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Android Smartphones currently account for a significant percentage of the total Smartphone market and research indicates that by 2012 they will be in almost 50% of all new devices sold. With this increased popularity comes the Android marketplace and while currently it does not have as many Apps as Apple, this is quickly changing as more and more developers and devices come online.
Top Finance Apps
The Smartphone is a sterling device to track your finances as not only is it something that you carry around with you at all time, but with its integrated red laser and associated bar code scanner simplifying your shopping decisions; you can ensure that you have the money in your account to make that new purchase!
Some of the most popular free finance apps for the Android are:
- Mint – the popular website is now an app also. With the ability to link all of your finance accounts into one application, it is the quintessential app that tells you where your money is going in real time!
- pFinance – keep track of stocks, mutual funds and so much more in this personal finance hub.
Top Social Networks & Communication Apps
Facebook and Twitter have taken the online world by storm but the good thing is that you do not need to be away from either if you have an Android Smartphone.
- Seesmic – while Twitter has released its own app for Android, the Seesmic app offers everything that Twitters own app does but does it in a simpler and more useful manner.
- Facebook for Android – offering almost real time synchronization with the website, the Facebook for Android app is extremely useful and allows you keep in touch with everyone that is important to you.
- WordPress for Android – for the bloggers and content writers out there, being tied down to a computer is somewhat axiomatic – Android has come to the rescue here with WordPress for Android. This simple but effective app, not only allows you to post and edit content on your blog, but also allows you to respond to comments and edit pages!
The Power of the Web
- Google Goggles – one of the most interesting Android apps has to be Google Goggles. This simple to use, but extremely effective app takes a photo of an item that you are interested in and then by utilizing Google’s awesome image search capabilities, provides you with information about that image!
- Firefox & Opera – another great plus for users of Android devices is that similar to your desktop you are able to download and install Firefox and Opera as your web browser of choice. In addition as most of the Android devices support Flash natively (in comparison to the iPhone); your options when viewing video on the web are so much greater!
- Evernote – for those who have used this innovative and extremely useful note taking application on their desktop, the arrival of Evernote in the Android marketplace has been like nirvana. With the ability to take notes, record conversations and share photos between your desktop iteration and your Smartphone, you are never far from the information that is important to you!
About the author: Hutch Morzaria writes on behalf of www.broadbandgenie.co.uk and www.mobilephonegenie.co.uk, the independent evaluation sites for broadband, mobile broadband and smartphones.
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