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Scared of losing your device, either to theft or personal negligence? While there is no way to ensure 100% chance of recovery of your lost Android device, there are apps out there that will help you in either getting your device back or, if you can’t get it back, protecting your private data on the device.…Read More »
Tethering is the ability to share your mobile device’s (phone or tablet) internet connection with other devices, whether that be a computer or another mobile device. Being able to tether (and create a WiFi hotspot) is a native feature of Android.…Read More »
The Achilles heel of smartphones is battery life. You may be able to do almost anything on your device, but when it runs out of battery you can do nothing. We all want to be able to enjoy our expensive phones without having to be stuck to an outlet all day.…Read More »
The advent of the modern smartphone has brought many unconventional, new functionality to our cell phones. At the same time, it has transformed how we perform conventional cell phone tasks of calling and messaging. VoIP — which stands for voice over Internet protocol — is one such transformation.…Read More »
A few months ago I wrote an article discussing the best free office documents viewer on Android. Now we revisit the realm of office documents, but this time we are looking for the best free office documents editor.
Before we discuss what app is the best free office documents editor, let me state one thing.…Read More »
Not all phones/tablets have front facing cameras. However, for the ones that do, video calling/chatting is an exciting feature. However, although the technology has been around for years, video calling/chatting is a resource intensive process. Although many apps claim to provide users with optimal video calling/chatting functionality, in reality most apps/services do not have the necessary infrastructure in place to support high-quality video calling/chatting.…Read More »
OCR (Optical Character Recognition, also known as image-to-text) is a delicacy on PCs; the technology itself has advanced leaps and bounds, but the price of this technology is still out of the reach of many. The good, quality OCR programs on Windows cost an arm and a leg while the cheap(er) OCR programs are crappy.…Read More »
Sticky notes are a great way to serve as reminders for things you need to do/things you need to remember. However, using actual sticky notes can be somewhat of a hassle. With everything becoming digital nowadays, why not replace physical sticky notes with sticky notes on your phone?…Read More »
Despite what iPhone users may want you to think (they don’t get to use widgets, yet), widgets are a very useful feature of Android. However, sometimes the default widgets (such as the Power Control bar) that come with Android and the widgets phone manufacturers add in are not enough to satisfy our widget cravings.…Read More »
Some of us use the same password for every login. (Very bad idea.) If you are one of these people, you don’t require a password manager. (Unless, of course, you need a password manager to remember all your usernames. Would it then be considered a username manager?…Read More »
Does Android have viruses (otherwise known as malware)? Everything has viruses, regardless of what Apple fanboys want you to believe. The real questions are: What are the chances of your Android phone being infected? Do you *have* to download anti-virus (also known as anti-malware or mobile security) apps to protect yourself?…Read More »
“Unlimited” data plans are a thing of past. For both prepaid and post-paid, most everyone is now on a data plan with a quota (hard cap quota, such as AT&T’s 2 GB a month with overage charges, or soft cap such as T-Mobile’s 2 GB a month but no overage charges only speed throttling).…Read More »
Originally written on June 2, 2011. Updated on June 2, 2011 to include SugarSync.
With more and more people using their smartphones for more work than play, it is becoming increasingly important to have access to files across all platforms. In other words, many people desire a way to easily share files between their PC and their smartphone without a) having to be in close vicinity of their PC and b) without having to be connected with a wired.…Read More »
When Android first came out, users were dumbfounded how they is no “exit” button to close apps. Google, of course, responded with some technical jargon how Android intelligently manages apps, blah, blah, blah, how there is no need to “exit” apps, blah, blah, and some more blah; but users still were not satisfied.…Read More »
One of the many uses of a smartphone is the ability to get the latest news/articles from your favorite websites on the go. No longer must you sit at your computer with your morning coffee to catchup on what you might have missed while you wasted your life sleeping.…Read More »
One of the best features on my Samsung Galaxy S was that it supported most, if not all, video codecs and could play almost any type of video. My Nexus S, on the other hand, does not have this extensive codec support; and I am sure many other Android phones don’t either.…Read More »
You (probably) have a firewall on your PC, but you don’t think you need a firewall for your phone. I will give you two reasons why you may want to reconsider:
- Every app and its grandmother wants to be able to access the Internet nowadays (typically for ads, but sometimes for other things like syncing).
Originally posted May 28, 2011. Updated May 29, 2011 to include AntTek App Manager. Updated on June 7, 2011 to clarify a point about Gemini App Manager.
You have a zillion apps installed on your shiny Android; but now you need a way to manage them.…Read More »
All Android handsets come with an image viewer, typically the stock image gallery app provided by Google. The problem is many times these image viewers are slow and buggy. For example, on my Nexus S the stock image gallery takes a noticeable amount of time to search for new image files; and often times it bugs out and cannot even find them.…Read More »
Having a clipboard manager on your Windows PC is very handy because it makes it easy and convenient to retrieve previously copied content. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do the same on your phone? Sure, for most people clipboard management may not be as useful on an Android phone as it is on a PC; but there are users out that there would appreciate having a clipboard manager.…Read More »
Part of the smartphone experience is to be able to do anything (well, almost anything) on your device. This means being able to view/read office documents. While there are some phones that come with an office document viewer (such as Samsung devices), other phones do not.…Read More »
What is the point of having a smartphone if it cannot read your super-duper-important PDF documents? In this article we take a look at all the free PDF readers/viewers available on Android Market and recommend the PDF reader/viewer we feel is the best of the lot.…Read More »
Once I was walking to class at my university and I noticed a sign on the sidewalk had a QR code on it. Naturally I was astonished, never before seeing QR codes outside of the Android ecosystem, but now that I think back on it I find myself feeling sheepish.…Read More »
I have nothing (much) to hide, but the idea of someone invading my privacy by looking at my activity history (such as my browser history) makes my skin crawl. I am sure many other people feel the same way. Thus, we have looked for the best Android privacy cleaners*, reviewed them, and have listed them here for all to see.…Read More »
Originally written on May 23, 2011. Updated on May 28, 2011 and June 4, 2011 to make some clarifications about File Locker.
Not to be confused with application locking, protecting files is a way to prevent access to specific files. (File protecting methods can range from encryption to simple password protection and everything in between.) In some situations users may want to lock apps to prevent people from snooping around in their phones.…Read More »
While we tend to keep our phones to ourselves (at least, I do), there are times when we are forced to lend our devices to others. Our smartphones are precious; many times we just don’t want anyone and everyone snooping around, regardless of if we have something to hide or not.…Read More »
Gtalk is built into Android. However, what if not all your friends use Gtalk? Must you download one app for every instant messaging platform out there? Heck no. In this article we review and recommend the best free instant messenger app, allowing you to keep in contact with all your friends easily.…Read More »
Some (most) phones come with file manager apps; others do not. The brilliance of Android is even for those that have file manager apps, you can still download a different file manager app if you want from Android Market. This article explores and recommends the best free file manager app for Android.…Read More »