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New Android apps worth downloading: PostTV, Plague Inc., Air Navy Fighters

by Marty Gabel

Here are three great Android apps to start the week. PostTV is a new app for GoogleTV users which brings some unique news content from The Washington Post directly into your home. Plague Inc. is a strategy game in which you get to infect the world while Air Navy Fighters sees you manning one of three combat planes and raising hell.

PostTV (Free)

What’s it about? This free Google TV app from The Washington Post lets you watch some great newscasts from the comfort of your easy chair.

What’s cool? Their main flagship show, The Fold, brings you the day’s big news and breaks down complex issues in half the time of a traditional newscast. There’s also News in 59 Seconds, a mid-morning primer on what’s going on in Washington D.C. or across the nation, and Trail Mix, an ongoing political series covering the 2012 election campaign trail.

Who is it for? This is a Google TV app rather than a regular Android app, but its release in Google Play was noteworthy enough to deserve a place in our daily app list. Political news junkies and fans of WaPo’s quality journalism should definitely download it.

What’s it like? The Washington Post has its own, dedicated Android app and it also offers the Washington Post Social Reader app for sharing your favorites, as well as Trove, a news aggregator that helps you find exactly what you want to read.

Plague Inc. (Free)

What’s it about? Plague Inc. is a game from Miniclip which merges both strategy and realistic horror simulation of infecting the world.

What’s cool? Your pathogen infects 'Patient Zero' so now you must bring about the end of human history by creating and spreading a deadly, global plague whilst adapting against everything humanity does to defend itself. How’s that for a premise? Plague Inc. puts a new twist on the strategy genre with its sharp graphics and highly-polished interface.

Who is it for? Clearly, strategy lovers will find this game infectious (sorry), but its high-quality production values and attention to detail will appeal to many. There’s a comprehensive in-game tutorial so things aren’t too intimidating for new players, and an in-app purchase unlocks fast-forward mode.

What’s it like? Another game in Google Play called Epidemic offers a similar premise, but lacks the polish of Plague Inc.

Air Navy Fighters ($0.99)

What’s it about? Air Navy Fighters is an advanced flight sim where you get to fly some of the world’s best combat planes.

What’s cool? Pilot a highly detailed F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-14 Tomcat or C-2A Greyhound and take part in ground attacks, navy landing operations or search and rescue missions. You’ll need to avoid SAMs and radars while choosing your favorite weapons to destroy warships and helicopters. The unique scenario-builder means you’ll never run out of new missions on which to embark.

Who is it for? Fans of flight sims will appreciate Air Navy Fighters – it’s certainly a little more hardcore than many of the casual air combat games out there. There are advanced weather conditions with which to contend, comprehensive tutorials and new missions always being added. The scenario builder is great for creative types, while pushing the longevity of the title further.

What’s it like? A lite version is available to try out first, just in case you’re not sure if Air Navy Fighters is your cup of tea. Other great flight sims exist in Google Play like C.H.A.O.S (with choppers) and X-Plane 9 (without the combat) or F-Sim Space Shuttle (if you want to pilot Orbiter).

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