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Android Apps Alert #51: Torrents, News, and Chat edition

March 6, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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The best Android apps are always in our sight at Androinica.com. Hundreds of new Android apps are released each week, some performing better than others, so we try to find the apps and games that will best interest our readers. Feel free to leave your suggestions by mentioning Androinica on Twitter with the #androidapps tag and we might include it in our weekly wrap-up. In the meantime, grab your Droid X or Nexus S and let’s take a look at what’s new in the Android Market.

uTorrent Remote

Android 2.1 or higher required

Torrent hunting is tough, but torrent managing got a little easier this week. uTorrent Remote for Android can control torrent downloads on a PC or Mac, allowing users to start, stop, pause, or add. It’s incredibly useful for managing your queue, and available for free to Android 2.1 or higher users that run the beta versions of uTorrent. Get more information for Mac here or find out more for PC users here.

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Pixel Art Clock Widget

Android 1.6 or higher required


Fans of pixel art have a clock widget of their own in Pixel Art Clock Widget. This homescreen widget displays a clock with 3D-like numbers and decorative pixel art that provides a great effect – especially if you’re into eBoy or pixel art wallpapers. The app provides features optional illustrations, 12-hour or 24-hour display format, and 11 color options.

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LiveProfile

Android 1.6 or higher required


Unlimited text messaging is great, but wouldn’t be better to send messages for free? And instantly? That’s what you get with LiveProfile, an instant messaging service compatible with Android, iPhone, and – very soon – BlackBerry devices. LiveProfile allows users to see when their messages are sent, chat with contacts or share files in-stream, and see profiles of people that they can connect with. It’s similar to BBM, but geared towards cross-platform use. Find out more by reading our interview with LP cofounder Phil Karl.

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PressReader

Android 2.1 or higher required


If you ever need a break from the Android-centric news provided at Androinica.com, consider PressReader. Newspapers from dozens of countries and hundreds of publications are available in this app that downloads digital copies from designated sources. The Globe and Mail, New York Times, Bangkok Post, or any other paper in various languages can download every morning to your Android device and then be read. The app features pinch-zoom to navigate, a table of contents, and clicking on a name to get text-focused article view. PressReader gives users the option of buying newspapers individually (not wise) or a subscription to PressDisplay.com. A trial is available to see how PressReader works on your phone or tablet.

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Thrutu

Android 2.1 or higher required


You’re on the phone with Friend A and he asks for Friend B’s phone number. Searching your contacts and saying it out loud is simple. But if you want to share a contact, photo, or location, you’ll need Thrutu, which allows users to do that without ending the conversation. It’s a great way to send directions to a friend who’s meeting you or show off something you’ve just seen. Thrutu requires that both callers have the app installed, so it won’t be very useful unless you can attract friends to adopt this app.

P.S. Verizon and Sprint customers should be reminded that this app probably won’t work for them because those networks currently don’t support simultaneous voice and data connections. (People connected to the Sprint WiMax network can use Thrutu.)

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Android App Updates & News

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Catch Notes is a great task manager available for Android and desktop (sync between the two is available). The app is great for taking text, voice, and photo notes, as well as using reminders and tags. The app has been updated to support file attachments and scanning barcodes, which makes it more competitive with Springpad and Evernote. [Install]

Google Maps got a nice little upgrade that helps you connect with friends and locations. It’s now easy to tweet Hotpot ratings and reviews to Twitter, check-in or ping friends with Latitude, and find the right location when checking-in. [Install]

Seesmic for Android added support for reading and posting to Facebook. The app previously supported Google Buzz and Twitter, but now you can update your status on the largest social network and read feeds from friends as well. [Install]

Guns n’ Glory, a tower defense game that we gave a growing review a while back, has updated to add more than 20 new maps for plenty of shoot ‘em up action. You’ll notice there are also new weapons that weren’t previously available. [Install]