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Free Android Apps for Netherlands Expats

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I love my smart phone. It has made living in the Netherlands so much easier than it would have been otherwise. I can’t imagine how much more difficult getting settles was 10 years ago when you couldn’t have this kind of information at your fingertips.
If you’re new to the Android (or the Netherlands), here is a short list of the free applications I like to have on my phone to keep me in the know.
Translate: This included application uses the Google Translate web service to allow you to translate between hundreds of languages. It is hardly perfect, but works well enough on groceries, notices and menus. The other translation program I found that it’s free is iTranslate, but it also uses the Google service so I don’t really see how it is better. The only downside is that if you don’t have reception, you won’t be able to use the service. This app is for the Netherlands transportation system country-wide. It takes you to their mobile website and will walk you through how to get from one place to another using the trains, buses, and trams. A lifesaver since train tickets don’t tell you exactly where to switch trains to reach your destination. The application is in both Dutch and English.
Google Maps: Between the GPS are my phone and this application, I only rarely get lost anymore. And if you know me, that’s saying something. Maps has made it much easier to get oriented in my new space.
Places Directory: I haven’t used this one much, but the Google Places directory has pretty good coverage of Maastricht businesses and probably is even stronger for cities in the north. Just plug in what you’re looking for.
ATM-NL: Another new application for me, it determines your location and tells you which ATMs are the closest. Click on the bank you want and you get Google Map directions (and compass if you want it). Of course you will need to have the GPS enabled for the app to find your location; it does not allow you to imput an address directly.
Are you an iPhone/iTouch user? Check out the great list of iTouch apps [expatwomen] that inspired me to write this list of Android ones. (Because Androids need more love.)
Do you have a favorite Android application that would be useful to expats in the Netherlands? Share your ideas in the comments section.

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