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LinkedIn tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Social networking has always been a perk for smartphones users, and LinkedIn has finally emerged from beta and leapt onto the Android platform. Another socially-oriented app, JAJAH, opened its public beta this week, widening the array of communication mediums for Android users. Better late than never, I say. Here are this week’s top Android apps.

Social stuff

LinkedIn has found its way to Android, with a new app for professional networking. The important features are all there for following updates, checking connection requests and responding to messages. You can view your connections, find new ones, and immediately research upcoming and former acquaintances on the spot. This app is free.

The JAJAH VoIP app lets you call friends, even those on Facebook, for free, regardless of whether or not they have the app as well. JAJAH’s free Android app lets you make cheap calls over Wi-Fi or 3G, which is a great perk for those with limited minutes or international friends. Contacts are automatically updated, so it’s easy to maintain the usability of this app.

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Music apps

Livio Car Internet Radio Lite is designed for drivers, with large navigation buttons and text, and a feature for adding your favorite contacts for one-click phone calls. The Internet radio service offers an array of stations, ensuring you’ll always have tunes in your ride. Livio Radio’s got a free version, with a handful of stations, and a $4.99 pro version featuring thousands more.

PowerAMP is a music player for Android, with support for most files, including .m4a, .wma, .wav and .tta. This Android app is made for music lovers, with an equalizer for custom settings, along with pre-sets and song-based performance optimization. To make music management easier, PowerAMP also has a scrobbler, song tags and a selection of themes. Unlock the full version for around $5.18.

For a better life

Esurance has debuted its Android app this week, making it easier to manage your car insurance, even when you’re in the car. You can access your claims, file a new one, and locate nearby repair shops. Like the Esurance site, you can also view photos from the repair shop as they progress. Free, this Android app comes with an accident toolkit, keeping you prepared and safe.

FlexT9 is the latest to try its hand at improving the way we use mobile keyboards. Powered by Dragon, this 4-in-1 keyboard app lets you switch between type and speech seamlessly. Trace out words on the screen keyboard, which works similar to Swype. This new Android app supports a number of languages, turns text into speech, and vice versa. At $4.99 this is a serious app for serious mobile users.

With the weather warming up, it’s time to play outside again. The AllSport GPS app will track your workouts, whether you’re a runner, walker or cyclist. Check your stats on time, speed, calories and distance. Analyze and create your own training sessions, so you can optimize your outdoor activities. This Trimble app has a great free version, while the pro upgrade costs $3.99.

Mobile coupons are all the rage, and the recent acquisition of Peekaboo Mobile by nSphere is proof positive of this trend. Peekaboo offers local deals based on your location, aggregating restaurants, retail stores, fitness venues and more. Set up alerts for coupons at your favorite spots, and pull the coupons directly to your phone. This Android app is free.

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