New Android apps worth downloading: BBC Good Food Recipes, Xero, Drift Mania Championship 2

by Marty Gabel

Here are three great Android apps to enjoy. BBC Good Food - Recipes is already a beautifully presented app, but the short-term ability to get all their cookbooks for free containing hundreds of recipes, is the icing on the cake. Xero makes accounting fun... Well, kind of, but it’s a fully-functional money-management app with a clean, slick Holo design. Finally, we’ve got Drift Mania Championship 2, a follow-up to the original which offers plenty of smoke-filled track action in customized cars.

BBC Good Food - Recipes (Free)

What’s it about? Here’s an app that’s not only full of great recipes (with nutritional info), but also includes cooking tips, timer, a glossary and organizational features.

What’s cool? The reason why you’ll want to grab this app soon is because of the deal they’re offering. Usually, you just get 20 free recipes and have to purchase the other recipe books for £1.49 each. Right now, you can get all of the books for free, and each contains hundreds of recipes. The cookbooks include: Healthy, Quick, One-pot, Cake, Seasonal, Festive and Food for Friends.

Who is it for? Budding amateur chefs should jump on this opportunity. You’re getting hundreds of varied recipes for free with clear instructions, all wrapped up and presented beautifully, without the need to fork out $15 or so. You can even choose an ingredient and see which recipes feature it.

What’s it like? There are plenty of great recipe apps in Google Play, and admittedly, many offer thousands more than BBC Good Food. But there is a quality to the Beeb’s offering that makes it worth downloading, and it looks great on tablets. However, there are some complaints in Google Play of stability issues.

Xero (Free)

What’s it about? Xero is probably the best-looking accounting app you’re ever likely to see!

What’s cool? Oh Holo. Even you can make accounting software look friendly, approachable and clean. Xero lets you track your finances and easily manage your cashflow. You can check bank balances, invoice customers, upload receipts or submit expense claims – all while you’re on the go.

Who is it for? Xero is great for small businesses or self-employed people. It integrates with plenty of payroll, CRM and inventory management systems and offers multi-currency reports for foreign transactions. The app is also a testament to great Android design guidelines.

What’s it like? There are a few other accounting apps in Google Play like QuickBooks Mobile, Invoice2go and Financial Accounting Pro but none of them look half as slick as Xero.

Drift Mania Championship 2 ($1.99)

What’s it about? Get the ultimate drifting experience with Drift Mania Championship 2 complete with optimized 3D graphics.

What’s cool? Begin your drift career and compete in a drift battle tournament alone, or play against a friend using the new online multiplayer mode. You can upgrade and fully customize your ride with performance upgrades and visual modifications, and there are over 60 achievements in the career mode to obtain.

Who is it for? The first Drift Mania was a huge success, boasting 10 million players worldwide. Its predecessor improves and builds on that success with better graphics optimized for improved mobile hardware, with 13 upgradeable vehicles, 13 tracks, and 48 different upgrades. Racing fans and multiplayer buffs should find something to enjoy here.

What’s it like? If you have an older device, the original Drift Mania Championship is still going strong. There are a few other drifting games like Need for Drift and Driftkhana Freestyle, but I’m not certain if they match the quality of DMC 2.

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