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Gmail Android updates and other top apps of the week

by Kristen Nicole

Google has updated its Gmail app on Android devices, adding support for the recently launched Priority Inbox. This marks one of several mobile updates from Google, indicating its goals for creating a seamless experience for its apps, regardless of what platform you use.

Other new apps help you monitor your calories and air quality, and even the Steelers' latest scores. Here are this week's top Android apps.


Calorific is a calorie counter, with meal trackers to chart your activity and progress. Free, this Android app breaks meals into three recommended categories (green, yellow and red) for easy charting to help you eat a more balanced diet. Each meal gets a rating, along with bar and pie graphs for at-a-glance reference.

YinzCam has launched another sports app, this time for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Free, the Android app tracks news and game scores, along with team stats and video highlights. Stay on top of the team with mobile updates, and share them with fellow fans.

Visibility is a crowd-sourced Android app from USC, analyzing images from participants to determine the air quality of a particular region. Based on information such as the direction the camera is facing and sun orientation, this free app can enable us all to make the world a better place.

PureSense Irrigation Manager is another Android app to get you back to nature. Monitor soil moisture and weather information, no matter where you are, keeping you in touch with your crops even when you're away from your farm. Free for existing PureSense subscribers, this utility tool makes farming more efficient.

Updated and top performers

Google has updated its free Gmail Android app, making it more user-friendly with navigation similar to the desktop version. You can scroll through new messages without returning to the main screen, access your Priority Inbox, and access quoted text. The update is only for Android phones with Froyo 2.2.

Lookout Antivirus & Security has gained in popularity, with free mobile security tools to keep your data safe. Free, this Android app has photo and contacts backup and restoring options, GPS tracking for lost or stolen devices, and even an alarm that can be turned on remotely.

TripAdvisor has added Traveler Lists & Tours to its free Android app, giving travelers new recommendations for exploring a local area. Created by other users, you can pick and choose which items on a list you'd like to try for yourself. Map them in the app, and set out on a new adventure.


Blio is an upcoming book reader for Android devices, featuring millions of free titles. The free app will have text-to-speech capabilities, so you'll be able to listen to books while on the go. In all, it looks like the Android Blio app won't be too different from the desktop version.