Safe Android Apps Download – Not Like Searching for a Needle in a Haystack of Data

Android OS based devices are ruling the electronic world today. Android Smartphones are the only ones that can be said to have affected the growth of the mighty iPhone. The main reason behind such huge popularity of the Android devices is not just because the OS is from Google but also because of the fact that there is no scarcity for free applications for Android based devices that makes them popular. Though there is no scarcity for the free Android apps, unfortunately, along with free stuff comes in the problem of malware and viruses. The potential risk of getting the Android devices infected with virus or malware is keeping many of them stay away from enjoying loads of free Android apps. Statistics indicate that 18,000+ new Android applications appeared just during this month (November 2010 alone). Certainly, looking for safe virus free Android applications would seem like searching for a needle in a digital haystack of data. However, here is the key to sort out the safest Android applications from the rest.

The best Protection Against Virus, Malware and Spyware:

Well, this is not about any advertisement about some antivirus program for your Android device. In fact if you go behind searching for the best antivirus for your Android device, you’d probably end up in getting a virus itself. So the best protection against all vulnerabilities of your Android device is to spot the best one. Just keep on reading to know how to spot the safest free Android apps.

* User reviews, comments and ratings the main deciding factor – The primary deciding factor to confirm the safety of the free Android apps is the user reviews. As the Android applications are getting widely used, there would be many first time users for every application and they would definitely share their experiences with the application. If there are similar negative feedback from the users, it is obviously wise to stay away from that application.

* Ignoring Permission Alerts are paths to breach of personal information – All the Android powered devices carry sensitive personal information. Due to people’s tendency to install and try all the free applications, scammers can gain easy access to this info as well. According to certain surveys, only 1 out of 10 people read the installation instructions and the permission alerts. Ignoring the permission alerts (such as the ones that need your permission to access your address book) will be like opening the doors wide open for the scammers. Read the permission alerts carefully while installing free Android apps. If there are no permission alerts during installation, you can always see the permission setting buy navigating to “security” through market- menu- downloads-select app – menu – security.

* Android apps download from sites that provide a wealth of resourceful and useful information – There are many spots online where you can find free Android apps along with lots of details. Always look for info such as history of previous versions of the application, permissions needed, user comments, application evolution history etc.

The bottom line is that the key to best protection from adware, malware, viruses and other security vulnerabilities with free Android apps lies within the information provided about the app along with the feedback and comments from the users.



Secrets To Androids From T-Mobile

T-Mobile is an excellent option if you are looking for an Android phone. With competitive plans, high speed connectivity, and their great selection of Android devices (currently supporting thirteen Android phones), you cannot go wrong with T-Mobile.

T-Mobile is the third largest service provider and was recently purchased by AT&T for $39 Billion. The provider will most likely keep its identity as T-Mobile while benefiting from economies of scale from this union, providing you even better coverage at lower rates including international calling due to T-Mobile’s affiliations abroad. T-Mobile has the quickest 4G network in the United States with average download speeds of 2.3 Mbps. To take advantage of these high speeds, you need to be using either the myTouch or the G2 phones. In addition to great connectivity speeds T-Mobile boasts the lowest rates out of the top providers with their unlimited talk, text, and data packages at $80 per month. To give you an idea of current rates; for unlimited everything on Sprint and Verizon, you will pay $110 and $120 respectively. For an extra $10 per month you can turn your myTouch cell phone into a mobile hotspot and connect up to five other devices to the internet. This feature is quick and easy to set up and is excellent if you are traveling with your laptop.

Out of the T-Mobile Androids, the myTouch 4G is the pick of the phones.

Its stand out features include:

  • Rapid 1 GHz processor chip allowing quick internal use of the phone, even when there are a number of apps running at once.
  • 3.8 inch display giving you a high quality touch screen experience
  • front facing VGA camera allowing video calling
  • HTC Sense user interface in conjunction with Android 2.2 (Froyo) will give you a user friendly and intuitive interface to work with.
  • Mobile hotspot capabilities
  • Well design metal casing mixed with ceramic plastic bezel, giving the phone a premier feel.

