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Fresh Android Apps for Mar. 16: Read It Later Pro, AutomateIt, GO Contacts

by Ian Black

In today’s fresh apps, you can save off your web finds to perusing later, make your phone work on its own, and update your contact applet for the 21st century.

Read It Later Pro ($0.99)

Information comes at us from all angles these days. I find interesting web pages and online articles all over the web just by following a thread or two – but I rarely have time to read all that I would like to. That’s the problem Read It Later Pro solves.

Save web pages and articles for reading later – even offline. The marketing slogan calls it “A DVR for the Web”. The app and service work together so that you can read anywhere. An article view turns web articles and images into a nice mobile presentation. How far you’ve read also gets synced, so no matter when you continue reading you can pick up where you’ve left off.

AutomateIt (Free)

Apps deliver tremendous power to smartphones, but sometimes I’d like my phone to do stuff all on its own. It’s an Android after all.

AutomateIt use action triggers to make things happen. You specify a particular trigger – like when a text message arrives with a specific word in it – and then you tell the phone what to do when that happens. It can, for example, turn the volume down 50 percent automatically when you connect to a Bluetooth headset, or turn on Wi-Fi when you arrive at home.

GO Contacts (Free)

The Contacts feature is as old as the mobile phone. It was the original app. The thing is, it hasn’t changed all that much since the beginning.

Go Contacts aims to shake up the phone’s directory. You can easily create different groups to separate, say, your work colleagues from your friends. Smart dialing will find out who you want to dial by matching either the name or the number. And, you can merge duplicates and backup your contacts simply and efficiently.

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