12 Free and Useful Android Applications

Jewish Mobile AppsHere are 12 free and useful mobile apps for Android. Several of the programs are supported by ads and some have ad-free paid versions.

[Note to Apple users: Many of these applications are also available for Apple iOS devices.]

PriceZ

 

Israeli food price comparison application including barcode scanner. The application is written in Hebrew but it is very easy to use. If you do not know Hebrew, let a friend just install it for you. The application lets you easily scan in the barcodes of the food packages in your kitchen and you can add each item to your shopping list. You can check the price range of each product and see which supermarkets near you are the cheapest per item or the whole shopping list.
Another use: If you are having trouble finding an item in an unfamiliar store, you can show the store employee a photo with description of the product you are looking for.

 

Google id=il.co.PriceZ.android

 

WhatsApp Messenger

 

WhatsApp Messenger is a free messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family. Use WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.

Google id=com.whatsapp

 

Moovit

 

Moovit is a public transit app and mapping service which features trip planning, live arrival and departure times, up-to-date line schedules, local station maps, service alerts, and advisories that may affect one’s current trip. I use the application all the time when I travel by bus.

Google id=com.tranzmate

 

Waze – GPS Maps and Traffic

 

Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic & road info to save time, gas money, and improve daily commuting for all. Just by driving with Waze open, you’re already contributing tons of real-time traffic information to your local community. You can also actively report accidents, police traps and other hazards you see on the road. Get road alerts along your route and find the cheapest gas prices around you shared by the community. Plus, you can add friends, send locations or keep others posted on your arrival time.

Google id=com.waze

 

Google News and Weather

 

Your comprehensive and personalised view of headline stories and local news & weather. Coverage from 75,000 publications. Tune your layout with any of 60 country-specific editions, homescreen widgets and personalised news sections.

Google id=com.google.android.apps.genie.geniewidget

 

TuneIn Radio

 

Listen to your favorite radio stations for free with TuneIn Radio. With over 100,000 stations, TuneIn has the largest free selection of sports, news, music and talk radio from around the world.

tunein.player

 

Accuradio (music and audio)

 

AccuRadio offers 1,000+ free customizable music radio channels, unlimited skips, wide variety, and less repetition. Choose from more than 50 different genres of music: rock, pop, jazz, country, classical, electronic, holidays, alternative, comedy, and more. You can customize each channel with unlimited skips, by banning artists and songs you don’t like, and by rating the music to influence what you hear.

Google id=com.slipstream.accuradio

 

Morfix – Hebrew English Translator

 

Comprehensive and accurate English Hebrew and Hebrew English dictionary and translation free app.

Google id=com.official.morfix

 

CalJ Jewish Calendar

 

Jewish to secular date conversion and vice-versa
Dates of the festivals and events, for any year
Parasha of the week
Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat times
Everyday zmanim
Bircas haMazon
Birthdays and Memorials

 

Google id=net.calj.android

 

HebDate Hebrew Calendar

 

HebDate is a full Hebrew (Jewish) & Secular Calendar (Luach). Full month views for Hebrew and Secular calendars. You can view any date since creation.
View Day, Week, & Agenda.
Full Android Scheduling Calendar. View and Edit Events.
Chagim, Daf Yomi, and More.
Zmanim for all locations.
Widget that can be added to the home screen.
Countdown timer for all Zmanim.
In-app subscription available for removal of banner ads.

 

Google id=com.lionscribe.hebdate

 

On Your Way Yesod (Uvelechtecha Baderech)

 

Virtual Library of Jewish books. I use the siddurim section when I do not have access to a printed siddur. The full application includes: TaNaCh (Bible) with all the classic commentators; Mishna with the commentaries of Bartenura and Tosfot Yom Tov; Talmud (Gemara) with the commentaries of Rashi and Tosfot; Midrash Raba, Midrash Tanchuma and Yalkut Shimoni. Several versions of Siddurim

Google id=oyw.tnc

 

Sefaria

 

Sefaria delivers 3,000 years of Jewish texts (Torah, Tanakh, Mishnah, Talmud, and more) to your smartphone. All texts in the library are available in Hebrew along with a growing body of English translations. Search by keyword or browse the table of contents to explore texts, translations, and commentaries.

Google id=org.sefaria.sefaria

 

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This blog looks at how modern technology affects Jewish life, particularly the impact of the Internet on Jews across the globe. The Internet has made the Jewish community seem smaller. The Jewish Techs blog, written by blogger Rabbi Jason Miller (The Techie Rabbi), explores the places where Jewish culture, education and faith intersect with technology. Of course, like anything, Jews will continue to ask if technology is good or bad for the Jews – the age old question of our people. Good or bad, it is undisputed that technology has changed Jewish life. If you’re Jewish or interested in technology or both… you’ll enjoy the conversation. Thanks for reading the Jewish Techs blog.

The Techie Rabbi – Rabbi Jason Miller

Rabbi Jason Miller, the Techie RabbiJason Miller is NOT your typical rabbi. Known as the Techie Rabbi, he launched Access Computer Technology in 2010 and has grown it into a full-scale technology firm that provides social media marketing consulting and web design in addition to IT support. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary a decade ago, Rabbi Jason has made a name for himself as a popular blogger, social media expert, educator and entrepreneur. Based in Detroit, his congregation includes more than a million people who read his blog and follow him in Cyberspace. He began the Jewish Techs blog in January 2010 as the New York Jewish Week's technology expert.

An entrepreneurial rabbi and an alum of Clal's "Rabbi Without Borders" fellowship, Jason Miller is a rabbi and thought leader whose personal blog has been viewed by millions. The Detroit Free Press called him “the most tech-savvy Jewish leader" and the Huffington Post ranked him among the top Jewish Twitter users in the world. A social media expert, Rabbi Jason is a popular speaker and writer on technology and its effect on the Jewish world. He writes the "Jewish Techs" blog for The Jewish Week and the monthly "Jews in the Digital Age" column for the Detroit Jewish News.

Miller won the 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and is one of the winners of a Jewish Influencer award from the National Jewish Outreach Program.