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Welcome to the weekly roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Market or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

This edition focuses only on new apps. The game roundup is coming up soon.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Featured App

Tasks N Todos - ToDo List Manager

Tasks N Todos is a TODO manager from Handy Apps, the developer of such well received apps as Easy Money and Tip N Split Tip Calculator. Tasks N Todos combines a pleasant interface with powerful functions, and supports both tablets and phones (see screenshots of both UIs below), including Ice Cream Sandwich.

The app synchronizes with Google Tasks using the official Tasks API, so you won't have to worry about losing your data - it lives in the cloud. Yup, that also means tasks are synchronized between all your Android devices.

You can create one-time and recurring tasks, drag and drop them, set reminders, swipe between lists, and slice and dice your data using filters and sorts. Widgets and backup/restore functionality goes without saying - what respectable tasks app would omit those, right?

Grab the free full-featured version of Tasks N Todos or go for the Pro version that adds a few premium features (multiple photo attachments, custom ringtones) here.

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Apps

Alfred

Google bought Clever Sense, the company behind Alfred last week - here's the product that prompted the acquisition.

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Get curated recommendations, so you never miss places you’ll love. Hi there, I'm Alfred, your personal robot who recommends places based on your favorites! I've been called "Pandora for the real world" -- I use artificial intelligence to curate the world around you, so you never miss places you’ll love. Teach me about places you like, and I'll have recommendations for you based on your tastes, the time of the day, and the day of the week. The more you teach me about your favorites, the better my recommendations will get.

I'd love to help you:

  • Discover new places with recommendations curated just for you!
  • Refine your searches for cuisine type, price range, dietary restrictions, distance, and more
  • View details about a place, like address and menu, and what’s particularly good there
  • Plan your outing by helping you call, get directions to a place, and share with your friends
  • Show you places near your current location, for now, or at a different location, for later
  • Find places based on your specifications, save them for future reference, and more

 

Halo Waypoint by Microsoft

Halo Waypoint is the official app for all things Halo on your Android phone. Waypoint features ATLAS, the official multiplayer companion for Halo: Reach. Check out overhead views of multiplayer and firefight maps, as well as beautifully illustrated versions from Brady Games. The maps show weapon and vehicle locations, and you can get near real-time position and score information for Multiplayer games, for you and your team.

With Halo Waypoint, you have direct access to your Waypoint Career progress, all of your Halo: Reach stats, including game history, campaign progress and stats by weapons and enemies. You can stay in contact with your Halo friends on Xbox LIVE no matter where you are. Invite your friends to compete in Halo: Reach by creating Custom Challenges, which let you pick a game type, a goal (like Kills or Headshots), a time limit and an amount. Then you can invite friends to see who can beat the goal in time.

Localphone International Calls

I normally don't include calling apps, but having checked out Localphone's rates, I felt compelled to do so this time. The rates are low, much lower than Google Voice and Pingo. From what I can tell, there is no local access number support in foreign countries (which allows you to call free numbers in something like 30-40 countries and use your Pingo account - priceless when traveling), so I'm not going to switch away from Pingo just yet.

Also take note of the part in bold below.

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*** Please note, this application uses your network minutes to call local landline access numbers. Localphone Internet Phone is planned for a future release which will make VoIP calls using your wi-fi/3G connection. ***

Call and text from your Android phone to over 250 countries at a fraction of the cost of your mobile provider. And, unlike many other calling apps you don’t need WiFi to make a call. You’ll be dialing normal, local-rate numbers that connect internationally.

Features include:
• View your existing Localphone contacts on your mobile and make cheap international calls in just one click
• Add, edit and delete your contacts from wherever you are
• Look-up our worldwide call rates and get a price in seconds
• Check your real-time balance and see exactly how much credit you have
• Call or text your existing Android contacts through the app and save a fortune

Our international call rates are some of the lowest in the world. Now it’s even easier to access them by using this app.

MiLocker by MIUI

From the MIUI team comes MiLocker, which really takes screen unlocking to a new level, especially with various zip-up/down unlock methods. Great start, but almost all themes are Chinese in one way or another (mostly text around dates) - the app definitely needs better language support (at the very least English).

