Fresh Android Apps for May 25: News360, Next Episode, Gravity Wins

by Ian Black

Whether you’re more of a text or a video person, today’s fresh apps have something for you. News360 delivers a one-stop shop for news from the web, while Next Episode organizes and tracks your favorite TV shows.

On the games side of things, check out Gravity Wins for a new twist on an old favorite.

News360 (Free)

For Honeycomb-based tablets only, News360 aggregates the news from over 1,500 news sources around the web.

The user experience looks exciting and useful. The “360” of the title comes from a loop of fresh stories that you can flick through and drill into. The service says it uses qualitative analysis to filter out “noise” and to provide relevant content.

Switch to a view of articles based on location, a view based on your personalized feeds, or perhaps most exciting – a “dossier” view with links stories together in a Wiki-style connection.

Next Episode ($4.21)

Not everyone has a DVR. Those without know the struggle of keeping up with all their favorite TV shows. Enter Next Episode.

The new app lets you compile a list of favorites shows. It automatically finds the next episode of each and will list them appropriately in a customized calendar. If your favorite shows get published on “watch anytime” services like Hulu.com, the app will alert you when new episodes go live through those channels. A 'Show Details' section provides episode summaries, photos, airdates and more.

If you have an account in the next-episode.net website, the app will synchronize with it regularly. You might want to try the web site before the app, as the app costs $4.21.

Gravity Wins (Free)

Connect 4 is a popular board game that has already been made into an Android app. This game starts with Connect 4 then applies the laws the gravity.

Two players alternate dropping colored discs down columns attempting to line up four in a row – diagonally, vertically, or horizontally. The spin this game provides is literal – every few rounds the board rotates and the discs fall wherever gravity forces them. Then, the game proceeds with the new setup.

In this 1.0 version, the two players hand the phone back and forth to play. In future versions, the app creators say you will be able to play others over their phones.