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Fresh Android Apps for July 12: Historypin, PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Scrabble Free

by Ian Black

Today’s fresh Android apps are all about the past. First, take a look at the world around through old pictures (Historypin), then let your Android read a classic fairytale aloud to you (PopOut!) and finally play a classic board game.

Historypin (Free)

Look through the window of your Android screen into the past. Historypin overlays the world around you with old photos, including archived collections, pictures from other users, or even your own.

Created by the non-profit company We Are What We Do in partnership with Google, this app aims to produce a photojournalistic map of time. Hold your phone up to the buildings around you and toggle between the old and current street view or shake your phone and get a random picture from somewhere on Earth.

PopOut! Tale of Peter Rabbit ($2.07)

What else can be made digital by the power of mobile platforms like Android? Children’s pop-up books. This fully animated picture book tells the classic Tale of Peter Rabbit and the reviews – from real book review sources not just users – say it’s a winner.

Flip the pages, then use your fingers to pull-tabs, spin wheels, and spring open book flaps. A musical soundtrack backs the voice performance of the book read aloud, while sounds of birds, bonfires, and the rustling wind bring the book to life.

Scrabble Free (Free)

I’m guessing you play Words With Friends, but perhaps you’ve been waiting for the original. The classic word skills board game finally arrives on Android. It’s up to you to decide if it was worth the wait.

Invite your friends to play from your contacts or over Facebook and email. Cross-platform play allows your group to game across iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, and Facebook, as well as Android. Trash talk with your opponents using the app’s chat feature or use the Pass N’ Play feature to challenge people near you.

Download the free Appolicious Android app