Why I’m Switching to a Galaxy Nexus from the iPhone

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I’m currently a somewhat satisfied iPhone 4 user, and while the iOS platform has and continues to be a solid choice for almost everything I need to do, there are a number of drawbacks that I’ve struggled with which appear to be resolved on Android …continue reading

Nexus 7 Vs. Kindle Fire Vs. Nook Tablet

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Google announced a slew of new products and updates to the Android operating system including the Nexus 7, a joint collaboration between Google and Asus. In addition to the new tablet, Google also introduced the world to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which includes a number …continue reading

Google Unveils $199 Quad-core Nexus 7 Android Tablet

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Wednesday, Google announced a brand-new Android tablet that not only features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but a quad-core Tegra 3 processor wrapped into a compact tablet that costs just $199.

So, what’s the twist? At 7″, the Nexus 7 is being promoted strictly as a …continue reading

What to Expect in Android Jelly Bean with Project Butter

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Google had a lot to say about Jelly Bean, the next big update to Android expected to roll out sometime in the coming months. In addition to Project Butter, there are a number of changes coming to the platform with Jelly Bean.

Android 4.1 Jelly …continue reading

How to Install Android on a Nook Color

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We live in a world where we can’t just have a device; we need to hack it and force it to do things that it may not have been designed to do. One really good example is the Nook Color. Not only has it been …continue reading

Jelly Bean and Google’s Uphill Battle Against Itself

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Guest blogger Elliot Guest writes:

As has already been discussed elsewhere, adoption rates for Ice Cream Sandwich don’t appear to have been particularly stellar, as demonstrated by the helpful image generated by Google below.

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Is the Samsung Galaxy S III Just Another Android Phone?

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Guest blogger Karl Newark writes:

These days there seems to be a new Android smartphone released every week, and the latest to be announced was the Samsung Galaxy S III. But this seemed to have a particularly high level of hype surrounding its …continue reading

Can You Be Happy with a Cheap Android Tablet?

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Guest blogger Eddie Mogelinski writes:

Can you be happy with a cheap Android tablet? It depends on what you want to do and how fast you want to do it!

Okay, so a little while ago my aunt gave me her cheap …continue reading

Is It Safe to Share Your Android?

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Privacy. It’s such a potent concept, provoking some level of discomfort when mentioned in just about any context. For many of us, the term is defined as a right for every citizen to have; for others the term is more negotiable, particularly as it relates …continue reading

Justifying Android’s “Slow” Update Roll-outs, Redux: Who’s Really to Blame?

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In my previous article, I gave a few points explaining why I think Android takes more flak than it really needs to in terms of the time it takes to receive updates on its devices. However, after that article was …continue reading

Sony Tablet S Receives Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)

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Users of the Sony Tablet S have been eagerly anticipating the eventual release of Ice Cream Sandwich on the Android tablet. That day has finally arrived. You are now able to update to ICS from within the tablet, and the entire process takes about fifteen …continue reading

Justifying Android’s “Slow” Update Roll-outs

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Perhaps one of the most common complaints against Android by haters and lovers alike is that updates seem to take forever to make their way to the devices. Unless, of course, you have the latest Nexus device, which is typically the first to receive the …continue reading

Six Simple Apps That Could Improve Your Experience with Android

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Guest blogger Karl Newark writes:

As a big fan and long time user of Android, it leaves me with a sad feeling in the bottom of my heart every time someone says the Android user interface and general experience to the consumer is …continue reading

Android Development Series, Part 2: Keeping Your Apps Compatible

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Well, it looks as if I am continuing this series, so on to the next topic: compatibility. Android is developed at a speed that far outpaces traditional software (as is the norm with most Google products), so every few months there might …continue reading

Android Development Series, Part 1: Proper Design Constructs

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I’m going to be doing something a bit different on LockerGnome for a while. In quite a few of my posts, I might have mentioned that I develop Android applications (namely Hubroid, a GitHub app). I also have seen quite a few people pop …continue reading

