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Twidroyd returns to lead Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

It’s been a rough ride for Android Twitter app Twidroyd, having been blocked by Twitter last week. It’s made a triumphant return, however, giving users a second chance to try out its updated features. Graphic.ly made its first appearance in the Android Market too, bringing thousands of comics and graphic novels to your mobile phone.

Social & entertainment

Days after Twitter updated its own Android app, Twidroyd found itself blocked from using the microblogger’s API. Having revised its app, Twidroyd is back with user interface updates, new themes and more custom options. You can nab the full-featured pro version for $3.99, but those fearful of another Twitter ban should stick with the free version.

Graphic.ly Comics delivers an entire library of comic books and graphic novels, straight to your Android. The popular portal does its mobile app justice, with filtered search, personalized collections and social sharing and discussion options. If you already have a Graphic.ly account, your purchased items are immediately accessible from the free mobile app.

Disney’s first official Android app brings family-friendly tunes to your phone, anytime. Radio Disney streams all your favorites, with images and artist info as well. You can request songs, share them with a shout out, and create favorites lists. With this free app, you can also tune into local radio stations and see nearby events.

Travel & search

HotelsByMe is a popular search and reservation tool, with a global bank of hotels to peruse. View hotel listings on a map for visual cues, and detailed info includes rates, amenities, photos and reviews. This Android app is free, and can come through in a travel pinch.

Want cozier accommodations when traveling? HomeAway connects you with rental homes across the world. You can filter searches by room number, price and city. View loads of photos, read reviews and see which cities are trending. The free Android app makes for fun browsing, even when you’re not planning a trip.

Once you’ve settled in, pull up the MenuPages app to find nearby grub. The new Android app is gaining popularity in a handful of major cities, delivering full, readable menus from local restaurants. Filter by cuisine, location, distance and price. Save your favorites, share with friends and see restaurant information. MenuPages is free.

Maintenance & such

Garmin’s latest Android app measures your car’s performance in a number of ways. Garmin Mechanic calculates the vehicle’s acceleration, speed and distance using your phone’s GPS. Gauge trip distances and average speeds, estimated mileage and more. This app is free, but you can upgrade with Garmin’s ecoRoute add-on for additional real-time data.

You can get stats about your network, too. Network Info II displays info on your network, Bluetooth info, IPv6 and cell connection. Free, this Android app also provides public IP data, current mobile provider, gateway information and location. It’s a low activity app, circumventing GPS all together.

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