Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

With $130 worth of free Android apps floating about at the moment courtesy of Amazon, it’s a great time to own a device running Google’s mobile software. As it transpires, the Black Friday bonanza also means that it’s a pretty decent time to upgrade your hardware, and if you want to snap up a new Android smartphone, we’ve scoured the Web to source some of the very best deals going.

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So, with Thanksgiving now upon us, it’s likely that many of you have already spent a great deal on new smartphones, tablets, and of course, food and drink. But app devs are also joining in the shenanigans of today and the rest of the weekend, making huge price cuts that allow app shoppers to snap up some incredible bargains, and having just brought you a long list of paid iOS apps gone free, we’re back with another run-down of Android apps to be had at no cost.

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Here’s a complete guide on how to stop Twitter from tracking which apps you have installed on your iPhone or Android device.

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The White House has announced that President Obama has signed the E-Label Act which will now allow all electronics manufacturers to place digital stamps of certification labels on their devices as required by the FCC, instead of the usual physical etching on the product itself.

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Google has a history of packing in small little surprises from time to time in some of its services. Android users wouldn’t be too new to the whole Easter Egg feature which Google hides away in its mobile platform, but did you know that it cleverly packed in a fun little gem in the Chrome browser? It’s a retro styled game if you were wondering.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop is still far from a major release on devices other than the Nexus 6 and 9 but the one feature – in addition to loads of others – getting a lot of attention lately is Smart Lock, with the option of adding trusted places. This location based trigger basically tells your device to ease off on the security measures in place for the lock screen on Lollipop. A sweet little addition indeed, and it is limited to Android 5.0 for now. However, this is Android we’re talking about, and you can get the very same feature on any other device which is not even on Lollipop.

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Flagship mobile products tend to outsell those preceding year-on-year, but in the case of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, it’s struggling to eclipse the achievements of the Galaxy S4. Having been launched at the Mobile World Congress back in February to a mixed reception, it enjoyed solid early sales numbers, but with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus having proved a thorn in the side of the Galaxy Note 4, it appears that even the S5 has not managed to hit the heights.

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Concepts of unreleased and unannounced smartphones are always popular, and contrary to popular belief not just when they’re for iPhones. Flagship handsets from the likes of Samsung and HTC are great concept fodder, and it’s the latter that is the subject of one of the latest to pop up on our radar.

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Need for Speed: No Limits is the latest in the NFS lineup for mobile devices, and has been revealed by EA to be hitting your iOS and Android device by next year.

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Google’s Nexus 6 is a very large, very Motorola device in terms of design, but away from the finish, the powerful underbelly and the slick general performance, its Android Lollipop software does include one or two intriguing new quirks of its own. Notably, it bundles full-disk encryption as standard, a feature that cannot be disabled on any Lollipop device without flashing a new ROM, and while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some new benchmark readings suggest that the negative impact on performance is considerable.

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It’s not often that you get to make your own design and have it printed onto a pair of shoes, but that’s exactly what Adidas is making possible with the miZX Flux service. Originally announced earlier this year, the service is now live in the United States with select other countries set to also join in the fun at a later date including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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Here’s a complete step by step tutorial on how to root Nexus 6 running Android 5.0 Lollipop using Chainfire’s CF-Auto-Root package.

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The problem with having a portable charger is that you may forget to carry one along at times, but what you won’t forget is the belt that helps keep your trousers up. Well, now it will charge your smartphone too, and keep your trousers up. Enter – XOO Belt from Nifty – the belt with concealed, flexible battery packs.

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Updated: You can now download the latest version 5.0.38 of Google Play Store APK which brings with it a bunch of changes and bug fixes that users have been facing for quite a while.

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Facebook has continued to dissect the various attributes of its social networking experience, with the Messenger app being the most obvious and widely used spin-off to the main official utility. But it’s not the only aspect of Facebook that could use its own little quite space through which to operate, and with a large chunk of the 1 billion+ user base engaged in groups, Mark Zuckerberg and his software development team have obliged with a separate Groups app for iOS and Android. Details, as ever, can be seen below.

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The Nokia N1 tablet was unveiled today, featuring the new Z Launcher – a home launcher replacement app for Android. So before the public gets its hands on the N1, Nokia welcomes you to try out the new Z Launcher. We see what it has to offer.

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Thanksgiving is almost here, but while many will be indulging in copious amounts of food and drinks next week, tech fans will be looking to score some deals on what is known as Black Friday. Sure, it’s not just retailers of consumer electronics that come through with some delicious offers, but with the follow-up of Cyber Monday, next week is sure to bring massive savings on everything from iPhone apps to PlayStations. Whether you’ve decided to treat yourself or wish to get your holiday gifts in early, there are plenty of offers to go around, and below, we’ll point you in the right direction.

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There is a lot of talk right now about Apple’s decision not to throw multiple gigabytes of memory at the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, especially in light of how makers of Android smartphones tend to offer memory upwards of 2GB. Why, when some Android phones have up to three times as much memory, does the iPhone perform so well?

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Here’s a complete tutorial on how to download and install Android 5.0 Lollipop final version on Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10. More details can be found right here.

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It would appear that while the original Polaroid instant camera is long gone, the idea of being able to instantly print a physical copy of your photos is one that still appeals or, at least, that’s what the people behind Prynt will be hoping.

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