App Week: Gmail returns, Google Music downloads

Plus: Android Sleep Talk Recorder and X Comics for iPhone reviewed

Each week we bring you the hottest news from the week in apps, while serving-up the hottest new reviews from the T3 App Chart. This week there's big news from Google and an interesting Android sleep-sensing app.

iOS App News: Gmail returns to the App Store
Following an embarrassing arrival and subsequent removal from the App Store, the official Gmail client became available for iPhone and iPad again this week. Google says it has fixed the bugs which rendered the app completely unusable and drew derision from all. Gmail users, having waited years for an official iOS client now have access to push notifications, priority inboxes and auto-complete email addresses.

iPad App News: Sting launches career scrapbook
Aging rocker Sting has launched a free app chronicling his 25-years as a solo performer. Sting 25 for iPad features a host of retrospective interviews, memorabilia and live performances in what Sting himself is describing as a "digital rebirth". The former Police front man also paid tribute to Steve Jobs saying "he's created our future."

Android App News: Google Music download store launches in US
Google officially took the wraps off its Android-based MP3 download store this week, ending a long wait for the service to emerge. Google Music has 13 million tracks to choose (Warner Bros is yet to sign on) and songs and albums can be shared for free on Google+. Artists will also have hubs which they can sell from. However, there's no news on when Google Music for Android will be coming to the UK

iPad App News: Feastive cookery app brings 60 Xmas treats
If you're anything like us, you haven't given even written your letter to Father Christmas yet, let alone begun plotting what's on the festive menu. Well thankfully, the Great British Chefs are once again here to help. The Feastive HD app for iPad brings 60 recipes complete with step-by-step instructions and beautifully shot video guides to the most testing parts of the process.

iPhone App News: Clingle - a more romantic version of Foursquare
This week saw the emergence of a new social network which offers a new twist on location-based services like Foursquare. The Clingle app for iPhone allows you to send 'Clings', which are photos, videos or audio recordings that your friends have to follow in order to unlock. The company is marketing it as a romantic way to share memories and we think it's pretty cool too.


iPhone App Review: X Comics
Both the Marvel and DC apps for iOS are extremely triumphant, but X Comics brings them together like your favourite comic store with a beautifully designed app. There's over 12,000 comics to choose from and each comes complete with the awesome Guided View which takes you from pane to pane as you double tap to zoom. It's the Superman of comic book apps. Read our X Comics for iPhone review.

Android App Review: Sleep Talk Recorder
As our review points out, Sleep Talk Recorder for Android fills a gap in the Market that shouldn't really be there. Leave the app recording as you drift off to sleep and it will pick up sounds that appear to be talking. They could be snores or lip-smacking, or they could be your deepest subconscious desires revealed in dreamworld. It's an interesting app that could be fun or could alert you to Paranormal Activity style demons living in your bed.

iPad App Review: Aelios Weather
As the iPad doesn't come with a beautifully iOS 5-themed weather app, we're always on the look-out for good third-party solutions an Aelios Weather is just that. This beautiful app, which works just as well as a screensaver, gives you a 7 day forecast as well as detailed information on the next 24 hours. You can even keep a look-out for sunny patches so you can dash into town before the heavens open again. Read our Aelios Weather for iPad review.