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Community picks best of the best Android software

The Android Network Awards selected the best apps from 26 different categories.

The Android Network Awards was a community run effort.
Android Network Awards

What are the best Android apps and games? That's not an easy question, but the Android community recently organized the Android Network Awards to determine the best that Android has to offer. After a week of voting, the community has spoken.

The idea started when a small group of blogs from the United States decided to organize and find the best Android software. Their goal was to nominate the best apps and games in several specific categories and let the community vote on the winners. More than 30 Android fan sites from around the world joined in to help plan and promote the event.

After several rounds of internal voting, the organizers nominated five apps in 26 unique categories. After 40,000 votes were cast in one week, the contest culminated on Monday with a live awards show hosted by the AndroidGuys podcast.

Several apps covered on Android Atlas were voted best of class. Mobile Defense won Best Security App, Sherpa was voted Best Location Based App, and Imeem Mobile took home Best Streaming Music App. Other categories include best apps for Twitter, weather, fitness, sports, productivity, and more.

A complete list of winners is currently hosted on the Android Network Awards site. On each app they've a barcode; just scan with your phone to go to the Android Market listing. If you browse the site from your phone, they've included direct download links for all of the winners. The list is great for new Android users, but I'd suggest that even seasoned Android fans check out.