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New Android apps worth downloading: Foursquare update, FlickKey Keyboard, Minigore 2: Zombies

by Phil Hornshaw

Our apps worth downloading list today starts with an update to Foursquare, the check-in app that lets users see what friends are doing and get discounts at businesses near them. The update adds even more information about the places and events you can check out. We’ve also got FlickKey Keyboard, an alternative keyboard that lets users quickly type using “flick” or sliding motions, but in a different way than most swipe keyboards. Finally comes Minigore 2: Zombies, a top-down twin-stick shooter in which players use tons of weapons to fight through hordes of enemies.

Foursquare update (Free)

FoursquareWhat’s it about? Check into different locations like restaurants and events with Foursquare, a location-sharing app that also gives users deals at participating businesses.

What’s cool? Foursquare lets users “check in” to various events and locations, making it possible to share what they’re up to with friends and even grab discounts at different businesses. You can use Foursquare to see the best places to get food or hang out in your area, and the app also shows cool events happening around you. Foursquare’s latest update brings more information about different locations, like whether they’re romantic or trendy, and also includes some performance improvements and bug fixes.

Who’s it for? If you’re looking for stuff to do and places to go, Foursquare can provide lots of ideas.

What’s it like? Do more checking in with Facebook and let your friends know where you are with GPS Share.


FlickKey Keyboard (Free)

FlickKey KeyboardWhat’s it about? FlickKey is a keyboard app that combines tapping on keys and “flicking” different characters to increase typing speed.

What’s cool? The idea behind FlickKey is that users can keep their eyes on the text they’re typing, rather than having to look constantly at the virtual keyboard on their Android device’s screen. It works by providing users with a keyboard that can be split, one part for each thumb, that you use by flicking toward different letters. Each big button includes several characters, and the idea is that you tap into the key with one finger and flick your finger toward the character you want. FlickKey also provides big keys with commonly used words to let you type them even faster.

Who’s it for? Anyone who could use a different kind of keyboard should check out FlickKey’s option.

What’s it like? Other useful alternate keyboards include SwiftKey and TouchPal X.

Minigore 2: Zombies (Free)

Minigore 2: ZombiesWhat’s it about? Battle through hordes of the undead (and other enemies too) in top-down shooter Minigore 2: Zombies.

What’s cool? If you want simple, arcade-style action, Minigore 2: Zombies is for you. The two-stick shooter puts players into levels filled with huge numbers of enemies, and then tosses them a number of weapons and power-ups with which to mow down the competition. You’ll quickly switch between swords, axes, chainsaws, machine guns, grenades and more as you destroy hordes of enemies, which earns you coins that let you upgrade your character and get new ones. Minigore 2 can pit you against as many as 150 zombies at once, so you’ll want to bring your best shooter skills along with you.

Who’s it for? Players who like fast action and intense zombie battles should check out Minigore 2: Zombies.

What’s it like? For more great two-stick shooter action, snag Guerrilla Bob and Gun Bros. 2.