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These are my recommendations for the best Android apps free for hikers and backpackers. But everyone will love these apps as well!
Never carry a paper map again with the latest release of Google Maps. For Android, Google Maps with Navigation features:
Google Maps for Android can help you whether you need a sense of where you are located, the closest place for a bite to eat, or just directions.
Facebook for Android
Wherever you are, keep up with family and friends with the Facebook for Android app. Nearly everryone has a Facebook account, so this app is perfect for keeping in touch:
This is the official Twitter app for Android. If you're short on time, sending a "tweet" is quick and easy.
Get instant updates from your family and friends. Follow what's happening around the world, and industry experts. Get short bursts of timely information, even from celebrities if you want.
Trending topics show what's happening now around the world, and real-time search reveals breaking news. Browse your interests and see suggested users in several categories, including travel, entertainment and fashion, or search to find out what people are saying about big sporting events or politics.
The fastest way to search your phone and the web: Google Search app for Android.
Get web site suggestions as you type and web search results plus phone search. To make it even easier to get what you want fast, Google Search will learn which items you click on most!
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful photos you shoot on your travels.
You can browse pinboards created by other people. Best of all, browsing pinboards is a fun way to get inspiration from people who share your interests and discover new things.
The Pinterest app is one of the best ways to:
Pandora Internet Radio
Pandora personalized radio plays comedy and music you will love, and is free. Just start with the name of one of your favorite comedians, songs, composers or artists and Pandora will create a custom station. Pandora features hundreds of comedy and music stations ranging from Power Workout to Smooth Jazz.
Listen whenever you're in the mood for great music; and wherever - On the trail, on the train, at the gym, or in the car. You can easily switch between favorites by creating up to 100 stations!
Are you already a Pandora listener? Just log in. It's simple. Enjoy all your existing stations and create new ones right from your tablet pc or phone. Pandora on the web is fully integrated with Pandora on mobile.
Note: We recommend you connect your device to trusted WiFi networks when available for best results. Pandora may use large amounts of data and carrier data charges may apply.
Download these free Android apps after you get your Android phone and have fun! See you on the trail.
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