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Snapbucket leads Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

One of the great things mobile has provided us is instant access to the content we need. As more Android app makers integrate cloud services, the more content we’re able to get on the go. Photobucket’s launched a new photo-sharing app on Android in hopes of staying with the times, while Google finally launched its official Google Docs app.

Mobile media

Snapbucket is the latest from Photobucket, with an image editor and sharing app for Android. With this free app, you take a picture, crop and style it, then share it across Facebook, Twitter and Photobucket. With Instagram’s rising popularity on iOS, several alternatives are taking advantage of the Android market. It seems we can never have enough photo-sharing apps.

Satellite radio is another rising trend, with SiriusXM making a comeback in the emerging mobile market. With over 100 channels of music and talk radio programming, you can organize and search through every genre, with no commercials of course. With an update planned, SiriusXM has found success in its mobile distribution methods. The app is free to try but you’ll need a subscription for ongoing access.

On location

Now that Google and carriers are blocking some tethering apps from being downloaded, PdaNet has updated its free app to hide your connection from “Big Brother.” Using USB or Bluetooth, PdaNet lets you connect your computer through your Android’s Internet connection, without having to root your phone. It’s one of the simplest tethering apps in the Market, running on PC and Mac.

Glympse lets you manage your location “check-ins” across social media sites and email, where you specify the people and duration for sharing what many are realizing is user-sensitive data. Consider it a safety measure, putting you in control of your location-based information and activity. The free Android app comes with a widget for easy access. You can save favorite locations, access your shared history and customize location-based updates.

Business and beyond

Google has finally brought a dedicated Google Docs app to the Market, extending mobile viewing and editing access to your files. A key feature is the app’s search capabilities, which is better than the full web version in some regards. With this free app you can also upload and convert files to Google Docs, and even convert text from a photo into a shareable document.

SmartBrief keeps you in the know, with curated business news. Aggregating top stories on your behalf, this free Android app offers article summaries for industry news, an option to save items for later reading, and full-article access. Save your favorites, share worthy news bits, and follow the news that’s important to your industry.

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