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by Kristen Nicole

From mobile payments to social media management, you can do all manner of things with Android. A slew of new apps have hit the Google Play Store this week, boosting productivity, keeping you secure and on top of all the latest fashion trends. Pay with Square leads the pack with its consumer-centric service, while Seesmic Pro is geared towards social media managers who are always working on-the-go. Avira debuted its Android app for an in-demand user base, while Ustream hits a major milestone with 2.5 million downloads, celebrating with a hefty update to its Android app.

Pay with Square (free)

Square’s known for its smartphone attachment that lets merchants accept credit card payments on the fly. But with Pay with Square, the buyer is at the helm. An update to its existing Card Case app, Square’s newest Android app is simplified for usability and brand recognition. With this app you can see nearby businesses that accept Square payments, receive offers and make payments with just your name. It’s a handy replacement for your wallet.

Seesmic Pro ($2.99)

With a slew of premium features for social media management, Seesmic Pro lets you monitor Facebook and Twitter campaigns from a single screen. All the existing features from the free Seesmic app is included in the Pro version, with the addition of multi-account timeline capabilities. It keeps you from toggling between accounts, centralizing your social media management in a mobile package. Known for simplifying your social activity, you can expect more developments from Seesmic Pro in the coming weeks.

Avira Free Android Security (free)

With so much of our personal data being stored on our devices, Android users need security tools now more than ever. Entering the competitive growing market around mobile security, Avira launched its Android app this week to help you keep tabs on your phone. When it’s lost, you can trigger a loud noise from the device by logging-on to Avira’s web console, and lock your phone remotely to keep a thief from accessing your personal data (though there is a screen that displays a proper message to the person who finds your lost phone). You can also locate your device signal and pinpoint it on a Google map, monitor its battery life and security history.

Ustream update (free)

Celebrating 2.5 million downloads, Ustream rolled out a major update to its Android app, which includes an ad-free option. The most notable enhancement is the improved interface with a darker, sleeker theme and support for device rotation to landscape mode. Support for Korean has also been added – a reflection of Ustream’s partnership with Korea Telecom last year. But what really sets this app upgrade apart is its premium, ad-free options and the new Quick Broadcast widget, which places a “record” button right on your Android home screen. Tap the widget and you’ll instantly begin broadcasting live (once you select your channel, of course).

Zoho CRM (free)

Expanding its mobile push, Zoho rolled out its CRM and project management software to the Google Play Store. With a range of web-based applications, Zoho is focusing its mobile apps on targeted software needs, extending its existing Docs and Invoice apps with CRM and Projects. It makes sense, given the typical enterprise user, granting access to contacts, accounts, leads and other fields in their CRM system, which can also be edited from the app. Both Projects and CRM are available offline, with data synchronized back up to Zoho’s servers. While the apps are free to download, you’ll need an existing subscription to the service to make any use of them.

Pose: Fashion, Beauty & Style (free)

Pose is ready for its close up as this Android app gains in popularity this month. A mobile version of their website, Pose’s mobile app lets you share in real-time what you’re shopping for, picking ideas shared by other users. The app is designed as a trend-hunting tool, and you can set up your activity feed to follow friends and influencers in the fashion industry. There’s tons of categories to choose from when searching or tagging an item, from handbags to belts, outerwear to bathing suits. Get inspired any time with this interactive lookbook from real people and brands.