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New Android apps worth downloading: Outlook.com update, Runtastic Six Pack Abs Workout, Drift Mania: Street Outlaws

by Phil Hornshaw

We're starting this week of Apps Worth Downloading with Microsoft's web-based email client, Outlook.com. The Android version of the app has just gotten a significant update with new search and sync capabilities, plus slick new themes to let you customize your inbox. If you're looking to start the week with attempts to get into shape ahead of the holidays, check out Runtastic Six Pack Abs Workout. It brings lots of different ab workouts and a plan to help you get a six pack quickly, no matter your ability level. Finally, Drift Mania: Street Outlaws takes players into street races where the focus is on hitting tight corners and high speeds, both while playing alone and online with others.

Outlook.com update (Free)

Outlook.comWhat’s it about? Access your Outlook.com account through your Android device with Microsoft's official Outlook.com app, packing the features available on the web-based email client.

What’s cool? Microsoft's web-based email client, Outlook.com, has a huge following, and its Android version keeps improving with new updates. Already users can access their web-based emails from the Android app, which also supports things like Push notifications for new messages and syncing with your device's contacts list and calendar. You can also view messages in all folder and subfolders, and sync the activities you do on your Android device with the web versions anywhere you have an email connection. Outlook.com's newest update adds improvements to syncing and makes it easier to search for messages you need, plus lets you set vacation replies, manage Outlook.com aliases, and even change the theme of your inbox to something more to your liking.

Who’s it for? If you're a user of Outlook.com on the web, you'll want to grab the Android version for easy email access.

What’s it like? Alternatives to Outlook.com that also offer some slick email services include Gmail and Yahoo Mail.


Looking for even more email client apps? Try these.


Runtastic Six Pack Abs Workout (Free)

Runtastic Six Pack Abs WorkoutWhat’s it about? Take on Runtastic Six Pack Abs Workout's various workouts, which are all geared toward helping you improve your ab strength and appearance.

What’s cool? Lots of people are concerned about how their abs look, and core strength can be key to a lot of different athletic performance. Runtastic Six Pack Abs Workout focuses on ab workouts, providing three different difficulty levels for its users and including lots of different workouts as part of its “10-week six pack plan.” The app includes a number of pre-defined workouts, but also lets you create your own, and allows you to track your progress over time, as well as share your milestones across social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

Who’s it for? Users hoping to get a handle on building a six pack should check out Runtastic's take on the various workouts required.

What’s it like? Check out some of Runtastic's other workout apps, such as Runtastic Running & Fitness and Runtastic Heart Rate.


Looking for even more ab fitness apps? Try these.


Drift Mania: Street Outlaws (Free)

Drift Mania: Street OutlawsWhat’s it about? Compete in drift events on the streets all over the world in racer Drift Mania: Street Outlaws, which includes tons of car customization and high-definition graphics.

What’s cool? The latest entry in the Drift Mania series, Drift Mania: Street Outlaws takes players off the track and out onto the streets of cities all over the world. As always, drifting – sliding around turns at high speeds – is king in Street Outlaws, and your goal will to be to earn as many points as you can as you take on other racers in the game's campaign mode, or online against other players. There are 21 different cars to earn and choose from as you play through the game, and you can also customize lots of different parts on your car for both style and performance. Street Outlaws includes 13 drift tracks to play on, and you can even see replays of your races.

Who’s it for? Fans of the Drift Mania series and racers with gorgeous graphics will want to make sure to check out Drift Mania: Street Outlaws.

What’s it like? Get more intense drift-heavy races in Drift Mania Championship and Drift Mania Champions 2.


Looking for even more racing games? Try these.