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RealPlayer and VEVO lead Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Several interesting apps emerged in the Android Market this week, some shooting straight to the top of the charts. Many come from the fastest growing app genres—entertainment and productivity. Popular Science expands its digital reach with a new Android app, while SwipePad Beta makes Android management an easier task. Here are this week’s top Android apps.

Entertainment etc.

The RealPlayer Beta Android app has undergone a pretty big update, with an improved user interface and a handy home screen widget for flipping through your music playlists. Free, this app now has a landscape mode for music playback, more options around playing and managing your media, including quick deletes for videos and songs.

Music video site VEVO has made its way to Android, with an app to enjoy songs on your mobile phone. The free app is easy to use, with tab buttons for exploring categories of streaming music videos. Mark and share your favorites, make a playlist, and connect to Amazon to purchase songs. This app also provides charts, exclusive content and even music trivia.

Popular Science is now on Android phones, with the PopSci.com app. Get mobile access to geeky news, scientific research, gadgets and green tech. Save stories to read later, search for the content you want, and filter by topic. Articles can be read offline. This app is free.

No time to cook dinner? Grab the SeamlessWeb Food Delivery app. You can pull up nearby restaurants, view their menus by category, and place your order. Choose whether you want it delivered, or swing by and pick it up yourself. This free Android app provides its service in a number of US cities.

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Personal management

If you’re one to file taxes early (I’m determined to be one of those people this year), then the new TurboTax SnapTax Android app is worth a download. It will, at the very least, get the process started for you. Take a photo of your W-2, answer the subsequent questions, and file your taxes. To actually file, however, you’ll need to upgrade to the File Key app for $14.99.

WebMD has finally found its way to the Android Market, with an app called Medscape. It combines several resources into one app, including a drug reference tab, a drug interaction checker, a local directory for physicians and hospitals, and a tab for medical news. Free, this app also supports offline access for some of its content.

Android management

One of the great things about Android phones is personalization. SwipePad Beta is a launcher panel, pulling up with just a swipe of your screen. It works no matter what app you’re currently in, so you can access other apps quickly and easily. Free, this app has a number of settings to make its capabilities suitable to your needs.

Android Assistant (12 features) is a top-performing app this week, with a device management system to keep your phone under control. See your CPU, memory and battery info at a glance, monitoring how your phone’s resources are being allocated. Kill processes, free up memory and make your Android experience more efficient. This app is free.

CircleLauncher Light is a widget to readily access your favorite apps, and more. Add the apps or contacts you use most, and they’ll be available on your homescreen, in a convenient and aesthetic circle. The full version of this app costs just over $1.00.

Another management tool is the new Safety NET app, which monitors your phone for critical fails, instantly alerting your emergency contact. If you drop your phone, the Safety NET sequence begins, giving you an opportunity to call for help, or calling for you if you’re unable. Included in the $3.99 app is GPS positioning and more.