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Adele tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Blame it on the Grammys, Adele’s early success at SXSW or America’s heartfelt love for this British singer, but it’s no surprise that Adele’s Android app has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. Also in the media sector is TED, an Android app dedicated to delivering presentations from the world’s most fascinating people. Roku also made a splash this week with an app to control your set-top box, while OverSkreen’s floating browser makes the Android tablet function much more like your PC.

Adele (Free)

Our favorite breakthrough artist was smart enough to launch a dedicated Android app for her fans, and they’ve shown the love right back. Adele’s Android app, launched just weeks ago, has soared to the top of the charts (on iOS too). In this official app you’ll get Adele’s latest news, upcoming tour dates and videos. You can preview Adele’s album tracks, post comments and photos to her fan community and access album info as well.

TED (Free)

An official app from the famed educational series, TED brings you countless clips from some of the world’s most influential thought leaders, radicals and innovators. Known for delivering a unique and provocative perspective on business and culture, TEDTalk presentations are knowledgeable and quite fun to watch. In this compact Android app you’ll get over 1,200 videos and audios to enjoy on the go, with more added weekly. Check out new and popular items, archived clips and those you’ve saved for later viewing. There’s an easy search tool to drill down to those of interest, and an option for some to be downloaded for later use.

Roku (Free)

Released by Roku as a control center for your accompanying streaming player, the Roku Android app lets you launch channels, navigate your media, control playback and discover new channels. From this app you can launch or rate any Roku channel, using the app as a remote control for instant replay, back and option buttons, along with a keyboard for text entry (handy when searching). From the app you can browse channels and games in the Roku store, and add or remove channels on your Roku player. The app works with all Roku players on the market providing it’s on the same Wi-Fi network as your smartphone. You will need the device, as well as a Roku account to use this app.

OverSkreen (floating browser)

One thing about using a mobile device is the limited screen space, and the constant toggling between apps. OverSkreen looks to solve all that, putting the browser in an accessible place above all other apps so you can better use the screen real estate you have. The mobile browser window opens similarly to a PC browser window, and can be moved, re-sized or minimized. It supports Flash on devices running Android 3.0 or above, and gives you an opportunity to truly multitask on your mobile device.

Camera ICS

Designed to work with Android 4.0 devices, Camera ICS is the latest photo app to hit the market. Add color effects to your photos, modify your photo settings and take panoramic photos or time-lapse videos (for tablets only). Camera ICS’s biggest selling point is its optimization as an “improved version of the official camera app” on Ice Cream Sandwich devices, giving you a few more options than you get with the default tool. And as a bonus, Camera ICS has added support for Honeycomb devices as well.