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Pinkberry leads Android Apps of the Week

by Marty Gabel

We’ve got another great round-up of new and updated Android apps this week. Leading things off is Pinkberry, the frozen yogurt store which offers some handy rewards for loyal customers. We’ve also got the Google-owned Zagat which got rewritten from the ground up and went free. Also, a way to discover the history places around you, a better method of detecting precipitation via your Android device, and a new app to help you make free calls and texts across a non-cellular network.

Pinkberry (Free)

The official Pinkberry app hit Google Play this week and it offers more than just menus for frozen yogurt lovers. In fact, regular customers will definitely love the free, small yogurt you’ll get just for signing-up! Loyalty card holders are well-treated here. You’ll get a free small yogurt with toppings after every tenth purchase and even one on your birthday. In addition, you can search for flavors and find stores close by, pay for your froyo with your phone, and be the first to know about new flavor launches.

Zagat (Free)

Once a paid app (or at least requiring a subscription) Zagat relaunched as a free app this week, available for free and under the wing of Google itself. With Zagat, you can browse over 30,000 restaurants worldwide with trusted reviews and ratings. There are plenty of filters to help narrow down your search to specifics and it’s also possible to reserve a table via the app. In addition, Zagat is optimized for 7- and 10-inch tablets.

HISTORY Here (Free)

This app allows you to discover thousands of historical places of interest close by or at a location you might visit in the future. HISTORY Here is brought to you by the folks behind The History Channel and provides an easy-to-use interface, photos, video and dynamic maps which help bring the past to life. Also, the app’s developers recommend offering them some feedback so they can add even more points of interest in the future and make it even better.

SkyMotion (Free)

Sometimes, a weather forecast predicting a “60 percent chance of rain” just isn’t enough. SkyMotion is a different because it focuses solely on precipitation. It can help you plan two hours ahead by offering precise information on how precipitation will impact you, your family or your business. SkyMotion works by automatically determining your location from 16 million zones across the United States and Canada, and it can be used all year-round to detecting hail, snow, rain, sleet and ice pellets.

Pinger: Text Free + Call Free (Free)

More than just offering free texting, Pinger now offers free calling, too. You can call any line in the U.S. and Canada including landlines and non-smartphones. Your friends don’t even need the Pinger app installed to receive a call. You get your own real phone number that you can use even if you don’t have a calling plan. Pinger capitalizes on data plans as a conduit to offer free calls and text messages, especially handy if your talk plan is shared or your minutes are running low.

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