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MiLocker, the most powerful unlock screen App. Want side-slip? Vertical slip? Multiple points? Animation unlocking? Do whatever you want to change your lockscreen style. Based on MIUI technology, also has the world’s leading lockscreen theme library as well as talented designer users.Whether you are a designer or a mobile player, nothing but your imagination limits you.

MoreQuicklyPanel

This app's beauty is that it doesn't require root while providing those sweet toggles in the notification area that your stock OS may not contain. Sure, it's only compatible with Honeycomb and ICS, but that's just the way things are - previous Android versions didn't include the necessary APIs to do something like this without root.

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Check and Toggle status MORE QUICKLY at any time from a notification panel. MoreQuicklyPanel is a toggle widget stays at a notification panel. Only for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Android 3.x Honeycomb. The best partner with GALAXY Nexus!!

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Weather Underground

The Internet's first ever weather site, Weather Underground has built a reputation for providing the most reliable and in-depth weather data for locations across the world. With our unique network of 22,000+ neighborhood weather stations our app provides the most localized weather information available.

What makes this weather app different from other apps?

Local, Local, Local
- Our 22,000+ personal weather stations report the most localized weather conditions with updates as often as every 2.5 seconds
- Interactive WunderMap
The most interactive weather map on mobile allows you to select from different weather overlays including current conditions from our personal weather station network, animated radar and satellite and webcams.

Lync 2010 by Microsoft

All you corporate folks who are using Lync, formerly known as Office Communicator, can now download it to your Android device. If you don't know what Lync is, you most likely don't need it.

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Lync 2010 for Android extends the power of Lync to your mobile device – including rich presence, instant messaging, audio conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface.

Key Features:

  • View colleagues’ availability in real time and select the best way to communicate – initiating an instant message (IM), email, or a phone call.
  • Connect to Lync conference calls with a single touch, without requiring long numeric passcodes or conference numbers.
  • Forward or simultaneously ring calls to your Enterprise Voice (Lync ID) number so you’ll never miss a call.
  • Lync 2010 for Android provides transport layer security (TLS) and perimeter/internal network protection without requiring a VPN, so your communications experience is safer no matter where you are or what network you use.

YouSendIt mobile app

Send files, share folders, and sign documents with the YouSendIt mobile app for Android — at work, on the road, or anywhere in between. Modify files and upload them to the cloud. Any updates are instantly available on all your systems and devices. Save email attachments, open and modify documents, snap pictures or take videos—and instantly store them in the cloud. Use your touchscreen to sign, send, or save secure e-signatures.

Features:

• Send and receive large files from your Android device
• Manage and share business content online
• Access digital content from anywhere
• Sign documents on the go

Schemer by Google

Schemer. The beginning of everything worth doing. Whether it’s exploring a new city, checking out a friend’s movie recommendation, or just finding new activities for your weekends, Schemer lets you discover new things to do, share schemes with friends, and make the most of your day. Request an invite and find out more at schemer.com.

easyJet

easyJet just got easier for Android users with this FREE easyJet app. You can search, book and manage your flights all in the palm of your hand. Accessing your travel information on the go has never been so easy.

Box for Dolphin

Now save all of your files or webpages to the Cloud with Box for Dolphin! This newest Add-on, Box for Dolphin enables users to easily save content from the Web or local files to your Box account.

Flash Video Browser

This browser will play any flash video as though it was on your computer. No more android being blocked, or "Video not available on mobile". This should, in theory, let you watch any video that is normally blocked to mobile devices such as certain Youtube videos and probably even Hulu.

Great for pesky Youtube videos that don't appear in the Youtube app as well as other sites that block Android devices outright.

WD TV Remote

Turn your smartphone into a touch-screen remote for your WD TV Live Hub™ media center or WD TV Live™ streaming media player. Control your WD TV experience with the tap of a soft key or the swipe of a finger using the WD Remote™ app. Simply launch the app on your Android mobile device and instantly take control of any WD TV Live Hub media center or WD TV Live streaming media player that is connected on the same network.

