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Slices for Twitter tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Offering a completely fresh way to experience Twitter, the Slices for Twitter Android app comes with custom browsing options and workarounds for the biggest challenges in managing accounts. InstaPicFrame for Instagram is also gaining traction qith shutterbugs that want to add frames and templates to their Instagram photos. Also, the Red Cross released a timely app to help you prepare for hurricane season.

Slices for Twitter (Free)

From OneLouder comes a new take on Twitter management, equipped with a fresh design and plenty of features you won’t get on the official Twitter app. Designed to help you search and manage multiple Twitter accounts, you can browse by category, follow live events and “slice” your timeline into digestible streams. Bookmark your favorite accounts, sync to the desktop version and find the right people to follow for any topic. From the app you can also post to Facebook, search your own content (including private message), manage Twitter Lists, filter feeds and hide unwanted tweets without awkwardness of unfollowing someone.

InstaPicFrame for Instagram (Free)

Instagram is plenty fun on its own, but it’s missing a few things. InstaPicFrame for Instagram offers frames and templates for your photos, mini-collage creation and customization. You can change the photo template by shaking your phone, add background templates and enhance the overall presentation of photos before you share them with the world. You can post to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.

Hurricane - American Red Cross (Free)

With hurricane season underway, there’s no better time to check out the Hurricane - American Red Cross Android app. Prepare for some of the year’s most severe weather by tracking storms, receiving tips and step-by-step instructions for readying your home and loved ones. Hurricane - American Red Cross also comes with an in-app toolkit, complete with strobe light, flashlight and audio alerts. You can use the app to keep in touch with loved ones as well even if the power goes out, letting friends and family know you’re safe by posting an update via Facebook, Twitter, email and text. You’ll also be able to locate nearby Red Cross shelters, and earn badges by proving your knowledge of hurricanes via in-app quizzes.

Lookout Security & Antivirus (Free)

Google’s had a rough time keeping the Android devices safe from viruses, ushering in a new era of security apps to fill in the gaps. Lookout Security & Antivirus was amongst the earliest to take an Android-specific approach to mobile security, and a major update this week made it even easier to interact with the app remotely. Realizing many people use Lookout from others’ smartphones and tablets, Lookout revamped its mobile web experience to manage your account from someone else’s device. You can pinpoint your lost phone on a Google Map, sound an alarm, access recently saved photos and contacts.

SeatGuru by TripAdvisor (Free)

Known as a hub of travel information and reviews, TripAdvisor is building a new knowledge database around flight information. With the new SeatGuru app, you can pick your seat on the plane, search for low airfares and receive real-time flight status alerts. The app offers seating advice, in-flight amenity information (like if your flight has WiFi), and recommendations for various airlines. Optimized for Android devices, SeatGuru has over 700 seat maps from almost 100 airlines. Gain insight from its countless passenger reviews so you know exactly what kind of deal you’re getting before you buy that ticket.

WiFi Shoot! [Beta] (Free)

There are countless ways to share photos these days. Using the built-in Android WiFi Direct API, Wifi Shoot! is among the first to leverage Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich update, which is required to access this app. Once you’ve downloaded the app, WiFi Shoot! will appear in your Share menu as a way to send media, such as photos and videos. From there, select the file you want to send, pair the receiving device and pass the file along. Still in Beta, the app currently works with local files only, though we hope WiFi Shoot! adds cloud media support in the future.

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