The Android platform got some financial support this week — with the addition of Mint.com, the personal finance management service. This new, free app brings all of the features of other mobile versions, but adds a widget for tracking banking from the home screen. Mint members can oversee multiple bank accounts using the service, and maintain budgets by tracking income and expenses.
Also this week, Sling released a private beta for the Android version of SlingPlayer Mobile, which lets users watch TV over a 3G connection on their handsets. The beta program is only available through invites by the company, however, but hopefully Sling will open it up to a broader test audience soon.
In the meantime, Nigeria-based Encipher is reported to be preparing a 7-inch touch tablet based on Android for launch this year. The Encipher tablet looks like a smaller edition of the iPad, and adds a camera and SD card slot the iPad lacks. Encipher intends the tablet to help sell its cloud backup, hosted Exchange and storage services.