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New Android apps worth downloading: BBM, Bitstrips, Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

by Phil Hornshaw

Today's first fresh app is the long-awaited and often imitated BBM, a cross-platform messaging app from Blackberry that formerly was only available on the company's smartphones. It's on Android now, with all the cool features it includes, like the ability to send files to other users. We've also got Bitstrips, an app for quickly creating and sharing comic panels that include comic versions of you and your friends. Finally comes Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy, an air combat game in which players can fly more than 40 different kinds of modern jets into battle.


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BBM (Free)

BBMWhat’s it about? Blackberry's official messenger app has jumped to a non-Blackberry platform for the first time ever, allowing cross-platform messaging through the app.

What’s cool? Lots of people with Blackberry devices, either now or in the past, have been fans of BBM, the platform's proprietary messaging app. There have been rumors the app was on its way to Android for quite a while, which led to lots of imposters in the Google Play Store. But the official app is finally here, allowing users to easily message between Android, Blackberry and Apple's iOS devices across their Internet connections. The app also lets you choose who can message you, and includes the ability to create and message groups all at the same time. You can also see when messages are delivered and read, add photos and other files, and even create “broadcasts” that can go to multiple BBM users.

Who’s it for? Fans of BBM and those who are looking for a solid cross-platform messenger will want to check this one out.

What’s it like? You'll also find great messaging capabilities in Yahoo! Messenger and Tango.


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Bitstrips (Free)

BitstripsWhat’s it about? Create your own web comic strips and share them across social networks using Bitstrips.

What’s cool? Bitstrips is a comic-creation app that encourages you to make single-panel comics for you and your friends to share. The app is built on letting you create comic versions of your friends quickly and easily, and then inserting them into various situations. You can add text captions to create quick jokes and other messages, and then share them on Facebook, Twitter, and other networks. Bitstrips includes more than 1,000 templates to use when creating your comic to make putting it together as easy as possible.

Who’s it for? If you like sharing your statuses in novel ways and including your friends in custom-made comic jokes, Bitstrips is for you.

What’s it like? You might also want to check out apps such as Meme Generator and Comic & Meme Creator for more fun ways to share what you're thinking.


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Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy (Free)

Sky Gamblers: Air SupremacyWhat’s it about? Battle in dog fights against tons of other planes in flight combat game Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy.

What’s cool? Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy puts players in the pilot seat of a number of different planes and jets and sets them into combat scenarios with intense, console-quality graphics. The game includes a single-player campaign in which you'll fight through various levels with a number of different air combat challenges, and also packs additional levels and challenge modes after you've fought through the story. There's also an online multiplayer mode that includes both cooperative play and competitve levels, allowing you to challenge your friends in a variety of ways, from deathmatches to capture the flag.

Who’s it for? Fans of flight simulation games and air combat will want to check out the many modes on offer in Sky Gamblers.

What’s it like? Air combat fans will also want to check out Sky Gamblers: Rise of Glory.