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.
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