This week marked the start of more interesting times for mobile apps. You may have heard, even, that Android is here-on T-Mobile's G1. Perhaps it wasn't a coincidence that it was a relatively quiet week in the App Store, as devs watch a new challenger take the stage (and power on their iPhone lightsabers). But as always, gems abound. I'm really excited for the Android Market. It has a lot of potential to revolutionize the way apps work with phones. We'll be diving into this in-depth early next week, so keep a watch out. For now, on with the competition: Lightsaber Unleashed: It was here, it was gone, then it was back again (briefly), and now it's actually here for good. What was first one man's cheesy lightsaber app has now become an official part of the Lucas juggernaut-now featuring heavy branding for the Force Unleashed! Whoo! As you can see it's fun to swing around. Free.
Pool Sharks Lite: Shooting up to the top of the free apps most popular list was Pool Shark Lite - a free 3D pool game. Because you can't always be in a bar.
PanoLab: And hey-what's this? New functionalities for your phone? PanoLab stitches together your iPhone cameraphotos into panoramas. Free.
ResistorCode: And another useful calculator: this one for decoding the various colors of resistors to find the resistance in ohms. For you DIY folks. Free. And this week's iPhone app coverage on Giz: •A little something called Android is here. App Store, look out. •Adding to the growing backlash against Apple's controversial app approval process was news that rejection notices sent to developers will now be done so under the gag order of an NDA. •Making the open ridicule of rejections notices like the one sent to MailWrangler, for "Leading to User Confusion" a thing of the past, theoretically. •And in related news, Apple can't stop kicking the poor Podcaster folks when they're down-this time, shutting down their ad-hoc distribution workaround for non-App Store installs. •We also heard firsthand from developers of Android and iPhone, comparing the pros and cons of both platforms in Matt's fine feature. •Hands-on: Japanese "Boob Engineer's" breast-fondling Web app •Konami Code 2.0: Does Imagine Poker have a cheatcode based on shaking the Phone at the opportune time? •iPhone Software 2.2 Beta 1 was seeded to developers.
This list is in no way definitive. If you've spotted a great app that hit the store this week, give us a heads-up or, better yet, your firsthand impressions in the comments. And for even more apps: see our previous weekly roundups here, and check out our original iPhone App Review Marathon. Have a good weekend everybody.