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Papyrus note app launches with HTC and Lenovo stylus support

With all the styli floating around the Android tablet world, it was only a matter of time before someone made a really excellent notation app for pen-based input. That app is Papyrus, a long-term project from indie developer Steadfast Innovation. The free app introduced its first beta version today, and you can download it on the Google Play Store. While it's technically possible to use standard finger input in Papyrus, it's specifically designed for Android tablets running 3.0 or later with stylus input options.

GO Launcher HD hits the Google Play Store for ICS and Honeycomb

There's no shortage of custom launcher apps for your Android smartphone, but when it comes to tablets, options have been somewhat lacking for the better part of a year. One of the first to release a true tablet launcher comes from a familiar place: the Go Launcher team. Their new app, titled Go Launcher HD for Pad, is designed for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets, and it's a free download in the Google Play Store. If you're looking for something beyond the standard launcher that's built for tablets from the ground up, you should check it out.

The CW Android app means you’ll never miss The Vampire Diaries again

If you're between the ages of 13 and 25, female, American, and at least mildly interested in romance topped with fantasy and science fiction, odds are pretty good that you're a regular viewer of at least one show on The CW. While Hulu's rather antiquated views on mobile content mean you've got to pay to watch The Vampire Diaries or Gossip Girl on Hulu Plus, there's now an alternative: the official CW app. This brand-spankin' new video service brings all of the CW's original content to Android, and you won't even have to dip into your lunch money to watch it.

Readability app headed to Android on Monday

In the latest round of iOS hits making the pilgrimage to Android (and taking a lot less time than that other one) Readability has announced that it will be available on the Google Play Store on Monday, March 12th. The free app is a certified hit on the iPhone and iPod touch, thanks to its ability to reformat web content into a more, well, readable presentation. It's not the only app that does it, nor is it the first, but it's been a long time coming and should be a boon to iOS converts.

AutoCAD WS adds 2D editing, plans a lot more

If you're in the architecture, manufacturing, fabrication or 3D animation, odds are you either use or know of AutoCAD, the standard desktop application for computer-aided design. Publisher AutoDesk has a variety of Android apps available, but the one that's probably of most interest to CAD designers is AutoCAD WS, a remote viewer for DWG, DWF and DXF documents. The latest version (1.4) adds editing to 2D AutoCAD designs, in addition to GPS-enabled perspective viewing and access to files stored locally, on remote servers, email attachments or on the AutoCAD Cloud web app.

StyleTag app brings out the fashionable side of your Android phone

Believe it or don't, not every Android users gets all of his or her clothes from the prestigious Sam Walton Collection. (Well, I do, but I know not everyone does.) For those with an eye towards both fashion and social collaboration, StyleTag combines the elements of Flickr's tagging system, Pinterest's photo-based social networking and Picasa's instant uploads. Their free app, "StyleTag: FashionSNS", has an admirably advanced user interface with tens of thousands of entries for the sartorially obsessed.

Waze traffic app updates with Foursquare and Yelp integration

There are three universal forces that can never be resisted: death, taxes, and the 5:30 weekday traffic in Atlanta. Waze has been resisting the latter with its community-powered traffic system, which gathers data from thousands of active users to create a live map of the worst traffic in any given city - and how to avoid it. The popular app updates today with version 3.0, bringing in an overhauled interface and new integration with social services. The app is still free, and you can download Waze in the Android Market.

Comodo Mobile Security now available in Android Market

There's a lot of growth in the anti-malware space for Android at the moment, and yet another well-known company is joining the fray. Comodo, maker of the well-known Comodo Firewall and other security software for Windows, has published Comodo Mobile Security  Free AV in the Android Market. The app includes a standard antivirus function and process manager, as well as call and SMS blocking and locking functions for individual apps. Surprisingly, all this functionality is included for free.

Happy Holidays: Top apps for your new Android Smartphone

It's the holiday season and everyone should be full of good food and surrounded with friends or family. You might be having hot cocoa this Christmas morning, or maybe even some Mimosa -- either way we hope you enjoy it. Here at Android Community we decided to round up a small list of our must have top apps for that new smartphone anyone may have received for Christmas. Below are just a few of many we thought were worth mentioning. Hit that little white and green icon shaped like a shopping bag titled "Market" and get started.

You have died of dysentery: Oregon Trail is free on the Android Market

Who among us can't remember crowding around the class Macintosh to watch one lucky kid at a time try to make the journey west to the pixelated promised land in Oregon Trail. Well, probably quite a few of us - those of you who are significantly older or younger than I am, for a start. But I digress. Oregon Trail is back, this time from mobile mega-developer Gameloft, in an updated version for your Android phone or tablet. And it's free.
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