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Top Play Store apps revealed in Distimo study

The apps we use can tell us a lot about ourselves. Are we gamers, productivity fiends, or social media junkies? Distimo has released their latest quarterly numbers about the top apps, and it says a lot about how we use our phones. Turns out we like distractions.

Amazon Appstore turns 2: celebrates with 18 free apps

Today the folks from Amazon are proud to announce their Android Appstore has been alive and kicking out free apps of the day for two years now. Yup, today is the two-year anniversary for the Amazon Appstore and as expected, they're celebrating by offering some apps for free. They have a few goodies so read on to see what's available.

Flipboard for Android enters public beta, we go hands-on

Well, we reported this morning that iOS smash-hit newsreader Flipboard would be entering beta soon, catering to specific handsets in order for the developer to get used to multiple screen resolutions. Well we were only half right, but we were half right really fast, so I'm going to call it a win. All interested parties can now download the Flipboard beta APK from their website, and navigate the news with aplomb using RSS feeds, social networking and gestures. Which is what we did, rather promptly, for your enjoyment.

Diablo III Server app for Android keeps you sane

Do you stay up all night looking for SoJs in a game that's not definitely going to have them? Have you been waiting more than 10 years to play a game that's now having server difficulties? We've got the app for you! Diablo III has been met with as much excitement for its classic yet fresh gameplay as it has vitriol for its somewhat flaky servers.

AirDroid updates with easier browser access

We've mentioned AirDriod before: it's a great way to access and manage your Android phone or tablet from your computer when there isn't a USB cable handy. The free app's latest update adds a host of new features, most of which are designed to make accessing your phone from your desktop browser even easier. In addition to a permanent shortlink to web.airdroid.com, you can now scan a QR code displayed on your computer monitor instead of entering a random password.

Zelda-themed live wallpaper is cooler than the Master Sword

Generations of gamers have come to know and love Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series, and the latest entry on the Wii is no exception. But The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has inspired more than the usual fanart: developer Abusive Studios has released a sweet live wallpaper modeled after the Gate of Time. If you're a Zelda fan you'll no doubt enjoy it, but the wallpaper is so well done that even those who have never hurled a boomerang will find enough to like. Download it now in the Google Play Store.

Classic PC racer Death Rally gets another lap on Android

It's a good time to be an Android owner and a classic gaming fan. The latest 90s-era game to come to Android is the racing/shooting hybrid Death Rally, a Twisted Metal-style game that pits your customized war machine against other on the highway to he... er, Arkansas. The tongue-in-cheek game was released for iOS last year, but now it's available on Android for free, bupkiss and nada. Imagine it as Reckless Racing with machine guns, and you're just about there.

Draw Something gets 50 million downloads in 50 days

Angry Birds? Small stuff. Instagram? Hipster fodder. Apparently the real mobile gaming sensation is Draw Something from startup OMGPOP!. The Pictionary-style Android and iOS game has racked up an incredible 50 million downloads in as many days across both platforms. At least 10 million (and probably a good bit more) come from the free Android version, and another 500,000 to a million have paid for the upgraded game. iTunes doesn't publish its app numbers, but Draw Something has consistently held the top spot among games there and in the Google Play Store.

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