Key Features:

  • Control your WD TV from anywhere in your house using your wireless network
  • Get one-touch access to launch any online service available on your WD TV
  • Enter text using your Android smartphone or tablet keyboard
  • Use the gesture pad for quick and easy navigation
  • Connect multiple Android mobile devices with the WD Remote app and conveniently play multiplayer games

SB Nation - Sports News

Get all the latest sports news and updates from over 300+ blogs. SB Nation brings you unrivaled breadth and depth of sports coverage from the fan perspective, addictive real-time breaking news streams and active, intelligent communities.

Pocket Blonde 2: Everfriends

A new generation of pocket assistants - with personality and a sense of humor. The cute extraterrestrial Spoony and the beautiful blonde Brainy want to make friends with you. Yes, with you! They will answer various requests or just chat with you, cheer you up or help you through a busy day. Cheerful and gregarious, resourceful and smart, they're really alive.

What can they do?
✦ Supply you with music, games and jokes
✦ Wake you up, bring you weather forecasts, news, reminders and social updates
✦ Come to the rescue at the right moment with maps, notes and Wiki
✦ Answer you and react to your touch or swipe
✦ Learn new skills and improve their understanding of your needs

Papa John's Pizza

Papa John’s Pizza, the leader in desktop and mobile web ordering, now delivers with the best pizza ordering application for your Android device!

FEATURES

  • THE ENTIRE MENU - Our entire menu of delicious pizzas, sides, drinks, desserts, and extras!
  • SPECIAL OFFERS - All the online special offers and coupons from your neighborhood restaurant.
  • NO ACCOUNT REQUIRED - Order with or without a PapaJohns.com account.
  • ANYWHERE – Change your location and order from any Papa John’s in the USA.
  • PAY YOUR WAY – Cash, Credit Card, most stores even take checks.
  • ANY TIME – You can put together that order for lunch or this weekends party right now.
  • QUICK PICKS – Just want a large Pepperoni (Sausage, Cheese, etc), we have you covered!
  • FAVORITES and REPEAT – Order one of your pre-stored Favorites, create a new one, or just click repeat for that last order to be delivered again (account login required).
  • FIND A PJ NEAR YOU – Use the Locator to find your neighborhood Papa John’s and give them a call or get directions.
  • PAPA REWARDS – Earn FREE pizza with our Papa Rewards program (account login required).
  • BEST OF ALL - The only native Android application that can deliver a genuine Papa John’s pizza!

Dotti Disposable Camera

Snap 12 photos, fill up a roll & get 4x6 inch beautiful prints delivered to your door. Dotti is a real disposable camera for android. From the makers of featured apps: Postagram & Sincerely Ink.

How Dotti works

  • Dotti is a free app - try it out - there is no obligation to order prints.
  • Dotti works just like a disposable camera. Fill up a roll of film and get real photo prints
  • Each film roll is 12 shots.
  • Take photos with the Dotti camera. You have a chance to review each photo.
  • Finish your roll and get photo prints developed & delivered for $4.99 ($5.99 outside the USA)
  • Want doubles? Double prints are only $3 extra and as always include free shipping
  • You can choose to have your Dotti Roll delivered to your house or directly to a friend or family member
  • After you order a roll of film, the app recharges with a new roll. You start over taking your next 12 shots

About Dotti photo prints

  • Photos are 4x6 inches and printed on FujiFilm archival quality photo paper
  • Photos are glossy and produced using the silver halide printing process
  • Your prints are delivered in a custom Sincerely mailer and protected inside a Dotti envelope with a cardboard insert for protection.

