I’m pretty new to Android, but I’m so loving it! And now I have access to these lovely things called apps – most of which makes studying Korean more convenient and fun!
Here’s a list of my favorite Korean/Korean-made/Korean-related apps. Too lazy to put links on all of them but you can simply copy-paste the titles on Google Play Store.
NOTE: I’m on Android ICS on an MSI Windpad 7 Enjoy Plus tablet
Google Korean IME (by: Google Inc) – I think it was one of the first things I installed so that I can type in Korean right away. I like the spelling suggestions that I don’t get when typing Korean on my laptop.
STUDY TOOLS & READING MATERIALS
Offline dictionaries (by:NGHS.fr) – as the name goes, it doesn’t need internet access. I installed Korean>English, English>Korean and Korean>Korean dictionaries and they are pretty decent.
Aldiko (by: Aldiko Limited) – an ebook reader for my Korean ebooks, Kdrama scripts and pdf lessons.
AnkiDroid Flashcards (by: Nicolas Raoul) – an app version of Anki.
네이버 웹툰 – Naver Webtoon (by: NHN Corporation) – access to Naver Webtoon. I love that this app can track the last chapter you’ve read. I often forgot where I left off and had to check my browsing history on my laptop.
네이버 – Naver (by: NHN Corporation) – everything there is to Naver. I created shortcuts for 영어사전, 국어사전, 일본어사전
신사의 품격 (체험판) (by: Initial Communications Corp.) – free novel version (part 1) of the drama A Gentleman’s Dignity. There are actually many free novel apps especially from Initial Communications Corp. I downloaded: 결혼하기 전에 한번 읽어보자1 & 아버지의 길.
해결의책: 사랑 – 지금 사랑으로 고민하는 사람들에게 (by: PurpleRobo) – Hehe, just something to read
네이버 블로그 – Naver Blog (by: NHN Corporation) – an app if you have a Naver Blog.
네이버 주소록-백업/중복정리 (by: NHN Corporation) – address book
KTO-Book (by: KTO) – it doesn’t load well on my end, but they have a nice compilation of KTO e-books about Korea and travelling to Korea.
SNS & MESSAGING
KakaoTalk Free Calls & Text (by: kakao) – Finally! I can keep in touch with my friends – especially Korean friends! Best way to practice my Korean. Beware of the SMS/internet slangs!
미투데이 – me2day (by: NHN Corporation) – the only downside – I can’t change the interface to Korean unlike the web version
LINE: Free Calls & Messages (by: Naver) – I just installed this because one of my friends said she uses this more often than Kakao. Other than that, I use Kakao more.
LINE cafe (by: Naver) – an online community.
WHEN IN KOREA
네이버 지도/교통 – Naver Map (by: NHN Corporation)
Daum Maps – 다음 지도, 지하철 (by: Daum Communications)
지하철 내비게이션 (by: oriZnal) – the best Seoul Metro Subway map android app for me.
지하철 Subway (by Broong Inc) – finally found the right link to the 지하철 app!
SeoulBus (서울버스) (by: Seoulb.us) – although most bus stops have electronic buletins showing bus schedules, one thing I learned when I was in Korea, not all bus stops have them (especially the really small stops – those without benches). But you can check all bus routes and schedule on your smart phone.
광주버스 – 종결자 (by: 이명훈) – same with SeoulBus, this one’s for Gwangju. My classmates use this and it saved me/us from getting fried underneath the blazing summer sun on a small bus stop.
[Korean]Zipcode Finder (by: 들꽃각시) – I find this useful when sending letters/packages to my friends.
Easy Currency Converter (by: ExtraAndroary)
예약왕 포잉 – 전국 맛집 레스토랑 예약 (by: Ablar Company) – a restaurant finder app. Check Hangukdrama’s review HERE.
네이버 맛집 – 윙스푼 Wingspoon (by: NHN Corporation) – another restaurant finder
Korea Culture, Tourism, Travel (by: 한국문화관광콘텐츠개발(주)) – can’t decide where to go? You can always check this app for places to visit in Korea.
KTO Apps – KTO have a Korea Smart Tour Guide app that houses other tour applications. I have installed 백제 역사 여행, 북한산 둘레길, Silla History Tour, 국립경주박물관, 가야 역사 여행, National Museum Of Korea, UNESCO World Heritage Korea (and I have yet to find time to listen to all of them). Very useful when touring in Korea and you want to hear about the places (especially in museums) you are visiting. Or you can have a ‘historical tour’ in Korea without actually going there.
buzz KOREA (by: KTO)
Rainy Day (by: ideaBox) – a cute game
애니팡 for Kakao (by: Sundaytoz, Inc) – for some strange reasons I can’t get it to work on my tablet even if they are compatible. But I heard it’s a cute and addicting game for Kakao users.
TheDayBefore(디데이위젯) (by: iBill Studio) – a D-day counter widget
이래도 공부안할래? (by: Tikie) – something to motivate me to study… uhm not really but they have nice collections of text (in Korean) that can encourage someone to study.
스마일포토 (by:MIRIDIH) – photo decor app
Suggestions/recommendations? Leave a comment below. 🙂