New Android apps worth downloading: CloudOn and Google Drive updates, Tamagotchi L.i.f.e.

by Phil Hornshaw

Today’s apps worth downloading start with a pair of document-creation solutions for your Android device: CloudOn, which connects you with Microsoft products such as Word and PowerPoint and Google Drive, which is great for creating documents on the go and saving them to the cloud. Finally, there’s Tamagotchi L.i.f.e., an Android revival of the virtual pet from the 1990s.

CloudOn update (Free)

What’s it about? With CloudOn, you can experience Microsoft Office on your Android devices. The app lets you create, edit, and share documents through cloud services such as Dropbox.

What’s cool? Word documents, Powerpoint presentations, and Excel spreadsheets, oh my! CloudOn also includes integration with lots of cloud services, so you’ll be able to access your documents from wherever you are. With CloudOn’s new update, you get even more cloud-saving capabilities with the integration of SkyDrive, and the app also supports tracking activity on your documents through FileSpace, so you can see what other users are changing when collaborating.

Who’s it for? If you use your tablet to increase your productivity, CloudOn will likely be pretty useful to you.

What’s it like? Try Documents To Go for another document creation and sharing alternative, and QuickOffice for another take on Microsoft Office capabilities.

Google Drive update (Free)

What’s it about? Part cloud storage drive, part document creation and collaboration software, get your work done with Google Drive.

What’s cool? Like its web counterpart, Google Drive sports a full suite of Office software, like a word processor and spreadsheet manager. But it also allows users to store a lot of documents and presentations on Google’s Cloud servers. You can collaborate with other users from within the app, allowing you to stay both social and productive at the same time. With its latest update, Google Drive now supports “pinch to zoom” on presentations and some performance enhancements and improvements.

Who’s it for? If you’re an avid Google Drive user, you’ll want to grab the mobile app.

What’s it like? Dropbox and Box both offer cloud-storage solutions, if you’re in the market for them.

Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. (Free)

What’s it about? Remember Tamagotchi, the virtual pet you carried around on your key ring? It’s back in Tamagotchi L.i.f.e., with more pets and a colorf display.

What’s cool? Tamagotchi has always been about caring for a virtual pet, and little else – you’ll need to feed, wash, play with, and clean up after your tamagotchi. Maintain its happiness and it’ll grow and evolve into different pets. Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. includes all these basic features, but sports a color display (unlike the old black-and-white Tamagotchis) and new pets for you to find and raise. You can also share your tamagotchis through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

Who’s it for? Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. is perfect for kids and even adults who like caring for virtual pets. Hurray for nostalgia!

What’s it like? You’ll get a similar experience out of Hatchi, another virtual pet title, and something a little more robust from management simulator Monster Life.

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