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[Best Of 2011] 35 Incredibly Useful Apps From 2011

We know that searching through thousands of applications can be frustrating, so we've compiled the best 35 from 2011 just for you. It's called a Smartphone for a reason, so make sure you get the best out of your device by checking out the list below. Your phone or tablet can probably do much more than you ever imagined, you just have to find the right app for the job.

If you're looking for some awesome games, too, then check out our list of 2011's best games:

DSLR Controller (BETA)

If you're an aspiring photographer who owns a Canon EOS DSLR and an Android device, you'll be overjoyed to hear about a nifty little app named DSLR Controller.

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[The First Annual Android Police Andy Awards] And The Winner Of The Award For Best Non-Nexus Android Phone Of 2011 Is..

You made your nominations, and you voted. Now we have a winner. The Andy for Best Non-Nexus Android Phone of 2011 goes to...

Best Non-Nexus Android Phone Of 2011: Readers' Choice

The Samsung Galaxy S II.

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This really comes as no surprise. The Samsung Galaxy S II is still one of the most powerful handsets on the market, and with an Ice Cream Sandwich update inbound sometime in the coming year, it's only going to get better.

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[Best Of 2011] 50 Awesome Games From 2011, Part 3: Puzzle & Casual

Who doesn't love to just kick back and relax with a good puzzle game? Part 3 of our Awesome Games from 2011 roundup focuses exclusively on the puzzle and casual genres, bringing some of the best that 2011 had to offer together in one post. Whether you're looking to blow up some junk with lasers, build stuff out of other stuff, or kick it old school with a classic board game, you're sure to find a winner on this list.

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[Best Of 2011] 50 Awesome Games From 2011, Part 2: Action & Adventure

You're here looking for some super-cool Android games, right?

Well you're in the right place, below we have Part 2 of our Best Games Of 2011 series, and its all about action and adventure. We've got a great list for you, so prepare your devices and dive in!

For more Best Games Of 2011, see Part 1: Racing & Sports and Part 3: Puzzle & Casual.

Action & Adventure

Grand Theft Auto III

This could possible be the best release of 2011.

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[Best Of 2011] 50 Awesome Games From 2011, Part 1: Racing & Sports

2011 has officially come to an end, and the past year has seen some incredible new games. So, if you're looking for awesome titles for that shiny new Android device you received over the holidays, then check out this list of fine gems worthy of being brought into the new year. No matter your preference on gameplay, you're bound to find something you like below.

We'll start off the series with racing and sports games.

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[The First Annual Android Police Andy Awards] And The Winner Of The "Best New App Of 2011" Award Is...

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.

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[Monthly Home Screen Challenge, January 2012] Post Your Android Home Screen, Win An Android Police Shirt

Creating an aesthetically pleasing home screen for your phone or tablet has become an art in itself, and an entire ecosystem packed with widgets, themes, wallpapers, launchers, and custom ROMs has built up to support it. Sometimes, it can be tough to find a winning combination of elements to create a beautiful and enduring home screen that provides both form and function.

For this reason, we have decided to open up a monthly call for gorgeous, well-decorated home screens of all shapes and sizes.

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[Monthly Home Screen Challenge] And The December 2011 Winner Is…

December's Home Screen Challenge – like our first two challenges – gave us a look at some extremely impressive home screens, pushing aesthetics and home screen tweaking to their limits. It was tough to pick just one winner, but in the end, suprafreak1000's zen-like reimagining of the Android interface won us over. Like always, we'll break down the winning home screen and explain each of its parts, so you, the reader, can design your own creation using the same elements.

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[Review] Avast! Mobile Security For Android

After getting a glimpse of Avast's new mobile security solution a few weeks ago, I just had to dive in and give the app a full review. Avast, the long-awaited marriage of Avast and IT Agents' Theft Aware (see our review), certainly doesn't disappoint. It has an insane number of features, all of which appear to work perfectly, and it sounds like things will only be improving with time.

And did I mention the full-featured, root-enhanced app is completely free with no paid version in sight?

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Want Some Android Apps? Check Out All Android Police App Roundups From 2011 + Bonus: Tablet Apps

As a follow-up to the mother of all game roundups I posted the other day, today let's take a look at all the app roundups posted throughout this past year.

As before, everyone should find something of interest in the lists below (if you don't, I don't believe you). Use one of the two strategies:

  1. Browse the top of each post for the cream of the crop selection (I think I started sorting by quality towards the end of the first half of the year).
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