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You made your nominations, and we've selected four of the most popular titles named as "Best New Android App of 2011" for you to vote on. You voted. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

Best New Android App Of 2011: Reader's Choice

And the Andy goes to.... AirDroid - with 50% of the vote, making it (barely) the majority choice.

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AirDroid is a dead-simple-to-use browser-based device manager for your Android phone. Via Wi-Fi, it quickly and easily connects you to your device from almost any web browser on your computer, Windows or Mac - no pesky plugins required. And it's 100% free. It also works great, allowing you to hold SMS conversations, manage files and apps on your phone, along with many other useful features. It doesn't hurt that AirDroid is pretty gorgeous, too.

Best New Android App Of 2011: Android Police Pick

We're going to have to agree with our readers yet again - AirDroid is pretty awesome. It's not so much what AirDroid does that makes it great, those features are what make it useful. Besides, there are a number of apps similar to AirDroid already out there.

It's all the little things, the things that make AirDroid a joy to use, which make it the app of the year. Setting up AirDroid is a snap, just be on a Wi-Fi network, and type your device's displayed IP from the AirDroid app into your browser, enter the password, and you're done. No plugins, no drivers, no software (aside from the app). It couldn't get much easier.

Then, there's just how it looks. It's an absolutely beautiful web interface that really shows a polish above and beyond that of similar solutions you might find on the Market.

Finally, the cost - free. Can't argue with that as a plus, especially for an app of this quality. With all this in mind, it's easy to see why AirDroid is not only a useful app, it's a useful app that has been executed uncommonly well.

Vote

Voting is now over. Results will be kept for archival purposes.

What Was The Best New Android App Of 2011?

  • AirDroid (50%, 558 Votes)
  • Google Music (29%, 326 Votes)
  • Google+ (15%, 172 Votes)
  • Paper Camera (6%, 57 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,110

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Jim

    side note: so glad you guys got rid of the app brain widget thingy on each link :)

    • Alex

      Yah but if you click the title of the app it still takes you to appbrain. I hate appbrain idk why AP does that...

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

        The title you're referring to is part of the Appbrain widget, which displays the most up-to-date price, star rating, and icon and is therefore valuable to us (at least until the Market offers widgets).

        The QR code and the Market box both link to the Market, so just use those if you don't want to end up on Appbrain.

  • Rob

    Instead of telling people to buy it and then return it if they don't like it, wouldn't it make more sense to tell them to try it for free from GetJar's Gold program?

  • fonix232

    Isn't it a bit unfair to compare and compete two apps from a huge company (Google) and two apps from individual, less funded developers?
    Not saying that Google apps are better or worse than those, but it's pretty amazing that a little developer (well, little compared to Google) came up with such a revolutionary solution as AirDroid, and if Google did the same, it would be less astonishing. Just sayin'

    • mastermind26

      I was thinking along the same lines. What caused other apps to be excluded and TWO google apps to be competing?

      • http://azayrahmad.deviantart.com Aziz

        When I see this article I immediately think AirDroid. Google+ is bloated (not to mention it's still rather unpopular in my place), Google Music is not supported in my country, and Paper Camera is a paid app (also not supported in my phone).

        AirDroid is such a good app, good looking and easy to use, and it's free. What more could you want.

        And I think it would be fair if this poll included about 10 apps to compete.

  • ocdtrekkie

    Google Music gets my vote for making the biggest change in the way I use my device, and hitting Apple in it's only strong point.

    • Zomby

      Being available only in the US is still a major downside however. I managed to get my account up and running anyway by jumping through hoops, but I still can't get any new music from the market. (Not even free titles)

    • http://ericcamil.com Eric

      Got to agree. I use Google Music on my phone or while i'm on my desktop at work. It's perfect. (You can guess which of the four apps received my vote.)

    • vern

      You obviously live in the usa. Not much good anywhere else. If you do jump thru hoops to get it working, it's still not possible to download music . Hey Google there's a big wide world out there!!

  • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

    Meh to Google Music.

    Streaming is a nice idea, and would be welcome icing on the cake if the cake itself were sound, but so far PowerAmp is the only thing I've seen on Android that gets basic music playback right.

    (Gapless, in particular. Is it too much to ask that music players made in 2012 can actually play an album of music without pausing, the same way CD player could three decades ago? I know not everyone cares about gapless, the same as not everyone cares about streaming. Personally, I want both. But it seems like strange priorities to tackle streaming over gaps, especially when the main competition has been gapless since before Android even existed. Come on, Google!)

    (EDIT: Scratch the paragraph about the EQ, I found it.)

    (FWIW, I'm using ICS but in the UK so maybe some parts of the music app are old/disabled for me. Streaming certainly doesn't work as it's US-only. The music app's definitely a newer build/UI than it used to be, but maybe other regions get an even newer one. I'll try it again in Android 5, I guess.)

  • SHADOW

    None worth a vote as not using any. For music PowerAMP, Google + too big for my N1, not having WiFi for AirDroid.

  • RBI411

    Of those choices Google Music is the runaway winner by miles. Usian Bolt-like blowout

    • vern

      Would be ok if available in countries outside the usa

  • Denbo

    There are only 4 to consider from? That seems a rather small number.

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

      There was another post for nominations, and the top 4 were picked.

  • http://androidpandora.blogspot.com/ Myself

    google+ for it's syncing photos capabilities

  • BK Phil

    Pretty grim field... I guess I'll go with AirDroid, although to be honest I haven't yet tried it.

    I've tried the others, and never launched them so much as a third time.

  • jan

    Correct me if i am wrong. But didnt lazy droid already did this?

    • David Ruddock

      It does something similar. You should probably read the whole explanation of why AirDroid was selected.

    • vern

      Not nearly as well in in my opinion.

  • Seth M

    Now with this win, lets hope to see a few custom device images where its said "coming soon" forever lol

  • Endone

    Looking forward to an updated "Most Essential Apps" type of post for 2011 :)

  • vern

    I agree with the number 1 choice. Airdroid is a great app.
    Disagree with Google Music. It's probably useful but it's only available in USA C'mon Google. G+ is handy but 13.58mb a bit greedy on valuable space.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com andy

    So, my SD card's filesystem got hosed this week. Like, totally unusable and even my desktop running Win7 wants me to format it before I can use it.

    At least all my pics and videos were backed up to my G+ account. The SD card is currently with a friendly coworker undergoing file recovery.