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Tweetdeck Android

Using Facebook through a PC is a wholly difference experience from using one on a tablet or phone between the smaller screens and the use of fingers to interact with the app. While you can use Facebook through your Android browser, working with an app made with the Android in mind improves the user experience.

You’ll notice these apps fall into three categories: Facebook app, social network management and Facebook chat.

1. Facebook for Android

Facebook for Android

The app optimizes Facebook for the small screen knowing you won’t have the standard PC keyboard and mouse available. When you open the app, it lets you select where you want to go whether it’s the news feeds, photos or elsewhere. Each component of Facebook has its own screen for easier navigating and interaction.

2. FriendCaster for Facebook

FriendCaster for Facebook

You’d use this one instead of Facebook for Android as both do the same thing with each having its own interface style and features. Rather than trying to copy the Facebook experience, FriendCaster focuses on the mobile experience in delivering what users want from Facebook.

FriendCaster offers notification customization options to alert you of friends’ birthdays and incoming Facebook messages. Like a SMS message does on a locked screen, it can do pop up updates.

3. Seesmic (Facebook, Twitter)

Seesmic Android

For those who use multiple social networks, Seesmic offers a way to manage them all in one app. You can not only manage and update Facebook pages, but also post to Twitter, Google Buzz and Salesforce Chatter. It doesn’t have as many Facebook-specific features as the other apps, but it’s an option for those who prefer not to have multiple apps to cover all the social networks.

4. TweetDeck (Twitter, Facebook)

Tweetdeck Android

Like Seesmic, TweetDeck aims to be a single-app solution for your social networks. It works with Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Google Buzz. Tweetdeck can notify you in different ways with its customizable notification feature, which does notifications using notify, vibrate, sound or light. Rather than signing in to each social network, you sign in TweetDeck and it manages all of your identities. TweetDeck doesn’t treat each network as a separate app. Instead, it works as a unified app that helps you distinguish social networks with icons.

5. TweetCaster

Tweetcaster Android

Although TweetCaster focuses more on Twitter features, it works with Facebook. While you’re limited to posting status updates in Facebook, it’s an option for those who rely on these two networks without the frills in the other apps. This app from the developer behind FriendCaster for Facebook, lets you post a message to Twitter and Facebook at the same time. It has a long list of Twitter features, so if you’re big on Twitter and just want to post to Facebook — this could be a winner.

6. Go!Chat for Facebook

Go!Chat for Facebook

For those who like to chat with Facebook friends, this goes the extra mile in providing a fuller chat experience. While Facebook for Android connects with chat, it lacks some of the extras in Go!Chat, including the sharing of images, location, videos and voice notes. You can also rename contacts and use gestures to manage conversations.

What app do you use to manage Facebook with your Android device? What do you like about it?


With pages of browsers available for the Android tablet and phones in Android Market, who has time to install and try them? These browsers lead the market, but which one depends on how you like to surf the web and your device. Some browsers work better with some devices more than others do.

These Android browsers have many fans, so you’re bound to find the perfect one or come close to it.

1. Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin features gestures that let you draw your way around the web. You can create your own gestures such as drawing a “G” to open Gmail. Another popular feature is multi-touch-zoom where you pinch your fingers on the screen to change the text size or double-tap a spot to zoom in and out on that spot. Dolphin makes the most of the small screen space by letting you access the toolbar when you need it with a quick swipe.

2. Firefox for Android

Firefox for Android

You won’t find Awesome anywhere else except Firefox for Android — Awesome Screen, that is. It learns from your browsing experience to make it faster by giving you instant access to favorite history items, bookmarks and open tabs for all versions of Firefox.

Firefox desktop users can sync bookmarks, history, open tabs, passwords and form data with Firefox for Android. The customizable browser hides the toolbar until you call for it so you have more screen space.

3. Opera Mini Web Browser

Opera Mini Web Browser

Opera has two different browsers for the Android. Both use the same technology and user interface. Opera Mini’s engine lives on the server while Opera Mobile installs on your tablet or phone. Because of this, Opera Mini runs faster.

Opera Mini downloads fewer elements than Mobile because Mini’s server converts the code to a lighter one before delivering it to the device. However, Opera Mobile has the capability to render more complex websites. Fans of Opera Mini choose the browser for its speed.

4. Skyfire

Skyfire Android Browser

Skyfire attracts users who like to watch many flash videos. The secret sauce is its servers, which convert Flash content into mobile-friendly code so videos that typically error on mobile devices can play on the Android. Unfortunately, this feature lacks controls to pause and rewind videos.

The browser also comes with user agent switching so you can tell Skyfire to view the page as if you were on a desktop to access features that may not appear in the mobile version of the website.

5. Miren

Miren Android Browser

Miren moves with you. If you’re browsing in bed and decide to lie down, Miren rotates the screen and lets you lock it if you plan to stay there a while. Most mobile browsers come with a tabbed interface, but closing a tab can be tricky. You can’t miss with Miren as it replaces the name of the website you’re browsing with a big X. When you’re done, tap X and move on.

Some people like to use more than one browser like using Skyfire for watching videos and then another for regular browsing. To select one as your default browser, open the one you want and Android pops up a dialog box where you can check “Set as Default.” Going forward, it’ll open the default browser anytime you click a link.

What mobile browser do you use? Please share your experiences with mobile browsers in the comments section.