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New Android apps worth downloading: Orbitz update, Timely Alarm Clock, Friendly Fire!

by Phil Hornshaw

Find your next flight or hotel room with Orbitz, the Android version of the travel website's service. The app has just undergone a huge overhaul and relaunch, which means there are new features on offer for users. Next up is Timely Alarm Clock, an alarm app that includes cool elements like requiring users to complete “challenges” before turning off the alarm. Finally, Friendly Fire! brings strategy gameplay to users, allowing them to set up their military bases in any just about real-world location.

Orbitz – Flights, Hotels, Cars update (Free)

Orbitz - Flights, Hotels, CarsWhat’s it about? Find flights, hotel rooms and rental cars, book your travel necessities and even save some money with the revamped Orbitz – Flights, Hotels, Cars

What’s cool? Like it's web-based counterpart, the Android version of Orbitz is designed to help users find all the travel accommodations they need. The app can allow you to search for flights, hotel rooms and rental cars, and also works to save you money when you pay for any of them. You can book your accommodations through the app, and Orbitz includes a useful “nearby tonight” feature for last-minute bookings when you're in a bind, among lots of other cool features. With its latest update, Orbitz has been fully relaunched with a new user interface and new features, such as travel tools like the ability to save your seat preferences and airline rewards information, a map interface that can show you nearby deals, and improvements that seriously speed up the app and make it more useful.

Who’s it for? Travelers and anyone else who could use a little quick and easy help with finding and booking flights, hotel rooms or rental cars should try Orbitz.

What’s it like? You can get more travel help from Hipmunk and Expedia.

Timely Alarm Clock (Free)

Timely Alarm ClockWhat’s it about? Use Timely Alarm Clock for a minimalist but beautiful design that turns your Android device into a trendy timepiece.

What’s cool? The first thing you're likely to notice about Timely Alarm Clock is how great it looks. The app's simple user interface, minimalist design and focus on colors makes it a great-looking app for reading the time. But beneath the surface, Timely features a lot of cool clock elements that make it more useful than your average alarm app. For a start, it backs up your alarms to the cloud, which means you can use any Android device and sync in your alarms without resetting them. You can also add “challenges” to your alarms, which require you to perform tasks that are more complicated than just slapping a snooze button, and the app packs more features, like an intuitive user interface and more.

Who’s it for? If you could use an alternative alarm clock app that looks great, packs useful features and can sync across mulitple devices, Timely is for you.

What’s it like? Optimus Alarm Clock and Lightning Bug – Sleep Clock are both useful alarm apps you should also check out.

Friendly Fire! (Free)

Friendly Fire!What’s it about? Defend your nation while vanquishing your enemies in Friendly Fire!, a real-time strategy game in which players create armies to battle against one another.

What’s cool? Friendly Fire! is a strategy game in which players do the usual stuff – build a base to produce an army, and then use your forces to stomp your enemies. Things are a touch different in Friendly Fire!, however, because players will not only build bases but set up defenses to protect them, before sending planes and tanks out to attack neighboring nations. The game also lets you set up your base anywhere, in real-world locations, and also dispenses power-ups you can gather and use to turn the tide in your favor. You can also compete online with plenty of other players in huge international events.

Who’s it for? Fans of strategy games requiring planning and smart tactics should try Friendly Fire!.

What’s it like? For more great strategy gameplay, you'll want to check out Great Little War Game and Kingdom Rush.

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