With hundreds of thousands of mobile apps already available, you might think that we don't need any more. But you'd be wrong. Even with all of the apps out there for the iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, BlackBerrys and other smart devices, we still want - and need - more.

Here are the mobile apps you'll be talking about in 2011. And this list includes more than just apps; we've also included new phone functions and OS features that will change the way you use your mobile device.

Netflix for Android

 

Netflix streaming already is available for US users of the iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone 7 devices. But it has yet to make its way to Android phones, largely because of security concerns with the somewhat fragmented nature of the Android OS. But that will change in 2011, when Netflix promises to deliver an Android-compatible app. That's the good news. The bad news is that it will only work on select Android handsets. Also there's still no noews on whether it will be made available to UK users.

Skype with video calling for the iPhone

When the iPhone 4 launched in mid-2010, Apple heralded its forward-facing camera and Facetime video chat capability as a major achievement. And it pretty cool - as long as you had a Wi-Fi connection and a group of iPhone 4-owning friends who wanted to video chat with you. If you don't, well, you're out of luck - but not any more. Skype has released an update to its iPhone app that will allow video calling over Wi-Fi and 3G connections.

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  1. More apps to add to the hundreds available
  2. Skyfire for BlackBerry
  3. Facebook for iPad
  4. Mobile payments on all platforms
  5. Madden NFL 11
  6. Pandora for Windows Phone 7
  7. Norton Everyhwere
  8. VLC for Android

Whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or something else, these are the mobile apps you'll be talking about this year.

Skyfire for BlackBerry

Skyfire's mobile browser, which lets you view flash videos without actually having Flash on your phone, already is available for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. And, for a while it seemed to be coming to BlackBerrys. That is, until the company stopped developing a browser for RIM's OS. In a statement explaining the move, Skyfire blasted the "BlackBerry developer environment" - an ominous sign for a platform that was in need of some high-profile consumer-friendly apps. At the time, Skyfire said it would consider a return to BlackBerry in the future, noting it might do so after the release of the BlackBerry 6 OS. Now that the OS is here, let's hope Skyfire sets its sights on BlackBerry once again - and brings other developers with them.

Amazon MP3 App for BlackBerry

Amazon MP3 for BlackBerry, recently released in beta in the US, is exactly the type of app that RIM needs if it's going to continue to prove that BlackBerry phones are a real option for consumers. The app allows BlackBerry users to quickly and easily download DRM-free tracks right to their phones, just as Android users have been doing since that platform was launched. There's no news on a UK launch for any platform yet however.

NEXT PAGE: Facebook for iPad

  1. More apps to add to the hundreds available
  2. Skyfire for BlackBerry
  3. Facebook for iPad
  4. Mobile payments on all platforms
  5. Madden NFL 11
  6. Pandora for Windows Phone 7
  7. Norton Everyhwere
  8. VLC for Android

Whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or something else, these are the mobile apps you'll be talking about this year.

Facebook for the iPad

No matter how many times users ask for it, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says his company isn't offering a dedicated Facebook app for the iPad because the iPad isn't a mobile device - despite what millions of iPad users think. So, it doesn't seem likely that Facebook will be delivering an iPad app any time soon, but it does appear that the company is weighing its options when it comes to tablets. How Facebook approaches this new class of devices will certainly set a precedent for others to follow. So, the question isn't really will Facebook build an iPad app. It's actually, how will Facebook handle tablets?

Next Issue Media for Android

Next Issue Media, a digital newsstand of sorts that will allow users to subscribe to various publications, will arrive on Android phones and tablets in early 2011. Its developer says the app could run on the iPad, too, but tells AllThingsD that the company is focusing on Android devices instead. While Next Issue's CEO did not say exactly why he's not pushing his app into Apple's store, AllThingsD has posited that it's likely because of Apple's refusal to share the data it collects from subscribers with the publishers who supply them with digital magazines.

NEXT PAGE: Mobile payments on all platforms

  1. More apps to add to the hundreds available
  2. Skyfire for BlackBerry
  3. Facebook for iPad
  4. Mobile payments on all platforms
  5. Madden NFL 11
  6. Pandora for Windows Phone 7
  7. Norton Everyhwere
  8. VLC for Android

Whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or something else, these are the mobile apps you'll be talking about this year.

Mobile payments on all platforms

OK, this one is more hardware than software, but it still bears mentioning on this list, because it will change the way we use our smartphones. Using your smartphone to make a payment - where the device itself becomes sort of a credit card - became a reality with Google's new Nexus S phone, which features a built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) chip. NFC chips could revolutionise the way we use our phones, and Apple, it seems, is taking notice. Reports say that Apple is working on a new type of 'logo antenna' that could be used in conjunction with software to bring the same mobile payment feature to the iPhone.

Ford SYNC AppLink on various platforms

Cars and mobile phones are, at best, a dubious mix - especially when it comes to safety. Ford's SYNC AppLink, which was announced in the US last year, is designed to make using your smartphone in your car a safer experience, by allowing you to control your mobile apps by voice. AppLink is a free, downloadable software program that lets you control compatible apps from your Android or BlackBerry phone, and, now, from your iPhone, too. Compatible apps include Pandora and Stitcher news radio. It's currently only available in the US, however.

