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New Android apps worth downloading: Google Drive update, Adblock Plus, Littlest Pet Shop

by Phil Hornshaw

The latest update to Google Drive kicks off today’s apps worth downloading, bringing the capability of editing spreadsheets to Android users. Adblock Plus allows users to block ads in apps and browser windows without rooting their devices. Finally, Littlest Pet Shop offers virtual pet care opportunities to players.

Google Drive update (Free)

What’s it about? The Google Drive app lets users view and edit documents saved in the cloud.

What’s cool? The latest update to Google Drive brings users the capability of editing spreadsheets and content tables from their mobile devices. The app already made it possible to see documents shared with you, create new ones, add to and edit them, and now even more document types are available to mobile users. Google also made a few more improvements, like the ability to add shortcuts to Google Drive documents and folders to your device’s home screen, and minor things such as better clipboard support and cutting and pasting capabilities.

Who’s it for? Avid users of Google Drive will definitely want this mobile version, specifically as it becomes more and more capable.

What’s it like? Try Dropbox for more document sharing and cloud support, and Quickoffice Pro for another document editing solution.

Adblock Plus (Free)

What’s it about? Just like with its PC version, Adblock knocks out ads both in your mobile browsers and in your favorite free apps.

What’s cool? There’s not really too much more to Adblock, except the fact that it works across multiple different applications. The app will block ads in apps, browser windows, and even in videos, and doesn’t require your Android device to be rooted. It’s not foolproof – the app works better on some Android devices than others, and there are some types of websites that Android prevents Adblock from filtering. But for the most part, this is a handy free app that knocks out ads from a variety of sources.

Who’s it for? Anybody annoyed with ads should find some use in Adblock Plus.

What’s it like? AdFree Android and AdAway offer similar functionality to Adblock, but you’ll need to have a rooted device for them to work.

Littlest Pet Shop (Free)

What’s it about? Players collect and care for various animals in Gameloft’s Littlest Pet Shop, by playing with them, building houses, washing and feeding them.

What’s cool? For a virtual pet game, Littlest Pet Shop offers quite a bit of content. There are a lot of animals that can be unlocked, for one thing, and taking care of them includes a lot of different activities. Mostly the game is about collecting, and you can unlock new stuff to work with your pets over time, as well. Like many of Gameloft’s other casual titles, there’s a healthy dose of management, and before long you’ll be creating your own entire pet town.

Who’s it for? Littlest Pet Shop is primarily geared toward kids, but it might appeal to folks who also like pet simulation games.

What’s it like? Try Mini Pets and Pet Shop Story for more digital pet action.

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