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Fresh Android Apps for Dec. 30: Elixir, iBeer FREE

by Marty Gabel

Today’s Fresh Android Apps are rather different in nature from one another. There's a useful and regularly-updated tool for keeping track of all the info your Android device provides, and something a bit more silly and throwaway, perfect for a New Year’s Eve party.

Elixir (Android) FREE

Released earlier this month, Elixir just received another update to further improve its feature set. It’s essentially a system information tool for your Android device so you can keep track of all kinds of things like battery power, memory usage, and storage, but it also includes some highly configurable widgets to toggle stuff like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location services, and screen brightness.

With the ability to add indicators to your status bar, and a developer who continues to fix bugs and improve its performance, Elixir could turn out to be one of the more useful apps to have on your Android phone in 2011.

iBeer FREE (Android) FREE

It’s no coincidence that iBeer finally got its release on Android devices in time for the Christmas and New Year holidays, is it? Readers may remember this one from the early days of the original iPhone: you simply hold the device to your lips, tilt, and a full-screen video mimics the cold, frothy, refreshing amber beer disappearing as you gulp it down.

“So realistic, it’ll fool a bartender,” claim Hottrix, the developers. Well, it impressed enough folks in its original iPhone incarnation, and after a few drinks on New Year’s Eve, who knows who could be amazed by your Android beer-drinking prowess?