Talking Ted Uncensored tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

It’s not uncommon these days to see an Android app released alongside a movie debut, especially one as talked about as Ted starring Mark Wahlberg. The whimsical take on a childhood best friend has landed in Google Play as a highly interactive soundboard app. Google’s still relishing in the limelight after a successful I/O developer conference last week, making their recently launched Analytics app all the more relevant. Klip’s Video Sharing app also made waves, hoping to replicate the success it discovered on iOS.

Talking Ted Uncensored ($0.99)

Soundboards have always been popular with Android users, but it’s not often we see an official one launched for a Hollywood flick. Based on the Seth MacFarlane movie, Ted, this app features the talking teddy bear brought to life by Mark Wahlberg. With the soundboard app you’re the one behind Ted’s notoriously inappropriate quips, which can be recorded in a live animation video and sent to friends. There’s a handful of animations to choose from, and some fun phrases to share.

Google Analytics (free)

Google Analytics is one of the most useful tools for website owners, social media marketers and bloggers, and now users can access them through a new Android app. Better late than never, Google Analytics joins the growing team of apps with a dedicated mobile interface. You’ll find real-time site statistics, including traffic and the number of active visitors. You’ll also be able to track daily unique visitors, conversion rates and alerts for spikes in site activity. The app is still limited: you can’t interact much with the app and it acts primarily as a reference tool. Also this week, we saw the rise of Google Magazines, debuted at Google I/O.

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Klip Video Sharing (free)

With a successful ride on iOS, Klip has finally made its way to Android. Similar to other video-sharing apps like Viddy or Socialcam, Klip is all about social discovery and content sharing. Like a tweet made of video content, Klips are short videos meant to be entertaining without taking up a lot of your time. But you can record and store videos of any length, with free unlimited uploads. Share your best Klips on a range of social networks including Instagram, and find others to follow to be updated when new content arrives.

Viggle (free)

It seems everyone wants to reward you for the most frequent and benign activities these days. Viggle gives you rewards and gifts just for watching TV. Just check-in to your favorite programs with the Viggle app and you’ll get rewards from top brands like Best Buy, Burger King, Fandango and Old Navy. And Viggle can automatically identify a show you’re currently watching, thanks to audio recognition. Earn more rewards by getting active in the app, answering real-time questions, responding to polls and voting on current on-screen activity. It’s fun, and it pays!

Flow Powered by Amazon (free)

Available for iOS since last year, Flow Powered by Amazon is now on Android as well. The augmented reality app lets you discover information about the products all around you. Upon launching the app you can use the camera on your Android device to snap book covers, DVDs, video games, packaged goods and even grocery items. The app will then automatically offer up product details including previews, audio or video clips, and other information. This form of ambient interaction is growing in popularity for mobile use – IBM also came out with a platform that extends similar functionality to the retail industry.

Grafetee (free)

Putting a data-driven spin on Foursquare-like check-ins, Grafetee lets you bookmark real world places from the web to your phone. Leave geo-tagged notes and find nearby content from a variety of sources like Wikipedia, other Grafetee users, and even Foursquare itself. It’s especially helpful for travelers or those ready to explore their surroundings. With a bookmarklet for the web and Facebook integration, Grafetee is an easy app to use. There’s support for photo-sharing along with your notes, and private feeds for select location-related content sharing.