Access hidden menus with secret Android codes

One of the most popular practices amongst software developers is to leave ‘backdoors’ within the code, which essentially allow anyone with knowledge to get into the system at a much deeper level than you’d expect from an end-user. These backdoors aren’t always with a malicious intent; most of the time, they allow the OEM or programmer to get into the system for troubleshooting when other, usual modes of access have been blocked. They can be quite friendly and helpful if you know what you’re doing. Continue reading “Access hidden menus with secret Android codes”

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What does Google know about you? Everything from your favorite music to favorite App

So Google knows a big deal about everyone and everyone kind of knows it. Some people are really big on privacy issues and are a bit hesitant to let Google collect data from them, at least as long as they are aware about it. Google’s history with user privacy is well-known. The company has faced various lawsuits in the past. Mountain View knew early on that people will have trust issues and hence the company unofficially adopted the motto, “Don’t be evil” Continue reading “What does Google know about you? Everything from your favorite music to favorite App”

Samsung Galaxy S8 : Exynos 8895 vs Snapdragon 835

Yesterday, Samsung took the wraps off its new Exynos processor 8895 which has long been rumoured to be used in the International Galaxy S8 variants. The chipset is already under mass production since the Galaxy S8 might be unveiled on April 21st. The variant to be released in the USA will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, thnks to Qualcomm’s firm grasp on CDMA-related patents which make it rather compulsory for companies to release modified versions of their devices compatible with local bands, only solidifying Qualcomm’s monopoly in the USA.  Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy S8 : Exynos 8895 vs Snapdragon 835”

Will Nokia’s brand image provide enough of an edge? Let’s talk

Nokia smartphones are poised for a comeback after former managers at the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn. Nokia was once the world’s dominant cellphone maker but missed the shift to smartphones and then chose Microsoft’s unpopular Windows operating system for its “Lumia” range.

HMD Global, led by Nokia veteran Arto Nummela, wants to launch its first Nokia smartphone in the early part of next year using Google’s Android operating system.  Continue reading “Will Nokia’s brand image provide enough of an edge? Let’s talk”

Cyber week sale on Google Play

Cyber Monday is here and there are a ton of great deals out there, and the Google Play Store is currently home to a range of deals to coincide with Cyber Week. I’ve gathered here a list of the best deals that are available right now. Everything from games, movies and TV shows, books, apps, and more have seen steep discounts.

These deals end on November 29th so hurry. Continue reading “Cyber week sale on Google Play”

What’s Indus OS?

Indus OS is India’s homegrown operating system which is a forked version of Android, developed for the regional languages users in the country. Touted as the world’s first regional OS, the platform supports 12 major Indian languages at the moment. But don’t Android itself and all the forked versions of it, MIUI, Touchwiz included come with regional languages support already?

Well, they do, but it’s sort of a mixed bag. Unlike stock Android and other custom Android skins with support for Indian languages, in Indus OS, menu items, icon texts, et al too appear in the chosen regional language. Also, since it is targeted at first time smartphone users, the UI is smart and intuitive. Continue reading “What’s Indus OS?”

5 Tips for Shopping in the Black Friday Sale

As we all know, this upcoming weekend (including Black Friday!) is the biggest retail extravaganza of the year. It’s that time of the year when you will be hammered with Black Friday Sale deals all around you – online as well as offline. If you are on the lookout to score some good ones for yourself or your loved ones for this holiday season, you need to be well-prepared beforehand.

All deals are not ‘great’. Filtering out is important to ensure you buy products that have a seriously good deal to go with. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016, consumers should also watch out for scams that come through spam, insecure public networks and apps that might seem legitimate but could be taking over your phones and computers, experts say.  Continue reading “5 Tips for Shopping in the Black Friday Sale”

What is a Quantum Dot dispay? Is it better than OLED?

Most displays today — including all of those made by Samsung, Sony, Vizio and just about every other brand — are based on decades-old LCD, or liquid crystal display, technology. In the last few years something better has come along, called OLED, or organic light-emitting diode. OLEDs are genrally considered superior to LCD but as of now mostly it is a matter of preference to be honest.

The reason OLED displays are considered superior is because its a new technology, and it is already ahead of LCD, a much more mature technology, in various areas. Going forward as the OLED technology matures, it is sure to surpass LCDs. OLED displays may well replace the traditional LCD as the go to panel in the future, but it is facing competition from new display technologies too.  Continue reading “What is a Quantum Dot dispay? Is it better than OLED?”

You knew the Facebook app was draining your battery, but did you know how much?

Facebook is without a doubt one of the most active and biggest developers for the Android platform. The company does after all own three of the top free android apps. The official Facebook app recieves updates almost every week with improvements and bug fixes and what not. But as it stands, after more than six or seven years, the Facebook app is still growing more and more resource hungry.

A quick glance at the Google Play Store reviews shows that the Facebook app has often been criticized for issues related to battery draining and general performance. Facebook’s central item officer, Chris Cox, even encouraged his staff to switch to Android in order to live with the issues and figure them out.
Continue reading “You knew the Facebook app was draining your battery, but did you know how much?”

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