New Android apps worth downloading: Facebook Home and Fruit Ninja updates, Celtic Tribes

by Phil Hornshaw

Two big updates kick off today's apps worth downloading haul. First up is Facebook Home, which brings new customization options to its app launcher and allows greater capabilities for users who want their Facebook experience on their Android home screen. Second is Fruit Ninja, the delightful casual game about slicing flying fruit, which adds fruits, blades, and features. Finally, Celtic Tribes rounds things out with a strategic massively multiplayer online title that tasks players with creating and growing their tribe through conquest and diplomacy.

Facebook Home update (Free)

What’s it about? Get your Facebook on your Android device's homescreen with Facebook Home, which pipes in all your social networking without you having to open up the official app.

What’s cool? Facebook Home takes the app switching out of using your Android device, putting your Facebook news feed front and center and making it extremely easy and quick to share what's happening in your life. You can easily shoot photos and videos and upload them, and you can launch other apps from within Facebook Home, as well. The latest update to the app brings an improved, customizeable app launcher and integration of Facebook Messenger features if you update that app.

Who’s it for? Android Facebook junkies, use this app to get the super-immersive Facebook experience you crave.

What’s it like? Grab Facebook Messenger and Instagram in order to get the full Facebook Home experience.

Fruit Ninja update (Free)

What’s it about? Fan-favorite Fruit Ninja is a casual game in which players are tasked with slashing through as many flying fruits with their fingers as possible in a certain time limit.

What’s cool? You've probably gotten a chance to play Fruit Ninja by now, as it's one of the most beloved and addicting mobile games out there. The premise is simple – your finger is a blade, and you need to slice up fruits that are tossed into the air, while avoiding bombs. With modes that test you against a time limit to rack up points or just let you play in a relaxed, no pressure scenario, Fruit Ninja has managed to capture the attention of plenty of players. The latest update to the game throws in lots of new stuff, like new fruits, new blades, local multiplayer and more.

Who’s it for? Casual game fans looking for something fun and light to play should try Fruit Ninja.

What’s it like? Developer Halfbrick's other games, Jetpack Joyride and Age of Zombies, are also a ton of fun.

Celtic Tribes (Free)

What’s it about? Celtic Tribes is a massively multiplayer online game in which you're tasked with building your own Celtic Tribe and leading them to glory against other players.

What’s cool? Players all over the world create their own bands of people in Celtic Tribes, an MMO game about building rather than questing. The idea is that you use strategy to build an army and use it to take on other tribes in order to grow and expand over time. You'll also use mystical artifacts to help you win battles and expand your settlement, and the bigger you become, the larger an army you'll be able to field and the more territory you can capture. You'll be able to play against other players and their tribes, as well as trade and ally with them for your strategic benefit.

Who’s it for? Fans of MMO titles and strategy games will find something interesting and maybe unique in Celtic Tribes.

What’s it like? More traditional MMO play is available in Order & Chaos, and you'll find more strategy in Lords & Knights.

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