New Android apps worth downloading: Rdio update, PostalPix, Sailboat Championship

by Phil Hornshaw

Stream yourself some new music with today’s leading new app, an update to the beta version of Internet radio app Rdio. PostalPix is an app that lets you order prints of the photos you shoot with your Android device, and shred waves and around buoys in Sailboat Championship, a boat-racing game with great graphics.

Rdio beta update (Free)

What’s it about? Another streaming Internet radio service, Rdio lets you stream music to your Android device from a library of about 18 million songs.

What’s cool? The Android Rdio app is still in beta testing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a solid way to stream yourself some music. The Rdio app was just updated with some big changes, including a new user interface and unified player that syncs listening across multiple devices. The app allows you to build playlists of music as you find it, and you can also collaborate with friends to create joint playlists. The Rdio service can be tried for free, and there’s also a subscription version for $9.99.

Who’s it for? Music lovers who want a different approach to streaming than Pandora and Spotify should have a look at Rdio.

What’s it like? There are a few other solid streaming options in the Google Play Store as well – Pandora and Spotify, for starters, as well as MOG Mobile Music.

PostalPix (Free)

What’s it about? Lots of people use their Android cameras to take tons of pictures, but what do you do with them? PostalPix provides a service that prints digital photos and sends them straight to your door.

What’s cool? If there’s one thing PostalPix offers, it’s convenience. The app lets you order prints of any images you have saved on your device. You just pick the size (and in some cases, the object) you want the print to be, pay for it, and enter a shipping address. You can send prints to friends or turn them into gifts, and PostalPix has options that are designed to accommodate the square shape of Instagram photos and traditionally-sized, rectangular photos.

Who’s it for? If you’re a smartphone photographer and you’ve got lots of images, print them with PostalPix.

What’s it like? LifePics is also a source for ordering photos from your Android device.

Sailboat Championship ($1.99)

What’s it about? Sailboat Championship by Infinite Dreams is a game that’s all about racing sailboats around various courses, and stands out with some great graphics and realistic-looking water.

What’s cool? Sailboat Championship hits big with players by being pretty beautiful, first and foremost. In a game about racing boats, water movement and weather effects are important, and Sailboat Championship uses your device’s hardware to do a great job of rendering both. It also packs some well-built, effective controls that make the feel of sailing come through the game well, which makes the racing challenging, but satisfying. The game has players taking on computer-controlled opponents on a number of courses and race types.

Who’s it for? Anyone, really, although the game is limited to some of the higher-end Android hardware out there.

What’s it like? For more boat-racing action of a different type, give Shine Runner and Battle Boats 3D a try.

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