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Seesmic tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

From social updates to holiday perks, Android apps have plenty to celebrate as we near the close of 2010. Seesmic, for one, has steadily updated its Twitter app, with this latest update incorporating even more services. Dictionary.com has also outdone itself, hitting a major milestone for mobile downloads this week.

Social & entertainment

Seesmic is becoming a power tool for social networkers, especially in the professional crowd. Its latest update has support for Salesforce Chatter and Google Buzz, extending your Twitter integration to other services. Other updates to this free Android app include interface enhancements and Twitter account management.

Dictionary.com has managed 20 million downloads across all mobile platforms, including Android’s. This free app is a trusted reference tool, pulling straight from the website we all know and love. You get phonetic and audio pronunciations, spelling suggestions, and the educational Word of the Day updates, making it easy to expand your vocabulary.

Dr. Seuss has just launched two book apps on Android, including the holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The digital version combines the amazing original art, complete with text and narration, music and sounds. Users can highlight individual words to help out with word association and additional educational tools, which makes this $3.99 a worthy app to pass along to the kids.

Nimbuzz’s VoIP app has been updated for quality purposes, incorporating HD support.  Free, this Android app lets you make free (or really cheap) calls over Wi-Fi or 3G networks by making a peer-to-peer connection between phones. It even auto-detects your network speed to see if HD calls are an option at the time.

Picplz makes photo-sharing even easier, with added support for Flickr, Tumblr and Posterous. Having a single app to post photos across multiple services, which already included Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, makes photo-blogging a speedy and effective process. This photo-fun Android app is free.

Mobile mavens

Wyse has redone a good portion of its PocketCloud app, with improved security features for its remote desktop service. High resolution display updates also make PocketCloud more attuned for tablet use. This remote desktop tool is free, but the premium version, with file-sharing, multitasking, VMware support and other cloud management tools, starts at $14.99.

Out shopping for the best car deal in town? The Kelley Blue Book app (KBB.com) can help you research and compare car information while you’re walking the lot. Free, this Android app provides editorial reviews and a local dealer search. With a recent update and year-end sales peaking, KBB.com’s app has recently surpassed the 50k mark.

If you need some help warming up your car, there’s a remote car-starter app for your Android. This one’s called HeaterStart, a free app for Volvo owners. It lets you start your motor from anywhere, as long as you’ve got your phone at hand. Volvo’s got great timing on this release, coinciding with the first country-wide cold front of the season.

Walgreens has timed its update right too, with a new Gift Finder feature. It’s got a categorized recommendation tool, for electronics, health and wellness, gifts for him, and eco-friendly. Check out the Holiday Shop for daily deals, so you don’t miss an opportunity to save on gifts this season.

Nextag has re-launched its price-comparison shopping tool, with a new look and features. Search has been improved with added filters, like price, brand and ratings. More details are included on product pages, so you know what your total costs are, after shipping and tax. With a bar code scanner, store locator and wishlists, shopping is easier with this free Android app.