New Android apps worth downloading: Dolphin Browser update, SmugMug, Flip Runner

by Phil Hornshaw

A huge update to a popular app is our first app worth downloading today. That app is Dolphin Browser, and its new update adds the ability for users to add web apps to the browser that turn it almost into its own operating system. We've also got SmugMug, which lets you store and display the photos you take with your Android device online, and Flip Runner, an endless runner that lets you manipulate gravity.

Dolphin Browser update (Free)

Dolphin BrowserWhat’s it about? Dolphin Browser has become something more than just your normal web-surfing tool with its latest update

What’s cool? Before its latest update, Dolphin was already a solid browser that allowed for things like tabbed and incognito browsing, the ability to sync with other browsers to download history and bookmarks from your computer, and easy sharing and other features. Now the app has added a store for web apps, making Dolphin almost like an operating system unto itself. You can nab tons of popular web apps to add to your browsing experience and customize the app's home screen to access lots of different apps and “speed dial” web pages. Dolphin's UI has also been completely revamped as part of the update.

Who’s it for? If you're a fan of Dolphin or want a solid web browser that's a whole lot more, this one's for you.

What’s it like? You can get a similar (but maybe less robust) experience from Google's Chrome or Firefox.

 

SmugMug (Free)

SmugMugWhat’s it about? SmugMug provides users a place to upload their photos, as well as display and share them.

What’s cool? Snapping photos with your Android device is one of the best things about smartphones and tablets, but storing all those photos can be a pain, especially if your device's hard drive isn't especially large. SmugMug helps remedy that problem by providing unlimited online space where users can upload their photos and videos, create galleries, browse other people's images, leave comments and download your images to other devices.

Who’s it for? Android photographers, use SmugMug to have a place to store and share all your stuff.

What’s it like? Flickr and Photobucket are both solid alternatives for photo uploads.

Flip Runner ($1.00)

Flip RunnerWhat’s it about? Endless runner Flip Runner is a game in which players control the pull of gravity, sending their character to different sides of the world to avoid obstacles.

What’s cool? Like other endless runner games, Flip Runner is a title in which players control a character that is always running, and their job is to avoid deadly obstacles in that character's path. The game includes just one control: tap the screen, and you'll reverse gravity, causing your runner to reverse which side of the game's central plane he's running along. Flipping gravity lets you dodge saw blades and spikes, but you'll have to adapt to obstacles that are upside down, too.

Who’s it for? Fans of running games will find Flip Runner puts a simple but effective twist on the genre.

What’s it like? Check out Bobbing and Polara, both of which make interesting changes to the usual runner formula.

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