Fresh Android Apps for June 1: Zinio, ALYac Android, Plants vs. Zombies

by Ian Black

Think newspapers are having a tough time? Print magazines may not be too far behind. They also are straining to keep their advertisers and revenue in these ever-changing times. Zinio for Android brings many popular mags to the digital age. For security, check out ALYac Android and for more comedy from the funny undead, browse Plants vs. Zombies.

Zinio (Free)

Love magazines? Zinio is a popular app for iPhone that has just arrived for Honeycomb-based Android tablets like the Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The app leverages a service which lets you purchase individual issues or subscribe to magazines like National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Maxim, Bloomberg Businessweek, Consumer Reports, PC World, and many more.

To drum up interest, Zinio will let you download single issues of many different magazines for free until June 15.

ALYac Android (Free)

Phone viruses and malware got you worried? This app aims to calm your fears.

It provides four different modes of protection. In Antivirus mode, it scans app for viruses. By tracking developer and application ratings, it can alert you to suspicious apps before you download them. The Spam Filter checks for incoming calls from known spam numbers. And, the App Manager allows you to manage and run potentially dangerous apps from a single screen.

Plants vs. Zombies ($2.99, Amazon Appstore)

If humans can’t defeat zombies what chance does a plant have? A pretty good one, apparently. The plants of this addicting game sport all kinds of zombie-crushing features like the ability to shoot deadly peas, act like land mines, or bombs. That’s the good news.

The bad news? The zombies, too, have special skills and can pole vault, thwart attacks with bucket helmets, and more. You’ll have to do battle over a variety of terrains including a swimming pool, rooftop, and during non-optimal conditions like night and fog.

This game lives exclusively in the Amazon AppStore for now, but will be available in the Android Market eventually.