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New Android apps worth downloading: Al Jazeera for Android Tablet, Opera browser beta, Spelltower

Mar 13, 2013

Get news from all over the world with today’s first fresh app, Al Jazeera for Android Tablet. The new app for viewing Al Jazeera English lets you stream news from the network on your tablet device, as well as read articles. You should also check out the beta version of the new Opera browser, which purports to be faster and smarter than other mobile browsers. Finally, word game Spelltower makes its way from Apple’s iOS platform to Android with a number of challenging game modes.

Al Jazeera for Android Tablet (Free)

What’s it about? Get all the Al Jazeera English broadcasts you need straight to your tablet with Al Jazeera for Android Tablets.

What’s cool? Al Jazeera English brings news from all over the world that often doesn’t get covered or is overlooked by U.S. news media, so news junkies will want to check out the network’s new Android app. This one’s specifically optimized for tablets, and brings 24-hour access to live broadcasts from the network. You can also get breaking news alerts, check out news articles and photo galleries, and watch news clips from the network to keep up on what’s happening. The app also allows you to save stories for later or for offline reading, and to share them across Facebook and Twitter.

Who’s it for? Al Jazeera English viewers and those who like to consume a lot of news, this app is for you.

What’s it like? Other solid options include BBC News and CNN for Android.

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Opera browser beta (Free)

What’s it about? Browser developer Opera brings a completely new version of its well-loved mobile browser to Android devices.

What’s cool? Opera bills its latest browser as the fastest the developer has produced to date. It’s designed to use less data when working on your Android devices, and includes a number of handy new features. The Discover mode helps users create personalized news feeds from articles you find around the web, and Opera is built to maximize your data connection even when you’re out of 3G coverage. The app also carries a handy download manager that gives you a great deal of control of your downloads. Just keep in mind that Opera browser is still in beta, which means there are probably still some bugs.

Who’s it for? Anybody who can use a fast, useful mobile browser should try Opera.

What’s it like? Try Opera Mobile, the developer’s other browser, and Dolphin for some quality web perusal.

Spelltower ($1.99)

What’s it about? After making a huge splash on Apple’s iOS platform, word game Spelltower has jumped the gap to appear on Android devices.

What’s cool? Spelltower is something of a combination of a word search and Tetris. The game requires players to draw a line through letters arranged on the screen in a grid in order to form full words, and clears not only the letters you use, but adjacent letters as well. You’ll score points for clearing lots of letters at once, with the goal of clearing them all off the screen. Spelltower packs several game modes, and in a few of them, more letters are added to the bottom of the screen over time, so you’ll have to act fast to keep from being overwhelmed and losing. In addition to multiple modes you can enjoy alone, you can take on another player in Debate mode.

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Who’s it for? If you like word games, you’ll find a lot to love in Spelltower.

What’s it like? Try 7 Little Words for another solid word game, and Tetris for a puzzler of a different (but similar) sort.

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