A good alternative to the myTouch 4G and until recently was the number one choice out of the T-Mobile Androids, is the G2. Things that you might prefer from the G2 over the myTouch is the physical keyboard. It is still arguably quicker and more practical to type on a physical keyboard. If you are going to spend a large amount of time emailing and texting this might be the option to take. Another feature you might prefer is the Vanilla Android user interface of the G2 running on the Android 2.2 operating system. Another good option is the HTC HD7. It is running a 1 GHz processor so it’s quick to run applications, with little or no lag time experiences. The user interface has got a lot of positive feedback, as well as the web browsing functionality. However, the HD7 did not get the upgrade to 4G connectivity; as a result the connectivity is not as good as the G2 and myTouch. In addition, battery life on this phone is fairly poor. If you are looking for a light and slim phone that still has impressive specs, the Samsung Vibrant is a good option.



Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone Review – Design and Performance

In this second and final part of our review, we discuss the design and performance aspects of the Samsung Galaxy S3, one of the most successful  smartphone  handsets ever released.

S3 Design

The Galaxy S3 is surprisingly light and slender considering the size of the screen. It is only 8.6mm thick (the Galaxy S2 was 8.9mm thick) and weighs 133g. By comparison the HTC One X is 8.9mm and 130g whilst the iPhone 5 is 7.6mm thick and weighs a feather-light 112g. The new Galaxy S4 with its Sony Xperia Z rivalling 5 inch screen is 7.9mm thick and 130g.

A smoother, rounder look debuts on the S3 taking over from the more rectangular look of its predecessor, the S2. The pebble-style casing reminds us of the Galaxy Nexus  smartphone  and although doesn’t look that modern, the gentle curves allow the hand to mould around the device. It is good to see that the camera is now almost flush with the main body of the phone as opposed to the slightly ugly and awkward raised lens housing sported by the S2.

As is now standard  Android   smartphone  fare, the three back, home and menu buttons are at the bottom of the screen, with only the home button a physical one, the other two being touch sensitive. The other keys are the power or lock key and the volume rocker switch, both located on the top right-hand side of the casing.

For a once range topping device the S3 feels a little cheap. Too much plastic is definitely the culprit and although it is of good quality, without any nicer materials such as aluminium, titanium or Kevlar (as found on the Motorola Razr i XT890) it really struggles to feel premium. We’d much rather have a little extra weight if it meant we could loose a bit of the plastic.

The acres of smooth plastic also don’t help with the handling of the device as it is often a little too shiny and slippery to be gripped firmly. For those looking for a more upmarket feel, the HTC One, iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia T are three  smartphones  that offers more premium materials.

The S3 is available in blue or white, but as with most of Samsung’s popular handsets, look out for special edition colours such as red, pink or silver in the future.

S3 Performance

The S3 packs a 1.4GHz quad-core processor inside its slender shell, and although the handset has been superseded by the S4 (although not replaced, it is now seen as a ‘budget’ model) it still has more then enough power, both in terms of data processing and graphics rendering. HD video is handled extremely well and general in-use performance feels really slick, lacking the sluggishness often present on lower end handset such as the Nokia Lumia 520 or Sony Xperia J. It also manages to beat the similarly priced Motorola Razr i, for the most part because the Razr relies on a fast but single core only CPU.

The S3 even compares well to the latest handsets such as the iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia Z, with the S3 having plenty enough power to tackle most of the games in the Google Play store.

Large, high-definition screens, multi-core processors and the desire for slimmer handsets are all the enemy of acceptable battery life. To combat this, Samsung has given the S3 a power saver mode to extract the maximum battery performance by limiting CPU use, wireless activity, screen brightness, altering background colours and limiting vibrations and sound feedback. This, coupled with the user removable 2,100mAh battery, allows the Samsung to achieve more than acceptable battery performance.

