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New Android apps worth downloading: Scribd, Duolingo, Dead Trigger 2 update

by Phil Hornshaw

Avid readers, grab Scribd if you're looking to keep yourself in books. It functions like Netflix but for reading, with more than 100,000 titles.

Scribd (Free)

ScribdWhat’s it about? Scribd provides users with access to a huge library of ebooks for a monthly subscription fee.

What’s cool? You might consider what Scribd is for ebooks to be equivalent to what Netflix is to movies. The app provides access to a giant library of books – more than 100,000 – that can be read on your Android devices at your own pace. The app provides editorial and personalized recommendations on what you should read next based on what you like, and lets you read across all your devices, so you can always sync with the farthest point you've read. Scribd also lets you store books so you can read them offline, and there's no limit to how many books you can read for your monthly $9 subscription fee.

Who’s it for? If you're an avid reader who tends to tear through books at a high pace, Scribd might be a great way for you to keep yourself in reading material.

What’s it like? You can also get more ebooks with Amazon Kindle and Wattpad.

Duolingo (Free)

DuolingoWhat’s it about? Language app Duolingo purports to teach users how to speak and read new languages by teaching them in bite-sized, game-like chunks.

What’s cool? The idea behind Duolingo is that you can use it to learn a new language in your free time – like when you're sitting on a bus or waiting in line. The app accomplishes that by breaking up learning the language into multiple small lessons that you deal with in chunks, and Duolingo incentivizes your learning by making a game of the process – you earn points for completing lessons and lose “lives” for getting answers wrong. You'll find lessons for English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese in the app, and its latest update brings bug fixes and additional English lessons for native Russian, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian and Turkish speakers.

Who’s it for? Users looking to learn a language in their spare time, for free, should check out Duolingo's approach to the process.

What’s it like? You can also learn new languages with the help of Rosetta Course and Babbel.

Dead Trigger 2 update (Free)

Dead Trigger 2What’s it about? Fight through the zombie apocalypse in first-person shooter Dead Trigger 2, a graphically gorgeous game loaded with undead-blasting weapons.

What’s cool? The zombie apocalypse is in full swing in Dead Trigger 2, with enemies ranging from your everyday brain-eater to huge giants and vicious monsters, so you're going to need all the firepower you can get to face them down. Luckily, the game is loaded with weapons for all sorts of scenarios, ranging from machetes to pistols to machine guns to miniguns. Players take part of the global zombie resistance as they play through an unfolding storyline, and over time you'll build up a hideout with other characters who can help you make new guns, heal wounds and more. Dead Trigger 2's newest update brings three new weapons and nine new environments to fight through, plus new social capabilities that let players interact with one another to compare stats and chat.

Who’s it for? If you're a fan of guns, melee weapons, and crushed zombies skulls with great graphics, check out Dead Trigger 2.

What’s it like? You might also want to grab the original Dead Trigger, as well as the impressive Deus Ex: The Fall for another great, beautiful shooter.