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Spotify Preview tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Spotify has been on a tear lately, adding universal Play widgets for website publishers, a slew of branded apps from partners like Coca Cola, and now an overhauled Android app preview with full support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Comedy Central’s Daily Show Headlines also caught a few headlines of its own this week, while Cubby’s free cloud storage lets you upload directly from your Android device. Here are this week’s top Android apps.

Spotify Preview (Free)

The streaming music service has a new beta design for Android, compete with support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s a new black-and-white design with hi-res artist imagery, slide-out navigation for improved usability and more social features for easier viewing of friends’ profiles and playlists. You’ll also be able to access ‘Related Artists’ for the first time on mobile. The updated Spotify is still in “preview” mode, so to use it you’ll need to allow the installation of applications from unknown sources on your device. This is because Spotify will be adding more features before the updated app goes live in Google Play, including support for scrobbling. This preview app will eventually replace the current one.

The Daily Show Headlines (Free)

The first official app from Comedy Central’s popular satirical news program, The Daily Show Headlines delivers the best of Jon Stewart’s nightly riffs from the last two weeks. The app also offers program information like a list of upcoming guests, next week’s schedule and the option to set an alert when a particular show airs. You can share your favorite clips on Facebook and access special videos exclusive to the Android app.

Cubby (Free)

From LogMeIn comes a new cloud storage service called Cubby. The Android app offers 5GB of free storage, which you can use for documents, videos, music and photos. Upload items directly from your Android device, and access items you’ve stored on Cubby anytime. As the name suggests, Cubby’s storage app is an organization tool. Create ‘cubbies’ for various collections, which can be set to public or private. Cubbies are also collaborative, so friends can add items to a particular folder as well.

Fancy (Free)

Fancy’s not a brand new app but it’s risen significantly in popularity this past week, possibly because of the growing love for Pinterest. Fancy swooped in to offer itself up as a mobile alternative to Pinterest, letting you bookmark products across the web, view others’ bookmarks and organize them in lists. As with Pinterest, the focus with Fancy is on the images, which can range from etched martini shakers to European travel destinations. With trends growing quickly around curation tools, Fancy’s Android app lets you express your style and discover other items of interest. The most active users will earn badges, denoting their particular areas of expertise (i.e. men’s fashion or restaurants). It’s an easy way to create your own collection of things, and get your “Pinterest” fix on-the-go.

IncStage Presenter Lite (Free)

Designed for mobile workers, IncStage Presenter Lite is a touch-ready tool for creating presentations and albums from your Android device. Similar to PC-based presentation software, this app comes with templates to jump-start your slideshow. Add images, video and text, fill in the title and you’ve got a ready-made presentation for work, family albums or whatever else you can dream up. Import slides from PowerPoint or PDFs, and export IncStage presentations as JPEG, PDFs and PowerPoint files as well.

AfterFocus (Free)

After the revolutionary launch of the Lytro camera, the AfterFocus Android app seems a much more affordable way to get picture-perfect snapshots. with a similar concept to the Lytro, AfterFocus lets you create DSLR-style background blurred photos by selecting a focus area. The app is easy to use, and while it doesn’t have all the fancy capabilities of the Lytro (or a proper lens with good depth-of-field), it will let you quickly modify a photo after the fact to really emphasize an image’s foreground. The effect can really add some drama to your photos, and a pro version is expected next month with even more features.

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