I know there quite a few Brightkite fans that read this blog, among them quite a few Android users. Late last week the company, which provides a location-based social network, announced that Brightkite is open to the public via the Android Market. The Android application has a “smoother interface” than its iPhone-oriented sibling, as well as integrated Google Maps and background notifications. This latter point has been a big problem with the iPhone app, though it’s recently been alleviated somewhat by the addition of Push Notifications. You can grab Brightkite for Android now for free.