Bonus features

  • Real disposable camera sounds: flash charge, film advance & film winding
  • Fun animations: Open your camera and look inside. See your film wind. See your exposure count advance.
  • Dotti’s icon notifies you of the number of shots you have left on your roll
  • Dotti accepts Sincerely credits. Buy credits at Sincerely.com/account/order and save up to 15%

 

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goHow Airport

Imagine a travel app developed by airports that provides official airport data linked directly to your flight. It’s called goHow Airport and it’s about to change the way you travel. We know that navigating the airport on your own can be an overwhelming experience, so goHow Airport is partnering with major US and international airports to get you the official airport data that you need to make informed decisions. With goHow Airport you will know everything the airport and airlines know about your trip, including details like:

• Flight status + real-time updates
• Gate information + maps
• Security wait times
• Parking lot availability
• Ground transportation options
• Restaurants, shops and services listings
• User ratings from travelers like you
• Baggage claim location
• Local weather conditions
• Airline information + codeshare details

The Soup - official app by E!

Totally unbelievable moments in pop culture, celebrity news, and reality TV. Every day Joel McHale and The Soup crew overload their TiVos with the strange, obscure, and totally unbelievable moments in pop culture, celebrity news, and reality TV. Then they take a nap. But right after that they add a heaping helping of humor and serve up everything you need to know about the entertainment world.

  • Access to exclusive digital content not seen in the show
  • New show clips to keep up you to date on all things Joel and The Soup
  • The “Hall of Fame” lets you relive the funniest moments from The Soup any time, featuring classic clips not available anywhere else like Spaghetti Cat and Stains the Dog.
  • Funny videos, photos and tweets from around the web…also known as doing our part to help kill American productivity one post at a time.

TWC TV

Now you can turn your Android smartphone or tablet into the ultimate remote control. If you are a Time Warner Cable TV customer, the FREE TWC TV app lets your Android device change the channel on your TV from anywhere in your home and manage your DVR from anywhere, even while you’re out.

Other features include:
- Interactive program guide – view program listings for up to 7 days and change channels on compatible set-top boxes
- View a filtered guide showing favorite channels or HD channels only
- Search for programming by title or episode
- Schedule and manage upcoming DVR recordings on compatible DVRs
- Adjust recording start/end times and change save time

savvy.com

Savvy eliminates the common problem of post-purchase price reductions once and for all. The Savvy app navigates price adjustment policies for consumers and applies any savings automatically. By simply snapping a photo with your Android device, the Savvy app ensures that consumers only pay the best price possible. With a built-in personal receipt manager and wish list, consumers can capture photos of products they want, set the price they want it for, and easily purchase those items when they hit the ideal price.

TSN Mobile: Android Edition

For our Canadian readers.

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TSN Mobile brings you the world of sports from Canada’s sports leader, TSN. You’ll get scores, standings, stats and the latest news from the major leagues, plus comprehensive coverage of all your favourite sports. What’s inside?

> For the NHL, CFL, NFL, MLB and NBA:
- Full season schedule and results
- Live scores
- In-progress game stats/boxscores
- Sortable player stats (regular and post-season)
- Transactions and injuries
- Standings, including wild card races
- Top news stories

> Hockey Canada (World Juniors, Men’s Worlds)
> Curling (Season of Champions, Men’s/Women’s WCT)
> Tennis (ATP and WTA)
> Golf (PGA, LPGA, Champions, European, Nationwide, Canadian)
> Soccer (Bundesliga 1, English Premier, France Ligue 1, Liga Espana, MLS, Serie A)
> Auto Racing (Formula One, IndyCar, NASCAR, Nationwide, Camping World)
> NCAA Basketball and Football
> MMA
> Boxing
> Plus TSN breaking news, blogs and tweets
> Plus TSN and TSN2 TV schedules

Red Bull TV

Red Bull TV brings a world action, adventure, glamour and excitement to the palm of your hand. A TV channel that’s made to measure for your Smartphone - the Red Bull TV app is available to watch when you want, wherever you are.

Live and exclusive. With unrivaled access to amazing sporting and cultural events, you’ll never miss a beat as Red Bull TV takes you further behind the scenes and closer to the action. Meet your favorite sports and entertainment stars, go behind the scenes at major sporting events and let us take you to the best parties.

On demand. Browse through our huge archive of video clips of amazing feats by such international stars as Felix Baumgartner, Travis Pastrana and Shaun White.