It is worth noting that Samsung sell a larger 3000mAh replacement battery for around £45. Those that may be interested in this product need to note that the battery is slightly larger than the standard one, so it comes with a slightly chunkier back cover.

Conclusion

The Galaxy S3 can be seen as an evolution of its predecessor, with the notable enhancements being a bigger screen, more CPU power and a slimmer design.

The fact that the newer Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z haven’t really made the S3 look dated are testimony to the specification that is packed into this handset. With a powerful processor and a 4.8″ screen the S3 will be a relevant phone for several years to come. It also poses the question of whether top tier  smartphones  such as the Google Nexus 4, HTC One, or Sony Xperia Z are really worth the additional cost.



Motorola Android Tablet PC Review

Motorola’s Android tablet has set a new standard for tablet computing. Motorola’s digital tablet sports a 10-inch screen and runs Google’s Android operating system. In partnership with Verizon, customers of Verizon’s FiOS digital pay-television service can manage their home television entertainment with the tablet. The Motorola tablet offers a number of significant hardware and software features unavailable in any similar device.

The Motorola tablet provides a portable, in-home TV solution to FiOS customers. It enables customers to watch streaming content throughout the house, to watch FiOS videos on the go, and to stream content from house DVR to tablet over the home Wi-Fi network. The Motorola Tablet PC is even designed to function as a giant remote control and program guide for a flat-screen television.

The Android operating system which drives the Motorola tablet pc ensures full compatibility for Adobe Flash. Flash underpins 90% of web video. Some manufacturers back an alternative standard, HTML 5, but customers have clamored for Flash support on mobile devices. Since the 2.2 Android Froyo release, Flash has been supported on all compatible mobile hardware.

The Motorola Tablet PC also provides two cameras. One lens operates from the rear of the device and offers both video and still capture. The second camera faces forward, above the tablet display. Such a configuration easily enables video conferencing from the tablet. Video conferencing is seen as a critical next generation service within the mobile device market.

A Verizon Mobile Hotspot feature allows the Motorola tablet to share its wireless data connection. The 3G Mobile Hotspot provides Wi-Fi access for up to four additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices when you are within the Verizon Wireless Broadband Services Rate and Coverage Area.

The tablet pc market is the latest battleground in a mobile device war which has set device makers, Microsoft, Google, and Research in Motion against Apple. IMS Research forecasts 102 million tablets will ship worldwide in 2015, with one-third 3G enabled. Roughly 40% will be deployed by ISPs.

Motorola’s 10-inch tablet display is the largest in its class. Display size differentiates a tablet from a smartphone. Tablets can serve as a full-sized paper replacement. They preserve formatting and also display images, diagrams, charts, and videos. Tablets have even been touted as saviors of the print magazine industry.

Tight integration with TV is a significant competitive advantage for Motorola against other tablets from rival Android developers, and against Apple’s iPad. Android tablet devices have been in the works from a myriad of manufacturers including Samsung, LG, and HTC. Even Best Buy has thrown their hat into the tablet ring.

Motorola’s Android Tablet is a compelling proposition. It addresses some perceived weaknesses of the market-changing Apple iPad, which opened the floodgates to a deluge of similar tablet devices. Motorola has delivered a feature-rich tablet, which is simultaneously both thinner and lighter than the iPad. The integration with Verizon’s FiOS television service ensures that the Motorola Android tablet will deliver on the company promise to be at the center of a convergence between mobility and the home.



Reward Yourself With a Free Motorola Droid X

What do you get from a free Motorola Droid X?

Pretty much the same with what you’ll get if you buy one for about $300.

This thin-bodied android smartphone features the following:

• a large touch display

• 24 GB of memory

• HD output to TV

• 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture

• GPS navigation including a full turn-by-turn direction

• FM radio

• 3.5 mm headphone jack

• Wi-Fi and voice search

How can you possibly get a Motorola Droid X for free?

