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Facebook update tops Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

There were several notable updates to some of Android’s most prevalent apps this week, from Facebook to Skyfire. Spanning social and entertainment sectors, we’re seeing some great features make their way to Android apps as well. Fring, for instance, added four-way video chats, while Viewdle launched a new photo-sharing app in the Market.

Social

Facebook has updated its Android app to incorporate more web features, including the option to tag friends in status updates. You can also search your Facebook friends through your phone contacts, and interact with them directly from this mobile profile. The ability to add your phone number to your profile also shows Facebook is serious about its mobile initiative. This popular social networking app is free.

Fring has been on a tear lately, adding some well-received features to its Android app. The free VoIP service now lets you make four-way video calls, so you can group chat to the max. With free calls over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G networks, along with its multi-platform chat support, Fring’s becoming quite the FaceTime contender.

CloudTalk received an update for its social communications app for Android this week, with options to interact with friends via voice, text, photo and video. The multimedia capabilities of this free app let you chat with multiple people in private rooms, join public group discussions and run community conversations. It’s a mix between AIM and Twitter, with VoIP at its core.

The developers of Seesmic pushed through another update to their Android app, with several new features for managing various social tasks. A series of shortcuts have been added to save you time and effort, for composing tweets, pushing updates, accessing saved Twitter searches, lists or Facebook pages. Beyond Twitter, there’s now Salesforce Chatter integration as well.

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Multimedia

Viewdle is dipping its toe into Android waters, with an app for tagging friends in mobile photos. The new SocialCamera app, still in beta, lets you quickly tag friends, add a comment, and directly share photos across the social web. Send photos to Facebook or Flickr, or to friends via MMS or email. This free app makes your photos social.

PowerDVD Remote is a new Android app that turns your phone into a remote control. It’s designed to work with CyberLink’s recently released PowerDVD 11 software, which enables video-watching on Windows OS. It’s a full-featured, multi-touch remote, and a streaming media source. Toggle between controls and a mouse pad option, with full navigation for playback control on Blu-ray discs, DVD titles and videos. This useful accompaniment will cost you $4.99.

Cloud

Skyfire Web Browser has been updated to version 4.0, with some social navigation options to quickly access Facebook and Twitter. You’ll also find Facebook ‘Like’ buttons in your updated Skyfire toolbar, along with Google Reader integration, and Sports, News and Finance buttons. The free mobile browser is taking some liberties in its media-centric update, but isn’t browsing a social matter these days?

The Amazon MP3 app has been updated for Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 3.0 Honeycomb, with integration for the equalizer mode already present in supported devices. The free music cloud app will also pick up your song queue after the device goes to sleep, and Bluetooth integration will let you navigate through songs. For some music cloud protection, the app has also added a lock-screen for extra safety purposes.

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