It's Friday once again, and we're back with this week's top free apps for Android! This week has been a busy one with lots going on in the world of Android, with three, count them, THREE updated releases of TweetDeck, rumors of Honeycombs, rumors of Froyo updates that didn't happen, and more. With all that excitement, it wasn't easy finding time to pick out some great free apps to toss your way. And yet, we managed to come up with a few. So read on intrepid Android fans for this weeks free app party.
First up on this week's list has to be TweetDeck. Yes, we know it's been out since last Thursday, but the updates they released this week really started putting some shine on the app. If you haven't taken the time to check it out, we highly recommend you do so. It is quickly turning in to one of the best all around social clients out there. Be careful not to download any so-called TweetDeck apps from the Market though. The TweetDeck peeps haven't released it on the Market as of yet. The only place to get the real deal is straight from them. Link included below.
Download v0.9.4 from right here.
Next up on this week's list is a neat little database utility called Memento. It's not exactly a full fledged Microsoft Access database, but it's configurable to the point of allowing you to create custom fields based on a number of different data types (i.e. text, number, true/false, date/time, etc.). It also supports barcode entry of of data on a per field basis. Memento includes a number of database templates that you can use that cover everything from Tasks to CD/DVD or Book collections, Recipes, Vehicle Maintenance, as well as several others. Alternately, you can just start from scratch and create your own. It even supports syncing with Google Docs. Overall, a very nice little app. For a full feature list, check out the official web site here.
If you've been a gamer for any length of time, you are probably aware of the G4 cable network. Many years ago, they started out as TechTV, but after a couple of acquisitions, the channel changed its focus from technology in general to more video game-centric content. They have now released a free Android app that helps you stay up to date with the latest in gaming news even when you aren't in front of your TV. This app also released a over a week ago, but the initial version that came out was riddled with a few bugs that detracted from the experience significantly. G4 includes videos, game reviews, cheat codes, and up to date new articles that keeps you informed of what's happening in the world of console entertainment.
StumbleUpon is an Internet content recommendation and discovery service that has been around for a number of years. Many, many hours have been spent by users in front of their PC's repeatedly clicking the StumbleUpon button in their web browser just to see what site comes up next. The basic premise is that as people come across interesting web sites, they submit the URL to StumbleUpon. The website then becomes part of the StumbleUpon database, from which random entries are served up to users as they click the Stumble button in their browser. It's a great way to randomly discover interesting content. Now they've released a client for Android that essentially gives you all the same functionality that would be found in the PC version.
Goupick is a social time-waster that can be a little addicting. If you remember the old website Hot or Not, Groupick is in the same vein. Instead of rating photos of people, you are presented with multiple choice questions from a virtually unlimited number of topics. Questions are submitted by users and can be as simple as choice of sandwich condiments to religious affiliations. Once you've voted, you can view the current results for each question. You can also submit your own questions, which can even include photos. Can't decide which rubber ducky is your favorite? Take pictures of each and submit them to Groupick for a crowdsourced opinion. You can also visit their website to waste some time provide your valuable opinion on other people's quandaries.