Best Free Android Apps to Help With Your Finances

This article focuses on the very best free Android finance apps. What can finance apps do and how will they help? Basically, for a short, all-encompassing answer: all these Android apps concentrate on money and if they are used, they will help you save some cash!

The debate of whether to pay for Android apps will continue forever. That’s a decision that needs to be made by you, the individual, and whether you think the paid version is worth $X.XX to you. Will it give you that amount of enjoyment or will it save you more money than you paid for it? These are good questions to ask yourself before you jump in and pay for an Android app.

Since we’re talking about finance apps that can save you money, it would be pretty ironic if I were pushing paid apps. Sure there are some amazing Android finance apps that cost money (many of which I would heavily endorse- but that’s for another day), but if the goal of downloading them is to save money, there’s no better way than to start off with nothing invested! Here they are: some of the best free Android apps that will help you with your finances!

Quote Pro

Get the latest stock quotes and news while being able to get very detailed information on the stocks you’re interested in (or the ones you own). This helpful free Android app also allows you to create and track your portfolio(s). While this app isn’t going to blow anyone away by the dozens of additional features that you may or may not want, its core functionality works extremely well.

Tip Calculator by TradeFields

This is another Android app that simply isn’t going to go beyond what it’s good at. This works perfectly as a tip calculator for anyone who wants (or needs) one. There are literally 100s of these tip calculator apps available and this one is the best. Why? For me, it has the best UI and is really foolproof. If you can dial a phone number, you can calculate everyone’s share of the 17.5% tip for the $127.56 dinner bill!

PayPal

This is a very useful free Android app for all of the 10s of millions of PayPal users worldwide. With this app, you can do all the same things you normally do on PayPal. But now, by paying for an item as soon as it’s allowable, you can help expedite the shipping process. You never know, this may not impact you at all for dozens of transactions and then the next time, you’ll get that amazing skin cream on Friday instead of having to wait till Monday! Trust me, after you’ve had this app for a while, it’s just nice to have access to PayPal 24/7.

Currency Converter

If you’re travelling abroad and want to have some peace of mind about the money conversion, you should download a free currency app. Why download just a random currency app when you can download the best of the best- for free?!? This Android app, developed by Pocketools, can provide you an extremely simple currency calculator in a very basic user interface. However, if you desire more currency information, this app can do that too: you can view currency trends over a 5 year period, graph any currency against any other, convert any currency to another (all currencies of the world are available on this app) or do just about any other thing you can think of if it involves any of the world’s currencies.

Mileage

This isn’t what you would typically think of as a finance app, right? It’s not, but it is. Most importantly, it can help you save money if you choose to dig deep into the information it provides you. It will track your vehicle’s gas consumption in a number of different ways that can be helpful if you’re trying to cut costs and your fuel usage. This app’s UI is very sleek and the data is very easy to read and interpret. It’s eerily fun and potentially a money-saving Android app!

Finance

This generic name represents the power of the developer of this Android app. It’s Google and this app provides real-time stock quotes. The UI is very solid; like most things Google, it isn’t flashy, but gets the job done nicely. If you’re a Google Finance user and you’ve loaded up a portfolio, this app will be a “game changer” as it’s fully synchronized and gives you access to everything as if you were on your home computer.

Personal Finance by PageOnce

This is a great Android app if you have many banking/credit card accounts and crave the ability to be able to stay on top of them from one easy-to-use source. This finance app is really well built and the UI is very pleasing to the eye. This is one of those apps that just keeps going. What do I mean? Well, the more you use it, the more features you’ll find and the more ideas you’ll have to utilize it! IMO, it’s a must have.

Financisto

This is another personal finance manager app. Like the other apps of this type, there are functions galore! It allows you to add many different types of accounts (checking, credit, savings- and multiple ones of each kind) into the manager, schedule and monitor recurring payments, create a budget (short term, long term or even set up a “project” which would be great for vacations) and filter what types of information you want to view during normal viewing or when checking out one of the many reports available. Amazingly, there is much more that this free Android app is capable of!

I’m leaving out some great Android apps, right? What about the huge banks’ and insurance companies’ Android apps?

*Of course, every major bank, credit card company and insurance company out there today have created their own Android app. What do they do? Well, essentially they’re all the same: these Android apps make it easier for their customers to manage their accounts and learn the latest about the company and its offerings. What’s the best thing? There’s a tie: they’ll make your life easier and they’re all free to download!

To list all these would really be beyond pointless as they’re all very similar and are only worthwhile to download if you’re a customer of the company. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t make use of them and you shouldn’t use them! I would suggest that you download and take advantage of as many of these Android apps that make sense for you. Having an up-to-the-minute balance for your checking account may just prevent you from those dreaded, expensive overdraft fees. Not a terribly bad thing for a $0 investment!