Borglar Turns Your City Into a Video Game Through Augmented Reality

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Augmented reality has been a dream of geeks for decades. The idea of putting on a set of glasses or having a chip implanted in your head that creates a virtual HUD augmenting everything you see sounds like something right out of science …continue reading

Sony Tablet S Review

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Sony has really taken great strides to catch up to the quickly maturing Android tablet scene by introducing two tablets to the market. The Sony Tablet S is the first of these devices to hit the shelves, and you can tell that its development team …continue reading

Programmer’s Perspective: How Android’s Fragmentation Can Be a Good Thing

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One of the chief arguments against Android and in favor of iOS in today’s mobile OS battle can be simplified to one word: fragmentation. I see that word thrown all over the place, usually padding walls of text written by an iOS fanboy who probably …continue reading

Is the Galaxy Nexus Ready to Take out the iPhone?

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To iPhone or to Android? That is the question. That’s been the question for the last couple of years, and with webOS out and BlackBerry taking a way backseat in the smartphone race, it appears that this will remain the question for new smartphone buyers …continue reading

Five Reasons to Choose Android Over iOS

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Android and iOS have been compared to one-another with each new OS update and hardware release for the past two years. Undoubtedly, the two have traded blows in terms of new features and unique updates, but each operating system ultimately brings its own blend of …continue reading

Should You Install a Custom ROM on Your Android Device?

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What are the pros and cons of installing a custom ROM on your Android device?

It can be hard to resist the temptation to root your Android device and install a custom ROM, even at the risk of voiding your warranty and bricking your device. …continue reading

How to Leave a Good App Review

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As an Android developer, I frequently check up on the latest reviews that people have left on my application. I do this because I want to make sure my app runs without issues for people. The reviews also might present an idea for a new …continue reading

What Are the Best Android Devices Coming out This Holiday Season?

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‘Tis the season for cookies, pretty lights, and an onslaught of new Android devices in all shapes and sizes. I hope you saved up your upgrades, because the number of new devices being released this season (especially on Verizon) is quite staggering. There are several …continue reading

Carrier IQ Might Not Be Spying on Your Android Device, After All

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On Wednesday, LockerGnome reported recent news that software developed by a company called Carrier IQ was tracking your every move on your Android device, from keystrokes to taps on the screen.

However, today more information has come to light regarding what the software is …continue reading

How to Make Sure Your Android Phone Isn’t Spying On You

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Last year, iPhone users had to deal with “locationgate.” Now, Android users have their privacy to worry about, as recent information that’s been uncovered by YouTuber TrevorEckhart has shown that software made by a company called Carrier IQ, installed by default on many …continue reading

Is Cluzee the Android Siri We’ve Been Waiting For?

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If you know anyone with an iPhone 4S, you’ve probably played with Siri, Apple’s digital “personal assistant.” Siri intelligently responds to your questions and is able to induce meaning out of things like “What should I wear today?” and be able to give you correct …continue reading

Can I Get Ice Cream Sandwich on My Android Device?

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If you’re an Android fan, you’ve probably heard about Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s probably the biggest Android upgrade so far, bringing awesome features like a new, redesigned user interface, improved notifications, a new lock screen, improved keyboard, and a whole lot more. …continue reading

Verizon Shares More Info About Galaxy Nexus – Coming out Soon?

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The Galaxy Nexus is the newest state-of-the-art Android smart phone. Running brand new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s the newest in Google’s Nexus series, which has so far had the Nexus One and the Nexus S. The difference with the Galaxy Nexus is that …continue reading

Amazon Kindle Fire: It Burns!

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I love Amazon — I use it all the time. I pay for an Amazon Prime account. We use Amazon Fresh as our primary grocery service. I paid $200 for the Kindle Fire (like everybody else). The new Kindle Touch is the absolute best …continue reading

Amazon Starts Black Friday Android Deals Early

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In the market for a new Android phone this holiday season? It appears that Amazon has launched its Black Friday promotions a little bit early, and boy are they good if you’re an Android fan. Get this: every single Android phone in the Amazon Wireless store on …continue reading