New Android apps worth downloading: Banjo update, Planwise, Old School Defense

by Phil Hornshaw

Kicking off today’s apps worth downloading is Banjo, an Android app that locates nearby friends by gathering information from social networks. Planwise is next, bringing fresh financial strategy planning to your Android tablet. Finally, Old School Defense melds the comedy movie Old School with tower defense genre. You’re my boy, Blue!

Banjo update (Free)

What’s it about? Using information from multiple social networks, Banjo lets you see what’s happening at various places with your friends, whether they are in another state, country, or across the street.

What’s cool? Banjo is sort of a reverse social network, since it takes public check-in information, posted photos, and more and aggregates it together. Banjo keeps track of you and your friends, tipping you off when they’re closeby, and allows you to search for places using text entry. The updated optimizes the app for tablets, so Banjo should work well on whatever Android device you favor.

Who’s it for? If you want information about the area around you or to find out where your friends are hanging out, use Banjo.

What’s it like? You can get some similar location-based functionality from Foursquare and Sonar.

Planwise (Free)

What’s it about? Tablet-optimized financial app Planwise helps you to plan your finances, helping you to save money over time and keep track of your debt and income.

What’s cool? The app helps you to track of your income and the amount of money you have in the bank, as well as what you’re spending your money on and how much you’ve already spent. The idea is that Planwise can help you prepare for major purchases or even just learn to save more money day to day. As mentioned, the app is meant for tablets, so it won’t work properly on your Android smartphone.

Who’s it for? Who doesn’t need a little hope organizing their finances? The free Planwise app is for anyone who owns an Android tablet.

What’s it like? More financial planning is available with Mint.com Personal Finance and You Need a Budget.

Old School Defense ($1.00)

What’s it about? Old School Defense, devleoped by Big Blue Bubble, is literally a tower defense game based on the instant classic movie Old School, starring Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, and Vince Vaughn. That ought to be all the description you need.

What’s cool? The premise of Old School Defense is based loosely on the film’s plot, forcing you to recruit “pledges” for your fraternity and protect its party from incoming party crashers, bent on getting the frathouse into trouble. Like other tower defense games, you’ll need to strategically position your troops around the battlefield to intercept the crashers as they make their way along each path. Old School Defense includes both campaign mode and survival mode, and has more than 30 playable levels.

Check out this trailer to see for yourself:

Who’s it for? This one’s for tower defense fans, and definitely for people who love to quote Old School.

What’s it like? Try Medieval Castle Defense and Jelly Defense for more strategic maze-defending action.

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