New Android apps worth downloading: Lookout Security update, Conjure, Wild Blood

by Marty Gabel

Here are three great Android apps to enjoy. Lookout Security & Antivirus just hit version 3.0 and arrives with a fresh UI, and the new Signal Flare feature so you can track a lost device even as its battery dies. Conjure is an app that works alongside your launcher to help speed up opening apps or accessing various settings. Finally, we’ve got Wild Blood, an epic action-adventure game with plenty of gore and combat on tap.

Lookout Security & Antivirus update (Free)

What’s it about? Lookout’s latest update (version 3.0) includes a nice freshening up of the UI and some excellent new security features.

What’s cool? The most celebrated new feature is Signal Flare, an added protection against lost phones that automatically saves your device’s location when the battery gets low, thus improving your chances of getting your phone back. There’s also the new Activity Feed, a dashboard letting you see how your phone and data are being protected from mobile threats.

Who is it for? If you’re already a paid-up subscriber to Lookout’s services, this new update is a must-download. If you’ve been on the fence, or had no joy with other solutions, perhaps Lookout’s new Signal Flare capability, slick design and easier navigation will sway you.

What’s it like? There are plenty of other virus/security solutions out there like Kaspersky Mobile SecurityNorton AntiVirus and Securityavast! Mobile Security and McAfee Antivirus & Security.

Conjure ($1.99)

What’s it about? Conjure is a smart, fast launcher that helps you do things quicker on your Android devices.

What’s cool? Conjure is not a home screen replacement like most launchers. Instead, it works alongside your existing one and you can use it to open apps quickly, make calls, toggle important system settings like Wi-Fi and volume, and much more. The app integrates nicely with Tasker, is optimized for both tablets and smartphones, and includes two handy home screen widgets.

Who is it for? Android provides many opportunities for shortcuts and quick-launch actions, but every device is different. Conjure avoids the need to wade through menus and its universal search features are very effective. Also, it’s likely that more features will be added in future updates.

What’s it like? Something like App Dialer offers an effective way to find and launch apps in seconds, while Notification Toggler allows many important settings to be accessed from your status bar. Tasker itself is able to automate a huge variety of functions and settings on your Android device.

Wild Blood ($6.99)

What’s it about? This new beat-em-up from Gameloft lets you relive the unforgettable journey of Sir Lancelot.

What’s cool? With its stunning Unreal engine, this medieval action adventure offers spectacular 3D graphics and plenty of fighting. It reimagines the story of Sir Lancelot as he confronts King Arthur and the evil Morgana in order to free the world of demons and save Guinevere. There are 20 different enemies including epic bosses, gory combat with both melee and ranged weapons, plenty of great weapons and even the odd puzzle along the way.

Who is it for? There’s pretty much something for everyone here. Fans of fighting games will enjoy the blood-streaked combat, while multiplayer fans can have fun with up to eight friends in the team deathmatch and capture the flag modes. There are also plenty of fascinating environments to explore. Buyers should be aware that Wild Blood requires 2GB of free space to install.

What’s it like? Wild Blood is a hack-and-slash action game and bears some resemblance to older non-mobile titles like God of War or Devil May Cry, but it also draws some inspiration from games like Darksiders.

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