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Fresh Android Apps for July 27: Asphalt 7: Heat, Moped, Path update

by Marty Gabel

We’re leading today’s Fresh Apps with a game just in time for the weekend. Asphalt 7: Heat took a while to arrive in Google Play, but now it’s here, it offers a lot of fun arcade-racing action for just under a buck. We’ve also got the lowdown on Moped, a free private messaging service which works on multiple platforms and across multiple programs. Finally, there’s an update to noted social networking app, Path, which adds some cool new functionality to the already-popular service.

Asphalt 7: Heat ($0.99)

Android users were expecting Gameloft’s latest racer a few weeks ago, but it failed to show up in Google Play. Now that Asphalt 7: Heat has finally arrived, was it worth the wait? Sure it was, especially if you’re a fan of fast-paced arcade racers with sharp graphics.

In Asphalt 7, you’ll get to drive on 16 different circuits set in real world cities with 50 different sports cars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. There’s a revamped multiplayer component and six different game modes to enjoy. Asphalt 7 combines smooth gameplay and nice graphics which will truly show off what your Android can do.

Moped (Free)

Moped is a simple and free private messaging service, but it’s still plenty powerful. It lets users send messages to one another complete with hashtags and @replies like you’d find on Twitter.

With Moped, you aren’t tied to a particular device. Messages can be picked up on Android or iOS devices, your desktop, via a Chrome browser plugin and even Dropbox so you can share files easily. This all-inclusive service means you don’t need to remember email addresses or cut & paste message from device to device.

Path update (Free)

The ‘closed’ social networking app, designed to keep users up-to-date with the activity of close friends and relatives only, received another update yesterday, bringing it up to version 2.5. New features include the ability to ‘nudge’ friends, similar to Facebook’s ‘poke’ capabilities.

In addition, Path will now display larger photos and users can add filters. Books and movies can now be shared, too, including review information. There’s a more sophisticated notification system to keep track of friends’ activities and a number of bug fixes.

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