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New Android apps worth downloading: MLB.com At Bat update, LiveLens, Bobbing

by Phil Hornshaw

Today we've got the 2013 season update to MLB.com At Bat, which has everything baseball fans need for the upcoming season. Like shooting video with your Android device? Fire up LiveLens and you can send your video straight to Facebook for others to enjoy and comment on as you're filming. Next is Bobbing, a platformer that lets players control gravity for a challenging run through well-rounded curvy levels.


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MLB.com At Bat update (Free)

What’s it about? It's baseball season, which means MLB.com's At Bat app just received its massive yearly update that brings all the information you need.

What’s cool? Baseball fans, MLB.com At Bat is your one-stop shop for baseball. Everything you need, from stats on every game and every player, to the ability to stream video and audio, is available through the app. You'll need to pay for a season-long subscription, but once you've done that, you'll be able to access radio casts, highlights, replays, access to the app's video library archive, and breaking news from the world of baseball from Opening Day through the World Series. And if you're already a subscriber to MLB.TV, you get MLB.com At Bat for free. The app's seasonal update adds a bunch of redesigns for team pages and the app's news section, and added more video highlights throughout.

Who’s it for? This one's particularly for the baseball superfans out there.

What’s it like? Get more baseball info throughout the season from theScore and SportsCenter.

LiveLens (Free)

What’s it about? Video-sharing app LiveLens lets you instantly upload video straight to your Facebook page.

What’s cool? LiveLens sends the video you're shooting to your Facebook page as you're shooting it, allowing your friends to check it out pretty much as it's happening. You can choose who to send the video to by tagging them, and LiveLens allows them to stream it, “like” it, and comment on it as you do. You can see who's watching the video and what they're saying in real time as well, and respond  to their comments. LiveLens saves its footage to the cloud and there are no limits for length, either, so you can shoot video to your heart's content.

Who’s it for? If you're one for sharing videos, LiveLens makes it easy to do it live.

What’s it like? Try SocialCam and Klip Video Sharing for more video broadcast options.

Bobbing ($0.99)

What’s it about? Gravity flipping platformer Bobbing puts players on a round path on which they have to dodge obstacles to avoid getting pushed backward in order to score maximum points.

What’s cool? Bobbing is all about perfect timing and twitch reflexes. The game has you controlling a character who can flip gravity to walk on either the floor or the ceiling and presents its levels in an endless-runner sort of format: you need to get to the end at a set speed, and if you run into obstacles, you'll get pushed back around the rounded level and lose points. Flipping gravity allows you to dodge some obstacles, and you'll also have to change the color of your character from red to blue and back again in order to pass through certain barriers or walk on certain-color floors. Bobbing takes a little getting used to, but it's a great platformer that definitely falls into the “easy to learn, hard to master” category.

Who’s it for? If you like platformers, Bobbing will present a challenge that you'll enjoy.

What’s it like? Check out Polara for a similar color-flipping mechanic, and Canabalt HD for another great running title.

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