If you haven’t noticed all those promotional giveaways all over the net yet, use your search engine to look then up. These promotional offers give almost anything away not just android smartphones. These offers are there because they are a means to successful product advertisement. So does this mean you have to buy some product first before getting a freebie?

No. All you have to do are the following:

1. Look for a legit promotional offer.

2. Register with the rewards site with the required information. This information may include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

3. If there is a survey, complete the questionnaire

4. Complete some sponsor offers – these are free-trials mostly. Merchants who advertise on rewards sites merely ask people to try out their new products without obligation to pay. If you don’t want their product, simply cancel the offer after the specified trial period.

5. Refer friends

After every required step is completed then expect your free Motorola Droid X to arrive in the mail in a few days. So instead of spending $300 on a brand new phone, wouldn’t it be better to get it free?



Smartphones – Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry, iPhone, Samsung?

The new breed of mobile phones, the smartphones are taking over the mobile market and there are several variants flooded in the market. Which one to choose is the question that needs to be solved. Giants of mobile phones, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry or iPhone, all of them trying to make their niche in the clutter of smartphones, each of them master in their own right!

iPhone has managed to get maximum market share in the Americas while in European countries, Blackberry and Nokia still have presence at large. India and China and other Asian countries are dominated primarily by Nokia and Sony Ericsson. Each company trying to get into the markets of the others by adding new features every now and then. If we look at the strengths of each of the manufacturers, Nokia is known for its amazing variants, their latest offering E7 smartphone seems promising and they have, if i have to speak from an Indian context, launched the phone at a premium price before Sony Ericsson is launching a similar phone in their XPERIA series ie. Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pro. What could be the primary reason behind it?

The reason being simple, symbian operating system, after enjoying popularity over the past decade, has been overshadowed by the android operating system. Although, Symbian is the proprietary operating system of Nokia, they must try and come up with phones that are android driven, primarily because they might be able to fight more effectively against other competing phones. Blackberry is known for its amazing operating system Blackberry OS, but they are more known for their secure form of email sending communication.

iPhone is also at a very high position when it comes to features in smartphones. Steve jobs has done a tremendous job in making iOS a success. Also, all one has to do is browse “App Store” and download whatever application one wants. Nokia also has its own “Ovi Store” on similar lines. iPhone are also known for its stylish and sleek designs. Android driven phones have, again on the similar lines of “App Store” and “Ovi Store”, a on phone “Android Market”. But the number of free applications available on Android Market is far more than their counterparts. Sony Ericsson one of the leading manufacturers of android based phones has made an entire series of XPERIA phones based on Android technology.

Sony Ericsson is known for its amazing quality of phones be it aesthetic sense, battery life, operating system, the processor speed and design. Another giant in the smartphone market Samsung is also competing heavily with its counterparts, primarily in the Asian market. They have come up a combination of phone series, some of which run on Android, while some others run on their proprietary Operating System “BADA OS”. If one has to talk about the camera and picture quality, it is generally noticed that given a particular megapixel, Sony Ericsson phone cameras are far superior than any of their competitors’ cameras.

Pricing for all the phones shall vary based on the geographical area, the competition amongst the companies in the area and hence no insight can be given on this aspect with certainty, but since Sony Ericsson, iPhone are famous example of companies using market skimming strategy, you can safely assume that they shall try to sell their products at a premium price basing the hike in the price on their “quality” of product. Nokia and Samsung on the other hand, if i have to speak from an Indian market aspect, would try to have two sets of phones, one would be highly prices but generally not higher than competing Sony Ericsson or Apple phones, and another set of phones which would be affordable and would be if not very low, moderately priced thus trying to use market penetration strategy and try to reach the middle class income bracket. Thus one must choose their phone after doing thorough research in and around their neighborhood, you never know your phone of your dreams might just be cheaper there!



Dual SIM 3G Enabled Android Phone With 3D Interface

Have you ever heard of a Dual SIM   Android   Smartphone ? If not, you should know about the new View Phone 3, which is about to be launched very soon. This phone has a Dual SIM slot and can support Android 2.3 Ginger bread operating system. There are few other phones with same features like View Phone 3. But this phone is better in budget and additional features.

