New Android apps worth downloading: Speaktoit and TuneIn Radio updates, Toy Story: Smash It! | Android Apps

New Android apps worth downloading: Speaktoit and TuneIn Radio updates, Toy Story: Smash It!

May 15, 2013

Get all the information you need from your Android device without ever typing a word with Speaktoit, today’s first app worth downloading. It’s a virtual assistant similar to Apple’s Siri and can understand natural language questions to help you find what you need. We’ve also got an update to TuneIn Radio, a streaming Internet radio app that offers more than 70,000 stations. Finally, there’s Toy Story: Smash It!, a 3-D arcade game in which you and Buzz Lightyear smash up toy structures.

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Speaktoit update (Free)

What’s it about? Virtual assistant Speaktoit lets you ask your Android device questions aloud and get answers returned to you.

What’s cool? Like other virtual assistants, such as Apple’s much-discussed Siri, Speaktoit uses natural language recognition to help you find information and to simply searches by allowing you to ask questions aloud. You can use the app to search for information, find nearby places, launch apps and more. The app also keeps track of things you ask frequently or the places and information that’s most useful to you to provide you with better answers. Its most recent update adds Chinese to Speaktoit’s repertoire, and new premium features that let you activate the app by voice.

Who’s it for? Android device users who do a lot of information-searching with their devices should try Speaktoit to simplify the process.

What’s it like? Check out other virtual assistants, such as Evi and Iris, to see which ones work best for you.

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TuneIn Radio update (Free)

What’s it about? Stream tons of radio stations over the Internet with TuneIn Radio, which features access to as many as 70,000 stations.

What’s cool? TuneIn makes it easy to find what you want to listen to, be it hip-hop, stand-up comedy, country or any of 70,000 other potential radio stations. The app streams music the stations over your Internet connection, allowing you to listen wherever you are and to do so for free if you’re using a Wi-Fi connection. You can also access the app’s library of 2 million podcasts and stream those if you’re looking for something more informational. The latest update to TuneIn fixes some playback issues and allows you to jump straight to the Google Play store to buy a song you’re listening to, should you want to own it.

Who’s it for? Internet radio listeners, try TuneIn’s massive library of potential stations.

What’s it like? Pandora Internet Radio is a solid streaming alternative that focuses on curating lists of music for you, and Spotify lets you find and stream just about anything.

Toy Story: Smash It! (Free)

What’s it about? Help Buzz Lightyear knock down toy structures and score points in Toy Story: Smash It!, a 3-D puzzler akin to Angry Birds.

What’s cool? Your goal in Toy Story: Smash It! is basically to break stuff. There are toy structures all over Andy’s room, like cardboard Old West towns and stacks of blocks, that have been taken over by alien defenders. Your job is to throw rubber balls at the structures and knock them down, taking out the defenders and scoring points. The mechanics are a bit like Angry Birds in that flinging, destructive sort of way, but rather than a 2-D perspective, you’ll find yourself controlling Buzz in 3-D from a third-person perspective.

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Who’s it for? Toy Story fans are probably the biggest target demographic here, but anyone who enjoys Angry Birds-style mechanics should check out Toy Story: Smash It!.

What’s it like? Obviously, Angry Birds is the king of this kind of gameplay, but more 3-D smashing can be done in Catapult King.

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