Free Android Travel Apps
Android travel apps are fast becoming my new fave thing. Almost as much as hearing those sweet three little syllables that make my heart aflutter — “Free Wi-Fi”. I have become addicted to my Android. Originally I was just using it for email, Facebook, and Twitter, but now that I’m actually travelling, I find I’m using it more and more as a personal travel companion. It’s easier to fire up than a laptop, and I don’t have to waste time hunting in a guidebook. So I’ve put together a few free Android travel apps that I currently use.
5 Free Essential Android Travel Apps
Android Travel Apps — #1: Kindle
Trying to kill time waiting for delayed flights to New Zealand? Looking for something to do on that long train ride to Hanoi? Read a book. I know, what a novel idea. Although I don’t have a Kindle, I can still download Kindle books directly to my Android. Yes, the print is a little small, but it’s very handy, and I don’t have to carry around a lot of devices, or a lot of heavy books. Did I mention it’s free? You can download it through the Amazon Android App Store.
Android Travel Apps — #2: StarTranslate
This translator can help get you out of a bind in a pinch. You can translate text messages as well, and there’s even a nifty little text to voice feature so you don’t have to attempt to pronounce the language you’ve
translated to. The text to voice doesn’t work for all languages, and the ads are a little annoying, but as far as Android travel apps go, this is still a pretty good deal. Now, how do I say, “One more beer please” in Russian?
Android Travel Apps — #3: Wikitude
This is proba
bly my favorite of all the Android travel apps I have downloaded so far. Billing itself as a “Mobile Augmented Reality Guide”, it uses your phone’s camera and GPS to pull geo-cached information from Wikipedia, Flickr, Youtube, Twitter and a pile more. It’s great for finding info on exactly what you’re looking at, plus getting reviews on restaurants, sites, etc. But it’s a dangerous app — you could spend hours looking at it instead of the sights you are supposed to be seeing.
Android Travel Apps — #4: Tiny Flashlight
It’s, well…a tiny flashlight. Since I don’t aways carry one around with me — not since we got electricity and
all — this is handy from time- to-time. And it doesn’t take up any space. It’s a life-saver when the light on your phone is not enough to guide your drunken ass back to your dark beach bungalow.
Android Travel Apps — #5: Google Sky Map
If you’ve ever been lying on a beach late at night wondering what the heck you’re looking at
overhead, then this is the app for you. It shows you the names of constellations and planets directly overhead based on your GPS location. Does not identify meteors or comets however. Google, can you get on that please?
So I’d like to hear from you — What Android Travel Apps do you find most useful?