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All posts tagged "Android"

  • These are 7 cool Android apps you can’t get in the Play Store

    Featuring over a million Android apps, it's hard to argue that Google's Play Store doesn't have something for everyone. In fact, we often find that banned iOS apps get released without issue on Google Play. But did you know there are some interesting Android apps even Google doesn't want on its store? We showcase a few prominent examples. TubeMate Google really doesn't want you to download videos off YouTube. Unless it's via their official Android app (even then, it's only viewable via the app and some videos can't be downloaded), but we digress. For those wanting to download a video permanently (i.e. having...

  • Android Marshmallow now running on 13% of Android devices

    If Android Marshmallow's adoption numbers are anything to go by, Google's finally cracked the Android update issues that have plagued it for years. New numbers from Android Developer portal suggest that in July 2016, 13.3% of all Android devices were running on the company's latest stable operating system -- Android Marshmallow. This is a marked jump from the previous month's 10.1%. The OS still lags behind heavily-used Android KitKat (30.1%) and Android Lollipop (35.1%) though, but both  now cater towards the budget smartphone categories. Related: Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan? This growth is extremely positive for Google though,...

  • Razer Serval review: an overpriced mobile games controller

    The smartphone controller industry is still somewhat in its infancy, reflected by the wide variety of options and brands on the market. But truth be told, acquiring a smartphone gamepad is still a dicey proposition in South Africa. Yes, despite Madcatz, MOGA and numerous other companies releasing mobile gamepads, it's become very difficult to find these in the country. Fortunately, Razer is on hand, as it gears up to release its Serval controller. Meant for the Razer Forge TV Android gaming console, Razer is also selling these controllers separately, but is it worth the cash? A solid design Before you unbox the controller,...

  • Dodgy Pokemon Go file installs malware on Android devices

    The recent Pokemon Go craze may've come with its fair share of PSAs, but the game is also being used to spread malware on Android. According to Proofpoint, a security research firm, an infected APK installation file of the game has been making the rounds on the internet, enticing those in countries that haven't yet seen the game's official launch. "This specific APK was modified to include the malicious remote access tool (RAT) called DroidJack (also known as SandroRAT), which would virtually give an attacker full control over a victim’s phone," the company explains. "Should an individual download an APK from a...

  • Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan?

    Last week, Google officially announced the name of the seventh version of Android. Dubbed Android Nougat, the name will undoubtedly throw many people's pronunciation problems into the fore, and likely increase nougat sales worldwide. But while I do have a soft spot for the strange confectionery, there was a more popular name. Google allowed users to submit name suggestions for its next version of Android. We didn't quite get Boaty McBoatface, but we did get a few interesting ideas. Android Naan, Android Nectarine, Android New Mexico Chili and even Android Nori were all suggested. But according to Google Trends search data,...

  • Her Story, LEGO Star Wars & 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. It's mid-week (kind of), which means we've rounded up a few noteworthy mobile games for you. What stands out this week though? Our top picks in this edition are Satellite Command and popular PC title Her Story coming to Android. Pocket Arcade Story (paid - Android, iOS) Kairosoft made a name for itself with Game Dev Story, being a title about managing a fledgling video game studio. Now, the company has gone back to its...

  • 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...