Ring in the New Year with these Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

New Year’s Eve may be the biggest party night of the year. Do it up right, with the help of your Android phone. Plan a blowout party, share the good times with your friends, and keep your night on track with these Android apps. 2011, here we come!

Prep…

Whether you’re the one throwing the party, or you just need a party to crash, Facebook is the app to check first. Create an event, invite friends and send updates, which they’ll receive in real-time. Every event planner on the planet will be posting their parties on Facebook, so take a scroll through your own invites. This super-social Android app is free.

New Year’s HD Live Wallpaper will get you in the celebratory mood every time you pick up your phone. With blasting fireworks and six custom backgrounds, this $1.99 app features some of the best graphics for holiday live wallpapers. Personalize the effects such as fireworks blast size, shape and frequency, pick your colors and more.

The Food Network launched its Android app just in time, with a Holiday Central section to get your event-planning off on the right foot. Called In the Kitchen: Recipes, Chefs, the $1.99 app delivers food and drink recipes, and other tips. Best of all, there’s video tutorials too, with clips from Paula Deen, Bobby Flay and more.

Liquor Run Mobile is a local store search, adding an element of efficiency to your errands. Navigate your way to the nearest liquor store, and set reminders for closing times. This free Android app also comes with drink recipes, and even a beer calorie counter.

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And party!

Party Mixer will get the party going, with some funky features that make your Android a virtual turntable. Import your playlist, drag-and-drop tunes into a play deck, and play two songs at once. Cross-fade between songs to make it a true mix tape, or set the auto DJ player to run on its own. This app is free.

Santa Cam is a photo effects app just for the holiday season, with a new section specifically for New Year’s Eve. Add stamps, text and borders to your photos, and share them with friends. The photos can be sent via email, SMS or shared on Facebook. Encourage your guests to download the app and share party memories with friends. This Android app is free.

Times Square has an official Ball Drop app, with live-streaming of the famous annual New York event. Don’t miss a moment of the celebration, and watch the musical performances, celebrity appearances, and most importantly, the ball drop itself. This Android app is free to download.

This holiday is a global celebration, uniting everyone around the spirit of the coming year. The free New Year’s Eve Multilanguage app brings international appeal, speaking well wishes in over 30 languages. You can send the multimedia greetings to friends via SMS, email or chat, or share them across social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

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