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All posts by Rick Bosch

Rick Bosch
Rick has worked in a variety of fields, from a print and radio journalist to making bubble wrap in the UK for 18 months. However, settled in Cape Town a few years ago, he moved into the online world and as a lover of all things tech and geek related, spent many hours researching all things Android. It’s not all “droiding” for Rick, though, music plays a massive part in his life and his rants on “Don’t Sink, Swim” have gained quite an underground following, mostly from friends who never get to see him in person, because of his reclusive lifestyle.
  • A smartphone love affair: the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition

    As far as smartphone loyalties go, I’ve always been an Android person, but with regards to actual devices, it’s always been Nexus first, and nothing else is good enough. That has however changed recently. I say recently, I mean about a year ago when I got my Moto X 2014. It was the first non-Nexus I’d owned since the Nexus S and if I am honest, it completely and utterly blew my mind. The best part of that was, that the 2014 Moto X wasn’t a particularly good device. The camera was mediocre, the battery life was atrocious and the...

  • CyanogenMod 13 first impressions: bringing Marshmallow to the masses

    Now that Android Marshmallow is out in the wild, Android enthusiasts everywhere, at least those without Nexus devices, will be waiting to see when it’s their turn to upgrade from Lollipop. Numerous manufacturers have already released their lists of which devices will see the upgrade as well as those that are scheduled to be left behind. This is normal and should come as no surprise, however, for those not wanting to wait, (for instance, me), Cyanogenmod has delivered. Named CyanogenMod 13, the custom OS had been updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and nightlies for a few devices, including my Moto G...

  • Android Marshmallow hands on: smarter, shinier, more secure

    It’s that time of year again: upgrade season. You know, the time when iOS users around the world get the latest and greatest that Apple has to offer, while only a small percentage of Android users get to experience brand new Google products. I’m lucky enough to have a Nexus device, and for the past few days I’ve been using Android’s newest and most mature release yet: Android Marshmallow. I’m sure the various OEMs (pipping Motorola to be first again) will start rolling out their versions soon, but for now, it’s only available on Nexus devices. So what have I learned...

  • Android 4.4 preview: KitKat to calmly and quietly change the world

    Google's an odd duck. A very rich duck but an odd one at that. For months we deal with leaked screenshots and rumours, only for the finished product to surprise once again, with genuine innovation made the Google way. So let me not beat around the bush, I will eventually buy a Nexus 5 and it seems the business, but it's Android 4.4, known as KitKat, that I'll be concentrating on for now. I've not yet used the software, but I will go on a limb to say that this is the biggest update to Android since the jump to...

  • Read all about it: 3 of Android’s best newsreaders

    When it comes to news reading apps, there's more choice in the Play Store than I could ever need. I also have to admit that I'm not really that keen on trying out new apps, just because I've been in the Android ecosystem for so long, that I've got my favourites, and I stick to them. However, there is a new app that I've become very fond of, very quickly in the news reader space, and it's actually what inspired me to write this post. You see, I digest my news my own way, and I use a variety of...

  • The mobile OS wars: is anyone actually winning?

    "Guys, it's just a phone okay?! It's really not that important!" We've all been in a conversation like that, and you can deny it all you want. If you have a smartphone, you've had that conversation. Why we still do so though, is beyond me. We're at a stage now where there are three camps: Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Sure, Ubuntu is available now as well, but let's face it, that's still a very niche market. As for BlackBerry, well the less said the better. The comparison and cross-platform competition will carry on as long as they exist....

  • The ultimate Android rooting guide

    Rooting: maybe you've thought about it already, because your device is getting a little slower and you want all the shiny new features you read about on Gearburn. Unfortunately for you, this is Android, and sadly *insert manufacturer here* either hasn’t, or isn't going to upgrade your current version. I will admit, this is a bummer, however OEMs are getting much better, so people are generally only a version or two behind, often without any real drawbacks. This “guide” is probably more aimed towards Nexus owners, because it’s what I have, but the basic principles will be the same in...

  • CyanogenMod goes prime time

    If you follow the custom Android world, you've undoubtedly heard that the biggest custom ROM, CyanogenMod, has become CyanogenMod, Inc. As far as custom software goes, this is possibly the biggest happening in the Android world, well, since it started. Taking an open source project, driven by hundreds of developers, and then monetising the entire project has left the community very divided and rightfully so. Before we get into that, let’s have a look at the facts. Besides Nexus devices, very few devices have access to custom ROMs that offer a “stock-like” experience, and that’s where CyanogenMod comes in. With...

  • Rasbeanjelly review: made for the minimalist ROM fan

    In what is seemingly becoming a tradition, I’m back with another review of my favourite custom ROM, Rasbeanjelly from Rascarlo. It’s the first custom ROM I flash on any device, not just because the thread is one of my favourites to be a part of, but the sense of community and information sharing on any of  the “Trinity family” threads really has enriched my experience of using Android. Self builds from Rascarlo’s source code are very much encouraged, and that’s because of the minimal, bug free, approach of Rasbeanjelly. So if you are looking for a custom ROM for your...

  • Android 4.4 is here and ‘KitKat’ is filled with sweet treats

    In a completely unexpected, yet awesome announcement yesterday, Android head, Sundar Pichai announced to the world that the next iteration of the most popular mobile OS in the world will be named Android 4.4 KitKat. Pichai’s tweet was accompanied by a snapshot of the brand new KitKat statue (pictured above) outside Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. At the same time, the brand new KitKat site was unveiled and it provides a really nice retrospective of the previous versions of the OS. There isn't too much revealed here, but what it does state is that “Android is the operating system that...