Despite their octa-core processors and tons of RAM, even the best Android phones in the world still aren’t as fast as Apple’s dual-core iPhone 6s. But don’t pack your bags and jump ship to iOS just yet — we’ve got plenty of tips and tricks that will help speed up any Android phone.
We recently told you that you can make your phone run smoother and extend your battery life just by uninstalling the Facebook app. But our simplest and most important tip came all the way back in 2014, when we told you about a hidden setting you can adjust to make your phone run significantly faster in just a few seconds.
Now we’re back with yet another tip that will speed up any Android phone, and all you have to do this time is install a free app. More →
About a year ago, I penned an article about how happy I was that Google was taking over my iPhone. The premise was simple: Android is no match for the iPhone in most key areas — read my earlier article titled “8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android” for more on that — but Google’s mobile software and services are almost always far superior to Apple’s.
Three of the most popular Apple bloggers in the world recently began talking about Apple’s serious app and service problems, and it shoved this ongoing issue back into the spotlight. It also made me stop for a moment think about how I use my iPhone, which led to an interesting revelation that’s dripping with irony: All of the best apps on my iPhone are made by Apple’s two biggest software rivals. More →
The beauty of the industry leading third-party app ecosystem Apple has created surrounding its iOS platform is that there are hundreds of thousands of apps that do practically anything you need. But as anyone who follows our series on paid iOS apps that go on sale for free knows, things can get out of hand quickly. It’s very easy to overstuff your phone with dozens and dozens of apps that end up spreading out across your home screens and getting buried in folders. And inevitably, you’ll end up having trouble finding some an app you’re looking for every so often.
Apple’s Spotlight search feature is a nice way to find apps in your iPhone without having to dig around, but it turns out there’s another trick that might help you find apps even faster. More →
Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was our biggest of the week but size doesn’t always matter, right? We’ve got 12 fresh premium iOS apps for you today that are all completely free to download for a limited time. Also be sure to check back in yesterday’s post, where you’ll find several more apps that are still on sale for free. More →
Facebook can be pretty annoying sometimes. OK, it can be pretty annoying most of the time. Oh look, 743 photos of your friend’s baby, each one barely discernible from the last. And thank goodness your other friend posted to let you know that she enjoyed her Zumba workout. Finally, the post you’ve been waiting for: Your mom just penned a 4,000-word essay on why the person who didn’t clean up after his dog relieved himself on her front lawn is the most evil human being that has ever walked the Earth.
But we are a generation of over-sharing and under-caring, and Facebook is what it is. Of course, if you’d rather be a part of the solution than the problem, we’re here to help. More →
Armed with little more than a fitness tracker, an iPhone app and will power, I was able to lose 50 lbs in three months. I’ve even lost another 20 lbs since then, having gone from being one of more than 600 million obese adults to being in the best shape of my life. There’s no magic trick and there’s never going to be a single solution that works for everyone, but there is also little question that connected fitness devices and the apps that accompanies them have the potential to change lives. I know because they changed my life.
While dozens of companies have jumped into the fray in an effort to get a piece of this young market, one has already emerged as a clear leader in the space — and it hasn’t even been shipping its devices for a full month yet. More →
The Northeast is about to be slammed by a cold front that will take temperatures down into the negative numbers. Know what’ll warm you up later this week? A whole bunch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Today’s post has 15 premium apps that are free downloads for a limited time, and you can grab even more if you head back to yesterday’s edition. More →
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 →
It appears as though Apple CEO Tim Cook agrees with my assessment of the iPhone 6s Plus: it’s the first iPhone I simply couldn’t live with. Had Apple’s head honcho been carrying the plus-sized version of the iPhone at the Super Bowl, however, the optical image stabilization might have saved him from the humiliating headache that his blurry Twitter photo has been.
But before it slips away into the Internet archives and is forgotten forever, there’s one last hilarious chapter for the world to enjoy. More →
Everything is bad for something, but findings over the past few years have uncovered the latest troublesome behavior that’s going to kill us all: sitting. Researchers have found that sitting at a desk all day, every day can lead to serious health problems and even death. To help prevent all of these problems that might arise, companies have begun to sell things like standing desks and treadmill desks. Of course, no one wants to stand all the time while working, so there are motorized desks that accommodate sitting and standing positions… if you can afford one.
As it turns out, there’s a new motorized standing desk that just about anyone can afford and it’s available right now. More →
Happy Safer Internet Day! Wait, you had no idea it was Safer Internet Day? And you say you don’t even know what Safer Internet Day is? As noted on the Safer Internet Day website, it’s a day each year in February that Insafe organizes to “promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.” Online security is a hugely important topic, needless to say, so BGR fully endorses this great annual event. Guess who else endorses it: Google.
The world’s top Internet company is celebrating this event in a few different ways, the most widely publicized of which has been a simple offer that will get you an extra 2GB of Google Drive cloud storage for free if you perform a quick security check. But Google has also just announced two new Gmail features that are aimed at keeping you and your private data safe. More →
BGR readers, you know what time it is… it’s time for a nice big helping of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Today’s list doesn’t have as many apps as yesterday’s did — some of the ones on yesterday’s list are still free, by the way — but it’s got 11 solid premium iOS apps that can all be downloaded right now without paying a cent. More →