Holiday Cards, Stay.com among best new Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

With the holiday season now in full swing, it’s no surprise that many holiday and travel apps have launched or updated in the past week. Holiday Cards gets the party started, with an easy way to send greetings to everyone in your contact list. Both Stay.com and FlightTrack’s Android apps have been updated with more features to help you travel efficiently this season, while a holiday favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas, finds a new generation to love this year.

Holiday Cards by Sincerely Ink (Free)

The holiday season is our annual excuse to subject friends to family portraits and tell-all letters. Simplify the holiday card tradition with Holiday Cards by Sincerely Ink, a free Andriod app. Choose from over two dozen photo and illustrated cards, and customize them with your own pictures and messages. There’s themed cards for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year, general holiday, non-religious and everything in between. Send physical cards directly through the app to friends in the U.S., UK, Canada and Europe for as little as $1.69 each including postage.

Stay.com (Free)

Stay.com is a travel site that’s gaining in popularity, and it’s in part due to their mobile strategy. Putting some usable features behind its online resource, Stay.com’s Android app helps you uncover the best attractions, restaurants and hotels for all the major cities around the world. Create a personal travel guide with Stay.com’s app, and download it to your phone for offline access. It’s a handy upgrade to an already useful app, especially for regular globetrotters that have to deal with varied wireless services as they travel from country to country.

A Charlie Brown Christmas ($6.99)

Bringing a classic holiday story to the digital era, Loud Crow Interactive has launched an interactive e-book app for A Charlie Brown Christmas. Optimized for tablets and smartphones, the digital pop-up remake makes the story that much more fun for the younger generation. A Charlie Brown Christmas takes you through the whole story scene by scene, letting you play with all the characters and even the famous Charlie Brown Christmas tree, a lingering reminder of everlasting holiday cheer.

Roqbot (Free)

Roqbot is a crowd-sourced music app, first made popular at SXSW, that’s finding its way to more users. The Gap turns to Roqbot to keep shoppers rockin’, ensuring the music playing in the store is something they’ll like. When a shopper checks-in to a retailer’s location through the Roqbot Android app, their music preferences from Last.fm, Facebook, Pandora and other services are used to crowd-source the store’s soundtrack. Shoppers can also request songs from the “approved” pool to add them to the queue.

Flirt (Free)

Looking for a holiday cuddle buddy? Try Flirt, the latest Android app from Cupid. It’s a super-simple way to meet local singles. Search for people that are nearby, receive alerts and notifications when someone is available and get to know them before meeting in a chat room. View photos, send a few winks and receive messages from admirers. Like most dating services, there’s plenty of free browsing with the Flirt app, but you’ll have to pay out for the good features.

FlightTrack ($4.99)

It’s a busy travel time, so it only makes sense that you’d want to stay on top of your flight schedules. With the full version of the FlightTrack Android app you get real-time status on flights for airlines across the globe. Optimized for tablets as well, you can view flights on an interactive map, getting departure info, delay updates and gate numbers at a glance. FlightTrack was just updated in time for Thanksgiving weekend with support for more languages and airports, along with a new option for adding flights to track directly on the main screen.