Free Apps Ė Which ones should you have on your mobile phone

With millions of free apps available for your mobile phone, finding the best ones can be a real Ďhit and missí affair. If you are trying to find these by yourself, it can take ages to get exactly what you are looking for. Make no mistake, there are many great apps out there, but as the saying goes "you are going to have to kiss many frogs to find your prince."

Luckily, we have scoured the various online stores to bring you a selection of apps that should be on your smartphone. Letís take a closer look.

Periscope

Do you want to live broadcast something? Periscope is currently the most popular app for all your live broadcasting needs. Not only can you live broadcast an event, but you can view thousands of events broadcast through the app at any one time. Many in the entertainment industry are starting to pick up on the usefulness of this app to broadcast their events such as live music concerts for example.

Darkroom

Although most smartphones have incredible cameras, it never hurts to have some form of editing software. Darkroom only works on Apple devices but offers an array of excellent tools to make your photos look even better. These include filters and color enhancers.

Google Translate

A must for travelers, Google Translate can change any phrase into one of 26 different languages. Not only that but once translated, it speaks the phrases in that language correctly. Another incredible function sees Google Translate putting any sign into your own language. Just point your smartphone camera at the sign and Google translate does the rest.

Dark Sky

Dark Sky is widely regarded as one of the best weather apps available. It is not only incredibly accurate but it gives extremely up to date forecasts, predicting even when it will begin to rain or snow.

Social Media appsPeriscope

Do you want to live broadcast something? Periscope is currently the most popular app for all your live broadcasting needs. Not only can you live broadcast an event, but you can view thousands of events broadcast through the app at any one time. Many in the entertainment industry are starting to pick up on the usefulness of this app to broadcast their events such as live music concerts for example.

Darkroom

Although most smartphones have incredible cameras, it never hurts to have some form of editing software. Darkroom only works on Apple devices but offers an array of excellent tools to make your photos look even better. These include filters and color enhancers.

Google Translate

A must for travelers, Google Translate can change any phrase into one of 26 different languages. Not only that but once translated, it speaks the phrases in that language correctly. Another incredible function sees Google Translate putting any sign into your own language. Just point your smartphone camera at the sign and Google translate does the rest.

Dark Sky

Dark Sky is widely regarded as one of the best weather apps available. It is not only incredibly accurate but it gives extremely up to date forecasts, predicting even when it will begin to rain or snow.

Social Media apps

Of course, your smartphone is not complete without the full range of social media apps. The most popular of these are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram although Snapchat is growing at an incredible rate.

RunKeeper

Love running? RunKeeper will use your smartphone's GPS system to help track your runs including distance covered, speed and interval breakdowns. It will also keep a history of all your runs, including your personal best.

Music streaming

Many music streaming apps are available offering a wide variety of music genres. Bear in mind, it is often best to use these where you have access to Wi-Fi. Otherwise, they will use up your precious data. Some do allow for songs to be downloaded to listen offline, but these are mostly subscription based. The most popular music streaming apps are Pandora, iheartRadio, and Soundcloud.

Video streaming

As with music streaming, there are a multitude of apps available that stream video. Of course, the most famous is the YouTube app, but others include Crackle, Showbox, and Hubi. Bear in mind, video streaming uses far more data than music streaming, so only use these apps when in a free Wi-Fi zone.

1Password

Keep on forgetting your password? 1Password will help to create a very secure password for all your accounts. Better still it remembers it so you donít have to!

Shazam

Hear a song on the radio that you love but you do not know who sings it? Donít worry, Shazam will tell you. By some wizardry, Shazam can listen to a portion of a song and tell you the title, name of the artist as well as the album it comes off. Genius!

AllRecipes

The best app out there for home cooks, AllRecipes has thousands of recipes for a variety of cuisines. Best still, you can narrow down your searches, perfect for when you are having a dinner party and need to worry about allergens, vegetarians, and meat lovers!

Of course, your smartphone is not complete without the full range of social media apps. The most popular of these are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram although Snapchat is growing at an incredible rate.

RunKeeper

Love running? RunKeeper will use your smartphone's GPS system to help track your runs including distance covered, speed and interval breakdowns. It will also keep a history of all your runs, including your personal best.

Music streaming

Many music streaming apps are available offering a wide variety of music genres. Bear in mind, it is often best to use these where you have access to Wi-Fi. Otherwise, they will use up your precious data. Some do allow for songs to be downloaded to listen offline, but these are mostly subscription based. The most popular music streaming apps are Pandora, iheartRadio, and Soundcloud.

Video streaming

As with music streaming, there are a multitude of apps available that stream video. Of course, the most famous is the YouTube app, but others include Crackle, Showbox, and Hubi. Bear in mind, video streaming uses far more data than music streaming, so only use these apps when in a free Wi-Fi zone.

1Password

Keep on forgetting your password? 1Password will help to create a very secure password for all your accounts. Better still it remembers it so you donít have to!

Shazam

Hear a song on the radio that you love but you do not know who sings it? Donít worry, Shazam will tell you. By some wizardry, Shazam can listen to a portion of a song and tell you the title, name of the artist as well as the album it comes off. Genius!

AllRecipes

The best app out there for home cooks, AllRecipes has thousands of recipes for a variety of cuisines. Best still, you can narrow down your searches, perfect for when you are having a dinner party and need to worry about allergens, vegetarians, and meat lovers!