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This past week has been an odd one for me: a mixed bag of family time, alone time and some traveling. And as happens every time I’m by myself, I ended up spending a good deal of the alone time checking out new apps from the Play Store. Here’s a quick roundup of the ones that stood out for me and will most probably stay on my phone for a while to come.

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Welcome to another edition of  “Apps That Made My Week”. Today I would like to introduce you to a novel way of reading SMS messages, a great way to look at the weather, an app that gives to charity whilst you run, and my favourite keyboard.

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This week saw me performing a factory reset on my device, so I viewed this as an opportunity for a good app clear out. Often I download apps purely because they’re ‘nice to have’ rather than because I’ll actually use them. I was, however, quite surprised to notice quite how many apps I had downloaded, and interested to note how many I do actually need and use.

This little selection of apps are those that have been particularly relevant to me this week. I probably won’t keep them all in weeks to come, but there’s a couple that are certainly a little underrated.

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One of the best things about owning an Android device is discovering awesome new apps every day. The past week was not an exception, as I had my hands full with impressive and interesting ones to try. With a phone upgrade, it was a great way to test the apps and my new phone’s performance along with it.

Here are the best apps I’ve come across in the last seven days…

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These apps are not just ones that I found within the last week. These are apps that I’ve been using every day for months. Some are for the average user, some require a special demographic, but all in all they’re apps that I can’t do without.

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This week in apps has been a hectic one, with a new app that has you guessing the logos to major corporations, a Flickr competitor’s entry into the mobile app world, and the latest photography craze GifBoom, all making a splash not only on the Play Store, but on my device as well! So read on to see what’s happening this week in the world of Android.

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I recently got a new phone – the Galaxy Nexus – and as any geek would know, the first week or so with a new gadget can be the most fun. That I’ve been alone at home for the week only means I’ve had a chance to spend crazy amounts of time with the new phone, which is a huge step up from my old LG Optimus One. So of all the apps I’ve tried, picking the top of the lot is a bit of a challenge. But I’m going to try and do it anyway. Here are the five apps that really made my week with the new phone.

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Whether it be for reviewing purposes or just for personal usage I end up installing plenty of apps during any given week. After getting a new phone recently, which features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, app design has become a really important factor. I’ve been especially looking into apps that follow some of the ICS design principals and use the ‘Holo’ thematic as inspiration. What I’ve tended to notice is that, using apps like this feel far more ‘native’ within ICS itself and make for a really nice user experience. As recently as yesterday someone sent me an awesome link to a site called ‘Holo Everywhere‘, which blogs solely about about apps designed in this way.

I’m now trying to see if these apps are good enough to replace some of more commonly used applications, to make as much of my Android experience as Ice Cream Sandwich flavoured as possible. I might even have to report back with my findings! You’ll see a couple of examples within this list of ‘apps that have made my week’, most notably Pocket (formerly ReadItLater) which has now been given a big overhaul and ‘Ice Cream Sandwiched’ in terms of design. AppAware too is not only a great little discovery tool, it’s also clearly inspired by ICS. For these and a few other apps that have really caught my attention this week, read on for more. (more…)

Every week, we at Android.AppStorm come across lots of apps that impress us – far more than we could review! These posts are a chance for us to highlight the apps we’ve been enjoying recently, so that you can enjoy them too.

This week: an addictive game, an Ice Cream Sandwich orientated Twitter client, a beautiful way to browse Reddit, and a floating browser!
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A few days ago I got that little notification that draws a sigh from any Android user. Not a low battery. Not a low signal. But a low disk space alert. I felt like I was nine all over again, being told to clean my room. Much like when I actually was nine, I tend to go overboard when I’m having fun. It’s open season when it comes to downloading apps.

I cleaned it out, hastily (old habits die hard), so I could get back to my fun. Of course playing is always more fun when the room is clean because the best toys stand out.

It is now Sunday night and a few apps I’ve selected are in fact so good that I’m still energised to write about them . So if you want to find out about astronauts sleeping, better video playing, a FourSquare rival and a camera made of paper, read on.

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