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The best free Android apps of 2021: the best apps in the Google Play Store

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Finding the best free android apps on the Google Play Store can be a real chore, what with all the options out there. Who knew, when Google launched Android 13 years ago, that there would be this many available apps to choose from. You can find one to cater for every need, whim, or desire. And, a lot of them come with that magic price tag, free, so that you’re just a few clicks away from taking your phone to the next level.

But, just because there’s such a glut of apps out there doesn’t mean that most of them are quality. There’s a lot that you should probably skip. In fact,  the Play Store gives you a lot of tools to parse through all the noise, from Editor’s Picks for different categories to recommendations for new releases or for apps based on your prior downloads.

You can also narrow the search by reading reviews and ratings or searching for an app you have and seeing what similar results pop up.

With that said, there are so many in the store’s library, that a free android app that’s worth downloading can still get lost in the shuffle. To help you find the best android apps that are free, we’ve collected our top picks here to make sure you have all the apps you could want or need on your phone or tablet, sorted into categories so you can more easily find what you're looking for.  

Best new free Android app

Every few weeks we add a new app to this list and you'll find the latest addition below.

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Moonbeam | Podcast Discovery

It seems like everyone has a podcast these days, which can make sifting through them all and finding ones you’re actually interested in a daunting prospect, but Moonbeam makes this a little easier.

This is a podcast discovery app which lets you swipe through a feed of podcast clips. Each clip is a curated ‘moment’ – usually two or three minutes long, and it will fit into a category that you’ve told the app you like, be that comedy, science or whatever else.

If you like what you hear you can tap through to listen to the whole episode or subscribe. If you don’t like it then a single swipe will take you to the next clip.

So you can use Moonbeam to listen to podcasts as well as discover them, but it’s not as full featured for that as some players. Still, it’s easy enough to add any discoveries to your subscriptions in your podcast player of choice, so Moonbeam could complement another podcast app admirably.

James Rogerson
James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps.