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New Android apps worth downloading: Boomerang: Email app for Gmail, EQuala Social Music Discovery, Blendoku update

by Phil Hornshaw

Clean out your inbox and manage your Gmail better with Boomerang, the first of this week's apps worth downloading, which brings gesture controls you can customize along with lots of other cool features. Up second is EQuala, a music app that uses social media to find what your friends are listening to and bring you music recommendations and songs. Finally, puzzle game Blendoku challenges players to see how colors blend together, and has just added a ton of new levels in its latest update.

Boomerang: Email App for Gmail (Free)

BoomerangWhat’s it about? Simple and streamlined, Boomerang is an Gmail client that makes organizing your inbox easier.

What’s cool? Boomerang means to make navigating your email as easy as possible, at least for Gmail users, by focusing on solid design and accessibility. The app includes the full run of your Gmail inbox, including access to labels, multi-account support, email signatures, integration with your Android device's Contacts List for auto-complete capabilities, and more. You can also customize swipe controls to manipulate your inbox as you see fit, and schedules messages for later.

Who’s it for? Want an alternative for managing your email? Try Boomerang.

What’s it like? The standard Gmail app is still pretty powerful, and you might also get some use out of Gmail Smart Extras.

 

EQuala Social Music Discovery (Free)

EQuala Social Music DiscoveryWhat’s it about? Find new music to enjoy by tapping into your friends' tastes, and those of other music lovers.

What’s cool? EQuala relies on the social aspect of the Internet to help you find the next great band or song you might love to listen to. It lets you tap into the likes and libraries of your friends and other music influencers in order to find great tracks, funneling them to you as if you were listening to a radio station curated by people whose tastes you like and respect. EQuala makes use of music being shared to Facebook to compile its playlists, tapping into the likes of Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and more to find out what your friends are listening to and to bring you new songs. And you can share what you like with the world through Facebook and Twitter, as well, or create personalized radio stations that include full song playback.

Who’s it for? If you're looking for new music or wondering what your friends are listening to, check out EQuala.

What’s it like? Grab Pandora or Soundwave for more social listening coolness.

Blendoku update (Free)

BlendokuWhat’s it about? Color-matching game Blendoku challenges you to see how colors blend together in order to place them in the right order and solve the game's puzzles.

What’s cool? Ever worked on color wheels in art class, those graphs that show how blue bleeds into blue-green and then into green? Blendoku is a game that functions on the same principle, providing players with a pallet of scrambled colors and requiring them to solve each level by placing the colors in the right order. Things get complicated in a hurry as three- or four-color matching puzzles arise and more and more colors get thrown into each blend. The latest update to Blendoku adds a ton more levels by way of level packs, plus a hidden “Negative mode” and a number of improvements to the game.

Who’s it for? Fans of logic puzzles, colors and simple but challenging games should try Blendoku.

What’s it like? You might also check out developer Lonely Few's other game, Brainsss.

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