Top 5 Free Android Apps to Download

Did you just get a new Android phone? Maybe a new HTC Incredible or Droid Evo? You’ve gotten the screens looking good, the font options just the way you want them…but now you need a few Android apps to make it even better? And free apps are always better than ones you have to pay for, right?

I’ve compiled a list here of my Top 5 Android Apps (from the free apps category) that you’ll NEED to download onto your phone before you do anything else. Without further ado…

1. Bar Code Scanner – This app has a deceptively simple name, huh? It’s soooo powerful, though. You start the app and point at it ANY type of bar code, whether it’s the bar code on the back of your Mountain Dew 20oz or one of those funny looking new QR Codes that are starting to pop up everywhere, and the free app does the rest! I just scanned a bottle of CVS water and the app connected me to the UPC Database and accurately found the number for me.

2. An E-Reader App – Which one (or which ones!) you download is a matter of personal taste. For me, I like to get the best deal, so I downloaded all of the majors one: Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Amazon’s Kindle, and the Google Books app. This way I can read any format, get the max number of free ebooks, and even shop for the best price before I buy any.

3. V-Cast Song ID or Shazam – If you’re a Verizon customer, your phone may come pre-installed with the V-Cast Song ID app. I’ve been using it for years on non-Android phones and it has never failed me. If you’re not on Big Red, though, look for Shazam and you should get functionality equal to, if not better, than V-Cast Song ID. With either app, all that you have to do is to switch the app on, hold it close to a speaker, and wait for 10-20 seconds while it IDs the song and even links you to a download source or stores the title for later so you can get it from Amazon or iTunes.

4. Advanced Task Killer – If you don’t get this app, you’ll be recharging your phone 3-4 times per day. Period. It active kills any processes (like your camera or maps apps) that you’ve accidentally left running in the background so that you can maximize your battery life. Before I downloaded this app, I was literally recharging my Droid Incredible the aforementioned 3-4 times per day. Now I might recharge it once after lunch if I had been listening to music all morning.

5. Angry Birds / Angry Birds Seasons – What list of Android Apps would be complete without mentioning Rovio’s Angry Birds? According to an article that Newsweek published on January 30, 2011, Rovio is taking aim at Nintendo’s Mario’s iconic status with their ticked off avians. This game is really more of a crack-like addiction than anything I’ve ever experienced, and I recommend it to EVERYONE who own a smart phone, whether it’s Android- or Apple-based.


The Trendsetter: Android App Inventions and the Google App Inventor!

Developers should more or less, code anything and everything they want in their real life. They can create apps to check the weather, code a game to play it and for every problem they encounter, shrug your shoulders and say: “There’s an app for that”. Indeed, with Android storming the app world there is constant need for new apps which utilize the full ‘brain power’ of the newest smartphones on the block.

As customers and businessmen are going mobile, it is difficult to bring out products and services to the mobile market but one needs to stay in touch with the market. The need is to stay in loop with the existing customers and attract the new ones with innovative ideas which can solve real world problems. Android has a vast customer base of potential clients. Most of the apps which are in demand are lifestyle apps and utilities.

While creating Android apps, one needs to keep the relevant content fresh and attractive to the critical tech-savvy audience which is quite difficult. Adopt new technologies for pleasing new consumers since the consumers always prefer the newest thing on the surface. Mobile apps continue to grow and customers scour for the next big app which can create the right impression. The apps that you provide need to be easy on the customers and they should like the ease in which it solves their problem or fulfills their need.

Android apps are important to get your company a huge brand exposure. Having an Android app in the marketplace provides chances of limitless marketing and other huge perks. One needs to consider whether the benefits that the app provides outweigh the costs of investment. Then decide on whether it should be a paid app or free! The Android app development process involves a trustworthy app developer who would have the ability to create and share innovative apps which should not mean a pricey investment.

Now here is a worthy bit of information for all non-developers. The news at Google is that it is launching a new tool which would help one create an Android app even though if one is a non-developer.

Google App Inventor is the name of this tool which claims to enable non-coders to create fully functional Android apps by completing a series of “blocks.” The App Inventor has been tested for a year in schools and now available to those who fill up their registration form.

The best part is now non-developers will be able to create Android apps and get into the market without an approval process. The increase of apps will be radical enough now since the volume would get increased, even though it is doubtful that there would be any growth in quality. There is one advantage though that the new App inventor would prompt non-developers to refine their skills by taking app development professionally. If the school-children can do it, then why can’t others do it? Google seems to thinking in appealing the non-developers too.