Prepare for Black Friday with Android

Shop smart and stay updated on the best Black Friday deals straight from your phone.

Less than two weeks from now, thousands, if not millions, of us will once again gear up for yet another annual retail scramble.

Black Friday kicks off shopping for the holiday season and is one of the busiest events for most major retailers. We're here to offer some tools to help you take advantage of the many deals across different stores and get the most out of this hectic day. All you'll need is some light planning, caffeine, and an Android phone to run some handy apps.

Behind every successful shopping story lies a well-thought-out master plan. Researching products and the best prices available for each item on Black Friday can be a tiring and troublesome task, especially when deals are spread out across dozens of stores. Thanks to some collective sites and well-designed apps, this process has been simplified immensely over the past few years for mobile users. Before getting in line, use these apps to discover the hottest bargains and know what to expect before the doors open.

1. Research

Black Friday App by Dealnews is a deal-aggregating app that specializes in Black Friday ads. It reminds its users of the number of days left until Black Friday and displays both current and upcoming ads from all major retailers. In addition, you can use the app to make direct purchases and notify your friends via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail of any outstanding door busters. You can also save your items as a shopping list that you can take on your bargain hunt.

In addition to collecting Black Friday ads, TGI Black Friday (TGIBF) also gives you a quick way to glance at the most current popular deals. Whereas the Dealnews app is useful as a grand reference for bargain hunters, TGIBF is advantageous in displaying the most updated door-buster ads by the hour. TGIBF also makes it easy to search for deals by category and features a personalized list option.

2. Expect the unexpected

It's late Thursday night or early Friday morning. You and your friends are lined up with your lists in hand, just minutes away from entering the store. Once you're in, you suddenly spot an unadvertised deal. Is it worth getting? Rather than wasting precious minutes by thumbing through different sites, here are two quick apps that Black Friday warriors should not shop without once they enter the battlefield.

Sure, stores will claim some tempting markdowns on Friday morning...but how does the bargain compare with what you can find in rival shops? What about online stores? Use Google Shopper to scan bar codes and quickly compare current prices with those of other popular vendors, including online stores like Newegg and

Not all of us are fast at calculating absolute discounts in our heads. Use Discount Calculator to quickly determine the actual cost of an item after discounts and taxes are applied.

How will you use your Android device to aid you in your shopping quest on Black Friday?

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