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16 mobile apps that will matter in 2011

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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.

NEXT PAGE: Skyfire for BlackBerry

  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


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