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Top 5 Free Apps to Make the Most of Summer!

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Jun 30, 2013

Summer is here and we've compiled 5 of the best free apps to get you out and being awesome in the sun. Whether you want to entertain your friends, yourself, head to exotic locales or stay in your own hood, these apps deliver the best summer has to offer. So get out there and make the most of it!

Oh yes my friends, it's that time of year again! / © Digital Globalization

edjing free DJ mix rec studio

Despite the awful name, this app is awesome! One of the best apps of the year in my opinion and an essential for beach trips, road trips and lounging on the grass all summer long. Now you can realize those dreams of DJing for your friends anytime without the need for milk crates or the wheels of steel. Featuring some very impressive features, edjing lets you cross-fade manually or cheat with the auto BPM matcher, change pitch and song speed. Free effects including scratching (wik, wik, wiky!), loops, echo and more, with more effects available. With access to Soundcloud you can access all your tunes and share your remixes – up to an hour long – via Facebook and Twitter.

Everybody throw your hands in the air, and wave em like you just don't care © AndroidPIT

Beach Cricket

Full disclosure: I'm Australian, hence this inclusion. But for all you unfortunate types who have never experienced the joys of beach cricket, now is your chance. This app is a pretty rock-solid cricket game with funny, beach-themed animations, even if it's more like real cricket with a beach setting (and only one at that). Hitting into the water is sadly not included here though, and it's difficult to avoid out-field catches when 'slogging it'. The only thing this app needs is typical beach cricket rules like 'one hand, one bounce' if you're holding a beer. But if you've always wondered what cricket is about, give this app a whirl and before you know it, you'll be hitting every sports store in town looking for a bat and wickets.

There's nothing better in summer than smashing tennis balls into the ocean / © AndroidPIT


If you plan on leaving the front door during the summer, and I sure hope you do, then you need TripAdvisor. The TripAdvisor app has everything you need to know about where you want to go: things to do at a destination, how to get there, videos, reviews, flights, hotels, restaurants, forums and more. And if you have no plans further afield, TripAdvisor can recommend things to do in your own city too: cafes, restaurants, attractions, hotels, whatever you need. With the ''Near Me Now'' feature, you can find something to do in the vicinity of any address you type in. So now you'll have no excuses to have nothing to do!

Don't know where to go? What to eat? What to do? What's wrong with you! / © AndroidPIT


Maybe not the most exciting app for summer, but hey, it's as essential as flip-flops and sunscreen. Without a weather app, who even knows if it'll be sun-bathing weather in the afternoon? WeatherBug by Earth Network accesses the world's largest network of weather forecasting sensors for the most accurate predictions possible. You've also got weather alerts, radar, social sharing, live video, customization and even a photo album! From the essential basics to in-depth data (snapshots, hourly and weekly detailed forecast), WeatherBug will keep you in the meteorological know to help you maximize your summer fun.

I'm singin in the rain, just singin in the rain! What a glorious feeling, I'm happy again! / © AndroidPIT

Find My Friends!

Ok, so you know where you want to go and the weather's gonna be great, now all you need to know is where all your friends are at! Find My Friends! will show you on a map where all your friends are located at any time, with constant GPS updating and messaging capabilities to make sure everyone's heading in the right direction, whether in the city or the great outdoors. If you want to be stylishly late for a party, this app will let you know who's already there, and if you're waiting all alone (playing Beach Cricket!) at a cafe, you can see how far away everyone is. Your friends don't even need a smartphone for you to be able to see where they are, you can invite them via text and keep tabs on them via cell tower triangulation. You'll never feel alone again!

Now you'll know if someone's avoiding you. Washing your hair? Bah!  / © AndroidPIT

What do you think of these apps? What apps can't you live without in summer?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.


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  • Kris Carlon
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    Jul 18, 2013 Link to comment

    Hahaha, yeah, seems only Australians, Indians and the English like cricket! Did you know, Eva, that Google are about to retire the Latitude service on Google Maps? So you'll need to find a new way to locate everyone soon. Let us know what you go with!

  • "TripAdvisor" is the best one. The "Beach Cricket" is a little boring. To find my friend I use "Google Maps" with "Latitude" and For summer I'd rather simple and fast and simple games like "Instagram" or "Super Memory Numbers"

  • Kris Carlon
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    Jul 1, 2013 Link to comment

    Hey Kevin, glad you like it. Have you tried any other DJ apps you like? You should add to our Favorite Apps forum!

  • Loie Favre
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    Jul 1, 2013 Link to comment

    I went home and tried edjing as well, and I have to say I like it but need some practice to actually make something sound good :P Nonetheless, I agree that it is a must. I also tried out Trip Advisor to plan my upcoming holidays and I found a lot of great things!

  • Just got the DJ mix rec studio...awesome!! 100% agree

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