This is the world’s first dual  Smartphone  which has already become a hot favorite to many people. With its amazing 3.5 touch screen ability, View Phone 3 stands unique. The screen resolution of this phone is 320 x 480 pixels. This is a decent screen offered by any mobile with that price range. Also View Phone 3 got an amazing 5 Mega Pixels camera with auto focus. Which will allow you to take amazing clicks even when the surrounding is dull? The super fast 800 MHz processor will allow you to run multiple applications at a time and make sure there is no lag in middle. This is the best choice in a decent budget price range.

The 512MB RAM will never let your applications wait for FCFS state or SCJ state. View Phone 3 has got a decent RAM for using more applications at a time with lesser memory. The phone is enabled with WIFI and Bluetooth which allow you to stay connected even in remote areas and WIFI hotspots. The WIFI in View Phone 3 is pretty decent and can be used consistently anywhere and anytime. The 2.0 USB will allow you to transfer the data from one phone to another phone with good transfer rate. Usually now phones are not enabled with phone to phone Bluetooth. This has become a major complaint with Windows phones. Thank god android is not one among those phones which punish you for buying them.

Usually we all love to use Top Android Applications in our mobile. It has a gravity sensor which will decide whether the screen should turn to sideways or be straight when turned around. Usually this is very useful and fun oriented when you play games like Racing and Temple run. View Phone 3 also has a compass which is very useful to track your direction of location.

The 1500mAh battery will keep you live for more than a day when completely charged. It also contains a View Scene 3D interface which is amazing to use. This 3D interface will make you feel amazing while navigating the menu or home page. You can use or upload latest 3D interfaces in your mobile phone. There are many out there in market. Just you got to install them in your View Phone 3.

View Phone 3 is priced around Rs: 9,990 in India which comes to be around $188 in USD. Getting such a wonderful phone in that less price is real amazing to know. If you are waiting for this phone and want to own it, you have to wait few more days. Because there is not much information available in the official site of View Sonic. We will update it as soon as the info is out. Till then keep reading our other articles and leave your valuable comments in here.



Photo Editing Apps on Android Devices

There was a time when editing photos was synonymous to Photoshop – the iconic image processing tool from Adobe. However, with smartphones and tablets being preferred over personal computers for day-to-day computing purposes these days, the momentum has shifted towards mobile apps that can digitally enhance your photos in a matter of few touches. Android is undoubtedly the leading mobile operating system provider, and has several free and paid apps that can transform your normal images taken from the phone camera to extraordinary photos that can be shared with your online friends. Here, we delve deeper into some of the most popular image editing apps available on Android.

a. Google+ Photos: Google is betting large on digital photography to increase the popularity of its social layer, Google+. Images from your smartphone or tablet can be directly uploaded on the Google+ Photos section, which is a good way to keep instant backup of your images. Moreover, the app provides a plethora of enhancement features aimed to modify light settings, remove undesirable blur and apply post-processing effects on the images. The features that stand out are its Auto-enhance utility, which is a one-touch option to auto-correct your image quality; and the auto-awesome facility that creates a motion GIF file based on similar-looking photos.

b. Snapseed: This image-editing service started as an individual endeavour, but was later acquired by Google to integrate it with Google+. Even after the much-publicised acquisition, it remains a separate entity in the Play Store. Apart from providing the regular image editing tools, it offers a huge range of frames that add a funny and memorable angle to your photos.

c. PicsArt: PicsArt provides a simple yet feature-rich interface to transform your digital images. Apart from directly editing photos taken from its inbuilt camera, it can work upon your old images as well. The app provides several pre-formatted effects such as Sepia, smart blur, HD, black & white, and many more. Additional features of this popular app include the ability to create simple collages from a collection of photos. Similarly, a feature resembling the Microsoft Paint allows you to create free-hand designs using the touch screen.

d. Adobe Photoshop: The original pioneers of digital image processing has made its presence felt in the most popular mobile operating system through the official “Photoshop” app. Although it does not support all the features of the desktop version, it provides users with the classic experience of Photoshop in an app that can be downloaded and installed for free.



