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Android Apps Alert #77: Social Overload Edition

October 24, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Apps

The Android Market is rumored to have published 500,000 apps since it debuted three years ago. Thousands of those apps have been abandoned, removed, or replaced by better options, so the number isn't really what's important. What matters is that there are great choices out there to load on your phone, so here are a few new and recently updated Android apps that we think you should put on your phone. Click the "Learn more" to get a download link for the app.
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ActionComplete Pro

Productivity
CA$2.03

As far as GTD and project management apps go, ActionComplete has long been one of the more powerful. Allowing users to create detailed to-do lists, multi-level actions to get things done, wait on others, and sync with a web client, the app has proven useful. With the latest version of ActionComplete Pro, users now have a the app has proven useful for keeping tracks of projects. The latest version of ActionComplete now supports Vicinity view, a feature that reminds users when they can complete a task at a location nearby. So if you create a project for redoing an office and include "Purchase lamps from WalMart" as an action, the app will recognize when you are near a WalMart and provide directions and store hours. Vicinity View uses Google Places API, but it can also add coordinates for other locations. Once enabled, users can even filter all of their pending actions according to location. "Buy wood at Home Depot" would float to the top of your actions list because Home Depot is closer than WalMart. ActionComplete Pro regularly costs $4.99 but it is on sale for a limited time at $1.99.

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Fab.com Daily Design Sales

Shopping
Free

The "daily deal" trend started by Groupon isn't exactly just about getting cheap coffee and 2-for-1 massage vouches. Fab.com also offers daily deals, but it's focused on fashion, accessories, books, and "inspirations" that are on sale - "up to 70% off retail." Fab's offerings tend to be of a higher quality and last longer than what you expect from a deal site, especially since it sells things like interesting timepieces, chairs, collectibles. The app shows new items, highlights those that are ending soon, and even shows a list of what's coming up over the next week. Users can shop directly within the app and see a countdown clock as a reminder of when they need to checkout to guarantee purchase. If you're into shopping but not into retail, sign-up at Fab.com and then download this app.

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Chime.in for Android

Social
Free

The last thing the world needs is another social network. That's what everyone said before Google+ came along, but they've managed to find an audience. Uber Media, the company behind Twidroyd and several other Twitter clients, thinks it can do the same by building an interest network. While other sites stress having users share their personal thoughts and checkins - yes, you can do that on Chime by following others, but it's downplayed - Chime.in is about topics. I can mark Android or Google as an interests and then go to Chime.in to see all of the links, polls, and photos shared by others. I've only used it very briefly, but Chime.in seems to be the network for people more interested in discussing things than people. It has the potential to be a better way to find like-minded people looking to discuss a specific interest, but the overall usefulness of the app/service will greatly depend on how quick it attracts users and keeps them coming back.

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