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7 must-have iOS apps that still haven't reached Android

Armando Rodriguez | June 26, 2013
Vine's big Android release might have fans of 6-second videos in a tizzy, but there are still loads of hot iOS apps we want to see on Google's mobile OS.

Is it coming to Android? A spokesperson from Mailbox told me that an Android version of the app is in development, but couldn't share much more than that. Hopefully we'll see it in the coming months.

Amazon Instant Video

What it is: A rival to Netflix, Amazon's Instant Video service lets you stream hundreds of movies and TV shows to your smartphone or tablet. The service has a nice mix of content, and it often carries videos that aren't available on Netflix or Hulu. Amazon Instant Video is free to Amazon Prime members, and even if you aren't a member you can try the service free for 30 days before committing to anything.

Why you want it: People may scoff at the idea of watching longer videos on a smartphone, but there's nothing like catching up on the last few episodes of your favorite show while commuting in to work or waiting in line. Netflix may fill that niche for some, but a little variety is never a bad thing.

Is it coming to Android? An Amazon Instant Video app is available for Google TV, but not for Android phones or tablets. I asked Amazon if it planned to introduce a version of the app for other Android devices, but I haven't yet heard back from the company.

Since Amazon Instant Video is a major selling point for Amazon's line of Kindle Fire tablets, the app is unlikely to grace the Google's Play Store anytime soon.

Tweetbot

What it is:Tweetbot is one of the few Twitter apps worth paying for. It lets you manage multiple Twitter accounts and keep up with the people you follow. With Tweetbot you can view Twitter conversations as they unfold--and temporarily mute people who show up a little too often in your feed.

Why you want it: Not only does the app look better than the official Twitter app, but it prevents those god-awful sponsored Tweets from showing up in your feed. Tweetbot is a must-have for any and all Twitter enthusiasts.

Is it coming to Android? Sadly we may never see this app on Android. I asked one of Tweetbot's developers whether an Android version of Tweetbot over Twitter might ever appear and got this response.

@megapenguinx nope, never.

 

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