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New Android apps worth downloading: Twitter update, PhotoMark Stage, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth update

by Phil Hornshaw

We've got a big update to Twitter to kick off your fresh apps today. The social network has redesigned its app with new features, and you're going to want to grab it to stay plugged in on your Android device. We've also got photography app PhotoMark Stage, which gives users fresh ways of sharing photos by allowing them to add frames and backgrounds, and The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth, a massively multiplayer strategy game set in the universe of Tolkien's novels and Jackson's films.

Twitter update (Free)

TwitterWhat’s it about? Tap into microblogging social network Twitter with the service's Android app version, bringing you the ability to see updates, read links, and share photos and videos from your device.

What’s cool? Twitter has become a huge force in culture, and the best way to keep up with everything that's going on with social network that emphasizes short, fast sharing is with its Android app. Twitter brings all the capabilities you'd expect to get from the browser version of the site, including the ability to follow, favorite and re-tweet updates from other users, account management capabilities and full access to your Twitter timeline. The app is also handy for sharing things like photos and videos as you create them with your mobile device, no matter where you are or what you're doing. The latest update to Twitter brings a new design, the ability to send and receive photos in Direct Messages, and new features for filtering replies and favorites.

Who’s it for? If you use Twitter or are wondering what the social network is all about, its Android app is a great way to get connected.

What’s it like? Other useful social networks for sharing content include Facebook and LinkedIn.

PhotoMark Stage (Free)

PhotoMark StageWhat’s it about? Photography app PhotoMark Stage allows users to make cool ways of presenting their photos, with frames and other elements.

What’s cool? Taking mobile photos is easy, but choosing how to present them and share them with others is something that a lot of apps have dedicated their attention to over the years. PhotoMark Stage isn't yet another filter app – instead, it's all about the digital frame that goes with your image. The app lets you choose from a number of templates on which to present a photo, allowing you to add a background, a frame, watermarks and logos and other elements. You can access images from multiple locations, and when you're finished with your creation, you can save it to your device's photo gallery or upload it to your favorite social network.

Who’s it for? If you're looking for handy ways to make your photos more interesting than just applying a vintage filter, check out PhotoMark Stage.

What’s it like? You might also want to try PhotoMark's other apps, PhotoMark and PhotoMark Photo Booth.

The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth update (Free)

The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-EarthWhat’s it about? Set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth is a massively multiplayer strategy game that has players constructing a town and building forces to defeat the goblin menace.

What’s cool? Relations between dwarves and elves are rough and goblins are attacking settlements – time to create a city of your own and start training an army in The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth. The massively multiplayer strategy game tasks players with completing quests to earn money they can use to build a city. Each structure allows players to create a stronger force, and you can interact with characters and ally with other players in order to become more powerful over the course of the game. The Hobbit's latest update sends players to defeat the dragon Smaug, and adds new characters and equipment for players to earn for their armies.

Who’s it for? Players who like strategy and management titles with a big online element should check out The Hobbit.

What’s it like? You'll find more similar free-to-play titles in Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs and Lords & Knights.