BIT.TRIP BEAT is an indie game that mixes Pong with interactive beats. Throughout three different levels – or songs – you control a paddle to deflect beats to score points and make sounds.

During the game individual beats are sounded out for every beat you deflect back with your paddle. If you miss too many beats the game ends, but if your reactions are quick enough to accomplish consecutive hits, the beats join into full, complex songs, which is how you build impressive high scores. So you’re not just playing to rack up points – you’re playing to make music.

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Evernote’s known for its excellent cloud-based note taking app, but the team has been branching out recently. Last month we looked at Evernote Hello, which keeps track of the people you meet; today we’ll look at Evernote Food, which keeps track of the meals that you eat.

Evernote Food acts as an easy to use database for tracking your food experiences. It allows you to quickly take photos of your meals and easily tag them with the important information (what it is, where when you ate it, and how good it was), syncing it with your Evernote account for the easy access the company has a reputation for.

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SketchBook Mobile from AutoDesk accomplishes what I believe many apps fail to do: provide a simple yet powerful way to make drawings on Android. This app is well thought-out, designed, and built. This effort pays off as the app in the right hand can produce some amazing results. Check out theSketchBook Flickr group for some amazing showcases, and read on for my review of the app itself.

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This week, the Android Developers site got an impressive update with a stylish new look and a reorganized layout to display their new guide on how to design, developer and distribute Android apps. The site now supports developers a lot better and goes into even further detail on the different aspects of app development.

I think the new look definitely gives away some signs of what Google believes to be most important. Upon first visiting the site you see a very striking image accompanied by the text, Make your Android apps look great.

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Steambirds is a turn-based game in which you relive the aerial battles of the World Wars. The game adds the twist of a steampunk theme, and is set in an alternative reality beginning with the invention of fusion aircraft. It focuses on the strategic element of war which works well for the turn-based gameplay. Unlike a lot of turned based games there’s no shortage of action; and don’t worry about waiting around – this is not a slow-paced game.

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A gripe I share with many Android users is that although my battery will last quite a long time, if I’m away from home there’s the possibility of it dying and my phone becoming a useless brick of metal and glass. But what if our phones had batteries that would never run out? Batteries that last forever, or can be charged through the air, charged from the heat in our pockets – the means of charging doesn’t really matter in this post: what I’ll be focusing on is what could we do with such limitless power.

Online services such as Google Voice which integrate well with Android could be used a lot more now that battery usage isn’t an issue. And as these services get tuned more they’ll make usage of our phones a lot easier.

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There are many racing games available on Android, and I’ve had hours of fun with my collection of them. But, sadly, none aim to be a realistic racing game; they’re all arcade games or kart racers. I’m an avid racing fan: I follow Formula 1, watch Top Gear, and play far too much Gran Turismo on my PlayStation. And while installing Race of Champions I knew Gran Turismo was going to be the game I benchmarked ROC against.

On the Play Store its developer talks about “precisely recreated tracks” and the game’s stunning details, with input from some influential people involved in the running of the real Race of Champions. The game had a lot to live ve up to – so needless to say I was looking forward to it.

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Many people are spending around $100 on brand new low end Android phones. While these phones are good value for money, and run Android along with most apps and games and everything else great about Android, I’d like to put forward an alternative: buy an older high-end Android, second hand.

Instead of spending the cash on a brand new low-spec phone, why not spend roughly the same amount of money on a great phone with much higher specs?
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Today I’m going to share my opinions about the relationship between Google and Android compared with Apple and iOS. For this post I’ll be putting aside all the technical and stylistic differences of these two platforms. Besides a few specific features Android and Apple are pretty much on par with each other, feature-wise. Yes, they’re two different types of platforms, but generally they’re very alike and aim to do the same job: provide users with a great smartphone OS. There’s no real way Google and Apple can be best of friends when they’ve got products so similar.

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I’m in the last few weeks of my 18-month phone contract, so I’ve been busily researching the different contracts and handsets on offer at the moment. I must admit I’ve found the process fun, and somewhat more interesting than may be deemed healthy.

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