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New Android apps worth downloading: Expedia Hotels & Flights update, Pixlr Express, Sleepwalker’s Journey

by Phil Hornshaw

If you plan to travel this holiday season, you might want to check out the latest update to Expedia Hotels & Flights that makes mobile booking easier. You might also grab Pixlr Express if you plan to take lots of photos, and Sleepwalker’s Dream, a relaxing and lighthearted side-scroller game.

Expedia Hotels & Flights update (Free)

What’s it about? The mobile app for travel site Expedia.com now includes lets users book their flights from their Android devices.

What’s cool? Expedia’s newly streamlined app adds better capabilities for finding flights and hotels, and now you can book from your phone in about 30 seconds. Of course, you can still search for flights and hotels, and compare prices. The app also provides exclusive deals that aren’t available anywhere else, and doles out Expedia rewards for your bookings.

Who’s it for? If you’re looking to set up travel quickly and easily and you like the Expedia service, the mobile app is definitely for you.

What’s it like? The major competitors, including Travelocity and Priceline, have quality travel apps as well.

Pixlr Express (Free)

What’s it about? Adjust your photos with a huge number of different effects and editing tools with the powerful Pixlr Express.

What’s cool? Altering, filtering, and improving photos is a cottage industry in the mobile market, and Pixlr Express offers a ton of options to do just that. The app boasts some 600 effects, ranging from auto-fixes to alterations to lighting and color adjustments. Pixlr includes all the basics and a lot of other useful features, and you can favorite any effects, overlays or other adjustments that you find you really like.

Who’s it for? Android photographers should check out Pixlr, even if your device doesn’t have a camera – you can still alter shots saved to your device.

What’s it like? Both Adobe Photoshop Express and PicsArt – Photo Studio include a lot of photo-manipulation tools.

Sleepwalker’s Journey ($0.99)

What’s it about? Side-scrolling puzzler Sleepwalker’s Journey has players moving elements around the screen to build a path for a roving sleepwalker, helping him to gather items and keeping him from falling as he makes his way back to bed.

What’s cool? A great art style and a lighthearted atmosphere surround Sleepwalker’s Journey, and its puzzles aren’t bad either. Your job is to move obstacles out of the sleepwalker’s way and keep him from plummeting off the path, but you’ll also need to act fast to make sure he collects all the stars and moons found in each level to get the best score you can. The game is all about reflexes and easy-to-learn touch controls, and manages to be challenging without getting frustrating.

Who’s it for? Casual gamers, fans of side-scrollers and those who are fond of puzzlers will get a kick out of Sleepwalker’s Journey

What’s it like? Give Wind-up Knight a try for a similar feel and tone, but with an emphasis on running. Bad Piggies also includes a similar puzzle-solving flare.

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