This week marked the start of more interesting times for mobile apps. You may have heard, even, that Android is here—on T-Mobile's G1. Perhaps it wasn't a coincidence that it was a relatively quiet week in the App Store, as devs watch a new challenger take the stage (and power on their iPhone lightsabers). But as always, gems abound.
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