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Instant messengers are a dime a dozen in all mobile platforms. When it comes to Android, you don’t even have to download and install one to begin with.

So why bother getting another? Well, there might not be much of a difference between the popular chat protocols like MSN, Yahoo, GTalk etc, but it isn’t uncommon to have multiple accounts for business and personal uses. Moreover, our friends tend to have accounts on various platforms or social networks too. The best way to stay in touch with all of them at the same time is to have a chat client that can handle multiple chat accounts and protocols. BeejiveIM is a well known chat client and is available for almost all leading smartphone platforms, including Android.

Come, let us see how BeejiveIM helps you stay connected to all your instant messaging buddies, everywhere you go! (more…)

Invented by the brilliant Bram Cohen, BitTorrent is one of the ground breaking technological advancements of this century. The Nobel Prize does not include computer science as a category, otherwise BitTorrent would surely have been awarded one. Sadly, it is forever linked to piracy as many among us overlook the other possibilities for a protocol which distributes large files with such ease.

For one reason or another, lots of us use a BitTorrent client to download and distribute files online. Now that mobile phones (particularly Android powered ones) are rivalling computers with their processing power, it’s only natural to carry a P2P client in your pocket. tTorrent is one such torrent client, but how does it stack up? (more…)

I must admit: I am a Twitter addict. It is a fantastic way to keep in touch with not only other people but also the news and happenings in the world around me. I now check Twitter more often than Facebook (in fact, these days I hardly check Facebook at all) and it has become my primary source for obtaining news; I hardly ever use any other news apps on my phone.

With Android (and indeed with other platforms), users have a wide range of clients to use, since Twitter used to actively encourage developers to build their own applications for it. This has changed in recent months, however — take as one example the recent purchase of TweetDeck by Twitter. See this post by Ryan Sarver, Twitter’s platform project manager, for more info.

I find the stock version of Twitter on Android to be a little bland, and lacking in certain features. This is where Seesmic comes into play. It is a free client for Android devices running Android 1.5 and above. The beauty of Seesmic is that you are not just limited to Twitter – you can manage your Facebook and even Google Buzz accounts from the same app.

Seesmic is bursting with features and is, in my opinion, the best application for managing your social networks on your phone. Read on to find out why.

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A few months ago, CNN, one of the largest news outlets, released their highly visual Android application. Paralleling the design of the iOS application and even the Android tablet version, CNN offers a highly visual news experience which includes video and audio options as well.

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HowStuffWorks is a popular website specialising in explaining how day-to-day items and events work. Sometimes these are described in great detail; sometimes briefly. The aim is to provide interesting and educational information about why everything in our world functions the way it does.

The site’s tie-in app was released for Android about a month ago. I was expecting to have to be forgiving with this application, and allow for errors and undesired behaviour attributable to teething issues. But I didn’t find any, and was pleased by what this application offers!
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RSS feed readers have long been a popular way to consume news and updates, whether it’s for it keeping up-to-date with the latest news, following up on our favorite blogs or stocking up on inspiration for web design, photography, and what have you. Sure, there’s Facebook and Twitter for recommendations from friends, and good old fashioned e-mail newsletters for targeted, critical updates. But nothing beats the flexibility of choosing precisely the websites you want to follow and keeping track of exactly what you have seen and what’s new.

Although there is no dearth of RSS readers on the web and desktop, I’ve struggled to find a good feed reading experience on the Android platform, especially for the phone. There are a couple of decent options, but FeedSquares feels too gimmicky and Pulse too cluttered for my small 3.2″ Optimus One screen. Of course, there’s the ubiquitous Google Reader, but its interface is rudimentary, to say the least. Feedly, a relatively new entrant to the arena, seems to have filled the gap in between very nicely. Let’s take a closer look.
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There may be tens of thousands of native apps that offer awesome user interfaces and functionality, but none of them can match the experience of browsing the Internet without any restrictions. The number of browsers available for download in the Android Market is huge, with new ones launching frequently.

Each browser is unique, and pushes the limits of mobile browsing, taking it closer to the desktop counterparts. Dolphin is one of the notable browsers that is leading the mobile Internet revolution from the forefront. (more…)

Finally, Mozilla Firefox lovers who also have an Android phone can rejoice — Firefox Mobile is here with a full version of your favorite browser. The stock browser for Android is not bad, but, then again, the stock browser for Windows is not that bad either, yet most of us have moved on. There are alternatives for Android but many of us have been anticipating a full version of Firefox for some time, as it is one of the best browsers for the PC.

Let’s take a look at the features and performance of the newest Android browser to see if it is a download-worthy app for you.
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Some of us like to buy their music and have it stored for an eternity. Or at least, that was the behavior common when mobile Internet wasn’t popular amongst the population. With the rise in smartphones and 3G data plans, Spotify is one service that offers a native app for the world’s most popular smartphone platform.

Back in 2009, the popular-in-Europe streaming music service launched their own, native application for their premium customers. The app works with Spotify’s online streaming service but also has an offline mode to listen to songs offline. (more…)

Android’s built-in browser is cool, but it’s not awesome; there’s plenty of room for improvement. Opera aims to block that gaping hole with a much clearer, more attractive user interface.

Opera Mini (a lightweight version of Opera’s Android browser) is one of several alternative browsers available on the Marketplace and integrates a number of tactics not normally found in the built-in browser. For example, Opera uses server compression technologies to minimize both load times and data usage. It’s my Android browser of choice, so let’s get tapping! (more…)

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