If you do not own an iPhone then chances are that your smartphone is powered by Google’s operating system – Android. The latest statistics show that approximately 82% of smartphone users are running the Android OS on their smart devices.

One of the reasons that Android is so popular is because of it’s vast library of applications – and many of those are free.

It doesn’t really matter if you want to find games or applications for increased productivity, design or social media use – you’re bound to find versions of the most popular online apps available in Google’s Play Store. Many are completely free, while others offer limited functionality but you can usually find what you’re looking for.

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So what are going to be Android’s killer apps for 2016? Let’s take a look at a few favorites to lead the pack of free applications.

#1 Evernote

Evernote has remained popular for years. This note taking software has been called the most powerful in its class. With functionality that includes list creation and the ability to insert video and images as well as an intuitive interface it looks like its going to once again maintain its position as one of the favorites. However, if you want to unlock the its full box of tricks you’re going to have to make some in app purchases.

#2 The Google Drive Suite

The Google Drive cloud storage suite is one of the best online solutions that you’re going to find anywhere – and if you collaborate with online teams then using this set of programs and storage options is an absolute must. Using the programs means that you can share and collaborate with others using spreadsheets, text documents, images, presentations and a whole lot more. A great set of applications. It comes with 16 gigs of storage space, but you can unlock more by making in app purchases.

#3 Groupon

If you’re into saving money (and who isn’t) then you should have Groupon on your mobile devices. With oodles of coupons available on a daily basis you’ll soon wonder how you could have lived without this wonderful app. With travel offers, restaurant discounts, retail store special offers this is a must have for those operating devices powered by Android.

#4 Lastpass

In an age where almost everything that you do online requires a password Lastpass has become an absolute must for those who spend much of their time online – and today who doesn’t. This app is the solution to securely storing password information for all of the sites you use. An auto fill function and an automatic password generator are also useful additions.

#5 Zedge

If you want to keep your phone or other smart device looking good Zedge is the app for you. It allows an unbelievable number of options for customizing your device and even supplies holiday appropriate themes. Its completely free, but you’ll have to get used to the advertising which is part and parcel of the app – but hey, they’ve got to pay the bills somehow.