What are the best free apps for Samsung ?

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    #1Citymapper

    Citymapper

    Citymapper is a transit app for complex cities. It does A to B trip planning with an estimated time of arrival for subway, bus, rail, ferry, bike/car sharing and Uber. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Anthony Miller
    Written on June 5, 2017
    "I am amazed by the ingenuity of this app, it seems like it would be perfect for someone living in a city, taking away the headache of trying to find the best route and mode of transportation to a destination. I love that if it doesn't seem feasible to use public transportation, Uber is integrated into the app. However, it holds no value for me as someone outside the city. Even when I visit I have personal transportation, so I would never use this."
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    #2Flipboard

    Flipboard

    Flipboard is a reader that allows users to draw from blogs and publications in order to create their own personal magazine. You can also connect to social networks to see what your friends are posting. It's available on Android and iOS devices.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Gustavo Rubio
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "A social media app some may prefer as an alternative to others. Overall I do not find it very useful or interesting. "
  3. 29

    #3Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Randy Wagner
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "I love this app. Improves my speaking, writing and listening skills while playing. The more you play, the more your skills get better."
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    #4Google Translate

    Google Translate

    Google Translate is a free language app available for Web, Android and iOS devices. This language learning/translation platform provides access to instant translations to and from various languages, so users will have a way to communicate.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Chrome

    Free

    Roy Welch
    Written on May 23, 2017
    "Google Translate is probably the best translation app out there. There may be other apps that translate a single language better, but nothing comes close to doing as many languages as Google. Not only is is decent right now, but Google continues to update the app and make it better all the time."
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    #5CamScanner

    CamScanner
    CamScanner is a must-have document scanning and sharing app for those who want to scan, sync, share, and manage a variety of content on all devices. 
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- With in-app purchases.

    Donna Arnold
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "CamScanner is an excellent document scanning app for any platform and certainly for Samsung phones. It is the go to for when you need to create a PDF and just in general the best way that I've found to convert something into a document to save or share. I use it similar to the way I would a printer or fax. I've used it on official documents, receipts, all kinds of things that I need to have copies of or need to send to someone. When you have something on your phone and need to save it for the future, I've found this to be the best way to get that done."
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    #6Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service for personal or business use, available on computers and mobile devices. Easily store all your data in a safe and secure location that sync across all your devices or can be shared with friends or co-workers for collaborative work.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Anthony Riley
    Written on June 29, 2017
    "Dropbox offers a space/storage online where to save your files to share them with whoever you want, or just to have a backup of them. I use it since long time and I never had a single issue. Great, free service!"
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    #7SwiftKey Keyboard

    SwiftKey Keyboard

    SwiftKey is a keyboard app wich intelligently learns from your unique writing style to predict your next word. With an autocorrect system based on your personal writing style. It even learns which emoji to predict next.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Ruth Bates
    Written on March 28, 2017
    "Swiftkey works great most of the time and it is a good option if you want an alternative to the stock keyboard. For me, the predictions can be off at times, but it does get better as it learns more about you, so there's room for the AI to improve and adapt to you so that you enjoy Swiftkey more. Definitely a good free app to download."
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    #8RunKeeper

    RunKeeper

    RunKeeper is an app that helps you track exercise, set goals, sweat, and see progress along the way. Whether you’re working your way up to tracking a 5K goal or deep into marathon training, this is a useful GPS app used by more than 50 million users.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Martina Aranda
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Very decent - and it's free! It might not have exactly all the bells and whistles of other similar apps but it does the job. And I rarely use all those fancy bells and whistles anyway, so RunKeeper is perfect for me. I must admit I'm no expert when it comes to that type of app but I've tried a few, and I was surprised at how pleasant and good looking a free app like that could be. It's definitely worth trying - for me, it's a keeper."
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    #9Instapaper

    Instapaper
    Instapaper is a read-it-later service that helps you save articles to read on your preferred device in a much friendlier, beautiful format. It supports Web, iOS, Android, Kindle.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Jessica Bishop
    Written on July 23, 2017
    "Articles already loaded always have to reloaded! Frustrating. Text sometimes isn't complete. Sometimes when you open the app after a few hours. You have to re-download again. Then the file you just re-downloaded would also have articles that are cut in half"
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    #10Snapseed

