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New Android apps worth downloading: Yahoo! Mail update, M2AppMonitor, Star Command

by Phil Hornshaw

Today's first app worth downloading is Yahoo Mail, the web-based email client that's celebrating 16 years of service with new features for Android users. Among those are conversations that group email messages together and new themes to make your emails look even cooler. We've also got M2AppMonitor, an app that shows you how much data and power apps consume on your device, and Star Command, a simulation game that makes you the captain of a starship.

Yahoo Mail update (Free)

Yahoo MailWhat’s it about? Check email, arrange messages into folders, send messages and more with the official app of Yahoo's web-based email client.

What’s cool? Yahoo! Mail is a pretty straightforward service that most people probably already know about at this point – it's email, on the web. The Android app for the service lets you do everything you'd expect, like check messages using any Internet connection as well as send emails, add attachments, and organize your inbox remotely. Yahoo keeps adding improvements to Yahoo Mail, however, and the app's latest update adds helpful features like “conversations,” which group linked messages together, and new themes to customize how your email experience looks. Yahoo! has also added more storage for users, and it's all free.

Who’s it for? If you're a user of Yahoo Mail on the web or need a new email client, this one's for you.

What’s it like? Other solid email clients include Gmail and Mail.com Mail.

M2AppMonitor (Free)

M2AppMonitorWhat’s it about? Keep track of how much data and battery your apps use, as well as other useful information, wth M2AppMonitor.

What’s cool? Knowing what your Android apps are actually up to can increase the efficiency and security of your Android device, so M2AppMonitor brings its users all kinds of statistical information about how apps work and how they impact the devices that run them. M2 can show you which apps use the biggest portion of your cellular data allowance, which ones drain the most battery, which ones have access to things like your contacts list, and more. You can also see important notifications about your device, and get crowd-sourced data about various apps to compare against the stats that are being generated on your device.

Who’s it for? Anyone looking to find out how apps are working on their devices and which ones are the biggest data and power hogs should check out M2AppMonitor.

What’s it like? Get more useful analytics data from My Data Manager and Battery Defender.

Star Command ($2.99)

Star CommandWhat’s it about? Take command of a space cruiser as a captain in Star Command, a “Star Trek” inspired game in which players manage their ship as it explores the solar system.

What’s cool? Star Command is a simulation game in which you're tasked with managing and maintaining a space ship on various exploration missions for the titular Star Command. As captain, your job is to hire and assign crewmen, expand your ship's systems and capabilities, and fight off enemies as you run various missions. You'll assign your crew to jobs so they can keep your systems running at full capacity or repair damage, and fight space battles as you improve your ship over time to make it more effective in battle. You'll discover alien species, engage in various sorts of missions, and encourage your crew to specialize and become better at their jobs as you play through Star Command's various missions.

Who’s it for? If you like simulation titles and science fiction like “Star Trek,” you'll get a big kick out of Star Command.

What’s it like? Check out Epic Astro Story for a similar simulation concept.