Xmarks -- formerly known as Foxmarks -- has brought their cross-platform bookmarks and open tab syncing service to Android. For a small fee of $12 a year, Xmarks users will now be able to access their bookmarks and open tabs via their Android device. Although Firefox for Android already offers this very same service for free -- and there are other free options, too -- it's nice to see some bookmarks syncing for the stock Android browser, which also happens to be the one I still use every single day. We've covered other bookmarks syncing apps for Android, but like I always say, the more options, the better.
Personally, I've been using Xmarks for close to three years now to sync my desktop bookmarks, and I've found it to be an invaluable service. Having access to the same bookmarks on my laptop and desktop PC is very handy, but part of me wonders if I would ever feel the need to shell out $12 for access to these same bookmarks on my mobile device. The pages I browse from my phone are not the same pages I browse from my desktop computer. In addition, I've already got my Android browser bookmarks setup perfectly to my liking. I use Titanium Backup to backup/restore my bookmarks when loading a new ROM, so I don't really need a premium sync service. Plus, a quick search at AppBrain will reveal how many free bookmarks syncing apps exist for Android.
Xmarks for Android may only appeal to the hardcore Xmarks users. Somebody who is constantly adding/removing/updating bookmarks and needs access to them on the go 24/7. Open tab sync is a nice feature, but not one I would pay for when Firefox already does it for free. If Xmarks also offered access to browser history, that would be the icing on the cake that I would finally pay $12/year for. However, part of me wonders if Google has any plans to include this type of browser bookmarks/history synchronization into Android.
Xmarks is giving Android users a two-week free trial, so what have you got to lose? Check it out and see if you like it. [Xmarks blog]