Thanksgiving Android apps to whet your holiday appetite

by Kristen Nicole

It’s nearly turkey time again, and your handy Android smartphone is here to help you through the holiday season. Manage your over-worked kitchen, keep your travel records in line and even hunt down the best deals for Black Friday. Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and showing appreciation for the good things that happened throughout the year. So let Android help you stay organized, freeing up your quality time for the things and people that matter most.

Food Network In the Kitchen (Free)

This cooking app from the Food Network is great for the holidays because it has just about everything you need to plan and cook up the biggest feast of the year. The national brand is known for traditional recipes from its top chefs, so you’ll have no problem finding typical meals for Thanksgiving dinner. See the ingredients needed for each recipe and add them to your shopping list. Once you hit the kitchen, pull up the recipe directions and set the timer right from this screen. This Android app even comes with a unit converter.

Smart Foods-Organic Diet Buddy (Free)

For those that don’t want to give in to a Paula Dean butter-fest just because it’s Thanksgiving, there’s the Smart Foods-Organic Diet Buddy app. It encourages a healthy lifestyle, whether you eat meat, shun animal products all together, or fall somewhere in between. The free Android app features a color-coded nutrition guide for fruits and veggies. If you have some picky eaters coming to your house this holiday, Smart Foods can help you select the right items for those dishes that need to be organic.

Black Friday App (Free)

Work off all that turkey with some post-Thanksgiving shopping. Dealnews delivers leaked and confirmed ads for Black Friday across a number of retailers. You can search for the items you’re hoping will be on sale (and there’s a good chance you’ll find something comparable), and save items to your shopping list, giving you weeks to prepare for the big day. You can check out the retailer’s site and find local stores, and share the love with friends across Facebook and Twitter.

TripIt (Free)

Thanksgiving is the busiest travel weekend of the year, leaving you subject to airport delays, miles of backed up traffic and unscrupulous hotel prices. Keep tabs on your travel itinerary with TripIt’s centralized app, serving up confirmation numbers and reservations on demand. It’s also a useful tool when multiple people are traveling together, or meeting in the same location, as itineraries can be shared. Travel plans are synced across devices, and with your calendar as well. Upgrade to the Pro account to calculate potential savings, receive alerts and other travel reminders.

doubleTwist Player (Free)

Travel time and a couple extra days at Auntie's house can be a drag if you get bored easily. But as long as your Android’s charged, there’s entertainment at your fingertips. The doubleTwist Player is a media hub for your music, radio and videos, importing from iTunes and other media files on your PC or Mac. You can auto-sync files wirelessly, ensuring you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied during long flights, layovers and lazy vacation afternoons. Thanksgiving gatherings are also prime opportunities to show off photos of recent exploits, or set the mood with some music. You can stream to your TV through your Xbox or PS3 with AirTwist, or to Apple TV with Twist To.

Vignette ($2.60)

Thanksgiving is a great time to capture moments with friends and family or holiday travel. A photo-sharing app on your Android means you’ll always have a camera ready. The Vignette Android app is one of the many that lets you share photos with friends across social networks, and through email and SMS. But it also has an effects tool that adds that something special to your photos, dabbing just a touch of realism that seems to heighten our nostalgia for the holidays. The full version comes with a string of vintage styles and other modes, editing capabilities, a time-lapse setting and geotagging.