In issue 10 of Android Magazine we look at how you can upgrade the features on your phone without needing to buy a new device.
The latest issue of Android Magazine has gone on sale. In issue 10 you can discover how to add some of the features of the new batch of Android phones to your old phone, including music and video streaming, cloud services and speech recognition.
We also look at the new range of quad-core handsets and ask whether you really need all that power, and preview devices such as the HTC One X.
We also explore the issue of Android malware and security, and show you how you can control the permissions your apps ask for.
Is Sony’s SmartWatch a glimpse of the future for Android accessories? Read on to find out more.
The SmartWatch is part of Sony’s big picture idea of integrating your usage of all your Sony products in to one. It offers a unique way of syncing with your phone, while also doubling up as a standard watch.
The timepiece can be seperated from the wrist strap, and can instead be attached to your person. Although this is a great idea, the clip is a little loose, and due to its small size, you could find yourself easily losing it. The clip also fails to really hold the charger in place when the watch requires charging; usually every other day depending on use. The wrist strap is a little basic and bland, and a lot more could’ve been done to it design wise.
The SmartWatch is a second way of getting updates and storing apps that are also present on your Xperia phone. Using the touchscreen, you can swipe around the various menus on the SmartWatch and check your latest emails, Twitter feed or Facebook messages. Further apps are being regularly uploaded to Google Play.
Enter your best wildlife image for a chance to win an incredible photo safari in Africa, plus flights!
Digital Photographer magazine has teamed up with Capture Safaris to bring you a fantastic wildlife photography competition. We’re inviting you to enter your best wildlife images for a chance to win an incredible African photo adventure!The prize
The winning photographer will get to choose one of three amazing seven-day Capture Safaris tours for the ultimate photographic experience:Birds, Beast & Feast Trip to Ruaha/Selous 29 October – 4 November 2012 Big Cats of the Serengeti 11 November – 18 November 2012 Calving Season in the Serengeti 15 March – 22 March 2013
The tour combines the experience of an African safari with expert tuition from a pro photographer on-hand during your trip. You’ll have an experienced tour guide to help you explore the landscape and track the game. Your guide will help you to get into the ideal position for capturing the best shots throughout your safari.
Sony have announced their ICS schedule. Is your phone getting an upgrade?
Sony are ‘usually’ quite reliable with their schedules regarding updates to their devices, so it’s safe to say we’re getting quietly excited about seeing a new flock of ICS-infested Android devices. The Android 4.0 upgrade will however have to be manually installed on to your Sony device, instead of the automatic update which tends to happen.
This list of 2011 Sony handsets will be the first to receive the update starting mid-April:Xperia Arc S Xperia Neo V Xperia Ray
This second list of handsets can expect to see the update readily available for the devices late May/early June:
Source: Sony Xperia Blog
Want to read a digital edition of Android Magazine on your phone or tablet? You can now through the Zinio app, available for Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone. Read on to find out how you can subscribe today.
The long awaited digital edition of Android Magazine is now available. You can now read the world’s best Android magazine on your phone or tablet through the Zinio app.
Android Magazine is available as a 13-issue subscription or as single issues through Zinio, which has apps for Android phones and tablets as well as BlackBerry, WebOS and Windows Phone devices.
And having been blocked from Apple’s Newsstand service it is also the first time you’ll be able to read the mag on iPhone and iPad as well.
Keep an eye on your accounts with My Budget Book. But is it worth paying for?
Keeping an eye on what goes in and out of your back account is of vital importance to most people. My Budget Book aims to give its users a detailed and comprehensive system of being able to track and update your accounts wherever you’re. The app is easy to navigate, and each section is clearly marked. The downside to this is, is that there may be a few too many menus to wade through, and there’s plenty of financial jargon which may confuse some people.
The accounts system lets you add the details of any accounts that are in your name, and manage the transactions that take place through it. Once you’ve inputted several transactions, the app will form a bank statement styled document for you to look through. If looking through documents isn’t your thing, then you can check out several charts and graphs relevant to your accounts, and pinpoint where your expenditure is highest. This level of detail and accuracy is something not usually found in these type of apps, and it makes the app a real pleasure to use.
There’s plenty to like about My Budget Book, and if you’re looking for a sophisticated and comprehensive work app that will help you keep tabs of your account, then it really is second-to-none. The menu system is great, but the various choices may confuse some users, however.