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All posts tagged "Android"

  • Freedom 251: India’s about to get a R60 Android smartphone

    The Freedom 251 will very likely become the cheapest mass-produced smartphone ever once it begins shipping to the Indian public on 3o June. While nothing special on the specs front, its real appeal lies in its ridiculous price tag. That's Rs 251 rupees, just US$4, and even more impressively, just R60. Manufacturer Ringing Bells has previously come under the spotlight for misleading the public, but the phone is ready for its big debut at the end of the month. And according to the CEO Mohit Goel, each phone will be sold at a R30 loss. The phone had been earmarked for February...

  • 1979 Revolution, PKTBALL & more: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. Looking for the next big mobile game? Or maybe you're just bored? Whatever the case may be, this week's mobile gaming picks might scratch that itch. Our picks this week include a game based on the Iranian Revolution and a rather fun tennis game that delivers local multiplayer for up to four players. PRISM (paid - Android, iOS) This polished puzzler finally came to Google devices a few days ago after being launched on Apple gadgets...

  • Remix Mini Android PC relaunches in SA, but what about tablet?

    It was briefly available via Takealot earlier this year, but Jide's Remix Mini Android computer is now officially coming to South Africa thanks to Pinnacle. The Chinese firm's tiny Android box is branded as a PC, in no small part due to its Remix OS. The Android Lollipop-based OS is heavily inspired by Windows, offering a taskbar, resizeable windows, a start menu of sorts, full keyboard/mouse support and minimise/maximise options for apps. When and where can you get your hands on one though? "The first Remix Mini stock lands during July and will be available through Pinnacle's reseller channels and at all Makro stores...

  • Blades of Brim & War Tortoise: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. It's Wednesday, which means time for our weekly mobile gaming roundup, where we pick a few of the latest and most notable titles for your device. Our highlights this time include a new game from the people behind Subway Surfers and a puzzler with over four billion possible levels. Blades of Brim (free - Android, iOS) From the team behind Subway Surfers, Blades of Brim is pretty much the previous game with swords, being...

  • Watch: Here’s how Chromebooks run Android apps from Play Store

    Google made tech headlines when it announced that the Play Store was coming to its Chromebook laptops. But how will it all work? Fortunately, the Mountain View firm has published a YouTube video (spotted by Android Central), outlining the process. The video shows the Play Store working like a normal Chromebook program, with Google's Kan Liu saying that it would function like any other Android device. Want to install an app? Then merely hit the "install" button and track the progress via the Chrome OS notification centre. Liu said that general Android app notifications would "seamlessly" open in the Chrome OS notification centre. Chromebooks have a reputation for being...

  • 3 features we’d love to see arrive in Android N

    Although Android's market share is tipping the scales at 61%, the operating system still needs some serious polish. Bigger manufacturers can develop their own solutions to the annoying quirks on Android, but the lesser, budget-orientated makers have to just suck it up. And worst of all, so do their users. So how can Google improve Android? We look at three features we hope Google addresses in the latest build of Android, Android N. A solid camera app Let's face it, Google's default camera app sucks. You could download third party replacements like Open Camera, but why do users have to? The default...

  • Watch Hadlee talk Google I/O 2016 on SABC’s Expresso Show

    Last week saw Google make plenty of announcements at its I/O developer conference, ranging from a concerted VR push to a WhatsApp competitor in the form of Allo. But if you were out of the loop, SABC 3's Expresso TV show was on-hand to bring you up to speed, interviewing our very own Hadlee Simons to nail down the most important news. The segment covered Allo, Daydream VR, Android N and the Google Home smart speaker. Have a watch below.

  • Google I/O 2016: Android N, Android Wear 2.0 and Daydream VR

    Be sure to catch all the news, views and analysis of Google I/O 2016 on Gearburn via our portal, and live blog. It wouldn't be a Google I/O conference without the company touching on its various iterations of Android, right? Anyway, the company shed more light on Android N, the latest version of its all-conquering mobile platform. First of all, what will the final name be? More Android N news (including VR!) Well, Google has revealed that the community will be responsible for naming Android N, with users able to visit android.com/n to drop suggestions. From Nutella to Nutmeg, it seems like many possible...

  • 4 alternatives to Microsoft’s dying Sunrise calendar app

    Microsoft will soon shutter Sunrise, the calendar app it bought back in February 2015. If you were an avid user of the rather brilliant calendar app, you're probably hunting for an alternative that doesn't suck. Luckily for you, we've scoured the Play Store to find you five possible alternatives. Google Calendar If you're on Android, this is probably the no-brainer alternative. The new Calendar app boasts plenty of colour, clean Material Design and the typically simple Google app setup. Multiple viewing options compliment the options to quick-add events with Google Maps integration, and search events across all calendars. Being it a Google product,...

  • Angry Birds, sharks and Pokemon: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. We're always on the hunt for new mobile video games, and there have been quite a few solid releases in recent days. So let's take a look at some of the more notable titles you should consider downloading this week... Hungry Shark World The Hungry Shark games are one of the more popular mobile franchises out there, so the latest release has quickly shot up the charts. Is it any good though? Hungry Shark World...