Best Android apps this week

Take a break from the pre-Xmas gadget sales with these essential apps

Flowd £Free

Gunning to be a one stop shop for music lovers, Flowd combines location-based freebies at gigs with content thanks to YouTube and SoundCloud integration. There's also a smart gig calendar and the option to follow updates straight from artists. Screaming and throwing panties for the app age.

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Monetising geeky challenges, lets you set up and take part in quests to win money or prizes – some are quizzes you can do from anywhere and some might involve you trekking to the airport to do a weird dance. If you keep losing, just try the Single Player mode to rack up some self-esteem.

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ithlete – know your body £6.99

Most fitness apps switch off when you do but ithlete appreciates that rest and recovery are nice sometimes too. Track you heart rate variability with a heart rate monitor chest strap and see when you should be training – it's an investment but then you can't put a price on guns like these (image sadly lost).

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360 Panorama 63p

Real-time, automatic panoramas for your Android phone without forking out for a Galaxy Nexus? This iOS hit stitches together your images seamlessly with easy sharing to Facebook and Twitter.

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Comet £Free

Just in time for Comet's Five Day Frenzy electronics sale, here's a barcode scanner and reviews app that lets you research your options in-store. There are editorial, how-to's and videos as well – plus a mobile site if you decide you want that TV once you've walked out.

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