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The past few weeks we have heard your feedback, you love your apps, and want them presented in all different ways. And by semi-popular demand, we're going back to our old format, wherein we showcase a few apps that have caught our eyes of late, or that might not warrant a full story. Let's take a look at some of our picks from this week!

 Chris Parsons - Parcels

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parcelsIf you find yourself needing to track a lot of packages then maybe Parcels for Android is something that may interest you. The simple, yet useful application is available as a free download from the Android market and allows you to track multiple packages set for delivery and even get notified upon any change in their arrival. Parcels supports a number of shipping services some of which include: Amazon(DE+UK+USA), Apple, DHL, Fedex, UPS, USPS, RoyalMail and more. Give it a shot, i'm sure you'll love it if you have a need for this type of app. Free. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Jesse Potter - SMS2PC

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I'm a heavy texter, and by heavy, I mean about 2,500 to 3,000 per month. When I'm sms2pcsitting at my computer, it's not unusual for me to be carrying on two or three simultaneous SMS conversations. SMS2PC allows me to send and receive text messages directly from its Windows, Mac, or Linux client. Using a WiFi or network connection, your phone will forward all received SMS messages right to your computer, where a chat window will pop up, allowing you to type your response. Once you've typed your response and send it on its way, SMS2PC pushes that back to your phone, and to the recipient.  It even pushes entire message threads to your computer, so you have access to your messages history. I've been using this app daily since I bought it. It will cost you $3.95 in the market, but very worth it if you're a heavy texter like myself. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Phil Nickinson - Kindle

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I've spent the last week or so with the Samsung Galaxy Tab and have finally broached the world of e-books. And to that end, the Amazon Kindle app has worked out surprisingly well. Downloading a new book is quick and easy, the different font sizes are adequate, and I haven't had any of the eye strain that I worried about. The app invisibly syncs where you are in the book so you can pick it up later on another phone, or a Kindle, or other compatible device. I haven't been able to put it down. The app is free, books are around $10 or so (it varies). [Market Link | AppBrain]

Jerry Hildenbrand -BoozeHound

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Looking for a social start-up with a twist? You might want to check out BoozeHound. boozeIt’s a community driven app that helps you track down the cheapest place to buy your adult beverages. It’s still pretty sparse, but seeing how it only was published last Tuesday that’s to be expected. Usage is simple -- you register a nickname, and either choose from the existing cities or add in your local package/beverage store and a new city will be added to the list. You can then add in sales and specials, or browse the ones other have added. I’m in the process of filling in the West Virginia panhandle area, and come Christmas time when we’re all buying the essentials for our parties, BoozeHound might be a great way to save a few dollars. The developer is working on a favorites list, and his work so far looks good. No crazy permissions or battery hogging, it runs while you’re using it and sits idle while you’re not. It’s free, it’s new, and it just might be very useful. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Sean Brunett- Icon Pack - XBox 360

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xbox_iconsI love customization and one of the ways to do that on Android is to change your icons to fit your lifestyle. I have a bunch of icon packs that I like, but one that I recommend is Icon Pack - XBox 360. It comes with a variety of quality icons to fit most of the activities on your various homes creens. As of right now, I’m using Launcher Pro Plus with Folder Organizer, so I’ve got the XBox controller as the icon for my Games folder. Please note that you need an app like Open Home or Folder Organizer to run these packs. If you’re looking for some good icons to play around with, consider the XBox 360 pack. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Kyle Gibb - ESPN Bowl Bound

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espnCollege football is serious business, especially now that the season is wrapping up. The bowl matchups constantly change as teams rise and fall in the BCS rankings, and it can be difficult to track who should end up where. That’s where ESPN’s excellent Bowl Bound app comes it, it shows you the projected teams for each different bowl, and provides info on the games such as date, location, etc. It’s the easiest way to figure out who the Hokies will be beating come Orange Bowl time, and I guess it is probably just as good for the other games, too. Free. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Jared DiPane - Safewallet

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safewalletHaving come from a BlackBerry device I was always used to storing all my passwords in one protected area on my device, so if I needed any particular log in it was just a click away.  Safewallet is a great, secure application that allows me to store all my log in and password combos to the various sites I use all in one place. There is also an application available for Mac, Windows and Linux which allow you to access your secure passwords from all different machines whenever needed. For only $3.95 it is a rather good deal, especially if you have several log in's with different passwords for each. [Market Link | AppBrain]

 

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Android Central Editors' app picks for Nov. 19, 2010

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As an alternative to SMS2PC, I can't recommend Google Voice enough. Unlimited free texting inbound and outbound, everything is saved to your Google Account to reference and search for at any time, and there are plenty of tools out there to make things easier, including the Google Voice plugin for the Chrome browser on your computer. It's incredibly convenient to be able to reply to texts without opening a new webpage with a simple mouse click in my browser.

agreed. would love it if you could select Handcent (or other preferable 3rd party msging app) to use for texting with your GV#, like you can for your original phone#.

Thanks for the tip on SMS2PC! works great at work, now I can leave my phone down and still txt back, the wonders of apps and the market!

2500-3000 text a month is a heavy texter? Is that just outgoing? Combined sent/rec i usually have 7-10k messages on my bill and i thought i was average. Just had a girl come in to upgrade her phone a couple days ago and she had 22,000 on her last months bill.