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New Android apps worth downloading: VH1, ItsPoppingHere!, HonorBound

by Phil Hornshaw

Stream your favorite VH1 shows with the network's new app, which is filled with additional videos, info, and second-screen material.

VH1 (Free)

VH1What’s it about? Tune in to VH1's shows with the network's official app, which lets you stream full episodes of shows, access second-screen content and more.

What’s cool? Like other network apps, VH1 is the mobile version of everything you've come to expect from the cable channel. It's packed with videos like sneak peeks of shows and behind-the-scenes content that you can stream to your Android device, and if you're a cable subscriber, you can also stream full episodes of your favorite VH1 shows whenever you want. If you're watching your TV live, VH1 also is useful as a second-screen app, providing lots of side info and extras for the shows you like, like photos, polls, and show-specific Twitter feeds.

Who’s it for? If you're a VH1 fan, you'll want to snag the official app, but you'll get the most out of it if you're also a cable subscriber.

What’s it like? You can stream even more cable shows with MTV.

ItsPoppingHere! (Free)

ItsPoppingHere!What’s it about? Use ItsPoppingHere! to find events going on around you and get short-lived reviews about events and places as things are happening.

What’s cool? Tracking down fun is made a lot easier with ItsPoppingHere!, an app that scans what's going on around you and makes it easy to find events or places where you'll want to go. The app leverages other users' experiences nearby to let you know where things are happening, and you can figure out where you want to go using its mapping function. Users can also upload reviews of what's happening wherever they are, so you can get a first-hand look at what you're about to check out – but the reviews only last eight hours, so you know exactly what's going on and when, and any photos or other information that go with them expire quickly.

Who’s it for? If you're always searching for stuff to do and places to hang out, check out what ItsPoppingHere! can find you.

What’s it like? Other useful apps for finding stuff to do near you include Foursquare and Gravy: fun things to do nearby.

HonorBound (Free)

HonorBoundWhat’s it about? Role-playing game HonorBound tasks players with raising an army and leading it into battle against monsters and enemies of all sorts.

What’s cool? The forces of chaos are in full attack in the world, and only you (and an army of minions and other heroes) can stop them in HonorBound. Your job is to fight through various dungeons in turn-based battles, recruiting new heroes along the way and capturing enemies to fight alongside you as you go. You'll also level up your characters as you fight various battles and become more powerful, allowing you to gain new abilities to use in battle as you work through the game's story. You'll also encounter rival players along the way as you fight through HonorBound, and you'll eventually be able to choose units from as many as 300 different characters.

Who’s it for? Players who like casual but strategic turn-based role-playing action should try HonorBound.

What’s it like? More deep mobile RPGs worth your attention include Arcane Legends and Dark Avenger.