Why fingerprinting is set to be so important in Android 6.0
Fingerprint recognition has been a key part of a number of high to mid-range phones for a good couple of years now.
However, as with so many aspects of Android, it has been hugely fragmented across devices and has never been standardised. Marshmallow will be the first Android version to make this step towards standardising fingerprint technology in all compatible devices. This will make it possible for Android app developers to make greater use of this secure identification feature. This should benefit the privacy of Android users around the world.
What else do I need to know about fingerprinting in Android Marshmallow?
Pre-loaded apps don’t cost you as much space as you might think.
Bloatware is annoying, but it isn’t the waste of space that you probably think it is. Having an app pre-installed does not eat into your available storage and uninstalling it will not free up space, even if you use a root-based method.
A device’s storage is partitioned into several sections. These include a data partition, the bit where all your stuff goes, and a system partition, where the OS is. Pre-installed apps go into the system partition. Uninstalling an app from here does free space in the system partition, but that space will not become available for anything else, so it’s a moot point really.
Incidentally, it’s the same with anything else that is pre-installed: ringtones, wallpapers, sample movies and so on. Sometimes these apps can be uninstalled, such as through the Play store by going to Settings>Apps and locating it there. If not, it can almost certainly be disabled in the same place.
Use the Locket Lock Screen app to read the news that matters to you
Sometimes you want to read the news, but you don’t want the hassle of unlocking your phone in a public place. Step forward Locket, the handy app that lets you select what news you are interested in and then drags it onto your lockscreen. It’s useful as it gives you information on the go, but keeps your mobile secure.
You can select which topics you are interested in, scroll through stories, read them or save them for later. This tutorial will show you how to do all of the above to help make your lockscreen a much more entertaining and useful part of your phone.
What arrrr our thoughts on Plunder Pirates?
Launched on iOS last year, Midoki’s seafaring strategy MMO has finally landed on Android shores.
It plays identically and you can even continue your existing iOS game on Android by entering a special code – a nice touch for those who are juggling devices. Plunder Pirates offers a well-balanced combination of resource building, maritime exploration and good old-fashioned plundering of rival bases.
The early focus is on building up your island base, unlocking new structures and upgrading your defences and attacking capabilities. Key to all of this action is the production of gold and grog, from mines and distilleries respectively. The third currency in the Plunder Pirates universe is gems; these are more difficult to source, found occasionally while seafaring or earned via certain achievements.
Enjoy the look and feel of this Material Design music player app
Mobile music players can be tricky apps to negotiate. It is all too easy to get lost in a sea of album covers, playlists and artists. If you find this, then Phonograph Music Player might be the one for you.
At time of writing it is still in its beta with more features being promised, but right now it is a simple, attractive, easily-navigable music player. It works alongside Last.fm, giving users photos and biographies of the artists that they’re listening to.
The always-there play/pause button also enhances the user experience, making Phonograph a truly enjoyable app to use. If you are a technical music fan, you can also change the equalisation of individual songs to increase or decrease the bass at output of certain frequencies, allowing you to create your very own versions of your favourite songs.
Huawei’s flash sale of their new flagship phone, the Honor 7, results in a two-minute sellout
Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei has sold 200,000 Honor 7 models in just two minutes, averaging 1,667 sales per second during an online flash sale.
The new flagship handset boasts a 1080p 5.2-inch display, 64-bit Kirin 2.2GHz octa-core processor, 20.7MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 3GB RAM and microSD support.
The 16GB version sold for around £210, the middle dual-SIM version for around £230 and the 64GB version went for around £260. This is excellent value for the specs you get so it’s little wonder that the Honor 7s were snapped up so quickly and we imagine it will get similar results when it comes to Europe soon.