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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 4:30 am

Vine for Android

Capture life in motion, Android owners.

Twitter finally made its popular Vine video app available for Android earlier this month, where it quickly climbed the charts and mirrored the success the app’s seen on the iPhone.

But while it’s seen some of the same success as the iOS app, it’s not quite the same — yet.

While the service is sending out regular updates to the Android app, there are still some features on the iOS version that haven’t made the jump, such as the ability to shoot video from your phone’s front-facing camera.

Updates adding such features are likely on their way.

On the other hand, there is one notable feature on the Android app that isn’t on the iOS version: the ability to zoom.

The controls to do this are a bit awkwardly assigned to the volume buttons, but it’s still a welcome feature.

Free, for Android devices running 4.0 and up.

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol

This mobile game puts you in the cockpit.

As the technology improves and more people see their smartphones as gaming devices, the quality of the mobile game has picked up, too.

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol shows off some of the best of what a mobile game can be: a thoughtful strategy title that embraces the casual way mobile gamers play without dumbing it down too much.

Ace Patrol puts players in the cockpits of World War I airplanes and lets users fly solo, play in real time with friends or pop in for shorter multiplayer turns.

The game is easy to get into and offers players a surprising amount of customization for a mobile title, giving them reign over how planes look, what moves their pilots learn and how to upgrade their planes.

And while the free levels on the title do seem to go by quickly, it’s well worth a download — and an in-app purchase or two for further levels.

Free for iOS devices.

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