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New Android apps worth downloading: TV Talk, Mixcloud - Radio & DJ Mixes, Sketchman

by Phil Hornshaw

Engage with your favorite TV shows on a new level with today's first app worth downloading, TV Talk. It brings users tons of podcasts about their favorite shows, bringing deeper discussion of the things you love to watch. We've also got Mixcloud, an app that brings tons of streaming DJ performances, radio shows and podcasts to listeners. Last but not least is Sketchman, an endless runner with a sketchbook art style, boss fights, and lots of action.

TV Talk (Free)

TV TalkWhat’s it about? Connect with podcasts about your favorite TV shows with TV Talk, a streaming app that brings users commentary and recaps of lots of different shows.

What’s cool? In the age of the Internet, TV has taken on a new, more social structure. There are specialized podcasts discussing all the best TV shows on the air, and TV Talk brings you those podcasts for streaming straight to your Android devices. The app includes shows for tons of different shows, from “Breaking Bad” to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to “Glee.” You can save shows and their podcasts as your favorites to easily catch new episodes, and TV Talk includes relevant clips and the ability to share your opinions with a voice recording using its “Talk Back” option.

Who’s it for? Avid TV watchers who want to get more out of their favorite shows should check out TV Talk.

What’s it like? Get more social TV experiences out of GetGlue and TV Guide.

Mixcloud – Radio & DJ Mixes (Free)

MixcloudWhat’s it about? Mixcloud brings radio shows, podcasts and mixes from DJs all over the world for your streaming enjoyment.

What’s cool? With the aim of “rethinking radio” and making it more social, Mixcloud is a streaming music app that connects listeners with DJs. The app is full of streaming radio shows for various kinds of music, and lets you search and browse through them at your leisure. But Mixcloud also includes more content than just regular radio shows, with podcasts and specialized mixes created by its DJs mixed in as well. The app provides users with a personalized feed based on what they like, but also includes a “discover” tab that lets you seek out new things to enjoy, as well.

Who’s it for? If you're looking for a new set of music to stream that's focused on DJs, Mixcloud is for you.

What’s it like? You can stream more music (and discover more, too) with Pandora Internet Radio and Spotify.

Sketchman (Free)

SketchmanWhat’s it about? Battle through stick-figure enemies and avoid deadly obstacles in a notebook world in Sketchman, a side-scrolling endless.

What’s cool? Sketchman is marked by an awesome notebook aesthetic that makes it look like you're playing through a world doodled into creation. As the Sketchman, your goal is to run as far as you can, avoiding things like spikes, saw blades and barrels, and fighting through enemies who want to take you down. You can jump, double-jump and glide to surmount obstacles, as well as fire a gun to take on bosses and enemies, but you'll need quick reflexes and expert timing to succeed.

Who’s it for? Fans of endless runners with a more action-oriented streak will find Sketchman's addition of elements like bosses an interesting riff on the genre.

What’s it like? Check out titles like Polara and Bit.Trip Beat.