Snapdragon 820 Vs Apple A9

This year’s best Android phones still might not be as fast as last year’s iPhone 6s

This year’s best Android phones still might not be as fast as last year’s iPhone 6s

By on February 10, 2016 at 9:57 AM.

We’ve said it countless times before and we’ll likely say it dozens of times more in the coming years: specs and benchmark test results on paper only tell part of the story. There’s no telling how a smartphone will perform when handling day-to-day tasks until you’re holding that smartphone in your hand and using it to perform those day-to-day tasks.

That said, specs and benchmarks are often a good indication of what we can expect from a smartphone, and newly discovered performance test results suggest that the brand new Snapdragon chip set to power this year’s flagship Android smartphones still might not be as fast as the Apple A9, which powers last year’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. More →

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Android Security Tips And Tricks

Simple tips for making your Android phone more secure

By on February 9, 2016 at 10:20 PM.

Simple tips for making your Android phone more secure

Google knows Android has a reputation for not being the most secure platform around, which may be why it decided this week to help out Android users by posting a list of four essential tips for making their devices more secure. While some of these tips may be obvious for power users, they nonetheless contain some very useful information that newcomers to the platform should know. More →

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WhatsApp Tips Tricks Hacks

15 WhatsApp tips, tricks and hacks to help you text like a pro

By on February 5, 2016 at 6:35 PM.

15 WhatsApp tips, tricks and hacks to help you text like a pro

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that its WhatsApp messenger app now has more than one billion users, an impressive number considering that Facebook Messenger has less than that (over 800 million).

WhatsApp works on all the popular platforms out there, including iPhone, Android and the web, and the app has recently become freeware, as Facebook lifted the previous subscription fee.

While some users may have intimate knowledge of the way WhatsApp works, others might be new to the chat app. If you’re one of them, the following 15 tips and tricks should come in handy.

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iPhone Android App Piracy

Another crucial reason why app developers prefer iOS to Android

By on February 4, 2016 at 11:15 PM.

Another crucial reason why app developers prefer iOS to Android

While the fight between iPhone and Android persists, the fact is that no matter what platform you choose, you’ll get a great experience. There’s great hardware on either side and amazing apps to complement them. Sure, iPhone has definitive advantages over Android, but, in turn, Android outshines iPhone in some ways.

However, there’s still one key area where iPhone always wins that Google has not managed to address. More →

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Apple Music Offline SD Card Support

Apple Music lets Android users do something you can’t do on your iPhone

By on February 4, 2016 at 1:34 PM.

Apple Music lets Android users do something you can’t do on your iPhone

It’s probably fair to assume that a majority of Apple Music’s 15 million+ subscribers own an iPhone or an iPad, but users of the Android app are getting something that iOS users will almost certainly never see: SD card support. More →

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Best Exclusive Android Apps Download

6 terrific Android apps you can’t get on the iPhone

By on February 3, 2016 at 10:52 AM.

6 terrific Android apps you can’t get on the iPhone

I switched to the iPhone as my primary phone last fall but there are still a lot of things that I really miss about Android. In particular, Android gives app developers a lot more freedom to make different kinds of apps that you just can’t get on the iPhone. Today I’ve rounded up six more terrific Android apps that can do things you can’t do on iOS — let’s check them out. More →

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Microsoft SwiftKey Android iPhone

Why Microsoft paid $250M for one of the greatest Android and iPhone keyboard apps of all time

By on February 3, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Why Microsoft paid $250M for one of the greatest Android and iPhone keyboard apps of all time

Microsoft on Wednesday confirmed it purchased one of the greatest Android and iPhone keyboard apps of all time, paying $250 million for it, according to one report. The app is already installed on more than 300 million devices, having been one of the first third-party keyboard apps to be made available on both platforms.

The app in question is SwiftKey, which launched on Android a few years ago and then on iOS once Apple started allowing third-party keyboard apps in the app store. But why did Microsoft need a smartphone and tablet keyboard app when it makes a similar keyboard itself? And why this particular app? More →

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I just got a friendly reminder why I’m happier with iOS than Android

By on February 2, 2016 at 2:51 PM.

I just got a friendly reminder why I’m happier with iOS than Android

I like iOS a lot and I don’t regret making the switch from Android last year. That said, I do miss a lot of things about Android, particularly apps that let you do things like record your screen, read your notifications to you or give you special launchers that can completely change your experience with your phone. However, the latest Android distribution numbers released this month gave me a fresh reminder of why I’m sticking with iOS for now: Namely, I really like having new software as soon as it’s available. More →

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Samsung Internet Ad Blockers

Samsung is now allowing users to install ad blockers on its phones

By on February 1, 2016 at 10:25 PM.

Samsung is now allowing users to install ad blockers on its phones

Following in Apple’s footsteps once again, Samsung added support for content and ad blockers to its pre-installed browser over the weekend. As long as you use the Samsung Internet browser on your Galaxy phone, you will now be able to download extensions from the Google Play store that hide advertisements and speed up loading times. More →

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BlackBerry Switch To Android

BlackBerry exec: ‘The future is really Android’

By on February 1, 2016 at 9:50 PM.

BlackBerry exec: ‘The future is really Android’

Yes, it’s really time to start digging a grave for BlackBerry 10. In an interview with India’s The Economic Times, BlackBerry exec Damian Tay explained that “the future is really Android” and said that the company may completely ditch its own BlackBerry 10 operating system if it can make Android secure enough to get security certifications from governments that still rely on BlackBerry devices for secure communications. Should that happen, we should expect BlackBerry to become an Android-only smartphone vendor. More →

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Facebook Android App

It takes 2 seconds to give your Android phone a speed boost and improve battery life by 20%

By on February 1, 2016 at 12:15 PM.

It takes 2 seconds to give your Android phone a speed boost and improve battery life by 20%

Given how much time smartphone users on the whole spend using Facebook, it’s not all that surprising that the app tends to consume its fair share of battery. The problem, however, is that Facebook’s mobile apps have a bad tendency of tearing through battery life much quicker than what one might reasonably construe as “fair.”

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Google Chrome Material Design Update

Google is going to give Chrome a big visual makeover – here are the first images

By on January 31, 2016 at 8:45 AM.

Google is going to give Chrome a big visual makeover – here are the first images

By most accounts, the transition to Material Design has been a successful one for Android. It’s more responsive, it’s easier on the eyes and it’s even made its way over to iOS to some degree. So it only makes sense that Google would take what it’s learned from Android and implement the best elements in the Chrome browser.

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