There’s some absolute gems in this week’s Google Play apps of the week.Thomas Was Alone
Narrated by Danny Wallace, Thomas Was Alone is a charming puzzle game that sees you navigate through levels using a variety of characters. Each character is represented by a different shape that has their own strengths and weaknesses.
We pit the four best flagship phones against one another. Which will win?
Boasting the highest specs, latest features and best builds, flagship phones offer the most polished Android experience, but come at a high price. Retailing around £550, you want to be certain you’re getting the best deal in terms of style, power and functionality from your smartphone before you buy. To help you make your decision, we’ve vigorously compared market leaders, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, along with relative newcomer the HTC One M8 and Motorola’s low-cost, but high-spec Moto X, and then crowned one the best smartphone in the world.
—–Samsung Galaxy S5
To celebrate the launch of this new digital magazine for Raspberry Pi, you download a sample issue for free
To celebrate the launch of this new digital magazine for Raspberry Pi, you download a sample issue for free.
Packed with step-by-step tutorials, expert tips, and creative projects, RasPi is designed to help coders get hands-on with their device and unleash its vast potential.
From the team behind Linux User & Developer, one of the world’s most successful open source magazines, RasPi offers readers an alternative way of consuming the team’s inspiring Raspberry Pi content. The digital magazine is 52 pages of easy-to-follow tutorials, projects, expert advice and community chat. Issue one includes how to set up a Raspberry Pi and get started in coding. Normally priced at 69p/99c, RasPi magazine can be sampled free of charge with an exclusive ‘Build a Pi Buggy’ tutorial.
Use the Condi app to streamline and automate your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth usage.
NFC tags have been around for ages, but still remain one of the best ways to automate certain aspects of your phone. Alongside the Condi app, NFC tags can be used to automate your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth usage. Check out the following tutorial to find out more.
This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine. For more tips, tricks and tutorials for all things Android, buy the latest issue here.
Improve the speed and overall performance of your device by minimising RAM usage
Even though you may not be using a certain app, chances are it’s still running in the background and unfortunately this means it’ll be using some of your device’s RAM. Having numerous apps running in the background can lead to issues with your device’s overall performance. Tasks can take longer to complete, while navigating between menus and apps can be a bit of a chore.
That’s not to say that all background processes are detrimental to your device, as the small number that are linked to your device’s core processes need to be running at all times to keep your phone or tablet safe from intermittent restarts and crashes.
The Google Play store has a plethora of utility apps that can cut out background processes for you, and in turn can generally speed up your device in certain areas. In this tutorial we’re looking at the Hibernate, which temporarily freezes background processes but leaves the user with complete control on what they want to freeze at any time.
Could the Nexus 6 be the ultimate Android phone?
We’re getting near the time where we expect Google to announce the next Nexus device, which many believe will be the Nexus 6. For the most part, Google has been tight lipped on what we can expect from the new Nexus, but that hasn’t stopped various rumours from ‘verified’ sources from hitting the web. We’ve put together some thoughts on what we expect to see from the Nexus 6.Nexus 6 specifications
If the trend continues, we expect to see LG manufacture the Nexus 6. They did a superb job at crafting the Nexus 5 and it would seem a bold move for Google to look elsewhere. If this turns out to be the case, then the chances are that the Nexus 6 will be closely based on the LG G3. This would mean 3GB of RAM and as its name suggest, a 6-inch display. Google has been famed for using the Nexus line to bring some great new concepts to Android, and this time around many believe we’ll see a fingerprint scanner now included. According to the Taiwan Daily Press, we could potentially see an octa-core processor included in the Nexus 6.Nexus 6 release date
This one we’re fairly certain one. Keeping with tradition, Google will almost certainly release the Nexus 6 in late October/early November. Expect the Nexus 6 to go on-sale on the Google Play store the same day it’s announced.