    Snapseed

    Snapseed is a complete and professional photo-editing software application developed by Google that will upgrade your regular photos, with lots of filters and special effects. It has 29 tools like healing, brush, structure, HDR, etc.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Sharon Cooper
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Snap seed appears to be a useful app. I was satisfied to know it was compatible with all my smartphone devices. Users also gave satisfactory reviews. "
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    #11Google Maps

    Google Maps

    Google Maps is a user-friendly navigational app that lets you choose and plan your route by public transportation, car, bike, walking, or even taxi. You can also explore areas to find restaurants, supermarkets, and more near you. 

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Android

    Brandon Barnes
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Lacks personalization options, overemphasizes fast route vs. mileage/fuel efficiency, won't learn from my driving choices. Often tries to take me miles out of my direct route to save a minute or two. Day after day, I ignore such guidance and drive a more direct route, but Google maps never adapts. Even my 5-year-old Toyota's in-dash GPS lets me pick from fast, short, and eco-friendly options. Why can't this app offer more customization? Also, sometimes there's no start button after I've set up a route. Finally, route doesn't resume when continuing trip after turning off phone."
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    #12Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam is a music creation application and software that also lets users share and discover tracks across a wide variety of genres. They can pick a loop, beat, or melody to start mixing your new track.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Harry Perkins
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I am a sucker for looking through free apps because every now and then you find hidden gems. I found a gem with Music Maker Jam, it is a great app that allows me to feel like a music producer in how i am able to make tracks."
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    #13Google Hangouts

    Google Hangouts

    Google Hangouts comes with every Android app, is also available on iOS and can also be used on a PC or laptop. It has messaging features as well as group conference calls, online chat gaming, and VoIP calls to landlines. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Chrome

    Free

    Amber Scott
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Another great offering from Google and this time, it includes more features compared to its ancestor the video chat. This is one of the best advantages that one gets for having a google account, it is a group chat - video chat - photo and video share - messenger - social network - calling service all rolled into one. As a standalone application, it works very well on any mobile operating system. The layout is very pleasing and user experience is of a standard that only a tech giant such as google can come up with. All in all, this is one of the best / most useful apps that one can have on their smartphone."
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    #14Retrica

    Retrica

    Retrica is an app that lets you take selfies with real-time filters, make videos and GIFs, make collages, add  stickers, doodles, and text, and more. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Ronald Mendez
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "If you take a lot of pictures or like to spice things up with fun edits or filters, this is a great choice. It has a lot of positive reviews and is extremely popular and reliable."
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    #15TaoMix

    TaoMix
    Taomix is a relaxing ambience mixer app for Android and iOS devices, featuring a minimalist design and a friendly interface. It includes over 55 high quality sound loops.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Lily Fang
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "TaoMix is for bout Android and iOS devices. It is a mixture of sounds that can calm you while you relax, go to sleep, or studying. It has a variety of different sounds and if you needed some instant relaxation this app would be excellent for that. If you have trouble sleeping this app could be for you and will stop itself after 20 minutes so your battery doesn't need to be drained. "
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    #16Zombies, Run!

    Zombies, Run!
    Zombies, Run! is an app that makes working out more fun. Instead of running to lose weight, you'll be running for your life with this ultra-immersive game and audio adventure where every run becomes a mission.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Aaron Bowman
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I love video games, I was always told that I would out grow video games and that I would once stop playing them. Now as an adult I still play them I feel like video games are a hobby that had always been fun to do compared to other hobbies. This app sadly is not one of those games I would recommend. First of the game is littered with ads and micro transactions were the game company nickel and dimes their consumers force people to pay to unlock features. Second this app is for ios and thus it would not work on a Samsung phone."
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    #17Weather Underground

