Location-based apps lead Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Location-based apps really strut their stuff this week, with several offering updates in the Android Market. Waze, for instance, added voice-based weather alerts, making it more interactive for hands-free drivers. With Valentine’s Day coming up, Milo’s location-based shopping tool will surely come in handy.

Location makers

Crowd-source GPS app Waze is becoming more and more useful to drivers. The app includes traffic and hazard alerts, so you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel. This free Android app is truly valuable right now, considering the wave of storms the US has been experiencing lately, as potential traffic hazards can be shared between drivers via the app.

Runkeeper Pro has been gaining speed ever since making its service indefinitely free. The mobile app for fitness buffs has made it easier than ever to stick to your New Year’s resolution. Track runs, trails, calories burned and steps taken. Get charts on your progress, support from friends and a healthy helping of frugality.

Android app EveryTrail lets you share trips, connect with travelers and discover nearby activities. The recently updated app, acquired last week by TripAdvisor, uses your GPS location to tag photos and journal entries, so your travels are chronicled in the cloud. Share trip books with friends on Facebook and Twitter. The Pro version of this app costs $3.99.

Manage your media

Last.fm is giving you until Valentine’s Day to enjoy its mobile app for free. Starting Feb. 15th, the streaming music app will charge a $3 subscription for ad-free, custom radio play.  If you prefer free music with commercials, you’ll have to head to Pandora’s app box.  Last.fm’s Android app is still free to download.

Mange your personal camera monitors from your Android phone with the free Dropcam app. This app taps into your Wi-Fi camera that streams live to your phone. Dropcam offers alert notifications, camera recordings, and affiliated website accounts, to view and fully manage cameras and streams.

my6sense is a personal social and RSS reader, delivering an intelligent stream of content to your phone. A recent update improves the curation algorithm, making a prioritized look at your Twitter, Facebook, reader and blog streams. Free, this Android app cuts down the noise, constantly learning from your interactions with your social content.

If you’re a torrent freak, the new uTorrent Remote from BitTorrent is a sure-fire app for you. It lets you access and manage your uTorrent 3.0 Alpha client from your phone, managing its activity back on your home PC. Add, remove, start and stop torrents, check your RSS feeds to get torrents started on the go, and play content on your device. This Android app is free.

HoneyComb Wall is the latest live wallpaper from Wolf Labs, celebrating the coming of Android Honeycomb 3.0. It features glowing Android bees, buzzing about in cool blue tones. This can be changed, of course. This free wallpaper has a handful of custom settings for personalization. Features include a digital clock and calendar, touchable (noisy) bees, and battery life icons.

Last minute lovin’

Need to find a last-minute Valentine’s gift? Milo Local Shopping will get you on the right path. Search the actual inventory of local stores while you’re out shopping. It will save you time and money, letting you comparison shop while you’re on the go. Free, it scans bar codes, saves search history and more.

Need some delectable treats for your Valentine’s sweet? Check the new, free Strawberries app, commissioned by California Strawberries. It pulls recipes from top food sites to access dozens of fruit-filled feasts. Recipes come with nutrition info, nutrition tips and social sharing options. Save your favorites for your summer, too.

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