Essential Social Media Apps for Android

Changing your status, uploading a picture, and “liking” a video no longer have to wait until you’re in front of a computer. Today, social networking sites make it possible for you to do all this and more from your smartphone or tablet through platforms designed specifically for mobile use. Now, taking your social network mobile is easy thanks to a handful of essential social apps for your Android device.

Facebook and Twitter offer apps that capture the principle functionalities of both platforms, and users now spend more time using these networks on their mobile devices than they do on computers and laptops. As the largest and most familiar social networks, Facebook and Twitter are the first steps to engaging in your social network via mobile. Both deliver a polished user experience and simple interface that lets you share and engage quickly and creatively.

Sharing pictures is an essential part of Facebook and Twitter. Instagram is the go-to photo app, especially for phones with an advanced camera like the Samsung Galaxy S® III. The array of available filters can make even the most amateur photographer feel accomplished. As a fully integrated feature with Facebook, Instagram adds a touch of art to your news feed and allows you to express yourself visually.

Nothing will bring your real life to your social network faster than streaming video. The Color app lets you record video from your smartphone and stream it directly to your Facebook wall. With Color, your friends and family can share in your life as it happens.

While Facebook and Twitter allow you to share news and life experiences, LinkedIn is an indispensable tool if you’re entering or already in the work force. In addition to helping you connect with possible employers or employees, LinkedIn tailors conversations to your interests, highlights pertinent business articles, and makes it easy to view your personal business profile and those of others through a clean, intuitive experience.

With a few mobile apps to get you started, you can be social and engaged anytime, anywhere.