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You may very well be one of the lucky few heading to London (or perhaps already in London) for this year’s Olympic games. Since the 2008 games, a lot has changed in the world of technology; it wasn’t until the month after the games that Android 1.0 was released. In fact, London 2012 is being called the first “social media games” and it has come with a number of official Android apps.

We’ve already take a look at how to keep up with the Olympics but you might have a more difficult job navigating your way around London. In this roundup, we’re going to take a look at a bunch of apps useful for those visiting London, even when the Olympics aren’t on.


It’s that time again: that summer every four years where people all over the world gather to watch their country compete against and with the greatest athletes in one arena to quite literally bring home the gold. It’s time for the Summer Olympics.

A lot has changed since 2008. Many of the competing countries have new leadership – including my home country, the USA. Lots of new discoveries have been made, including very recently, the Higgs Boson particle. And, of course, Android has become a household name.

Because of that, there are lots of great ways to keep up with the Olympics on your Android device. In this roundup we’ll take a look at a few of the best.


You always want to be in the best shape possible; feeling fit and healthy increases confidence and decreases stress – and of course keeping yourself healthy is important for avoiding nasty diseases and physical pain. However, it can be hard to achieve this without the right support.

Today I’ll be looking at 50 applications that will help you to get fitter. Each of these apps can easily fit into your everyday life, and their assistance in small amounts over a period of time can be a great boost!


With all the bells and whistles tucked away in your Android device, you would expect it to be just a bit more useful in your life. These are not just your every day cellphones of decades past. They have mics, speakers, WiFi, GPS, temperature sensors, gyroscopes, accelerometers, and probably a bunch of other stuff that I’d have to ask Google search to help me list.

Forget just being reminded about simple stuff like emails, tasks, and phone calls. Let’s take a look at a few apps that go beyond your standard reminders and help turn your Android into a backup memory store for your own brain.


It can be stressful to look after a household (not to mention your housemates), so whether it’s with running errands or getting the laundry done, any sort of assistance is a blessing.

Fortunately, there are many Android apps built for just this type of help – let’s take a look!


I don’t know if you’ve heard, but a bunch of these new sites called ‘social networks’ have been cropping up all over the place and they seem pretty popular. Social networks, of course, allow us to share some or all facets of our lives with our friends, our family, and the general public. While the vast majority of social networks are web-based, a lot of them come with accompanying Android apps. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular ones (as well as a few niche networks).


Read all about it! If there’s one genre of app that continues to be massively popular in the Google Play Store, it is the humble news app. If you want to stay up to date with the latest news- whether it be national, international, technology, topical, sports or even celebrity gossip(!) there are dozens of apps out there to help you do so on your mobile Android device.

We thought it would be a rather cracking idea to round some of the better news apps for your perusal. This has been split up into 5 sections: Titles, this includes newspapers, TV stations and specialist news sources. Then there’s a section on dedicated Technology and Science news apps. Sports news is very important to a wide range of people so there’s a small section for apps that specialise in top sports news apps. There is also a section especially for news aggregators; hugely popular in the Google Play Store these are usually highly customisable apps that collate your favourite sources into one handy and readable format. Finally, if you have a sense of humour, I’m sure you’ll appreciate our small section on humour and news parody apps.

Read on then for a bumper collection of brilliant news apps, ready for you to download…

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…)

I was a bit miffed when I couldn’t find the Android Market on my phone last week. I hadn’t gone near it in over a month; in fact I’d barely used my phone beyond basic texting and calling functions. While everyone else was talking about the switchover to Google Play I’d been too busy to even notice.

The thing about smartphones is that they’re built around the apps they run, and when you stop downloading apps your phone can seem like a useless dead weight in your pocket. While searching for the Android Market it was obvious everything had fallen into disarray. Old, useless apps not even worthy of a review cluttered my screen and the gems lay among them, unused and outdated.

A few moments later when I found Google Play, five great apps found me that would make my week and remind me as to why new apps should find themselves on our phones every week.


In February, we here at Android.AppStorm put together our best tips, tricks, features, and shortcuts. This month, we’ve gathered our favorite apps – the ones we use all the time, and that we’d recommend to our friends.

There’s a bit of overlap, naturally – between us, we use four or five different Twitter apps! We’ve skipped all the stock apps, however; we’re not giving out awards for great design, we’re trying to recommend apps that you might not already be aware of. By the same token, I doubt we need to tell you about the official apps for Facebook or Twitter; if you’re already a user, you know about the app, and if you’re not a user, the apps are unlikely to convince you to become one.

So here are 100 apps that, between us, we recommend trying out. Enjoy!


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