Smartphone owners who fancy Google's mobile operating don't have to shell out any cash for excellent apps.
When talk turns to mobile app stores, Apple's iTunes App Store is often the focus of conversation—but that may be quickly changing. ABI Research reported that Google's Android Market overtook Apple's in Q2 2011, becoming the marketshare leader in mobile app downloads with a 44 percent share, versus Apple's 31 percent. If you're an Android smartphone owner, that should come as no surprise. Not only does the Android operating system power a wide array of handsets from HTC to Samsung (Apple, as always, has its OS tied exclusively to its own hardware), but there are many excellent apps that expand your cell phone's out-of-the-box functionality. And many of the best Android apps are free Android apps.