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Scalado Album tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Long-time maker of mobile imaging software, Scalado released its first consumer app this year, with the intention of replacing your stock Android gallery. GammaPix also made a splash this week, with its controversial smartphone-turned-geiger counter, while TGI Friday’s leaves you hungry for a night out. LG also launched a mobile cloud app for Android users, competing with Google Drive on its own turf.

Scalado Album ($0.99)

Known for their mobile imaging software, Scalado’s first consumer app wants to replace your stock Android gallery with a faster, higher-resolution album. It’s a visual enhancement to your digital snapshots, and delivers an enjoyable way to flip through your photos, especially on an Android tablet. You can geo-tag photos, view a map marking where your photos were taken, and share snapshots across the major social networks. Photo editing features are limited, however, especially for Android 4.0 users.

GammaPix Lite (Free)

Initially developed for federal agencies, the technology behind GammaPix turns your phone into a detector of ionizing radiation. With support from the U.S. Department of Defense and other agencies, developer Image Insight was spurred to bring this technology to the public. So what does one do with a mobile geiger counter? Avoid exposure to radioactive materials or acts of terrorism. Read the description and instructions carefully before using this app, as there’s several stipulations for gaining the optimal experience with GammaPix.

Friday’s (Free)

The famous restaurant chain has finally launched an Android app, and in many ways it was worth the wait. View menu items and special offers, locate the nearest eatery and check out drink specials and promotions. Best of all, you can pay your bill directly through the app, as Friday’s has included Tabbedout integration for the My Friday’s Tab feature. You can start a tab, track your spending and close it out when the night’s through. My Friday’s Tab comes with tips from restaurant bartenders, and auto-options for a gratuity.

LG Cloud (Free)

Jumping on a crowded bandwagon, LG launched its own mobile-centric cloud service just days after Google Drive’s release, and days before the expected Samsung S-Cloud unveiling. With mobile paving the way for consumer cloud apps, LG ties your digital media across all LG devices including your TV, tablet and laptop. You get 5GB of free storage with a new account, and that increases to 50GB if you have an LG Smart TV as well. Your photos, documents, music and videos are auto-synced to the cloud, and LG hopes to differentiate its cloud service with real-time transcoding technology to optimize multiple device parameters and capacity.

Snapfish (Free)

From HP comes another cloud service, this time for photos. It’s been a few years since HP first acquired Snapfish, and now they’ve gone mobile with the photo organization tool. From the app you can store and access unlimited photos, and whip them out anytime, on just about any connected device. Photos can be shared via email, Facebook or Twitter. From the app you can access your organized albums, as well as your friends’, keeping tabs on all the great memories being shared. (Free)

A mobile extension of the website, this new app delivers breaking soccer news, live scores and interviews. It’s a global network comprised of hundreds of reporters and dozens of publications, for a localized take on sports coverage no matter where you are. Available in 13 languages, the app features real-time news, automatic refreshes and offline support. Customize your dashboard to follow your teams of interest, and share the big stories across Facebook and Twitter.

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