New Android apps worth downloading: PassWallet - Password Manager, Sidewalk Buddy, Angry Birds Star Wars update

by Phil Hornshaw

Protect your online accounts a little better with the help of today's first fresh app, PassWallet. The app lets you store all your password and makes the app hidden from prying eyes, as well as encrypts it against savvier predators. We've also got Sidewalk Buddy, an app that makes it a little safer to text while walking. Finally, Angry Birds Star Wars has gotten another substantial content update, this time taking to the floating heights of Cloud City.


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PassWallet - Password Manager (Free)

PassWallet - Password ManagerWhat’s it about? Keep track of your passwords without having to remember the more complex ones with PassWallet, which stores your passwords safely and securely on your Android device.

What’s cool? Creating tough-to-crack passwords can be difficult, because by definition they require randomness, and randomness is hard to remember. Fortunately, PassWallet can store all your passwords in order to make it easier for you to use highly effective ones for your various accounts, without the burden of writing them down where they might be found or forgotten. The app has a “stealth” feature that keeps it from appearing with other apps on your device, should someone else pick it up and access it, and includes a 256-bit encryption to keep it secure from online predators. Keep in mind that you'll need to pay a subscription after PassWallet's 30-day trial, though.

Who’s it for? If you struggle to remember your complicated passwords, try PassWallet.

What’s it like? mSecure – Password Manager and Safe in Cloud Password Manager are two other potential password-saving alternatives.

Sidewalk Buddy (Free)

Sidewalk BuddyWhat’s it about? Sidewalk Buddy makes it safer to walk down the street while completing tasks on your smartphone, such as sending emails or text messages, by showing you where you're going using your Android device's camera.

What’s cool? Trying to use your Android device as you're walking can be perilous. Just like texting while driving, texting while walking is an invitation to run into people or otherwise injure yourself when you should be watching where you're going. Sidewalk Buddy at least makes walking safer by providing the ability to scale down apps so they don't take up your device's full screen, so it can be shared with video feed from your rear-facing camera. The idea is that you'll be able to see where you're walking even as you do things like type messages or skim emails, avoiding such hazards as accidentally wandering into traffic.

Who’s it for? The kinds of people who need to multitask even when they're walking somewhere should definitely try Sidewalk Buddy for a little added safety.

What’s it like? Another good app for helping you see where you're walking while also using your Android device is Transparent Screen.

Angry Birds Star Wars update (Free)

Angry Birds Star WarsWhat’s it about? The content updates keep coming to Angry Birds Star Wars as it continues to work its way through The Empire Strikes Back. Twenty new levels take players to Cloud City this time out.

What’s cool? Angry Birds Star Wars is among the best tie-in games out there, successfully mixing the fun of the Angry Birds slingshot formula, the innovations added to the game in Angry Birds Space, and new gameplay mechanics and humor born of the Star Wars universe. The game works through the events of the original trilogy and provides players with new bird characters modeled after Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia and more, each with special abilities that are key to finishing each level. The latest update throws in 20 new stages from Cloud City on Bespin from the latter portion of the film The Empire Strikes Back, and includes new challenges.

Who’s it for? If you like Angry Birds at all, Angry Birds Star Wars is the entry into the franchise you need to be playing.

What’s it like? Players should also check out Angry Birds Space for a slightly different take, and Star Wars Pinball for more great action from a galaxy far, far away.

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