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New Android apps worth downloading: Kindle update, Notif, Iron Man 3 - The Official Game

by Phil Hornshaw

Amazon’s Kindle app update adds features for navigating through your e-books, as well as new books for purchase. Up next is Notif, which specializes in custom notifications in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Finally, we've got Iron Man 3, an endless runner in the vein of Temple Run 2 with great graphics and much bashing of Marvel villains.


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Kindle update (Free)

What’s it about? Amazon’s Kindle turns Android devices into e-readers with which you to purchase books to read and send them to your device.

What’s cool? You can download books and sync the books you purchase on Amazon.com with the app automatically, and it tracks the things you read across multiple devices, which allows you to keep track of where you are in any e-book on whatever device you’re using. The app’s latest update simplifies browsing through your books and new titles, and provides new samples you can download for free.

Who’s it for? If you like reading books on your Android devices, Kindle is a great app to have.

What’s it like? Try Barnes & Noble’s e-book competitor, Nook, and Ebook Reader from ebooks.com.

Notif (Free)

What’s it about? Notif adds notifications to your device in the pull-down menu at the top of your screen, allowing you to leave custom notes and lists.

What’s cool? Notif allows you to put notifications in the notifications shade included in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Notifications can stick around as long as you want or be timed, and they can be single text-based items, photos pulled from your gallery, or full lists (like what to buy at the grocery store). Just keep in mind that you'll need Jelly Bean for the app to work, and that there's currently a bug that deletes notifications when the app is updated. So switch off automatic updates for Notif if you're using it heavily.

Who’s it for? Anyone who could use dedicated notifications in Android instead of being housed in another app or notepad should try Notif.

What’s it like? You might also be interested in ReNotify and Tasker for more note-taking and task reminder capabilities.

Iron Man 3 - The Official Game (Free)

What’s it about? Get psyched for the release of Iron Man 3 in theaters with an endless runner based on the Marvel character and his archenemies.

What’s cool? It doesn't really follow the story of Iron Man 3, but the latest Iron Man game from Gameloft does make use of his myriad weapons and flying ability in an endless runner format. Players controls Iron Man from a behind-the-back viewpoint and must avoid obstacles like oncoming traffic, and shoot down deadly robots with his energy beam weapons. The game features 18 suits to unlock, great graphics and high production values.

Who’s it for? Players who enjoy 3-D endless runners and are fans of the Iron Man films will be engaged by Iron Man 3.

What’s it like? Iron Man 3’s game mechanics are a lot like Temple Run 2, and The Amazing Spider-Man offers more Marvel superhero action.


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