New Android apps worth downloading: Endless News, Assassin's Creed IV Companion App, Romans from Mars

by Phil Hornshaw

Get all the news that's fit to stream this week with our first fresh app, Endless News. It lets you watch streaming news videos from a number of sources, and minimizes stream lag so that you can watch and switch between them quickly. If you're playing the big pirate game Assassin's Creed IV on your Playstation 4 or Xbox 360, you'll want to grab the Assassin's Creed IV Companion app for your Android tablet. And finally, fight some little green men in Roman legion garb in turret shooter Romans from Mars.

Endless News (Free)

Endless NewsWhat’s it about? Stream tons of news videos from sources such as BBC News, Reuters, the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal with Endless News.

What’s cool? Endless News' claim to fame is that you can watch tons of news videos from lots of different sources with minimal lag and latency. The app works to load videos in the background even as you watch, so you can quickly swipe between them to view different channels or different videos, or just let news videos play and see everything that's going on. The app streams video over either a Wi-Fi connection or your cellular data plan, and is optimized for full-screen viewing both on tablets and smartphones.

Who’s it for? News junkies, get tons of videos fast with the help of Endless News.

What’s it like? Get more news from BBC News and NPR News.

Assassin's Creed IV Companion (Free)

Assassin's Creed IV CompanionWhat’s it about? Take to the Caribbean Sea as a pirate in the console video game Assassin's Creed IV, and navigate islands with the help of the Assassin's Creed IV companion app.

What’s cool? Assassin's Creed IV is one of the biggest console video games of the season, and the companion app to go with it allows tablet owners to interact with the game even when they're not at their Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. The app shows you the game's interactive map to help you navigate around the game, as well as the ability to dispatch your in-game pirate fleet from wherever you are, monitor the activity of your friends when they play, and read in-game information about the story and lore of Assassin's Creed IV.

Who’s it for? This one is specifically for gamers playing Assassin's Creed IV – others need not apply.

What’s it like? Check out other cool game companion apps, like Far Cry 3 Outpost and Doom 3 BGF Companion.

Romans from Mars (Free)

Romans from MarsWhat’s it about? Fight off invading martians with a powerful crossbow and elemental powers of the gods in Romans from Mars, a first-person turret shooter.

What’s cool? The martian Romans are coming, and you need to fight off hordes of the little green men before they can make it to Olympus. You man a giant, stationary crossbow from a first-person standpoint, fighting off the alien legions and their ships, robots and other enemies. You'll need to fire away at the waves of enemies to take them down before they reach you, but you can also rely on powerful elemental attacks from the gods to back up your crossbow attacks. There are 10 different kinds of bad guys to deal with, and earning money for winning battles also gives you the resources to improve your weapons and defenses.

Who’s it for? Fans of shooters and casual arcade titles with a goofy alien influence will want to give Romans from Mars a try.

What’s it like? Blast more enemies quickly and strategically in Siege Hero and Siegecraft.