Tailor your Sony Xperia smartphone’s battery mode to your needs with this simple mod
One of the best features of the Sony Xperia range of devices is the excellent battery life. Where other manufacturers often struggle, Sony seems to have it figured out – its phones and tablets not only have batteries that are often bigger than the competitors, but Sony has also done a great job at making its software particularly efficient.
As well as the built-in Stamina features, which allow the device to intelligently manage its activity when the screen is turned off – something that really makes a big difference in Android – Xperia devices also include Ultra Stamina mode.
Ultra Stamina mode is ideal for when your battery is running low and you know it’s going to be a while before you can get to a charger. It limits the activity on your device to a few core features such as phone, messaging and a few offline apps, while also disabling mobile data and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Join in ace reviewer and Little Green Robot regular Paul O’Brien’s unofficial OnePlus 2 AMA now
How’s the fingerprint reader? Does the standstone finish feel nice? Is it huge? How is OxygenOS? Any chance of an invite? If you want to know the answers to these questions and more, join in long-time Android Magazine and Little Green Robot contributor Paul O’Brien’s live Q&A on MoDaCo now.
The OnePlus 2 the hotly-anticipated successor to the OnePlus One handset and offers a high-spec Android experience for just £239, prompting the manufacturer to label their new phone the ‘2016 flagship killer.’ However, while the OnePlus One won over users by running CyanogenMod out of the box, this time around the OnePlus Two will offer the OEM’s own original interface, called OxygenOS.
You will be able to read an in-depth review of the OnePlus Two here on Little Green Robot later this week.
News aggregating services like News360 or News Republic can take some time to learn what kind of news a user is interested in.
Nuzzel: News From Your Friends, however, has quite a head start in this area because it brings you news from sources that it already knows you like and are interested in, specifically your friends on social media.
If one of your Facebook friends or someone you follow on Twitter shares a particular news story, it will appear on the Nuzzel news feed. The apps assumption is that if your friends or follow with someone you will share similar interests and therefore be interested by similar news stories.
So, its like Flipboard? To an extent yes, but Nuzzel has much more streamlined interface for easy reading. This is also why its preferable for reading news stories in the app, rather than in the overwhelming social network itself.
Lock down your data, create secure passwords and scan Wi-Fi to make sure it’s safe with these crack security apps
While Google has just committed to updating Nexus devices with monthly security updates and have patched the terrifying Stagefright flaw, the open source and fragmented nature of Android means that your phone or tablet are never going to be hundred per cent secure.
This means you have two options. Either you can smash your phone with a hammer, grab your bug-out bag and retreat to the woods to live in splendid isolation, or you can take precautions. If you choose the latter, here are nine apps to help make your device more secure. This includes monitoring your device from malware, keeping your passwords safe, blocking spam calls and how to find your phone again if you should lose it.
If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy Tab, Tab S or Tab A, you’ll need this ultimate tips guide.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab range is by far the best selling Android tablet series in the world, so odds are if you’re reading this and you’ve got a tablet, it will probably be a Galaxy Tab.
One of the reasons why it sells so well, apart from the Samsung name of course, is there there are so many things you can do on it, such as sync it with your Android phone, view two apps at the same time and enjoy over 13 million apps.
If this all sounds like a lot to get your head around then you’re in luck as we’ve put together a great guide that shows you how to do everything on a Galaxy Tab, including the recently released Galaxy Tab A.
The Moto G offers a flagship camera for a third of the usual price and a design you can customise before you buy
The Moto G has been given a big upgrade. The third-generation model still holds true to the principle that made its predecessors so popular: it offers a high-quality phone for a third of the price of most flagships. But with more and more budget phones claiming they offer ‘high specs, low price,’ has the Moto G (2015) upped the ante enough to distinguish itself from the competition?
Judging it solely on its looks, the Moto G (2015) might disappoint you. While other phones this year have placed an emphasis on a slender metal chasses, from the front the all-plastic Moto G (2015) looks more like the Samsung Galaxy S4 rather than the Galaxy S6. It’s also a chunky monkey with a 72.4mm width and curved back that ranges from 6.1-11.6mm.
However, its 5.5-inch display is bright and crisp with wide viewing angles, even if its pixel density of 294ppi (pixels-per-inch) is only a single pixel higher than its predecessor. It also has dual front-facing speakers that provide a booming loudspeaker during calls, though we did find them a little tinny for music playback.