NEXT PAGE: Madden NFL 11

  1. More apps to add to the hundreds available
  2. Skyfire for BlackBerry
  3. Facebook for iPad
  4. Mobile payments on all platforms
  5. Madden NFL 11
  6. Pandora for Windows Phone 7
  7. Norton Everyhwere
  8. VLC for Android

Whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or something else, these are the mobile apps you'll be talking about this year.

Madden NFL 11 and Need for Speed Shift for Android

Android phones are known for plenty of things, but their gaming prowess isn't really one of them. That may change in 2011, as more games make their way to Google's mobile OS. Among the anticipated titles: EA's Need for Speed Shift and Madden NFL 11.

PlayStation App for iPhone and Android

As rumours swirl that Sony is working on a PlayStation phone, the company is confirming one thing: it is developing a PlayStation app for the iPhone and Android phones. An iPhone app might seem odd, given that Sony reportedly is very close to introducing an iPhone-rivaling, Android-based PlayStation phone in early 2011. But it also makes a whole lot of sense. Sony's EU blog confirmed development of the app in December, but did not say exactly when the Official PlayStation app would be available.

NEXT PAGE: Pandora for Windows Phone 7

  1. More apps to add to the hundreds available
  2. Skyfire for BlackBerry
  3. Facebook for iPad
  4. Mobile payments on all platforms
  5. Madden NFL 11
  6. Pandora for Windows Phone 7
  7. Norton Everyhwere
  8. VLC for Android

Whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or something else, these are the mobile apps you'll be talking about this year.

Pandora for Windows Phone

In March 2010, Microsoft announced that a Pandora app would be available on Windows Phone 7 devices when they launched. But when phones running Microsoft's new mobile OS debuted, the popular internet radio app was nowhere to be found. It's unclear exactly why Pandora decided not to make its app available on Windows Phones, and it remains uncertain whether they will launch it in 2011. What is clear, however, is that Microsoft needs apps like Pandora if the Windows Phone platform is going to be a success. Unfortunately Pandora is only available in the US and is unlikely to appear in the UK.

WellDoc DiabetesManager System

Using a smartphone app to monitor your health certainly makes sense, as you have your phone with you most of the time. But when an app goes beyond simply monitoring your health and delves into delivering actual medical advice, well, relying on an app could be dicey. That's why the US FDA has ruled that WellDoc's DiabetesManager System, a smartphone app coming in 2011, must be treated as a medical device. It's an important precedent, and the FDA's move shows that there is plenty of potential for similar medical apps in the future.

NEXT PAGE: Norton Everyhwere

  1. More apps to add to the hundreds available
  2. Skyfire for BlackBerry
  3. Facebook for iPad
  4. Mobile payments on all platforms
  5. Madden NFL 11
  6. Pandora for Windows Phone 7
  7. Norton Everyhwere
  8. VLC for Android

Whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or something else, these are the mobile apps you'll be talking about this year.

Norton Everywhere for iPhone and Android

According to McAfee Labs, 2011 is going to be a big year for threats to mobile devices. The more we all rely on our smartphones, especially to manage things like our finances and our health, the more we need to protect them. That's why apps like Norton Everywhere, which protects against malware and safeguards your phone's data if it's lost or stolen, will matter more than ever before.

Google eBooks

Google's recently launched eBooks service isn't an app, exactly. It has an app component, which is available for iOS and Android devices, but Google eBooks is actually a cloud-based service for buying and reading digital books. It lets you read books on any browser and on almost any device, while storing your books 'in the cloud', so you can access them whenever, wherever. Many pundits have been saying devices like the iPad could kill off dedicated e-readers like the Kindle. But Google's cloud-based approach just might do more damage to these devices than any tablet ever could.

NEXT PAGE: VLC for Android

  1. More apps to add to the hundreds available
  2. Skyfire for BlackBerry
  3. Facebook for iPad
  4. Mobile payments on all platforms
  5. Madden NFL 11
  6. Pandora for Windows Phone 7
  7. Norton Everyhwere
  8. VLC for Android

Whether your platform of choice is iOS, Android, or something else, these are the mobile apps you'll be talking about this year.

VLC for Android

The VLC open-source media player would seem to be a natural fit for the open-source Android OS. Yet, while a VLC app is available for Apple's closed iOS, a version for Android is not. That will change in 2011, when the company promises to release an app for Android. The fact that the app is not already available can largely be blamed on Android's fragmented nature - the same thing that delayed the Netflix app for Android. Android's fragmentation problem is becoming more and more obvious. The question remains, however, as to whether that will change in 2011.

Anything for the BlackBerry Playbook

RIM's much-hyped PlayBook tablet  is already facing plenty of scrutiny ahead of its launch. The biggest question about this device is whether it will be able to compete with the iPad and its growing slew of Android-based rivals. If the PlayBook is going to compete, it's going to need apps, and lots of them. One of the PlayBook's biggest selling points is its powerful processor - it will feature a 1-GHz, dual-core chip - so we know it will be capable of multitasking and running power-hungry apps. Now, if those apps would just materialise, we'd have a little more insight into what kind of fate the PlayBook might face.

See also: 45 best apps for iPhone, BlackBerry & Android

  1. More apps to add to the hundreds available
  2. Skyfire for BlackBerry
  3. Facebook for iPad
  4. Mobile payments on all platforms
  5. Madden NFL 11
  6. Pandora for Windows Phone 7
  7. Norton Everyhwere
  8. VLC for Android