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Twitter update leads Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Social networks keep you connected while you’re on the go, making them popular apps in the Android Market. Twitter updated its Android app after usage doubled these past few weeks, and Plixi (formerly TweetPhoto) debuted its app this week as well. Navigating with your Android is also an easy task, with MapQuest’s launch and Citysearch adding a Deals app to its catalog.

Social stuff

Twitter stays at the center of your social life, with an update to its free Android app. You can now view trends, browse tweets and get recommended users to follow, without even signing-in. Its universal search makes it easier to find relevant tweets, and conversations have been simplified with retweet options and auto-complete for usernames.

New Android app Plixi is already gaining popularity, probably because of its simplistic design that maintains their web experience. Take a photo with your phone’s camera, and immediately share it with friends on Twitter and Facebook. Photos are also geo-tagged, so the context is never lost.

Google’s making your contacts folder a bit more social, and a lot more amusing. Create “Android” avatars with Androidify, choosing their hair, clothes, and accessories. You can share your personalized creature, or save it as a photo in your contact book. As if these little green monsters weren’t cute enough...

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Getting around

MapQuest has brought its popular mobile app to the Android Market, offering yet another free navigation tool. This highly usable app helps you orient yourself, with voice-guided navigation, filtered search and live traffic updates. MapQuest has auto re-route, walking directions, voice search and multiple map views, so you’ll never get lost again.

Citysearch has expanded its local search capabilities, incorporating the latest craze: deals. Deals by Citysearch combines local search and handy discounts, so you can pick the best spot to visit. Filter deals by category, share deals with friends, and even access Groupon’s daily offerings, all from this free Android app.

Shopkick delivers deals as well, incorporating discounts into its rewards-based shopping app. Earn gift cards, movie tickets and store discounts just by visiting the stores you already love, checking-in and scanning bar codes as you shop. It’s no wonder Shopkick has surpassed 100 million check-ins. This Android app is free.

Entertain yourself

Redbox has found its way into the Android Market, letting you browse and reserve movies from your phone. Search for the nearest Redbox kiosk while you’re out and about, or peruse movies currently available or coming soon. You can filter by genre for swifter browsing, helping you nail down the perfect flick.

Sports Illustrated has gone digital too, launching an Android app as part of its new-age subscription plan. Access the mobile edition anytime, combining the magazine and its mobile web features, including exclusive photos, stories, videos and interviews. Being the SI fan you are, you’ll surely appreciate the live scores and news feeds far more than bikini-clad models.