Typically, Christmas is an expensive time of year when bank balances run dry and over-drafts are stretched. You’ll be happy to hear that there are Android developers out there that have your back.

Say hello to Raketu’s VoIP for Android, and more. This little piece of software allows users to make phone calls, send text messages, email, and send and receive IMs at a particularly cheap rate using Raketu’s mobile services network. Raketu are a private, development stage company that provide communications and media services for consumers and for business. In short, you save moolah. Awesome!

We are excited to report that Loopt has finally been released for the Android OS and this means the software is now available on over 100 handsets! Loopt won’t save you money directly, but it may give you piece of mind this Christmas. Here at Android Authority we believe that this application has the potential to be very popular and practically useful. In short, Loopt is a kind of social networking tool that can alert you to when you’re friends are nearby and has the potential for ‘geofencing’: when a child of yours leaves a pre-designated area, it alerts you! Loopt is currently only available in the USA, but it won’t be too long until we see this software roll out elsewhere too.

James Tromans

Contributing editor of AndroidAuthority.com, based in the U.K.