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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.

Celeste

Developer: Terminal Eleven LLC

Function: Educational

Price: $1.99 (£1.21)

Astronomy buffs should love this augmented reality app, which uses GPS locations to determine the current locations of the sun, moon and the major planets, even if they're currently obscured from your view.

You can get the estimated times for when the moon and sun will rise and set, as well as the trajectories that planets will take across the sky.

And because the app is augmented reality, you'll get to see pictures of Saturn and Jupiter on your phone.

A World of Photo

Developer: Michael Elsdörfer

Function: Social networking

Price: Free

This is an interesting social networking game that lets you 'spin' your phone until it picks out a random fellow user from somewhere around the globe.

Once that user has been chosen, you can request that they either send you a picture of themselves or of their immediate surroundings.

The point of the game, if there is one, seems to be to make contact with as many different people in as many diverse locations in the world.

Now if only someone could sign up Kevin Bacon to play...

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  1. Must-have downloads for Google Android handsets
  2. WaveSecure and Plink Art
  3. Celeste and A World of Photo
  4. SongDNA and Solo
  5. Speed Forge 3D and Graviturn
  6. Totemo and SpecTrek


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