Android’s security flaws have been exposed, leaving consumers a little more cautious of their downloads, and security app makers a little more encouraged. As apps become hot commodities, we’re all more wary of mobile software downloads. Protecting them, as well as our devices, has become an important aspect of Android maintenance. Apps like Webroot have flocked to Android, where they’re likely to find ready buyers.
Security & backup
Webroot Mobile Security picked a fine time to push its Android app, offering basic protection for your smartphone or tablet. This free app aims to protect personal data on your device, while also scanning apps, sites and links for viruses. Locate lost phones, remote-wipe if needed, and even block unwanted calls. Want the full service? Pay $14.99 for a year’s subscription.
Mozy has had a whirlwind week, having been acquired by fellow EMC cloud division VMware. The fun didn’t stop there; the online storage and backup service also launched an Android app. MozyHome lets you securely search, access and send files, and open them with other apps (like Flickr or Facebook). This non-market Android app is currently free and in beta.
Music & entertainment
Grooveshark got booted out of the Android Market, so you’ll need another streaming radio service to get by. Try Rhapsody, a subscription service for personalized music stations, downloads and streaming on-demand. You can check out Rhapsody for free, though features are limited. And for the time being, they’re still friends with the record labels.
Any martial arts fans out there will appreciate the latest Android app from Handmark. MMAjunkie pools news and event info for the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce, Bellator and more. The rapid rise of this app proves the popularity of mixed martial arts, with sharing and bookmarking features for this niche reader. Free, there are quick tabs for promos, rumors, news and events.
Trulia has made its way to Android, bringing local real estate search to your mobile phone. Browse a nearby neighborhood or do some serious house hunting, no matter where you are. The free search app works much like the website, with filters for price range, bedroom, size and more. See local open houses, view reduced-home listings, save searches and share your favorites.
SPB Shell 3D creates a new home screen experience, with rotating screens, smart folders and a collection of panels and widgets to adorn your phone. The $14.95 app is dedicated to its design principles, which offer clean, interactive layouts with sharp graphics. Putting beauty first means this high-priced customization works on a limited number of Android devices. Check for yours before paying up.
I Journal is for those seeking some discipline in their note-taking. With meaning-based activities at the center of your daily reflection time, this free app isn’t for checking off to-do items, but to gain positive perspective. This Android app has prompts for recording eating and exercise habits, your mood, and even your acts of kindness. Sounds straight out a Will Smith movie script.