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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

Magic Piano

Today's app of the day is Magic Piano.



Magic Piano is a great free game for your phone or tablet. At it's core, Magic Piano is a rhythm based music game (e.g. Guitar Hero or Rock Band), but instead of tapping away at a virtual guitar, players use their devices screen to play a piano. The concept is simple - all a player has to do is touch dots of lights as they flow down the screen. Each touch corresponds roughly to where the note would sit on a piano (if it was squashed onto the screen of your device). Timing is everything, with players not receiving as many points if they tap at the wrong time.


The execution of Magic Piano is brilliant. The sound is crisp, and the experience strangely does make the player feel like that are mastering the works of Beethoven after minutes of practice. In addition, the library of songs is constantly growing - meaning there will definitely be something for everyone to tap away at - from the classics to more contemporary piano music (my favourite would have to be the Jurassic Park theme song!)

In addition to a competitive game, Magic Piano also includes "free play" which allows users to play a full virtual piano on their screen. This really is quite an amazing experience, as with a multi-touch device the ability to play real songs is possible - I have already given chopsticks a good run through. With a tablet, free mode really shines. I would not be surprised if videos of people playing real, full piano songs on magic Piano started popping up online (actually, a quick search has revealed this is already happening)!

All in all, Magic Piano is a fantastic game, that really impressed me. Give it a go, I am sure you too will be impressed.





In the words of the developer:

Magic Piano, now on Google Play!
From Bruno Mars to Mozart, play the hottest songs on the #1 piano game, now available on Android! Get free songs every day and enjoy the best song catalog of any piano app. Join the over 13 million Magic Piano players and experience the fun of playing piano - no lessons or tutors needed!
Featured in the New York Times and Time magazine, Magic Piano makes you a piano virtuoso - any time, anywhere. Just touch the beams of light, and you control the notes, rhythm and tempo of each piece while Magic Piano serves as your guide. Share your performances with friends via Google Plus, Email, Facebook, Twitter, or SMS!
OVER 200 SONGS - NEW SONGS ADDED EVERY WEEK! CHECK BACK DAILY FOR NEW FREE SONGS!
Choose from the largest music catalog of any piano app.
- Hot new music is added to the app regularly, so check back often.
- Earn new songs by playing and by watching videos
- Check back daily for free music every day!
Current music in the app includes:
POP:
- Love You Like a Love Song
- Apologize
- Grenade
- Fireflies
- Bad Romance
ROCK:
- The Final Countdown
- Bring Me to Life
- Hey There Delilah
- How to Save a Life
CLASSICAL:
- Bach - Ave Maria and many more!
- Chopin - Minute Waltz and many more!
- Beethoven - Ode To Joy, Moonlight Sonata, and many more!
MOVIES AND MUSICALS:
- A Whole New World
- Phantom of the Opera
- Jurassic Park Theme
Want a song that's not available? Suggest songs on Smule’s Facebook or Google+ page: www.facebook.com/smule and http://gplus.to/smule
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Please note:
1) While you can use your existing Smule account with Magic Piano on Android, the content of the apps differ substantially, and consequently songs and Smoola are not shared between iOS and Android. Thank you for your understanding.
2) For some devices where we know there are issues, we have restricted installs for now. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S II has audio bugs in the phone itself that make the Magic Piano experience... well, not so magical. However, Android hardware and software are constantly improving so if we are able to support some of these devices in the future we absolutely will!

Price: Free

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