The Month's Best Android Apps

It's the "holy crap it's been a while iPad! CES! Christmas!" edition. This month (or so), we've got m-m-m-multitouch maps, good eats, movies and blawgs.

WordPress: Almost uninterestingly straightforward, unless you have a WordPress blog and want to update it for Android, anyway. It's the official WordPress app that'll let you run multiple blogs, moderate comments, and get comment notifications when people start anonymously calling you a d-bag on your blog. And, it's totally open source.

TripIt: TripIt's a travel organiser that helps you keep up with everything from flights to hotels and restaurant reservations through smart itineraries. The Android app lets you manage your online TripIt itineraries from your phone, and taps into Android powers like Google Maps for directions to wherever you're going. Possibly the essential Android travel apps.

Google Maps 3.4.0: Two words: Multi. Touch. For Droid users anyway. And it works beautifully. (Nexus One people got the update OTA.) Also new in Maps, but for everybody, is synchronised starring and personalised recommendations - if you star a place on your desktop, it shows up in mobile Maps too (as long as you're signed in).

NPR News: Um, it's NPR. If you don't listen to NPR, I hear on the radio somewhere that makes you dumber, or something. No live broadcasts for another couple of months, but you have full streaming access to previous shows and podcasts, along with top news stories and local stations. Oh, and the best part about the Android app is that you can listen to NPR while you're doing other stuff, since it can run in the background.

MightyMeeting: An app that lets you control PowerPoint presentations remotely, from your smartphone—you have to use the (free) service it's attached to, but once your presentation is uploaded, you can invite people to see it, and control it from your phone.

Slidescreen: The best homescreen replacement app we've seen for Android. I'll let Dan take it away:

SlideScreen gives you access to the information within the apps that you want. Tapping on any individual update, like a tweet or an email, takes you into the corresponding app (in this case, it might be Twidroid and Gmail), but you can just look at the homescreen and get the gist of what's happening in your phone.

And it's super fast and super polished. Suck it, non-jailbroken iPhones, with your useless lockscreens.

Seesmic: Yeah, I've featured it once, but with the latest updates, it's worth pointing out again, now that is has excellent multiple account support (a huge deal), a built-in spellchecker, stream stickiness (it remembers where you were) and some interface improvements that make it the nicest Twitter app on Android.

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Our Nexus One Review

This list is in no way definitive. If you've spotted a great app that hit the store this month, give us your firsthand impressions in the comments. And for even more apps: see our previous monthly roundups here. See ya next month.

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