New Android apps worth downloading: Hang w/, Google Maps, QWOP

by Phil Hornshaw

Follow your favorite celebrities, along with other people, with Hang w/, our first app worth downloading. It allows you to see live broadcasts and other updates from various users, including celebrities, athletes, artists and more, as well as share your own exploits. We've also got an update to Google Maps that brings a new user interface and some new features, and QWOP, a goofy physics game in which you control the individual muscles of a track runner's legs.

Hang w/ (Free)

Hang w/What’s it about? Use Hang w/ to broadcast photos and live video to other users who follow you, or use it to see what other users are seeing and are up to – including celebrities.

What’s cool? One of the coolest parts of the latest batches of social media platforms is that they often connect fans to celebrities, artists, athletes and other cool people. Hang w/ is specifically designed to facilitate that sort of interaction, both between you and your favorite celebs, and you and the more normal (but still awesome) people in your life. The app lets you broadcast what you're doing to other users who “follow” you – meaning that you can shoot and send live video, photos and more. You can also see the broadcasts of users you follow, including a number of celebrities.

Who’s it for? If you're looking for new ways to connect with people and see their lives (or share your own), whether they're famous or not, try Hang w/.

What’s it like? Broadcast more stuff from your life with the help of Ustream.

Google Maps update (Free)

Google MapsWhat’s it about? Google's proprietary navigation app provides a host of useful features, like GPS location, turn-by-turn and voice-narrated directions, traffic maps and more.

What’s cool? You're probably well-aware of Google Maps by this point in your Android-owning life. The navigation app is a great tool to have in all kinds of travel situations, be they navigating by car, using public transportation or even walking, biking and hiking. Google Maps provides turn-by-turn navigation and can use voice narration to help you keep your hands free when finding your way, and you can also see step-by-step directions or use the app to find various locations and businesses. The app even includes Street View integration. With its latest update, Google Maps gets a big user interface refresh, live traffic updates and incident reports, and dynamic rerouting that can get you around traffic hiccups even before you get stuck in them.

Who’s it for? Anyone who plans to use their Android devices for navigation should have Google Maps on hand.

What’s it like? Both OsmAnd+ and GPS Navigation and Maps can also help you find your way with the help of your Android device's GPS capabilities.

QWOP ($0.99)

QWOPWhat’s it about? QWOP is a goofy take on sports games that requires you to control the individual muscles of a track runner's leg – resulting in a disjointed, frustrating and often hilarious “race” for the finish line.

What’s cool? In QWOP, you don't just get to push forward and watch your character run the 100-meter dash (and long jump, apparently). Instead, you're tasked with actually controlling his ability to run with the use of touchscreen controls. It's not as easy as it sounds, as you'll need to coordinate the thigh and calf of each leg in order to make your runner take a successful step. Getting anywhere is difficult, and finishing the race is nigh impossible, but the twists and turns your runner executes as you attempt to move him forward are pretty in and of themselves. QWOP includes five game modes and your best distances are tracked on leaderboards, so you can see how you match up against other players.

Who’s it for? If you like arcade games that edge toward the slightly weird or are a fan of QWOP's Flash-based cousin, you'll want to check out this version.

What’s it like? Try developer Noodlecake's other games, Super Stickman Golf 2 and Zombie Road Trip.

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