin Browser. This free android app makes mobile browsing easier and much more fun, with pinch-zoom, gesture commands, tabbed browsing, bookmarks sorting and more.

4. Foursquare. Instead of just letting your friends know where you went for dinner, show them exactly where you’ve been with Foursquare. Using Google Maps, friends can check where you are and you can also see where they’ve been. You can even explore restaurants, cafes and stores nearby through your phone. Remember to include Foursquare when you download android apps!

5. Google Sky Map. Have the heavens in your hands-literally by downloading this from android app stores. Google Sky Map lets you to see the constellations and the planets and even helps you put names on stars. GPS navigation also allows you to see the exact position of stars and planets according to your location.

6. Mint. This app, which is available in android app stores, can help you keep track of your personal finances on the go. Input your daily expenses and transactions so that you know where your money’s going. You can even keep a monthly budget and inspect your overall cash flow with this free android application.

7. Replica Island. Relive the fun days of Mari Brothers and MegaMan on your android phone with this exciting and cute game. Replica Island lets you navigate a cute, green robot through 40 different levels, each with varying degrees of difficulty.

8. Talk to Me. Communicate with people from all over the world, no matter what race or nationality with this handy and free android app. Simply type in any text and Talk to Me will translate it into any of the 40 different languages available. You can also talk to it, and the app will talk back to you in Chinese, German, Spanish, French… the list goes on and on!

9. Bubble Beats. Have you ever wondered how it would be like to see music? Well, Bubble Beats provides the answer to that question with its unique and innovative interface. Free from android app stores, Bubble Beat is a jukebox of sorts that lets you assign colored bubbles or dots to certain tracks. You can then create playlists by grouping bubbles together. Never has listening to music been this fun!

10. Ringdroid. Are you tired of the same old boring ringtones and message alerts? Then download this free android app. Ringdroid allows you to record and edit sounds, as well as create ringtones. It’s like your own little music studio inside your mobile phone!

Make the most out of Google’s open-source platform and your nifty android phone! The handy, fun and innovative free android apps listed above prove that often, the best things in life are the ones that you don’t have to pay for. So, head on to your favorite android app store and start downloading these apps now!