New Android apps worth downloading: Paypal update, Sidebar Plus, Monster Match

by Phil Hornshaw

Keep on top of your finances and even use your smartphone to pay at stores and restaurants with the newly updated Paypal, our first fresh app of the day. Also for your approval come Sidebar Plus, a multitasking app that lets you create custom sidebars with shortcuts to your favorite apps, contacts, settings and more, and Monster Match, a mix of match-3 puzzle action and monster-battling strategy.

Paypal update (Free)

PaypalWhat’s it about? Access your Paypal account to send and receive money, make payments and monitor your account information with the service's Android app.

What’s cool? Users of Paypal on the web know what a handy service it can be – it lets you quickly and easily move funds from your bank account to your Paypal account and vice versa, using that money to make payments through all kinds of services, and to receive money from other users. The Paypal Android app is an extension of all that usefulness, allowing you to handle your Paypal account no matter where you are, make payments, receive cash, and keep an eye on your balance. Along with bug fixes and performance improvements, recent updates to Paypal have also added the ability for users to pay at participating stores and restaurants using the app and money in their Paypal accounts.

Who’s it for? If you're a Paypal user and want the ability to keep up with what's going on with your account wherever you are, grab this one.

What’s it like? Also useful for Paypal users are eBay and Paypal QR Shopping.

Sidebar Plus (Free)

Sidebar PlusWhat’s it about? Create quick shortcuts to multitasking on your Android device with Sidebar Plus, an app for adding sidebars to your screen that let you quickly get to other apps.

What’s cool? There are a lot of functions on your typical smartphone or tablet that you tend to use more than any other, and Sidebar Plus makes it easy to get those particular things by letting users create customized sidebars filled with bookmarks. You can pin whatever you want to your sidebar, like commonly used apps, settings or contacts, and the shortcuts are quickly accessible on your screen whenever you need them. You can also create multiple sidebards that you can set aside or open as you need them, add themes to your bars to make them more visually pleasing, and even access your sidebars when you're using other apps.

Who’s it for? Users looking for a little more functionality and customization out of their Android devices should try creating their own sidebars with Sidebar Plus.

What’s it like? Another handy customization app is Taskbar – Windows 8 Style.

Monster Match (Free)

Monster MatchWhat’s it about? Mixing monster battle games with the match-3 genre, Monster Match challenges you to defeat adversaries by raising teams of monsters to fight them, but you'll activate attacks and other actions by matching colored gems.

What’s cool? There are two distinct levels working in tandem in Monster Match. The first level is a monster battle-style game not unlike Pokemon, in which your job is catch, strengthen, and field a team of monsters for battle. Monster Match include something like 225 monsters for you to capture and utilize, and you'll need to put together the best team possible to defeat your enemies. But the other half of the game is a match-3 title that dictates the moment-to-moment fighting of your battles – which gems you match affects what happens in the fight. You'll need to have quick reflexes and observational skills, as well as good strategic thinking, in order to best your opponents and explore Monster Match's world.

Who’s it for? If you like a mix of strategy and match-3 gameplay, try Monster Match.

What’s it like? Pixel Defenders Puzzle and Terra Monsters will also give you similar gameplay mechanics to Monster Match.

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