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The 12 best Google Android apps of 2009

Must-have downloads for Google Android handsets

This year's Android Developer Challenge showed off an enormous variety of complex applications that let users play guitar, learn about astronomy, get information on famous art or even chase down ghosts. We've picked out the 12 coolest apps.

WaveSecure

Developer: tenCube

Function: Security and productivity

Price: Free

Now this is the Android app that enterprise users have been longing for!

One of the primary criticisms of Android-based devices is that they lack the strong security protocols of BlackBerry devices and are thus suboptimal for enterprise users.

However, WaveSecure is trying to fix that by giving users the ability to track their phone's location in case it gets stolen, to remotely lock down their phone, to backup all data on their phone and to remotely wipe out all of their phone's data.

If you're an enterprise user trying to convince your IT department to allow your Android phone onto its network, this app will be a major help.

Plink Art

Developer: Plink Search

Function: Reference

Price: Free

This app is perfect for both art lovers and people who pretend they know something about art to impress their dates.
It works like this: if you see a painting you like, you can take a picture of it with your camera phone and send it to Plink Search's online art database.

If the painting is in the database, Plink will send you back information about it, including its artist, the date it was painted and other relevant historical facts about the work.

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