This tutorials walks you through the steps of how to flash a custom ROM to your Android phone using the Flashify app
With Android fragmentation becoming increasingly worse and networks taking an age to roll out updates to devices, more and more users are looking for a way to upgrade their phone and take advantage of improvements to the operating system.
Although it is possible to gain speed benefits and new features using apps and tweaks, the best way to push your Android phone or tablet to the max is to flash a new ROM.
Traditionally this has been a potentially complex affair, requiring the user to find a ROM suitable for their phone, check that it meets their needs, download it, and then use a dedicated app to flash it. Guaranteed first time success can be hit and miss, leaving you with a lot of messing about and potentially a bricked phone…
Amazing new magazine for comic book lovers from SciFiNow launches on the Apple Newsstand
The team behind SciFiNow, one of Android Magazine’s sister publications, has today announced the release of Uncanny Comics, the first digital-only comics magazine designed specifically for the growing digital comics market.
Available on Apple’s Newsstand from only £0.69/$0.99 and released 13 times a year, Uncanny Comics’ fresh and fun coverage of the best new and classic comics directly drives readers to the Comixology and Marvel Unlimited apps and acts as the perfect gateway to the often overwhelming wealth of content now available on smartphone and tablet.
“With superhero movies at the height of their powers and digital comics opening up the marketplace to new readers, lapsed readers and geeks who simply can’t get enough, the world was crying out for Uncanny Comics,” said Editor James Hoare.
We review the Prestigio Multipad 4 Quantum 10.1, a budget Android tablet
Prestigio might not be a name you know well, but the company has been quietly launching smartphones and tablets for a while now. Its Multipad 4 series has three models, ranging from 7.85 inches to 10.1. We’re reviewing the largest.
For just £170 the specs are a predictable mix of good and bad. The quad core processor is a headline grabber – but remember not all quad core processors are equal. This one runs at 1.6GHz and is made by Rockchip. The processor isn’t right at the top of the heap, but we found its performance perfectly adequate for our needs. With 1GB of RAM it is arguably a little lacking in assistance, though.
There’s 8GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot so you can add more. To help you conserve internal space you are offered the opportunity to install a range of apps at startup – or ignore them. The range includes some games, social media clients and a range of utilities such as Google Translate.
We review the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2, two of the best new Android phones announced at Mobile World CongressKey specs
The specs of the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 are very similar. Both are powered by a Snapdragon 80 2.3GHz quad-core processor, with 2GB RAM. They both have a 1080p display (the S5 is SuperAMOLED and the Z2 IPS LCD).
The Z2 has 16GB of internal storage, and the S5 is available in 16 and 32GB versions. Both have microSD card slots. The Z2 has a higher resolution rear camera at 20MP compared to 16MP on the S5, and a slightly larger front facing camera at 2.2MP against 2.0MP. It also has a bigger battery: 3200mAh compared to 2800mAh.
We say: There’s not much in it. This is, however, a rare example of a Samsung flagship phone not completely outspeccing the competition.
With GMD you can create gesture controls for your Android phone. In this tutorial we’ll look at how you can launch your favourite apps and switch between tasks with a simple swipe of the screen
GMD Gesture Control, downloadable from the Play Store in free or premium versions for root users, gives you the ability to use multitouch and multitask gestures right across your device. A number of predefined gestures are included, but one of the strengths of the application is that you can also assign your own gestures to different functions.
One of the most powerful features is creating a gesture which allows you to hide the navigation / notification bars, perfect for those applications that don’t let you use them in a full screen mode.
Other included actions give you the ability to start a LaunchPad, start an application, switch to the previous application, switch to the next application, go home, kill the current application, go back, go forward, view the recent application list, open the recent application dialog, press the menu button, display the notification panel, start a launcher short cut (bookmark, contacts, settings, etc.), start a Tasker task, pause gestures, exit, turn off the screen, alt / tab, control your music (play/next/previous), change your device’s volume, start a search, start a voice search and select input method. An extensive list!
Images and specs of the new HTC One have been leaked ahead of its 25th March unveiling.
The successor to one of last year’s most popular phones, the HTC One, will be unveiled on 25th March.
The device will reportedly be available in white, grey and gold editions, and the latter two have already been shown off in images from the renowned Twitter leakster @evleaks. They reveal that the new version of the One will share a very similar design to the original, but with a few notable differences.