At the Google I/O 2011, it was announced that officially there were more than 200,000 apps available in the Android Market. However, I noticed that there were certain apps in the Market that were dedicated to the users of a specific region only. Apps like Google Voice, VEVO, Google Music Beta, etc. were available only for certain regions like U.S, Canada and U.K.
With so many apps available in the Market, I decided to check out if there were any Android Apps for Indian Users. Well, I was really shocked to see that there were hundreds of apps available for Indian users. Below are 25 of the best Android apps dedicated to Indian users.
News and Magazines Android apps
1. The Times of India – This is an official app from one of the most trusted newspapers in India – The Times of India. The app is easy-to-use, well designed and fully customizable. It provides you full coverage of international, national, local, sports, business, and entertainment news. It easily lets you save news articles for offline viewing and also lets you share articles with your friends via SMS, E-mail, Facebook or Twitter.
2. NDTV – This Official Android app from NDTV, brings you news stories, photos and videos from the NDTV studios directly to your Android phone. It provides you the latest news on Politics, Business, Cricket, Bollywood, and much more. This app also has a widget, that provides you the latest news directly on your homescreen.
3. IBNLive for Android – IBNLive for Android is an official app from the well known Network18 group. This app lets you read the latest news, view news clips and photo galleries, get live cricket scores and much more. One of the best features of this app is that it lets you watch live TV on your phone on three channels – CNN IBN, IBN7 and IBN Lokmat.
4. India Newspapers – India Newspapers is a free Android app that lets you read Indian Newspapers, Magazines and News Sites. It provides you the latest news from various sources such as the Times Of India, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Dainik Bhaskar, The Telegraph, Mid-Day, Dainik Jagran and much more.
Finance Apps for Android
5. MoneyControl Markets on Mobile – MoneyControl Markets on Mobile is a another free app by the Network18 group that provides you real-time information about the Indian and Global Markets directly on your Android phone. You can use the application to get real-time stock quotes, Indian and Global Market Indices, manage and keep track of your portfolio and much more. This app is powered by MoneyControl.com, a well known financial and business portal in India.
6. inStocks BSE/NSE Stock Markets – inStocks BSE/NSE Stock Markets provides you real-time information on BSE/NSE Stock Markets, latest business news, stock tips, stock market news, Intraday Charts and much more.
7. IndianMarkets – Indian Markets is a free Android app that provides users with the latest updates and news on their desired stocks, mutual funds and ETF.
8. BookMyShow – BookMyShow is a perfect Android app for movie junkies. It is a simple and easy-to-use app that enables you to get movie listings, movie synopsis & details, check show timings, as well as buy movie tickets directly from your phone. Currently, this app supports only movie ticketing, but will soon be upgraded to offer play, concerts and sports tickets.
9. IndiaTVGuide – As the name suggests, IndiaTVGuide is an app that provides TV schedules of over 170+ Indian channels directly on your Android phone. It lets you set alerts for your favourite programmes and also sync it with Google Calendar. It has a home screen widget that enables you to see what’s airing on your favourite channels. This app makes it very easy to share the programme you are watching on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
10. Saavn Music – Saavn Music lets you search and instantly play the best songs from Bollywood, Bhangra, Bhajans, Ghazals and more for free. It enables you to create and save your own playlists, get the latest hits, listen to radio and much more.
11. Raaga.com – A World of Music – This simple app lets you discover and share Indian music in over 18 languages including Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Bhangra,etc. It lets you discover new music, connect with friends and other music lovers, share your playlists, recommend and discuss your favourite music and much more.
Android Sports App
12. CricketNext Live for Android – CricketNext Live for Android brings live cricket scores to your Android phone. It gets you live scores, commentary, batting, fielding and bowling charts and stats, photos, match reports and much more.
13. NDTV Cricket – The NDTV Cricket app provides you live coverage of international as well as domestic cricket matches along with latest news, photos and stats. It offers live score updates via push technology with ball-by-ball commentary and much more.
LifeStyle Apps for Indian Android users
14. Sweet’N’Spicy – Indian Cooking – This app provides you access to over 4000+ Indian food recipes spread across 3 major categories – Vegan, Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian. It displays the list of ingredients and instructions for each recipe along with the comments of previous users and also the number of calories in each serving.You can also get interesting and relevant cooking tips in each recipe. It lets save your favourite recipes and also rate and review the recipe with pictures.
15. TaazzaGo for India – TaazzaGo is a really nifty app that lets you discover things around you in India. It enables you to find news from leading newspapers and blogs, discover local restaurants, get detailed weather report, find offers from SnapDeal, Groupon, etc., movie listings, stage plays, professional events, yellow pages and much more.
Travel & Local
16. Zomato – Zomato is a simple app that lets you search restaurant menus across 16,000 restaurants in India. It covers 10 major cities that include Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkatta, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh. You can check the ratings, reviews and discounts of all the restaurants in your city. It also recommends you the best restaurants around your location.
17. Indian Rail Info App – As the name suggests, this app lets you find information about Indian Railways such as PNR Status, Seat Availability, Train Search, Arrival & Departure, Fare Enquiry, Train Running Status and much more.
18. Travelbuddy – Travelbuddy is an official application of Yatra.com. With this app, you can search as well as book your flight tickets right from your Android phone. It enables you to buy flight tickets using your credit card.
19. AutoMeterFare India – AutoMeterFare India is an app that lets auto-rickshaw users calculate how much they need to pay as their fare. It is useful to know if the driver is charging you the right fare or is charging extra. It also has an option to enable night time surcharge. It provides you the option to call the relevant authorities directly from the app. Currently this app supports only a few major Indian cities that include – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Pune and Trivandrum.
20. Mumbai Rail Schedule – Mumbai Rail Schedule is a simple app that lets you know the arrival and departure of local trains in Mumbai. This app can be a real boon to Mumbaikars who travel by train frequently.
21. MeterDown – Mumbai Taxi – Similar to AutoMeterFare, this app lets you check taxi fares on your Android phone. It is pretty simple and easy-to-use. All you have to do is select the meter reading to see the corresponding fare, which reflects both regular and midnight fares. However, this app is only for Mumbai users and is applicable for mechanical meter only.
Books & Reference
22. Hindu Calendar – This app shows you all dates according to the Hindu Calendar. It shows the tithi, paksha, nakshatra, rashi and phase of the moon for any given date. You can also convert any Gregorian date to Indian Lunar date. Date of various Hindu festivals are also available in this app.
23. Shrimad Bhagavad Gita – Srimad Bhagavad Gita is free and compact size Gita app in Hindi and English. It integrates with various social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook and comes with “Shlok a Day” widget to help you read Gita every day.
24. Hanuman Chalisa – Hanuman Chalisa is a very simple and free app which contains the forty verses of the famous poem Hanuman Chalisa along with audio recital.
25. iQuran – iQuran lets you read the Holy Quran in Arabic alongside it’s translation in English. It provides verse-by-verse audio playback, repeat functions, excellent navigational controls, search and much more.
So, what are your views about these Android Apps for India? Do you have any other Android apps to recommend? Tell us about it via the comments section.
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