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What’s Coming Next in Android

So, Google I/O 2013 has come and gone, and against all expectations, a new version of Android was not announced. This goes against what everyone was expecting out of I/O 2013, and breaks the tradition for Google announcements. However, Google has decided to give current versions of Android a whole new bunch of features, as…

Google I/O 2013 Android Roundup

Another year, another I/O. The 2013 edition of Google’s widely anticipated developer conference has come and gone, and earlier this year too by about a month and a half. In general, Google has been working on a number of projects for that ten and a half months since (and probably before that too, but you…

Top 10 Best Uses for the Nexus 7 and Other Android Tablets

One of the most common discussion questions I come across when browsing various Android forums is “do you regret purchasing your Nexus 7 [or other commonly used Android tablet]?” Another is “I just bought a Nexus 7; what do I do with it?” When you read these questions, you may be tempted to respond by…

Top 5 Reasons to Root Your Android Device

“Rooting” is a term you may hear or see if you spend time listening to or reading the words of Android enthusiasts on blogs or forums, often tossed around casually as if every Android device owner should know what it is, how to do it, and its potential effects. Funnily enough, asking others the definition…

The Best Android Phones of 2012

Now that 2012 is squarely in the books, 2013 promises to deliver another bevy of high quality and not-so-high quality Android phones. But with the major phone releases for 2012 now in the rear-view mirror, we should revisit and reflect upon the year’s Android offerings by highlighting the year’s best phones. In doing so, we…

The Best Alternate Keyboards for Android

As any Android user knows, the most touted feature of the mobile operating system is customization. The extent to which users can modify their devices, even by simply installing applications, demonstrates the extent to which customization is possible even with minimal tinkering. One of the easiest tweaks users can make on their Android phones or…

Android Application Intents and You

The importance of applications to the success of a mobile operating system cannot be overstated: if users do not have access to a variety of applications, then why should they use a particular OS? But perhaps more important than the apps themselves is how well they function within the context of the OS in which…