PocketCloud Explore

With PocketCloud Explore you have access to all your photos, music and documents from your computers on the go. So leave the laptop behind and don’t be concerned with copying or syncing files – just grab anything you need whenever and wherever. Fast and easy setup: Simply install the PocketCloud Companion on your computer and sign in with a Gmail account.

With PocketCloud Explore you can:
• Securely access your content without syncing or paying for extra cloud storage
• Open remote files with any of your Android apps (e.g. QuickOffice, DocumentsToGo)
• Search for files across all your computers: Locate that long lost presentation on your home computer that your boss “wants now”
• Unlimited video, photo, audio and file transfers: Upload your pictures to your desktop
• Simple file management: Create, rename and delete folders or documents

MyHeritage

Introducing MyHeritage app for Android - share family moments, discover your family history and keep in touch with the people you love anytime, anywhere.

MyHeritage app version 1.0 features:

* Your family tree on the go
* New profile pages, designed especially for mobile devices
* Easy photo sharing - capture, share and store family moments
* Sync with your family site on MyHeritage.com
* Fun celebrity look-alike feature (no login required!)

DailyINK Comics

Get 90+ comic strips, panels and editorial cartoons updated every day. DailyINK delivers a free comic every day to your Android phone. Famous strips and panels like Zits, Baby Blues, Dustin, Hägar the Horrible, Beetle Bailey, Bizarro and Blondie are among the dozens of comics and editorial cartoons available.

Momondo Flight Search

Search and compare cheap fares from more than 700 travel sites and airlines. Take advantage of the Web’s most comprehensive meta-search engine for flights directly on your Android device. Book directly from the app, email the flight info to yourself or a friend, or save it in the app for later.

ABBYY Lingvo Dictionaries

Get access to 58 basic dictionaries for 27 languages for only $2.99.

Over 200 additional premium dictionaries for 20 languages are available for In-App Purchase. Electronic versions of dictionaries from the world’s leading publishers, including HarperCollins, Compact Verlag, K Dictionaries, and dictionaries compiled by ABBYY lexicographers.

Key features:
• Reliable and accurate translations
• Fast and easy look-up
• Comprehensive entries from several dictionaries in one window
• Native audio pronunciations for most common words (in some dictionaries)
• Spelling suggestions for mistyped words
• Ability to look up words from the clipboard
• History

 

aTimer

YO DAWG, I heard you like timers, so here are 15 on one screen.

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aTimer allows you to configure fifteen individual countdown or stopwatch timers for common activities, allowing you to quickly and effortlessly get on with the task at hand. Start a countdown timer, and when it expires, aTimer will sound a short alarm and vibrate your phone. Long press on a timer to re-configure or stop it. Now with a widget for your home screen.

LifeShield Phone

The free LifeShield app expands your home protection, giving you real time access and control of your LifeShield security system from anywhere in the world at any time of the day or night. The app is designed to seamlessly sync with the LifeShield system you’ve set up in your home, apartment or small business, allowing you system management and monitoring.

 

Live Wallpapers

Exodus Live Wallpaper

A mass of blocks flips and fades across your home screen. Swipe the screen and watch as the mass changes direction and more blocks fade in.

Features:

  • Many options to determine how blocks flip, fade in or out, and what direction they travel
  • Change how many blocks you want and how their sizes vary
  • Control colors, lighting, and viewpoint positioning
  • Choose from several built-in themes to see a variety of configurations
  • Take screen shots of your creations and share them with your friends
  • Use the Randomize feature to come up with an infinite number of new themes

 

Christmas Rink Live Wallpaper

Skate right into the Christmas with this beautiful winter-themed Live Wallpaper. Featuring several characters who are gliding along to the softly falling snow. Take a closer look and you can spot... someone really familiar. Who is it? Oh no, I won't tell, you guess or see for yourself :-)

The Aurora FREE

The aurora which is one of the natural phenomena that are the most beautiful on the earth. This live wallpaper is the aurora animation like a curtain of the light that appear in the starry night of the coniferous forest. The appearance of aurora will never be the same. They constantly change their shapes, and they repeat come and gone over and over.

