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Onavo tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

With carriers raising prices on data plans, it’s no wonder Onavo’s Android app has become so popular. It monitors your Android device’s data usage, helping you avoid overage fees. Panorama Pro also made a splash this week, capturing landscape photos with your Android’s camera. Google Docs pushed through an important update for mobile users as well, enabling real-time document collaboration and editing in their native Android app.

Onavo | Monitor Data Usage free

Your Android phone is a data hog, and if you’re with AT&T or Verizon, that could spell bad news for your wallet. Tiered data plans and throttling are plaguing Android users as swarms of mobile devices cramp wireless networks. But here’s an Android app that will help you keep tabs on your data usage, and your cell phone bill. Onavo monitors your device activity, sending you alerts for apps that are hogging your data, and a warning when you’ve reached your data cap. Restrict certain apps for Wi-Fi use only, or block your 3G data plan once you’ve hit the limit to avoid overage charges.

Panorama Pro free

Sometimes one frame isn’t enough to capture the perfect shot. With Panorama Pro, you can click the shutter on your camera phone once and sweep the scene to create a panoramic picture. As with most popular photo apps, Panorama Pro comes with a variety of effects to add to your photo to make it look old, emphasize certain colors and more. Photos can be saved to your gallery or shared directly to social networks including Facebook and Twitter.

Google Docs update free

The Google Docs Android app received an important update for mobile users, enabling real-time document collaboration and editing without having to launch the browser. The update really brings more desktop functionality to smartphone and tablet users, which is great for mobile workers. Other updates include rich-text formatting for bulleted lists, bolding text or adding color. You’re also able to pinch-to-zoom, so you can really drill into your edits. Until this update, the Google Docs app acted more as a front end for merely accessing and viewing documents. All the fun stuff required a browser, and even that could run into issues with real-time collaboration.

Kids Place - With Child Lock free

It isn’t enough that your kids take over your Android smartphones and tablets, but they use up space with apps and sometimes run up your bill with in-app purchases. For all the reasons you’d want to limit access to your Android device, from keeping your own personal data safe to ensuring the little ones don’t stumble across a naughty app, Kid’s Place with Child Lock is an app launcher that restricts kids to pre-approved apps. It also keeps precocious children from downloading new apps, making phone calls, sending texts or making purchases. And there’s a few perks for kids too, like the auto-app restart when the little ones accidentally exit a launched app.

Mathway free

Math wasn’t my best subject in school – too bad we didn’t have smartphones in those days. The Mathway app offers up instant solutions to a myriad of math problems, helping you see the errors in your work. It’s a free resource for students, covering the basics like algebra, trig, calculus and stats. And if you’re anything like my mom, who insisted on learning the process behind math problems instead of just peeking at the answer, Mathway’s premium app offers step-by-step explanations to demonstrate how a solution was reached.

What’s My Heart Rate free

There’s plenty of health-related apps for your Android device, many that can determine your heart rate by placing a finger on your camera lens. What’s My Heart Rate can calculate your heart rate just by looking at you, based on an advanced algorithm that detects micro-changes in the color changes in your face. It’s a less intrusive way to measure heart rate, and as the app developer suggests, it can be used on a sleeping baby or an elderly person. It’s not so much for fitness however, as you have to hold the camera still to measure your heart rate, and there’s no tracking over time.