10 Free Apps for Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - dummies

10 Free Apps for Your Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

Here are ten free apps from the 500,000+ apps available at the Google Play Store. Heed these suggestions, and don’t wait to get started with apps on your Galaxy Note.

Candy Crush Saga

Of all the free apps in the Android universe, the most popular are the games. Of all those free games, perhaps the most popular is the addictive little app called Candy Crush Saga.

The premise is simple, and the game is easy to learn, but it grows in complexity, somehow seeping into your brain’s lack-of-self-control center.

Google Finance

The Google Finance app is an excellent market-tracking tool for humans who are obsessed with the stock market or who want to keep an eye on portfolios and financial stuff like that. The app offers you an overview of the market and updates to your stocks as well as links to financial news.

To get the most from this app, configure Google Finance on the web, using a computer. You can create lists of stocks to watch, which are then instantly synchronized with your Galaxy Note.

As with other Google services, Google Finance is provided to you for free, as part of your Google account.

Google Gesture Search

The Google Gesture Search app provides a new way to find information on your Galaxy Note. Rather than use a keyboard or dictate, you simply draw on the touchscreen the first letter of whatever you’re searching for.

Start the Gesture Search app to begin a search. Use your finger to draw a big letter on the screen. After you draw a letter, search results appear on the screen. You can continue drawing more letters to refine the search or touch a search result.

Gesture Search can find contacts, music, apps, and bookmarks in the Chrome web browser app.

Movies by Flixster

The Movies by Flixster app is your phone’s gateway to Hollywood. It lists currently running films and films that are opening, and it has links to your local theaters with showtimes and other information. The app is also tied into the popular Rotten Tomatoes website for reviews and feedback. If you enjoy going to the movies, you’ll find the Movies app a valuable addition to your Galaxy Note’s app library.


It’s not the big screen. It’s not even the little screen (which I’m guessing is TV), but it’s still something to watch. The Netflix app gives you access to a streaming library full of television and movies.

The Galaxy Note’s screen isn’t that small, but it’s still personal. You can hook up headphones, turn on the phone, and then sit back and enjoy your favorite show or a flick from the golden era of Hollywood. Or, if you have the Google Chromecast (or similar) gizmo connected to a nearby HDTV or monitor, you can watch Netflix on the “big” screen.

The Netflix app is free, but to get the most from it, you need a subscription to Netflix’s streaming video service. It’s not that much — plus, your Galaxy Note counts as one of the three devices you can use to access your Netflix account. So you can still watch on the TV or the computer while you enjoy taking movies with you anywhere, thanks to the Netflix app.

Fast Notepad

Yes, the Galaxy Note comes with the S Note note-taking pad. A more straightforward note-taking approach can be found by obtaining the Fast Notepad app from the Google Play Store. Fast Notepad is more of a traditional note-taking app — one that lets you jot down quick thoughts without a lot of cumbersome features and options obscuring that basic task. It’s simple and elegant, which is why it’s recommended here.

Sky Map

Ever look up into the night sky and say, “What the heck is that?” Unless it’s a bird, an airplane, a satellite, or a UFO, Sky Map can help you discover mysterious objects aloft. It may turn out that a particularly bright star in the sky is, in fact, the planet Jupiter.

The Sky Map app is elegant. It turns the Galaxy Note into a window you can look through to identify things in the night sky. Just start the app and hold your phone up to the sky. Pan the phone to identify planets, stars, and constellations.

Tiny Flashlight + LED

The Galaxy Note features an LED lamp on its rump, used for flash photography or to brighten up the subject when shooting video. The lamp can also be employed as a rudimentary flashlight, if you have an app such as the popular Tiny Flashlight + LED.

Tiny Flashlight not only lets you manipulate the phone’s LED lamp but also offers several features for illumination in addition to diversion and play. It even has a Morse code feature for signaling, well, however few people are left in the world who can read Morse code.

TuneIn Radio

Way back in the day, people walked around with tiny, portable gizmos. The devices were completely wireless, yet they produced music. Yep, our ancestors could take their tunes with them anywhere they went. The gadget was a transistor radio.

Your Galaxy Note is far thinner and a heck of a lot more useful than a transistor radio, yet it can serve the same function when you obtain the TuneIn Radio app. Use it to find a favorite Internet radio station, and then sit back and listen.

While TuneIn Radio is playing, you can do other things with your phone, such as check Facebook or answer e-mail. You can return to the TuneIn Radio app by choosing its notification icon. Or just keep it going and enjoy the tunes.

Oh, and TuneIn Radio does cease playing music when the phone rings. That’s something a transistor radio would never think of.


The Zedge program is a helpful resource for finding wallpapers and ringtones — millions of them. It’s a sharing app, so you can access wallpapers and ringtones created by other Android users as well as share your own. If you’re looking for a specific sound or something special for your Home screen wallpaper, Zedge is the best place to start your search.