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Ease into your Labor Day weekend with these Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

Labor Day Weekend grew out of the strife unions faced during the early reform of U.S. labor laws. And to commemorate, we take an extra Monday off and say farewell to summer. The holiday has become many things to many people, and Android can accommodate every last one. Whether you celebrate with a backyard barbecue, or spend a day sniffing out a good sale, Labor Day Weekend has become a welcome and necessary transition into a new season.

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner Pro ($2.99)

Planning a party this Labor Day weekend? Allrecipes is a handy resource for finding easy meal ideas for any pallet. Its extensive database gives you a crowd-sourced treasure trove that’s bigger than menu listings on fancier recipe apps like Epicurious, and it’s easy enough to spot the popular recipes from the Allrecipes site. With the pro account you get some extra perks that come in handy for party-planning, such as the ability to modify a recipe based on the number of servings you need. Search by ingredient to narrow things down, add recipes to your box, and share favorites with friends.

Live Scores (Free)

The week following Labor Day is the kick-off for Autumn sports, including football on September 5th. This action-packed holiday weekend was made for sports fans, and whether you’re traveling with family or at a parade, you don’t have to compromise your love of the game. Yahoo!’s Live Scores Android app delivers up-to-the-minute updates directly to your phone, keeping you in the center of the action even when you’re on the go. Live Scores has updates, news, highlights and scores for several sports leagues, so even if you’d rather track tennis than baseball, this app is still useful to you.

Google Maps (Free)

If you’re taking a road trip this weekend, a good navigation app will undoubtedly be your best friend. I prefer Google Maps because it’s free, supports voice-navigation for turn-by-turn directions, and saves my locations from previous trips and searches. Google Maps also has a useful search tool to help me find nearby recommendations once I reach my destination. The inclusion of Google Layers means I can see friends’ shared locations, check the weather, and get traffic updates in real-time. For a free app, Google Maps is rather inclusive, making it a one-stop shop for road hogs.

Kayak (Free)

Many will want to take advantage of the three-day weekend to go on vacation, and Kayak is a handy app for tracking down last-minute deals. With flight and hotel search, as well as booking options and trip itinerary integration, Kayak’s hoping to be your central app and guiding light as you embark on your holiday journey. This Android app comes with comparison pricing options so you can nail down the best deal for you. Remember all that hard-earned money you made at work? Don’t blow it all on the holiday of laborers.

ShopSavvy (Free)

With the fall season’s official arrival, stores are anxious to clear out summer inventory. And whether it’s a back-to-school deal you’re looking for, or just a great sale on strappy wedges, there’s nothing more thrilling for a shopaholic than a holiday promotion. Every store’s going to offer discounts during Labor Day weekend, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for any old price. ShopSavvy’s barcode scanner lets you price-shop while you shop, making you a speedy and smart consumer. See other retailers' prices, check online stores, read reviews and always get the best deal, no matter what time of year it is.

Retro Camera (Free)

There’s something nostalgic about the holidays, and even with the modern advances of Android smartphones, a retro camera effect can add an extra touch of realism to any captured moment. Retro Camera has five camera settings to choose from, giving you an array of vintage effects for your photos. Remember Polaroids? Replicate them with the Retro Camera app. You can even share photos with friends in the form of a postcard, which is a nice touch if you’re traveling during Labor Day weekend.