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Fresh Android Apps for Feb. 2: Steam, Handy Scanner, Super Bowl XLVI Guide

by Marty Gabel

Today’s Fresh Apps cater to the gamer, productivity mogul and sports buff in all of us. Valve Corporation’s Steam is finally allowing all users to use the app on their Android device, instead of just beta testers, while Handy Scanner is a useful way to copy and keep track of PDF documents. And if you’re visiting Indianapolis this weekend for the Super Bowl, NFL Enterprises has an essential app for you.

Steam (Free)

Despite being released a few days ago, it wasn’t until yesterday that the official Steam app was opened to all Steam users, not just beta testers. Steam is a popular Windows and Mac online gaming community and retailer and its new Android app gives users the opportunity to keep the Steam community in their pockets at all times.

The app lets players chat with their friends who also use Steam, which is certainly handy when they’re away from their computers. It’s also easy to browse community groups, read recent gaming news and stay up to date on the latest Steam sales. Now it’s going to be easier than ever to buy those cut-price games from anywhere.

Handy Scanner Free PDF Creator (Free)

Handy Scanner is, well, handy. It allows you to use your camera as a kind of makeshift scanner. You snap an image or document and it conveniently converts it into a respectable looking PDF which can be easily shared or printed. It’s pretty clever, too. The app does a bit of special tweaking to make things look good, and there’s a variety of settings like you’d find on a regular scanner.

Upgrade to the pro version for $2.69 which allows for the scanning of unlimited documents (and unlimited pages within) as well as access to fine-tuning controls. With tax season officially upon us now, perhaps Handy Scanner will prove itself very useful if you need to make copies of certain documents and don’t have a full scanner or copier available.

Super Bowl XLVI Guide (Free)

NFL Enterprises recently unleashed their official Super Bowl Guide app. Just like last year, the app is especially helpful for people lucky enough to be visiting Indianapolis right around the Super Bowl this weekend. It offers plenty of detailed information about restaurants and activities in the area as well as the ability to follow all of the social media buzz with NFL Huddle.

There’s a 3-D map of the city and stadium, a parking guide, and the ability to pinpoint your exact seat in Lucas Oil Stadium. Super Bowl attendees will find this a very handy app to have on their smartphones, but even if you’re just sitting on the couch and enjoying all the action from afar with friends and family, there’s still much to enjoy here. And if you’re a tablet-owning football fan, there’s a version of this app for you, too.