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New Android apps worth downloading: Google Drive and Tapatalk updates, Battle Cats

by Phil Hornshaw

An update to Google Drive kicks off today's apps worth downloading, making the cloud-storing document-making app even more useful with the ability to scan receipts! We've also got an update to Tapatalk, an app for delving through Internet forums, that marks its public beta release. Last up there's Battle Cats, a castle defense game in which you send various sorts of cats into...battle.

Google Drive update (Free)

What’s it about? Edit documents, collaborate with others and save your work to the cloud with the help of Google Drive.

What’s cool? Google's cloud Office service, Google Drive, is one of the handier apps out there for people who want to work using their Android devices. The app lets you create various sorts of documents and edit them with your mobile device, such as word processing files and spreadsheets, and saves them online so you can access them anywhere and from any device. You can also share your files with others through the cloud and collaborate with other users, and Google Drive also allows for cloud storage that can save you space on your device. The latest update to Google Drive adds a few new features, the coolest of which is the ability to scan documents and receipts to save to the cloud.

Who’s it for? If you like to use your Android device to be productive, grab Google Drive.

What’s it like? Office Suite Pro includes a lot of useful office programs, and Amazon Cloud Drive Photos offers a good place to save images so you can keep your hard drive free.

Tapatalk update (Free)

What’s it about? Tapatalk brings you content from forums based on various different topics, making it easy to read widely and stay current on a number of subjects.

What’s cool? All over the Internet, there are great communities that can inform, entertain and debate a number of topics, but finding them can be grueling and irritating. Tapatalk takes out a lot of the work, aggregating more than 50,000 communities from around the web and arranging them by subject so they're easy to find, easy to follow, and easy to join. The app also streamlines the forum experience, making it easier to read, share and view photos, add comments of your own and more. The app just launched in public beta, so be aware that it might still have some bugs to be ironed out.

Who’s it for? If you're looking for a way to tap into great Internet communities and read them easily, try Tapatalk.

What’s it like? For an alternative forum-combing app, try ThumperTalk.

Battle Cats (Free)

What’s it about? Strategically send various sorts of cats to fight enemies in castle defense title Battle Cats.

What’s cool? The castle defense genre usually sees players dispatching their forces to from one side of the screen to take on a castle at the other end, while their opponent does the same in an attempt to destroy the player's stronghold. In Battle Cats, the forces you send are various sorts of cats that all have different powers and uses. As you fight battles, your cats will get stronger and you'll be able to upgrade them to make them more effective, and the more levels you clear, the more types of cat troops you'll have at your disposal.

Who’s it for? Fans of castle defense titles should find Battle Cats a fun time with easy-to-learn controls.

What’s it like? Check out Cat Wars 2 for another riff on a similar idea, and Great Big War Game for more in-depth strategy.

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