Fresh Android Apps for July 8: Vlingo update, News360 for Phones, Fieldrunners HD

by Ian Black

You made it to Friday of a short week. I’m proud of you. Rest up over the weekend because next week actually has five full workdays in it.

While you’re laying low, browse through these fresh Android apps – Vlingo gets on the Magic Bus with an in-car interface; News360 arrives in a phone version; and Fieldrunners HD, a fanciful tower defense game, finally arrives in the Market.

Vlingo update (Free)

The free voice recognition app gets a major update in the Android Market. Vlingo offers a new UI that features a list format for using in your hand or a pumped-up In-Car mode for use on the road. The list format makes it easier to understand all the many things that the app can do with voice commands – including search the Web, dictate and send text messages, update Facebook, and much more. The In-Car mode provides hands-free safe access to sending or reading texts or voice navigation.

This update also includes support for seven languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, and beta for Japanese and Korean.

News360 for Phones (Free)

This tablet news aggregator has just launched this new phone version. As a reminder, the service delivers news from over 4,000 sources in the formats of text, images, and video. “Semantic analysis” technology connects the dots between stories allowing you to gather dossiers on people, companies, or locations.

The tablet version made excellent use of the large screen space and this phone version does the same, with a completely different layout, for smaller screens. Here search is emphasized and a toolbar lets you quickly find what you need. Individual stories or videos fill the screen.

Fieldrunners HD ($2.99)

Unleash artists on a tower defense game concept and you get Fieldrunners HD. From the colorful landscapes, to the tricked-out towers, and the fantasy creature invaders, the game delivers a unique look.

It’s won many awards on the iOS platform and this Android version includes updated graphics, over 400 levels on four different battlefields, seven types of tower, and a full music soundtrack. Note: the HD in this title does not refer to tablets, more that a fairly high-end device is required. The description says a tablet version is “coming soon.”