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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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ProCapture Free

Photography
Low Maturity

A better camera was one of the reasons people were so excited about the upcoming Galaxy Nexus. But if you can't get a new phone, try to get a new camera app. ProCapture adds new camera features like Panorama, which pieces several photos together to form one large image. The wide-shot mode does something similar with three photos, burst takes many images in succession, and Timer lets users set a countdown clock for taking a picture. Users can also change lighting, add multiple flash modes (including torch), and adds two photos together to cut down on image noise. There's no video function, but the photograph functions can add some improvements that give more control to change the picture. Purchase the full $3.85 version to get higher quality photos.

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Skyscanner – All Flights!

Travel & Local
Free

On The Fly isn’t the only game in town; Skyscanner has its own massive library of flights that you can hop on. The app promises more than 1 million routes around the world, ranging from the large airlines down to the budget. Skyscanner claims to search all airlines, and the large list of returns it offers lends credence to that thought. It takes a few extra seconds longer to perform, but the added choices are worth it.

Skyscanner can filter according to flight duration, departure/return time, direct flights only, airline, and price. These filters can also be saved for use on other route searches, and can instantly be removed to offer more choices. (Search routes and settings can be saved as favorites as well.)

With plenty of flight choices and a great UI, what more could you ask for? How about a chart that updates price info if you have flexible dates? Skyscanner lets users tap a different travel date and get lower prices.

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redHanded

Tools
CA$1.00

Think a snooping spouse or someone else is using your phone without your permission. Use this app to catch them in the act. RedHanded will snap a photo every time that a phone is unlocked, which should provide the evidence you need. The front-facing camera is activated every time the phone is unlocked, unless the user shakes the phone or enters a code to disable it. It's probably easier to just put an unlock method on your device, but this is more for people who want to have proof of meddling. It could also be nice to have installed in case a phone is stolen and you want photos of the thief (enable Instant Upload with Google+). The paid version is required to disable shutter sound and set preferences.

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