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All posts tagged "Android"

  • Pokemon Go’s popularity shows first signs of decline

    Just as the world reaches peak hype for No Man's Sky, Niantic's Pokemon Go is discovering that life on the top of the mobile gaming charts doesn't last long for some. According to Axiom Capital Management in a Bloomberg report, Pokemon Go's user base is currently experiencing a dramatic drop. Peaking at around 45-million active daily users worldwide in mid-July 2016, the game lost nearly 15-million active users in a month ending 17 August. Google Search data tends to corroborate these dropping figures, with search term "Pokemon" seeing a fairly steep drop after its momentous rise in July 2016. But that's not...

  • Android Nougat: 6 key features Google’s adding to Android

    The latest version of Android is finally spreading to Nexus devices, bringing all sorts of welcome features in tow. There's the better Doze mode, seamless updating and Vulkan API, but there are also quite a few other additions to the world's most popular mobile platform. There's a data saver option We already had capable data management tools in previous versions of Android, but the biggest omission was a data saving mode of sorts. This was something that Windows Phones shipped with since Windows Phone 8. Fortunately, Android Nougat ships with a data saving mode, essentially killing the ability for background apps to access cellular data. "When...

  • Android Nougat spreads its sweet love to Nexus devices

    We've waited a long time for the latest version of Android to launch (no, the developer previews don't count), but Android Nougat is now rolling out to Nexus devices. Google confirmed the news on its Android blog, saying that the update would be launching on the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G Android One handset. In other words, Nexus 5 owners are out of luck -- at least in an official capacity. "And there are many tasty devices coming from our partners running Android Nougat, including the upcoming LG V20 which will...

  • Google’s stock Android is great, but it’s not the holy grail

    "Pffft, stock Android is where it's at. Why would I want to use TouchWiz, EMUI, MIUI or any other useless skin?" That's been the refrain among hardcore Android fans for years now. Pure Android definitely has some lovely things going for it, but let's be honest here, it's not perfect by any measure. First, why do stock addicts love this implementation of Android? Let me count the ways... All the updates, none of the tackiness The biggest reason for going stock Android is because you're getting the latest versions of Android first. This is a big problem in the Android environment, where it's not...

  • Reigns and Train Conductor World: 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. Just put down Pokemon Go if you aren't sick of it already, because we've got some good mobile gaming picks this week. Our favourite games this time are Reigns and Train Conductor World, with four titles in total to be had. The Manga Works (Android, iOS) Prolific mobile game developer Kairosoft is back with another management game, this time, taking place in the world of manga comics. The game has you starting out as a...

  • 5 more decent Android & Windows smartphones under R1000

    About a year ago, we took a look at seven decent smartphones available for under R1000, but have times changed since then? We decided to revisit the topic, listing some capable smartphones that don't breach the one grand barrier. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 Last month saw the red network introduce the Smart Kicka 2, the sequel to 2015's cheapest and most capable smartphone in South Africa. It's still unclear exactly what kind of specs we're getting with the new handset. If it's anything like the Smart First again, expect a budget Spreadtrum quad-core A7 processor, 1400mAh battery, 512MB of RAM, 2MP camera and 4GB...

  • BlackBerry brings its suite of apps to all Android Marshmallow users

    BlackBerry's array of apps and services is nothing to scoff at, especially for business and enterprise users. We've already seen its Android apps leaking online though, but now the company is making it official with the release of BlackBerry Hub+. "BlackBerry Hub+ for Android is a new suite of apps that should be familiar to any BlackBerry 10 user. It helps centralise all of the user's communications into a single, unified interface, as well as help streamline many other productivity tasks such as Calendaring, Passwords, and many others," the company explained in a blog post. The suite is available as a 30-day trial,...

  • Fallout Shelter (PC) review: Vault-Tec now on PC

    Fallout Shelter is a free-to-play management game that puts you in control of your very own “Vault”, an underground bunker that has been built as a refuge to protect its residents from the plethora of dangers present in a post-apocalyptic world. It was originally released in June 2015 for iOS (August 2015 for Android), just a few months ahead of the critically-acclaimed Fallout 4 and garnered an impressive US$5.1-million in micro-transactions within the first two weeks of its release. Now, a year since its release, Fallout Shelter has finally made its way to PC. But as a game originally meant for...

  • BlackBerry DTEK50: a secure Android phone for $300?

    Secure Android smartphones, such as the BlackPhone range, haven't had much success in the market. Still, that hasn't deterred BlackBerry from releasing the DTEK50, being a full-touch Android smartphone with no physical keyboard. The new phone features a number of security and privacy features, such as the DTEK security software (to track permissions and when apps access certain functions) and modifications to Android Marshmallow 6.0. Aside from Android and a touch-only keyboard, the device also packs in a 5.2-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 16GB of expandable storage, a 2610mAh battery and 3GB of RAM. In an interesting move,...

  • 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...