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New Android apps worth downloading: Google Maps update, Todoist, Terraria

by Phil Hornshaw

One of the most useful apps out there for Android users is Google’s Maps, the navigation app that provides turn-by-turn directions and GPS capabilities for getting you where you need to be. The app just got a big, fresh update, and that’s why it leads today’s Apps Worth Downloading list. Following it is Todoist, an elegant to-do list app that lets you sync your lists in the cloud, so you can access and edit them on any device. Finally, we’ve got Terraria, a Minecraft-like adventure game in which users find materials to craft equipment, build stuff, and go on adventures.

Google Maps update (Free)

Google MapsWhat’s it about? Google’s GPS-powered Maps app brings users useful features, such as turn-by-turn directions and the ability to find things around you, such as business and attractions.

What’s cool? Probably the feature you’ll use most with Google Maps is the one that helps you find where you’re going using your Android device’s GPS capabilities. The app provides maps of all kinds of areas, and can provide solid turn-by-turn directions, complete with voice narration, to the addresses you enter to make sure you find your way without getting lost. But it also offers other great capabilities. You can search for things like businesses in your area, or discover new restaurants and other attractions, with the app’s Explore feature, and Google also brings in Street View shots in its maps, so you can get a look at where you’re going long before you get there. With its latest update, Google Maps adds lots of improvements, like faster access to navigation and a better user interface, and improved hotel searches.

Who’s it for? For most Android users, Google Maps is essential to GPS navigation with your device.

What’s it like? Other useful navigation apps include GPS Maps & Navigation and Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic.

Todoist (Free)

TodoistWhat’s it about? Create handy to-do lists that are minimal and easy to navigate with productivity app Todoist, which can by synchronized across all your devices.

What’s cool? Managing to-do lists can be tricky when you’re using multiple devices, especially if you want to update a list on the fly from your phone and see that change reflected later on your PC, or vice versa. Todoist solves the problem by syncing users’ to-do lists in the cloud, allowing you to add, subtract, tick off and expand on all your to-do list items on any device. That means your list is always synced on all your devices. You can also prioritize your tasks, add due dates and reminders, and even access your tasks in an offline mode for when you don’t have access to the Internet.

Who’s it for? If you’re looking for a simple but robust to-do list app, Todoist might be for you. Just note that several additional useful features require a “Premium” account.

What’s it like? You’ll find great to-do list capabilities in Any.DO and Task List.

Terraria (Free)

TerrariaWhat’s it about? Mine for resources, create tools and weapons, and explore a vast world in side-scroller Terraria.

What’s cool? At the surface level, Terraria will remind a lot of players of Minecraft, but as a 2-D version. Both games have players using what they find in the world to create tools and craft new materials and equipment, in order to build houses and buildings and fight off monsters. Terraria differs from Minecraft not only in its presentation, but also in other aspects – for example, you can recruit other characters to work in your home, or head out into the world to explore and fight the game’s five bosses. There are also tons of “recipes” to discover for crafting new things, more than 75 monsters to fight, and other cool touches. Each world is dynamically generated, so every time you start a new game, it’s like starting on a fresh continent.

Who’s it for? If you’re a player who likes exploring, creating, and fighting monsters, check out Terraria.

What’s it like? You’ll also want to enter the world of Minecraft: Pocket Edition for more similar mechanics.