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AT&T Uverse and other top Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

This week brought a number of new entertainment apps to the Android, including AT&T's Uverse app. It's joining the likes of DirecTV and Comcast for mobile access to your DVR. ING also launched a robust banking tool for Android, with a well-rounded set of features for mobile payments and such.

TVs and talkers

AT&T has launched Android versions of its U-verse mobile app, letting you access program guides and set your DVR. For U300 subscribers, the app lets you download television shows for mobile viewing. The app is free, and available on select Androids, including the Samsung Captivate and the HTC Aria.

TV Flash brings live television to your Android, with support for quality programming. Free, the app has a directory of supported channels, with basic viewing options for playback and pausing. Rate shows, set your favorites, and share them with friends. The free app is still a work in progress, but is an early supporter of Adobe's recent Flash integration for Android.

Vlingo's a top performer this week, thanks, in part, to an update last month for Android 2.1 and higher. Free, Vlingo: Words to Action is a hands-free way to send and receive messages, make calls, and get directions. It helps you drive safely, without the distraction of constantly looking down at your phone.

Music and more

Another top app this week is Grooveshark, which recently expanded to all Android devices. An on-demand radio service, Grooveshark's free music app delivers playlists, favorites and recommendations. Like a shared iTunes in the cloud, this app also supports downloads for offline listening if you spring for the $3 monthly subscription.

Barnes & Noble's e-reader received an update this week, on the tail of Amazon's Kindle improvements. The Nook now makes book navigation easier, with "go to" page numbers and in-book search. View your book highlights and notes, manage your library by deleting books, and side-load your content for wider formatting options.

SCVNGR's mobile game of check-ins and point amassing is set to reach a major milestone, as it nears 500,000 users. The Android version of the popular app has seen significant traction, with new features like rewards, new places and improved speed. The app is free, but the prizes are priceless.

Banking and utility

Adding to its ATM finder, ING has launched a mobile banking app on Android. Check your balance, pay bills, and transfer money. There's even an option to make person-to-person payments, making ING's free app one of the most feature-rich banking tools in the Android market.

Sound ID EarPrint is a new app for personalizing the settings and audio of your Sound ID 5 Series Bluetooth headset. Customize your in-call status indicator, add noise reduction, or amplify its sound settings when it's not in use. There's a feature for locating your headset, setting various tonal levels, and more. This new Android app is free.

Visionary is a root-access app for the new T-Mobile G2. It places an icon on your home screen for easy, one-click access — much faster than older methods. The app is free, and can be useful for those seeking hands-on control over their Android device. The company also offers a version that auto-loads and roots at every phone reboot.

TalkMyPhone is a free app that offers remote phone controls from GTalk. You can forward texts, receive call notifications and even the state of your battery. It's like having a chat conversation with your Android. Search for contacts, send out text messages, load the last five texts from your phone, and geolocate your device anytime.