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Fresh Android Apps for Feb. 18: Google Reader update, ESPNcricinfo, Funny Notepad

by Ian Black

Today’s fresh apps deliver one update to a Google app and two new apps from other sources. Google Reader gets a refresh with new features to improve the user experience, while ESPNcricinfo will immerse you in the game of cricket. Finally, Funny Notepad expands the doodle craze to notes.

Google Reader update (Free)

Google Reader has been out for a good long while and it’s very useful for reading RSS feeds from multiple sources. This new update adds some cool new features.

Now, an unread count quickly shows stories you haven’t looked at. Also, there’s a ticker that displays new headlines in a scrolling stock exchange-style mode. And, “Mark Previous as Read” automatically marks headlines you moved past as already read.

ESPNcricinfo (Free)

Odds are you know jack about cricket. No worries, mate, because this specialized ESPN app aggregates everything you need to know all in one place.

Live game coverage provides photos, play-by-play commentary, even match graphics showing all the current stats. “Lean Back Mode” lets you prop your phone up on your deck and follow multiple games and their scores all day. The app also offers commentary in text, audio, and video.

Funny Notepad (Free)

More doodles! Funny Notepad provides a cool doodle graphic-styled notepad for your grocery lists, appointments, or your obsessive compulsive note taking. When you enter a note via the virtual keypad, it’s transcribed onto what looks like paper with cursive pen-like script. Simply tap an item once to strike through an item or press and hold to remove it completely. A hand-drawn looking calendar tracks your events and meetings.

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