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New Android apps worth downloading: Flipboard and SoundTracking updates, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

by Phil Hornshaw

Get your news in a beautiful user interface with Flipboard, today's first app worth downloading. It comes to us with a new update that adds top stories from various categories to your chosen news feeds. We've also got an update for SoundTracking, an app made for sharing moments with other users that include music, as well. Finally, the classic game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has made its way to Android devices, and you're going to want to check out its satirical crime spree opportunities.

Flipboard update (Free)

FlipboardWhat’s it about? Aggregate news stories from multiple sources and put them in a slick, useful interface with Flipboard, an app that creates a sort of customized magazine on your Android device.

What’s cool? Flipboard is an app geared at making reading articles from the Internet easy and interesting. The app uses feeds from lots of sources, like various publications and websites, as well as social media networks such as Twitter, to create a custom-built article-reading experience. Key to what makes Flipboard so cool is its user interface design, which highlights photos and keeps things visually appealing, while also easy to navigate. The latest update to Flipboard adds the ability to look through top stories in various categories like news, tech, business and sports, and brings lots of bug fixes to the app, as well.

Who’s it for? If you read a lot of articles and want a slick-looking way of presenting them on your Android device, give Flipboard a shot.

What’s it like? For more solid news aggregation apps, try Google Currents and Fast News.

SoundTracking update (Free)

SoundTrackingWhat’s it about? Pair music with photos and geolocation information to create a shareable, musical moment that you can send to friends across social networks.

What’s cool? Combining music discovery and sharing, SoundTracking is an app for capturing moments and adding music to them. You can snap photos, add your location information and include a snippet of a song to go with it, and then share the whole moment on social networks with others – something of a soundtracked moment of your life. SoundTracking also lets you view the moments shared by others, and you can use the app to find the full music video of the song in question and view it through YouTube, allowing you to discover great new music. The app also lets you see what music is trending nearby, dedicate songs to friends, and more. Its latest update brings a new redesign to the app, plus suggested users to follow and a discovery tab to find popular posts.

Who’s it for? Users who want a different way to share photos and moments in their life should see about adding music with SoundTracking.

What’s it like? For more social music experiences, try PopToo.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ($6.99)

Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasWhat’s it about? Revisit San Andreas in this Playstation 2 era entry into the uber-popular Grand Theft Auto franchise, set in a satirical version of 1990s Los Angeles.

What’s cool? Steal cars, ride bikes, do crimes and much more in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Android port of one of the best-loved entries into the satirical crime video game series. San Andreas plays off stereotypes of the 1990s and is set in a fictional take on Los Angeles, where players take on the role of Carl “CJ” Johnson, a man who has to return to his old neighborhood and is soon embroiled in the criminal life once again. San Andreas features GTA mainstays like a huge open world and an engaging story, and its mobile port brings touch controls, cloud save support, and more.

Who’s it for? Fans of Grand Theft Auto games will want to visit San Andreas in this classic – especially if they've never had a chance to play it before.

What’s it like? For more Grand Theft Auto, snag Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto III.