Category: Android Smartphone News

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Black Friday Android Deals 2014!

Here’s a round-up of the best Black Friday Android Deals for 2014 for those of you who want the best deals on latest flagship smartphones.

Galaxy S5 is just 1 cent with 2 year contract on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon networks on Amazon, yes cheaper than actually buying from the carriers, check it out here.  This is probably the best Black Friday deal since there’s not really any deals for the Note series like the Note 4 or Note Edge.

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Android 5.0 L Preview!

Google has released a “preview” version of upcoming Android 5.0 KeyLimePie dubbed “Android L Preview”.  This isn’t the final version nor is it recommended as daily driver but there’s some drastic UI changes.

My favorite feature on it is the new Lockscreen notifications.  Although I have been enjoying this feature on most of my Android devices with use of custom ROMs, I am beginning to believe that Google is actually implementing a lot of features that are on custom ROMs into the official Android OS.   It’s definitely headed in the right direction I think.

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Top 10 Android 4.4 KitKat Features!

For those of you wondering what’s “new” with Android 4.4 KitKat, here’s a quick overview of Top 10 features on KitKat:

10. KitKat Android 4.4 has been designed to run fast and smooth on older devices even ones with only 512MB of RAM.  This means KitKat is going to improve performance on your older Android devices such as Galaxy Nexus, Nexus One, HTC Evo, etc…etc… While those older devices might not get official updates, you can get KitKat by rooting and installing a ported custom ROM.  This is great news for those of you still with an older Android device, Google is simply offering more optimized OS that can work on any Android device regardless of its raw CPU power.  And this will be great for future smartwatches and smart glasses.

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What is an Android Custom ROM?

What is a custom ROM and Why install it?

Custom ROM is a modified Android Operating System so you can get extra features from your phone otherwise not possible on stock.  Think of it as upgrading your tiny wheels on your rice beater to 21” rims, or maybe even putting a Corvette engine in it.

So, what features can custom ROM bring you?
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Monday Android News – Android Plane Hi-Jacking, Ugly Galaxy Camera, Note 2 Wifi Fix, and Galaxy S4 or HTC One?

It seems like a lot of big news sites are cropping up false headlines like, “Android hi-jacks plane” or “Android remotely attacks planes”.  Well, that’s somewhat true but let me just point out that researchers were just using Android as the platform to develop their hi-jacking apps because Android is “open source” and you can develop highly-sophisticated apps custom to any project while you cannot do that on iOS or most other mobile platforms.   This proves the versatility and flexibility of an open source platform and Android will keep becoming better for researchers and students to learn/develop real-world applications.