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FreshBooks brings simple, cloud-based personal accounting to Android

FreshBooks for Android arrives, giving users another way of accessing the popular accounting program while on the go.


Designed mostly for freelancers and small-business owners, FreshBooks today brings its simple, cloud-synced accounting platform to Android. The new release joins an existing suite of products, which already includes a Web-based version of FreshBooks, as well as iPhone and iPad apps.

With the new FreshBooks, Android users can now do much of their accounting while on the go. At the top level, the app lets you manage your clients and projects, so you can keep things like contacts and billing info organized. Beyond that, there are tools for easily creating estimates, issuing invoices, and logging expenses. There's even a feature that lets you snap photos of expense receipts to keep in your records.

One of the coolest things about FreshBooks is its time-tracking tool, which can be useful for individuals who work on projects at odd times and places. Just run the timer whenever you engage in any work throughout your day, and attribute the billable time to any of your saved projects. This then makes it easy to bill your clients for those sparse pockets of work that might have been otherwise difficult to track.

Of course, what makes FreshBooks so valuable is that it syncs all of your data securely in the cloud. This means you can do your accounting from anywhere on any of your supported devices and be sure that everything is backed up and up-to-date.

The new FreshBooks for Android is available for free download starting today on Google Play. As of now, the app is only optimized for smartphones, but it will stretch out to fill a tablet screen should you use a larger device to download it.