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New Android apps worth downloading: Emu Messenger, Mercury Browser, Plants vs. Zombies 2

by Phil Hornshaw

Make your text messaging even smarter and more useful with Emu Messenger, our first fresh app of the day. It adds a personal assistant to your conversations, adding useful information like movie times and location data when you need it. We've also got Mercury Browser, a powerful web browser with the kinds of functions you'd usually see reserved for PC browsers, and Plants vs. Zombies 2, the sequel to the super-popular tower defense title in which fighting plants hold off the approaching zombie hordes.

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Emu Messenger (Free)

Emu MessengerWhat’s it about? Integrate a number of useful capabilities with your SMS messaging using Emu Messenger.

What’s cool? Adding in a number of different features to standard text messaging, Emu Messenger looks to make your texting experience smarter. The app includes a built-in digital assistant, which suggestions on what you might need based on what you're talking about in conversations – like directions and reservations to restaurants, information on movie times, a look at your calendar to make sure you're free, and more. The app can also let you set a “snooze” function on messages to have them resent at a certain time or place, and share your location when you need to.

Who’s it for? Anyone who could use more integration of useful information in their text messaging should give Emu a try.

What’s it like? You might also want to check out Evi and Iris, two more useful person assistant apps.


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Mercury Browser (Free)

Mercury BrowserWhat’s it about? A sleek and powerful web browser, Mercury packs a lot of useful features, like plug-ins and tabs.

What’s cool? Mercury Browser is another app that brings PC-quality browsing capabilities to Android devices. It includes lots of features you'd expect from a standard web browser, like tabbed browsing, private accounts for multiple users, and access to multiple search engines. You can also import and export bookmarks, search on pages, and flip Mercury over to night mode to reduce screen brightness when you're using the app in darkness. The focus is definitely on giving you a computer-like browsing experience.

Who’s it for? If you're looking for a solid replacement for your web browser that's angled toward being more like what you have on PC, try Mercury Browser.

What’s it like? Other useful mobile browsers include Google Chrome and Dolphin.


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Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Free)

Plants vs. Zombies 2What’s it about? Fight off the oncoming zombie hordes in tower-defense-like strategy title Plants vs. Zombies 2, the sequel to the incredibly popular mobile game.

What’s cool? The zombie hordes are back for brains in Plants vs. Zombies 2, and the only thing standing in their way is your backyard and its ample supply of powerful plants. As in the last Plants vs. Zombies game, players are tasked with planting various flora that can shoot, punch, block and otherwise help defeat zombies, all at the cost of sunlight that has to be gathered from special plants to produce more defenders. Each level in Plants vs. Zombies 2 presents different threats based on its time travel theme – you'll fight mummy zombies and pirate zombies, for a start, and you'll need to utilize lots of new plants to defeat them. The game features new mechanics as well, like the ability to use fertilizer to briefly supercharge your plants, and packs a ton of unlockable levels to test your skills.

Who’s it for? Fans of tower-defense titles will want to see developer PopCap's latest iteration on its popular title.

What’s it like? You'll definitely want to check out the original Plants vs. Zombies, and PopCap's other titles like Bejeweled 2.