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New Android apps worth downloading: Lyft: On-Demand Ridesharing, SkyDrive, Juggernaut Revenge of Sovering

by Marty Gabel

Here are three great Android apps to enjoy. Lyft is an app that enables ridesharing on-demand. While its limited to just San Francisco for now, it’s an encouraging development. SkyDrive finally found its way onto Android devices, and adds its wealth of features to the already-crowded cloud storage app market. As for games, we’ve got Juggernaut Revenge of Sovering, a hybrid RPG/action/fighting game with some pretty impressive graphics.

Lyft: On-Demand Ridesharing (Free)

What’s it about? In these days of high gas prices and urban living, ridesharing is a convenient alternative. Here’s an app that helps facilitate it.

What’s cool? Lyft, from San Francisco-based car-sharing company Zimride, recently went public in the iTunes App Store, too. It works simply and effectively: You download the app, set your pick up location, request a “Lyft” then wait for your driver to show up. Once you arrive at your destination, you make a donation and have the ability to rate your driver.

Who is it for? The service is only available in San Francisco right now, unfortunately, but it’s a great alternative to public transit, cabs or driving yourself in heavy traffic. Let’s hope it spreads to other metropolitan areas soon. The full Zimride service (where people volunteer rides for payment) covers SF, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

What’s it like? Other ridesharing apps exist in Google Play, but they appear to be for non-U.S. natives like CarPal (France), Podorozhiniki (Russia) and (UK and Europe). As an alternative, car sharing services like Zipcar are beginning to gain more traction in the U.S.

SkyDrive (Free)

What’s it about? Microsoft’s cloud storage solution finally has a dedicated Android app. It took its time – the iOS one emerged late last year, and naturally, it’s been on Windows phones for a while.

What’s cool? SkyDrive works on Android 2.3 and above and promises access to all your SkyDrive content and stuff that’s shared with you. You can view recently used documents, upload multiple photos or videos from your Android smartphone, share your files easily, open SkyDrive files in other Android apps and manage, delete or move what’s already there.

Who’s it for? For signed-up users of Microsoft’s SkyDrive already, this app is a no-brainer. If you’ve never used SkyDrive, you might be interested to know that it gives you 7GB of space for free. Its cross-compatibility across multiple devices and operating systems makes it an appealing option.

What’s it like? Yikes, how long have we got? There’s a multitude of cloud services available these days like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Cubby, Hojoki and many, many more.

Juggernaut Revenge of Sovering (Free)

What’s it about? This action-packed role-playing games will see you venture into a 3-D world slaying terrifying beasts and embarking on perilous quests.

What’s cool? Well, for a start, those graphics are pretty sweet. Juggernaut is a fantasy/action hybrid and the fighting mechanics are unusual because you can use tap, swipe or combo-hit controls and battles are turn-based with plenty of unique twists. There are even in-fight mini-games. You can choose to play as one of six customizable warriors, there are 12 armor classes, four schools of magic and 12 fighting spells to employ.

Who’s it for? It seems like Juggernaut Revenge of Sovering is supposed to appeal to fans of fighting/action games and also to lovers of in-depth RPG as it seems to contain elements of both. The developers claim 30+ hours of gameplay within 15 different locations, but like most freemium games, you’re likely to need to fork out some cash to get the best weapons and armor.

What’s it like? The game has a bit of a Blood & Glory hack-and-slash vibe to it, but it also resembles RPGs like the classic Pocket Legends. It’s a tad disappointing that the game isn’t compatible with every device out there just yet. Hopefully that will be corrected with future updates.

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