    Weather Underground
    Weather Underground provides hyper local forecasts and current conditions, interactive radar, customizable alerts, and much more to ensure you’re always prepared for whatever the weather brings.
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Ralph Ferguson
    Written on June 16, 2017
    "Weather underground is an invaluable application for me since I am frequently outdoors. It is incredibly accurate and provides current weather conditions no matter where you are. It is also fun to partake in crowd reporting as it helps the information become even more accurate. "
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    #18EngVarta

    EngVarta

    EngVarta is an educational application that lets users connect with live English experts, who are readily available to help improve their communication skills and enrich their vocabulary. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

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    #19Prisma

    Prisma
    Prisma is a photo-editing app that lets users transform their photos into art using the style of famous artists like Munk and Picasso, as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. It features more than 300 filters to choose from.
    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Harry Ramos
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "This is the newest photo enhancing App. If you are not sold on your favorite you should give Prisma a try. The app uses artificially intelligent cloud processing to apply the looks of master painters such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Munch, and Mondrian to your digital snapshots. The app is free to try out for yourself (for now), so if you like to be dazzled by your own photos turning into art gibe Prisma a try."
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    #20Adobe Photoshop Fix

    Adobe Photoshop Fix

    Adobe Photoshop Fix is a photo-editing application that runs on both iOS and Android devices. It lets users liquify, heal, lighten, color and adjust images and easily share them across other Adobe Creative Cloud system.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Carl Gibson
    Written on May 27, 2017
    "When i'm on the go and want to fix up some pictures iv'e taken on my phone, Adobe has me covered, just like on the computer. Photoshop on the phone allows me to altar pictures in basic ways. I wish it had more features, but it is really good for being free."
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    #21Instagram

    Instagram

    Instagram is a simple way to capture, edit, and share the users' favorite moments. They can express their artistic sides through their feeds. Users can follow their friends and family, and discover accounts from all over the world.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Windows

    Free

    Patricia Davis
    Written on August 14, 2017
    "Instagram is one of the best apps you can have on your phone. You can take photos and use filters to make them look better, then share them with your friends. "
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    #22Deezer

    Deezer

    Deezer is an online streaming music platform offering offline listening through premium and family plans with a monthly subscription. It's free to listen online, with some restrictions. It is available for mobile devices on Android and iOS.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Carolyn Day
    Written on June 29, 2017
    "One of the best free apps you can have for your Samsung device is the Deezer App. It's an online streaming app that also offers offline listening. It's extremely convenient and easy to use. You can listen to millions of different songs and it even helps you discover new songs you might like. I absolutely love it and highly recommend Deezer for music fans of all kinds."
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    #23Yousician

    Yousician
    Yousician is the personal music tutor for the digital age. Learn at your own pace, whenever and wherever you want. The app listens to you play the guitar and gives instant feedback on your accuracy and timing.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Judith Richards
    Written on September 27, 2018
    "This is actually a pretty cool app. Yousician basically helps teach you how to play an the piano, guitar, and bass. I admittedly chose the easiest one for me to master since I've played the violin before, but learning a bit of guitar on this was surprisingly good for a phone app. Completely recommend to other Samsung users if you want a free app that can teach you to play."
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    #24AppLock

    AppLock

    AppLock is an Android app by DoMobile Lab. It locks apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, Gallery, Messenger, SMS, Contacts, Gmail, Settings, and any app chosen. Other than locking incoming calls, it prevents unauthorized access and guard privacy.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Carl Austin
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "AppLock is a free app from DoMobile Lab that is available from the Google Play Store. The app is free but it does contain in app purchases. It allows you to password protect several social media apps and email apps and many more. It is a hugely popular app with over 300 million users world wide. If you need an added layer of privacy on your phone then this is a very very good place to start looking. I would say this is a perfect fit for the topic."

Summary

Best What are the best free apps for Samsung
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1CitymapperApps 35 Free
2FlipboardApps 31 Free
3DuolingoApps 29 Free
4Google TranslateApps 29 Free
5CamScannerApps 27 Free
6DropboxApps 26 Free
7SwiftKey KeyboardApps 24 Free
8RunKeeperApps 23 Free
9InstapaperApps 21 Free
10Snapseed Apps 20 Free
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