Wouldn’t it be nice to have Beats Audio quality on your Android device? Well now you can, sort of.
Top mod AwesomeBEATS adds extra controls and boosts to your rooted device’s audio settings, letting you make the most of the audio options of Android. It’s a slightly fiddly process to get it installed though, and you’ll need a couple of apps and processes installed before you even get started to make it work. First off you’ll need a rooted device, and you’ll need to know what ROM you’re running as well. You won’t need a computer to work your way through this tutorial, but you should be pretty confident about what you’re doing when it comes to playing around with rooted devices, as we’re going to be poking around with the Linux-based innards of your phone or tablet using Terminal Emulator.
We ran the tutorial on a Nexus 7 (2012) rooted with WugFresh (wugfresh.com) and didn’t hit any major snags, but if you don’t know how to recover and restore your rooted phone, it might be best to get to grips with that before you try this. If you’re using a Nexus as well, get pro tips on restoring on page 40. When you’re ready, load up the Play store on your phone or tablet and we can start installing all the extra bits and bobs we need before we start installing AwesomeBEATS.
A bug that leaves more the half the world’s Android users vulnerable to malicious attacks has been found, but Google isn’t releasing a patch.
Security analyst Tod Beardsley has detected a bug in the WebView app that could open the door to hackers but Google isn’t addressing the situation because the operating system is too old.
The bug, which allows apps to look at webpages without the need to open a different app, only affects phones and tablets running Android 4.3 or earlier. Google’s response to Beardsley stated that it doesn’t develop patches for operating systems before Android 4.4 so will not be releasing a patch to close off the hole through which hackers can gain access to phones.
Only 40 per cent of Android users are on Android 4.4 or above so that leaves an incredible 60 per cent of users vulnerable to attacks if they use the WebView app. In its reply to Beardsley, Google said that they ‘welcome patches with the report for consideration. Other than notifying OEMs, we will not be able to take action on any report that is affecting versions before 4.4 that are not accompanied with a patch.’
There are some pretty slick things that the iPad and iPhone can do that would be nice to have on your Android device. One of them is gesture controls which involves pinching, swiping and tapping to navigate around your device.
With Good Mood Droid Gesture Controls you can add these to your Android device and you can create your own too. It’s pretty easy to get to grips with, and within a few minutes you’ll be using all sorts of gestures your own way to get around. You’ll need a rooted device, and you’ll need to download an app from the Google Play store. There’s nothing complex here, you won’t need to do much more than installing the app on your device and it shouldn’t take you more than a couple of minutes to get everything up and running. So grab your phone or tablet, point it to the Play Store and let’s get started.
1. Download the app
Samsung’s latest offering is the much-anticipated Galaxy A7.
Samsung has just announced their most recent assault on the mobile market and it is the successor to the Galaxy A5. The A7 is Samsung’s thinnest phone ever, measuring just 6.3mm, which is impressive considering the amount of technology they’ve managed to fit inside.
The phone holds two quad-core processors, which will make browsing and multi-tasking incredibly quick. The battery is a hefty 2,600mAh unit and it stores an impressive 16GB memory and 2GB of RAM.
It is also playing to the selfie market by including a five-megapixel front-facing camera with Ultra Wide Shot and Auto Selfie modes that you can operate with just a voice command. The rear-facing camera is 13-megapixel with LED flash mode.
Sony Xperia T3 users have been given an OS update, but it’s probably not the one they were hoping for.
Instead of the long-awaited Lollipop operating system, Sony Xperia T3 owners can now update their OS to Android KitKat 4.4.4.
This means that it has skipped 4.4.3 and headed straight to the most recent system that isn’t Android 5.0. It would have been something of a surprise had users of the mid-range Sony phone had been granted an upgrade to Lollipop as many higher value models are yet to receive their upgrade.
The LTE models have got a 18.1.A.2.25 build release while the 3G models have had a 18.1.A.2.32 build release.
If it looks like a games console, feels like a games console and plays like a games console, what is it? The new W3D phone from Snail, apparently.
Revealed at CES 2015, this is a mobile phone that is very much for the serious gamer. The left-hand side has a joystick and direction pad while the left-hand side has a second joystick and the usual diamond of buttons, mimicking the style of the Sony PSP.
Inside the phone is a 2.0GHz, A7+A17 eight-core processor, which, Snail claims, has an 87 per cent improved CPU and an 88 per cent improved GPU over, we assume, earlier models. The 4,000MAh battery is reported to provide six hours of continuous gameplay.
It features 3D tracking, much like the Nintendo 3DS, so you can game without 3D glasses, which is amazing fun. It also houses a 13-megapixel camera and has a dual stereo output on the pack so you can fully immerse yourself in your game. From an actual mobile phone point of view, the system runs Android KitKat 4.4