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Posterous, MLB At Bat lead Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Bloggers got lucky this week, with recent update from Posterous and Blogger. Comcast brought its second Xfinity app to the Android Market, making it easier to manage and view content on demand. And, as Spring Training gets into full swing, sports apps rise in popularity, including Yahoo!’s own Live Scores app. Here are this week’s top Android apps.

Blogging apps

Posterous makes collaborative blogging even easier with a Groups update for its free Android app. Collectively contribute to a single Posterous site, adding friends to a group. Posting to the Group Posterous blog is just as easy, with one-click sharing, email updates and everything else you’ve come to love.

Google’s Blogger app has been gaining steam ever since its official launch earlier this year. With a few updates under its belt, the free Android app supports multiple Blogger accounts, has media attachments from the blog composition page, and lets you create posts through the Share menu. In all, it’s a simple blogging tool, especially for existing users.

Get some culinary inspiration for your food blog with Foodspotting. The visual guide helps you discover new and popular restaurants, along with reviews, navigation and recommendations. Make things interesting with badge rewards, and share your favorites with friends across various social networks. This tasty Android app is free.

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Sports and chat apps

The latest version of MLB.com’s popular At Bat series has hit the market, just in time for baseball season. Updated for high-end Android smartphones and tablets, the baseball app delivers videos, photos and news. Follow your team through Spring Training, all the way to the playoffs. Pay the full $14.99 for live streaming and other premium features, or try the Lite version for free.

Yahoo! has maintained a strong sports presence in the Android Market, and Live Scores’ popularity is proof. The straightforward sports app delivers stats, scores and news briefings, keeping you at the top of your game. Follow multiple leagues, set custom alerts and put a widget on your home screen. This handy app is free.

LiveProfile is like BB Messenger, but for Android users. Chat with friends in real time, sharing photos, videos and links. The app is free, very easy to manage and supports a number of social networks to push updates to Twitter and Facebook. Your LiveProfile profile actually works on BlackBerry devices, as well as iPhones, so you’ll never be disconnected from friends.

WhatsApp Messenger is another chat tool that bypasses your text messaging system, and gives you a few specialized features. Send all sorts of messages, including photos, videos and audio files, view chat history and start a group conversation. The app is free to download, but will cost you a couple dollars every year after.

Really entertaining apps

XFINITY TV is an interactive app, letting you control your cable box from your Android phone. You can also manage your Xfinity account while on the go, searching for shows and movies, filter by genre, network, HD and free content, and set your DVR to record programs. This app is free for Xfinity users.

Need a gossip fix? Try the new Urban Gossip app, which recently made the leap to Android.  Get the latest on urban entertainment news, with aggregated content from your favorite sources like MediaTakeOut and Necole Bitchie. This Android app is free.

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