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Firefox leads Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Firefox has become a wildly popular browser these past few years, and the mobile realm is another opportunity for widespread domination. Never mind Google’s having its own default browser on your Android handset, Firefox has a few perks that outshine the competition. Productivity and music apps also top this week’s best apps, with an update for QuickOffice Pro, Songbird and more.

For work

Mozilla updated its Firefox 4 desktop browser, and pushed through an update for its Android mobile version as well. Firefox 4 already has some perks beyond the default browser, including tab management from the side bar, and sync options with the desktop counterpart. Free, this mobile browser also has some useful add-ons, like Instapaper and a Twitter bar.

Springpad has been updated with some Android-only features, including configurable home screen widgets for adding and accessing bookmarks, tasks and more. There’s also cross-browser sharing support, which means Sprigpad can pull information like shirt size and price for the GAP website, sending you alerts when prices drops. This handy app is free.

QuickOffice Pro has also been updated, making you more productive on the go. You can create, open and edit Microsoft Office files, including PowerPoint. The app has a clipboard for cut/copy/paste functions between apps, and voice-input dictation. For $9.99 this business app has some fancy features for image input and editing, and even support for advanced formulae in Excel files.

TeleNav Track is the latest app from the company, launching a mobile management tool for busy workers. With GPS tracking and navigation, a manager can see where all his mobile workforce is, saving everyone time and money. This free app includes a timecard, shared messages, location alerts, data trackers and custom settings. If you want your mobile workforce to become more effecient, an Android like this can help you out.

For play

Android Market veteran Shazam is pushing through a social update, letting you share and discover music with Facebook friends. You’ll be able to see what they’re listening to, with a music-specific feed that updates in real time. Add tags and songs to your playlist, and click through to make purchases.

Songbird is a newer music app for Android, with a sleek player to stream your music collection.  The clean interface is easy to navigate, and includes filters for albums, playlists, artists and songs. Facebook “like” your favorite tracks, add a home screen widget (complete with album art) and turn your Android into an MP3 player. This music app is free.

FatBooth is an entertaining novelty app that lets you morph your face. Plump things up with this free app, and see how you’d look with a few extra pounds. Already popular on the iPhone, this free app has easy photo-editing and sharing capabilities that makes it nearly irresistible to share your before and after images across Facebook and Twitter.

For everything else

Carfax has launched an Android app for dealers, offering vehicle history reports on-demand.  You can scan in a VIN for instant Carfax reports, ensuring you have all the pertinent data before accepting a trade-in, or even at an auction. If you have a Carfax account, you can log-in from this app as well.

If the recent Japan quake has piqued your interest in tectonic plates, Earthquake Lite is a useful app to check out. You can track and follow earthquakes around the world, receiving updates in real-time. The free app pulls data from USGS, and sorts information by magnitude, location and time. You can share detailed screenshots and other information via email, and gain a new perspective on our planet.

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