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The Top 10 Google Android Apps

Rev up your T-Mobile G1 with the best programs, utilities, and games for the new Google Android OS.

imeem:
The G1's media player isn't great. But imeem brings a wide collection of customized, streaming radio stations with a focus on recent popular music to the phone. Music sounds clear, and you can create customized stations around your favorite artists, Pandora-style. imeem also has an extensive social component through its Web site, but you don't have to participate to listen to and discover new music. Conveniently, the player will run in the background when you're in other applications. It works brilliantly over Wi-Fi, well over 3G, and poorly over EDGE.

ShopSavvy
The best of the several comparison-shopping applications on the G1, ShopSavvy lets you take a picture of a bar code on a product box with the phone's camera, and then churns out prices for the product from various retailers along with reviews from online shopping sites. When I tested it at several stores including the FAO Schwarz toy store in New York City, I found that it regularly came up with lower prices than another Android shopping app, CompareEverywhere. It got most of my items correct, though once it did think that a Playmobil toy set was a 50-inch flat-screen TV. ShopSavvy's major weakness is its collection of "local" stores; when I was standing in midtown Manhattan, it told me that the nearest store selling a particular video game was a Wal-Mart in New Jersey. That said, ShopSavvy is a good tool to have when you're shopping in a brick-and-mortar store and you want to compare prices with an online retailer like Amazon.com.

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By Sascha Segan

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