Ever since the explosion of Facebook and Twitter, social apps have become one of the most hotly sought after and downloaded categories for apps. From helping you to find new places in town to just chatting, this group of apps has it all for you and your friends. Despite the recent purchases of startup app companies (Instagram, Beluga, Meebo) by Google, Facebook and more, there are still plenty of notable social apps left in the market.
For the sake of introducing new apps, we have decided to exclude the most popular social apps (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, and Spotify).
LinkedIn, the professional network, is home to over 160 million professionals from all over the world. If you are already using LinkedIn, this app will help you to sync your calendar, profile information, connections, and contacts with your Android device. Not only does the app offer the same functionality as the website, but it comes with a comfortable and sleek user-interface for Android 2.1+. You can download LinkedIn for free from Google Play.
With the recent integration of Skype video call to Facebook, ooVoo has taken a back-seat in terms of popularity. Nonetheless, ooVoo should not be overlooked. Boasting free 12-way group video calling from your Android device and unlimited ooVoo to ooVoo voice calls, this free app is giving Skype and Google Hangouts a run for their money. ooVoo is “officially” available on Android 2.2+ devices but there is a list of the over 115 truly supported devices. You can download ooVoo for free from Google Play.
Contrary to that of ooVoo, Voxer didn’t make its way onto this list with video calling. Instead, Voxer puts a twist on audio calls with “walkie-talkie” features. After signing-up and starting a conversation, simply push to talk. Furthermore, Voxer supports audio, text, photo and location messages all over edge, 3G, 4G and even WiFi. Finally, you can even use Voxer to create group messages with all of your friends. You can download Voxer for free from Google Play.
Check-in and check it out. Foursquare helps you and your friends find all of the hottest places around. Anything from food to theme parks can be found in Foursquare. And if you find a place you really enjoy, you might even be able to become the mayor of that spot. Currently, Foursquare 5.0 is available for Android 2.1+ devices. You can download Foursquare for free from Google Play.
If you like to blog and create content, Tumblr is the best way for you to get your word out on the internets. Tumblr enables you to share photos, video, quotes, chats, links, and text all from your Android device. Saving drafts, creating posts, and even finding people on Tumblr from your address book are all standard with the Tumblr app. All of Tumblr is now available on your mobile device, now too, and you can download Foursquare for free from Google Play.
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I know you said you were excluding Google+ app since it has been around, but I have to say that the very recent update to the app should earn it a spot on this blog. It’s like a completely different app in appearance and function.
I’m not a big fan of the new landing page since I don’t usually read the stream and usually go directly to my notices, BUT I’ll forgive Google because they added the ability to start a hangout from your phone. Awesome!