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10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do

10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do

By on October 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

You have an Android phone. You love your Android phone. Of course, there’s plenty to love about Google’s terrific mobile operating system, but much of it comes back to the simple fact that Android is open. Thanks to the way Google allows third-party developers to use nearly all of the tools and features at their disposal in Android, the sky is the limit when it comes to developing apps that add all sorts of great functionality to Android phones — and much of it is functionality that iPhone users will likely never enjoy.

But you don’t always need to install a third-party app to find exciting new features in Android. In fact, there are tons of hidden features that you probably didn’t even know your phone had. More →

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Toilet Art

This hilarious iPhone and Android app was designed to be used on the toilet

By on October 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

This hilarious iPhone and Android app was designed to be used on the toilet

We might not always talk about it, but smartphone users have developed the habit of always using their handsets while in the bathroom. Now, a new app wants people to stop hiding behind closed doors and proudly share art they draw on their surroundings while using public and private rest rooms around the world. More →

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Samsung Android TouchWiz UI

Leak may reveal Samsung’s bold new Android interface

By on October 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Leak may reveal Samsung’s bold new Android interface

There are two things you can bring up that will almost instantly annoy certain diehard Android fans: The first is mentioning what a drag it is to wait so long for the latest software updates thanks to carrier and OEM constraints. The other is Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which is to many Android fans what Jar Jar Binks is to Star Wars fans or what Nikki and Paulo were for Lost fans — that is, something that’s capable of single-handedly wrecking something they otherwise love. More →

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Free Android Phone Offer Burger King

Burger King is offering a free Android phone that will be impossible to deliver

By on October 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Burger King is offering a free Android phone that will be impossible to deliver

With the huge number of Android phones out there, it can admittedly be difficult to keep track of them all. That said, we don’t think we’ve ever seen anything quite like the “free” Android phone that’s being offered by Burger King right now that was flagged by an eagle-eyed Redditor this week. More →

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Android Security Flaw

Half of all Android phones are still vulnerable to a massive privacy bug – here’s how to protect yourself

Half of all Android phones are still vulnerable to a massive privacy bug – here’s how to protect yourself

By on October 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Software update delays are an inevitability because of the way the Android ecosystem is built, but these delays aren’t just an annoyance for Android users — they can be dangerous. A bug was discovered by security researcher Rafay Baloch in early September, and it caused Android’s stock web browser to fail to enforce same origin policy (SOP), which is a protocol that governs how browsers securely load content from multiple sources. The bug impacted all pre-KitKat devices, and it was patched fairly quickly by Google.

But because it takes so long for handset makers and carriers to test and distribute Android updates, a new study has determined that nearly half of all Android phones are still affected by the bug. More →

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Blackberry Beats Android Windows Phone

BlackBerry is still beating Android and Windows Phone where it matters most

By on October 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

BlackBerry is still beating Android and Windows Phone where it matters most

One of the last places that Blackberry has a foothold over Android and Windows Phones is Capitol Hill, which just happens to be a hugely important market for the company’s future hopes.

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Android L Nexus 6 Nexus 9

October is going to be a huge month for Android – here’s everything we expect to see

By on October 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

October is going to be a huge month for Android – here’s everything we expect to see

September was like Christmas for Apple fans, as the company released both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus while also revealing the Apple Watch for the first time. October promises to be just as good for a month for Android fans, as they’ll get to use the highly anticipated Android L for the first time and they’ll be able to buy a ton of new high-end devices. Below we’ve listed all of the terrific goodies that Android fans can expect to get in what looks to be a killer month ahead. More →

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iPhone 6 Vs. Android Phones

Here’s what happens when a diehard Android fan uses the iPhone 6 for two straight weeks

By on October 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Here’s what happens when a diehard Android fan uses the iPhone 6 for two straight weeks

There’s a difference between being a fan and a fanboy. Whereas a fanboy absolutely cannot see the value in any rival companies’ products, a fan will actually acknowledge that rivals’ products do have some real appeal even while preferring to stay with their own favorite brand. Droid Life’s Kellex squarely falls into the “Android fan” category and he’s just posted a sharp essay on the iPhone 6 after he spent two weeks using the device. His conclusion is that while he thinks the iPhone 6 is a fantastic phone and that he sees why so many people have chosen to buy it, he does not understand why the device is generating such a borderline religious fervor from its users. More →

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Top-10 Best Gadgets

The 10 best tech toys under $200, according to Redditors

By on October 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM.

The 10 best tech toys under $200, according to Redditors

A lot of new tech is out there and it’s hard to choose what to buy and how much to pay for a device — some people can’t afford to drop $700 dollars on a new tablet or phone, for example. They’re looking for stuff that is under $200, but gadgets still good enough to get the job done. This is where we turn to the users of Reddit to find the 10 best tech toys under $200.

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iOS and Android Malware

Sophisticated malware already spying on Hong Kong protesters’ iOS and Android phones

By on October 1, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Sophisticated malware already spying on Hong Kong protesters’ iOS and Android phones

Whenever mobile malware comes up, the usual reports detail new malicious apps that are found to affect Android, while iOS remains largely unaffected by such programs. However, The New York Times now says that security researchers have discovered a sophisticated malware attack that’s currently spreading in Hong Kong between Occupy Central protesters, and which is able to infect and then spy upon both Android and iOS devices. More →

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Windows Phone Vs. Android

Windows Phone may join Android in a race to the bottom for cheap hardware

By on September 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM.

Windows Phone may join Android in a race to the bottom for cheap hardware

One reason that Android has spread so quickly is that Google allows anyone to use the bare bones of the platform for free. This has allowed venders in emerging markets such as Xiaomi and Micromax to crank out dirt-cheap Android handsets that have killer specs and that generate razor-thin margins for manufacturers. Of course, many of these cheapie handsets don’t have access to Android essentials such as the Google Play Store since Google actually does charge a licensing fee for manufacturers that want to use those features, but that doesn’t seem to matter to many buyers who just want an ultra-affordable smartphone. More →

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Android Security App

This is the most secure way to keep your private data safe on Android

By on September 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM.

This is the most secure way to keep your private data safe on Android

When it comes to mobile security, you can never be too safe. As the recent leak of hundreds of nude photos of female celebrities has reminded us, hackers are always working on new and unexpected ways to steal our private data, and a simple PIN on a smartphone just isn’t enough to ensure that our private files are kept secure. There are several options when it comes to mobile device security, and their effectiveness ranges pretty dramatically. For Android users, however, there is one app in particular that likely keeps files safer than anything we’ve seen before. More →

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