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New Android apps worth downloading: Pandora & Facebook updates, Eternity Warriors 2

by Marty Gabel

Here are three great Android apps to enjoy. Pandora Internet Radio got a significant refresh which did more than just fix a few bugs – it completely refreshed the app. Eternity Warriors 2 is a great dungeon crawler game with plenty of action. Finally, Facebook received another update to improve its functionality yet further.

Pandora update (Free)

What’s it about? Pandora’s personalized music radio service preceded the smartphone app explosion, but it’s still going strong as its latest update demonstrates.

What’s cool? In a world full of younger upstarts, the original Pandora Internet Radio app still demonstrates its relevance and charm with a completely refreshed Android app. Its new UI features better navigation and design updates. Listeners can now view their history so they can review or rate older tracks, and while music is playing, full lyrics can be displayed or bios of the individual artists.

Who is it for? Folks who’ve been using Pandora for a while will love the new enhancements. The app really feels as strong as its peers now, despite previously playing catch-up. If you’ve never used Pandora, now might be a good time to check it out.

What’s it like? Other streaming music and radio apps like Raditaz, Slacker, TuneIn Radio and IHeartRadio offer great alternatives to Pandora. Spotify, which is primarily a subscription service, offers streaming, personalized radio even for non-subscribers while Songza can match music to your mood.

Eternity Warriors 2 (Free)

What’s it about? Eternity Warriors 2 from Glu Mobile is a dungeon-crawling action game with stunning graphics and online cooperative multiplayer.

What’s cool? Following up on the original Eternity Warriors, this sequel sees the battle for Northern Udar raging on 100 years later. You’re tasked with destroying Demon Towers and defeating even deadlier enemies than before. The high-def graphics are impressive and there’s plenty of real-time combat against dozens of different monsters. You can even join up with a friend and battle the demons with a fellow warrior!

Who’s it for? Fans of fantasy adventure games and the ‘dungeon crawler’ genre are sure to get a kick out of Eternity Warriors 2. While the game is free to play initially, at the higher levels, battles get particularly intense and in-app purchases will probably be needed to ensure you have the best armor and weapons.

What’s it like? The game improves on its predecessor significantly. It’s similar to PC games like Diablo 3, and within the Android app world, older titles like Legends Arcana and Andor’s Trail offer a similar dynamic with less graphical flair.

Facebook update (Free)

What’s it about? The official app from the hugely popular social network received yet another update.

What’s cool? The latest update to the Facebook app (which continues to suffer massive criticism, rather like its iOS counterpart) includes the ability to batch upload your photos to the network, instead of doing them one at a time. In addition, it’s now possible to create an event directly from your Android device, including invites and attendee information. Finally, emoji characters are now available to spice up your Messenger conversations.

Who’s it for? Clearly, heavy users of Facebook will enjoy this update, and now it offers some features that are not available via the HTML5 mobile site. Interestingly enough, the iOS version despite its brand new refresh, does not include the ability to create events yet, so that’s another advantage Android users will enjoy.

What’s it like? Facebook is pretty much its own entity, but if the app still gives you trouble, Friendcaster for Facebook, Seesmic and Tweetdeck are viable alternatives to keep up on your social network activity.

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