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Friday, 20 December 2013

How to use Flash on Android

I have been looking for the best way to use a browser that supports flash on android for a long time. I've always used the stock browser and chrome. I tried Puffin as well which is the best browser in a range of benchmarks (look for a post comparing android browsers on my blog) but it is only the best for american users. Keeps telling me that I can't watch BBC iPlayer programmes, for example, because Puffin's servers are in America.

Then came the Dolphin browser. The bonus is that it's visibly fast. I thought I was connected to a 4g network. See how this browser can let you use Flash even if you are on jelly bean.

http://www.androidpit.com/how-to-install-flash-player-on-android-4-4-kitkat

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Best 10 android browsers

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Browser-Wars-the-best-10-Android-browsers-go-toe-to-toe-part-1_id48166

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Galaxy Tab 3 8.0" 3/4g Quick Review after a week's use

So last week I decided to sell my galaxy s4 and to give my galaxy tab 10.1 to my father in law. Got £265 for my s4 on eBay by the way. I got thinking about which device could handle being both a tablet and a phone.

The galaxy tab 3 was top of my list. I chose the 8" because it's light and has the best camera of the tab 3s. Off I went to O2 Crawley were 3 staff laughed at me when I said I wanted the tablet to also use as a phone. They said the 3 or 4g only referred to data not gsm support. Little did they know that I always do my homework and know my Samsung gadgets. I bought it for £350 and put my O2 card in and that was it, a very functional big phone. I did let O2 know to inform their staff about the gadget's capability.

First thing I noticed was battery drain and Google+ was responsible for over 40%. This was with instant upload off. I uninstalled and all was restored. Before this I had 11 hours usage and after this I now have just over 24 hours with WiFi constantly on.

There was a lot of lag on the stock keyboard so I replaced it with Google's keyboard. Flows like butter.

The camera is awesome but it's disappointing that there is no flash. Luckily,  I don't use the camera flash.

In currently exploring memory card issues but nothing major. Will keep you updated.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Best Android Smartphones of 2013

Best Android smartphones of 2013 http://www.androidauthority.com/best-android-smartphones-2013-321012/

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Great News: Galaxy S5 coming soon!

Samsung Galaxy S5 coming sooner than later, says report http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57614100-1/samsung-galaxy-s5-coming-sooner-than-later-says-report/?subj=AndroidAtlas&tag=feed

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Learn the secrets of Google Now voice commands

Learn the secrets of Google Now voice commands (infographic) http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57613787-285/learn-the-secrets-of-google-now-voice-commands-infographic/?part=rss&subj=AndroidAtlas&tag=feed

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Why old phones are coming back

I remember the Nokia symbian days when I used to get apps from websites like psiloc.com. I have been a proud owner of a Nokia 6600 and Nokia E90 among others. I was starting to think that some of my favourite things about them had been lost.

I had psiloc ir remote installed when I went to Africa on holiday and managed to switch off televisions in a shop, which I thought was funny. This goes back 6 years or so. This was because these phones had infrared which I thought had been lost with the introduction of the Samsung galaxy range. Thank god it's back on the galaxy s4.

The symbian os v9 on my old Nokia E90 allowed me to have widgets that I could rearrange. I thought this had been lost with the introduction of the iPhone.

It seems that phone technology is going backwards. Some of the apps we had back then are still to be discovered. Magic profiles pro was very good and Google now has recently captured my favourite location based reminders e.g. Remind me to buy milk when I get to Tesco. Still a long way to go though to make it change profiles or launch apps based on gsm and calender entries. There are Android apps like Llama trying to address this but not as good.

I had an app called Socially for symbian which showed your contacts social network comments and updates within contacts so that you did not always need to go to say Facebook or Twitter. It was well integrated with notifications and again this is sometime ago.

I could go on forever. Best Mobile technology is in the past.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

10 Galaxy S4 "hidden" features and tricks

Samsung tips: 10 Galaxy S4 “hidden” features and tricks http://www.androidauthority.com/samsung-tips-10-galaxy-s4-hidden-features-tricks-247798/

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Google now used in real life situation

Google Now will change the way we use our smartphones http://www.androidcentral.com/google-now-will-change-way-you-use-your-smart-phone

Monday, 6 May 2013

Galaxy S4 - initial impression.

Got my Samsung galaxy S4 yesterday and have given it a run. The one underrated app is the watchon app. Basically, it's a remote control app which also makes suggestions for programs to watch based on your preferences. You can also watch these within the app as well. The remote control has worked brilliantly on my lounge and bedroom tvs and the sky+ box, as well as my Hitachi freeview box. You can also allocate and name different remotes to different rooms.

So far the battery life is better than on the galaxy S3 with most futures on. Just I've 24 hours.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Make calls and messages from your Tablet with O2's "Tu Go" App.

I have just been trying out this app from the mobile network giant O2. The app is called "Tu Go" and is for O2 subsribers only. I installed it on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 wifi only. The idea is that your O2 number is used to make calls and messages. You inclusive texts and minutes are used which is the one drawback compared to say whatsapp.

I was able to make calls from my tablet over wifi. The only issue i observed was that there was a slight delay when making the call i.e. when you press call, the recipient's phone will not ring for about 30 seconds. O2 acknowledges that there is a long way to go. They are making improvements to set themselves apart from the usual VoIP.

Update 5 March 2013
I had another go today. I noticed that Tu Go maintains your call and message log in sync with the phone logs. I turned the phone off and took the sim out of the phone. I was still able to make calls over wifi. I like this because if my phone runs out of battery (galaxy s3 only lasts a day) then i can call from my wifi tab which needs a charge once every 3 days or so. I will have both my call and message logs synced so can easily continue my conversations.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

One reason to be unhappy about the samsung galaxy S3

The galaxy s3 is a great phone and there is no better phone out there at the moment. In fact, the best combination of 2 great names (Samsung and Google) means that i can't wait to get my handa on the galaxy s4. I am hoping though that they fix one problem which is the battery life. i currently can not go a full day of normal use on one charge. I'm having to use my phone on power saving mode which is not ideal as i can't explore all the features the phone offers. It looks like my smart phone would have to be an ordinary one until this is sorted.