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Brightkite coming to Android, beta access currently available

June 16, 2009 | by Robert Nelson

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Brightkite coming to Android, beta access currently available

Brightkite has just announced the upcoming availability for Android. Now, Android users can join the iPhone carrying Brightkite users in sharing their every move and location. For those that are unfamiliar with Brightkite, it is a location based social network, which thanks to mobile clients like this, allow you to share every detail about where you are and where you have been. Of course, sarcasm aside, there are plenty of privacy settings that will help keep you a little safer.

I have not yet downloaded this app, personally I can wait until the general release to check it out, however MobileCrunch has a nice review of the app and all its features. Bottom line, it seems to have everything the iPhone app does (for those that have used that version) but at the same time appears to be a little nicer. Score one for Android! Well nicer in terms of the overall layout and the ability to use the menu, which will give you a little more screen real estate because you need less buttons on screen.

As for when it will be available, the app is expected to be in the Android Market in a few days, however if you cannot wait there is an option to get access to the beta.

To install the beta, simply follow the instructions listed below;

1. Make sure you can install applications that aren’t from the Android Market. To do so: Hit the menu, then go to Settings, then Applications, then check the “Unknown Sources” option.
2. If you haven’t already, install the “Barcode Scanner” application from the Market. You’ll need this to scan the QR code below.
3. Scan the proper code below. No need to print the QR code out – Barcode Scanner should be able to read it right off your monitor. It will open your browser to the proper page, and download should begin.

[Brightkite via MobileCrunch]

QR code for Android v1.5

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