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New Android apps worth downloading: News+ Google News RSS Reader, Instant: Polaroid Instant Camera, Colossatron

by Phil Hornshaw

Find a quick, minimalist way to read all the articles in your RSS feed with News+, our first app worth downloading today. It brings you articles from lots of different sources and strips them down to their most readable, whether you're online or off. We've also got Instant: Polaroid Instant Camera, an app that brings a retro feel to its user interface and lots of vintage effects to its images. Finally, Colossatron is a new casual arcade title from the creators of Fruit Ninja that tasks players with outfitting a giant robotic space snake with weapons used to destroy cities.


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News+ Google News RSS Reader (Free)

News+ Google News RSS ReaderWhat’s it about? Browse through the articles that interest you on Google News quickly and efficiently using News+, an RSS reader with a simple interface.

What’s cool? A replacement for Google Reader, News+ aims to be as simple a user experience as possible. The app supports extensions from lots of RSS readers and news aggregates, including Pocket, Google News, FeedBin and more. All of the stories from your various RSS feeds get dumped into a timeline you can then browse through, checking off favorites to be read later or opening full stories to check out immediately. Articles are stripped down to their main contents to make reading easier, and News+ supports offline reading as well.

Who’s it for? If you're someone who reads a lot of articles and uses RSS feeds, check out News+ and the features it offers.

What’s it like? You might also want to try Google Currents, and grab Pocket for saving articles when you're not ready to read them.


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Instant: Polaroid Instant Cam ($0.99)

Instant: Polaroid Instant CamWhat’s it about? Turn your Android device into an old-school Polaroid camera with Instant, a photography packed with filters and other interesting additions.

What’s cool? There are lots of vintage photo apps in the Google Play Store, and what sets Instant apart is as much its user interface as the kinds of photos you can create with it. The app presents the look and feel of a Polaroid camera when you take your photos, and it also includes some 30 photo effects you can add to your images as you take them – including 10 that are unique to the app. You can also add handwriting text to your images using one of 10 different fonts, add color borders and other elements like stains, wrinkles and fingerprints for more authenticity, and share your images across, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Flickr.

Who’s it for?If you want more privacy on your Android device from certain callers or texters, Block Calls & Caller ID can help.

What’s it like? For some more vintage camera options, check out Instagram and Retro Camera.


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Colossatron ($0.99)

ColossatronWhat’s it about? The latest game from Fruit Ninja developer Halfbrick has players equipping a giant robot snake so it can destroy cities.

What’s cool? Colossatron has come from space to ravage cities and destroy just about everything, and it's your job to help in this casual arcade title. You don't actually control the robotic snake known as Colossatron, but you can make it more powerful by grabbing “power cores” and adding them to the snake. Each core is a different kind of weapon or ability, and where you place them on Colossatron determines their effectiveness and uses. Combine a red and blue power core to make a repair unit; combine three lightning-shooting blue ones to create a more powerful one. You'll also unlock upgrades for the monster as you progress through the game, to allow you to wreak more destruction.

Who’s it for? Fans of casual games that ask for strategy and quick thinking will dig Colossatron and its rampant destruction.

What’s it like? Check out Halfbrick's other great casual titles, Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride.