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Posterous leads Fresh Android Apps of the Week

by Caitlin M. Foyt

In this week's Fresh Android apps, we saw popular blogging service Posterous finally arrive in the Android Market, received a cool 3D update for Google Maps, found that Dolphin Browser has gone all streamlined on us, and rediscovered some classic Dr. Suess books and some cool comics.

Posterous (Android) FREE

Posterous, a micro-blogging website, has just released its own Android application. Posterous is a service that’s designed to simplify blogging by creating a customizable webpage in which users can easily and quickly post text, pictures, and video to their blogs while on the go. To post, just click the “post” button and start typing. Or, you can click on the addition symbol along the top of the screen to add pictures or videos. To streamline your social networking experience, you can set the app so that Posterous will also update your Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, or a handful of other social networks simultaneously once you're done posting.

Google Maps update (Android) FREE

You can now travel and explore using 3D maps. A recent update by Google Maps now includes a 3D feature, which allows users to tilt and rotate maps at various angles. Maps have been programmed to download more quickly and can be stored offline. Even if you lose your connection for a bit, you won’t be completely lost, which is especially useful if using the in-built navigation features. Android 1.6 devices and above can get Maps 5.0, but 3D and offline features require Android 2.0 and higher.

Dolphin Browser Mini (Android) FREE

A Beta version of the Dolphin Browser Mini app has just popped up in the Android marketplace. This particular app, working essentially as an update to the pre exisiting Dolphin HD and the standard Dolphin browsers, has been designed with the intention to be cleaner, more simple, and faster than other browsers. It supports gesture commands and can open an infinite number of tabs. There is also a tool box and ability to sync bookmarks.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Android) $3.99

The timeless classic story of the holiday-hating green hermit who attempts to destroy Christmas is now available on the Android platform. Just in time for the holiday season, Dr. Suess’ book How The Grinch Stole Christmas can be found in the marketplace as an e-Book and interactive story designed to engage young children. Users can choose between the option of reading the books traditionally or having the books read aloud. The story is set to background music and when you touch the screen, the program will zoom-in on text and animate pictures. Another Dr. Suess’ favorite The Cat In The Hat is also available for Android, also for $3.99.

Comics (Android) FREE

A popular app for the iPhone platform as digital comic store, library and reader, Comics by ComiXology has finally made its way over to Android. It’s a reader that has tons of different titles, from major publishers and indie comic writers alike. Some are free, but some of the more popular titles, like The Walking DeadGreen Lantern or World of Warcraft comics you’ll have to buy. This app also offers a "guided view" which keeps the entire page of a comic intact, but readers can zoom in and out, or read by panel. This app stays true to the classic comic small business model by allowing readers to track down and connect with local comic book stores so that they can buy hard copies of their favorite titles.