June 13, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Every week, Androinica.com attempts to highlight the best Android Apps. Using tips from the #androidapps tag on Twitter and recommendations from our own eagle-eyed staff, we highlight recent additions to the market and apps we feel readers will enjoy. If you’d like to recommend an app for inclusion, mention @androinica or use the #androidapps tag.
This weeks collection of apps includes a couple of apps for getting things done for work and two apps for finding ways to entertain themselves on the big or little screen. Below those apps are links to recent reviews and announcements.
Quick Office ($14.99)
QuickOffice has finally announced the availability of QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite. Though it has long offered an Android app that allowed users to read Microsoft Office documents, it wasn’t until this week that users were able to edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. To improve usability, QuickOffice has added the ability to view PDF files, manage files, and access Box.net or Dropbox to view/edit and automatically save. Users who already have QuickOffice on Android 1.5 or higher can upgrade to the new app for $14.99.
Television junkies can finally restore some order to their life now that the official TVGuide application has come to Android. Enter a ZIP code, list your service provider, and you’ll gain access to TV listings with short blurbs detailing additional info. TVGuide can also market Favorite channels or shows, search for listings containing a keyword, and deliver entertainment news.
Anyone in the support industry who uses Zendesk was likely very pleased to see that Zendesk released an Android application this week. The new app gives IT pro’s a chance to manage support tickets even when they’re away from their computer. Zendesk can view, add, or update tickets and add comments for follow-ups, and create new users are on the fly. Anyone who already uses Zendesk can download the Android app and put a help desk in their pocket.
Advanced Map Live Wallpaper (Android 2.1+ required)
Live wallpapers are an entertaining way to spruce up the homescreen of an Android device. It’s also a way to siphon on some precious battery life, so you might want to turn it off if you’re concerned about losing too much juice if you’re concerned about those kinds of things. Advanced Map Live Wallpaper is a good way to reconcile the two: the app shows a Live Wallpaper of your location with plenty of customization options, but doesn’t require GPS to be on in order to work.
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APP REVIEWS THIS WEEK
- Podkast manages audio and video podcasts on Android [App Reviews]
- Loot (Free) for Android helps you keep track of and organize your finances [App Reviews]
- Inserty makes quick responses, coordinates, links and more easy to share [App Reviews]
- Market Millionaire is a stock market with virtual money, real-world stats [App Reviews]
- 5 Android Apps to cure FIFA World Cup Fever
- HuffingtonPost.com Android app and widget helps you keep up with the news [App Reviews]
- AndFTP allows Android users to interact with their FTP servers [App Reviews]
APP NEWS THIS WEEK
- Norton Security releases Android app for “anti-malware” and remote protection
- Android Voice search added for French, German, Italian, and Spanish speakers
- Google Maps Navigation now live in Canada and much of Western Europe
- Swype Beta for Android gets updated
- Google claims Android Market visibility bugs have been fixed
- Qik re-releases video chat app into Android Market again. [VIDEO]
- Dropbox Android app update with new features/bug fixes