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free android appsThe wise among us just don’t go rushing through a door that says “free”, but potter about for a bit and try to find out if the whole thing is against the great universal law that says, there are no free lunches in life.

With little things like Android apps, there are quite a few free lunches we can dine on. They may come with restrictions and the eye-sore of advertisements, but if they are usable, you would like nothing better than to hold on to the cents and dollars. As we have discovered with software, for every paid application there could be a free one out there coded by someone who doesn’t have to bother about his next lunch.

So, here are two websites that can give us the alternative free Android apps to the paid apps.

Find Popular Free Android Apps for Paid Apps with Antiroid

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Antiroid is a fresh website that is completely dedicated to Android apps and no other. Antiroid is a good aid when you are looking to tackle the maze that is Google Play. You can go hunting for a free alternative to a paid app in Google Play, but that hunt is time-consuming and may not return you a result except the LITE (or free) version of the same paid app. Using the LITE or free version sometimes works out well, but then you get pigeonholed by its restrictions.

Antiroid gives you a short-cut through the Google Play quagmire by suggesting free alternatives. Please note that the apps suggested will be similar and not identical clones. Antiroid only highlights legal applications that could be functionally close to the app you have in mind. As you can see in the screen above, landing page has categories on the left and a list of popular alternative free apps for their paid counterparts.

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Antiroid has a very simple structure. You type in the paid app in the search bar and then click through the page displayed with the specific app displayed to the results page which neatly showcases all alternative free apps.

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You can click on the More link to expand your choices. You can give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to help the site improve their selections. Click on the app you are interested in and go to its description page (taken from the Google Play store).

Get Alternatives to Apps with AlternativeTo

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AlternativeTo always comes up as the site to go to if you are looking for replacements to the software you are using now.  We have talked about it in the past too when we looked at 5 Sites To Find Free Alternatives To Popular Software 5 Sites To Find Free Alternatives To Popular Software 5 Sites To Find Free Alternatives To Popular Software Read More . AlternativeTo is not necessarily about free apps and software, but their handy filtering menu helps you narrow your search down to the free ones in a jiffy.

From desktop software, the service has scaled up to cover mobile and tablet apps of all popular hues. Android being one of them. The site is very neat and slick. It is not necessary that you will get the right kind of apps from the search bar, but using filters like Sort By Likes, Filter By License, and Filter By Platform helps you to narrow down to the free candidates quickly. You can also take the help of Popular Tags and Categories on the right. It is a slightly more circuitous process as in many cases there’s no direct link to the Google Play store.

A recommendation here: hunting for good free Android apps is fine, but even if an app costs less than a dollar, it is well worth a download. After all, the developer has put in his sweat too. So, are you a free freak when it comes to Android apps or would you rather plonk down cash for the best app that is out there? How do you search for the best app? Tell us all about it.

  1. rahul
    November 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Wow..Nice post dude. I didn't know about this websites before.. Great help..Also you can download android apps for free from http://www.freeandroidappshop.com

  2. Cheryl Lewis
    September 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    This article is a total PLUS for the day, as I recently switched from iPhone to SIII ... thanks ...

  3. Edward Bellair
    September 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Developers are due something for developing. My only question is, at what point is it paid for?

  4. druv vb
    September 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

    This is really helpful. Will be getting an android tablet in a couple of days. These 2 sites will be on the top of my bookmarks list for the tablet.
    Nice article.
    And thanks for showing us the freeway to apps...

  5. Mark LaFlamme
    September 14, 2012 at 2:28 am

    This is great. Browsing the Play Store when I'm not looking for a specific app is a frustrating exercise. You tend to see the same apps over and over because of their ranking algorithms or whatever. Great if you know what you want, but no fun when merely window shopping. Antroid looks pretty decent. As always, I wish there was a way to hide the games from the listings. I consider games and apps completely different things but unfortunately, most don't see it that way. Regardless, another good resource. Thankee.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 14, 2012 at 4:11 am

      Games are the highest traffic drivers I think and app stores are going to highlight that for that reason. Thanks for the feedback :)

  6. emc
    September 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I am conservative, I download free apps of good reputation, or I pay for apps when I need to. Consider the pain if some funky apps mess up your android & you have to re-organize all the way from A-Z re-installing & re-build the phone due to hang all the time.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

      It's always worth's one while to check out the comments and the ratings before using any app - paid or free. The second thing is of course - backup...backup...backup :)

  7. Richard Borkovec
    September 13, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Sweet! I knew about Alternative To, but not Antiroid. I'll use a free app until I think it's absolutely the best, then buy the ad-free version to help support the developer.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 13, 2012 at 4:56 am

      That's one good way of looking at it. It would also be interesting to know what are the apps for which we are ready to pay, and the ones we can make do with ad-supported free versions.

  8. Doc
    September 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Don't forget about Amazon's Free App of the Day, and sales on Google Play (I got ADWLauncher and Beautiful Widgets during Google's crazy ten-cent sale last fall, and got OfficeSuite Pro for around $5 on sale).

    • Saikat Basu
      September 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Yes, those also are worth watching out for.

    • tarzan2001
      September 13, 2012 at 1:10 am

      These day, much of what's offered as the FAOTD on Amazon is pretty bad, unfortunately. Once in a while there will be a nice, useful app/game, but most of the time it's either stuff made for children, or just data-mining garbage. :(

  9. xbalesx
    September 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Great resources I never knew about. Thanks a ton.

  10. Alex Perkins
    September 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    An alternate way to by-pass the ads in apps if you have a rooted phone, install Adfree. It works by blocking access to the servers that supply the ads. Doesn't work on every app but it does in Angry Birds and Unblock Me free. I have them so that's how I know it works for definite.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      It's not only about ads. It's also about the way the apps are marketed. A really good free app might not make it on the popular list because it wasn't marketed well enough or the sole developer wasn't energetic about it. Looking at alternative apps gives us an opportunity to discover these "gems" (maybe) and use them instead of the ad-sponsored free version.

      • Alex Perkins
        September 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

        Very True :-)

  11. Ellen Odza
    September 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    This is awesome, thanks. As for the pay versus free debate, one of the best things about a free alternative app is that it lets me see if the app is even something that I want and/or will use before plonking down cash. If the freebie turns out to be something I use a lot, I am a lot more willing to then go ahead and purchase the paid version with greater functionality (and no ads!) But this way, I'm not wasting money on apps that SOUND good but turn out to be something I do not really need.

    • Tanguy Djokovic
      September 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      you have the 15min refund policy, and most of the time app developper have the "no question asked return" policy on their app,
      however I will agree with you that sometime you need way more than 15min to even start begining to handle an app

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