 

Galaxy Light LWP

Galaxy Light live wallpaper, beautiful light emits from the galaxy core.

WTF Apps Of The Week

Kiss Her More

"In the first level Daniel will have to kiss Selena while she's sleeping and try not to wake her up" - does that prompt an "awww" or a feeling that you're about to watch a creepy XXX scene? I'm leaning over to the latter myself...

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Daniel and Nick both want to kiss Selena. They love her and want to gain her love. Which of them will kiss her more and win her heart? Play this 3 level game with your stars and try to finish them all without losing. In the first level Daniel will have to kiss Selena while she's sleeping and try not to wake her up. In the second level is up to Nick to kiss Selena while driving but paying attention to the road too and trying not to get hit by another car. And in the last level is Selena that kisses the boys but she has to be careful not to be seen by the other one. Enjoy!

 

Bird Poop

Ready, set, poop!

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Bird Poop is a fun addicting game where you play as a little bird who has the pleasure of dropping his.. well.. droppings on unsuspecting people and cars. Hit multiple people in a row to unlock Poop Streaks and increase your high score! Just a warning, watch out for that Electrician.

Speaker Cleaner

If this works, I will eat the dirt that comes out of my speakers.

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Get rid of dirt and debris stuck in your Androids speaker. The Speaker Cleaner App uses a unique frequency that blows the crud right out of your phone to clean your speakers & improve overall sound quality. Put away the cotton swabs, toothpicks and sticky putty. Now there’s a better way to get rid of dust, lint, ashes, cheesy poof residue and other undesirable particles jammed in your speaker.

Know A Worthy New App? Let Us Know!

If you have an application in mind for the next issue of the roundup, feel free to send us an email and let us know.

Important: there are 2 requirements in order for the app to be considered, listed below.

  • the app's launch date has to be no longer than 2 weeks ago
  • it has to be original, ground-breaking, well-reviewed, interesting, fun, etc - the cream of the crop

Now, if and only if the above requirements have been satisfied, fire up an email to this address: oh.no.its.the@androidpolice.com.

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • https://profiles.google.com/AndroidAbh AndroidAbh

    Art, you must check that This Fun Game (if you already have not already check it yet ) Techno Kitten Adventure . https://market.android.com/details?id=com.game.tka

    YouTube review of the Game
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2d2B0wQwqZU

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii
      • https://profiles.google.com/AndroidAbh AndroidAbh

        Oppsi i missed that post some how :( anyway thanks for the reminding :)

        ps. english is 2nd language so sorry for any mistake

  • Dan

    Tell me how that speaker cleaner works for ya. :P

  • Matthew
    • Matthew
      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Does Elixir 2 allow widgets in the notification area like that?

        • sriracha

          yes it does. tons of options can be placed in the notification bar. very easy to use, too. easier than Widgetoid anyway.

      • dward2828

        Widgetsoid caused frequent reboots for me on the Galaxy Nexus. #ff33b5e5 is ICS blue on the colour wheel if anyone wants to try it, though...

  • PezLee

    Anybody know of a MoreQuicklyPanel alternative for rooted non-Gingerbread+ phones?

  • edd

    As ever, I love these. You should do a "best of the year" of apps that really madea difference. For instance, BS Remote or VLC Remote made a bigdifferece to myyear, but as they are both a few months old I doubt they'll get a mention, whearas the WD Remote gets a good mention despite appealing to a small audience. Either way! Love you!

    • https://profiles.google.com/AndroidAbh AndroidAbh

      Yap Art you should do "best of the year" Apps . for me SpringPad App really organized my life in a much better way and i fell its much better then EverNote. what do you things guys ?

  • Alex Vidrean

    Great apps. Realy like more quick panels. To bad only from Honeycomb up.

  • Marcus

    i am incredibly happy tsn finally released their app for android!

  • jjj

    The two apps that I wanted from the list are "not available in your country". What sort of crap is this?