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16 mobile apps that will matter in 2011

Add great features to your phone or tablet

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.

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