Recent research by Ofcom revealed that 57 percent of smartphone owners that access the web from their device use their handset to visit social networking sites, making it the most popular net-based mobile activity. Facebook is arguably one of the most popular social networks with more than 750 million active members, so with this in mind we've rounded up five of the best free Android apps that can make social networking on the go a smoother experience.

Facebook for Android

Facebook for Android is the social network's official app that makes it easy to stay connected and share content and updates with friends while on the go.

Facebook Friends Checker

This basic app downloads and stores a list of your Facebook friends on your mobile phone. You can check whenever you want to see if any of your friends have left the social network or deleted you.

Vonage mobile app for Facebook

This voice over IP (VoIP) application from Vonage allows users to call each other from their Facebook page without the need for either caller to disclose their phone number.

Friend Me for Facebook

This app is designed for tablet PCs running Android 3.0, which is also known as Honeycomb. The app offers a tablet-optimised experience for the social network.

myChatDroid for Facebook

This app connects your Android device to Facebook chat ensuring an easy-to-use experience that doesn't waste memory or battery.