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Seesmic’s enterprise update leads Android Apps of the Week

by Kristen Nicole

Seesmic is a one-stop shop for social media management, aggregating a number of streams, from Twitter to YouTube, into a single Android app. With a major update this week, Seesmic added more business tools via deep integration with Salesforce. On the lighter side, DC Comics turns to Android as part of its massive digital push, releasing new digitized superhero tales on a weekly basis. From work to play, Android’s got you covered.

Seesmic (Free)

The Seesmic app already centralizes your social media profiles across Twitter, Foursquare and beyond. But the social media management tool is getting business savvy, recognizing the growing demand around social enterprise. The updated Seesmic app brings the majority of Salesforce’s CRM to your Android app, with access to contacts, accounts, leads, activity streams and Salesforce Chatter. Seesmic already had Chatter integration, a move that took place around the same time Salesforce invested $4 million into Seesmic. With a decided business direction, Seesmic is a great hub for socially-driven businesspeople.

DC Comics (Free)

DC Comics is going digital, with a major update to its Android app for special promotions and re-releases. Every Wednesday you can expect a new issue available directly through the app, as DC Comics makes its way through its entire superhero line. Dubbed “The New 52,” this relaunch aims to replicate the collectors’ experience on a whole new platform, attracting an entirely new audience in the process. New issues will be priced at $2.99 each, with price reductions for every month the issue is on the market. Issues can also be downloaded to the device for offline reading.

United Airlines (Free)

Whether you’re traveling for business or personal reasons, the new United Airlines app can help your experience become more efficient. The latest airline to launch an Android app, United Airlines comes with options to book flights for United and Continental, flight status alerts, account access and airport maps. The most exciting feature, however, is the mobile boarding pass storage, so you can skip the printer all together. Check-in on flights, view maps for current trips and play a round of Sudoku. With a deal with DirecTV, you can also view program listings for your flight, while VIP travelers can get Red Carpet and Presidents Clubs information.

Epson iPrint (Free)

Hewlett-Packard isn’t the only company connecting smartphones and printers. The new Epson iPrint app lets you print to nearby wireless Epson printers, with options to scan and save files, or send directly in an email. Access files through a handful of cloud services, including Box.net, Dropbox and Evernote. You can even configure printer options from the free app, selecting paper size and type, the number of copies you need, and selecting a page range. Interactive capabilities, such as wireless printing, help make this new era of connected devices more practical.

Dell Mobile (Free)

Dell is another consumer electronics company looking to Android for more end-user access. But the new Dell Mobile app is geared towards shoppers. It offers an online store for all of Dell’s products, from laptops to printers, televisions and cameras. You can compare products side-by-side, read product reviews and ratings, and access support forums and videos. Dell Mobile will even recommend products based on a mini quiz, spurring you to spend even more money on gadgets. With HP shifting away from its PC business, Dell is certainly looking to fill the gap, finding even more direct routes to anxious shoppers.

Primadesk (Free)

Since mobile is all about accessing the cloud, it’s nice to see useful aggregation apps that centralize your content. Primadesk is an online photo and file managment tool, pooling your pictures and documents from Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Dropbox and other locations. From Primadesk, you can search your own personal cloud, drilling-down to the file you need, when you need it. You can also share files from the app, and move them from one account to another, as needed. Primadesk is also a cloud back-up service, ensuring your content is protected from digital disaster.