App week: iPlayer hits Android, Angry Birds Valentine's

Also: Twitter gets makeover, iPhone confession 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...


iPlayer lands on Android and iPad
The apps have been over a year in coming, so it was great relief when this week the BBC iPlayer apps landed on Android and iPad. The catch-up TV service offers free access to all of your favourite BBC TV and radio shows, just like it's in-browser counterpart. Check out our video of the iPad app in action. (opens in new tab)

Angry Birds get loved up
Surely it was inevitable? Those Angry Birds love to celebrate the holidays so after chasing pigs through Halloween Town and The North Pole, they were bound to exert some tough love on Valentine's Day (opens in new tab). The expected Seasons refresh brings 15 new levels to negotiate and it's a free upgrade for Android and iOS devices

"Bless me iPhone for I have sinned"
If you're one of those Catholics you can't stand entering the confession box to unleash your earthly sins then this app for iPhone is a good way to rid yourself of the guilt. Confession: A Catholic App (opens in new tab) allows you to do the need without pouring it all out in front of a priest. Let's hope the gadget gods are in a forgiving mood.

Official Android Twitter gets Makeover
Perhaps the folks at twitter were fed up of Tweetdeck and Tweetcaster getting all the love on Android because they've come out fighting with a stonking new official app. With a completely redesigned UI that's better designed and easier to use than its predecessor, it also clears up a few bugbears and it's available to download now for phones rocking Android 2.1 and above


App of the Week | iPlayer for Android
The wait is over. The BBC's awesome catch-up TV service comes to Android
T3 App Chart | Top 10 Android Apps (opens in new tab) | iPlayer for Android review (opens in new tab)


...but was it worth the wait?
Since the inception of Android we've been pining for an official BBC iPlayer app, and now it's here, we were keen to establish whether the main course satisfied the hunger. Check out our Android review of BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab), and watch Eastenders while you're at it

The Sims on Samsung
It's a shame there are so few Samsung Bada phones because the apps seem to be getting better and better. This week we've got a review of The Sims 3 (opens in new tab), the best selling game franchise in PC history, ported onto the Samsung Bada OS. Create the world as you see fit, on your smartphone today.

Get fit with your Nokia
Nokia has plenty on its plate these days, but it doesn't mean it has stopped caring about you, its loyal users. The Wellness Diary app allows you to keep track on your fitness levels (opens in new tab), by allowing you to record your physical activity and set yourself targets to aim for. It also lets you track how much sleep you're getting, which reminds us... we're off for a kip, we'll see you next week.

Link: T3 App Chart (opens in new tab)

Chris Smith studied journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, graduating with a First Class degree. He joined as video producer and editor, but you can also find articles written by Chris on the topics of gaming, wrestling, phones, future tech, mobile payment systems, tablets, streaming services, apps, and much more.