Celebrate Thanksgiving with these great Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

While the holiday season started weeks ago, Thanksgiving really marks the month of tradition that sweeps America, all the way through New Year's Eve. Spending time with family, cooking turkey dishes, and even getting a bit of shopping done is what Thanksgiving has become, and your Android can help you make the most of this favorite holiday.

Cooking

Epicurious is full of creative recipes, with years of archives on holiday specials. The free Android app doubles as a grocery-list manager, importing items from recipes you choose: That should simplify things for shopping day. Tap into the sharing spirit of Thanksgiving by uploading notes on your personal recipe enhancements.

With all this cooking, the most important helper you'll have is a timer. Grab the free Kitchen Timer app from the Android Market, and set multiple timers for different dishes or tasks. Mark the exact time or amount of time for each: Kitchen Timer has three independent timers to help you juggle the big day.

If counting points keeps you slim and trim, you'll love the reinforcement from WWDiary. This free Android app is a daily journal of meals and their points, with extensive note-taking tools, and helpful buttons for marking your activity, as well. Categories aid in note-taking and calculations, helping you get the most out of your day.

Shopping

The Black Friday App brings you legit and leaked ads from DealNews, helping you prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year. Create shopping lists from sale items, link directly to a retailer's web site for purchases, and search for items you're hoping will be on super-sale. This Android app is free.

ShopSavvy is a top bar code scanner in the Android market, delivering product details, price comparisons, filtered searches for local and online retailers, all from a quick and simple laser read. It will help you make wiser decisions while facing the pressures of Black Friday, and even Cyber Monday.

Holiday Spirit

Hosts need all the help they can get. Android's Thanksgiving Planner app provides pre-set lists, breaking them down weeks in advance. Categories span cooking, invites, entree and dessert shopping lists, with check-off items and tracking on how many tasks you've completed. This handy app is 99 cents.

TripCase keeps your travel plans on schedule, with itinerary imports and easy tabs to access flight, car and hotel details. Check a flight status or view alternative schedules, search for hotels, and even share travel updates privately or through multiple social networks. See which friends are in the same city as you, while you're in town.

Sharing well wishes is another Thanksgiving tradition, and doing so with a camera snapshot makes for greetings with a personal touch. PicSay Pro turns your photos into custom greetings, with a Thanksgiving pack for the harvest holiday. This full-featured Android app will run you ~$4.10.

Get a dose of holiday liveliness every time you look at your phone, with the Thanksgiving Live Wallpaper. Crisp with Autumn colors, you'll see holiday greetings and birds flying across your screen. This 99-cent Android app is pretty cheesy, but Live Wallpapers are new enough to still make for an entertaining novelty.