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New Android apps worth downloading: Chatwala Video Messenger, AlarmPad PRO, Intern Saga: Trademark Saga

by Phil Hornshaw

Send video messages to friends, and see how they react to what you say, with today’s first fresh app, Chatwala Video Messenger.

Chatwala Video Messenger (Free)

Chatwala Video MessengerWhat’s it about? Chatwala is more than you standard video messenger – in addition to sending and receiving messages in video form, Chatwala also records your reactions to your friends’ messages and sends those along as well.

What’s cool? Lots of messages let you send videos to other users as messages, and Chatwala also falls into the video messenger category, allowing users to record themselves in short bursts and use their Internet connection to deliver message. But the app goes a little further than most – since you’re sending video messages rather than having live video chats, you usually can’t see how the other person reacts to what you say or send. Chatwala changes things by recording your reaction when you see a friend’s message, and vice versa, and then including that in your response video.

Who’s it for? If you’re looking for a new way to message other people, check out Chatwala’s video messaging capabilities.

What’s it like? You’ll find more video messaging apps in VMS – Video Messenger and Skype.

AlarmPad PRO ($0.99)

AlarmPad PROWhat’s it about? Get context for your alarms with AlarmPad, which notes what’s going on with the weather, what your appointments are, and more.

What’s cool? Waking up can be disorienting, especially when you’re hit with an alarm early in the morning. AlarmPad eases the transition of waking by letting you know what’s going on with your day – what the weather forecast is, what appointments you have to deal with, and what time it is when you awake. You can easily see everything that appears on your calendar when you wake up, as well as the extended forecast, and setting new alarms is easy as well. You can also easily set alarms for calendar events, customize your alarm messages, and integrate AlarmPad with other apps to set alarms, as well.

Who’s it for? Users who want a different method of waking up in the morning (or any other time) can get a lot of useful information about their day from  AlarmPad.

What’s it like? Other useful alarm apps include Galaxy Alarm and Puzzle Alarm Clock.

Intern Saga: Trademark Lawyer (Free)

Intern Saga: Trademark LawyerWhat’s it about? Parody game Intern Saga: Trademark Lawyer challenges players to find games on the “iFruit” app store that infringe on fictional publishers’ trademarks and send them cease and desist letters.

What’s cool? Trademark issues have been big in video game news of late, and Intern Saga: Trademark Lawyer looks to poke fun at the situation by putting players in the role of an intern forced to send cease and desist letters to rival app developers. Each day, you receive emails from your lawyer boss about what the new trademarks are, then take to the fake app store, find apps that include the offending terms, and send emails to their developers all with a couple quick taps. The more offending apps you find, the bigger your paycheck, and the more you can pay down your insane student loan debt. Flag the wrong apps or miss some, however, and you’ll lose money for each mistake, and 10 mistakes gets you canned. Things get more difficult as trademarks pile up and become more complex.

Who’s it for? If you’re a fan of casual games that challenge your memory, plus those with a fun parody story, check out Intern Saga.

What’s it like? You might also enjoy developer The Men Who Wear Many Hats’ other title, zombie Oregon Trail spoof Organ Trail.