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10 essential apps for Android smartphone users

Google Android users need these apps

The Android Market offers much more than just games and wallpaper apps, but a lot of it is junk. Let us make things easy for you. Here are 10 free utilities or services that no Android user should be without.

Barcode Scanner

QR codes are one of the easiest ways to store information, but they are kind of useless if you don't have anything to scan them with. Android has tons of bar-code scanning apps, but if you want one that is straightforward and lightning-fast, I suggest Barcode Scanner. This no-frills app accepts almost all types of bar codes and QR codes, and can share the data in the code via email or SMS.

Google Maps

Sure, Google Maps comes preinstalled on all Android phones, but downloading updates from the Android Market gives you extra goodness such as 3D building views and faster map loading. The improvements to navigation alone are enough reason to download the app so that it stays up-to-date. If you are prone to getting lost, or if you just need directions on occasion, this is the app for you.

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