A Smartphone OS is rated by the strength of it’s application support. Windows phone 8 for instance, it is a nice and smooth operating system and will offer almost the same features as iOS and Android, even more features perhaps, but it is not as popular as Android and iOS because of it’s lagging market place and app support. Android has quickly caught up with iOS, and it is now equitant to it if not better. The reason for android’s phenomenal success could be credited to the fact that it is ‘Open Source’, meaning anyone could easily contribute to it’s ever expanding market list. Such an example comes from a member of XDA, cyansmoker from the forums of android has released an app that would redefine how you ‘Multitask’ through your android device.
Ever since android was launched back in 2007, the app development always faced an issue. The issue being that the apps ran much smoother and faster on iOS platform than Android, and we are talking about the same apps built by the same development team. One of the reason could be that not all of android apps are truly “native”, they rely on Dalvik virtual machine to run, so there are tons of bridges and links which eventually takes you to the game. Even powerful devices, like Nexus 7 which boasts a Quad core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM face this issue.
Since Mobile Application stores boomed with games and applications, the gaming industry took a turn from hardcore high graphics game towards easy and fun to play arcade games. Although many developers like EA games, UBISOFT and Atari are still making games for Smartphone from their popular titles on full consoles, the truth is that they aren’t particularly loved like the games angry birds, cut the rope and tiny wings. This is good news, it means that you don't have to have a quad core phone or a 2GB RAM to have a little fun time. The game that has caught our eyes this time is a title from a popular developer who brought us Cut the rope. Pudding monster’s is a fun puzzler game featuring 100+ levels of interactive game play with more levels promised with updates.
The main selling factor and the main reason why most of the people go for android is the customization options. Although other operating systems such as iOS and Windows Phone do provide these options, but in fairness they are not as flexible as android’s customization options. If you have an android device then you got off to a good start, now comes the difficult part, source if inspiration. Most of us would love to keep the devices as minimal and as simple as we could, but in a few days you will eventually get bored of the interface and want to spice things up. Recently, while going through a few websites i came across a website and i was stunned to find out how much work people have put into android interface customization and all you need to do it is a few cheap apps, ability to read and patience.
Android market is booming with applications, every day several hundred or perhaps even thousands of applications make their way into the play store. But, not every one of those applications are, say “Worth it” and you usually delete them right away. The app we are going to take a look into today is a great one, it would require an Android device, a Windows and Mac running system and a Wi-Fi network. The application is called ‘Wifi Mouse’ and as the name suggests, it will let you control your mouse pointer through your Android device, pretty nifty right? i remember tinkering with my old K700i and it’s bluetooth to du just that, but doing the same on a touch screen feels different.
Now since we are talking about widgets it becomes obvious that the application is for android devices. Since the official instagram application does not support widgets (yet), it gives the developers and excellent opportunity to make applications of their own and see them rise in success. Such an application which was fairly popular was recently taken off from the board, it went by the name ‘BlingBox’ and to be fairly honest the application was great. Since it’s now gone, you must be looking for alternatives to sport on your android. GramWidget, developed by ‘Sagi Antebi’ and the application is available to download for free. What’s great is that android 4.2 users get an added feature which allows them to use the widget on the lockscreen. For those of you who don’t know, android 4.2 has widgets on lockscreen, to access them, simply slide either ways while being on the lockscreen.
One of the feature that sets apart the Good old Android Gingerbread interface and the new ICS on-wards interface is the App switching and multitasking option. On the older version, you had to long press the home button and a rather ‘old styled’ menu would appear in front of you giving you option to select the icon to navigate to that app. That was perfectly fine, but what if you want more control? What if you want an interface that doesn't look like it was ripped off from some 90’s Symbian interface? Well, there is an App that could do that for you. SwitchApps, is a wonderful little application that could bring the same App switch feeling to the older android versions, the application feels rather refined and very easy to use and if you don’t like using the multitasking option in ICS and above operating systems then SwitchApps is the perfect alternative for you.
Have you ever begun to edit a picture and wondered what the original picture looked like? Or how far off are you’re from the actual picture? Well, at that time you have several options, press the multi-tasking window open gallery and view the picture, or press the back button and view the picture, but both these methods risk losing the edited one. To be honest, if you favorite picture editor does not provide you with this basic option to view the original one, it is just not worth it. Strangely enough, the picture editor that has this feature is Google’s very own, and you don’t even have to download it because it is built into the gallery app. The one we tested out was on android jellybean 4.2, and quite honestly, it out performs the other famous 3rd party apps.
Text messages are the most widely used means of communication, people either use the network options or the wireless messaging services, nonetheless, short messages remain a vital communication means. It can often become hard to express emotion through messages, the lack of expressions and tone can lead to misunderstandings and can prove costly, for that, the only way had been through emoticons. I remember using emoticons since I had Sony Ericsson K700i and loved them from the start, but since new smartphones started pouring in; these little things got overlooked and eventually completely removed.
Are you dependent on using data package on you smartphone or tablet? Do you have a restriction on data usage and don’t want to get over it? Is your data being used up by applications in the background? Well, there is an application to cater that. Onavo count, which is available to download for free on Android and iOS formats will keep a track of your data usage and will notify and block the connection if you get close to your limit. Not only that, it will tell you how much data you have used on a specific application which you could use to estimate your data plan and it’s pricing.
Rumors and leaks for Samsung Galaxy SIII jellybean had been floating around for past few weeks, however people were just teased with the information and they want jellybean on their Shiny new Samsung. Well we have set up a guide for you to “flash” the leaked ROM on your device, noted that your device must be rooted.
The Google I/O of 2012 was a rather successful event, launching their very own tablet for the first time, Google were on the front foot and highlight of the month. Their tablet i.e. Nexus 7 flew off the shelves as if it were free; selling at $200 it really was a steal for a tablet powered by the Quad core NVidia Tegra 3 processor. Along with the announcement of the tablet, Google also announced their latest iteration of their mobile OS, yes the Android 4.1 Jellybean. Most popular of all the Android OS to launch yet, I say so because it took ICS around 2 months to reach 1% ICS on all devices, and even though Jellybean is a month old and only available for Galaxy nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus S devices, it already has more coverage in market then ICS had at this stage.
So, have you tried the latest OS by Android? Android 4.1 aka Jellybean OS is the latest in queue after their successful Ice Cream Sandwich OS which brought major changes from the Gingerbread OS. Continuing the stream of changes, jellybean provides excellent user experience with buttery smooth interface (thanks to butter scotch project) and easier than before navigation.
As we all now jellybean started rolling out for the Nexus branded devices and the Galaxy Nexus was the first one to get it after the Nexus 7. Sadly; while most of the users in USA and Europe are enjoying the excellent experience of jellybean- users in Asia, Africa and other parts of the world are still waiting on it. We have devised a method that will force the Jellybean over the air (OTA) update on your phone without rooting or hacking but it will require you to flash a stock ROM via installer. What you are doing is that updating your phone to the version which received the OTA update already. This method works only if your device runs the yakju/takju of the Galaxy Nexus ROM. We are going to convert yakjuxw/jp versions to the mentioned above.
Disclaimer: This might void your warranty.
Note: It will erase everything from your phone, so make sure you have everything backed up.
We are not responsible for any bricked/broken devices, do it at your own risk
The second gig for Rovio, the famous developers who brought us the Angry Birds. Yes they are back, back with their new physics based game i.e. the Amazing Alex. It is available for both android and iOS for a few weeks now; we thought we should check it out and see if it matches up to the integrity of Angry Birds.