Justin.tv launches on Android, and other top apps of the week

by Kristen Nicole

Justin.tv was among the many companies to launch Android apps this week, with feature inclusions that help the app stand out from the crowd. The UK's Royal Mail also made interesting use of the Android app Junaio, adding a digital accompaniment for its new intelligent stamps.

Here are the top Android apps of the week.

Entertainment and media

Philips GoGear Connect has confirmed rumors of an Android-powered mp3 player that can run on iPods. The announcement, made at the IFA conference in Europe, brings more promise for the Android platform. Free, GoGear Connect is even coming installed on some upcoming Android devices.

Sony has updated its entire line of eReaders, which means an Android update is around the corner. The new versions have more storage space, an improved UI based on screen size, and supports more file types, including ePub, PDF, Word and plain text. As eReaders grow in popularity for Android devices, Sony will be further encouraged to update its mobile offerings.

Justin.tv has come out with an Android app, expanding its mobile reach for live video broadcasting. Free, the app lets you stream content from your Android device to your web audience. A couple of features put Justin.tv ahead of competitors, including video encoding for less battery usage, and adjusting bitrates for video upload, depending on your connection.

Consumer friendly

Rue La La is following in the footsteps of Gilt, launching an Android app for its members-only shopping hub. Delivering private sales to on-the-go shoppers, the free app has alerts and direct shopping tools. Share your purchases and desires on Facebook and Twitter, and see featured boutiques on the accompanying home screen widget.

Need to remember something on the go? Springpad has an Android app to save all your thoughts, ideas and memories. Take a photo or jot down a note to be saved and organized in your Springpad account. Scan barcodes, perform local searches, and more, with this free app.

NetQin's PhoneGuard Android Anti-Virus app has seen 100 percent growth in the US, thanks to its presence on GetJar's Android-supported mobile app market. The $39.95 security app constantly monitors your phone to protect it from viruses, identity theft and more. For those wary about Android scam apps, a security install is a must.

The UK's Royal Mail is turning to Android apps for better customer engagement. Teaming up with Junaio's augmented reality app, the Royal Mail has launched an intelligent stamp that prompts an interactive web site when the stamp is scanned with your Android phone.

Search and supercomputers

Homes.com is going mobile, with a new Android app for searching local real estate markets. Bookmark your favorites, share them with friends, and get detailed driving directions to homes of interest. Free, the app lets you search properties by MLS numbers, and includes direct-contact information for representative agents.

MIT has launched an interesting mobile app, turning your Android device into a supercomputer (in theory, anyway). rbAPPmit is a free app that lets you compute problems on site, considering factors such as structural cracks and other variables that require a powerful formulaic calculator.