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NCAA March Madness Live tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

We already drew up a list of great apps for March Madness this season. It took a while for NCAA’s own Android app to finally makes its way to the Google Play Store, but it’s here and tops this week’s list. Other notable launches include Evite, with its party-planning tools, and Fitbit, to help you stay on track with your diet and exercise.

NCAA March Madness Live (free)

It’s a breakthrough year for the NCAA, as their March Madness app now offers live streaming directly to your Android device. You can also check scores, check your bracket, receive game alerts and listen to live games with their in-app radio. The app works over Wi-Fi, 4G and 3G connections, ensuring a good portion of Android users will benefit from this app. As we enter the Sweet Sixteen stage, all games continue to be streamed, with real-time chat as well. While you can listen to the games for free, you’ll have to upgrade for $3.99 to view live video.

Evite (free)

Now you can plan parties on the go. Evite finally released an Android app, letting you create an event, send out invites, manage your guest list and RSVP to others’ events. There’s also an option for push notifications and event updates when guests RSVP or comment on an item. As with the Evite website there’s several invite templates to choose from, covering the basics like birthdays, cocktails and seasonal parties. You can access past events, add images to an event and keep tabs on upcoming ones.

Fitbit (free)

Already popular with iPhone users, the Fitbit app for Android helps you stay on track with your diet and workout activities. There’s a food plan feature, which will track your calorie intake to maintain a weight goal. Log your food, water, workouts and weight, searching Fitbit’s database for food recommendations and creating custom entries. The dashboard gives you the past two weeks of activity at a glance, monitoring your progress on all fronts. Fitbit can also count your steps and calories burned thanks to its motion-sensor integration, customizing a plan that fits your lifestyle. Your app data is synced with the Fitbit website so you can access and share as needed.

Bitdefender Safebox (free)

Security is a top priority for any mobile user, and protecting your data is a necessity. Bitdefender’s latest Android security app will backup your device data to the cloud, keeping it safe in the event something happens to your phone. The app is constantly syncing your photos, movies and documents, as long as you’re connected to the Internet. The Safebox keeps files secure in the cloud, where you can access them at any time and share them with friends, family and colleagues.

Slice - Shopping Organized (free)

Track and organize your purchases with Slice’s new Android app. It tracks your shipments automatically for items purchased online, working with Gmail and Yahoo! to find emailed receipts and cataloging them with your purchase information. It’s a useful app for anyone who’s a bit OCD about their purchases, needs to keep them organized for tax or expense purposes, or those who are into personal finance. Tracking works with FedEx, UPS and USPS, and you can view your packages’ journey on a map. Receive an alert when an item has shipped and been delivered, and also when a recent purchase has dropped in price. Slice can also help you prepare for purchases, tracking your daily deals on Groupon, LivingSocial and Gilt.