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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

5 Great Android Apps - Pocket, Fruit Ninja, Flick Golf Extreme, Spider Solitaire and Sonic CD

It has became a bit of a theme lately that I am struggling to recommend a new app every day, I guess life just sometimes gets in the way! Although I always try to make it up later (i.e. by doing four apps in one day), it makes me think it would have been far smarter to call this blog "Droid App of the Week". How great a thing is hindsight!

In either case, here I am again, recommending five apps on one day - to make up for the recommendations I missed on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and then a standard, on time recommendation for Saturday. Enjoy!

Tuesday - Pocket 

My first recommendation is Pocket.


Pocket is actually not so much a new application, but is instead a re branding and re-design of a great older app that I had already recommended, being Read it Later. In short, Pocket is a great way of downloading articles for later reading from both the web, and from a large variety of android apps that include Pocket / Read it Later integration. the new interface is great, and hopefully the popularity of this great app will only grow!

In the words of the developer:


The best way to save and view articles, videos and more.
When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it any time, even without an internet connection.
New York Times, Business Week, and TechCrunch call it "DVR for the web."
Previously the #1 paid Android news app, now free!
Use Pocket when you discover an interesting article, video or web page, but don’t have time to view it. Once it's in Pocket, it's on your phone, tablet or computer. You can read an article during a flight, see a web page while you wait in line or watch a video while relaxing at home.
WHAT YOU CAN POCKET
Articles, videos or pretty much anything you find online.
VIEW EVERYWHERE
If it's in Pocket, it's on your phone, tablet, and computer.
EASY ON THE EYES
See your articles, videos and everything else in a beautiful, easy-to-view layout.
SAVE FROM ANY APP
Save to Pocket from any app on your Android device. Just tap 'Add to Pocket' when sharing a page.
READ IT LATER USERS
Simply log into Pocket using your Read It Later username and password for a seamless transition.
Download Pocket today and start saving!



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Price: Free

Wednesday  - Fruit Ninja 

My second recommendation is Fruit Ninja. 


Fruit Ninja is undoubtedly one of the most popular mobile games in existence. It is up there with Angry Birds and has no doubt been played by almost everyone with a mobile device. The concept is simply. Slice fruit, don't hit bombs. The execution is great and the game play is addictive.  Download it.


In the words of the developer:

The worldwide smash hit Fruit Ninja is now on Android for FREE!
Fruit Ninja is a juicy action game with squishy, splatty and satisfying fruit carnage! Become the ultimate bringer of sweet, tasty destruction with every slash.
Swipe up across the screen to deliciously slash fruit like a true ninja warrior. With three games modes in single player and worldwide leaderboards using Openfeint, the addictive gameplay will keep you coming back for even higher scores.
Fruit Ninja features three packed gameplay modes - Classic, Zen and the new Arcade, featuring powerups including Freeze, Frenzy and Double Score! The bonus Dojo section includes unlockable blades and backgrounds, and you can also unlock achievements and post scores to the online leaderboards with Openfeint.
Fruit Ninja is the original and the best slasher on Android!
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Price: Free


Thursday  - Flick Golf Extreme

My third recommendation is Flick Golf Extreme.

I have already recommended the original Flick Golf, and found it to be a thoroughly enjoyably mobile game. Flick Golf Exteme takes everything that was great about the original and makes it, well, extreme. No longer are you shooting off nice green tees but instead you have to shoot off flying helicopters onto floating navy ships. This is just the beginning of crazy golfing scenarios you will find yourself in. If you liked the original, you won't be disappointed by the sequel!




In the words of the developers:

You’ve played Flick Golf... Now take it to the EXTREME!
Are you ready to conquer the most extreme courses in the world?
Ready to tee off from grand canyons, icebergs or fighter jets - Flick Golf Extreme is the perfect adrenaline fix for your finger!
DESCRIPTION
Follow-up to the most addictive golf game to blaze its way onto the Android Market Flick Golf, Flick Golf Extreme is incredibly simple to play, just flick the ball and hit the hole.
Our trademark spin control, combined with insanely fun gameplay brings you the world’s first truly extreme golf game.
There are no rules, no clubs and no laws in Flick Golf Extreme! Play across skyscrapers, an oil rig, aircraft carrier and more in the most insane conditions you’ve ever seen!
FEATURES:
• Shoot for an insane score in classic Quickshot mode.
• Play World Tour across the most extreme courses in the world.
• Try out the challenging Five Ball mode!
• Gorgeous 3D environments.
• See your ball set ablaze with amazing hole-in-one special effects!
• Incredibly accurate in-air spin control.
• Listen to your own music while you play!
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Price: 99c

Friday  - Spider Solitaire

My fourth recommendation is Spider Solitaire.


If you are still playing standard solitaire (the version you grew up with on windows), then it is time to move on and embrace the true king of the solitaire world, being Spider Solitaire. If you haven't mastered it on Windows yet, then consider trying on android! This is for the big kids, and will provide far more of a challenge than the standard variety of the game. Once you have mastered one suit, crank it up to two and see how you go - trust me - victory is not often, but it is rewarding as hell!





In the words of the developer:

Spider Solitaire Just Got Better!
The #1 Spider Solitaire game on the iPhone is now available for Android.
From MobilityWare, the makers of the most popular free Spider Solitaire game in the iTunes App store on the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Best game play of any Spider Solitaire app.! A truly solitary experience! 

Spider Solitaire is an extremely popular version of Solitaire where your goal is to place all the cards in each suit in stacks of descending suit sequence. This version of Spider Solitaire is just like the version playable on Windows! Weave your way through 1 and 2 suit games and move up in difficulty as you attempt to tackle 3 and 4 suit games and become a true Spider Solitaire master!
- 1 suit
- 2 suits
- 3 suits
- 4 suits
- Portrait
- Landscape
- Right or left handed play
- Game state saved when interrupted
- Unlimited undo
- Hints
- Auto complete to finish game
- Statistics
- Tap to move or drag and drop
- Tablet support
- Install to SD card supported - App2SD
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FEATURES:
Spider Solitaire is ad supported.
Also try out our Solitaire games: Klondike Solitaire and FreeCell Solitaire.
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Price: Free

Saturday  - Sonic CD

My fifth and final recommendation is Sonic CD.

If like most people, you think Sonic's old stuff is better than his new stuff, then you will love Sonic CD which is a faithful conversion of one of the most classic platformers of all time. If you need a dose of high speed gaming, then this is a fantastic port to install!





In the words of the developer:

Fight the past to save the future in this enhanced recreation of Sonic CD!
In order to put an end to Dr. Eggman’s nefarious schemes, Sonic must use the power of Little Planet to travel through time; breaking Dr. Eggman’s hold over the future by destroying his machines in the past and recovering the missing Time Stones!
Featuring 16:9 widescreen, achievements, leaderboards and both the US and Japanese soundtracks, experience the adventure through time that introduced the world to Amy Rose and Eggman’s most evil creation, Metal Sonic.
Sonic CD is a blast on touch screen Android phones and tablets and is also optimized for Xperia™ PLAY devices.
** CHECK OUT THESE OTHER GREAT GAMES **
• Sonic 4™ Episode I
• Super Monkey Ball™ 2: Sakura Ed
• ChuChu Rocket! ™
• Fallen Realms™
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Price: $4.85

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