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A Look At Samsung’s Z1

In October of 2008, HTC released the G1 (HTC Dream), which was the first handset to run Android. For many of us, it was a game changer and in the first 6 months over a million units were sold in the US, accounting for roughly two thirds of all 3G devices on T-Mobile's network. Just over six...

A Picturesque Trainwreck of a Lockscreen

When Microsoft announced Picturesque, their new lockscreen replacement for Android, I was skeptical. Originally I ignored it, but finally I decided to try it out. At a first glance, I was impressed: the interface was surprisingly clean and appropriate for an Android phone, and it seems Microsoft left their Windows Phone motif completely behind for this task....

Game of Quests Start-Up Moves Your Body

A group of Polish developers have just started a Indiegogo campaign with a project named Game of Quests. GOQ is a game and activity tracking app that helps players have fun and develop at the same time. The concept is relatively similar to Ingress, but takes place in a totally different universe. A world is at...

The Best Wallpaper Apps to Stay Fresh

Android features all sorts of customization, from icons to themes. The brave of you also jump into the waters of XML editing and flashing experimental visual tweaks. It's safe to say that we all love Android customization, and it remains one of the reasons we pick the platform over any other mobile OS. With Android,...

Apple Plans Music Service that Might Hit Android

Android users have their fair share of music streaming applications, from Spotifiy to Grooveshark all the way to Google's own Play Music service. Apple's iTunes online music store has been one of the major players in music distribution ever since it came out in April 2003. While the shift to a digital service was undoubtedly...

The Rise of Material Design and its Paper and Ink Reality

Over the last decade, the digital world has witnessed a paradigm shift in people's outlook towards design, and it experienced a tenfold increase in its importance. Gradually, but firmly, software bundles ranging from entire operating systems to standalone apps moved on from solid black drop shadows and gradient backgrounds to the clean, minimal and flat design...

Piracy Testimonies, Causes and Prevention

We’ve talked plenty about how Android often gets less developer focus than iOS and other platforms, and how the system as a whole often sees slower updates, missing functionality, delayed releases or an absolute lack of support. Some popular apps never make it to our green robot OS in the first place, and many users are often...

Motorola’s Success: The Repertoire That Saved Them

Motorola had a big turn-around in just a few years. While their Droid line-up was one of the devices to kick-start the hearts of Android fans, they had a short period of time where their direction was not all that clear. For a while they released devices like the Droid Razr that weren't bad in...

Lollipop Update Status: Who’s In, Who’s Out

Lollipop was probably one of the most awaited iterations Android has seen. While I remember everyone being crazy about KitKat and how it promised to finally optimize Android to the level we deserved, Lollipop's enticing redesign sparked even more intense furor in enthusiasts. Developers too saw a great deal of novelty that would allow them to explore...

OTA Updates for Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 (2013) Mobile

A few days ago, Google finally released factory images for mobile versions of Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 (2013). The waiting period was quite long, as Google had a 3 month delay to provide the update. It was a bit of a weird situation, but it's definitely nice to see the factory images being released. Flashing...

Introducing Manta 7X: The Phone with No Physical Buttons

Asian phonemakers deserve more credit than they get when it comes to smartphone design. There's been some inventive choices in some of their phones of recent years. Examples such as the Aquos Crystal and its bezel-free carcass come to mind, or the Oppo R5 and its 4.85mm width, which is so compressed that there was no way...

Cease and Desist: WhatsApp Sucks, and You Can’t Help It

We've talked countless times about Android getting the shorter end when it comes to apps. We've all seen multiple cases of applications being inexplicably delayed or intentionally held back, remaining unupdated for months, or simply not existing on our favorite platform. And anyone can figure out that that is because of money. Which is good...