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16 mobile apps that will matter in 2011

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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

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