Best financial apps for Android mobile devices:
Kitco Precious Metals Prices (http://applications.kitco.com/supportcenter)
Brought to you by Kitco, a bullion company engaged in gold refining and sales, this Android site represents its real-time news and data site, with a focus on gold.
While the website is crowded - mixing news, editorial and data - its free Android app is much cleaner. The handheld service is easy to navigate and customise. You can easily filter commentaries by screening out the less helpful research so you need never miss a report from a favourite analyst.
Trade and track forex on your Android device with this well-developed app. Flexible screen templates allow users to organise their feeds. Oanda claims it uses live streaming feeds of interbank rates. Trades can be executed by tapping on the screen, using order limits and stop-losses. Your account value is also updated in real time, and your margin accounts are also monitored. This colourful feed is a pleasure to view.
Market Millionaire Classic (www.chickenbrickstudios.com/games/mmc)
Market Millionaire is a stock simulation game that uses real-time quotes. The free Android app lets you trade stocks with an imaginary starting account of US$100,000. Blending the gaming theme with the realism of stock market data and charting, it allows you to test your skills using 'live' trades. You can play master of the universe during your MTR ride home or all night long on your couch. A simple portfolio management screen tells you whether you are creating or destroying value. A host of tools and filters allows you to set limits and targets.