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Yahoo! Sports Beyond Gold 2012 tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

One thing Yahoo! does well is sports news, and they’ve taken coverage to new heights with the Beyond Gold app, covering this year’s Olympic Games in London. Kiip is also making its way up the charts with a new rewards platform, letting you manage your points on the go. And one of the most talked about apps this week isn’t new, but its new feature is all the rage: Spotify added streaming radio to its Android app, bringing a much-deserved update to the popular music service.

Yahoo! Sports Beyond Gold 2012 (Free)

If you didn’t make it to London this year for the Olympic Games, check out the new app from Yahoo! Sports. It offers up-to-the-minute news, scores, medal counts and photos. Here you’ll also find exclusive Yahoo! Sports content and other updates, like expert analysis, to keep up with the Games. One great feature is the photo gallery to see the winning and losing moments that make or break an athlete’s career. It’s one of many apps you can use to keep track of the Games this year.

Kiip (Free)

Gamification has taken the world by storm, rewarding people with redeemable points across retailers, games and social networks. Kiip’s achievement-based platform is a centralized management tool for earning and tracking your rewards, which you can now do on the go. Perform well in some of your favorite mobile games, and you’ll earn points on Kiip. From there you’ll be able to share your achievements on Facebook and Twitter, manage your points and get alerts for new promotions.

Spotify update (Free)

Spotify took the world by storm with its fresh take on music subscription services, even before it launched in the U.S. Slowly but surely, Spotify is releasing its best features across desktop and mobile apps, the latest being a streaming radio for Android users. First launched in January for desktop users, and later for iOS, streaming radio for the Android app completes the circle. You can start a station based on an artist or song, and skip as often as you’d like if you have the premium version. It’s still not as good as Pandora’s streaming radio, but it’s very nice to have the new radio option directly in the Spotify mobile app.

Sophos Mobile Security (Free)

Sophos may be late to the game, but its new mobile security app is timely, given the recent reports that a surprisingly significant number of Android devices are affected by malware. Designed specifically for Android devices, Sophos protects against malware, warning you of privacy-invading programs and will lock-up your device if it’s been lost or stolen. It does so without draining your battery, working in the background to monitor your phone’s safety. Unlike most other big-brand security firms, Sophos is offering its Android security tools for free, hoping to gain a steady stream of users as Android device adoption, and malware, continue to rise.

Carfax Reports (Free)

Carfax delivers vehicle history reports straight to your phone. That means you can check an automobile’s history while you’re at the dealership, expediting the research process and ensuring you don’t buy a lemon. You can scan or type in the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to get a full Carfax report immediately. You can also search cars by license plate number. The app is free to download, but you will need a consumer account to gain full access to reports. The Carfax Reports app joins the company’s sister app designed for dealers.

PTSD Coach (Free)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious circumstance of military service members, many of whom face the horror of war abroad and return home only to relive the memories. As awareness grows around PTSD, more resources are becoming available to veterans and service members, including a recent Android app called PTSD Coach. The app provides education on PTSD, information on professional care, a self-assessment tool and resources to find support. There’s also an in-app toolkit for managing the stresses of daily life, helping the user relax and use positive talk and other common self-help strategies. The app was launched by the VA National Center for PTSD and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology.