Find out how to selectively allow or deny Android app permissions requests, in this in-depth tutorial.
App permissions are one of the most controversial and confusing parts of the Android app world.
For security reasons many functions and data within Android are restricted, and inaccessible to apps. If an app requires access to one of these functions – such as the ability to access the internet over a 3G connection, or use the GPS hardware – it needs to explicitly request permission.
When you download an app you’re presented with a list of all the permissions the app is requesting so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Iconia tab owners will soon get their hands on some ICS goodness. Read on to find out more.
Acer have finally unveiled their plans for the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update to their A100 and A500 Iconia tablets.
Updates for both the A100 and A500 will start to roll out in the US from the 27th of April. Anybody living in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Latin America will also receive the same update for their tablets on the 25th of April, but will have to wait longer for the A100 update.
There’s no news on when the rest of the world can expect the update, but we’ll update you as soon as we know.
Beam your favourite videos directly to your television with Twonky Beam. But is it worth a download?
Your smartphone is capable of a lot of things, and the apps you choose to download can increase the functionality of your device even further. Twonky Beam is one app that takes the functionality of an Android device, and aims to attempt something completely different.
The app acts as a beaming service, allowing you to instantaneously send videos you watch through the Twonky app, directly to your TV. Upon opening the app for the first time, there’s a tutorial that will give you the insight in to how the app works, and is definitely worth following.
The home screen is filled with various sites which offer video content. Some sites are more recognised than others, but all include a decent amount of media content on them. Some video content on certain sites will only work in certain countries, and one or two required payment to view some videos.
Instagram is one of many photo-editing apps available on the Google Play store. But is it the best?
The Instagram app has long been established as one of the most sophisticated and best designed photography apps available for iOS, and now finally it’s readily available for Android devices.
There are two very distinct sides to the apps that will cater for two very different audiences. On one side you have a strong social aspect, with the ability to contact other users and add your Facebook contacts to your Instagram experience. There’s a profile system that can be used to showcase your details and what photos you like; although it was a little bit basic when compared to many other social media juggernauts. As you browse through photos, you can leave comments and ‘like’ them, or follow that person’s photo stream to have full access to any photo they then upload.
The photography aspects will cater for any novices looking to add a simple effect to one of their photo’s, or seasoned photographers looking for a new way to edit and showcase their work. There are a variety of effects that can be applied, including many colour and light variations. Simple editing techniques like cropping are also present, and clearly labelled making them easy to find. The more serious editors will take much joy from the range of options available, and the more detailed options can be uncovered by exploring the app fully.
Google’s cloud storage service is set to be released next week. Read on to find out more.
We’ve seen a sudden rise in the amount of cloud servers that Android users have access to, and you can now add Google Drive to the mix. The search engine giant will release their service with a sizeable 5GB of free storage, 3GB more than popular competitor Dropbox.
Users will be able to put their files in to the cloud server and access them from their Android device, or desktop computer. If any changes are then made to a file, it’ll automatically update across all the other platforms.
Although nothing has been confirmed, it’s expected that Google will soon unveil their various pricing plans for the service.
Fancy a trip to the 8bit era? Well read on for our 8bit ninja review.
The first thing you’ll instantly notice when you load up 8bit Ninja for the first time is the retro graphics that are reminiscent of games gone by. Everything from the menu system to the gameplay itself has been given a retro look, and it works flawlessly well.
The main object of the game is to dodge the fruit that’s falling from the sky. The longer you survive, the more customisations you’ll be able to buy from within the game’s shop with the currency you earn by surviving. Customisations range from simple power-ups, all the way up to new arenas and characters for you to use. As you play your ninja will also level up, thus unlocking even more items for you to equip your ninja with.
Although the game is free to download and play, there’s also the option to buy game currency to help you get power-ups and extras a lot quicker. If you play the game a lot, you’ll soon be able to get all the items you want without the need for you to purchase currency, but the option is there for those who can’t wait.