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Fresh Android Apps for Dec. 2: Google Reader, Beat the Traffic Plus, MusicMapper

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Today's Fresh Android apps features one of the most well known RSS readers, an app to help make your commute hassle-free, and one that gives users the ability to creatively sing along to that song they just can’t get out of their head.

Google Reader (Android) FREE

Google’s RSS Reader has finally made its way to Android. It’s a free service that lets users add RSS feeds from several resources and read them in one browser window. This way, you can keep up with important world news, your favorite blogs and updates from the websites you visit most frequently. The app supports all the basics you’d expect from an RSS reader, like unread counts, friends, sharing, liking, and starring. It also includes a few Easter eggs, though: search functions, full subscription features, synced preferences and the ability to log-in to more than one account at a time. The developers of the Google Reader app have also added some shortcuts that can make navigation more quick and easy.

Beat The Traffic Plus (Android) $3.99

Traffic in Los Angeles is exactly how it is portrayed in the movies. On some afternoons, from the sky, the freeway looks like it could be a parking lot. It's a mess that you don’t want to get yourself into. Beat the Traffic is an app that provides you with the means to track traffic delays in your area, giving drivers the ability to adjust their travel plans or navigate around significant backups. This app provides real-time traffic speeds for more than 110 cities in the US and Canada, live traffic camera snapshots in 35 major metropolitan areas, and detailed information on traffic incidents.

MusicMapper (Android) FREE

MusicMapper is a social networking application that’s similar to popular FourSquare, with emphasis on the importance that music has in our daily lives. This app allows you to write your own audio autobiography by tagging songs to specific locations and writing stories about what this music means to you. Then, you share these stories on Facebook and Twitter. You can also snap photos, create special blurbs and check-in at locations. Because this app is created by organization behind The Grammys, you can also use it to check out tons of different Grammy-curated content.