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Android apps to get your Pinterest fix

by Kristen Nicole

Pinterest is by far one of the most addictive new social sharing sites on the market, but it’s yet to go mobile. And while you can still pull-up Pinterest photos on a mobile web browser, it’s just not the same as being able to share photos with friends and organize your interests into personalized collections. Pinterest has made it difficult for third parties to create apps that include Pinterest feeds, significantly minimizing the number of Android apps that once specialized in Pinterest content, but there’s ways to get your fix, even beyond Pinterest.

Fancy (Free)

Fancy is an Android app similar to Pinterest in many regards, with a curation tool for collecting images and organizing them into collections based on your interests. The Fancy app has a few features beyond photo-collection, starting with recommendations based on your interests, which you set when first creating your account. From there you’ll get a steady stream of photos that represent all sorts of products and places you’ll love. Add the ones you like to your own collection, and search for more items and individuals to follow. And it’s easy enough to find the influencers on Fancy--the more you add to a particular category, the more badges you’ll earn, setting you apart as an expert for things like men’s fashion, eateries and more.

Springpad (Free)

Springpad recently had a major overhaul that turned its notebooks into public collaborations, making it a viable Pinterest alternative in more ways than one. Not only can you clip images from the mobile web to a given Springpad notebook, but you can peruse others’ notebooks to discover new items of your own. You can follow a user’s entire collection of notebooks, or pick the individual notebooks of interest to you. The Following tab shows the latest additions to notebooks you’re following, while the Explore tab gives you a broader sense of springs that are popular across the network. Springpad’s universal search tab will help you uncover the specific items you’re looking for, and don’t be surprised by the unexpected things you’ll find in this personal organization app.

Kaleidoscope: Fashion Inspired (Free)

Pinterest is a great place for fashion inspiration, and Kaleidoscope gets right to the heart of things. A fashion app for Android, Kaleidoscope is a combination of Pinterest and Shopstyle where you can browse, share and shop through collections of inspirational pictures. Partial to street style, Kaleidoscope’s fashion editors curate images from around the world, spanning blogs to fashion shows. The result is an endless stream of pictures, which you can share on Twitter, Facebook, and of course Pinterest. Every look is broken down into shopping links, so you can purchase the scarf, bag, tee or bracelet from a given photo.

Kodak Gallery (Free)

Kodak may have gone bankrupt in the past 12 months, but they still recognize the future of photos when they see it. Their Android app for photo sharing and album organization has recently added Pinterest support, letting you pin any image or album to Pinterest. It’s a great perk on top of its other features, including group sharing, unlimited storage, online backup and photo printing services. The group album is particularly helpful as it lets several individuals collaborate on an album, contributing their own images from a single event or for an ongoing collection.

Kullect (Free)

Building on the idea of online collections, Kullect is a vision board tool that lets you add more than just photos. Designed for mobile use, Kullect’s free Android app lets you make virtual collections of photos, videos, locations and notes, made public for sharing and discovery. There’s an activity feed showing recent additions to collections you’re following, and a tab to access your personal Favorites. The Discover tab helps you find people and collections of interest, which can really come in handy when you’re in a new city and are looking for recommendations on local restaurants and activities.

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