Android Market – Akin to Apple’s App Store?

  Smartphone  users who think they won’t have many apps available to them on the Droid phone will be happy to know that Google’s  Android  Market offers just over 16,000 different apps for users to enjoy. Android market is, in many respects, just like Apple’s iPhone Apps Store. It is an international marketplace where people can login and purchase all kinds of apps, from the fun to the practical and useful. The Android Market application comes pre-installed on all Droid phones, so users can take advantage of apps right away. More and more people are looking to increase the flexibility of their  smartphones , and apps like the ones featured on  Android  Market allow them to take the power of their desktop and laptop computers out of the office and into the real world.

The process of developing and marketing an Android application online is really no different from what iPhone developers do. An Android developer would first try to find a niche that a new Android application could fill, develop the application, and then sell it. There may be well over 16,000 apps on Android Market, but even though this is so, there is always room for innovation. New Android entrepreneurs become successful every day with well crafted, strategized, and marketed applications. When a new app enters the Android Market, it can grow very quickly into a passive source of revenue for its creator. In layman’s terms, this means you get to play golf much more often.

There are other venues for selling Droid phone applications, but none of them are nearly as well-recognized or sought after as Android Market. One might want to make the comparison between eBay and every other auction site. Because eBay started off popular and has the most aggressive marketing plan, nobody even comes close to touching it.

If you have an idea for an Android application, Appiction’s team of strategists and marketing specialists will take all of the right steps to ensure its success on Android Market. We have been in this business for years and were there when Android Market first opened its doors to developers looking to sell their innovations. We know which combination of application strategy, development, and marketing will be the most profitable on Android Market with the lowest possible cost. The  smartphone  world is going through a revolution that will make all of our lives more fun and easy. Appiction is here to help you to profit from it.

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Samsung Galaxy I7500 Android Phone Review

The latest buzz word from the world of Google to cell phone operators is the chic Android phone. Samsung the electronics giant has taken a great leap in venturing into the Android world. With the introduction of Samsung Galaxy i7500 it has thrown challenge to other brands. As there are many relatively new and exciting features in Samsung Galaxy Android phone backed with Google’s infrastructure, mobile users all over the world are sure to invest in this new technically savvy phone.

The new android phone is impressive with two important features combined like the pocket PCs and phone with touch screen. Great efforts by technicians and scientific inputs have made this phone a big attraction among mobile users. This phone is the slimmest version among all the available ones in this range. The screen covers a large space and weighs as light as a feather. The colours and picture displayed are of superior quality. It is user friendly in outdoors under direct sunlight. It has a keyboard that is different from the regular phones and the interface is user friendly.

The popularity of this device is that each program in it runs on its own environment. It provides additional security to the user data. As Android is open source, new products and services available on this phone are cheaper and faster. This device has live folders and they get automatically filled with content. The best part about the live folder is that it can accommodate any kind of information. The keyboard is a virtual on-screen keyboard. The contact menu is kept simple. It has all the features to make dialling and registering names and numbers quickly and easily. The MMS and SMS operating features are simple and user friendly. It has provisions for Bluetooth, WI-FI, USB cable and other devises. The in-built memory is enormous and transfer of data takes place within seconds. The camera in the device has a LED flash and auto focus. It has various multimedia codec formats and enough battery life.

It is easy to retrieve audio and video images automatically despite wherever they are stored. The video and audio player is simple with straightforward operation with great quality output. The applications featured are latest supported by Google. The song catalogue is wide to represent songs and when lynched with Wi-Fi the output is great. The calculator is touch optimised. YouTube application is quick clear-cut. The online music compensates for FM radio. All the above features of Samsung Galaxy i7500 android phone make it an interesting purchase.