Now that the madness of Mobile World Congress is coming to an end, and we are all super excited about upcoming Android devices, it is time to continue to load up great apps on your current one. Let's hit the break together and check out some of our picks from this week, and be sure to let us know in the comments your favorite app, and why!
Richard Devine - Nova Launcher (Free / $4)
I'm lucky enough to have had a Galaxy Nexus since launch about 4 months ago. In that 4 months I fell in love with the stock ICS launcher and never thought I'd use a third party launcher again. That has all changed with Nova.
Essentially Nova is a stock ICS launcher, but with some tweaks. The Google search bar for example is removable so it isn't on every one of your home screens. The list of options isn't massive, but it makes for a more tailored use all round. Folders can be different styles, icon labels can be changed, animations can be changed or turned off completely and gestures can be used to create shortcuts. The paid "Prime" version allows for hiding apps in the app drawer too.
I really can't speak highly enough of it. There are areas that can be improved, like the widget list looking distinctly Gingerbread, but all in all it is a fantastic replacement for the stock ICS launcher. It is however only available for ICS devices I'm afraid guys. [Market Link]
Chris Parsons - PowerAmp ($2.00)
There is a lot of music players in the Android Market to choose from, even plenty from big name companies like Winamp and of course Google but being a person who likes to have finer control over the way I listen to music there is one app in particular that goes beyond just playing my music and that's PowerAMP. Aside from it playing pretty much every file available for audio, it's currently on sale for only $2 from the regular $5 it would normally cost. [Market Link]
Anndrew Vacca - The Oregon Trail: Settler (Free)
Feeling nostalgic this week, I decided to pay the Android Market a visit in search for a game that doesn't rely on on 3D graphics or intensive gameplay, but rather reminded me of the fun games I used to play as a kid. Low and behold, I stumbled upon the Oregon Trail, a blast from Windows 95 past that was just what I was looking for. While the Oregon Trail: Settler from Gameloft recently arrived on the market, I find the original Oregon Trail (also by Gameloft) closer to the PC experience I remember. Oregon Trail: Settler is a bit refined from days of yore, with a few added features and eight mini skill-based games included, but you'll manage to feel right at home. And even after all these years, contracting dysentery is still a pretty huge bummer. [Market Link]
Jared DiPane - RunKeeper (Free)
This month was great for me, the Fitness Challenge was rocking and I got to check out some new great apps to help get me through. RunKeeper is a rather powerful application which helps track your activities and show you trends and more. The application is free, and uses the devices GPS to track your routes for running, walking, cycling, and a whole slew of other activities. If you are looking to get active, and want to keep track of the data there is really no reason not to download this application today. [Market Link]
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