App week: iPlayer app heads for Europe, Facebook for iPad

Plus: Google adds local deals to Shopper app

Every Saturday we round-up the week in mobile applications bringing you news of the biggest new releases across all major platforms and a host of reviews from T3's App Chart. Let's crack on...

iPad app news: iPlayer finally goes on European tour; exclusively on iPad
The long-promised international roll-out of the BBC iPlayer headlined the app news this week. The Global iPlayer launched in 11 Western European countries, exclusively via the Apple iPad app. The app shows a selection of new content each month, while also offering BBC classics.

iPhone app news: Google Shopper adds local deals
Google has announced a rival to Facebook Deals through its Google Shopper for iPhone app. Launching in select US cities initially, the new version of the app will feature a tab showcasing deals from local businesses who have added the promotions via their Google Places page.

Android app news: Market for pass App Store by 2012
The ever-snowballing number of Android phones and tablets hitting the market will see the Android Market overtake Apple's App Store in terms of quarterly sales according to new estimates. The figures from Strategy Analytics claim that the App Store has less than a year left on top.

iPad app news: Facebook for iPad app leaked in iPhone code
The forthcoming Facebook app for iPad was uncovered this week and it was hiding in the Facebook iPhone app code all along. A master sleuth scribe at TechCrunch found the app following a little digging around and was able to install it on his iPad. The app features a new navigation system on the left-hand side and a photo viewer similar to that of the iPad's photo app.

App of the Year: Finalists announced
The crusade to find the T3 Gadget Awards App of the Year moved a step closer this week with the announcement of the finalists. Yes, the fat has been trimmed, leaving just the top six to battle it out for the coveted prize. Will it be GarageBand, Skype, Flipboard, Instapaper, Tiny Wings or Sky News that wins out? It's up to you to decide.

App of the Year | Vote in the T3 Gadget Awards 2011
Is GarageBand the best app of 2011? Or can Flipboad, Sky News or the other nominees take the title
Vote for App of the Year | GarageBand for iPad review| Flipboard for iPad rated



iPad app review: AVPlayer HD
Apple's iOS devices aren't too welcoming of video formats other than MPEGs so any application that can open the door to the WMVs AVIs and FLVs of this world are a most welcome addition to the App Store. The AVPlayer HD app for iPad does that with aplomb and earns the full five stars for its trouble.

iPhone app review: Localscope
Google Maps is great and all, but wouldn't it be fab if there was an iPhone app that pulled in location-based information from all manner of services. Well, Localscope for iPhone does just that. It combines the likes of Google and Bing and also brings services like Foursquare, Twitter and Wikimapia into play. An essential iPhone download.

Android app review: Fretter
Whether you're a master axeman or a mere novice strummer, every guitarist needs a solid chordbook at his/her disposal. Fretter for Android is "an advanced chord-finding database. It utilises an algorithm that will offer up chords that you can actually play – rather than showing you every chord that is plausible on the guitar."