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[App Roundup] Our Top Five Favorite New Apps To Check Out From May 2012

Once again, it's time to round up our top five favorite apps from the previous month. We rounded up dozens of great new apps in May, but for those who are short on time or internal storage, we've selected five apps that really shined and are worthy of your attention. It's not easy to choose just five apps with so many great candidates each month, but here they are:

CallApp

CallApp, which I had the pleasure of reviewing late last month, is an ingenious application that reminds me that my smartphone can actually function as a phone, and which makes telephony what it should have been all along.

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ESPNsoccernet Hits The Play Store, Feeds Your Football Addiction

Here in the States, we call it soccer. Everywhere else, it's called football (which makes far more sense to me). Regardless of what you call it, though, there's one universal truth: like many other sports fans, soccer/football fans want to stay as up-to-date as possible about what's happening with their sport.

Enter a new app from ESPN called ESPNsoccernet that helps you do just that. It offers a pretty extensive set of features for the football/soccer-lover:

Comprehensive football coverage.

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Open Garden Beta Comes To The Play Store – Create Mesh Networks, Share Internet Connectivity On The Fly

Open Garden is hands down one of the most impressive apps I've seen this year. The app, first introduced at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2012 as the startup that would go on to win the conference title of Most Innovative Startup, allows users to create an "open garden" of internet connectivity for multiple devices to share. The startup's official website explains it this way:

The operators sell us fancy handsets, but behave as if broken networks are a fact of life.

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Duo Security Sends A Trojan Horse Inside Google's Bouncer, Explores And Fingerprints Its Guts

The Google Play Store's "Bouncer," which Google launched back in February to protect Android users from malicious apps, is a service that scans potential Play Store apps by running them in a virtual phone environment, where the app's activities are monitored for any signs of mal-intent.

Taking advantage of that test period, security researchers Charlie Miller and Jon Oberheide have evidently found ways past Bouncer (which they will be presenting at the Summercon conference in New York this week).

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[New App] Instapaper For Android Lands In The Play Store – Save Webpages For Offline Reading In Style

Instapaper, "a simple tool to save web pages for reading later," is wildly popular among iOS users, but has – until now – eluded Android users. Looking to quench users' thirst for the highly desired app, Mobelux has just made Instapaper live in Google's Play Store.

For those who aren't familiar, Instapaper allows users to quickly, easily save reading material they discover online but don't have time to read right away.

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[Updated] ASUS And BlueStacks Team Up To Bring Popular Android Apps To 30 Million ASUS PCs Worldwide

Update: Turns out the teasers were about an ASUS Windows 8/Android device after all, and even Bluestacks got tricked into thinking the "big transformation" teasers were about them. You can find more info about this device, called Transformer AiO, here.

Remember a few days ago when ASUS got everyone's hopes up with teaser videos that began excited rumor-churn about a possible dual-booting Android/Windows 8 tablet? Well, it turns out that the videos in question were meant to tease a new partnership ASUS has formed with BlueStacks, creators of the renowned BlueStacks App Player (which we reviewed back in March).

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[New App] MTV Releases Official Tosh.0 App, Suggests You Ditch Your Computer In Favor Of Its Tosh-Centric Functionality

Making it perhaps a little too easy to access Tosh.0's full "online experience," MTV Networks (on behalf of Comedy Central) recently released the official Tosh.0 app to Google's Play Store, adding a suggestion that users ditch their computers, because after all, "opening browser windows is for government workers and exchange students."

The app allows users to immerse themselves in a Tosh-centric world of internet interest, reading posts from the Tosh.0 blog, checking out Tosh's latest caption challenge, and watching videos from all seasons of Tosh.0, including everything from Web Redemptions to Video Breakdowns and more.

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[Deal Alert] Tapatalk Now On Sale For Just $0.99 In The Play Store – That's 66% Off

Tapatalk, the mobile forum app "designed for forum superstars," can now be had for $0.99 in the Play Store, down a full $2.00 from its normal price.

For those unfamiliar, Tapatalk is one of the most popular mobile forum apps in existence, and bills itself as "the only and best fully-functional forum app in the market." The app allows users to quickly access, read, and participate in many of their favorite online forums through a smooth, intuitive interface.

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[New App] Million Moments By Sony Brings A Subtle (Yet Amazing) UI To Photo Organization

Looking to help users organize their "cherished moments into beautiful albums – effortlessly," Sony Digital Networking Applications Inc. (SDNA) recently released Million Moments to the Play Store.

https://youtu.be/MSHePHg8k0o

Million Moments, as you may have gathered from the heartwarming promo video above, is an app that allows users to not only capture photos, but categorize, label, organize, and lay them out into fantastic-looking albums, all using an undoubtedly beautiful UI.

Blowing other photo apps to smithereens, Million Moments' interface offers a great amount of functionality in a sleek, subtle design.

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Facebook For Android Updated To 1.9.4 With Performance Improvements And Bug Fixes

Facebook's Android team pushed out an incremental update v1.9.4 today with "improved performance and various bug fixes." Just what those improvements and bug fixes are will remain a mystery - the only useful part of such changelogs is we know what they didn't do in this release.

So, what did those who updated think of increased performance?

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Business as usual then - got it.

Facebook on my Epic Touch has never seemed particularly slow UI-wise, but pulling data takes uncomfortably long even on Wi-Fi.

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