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Fresh Android Apps for Aug. 1: Pictarine, Spotify update, Iron Crusade

by Marty Gabel

Today’s Fresh Apps selection is led by Pictarine which lets you browse the photos your friends post on various social networks all in a single app. Next up is a big update to Spotify which opens it up to non-subscribers who can access its streaming music radio features. In the gaming world, we’ve got Iron Crusade, an old-school turn-based action title with neat retro graphics and plenty of challenge.

Pictarine (Free)

Pictarine brings together the most recent photos of the people you follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr. It focuses solely on pictures, enabling you to stay up-to-date with the photos that matter the most while stripping away all the other noise.

Pictarine is also pretty easy to use. You simply connect with your favorite existing social networks (there are 11 right now), then every time you open the app, you’ll see the new photos from friends and peers. The app streamlines commenting, liking and sharing and it’s easy to bookmark your favorite images.

Spotify update (Free)

Hot on the heels of the iOS update a few weeks ago, the Android version of Spotify has followed suit and now offers streaming radio services to all app users, even if they’re not subscribed to Spotify’s other services.

Previously, only paid subscribers were able to use Spotify’s mobile apps. Now, non-paying listeners can use an ad-supported version of the radio feature and create a streaming station similar to the way Pandora works. Although it doesn’t offer all the benefits full subscribers have access to, it’s still another great way to discover new music on the go.

Iron Crusade (Free)

Iron Crusade is turn-based action game. It definitely has an ‘old-school’ vibe right down to its classic style 8-bit graphics and sound effects. You’ll be joining the imperial tank squad and conquering planet after planet to expand the empire.

The world is fully destructible and you’ll need your strategy cap on to succeed and defeat well-armored enemy tanks. There are 22 tricky levels to plow through with 15 achievements available. Expect realistic physics and upgradeable weapons plus tough bosses on each planet.

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