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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.
  • 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...

  • CyanogenMod 10.2 review: flash forward

    After my first test of CyanogenMod 10.2 (using Android version 4.3) there have been more than 300 commits added to the nightly builds. This, I thought, was enough to warrant giving the latest build a try, and I am really happy that I did. Let’s dig in. At this point I should state that I am using the Paranoid Android Gapps package with all ROMs I flash. This is for a very simple reason: I like the Google apps, and I like them installed the exact same way as they are on stock ROMs, meaning in the system/app partition, leaving...

  • CyanogenMod beefs up security with latest update

    As I think we’ve established, CyanogenMod’s influence in the Android world is pretty huge. In fact, I’d be comfortable saying that besides Google, it’s almost the most important tool in a tinkers toolbox. The reason for this is simple, they don’t just “make” things at CyanogenMod, they invent/refine them, all for the benefit of the user. That results in a great experience while using said software, and this week, it got even better. Android recently added native support for a “Find my Phone” feature, something which has been lacking for ages. That said, there are numerous third-party apps which have...

  • CyanogenMod 10.2 will change the custom Android landscape

    A bold sweeping statement, I know, but hear me out. CyanogenMod is the default choice for the majority of individuals who want to run custom software on their Android devices. It has become the go-to simply because of the sheer size of the beast. Its list of supported devices is amazing, the team working on the ROM is massive and last I checked there had been 7-million installations. That, by any stretch of any imagination, is quite a lot in the custom, heck, in any world. It was while Gingerbread was the “latest and greatest” version of Android when some...