Black Friday deal-hunting apps for Android

Here's our list of quintessential Android apps to help you hunt down all the hottest deals come Black Friday.

As you can imagine, there are tons of Black Friday apps in the Android Market, most of which do the same thing--aggregate holiday sale items.

Sure, you can download them all to make sure you've got your bases covered, but we're thinking you probably don't want to be fumbling through an unwieldy app drawer while throwing elbows in department store aisles. So, we've taken the time to highlight just the essential Android apps for hunting down all the hottest deals come Black Friday.

TGI Black Friday
TGI Black Friday
We're listing this app first because it should be your bread and butter. In short, it aggregates all of the latest Black Friday ads floating around--some of which are leaked up to a month in advance--and lists each of the featured items in its database. To use the app, simply sift through all of the discounts by product, store name, or category. You can even download PDF printouts of the original ads. What's more, the app offers a nifty shopping list creator that lets you keep track of items you plan on buying. You can also access its database of deals at TGIBlackFriday.com.

Slickdeals
Slickdeals RSS Feed
Yes, it's another deal aggregator, but this one's a bit different. It pulls an RSS feed from the popular user-powered deal site Slickdeals.net, and should give you a different angle of coverage from the carefully curated app mentioned above. Now imagine an entire tech-savvy community of users all sniffing out and sharing deals. Sounds like a great way to stay on top of it all, no? Unfortunately, if you prefer FatWallet.com, which has another vibrant user community, there's only an iPhone app available. FatWallet does, however, have a mobile site, which is viewable from your Android phone.

Shopkick
Shopkick
This one's a great app to have at any time of the year, not just Black Friday. With it, you can earn "kickbucks" while shopping, just for doing things like checking in or scanning items in stores. These kickbucks can be redeemed for instant gift cards, right on your Android phone. Also, Shopkick offers you hot deals every time you walk into a participating store. And it has tons of big-box partners like Target, Best Buy, and Macy's already on board, so it will absolutely come in handy. Just fire it up whenever you're out shopping, especially on Black Friday.

GeoQpons
GeoQpons Coupons and Discounts
This little-known app uses GPS to pull up deals in your immediate vicinity. It's easy to use and lets you search by category, store name, or distance. Plus, it offers some extra tools like a shopping list creator and a savings calculator. While it may have some overlap with the other apps listed, we think it's a great complement because it's more likely to have coupons for the smaller mom-and-pop shops in your neighborhood.

 

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