Apple loves to criticize the state of Android tablet apps when pushing its own iPad tablets. But just how bad is the Android tablet app situation? Should you avoid Android tablets like the Nexus 7 because of the apps?
Android allows developers to replace its keyboard with their own keyboard apps. This has led to experimentation and great new features, like the gesture-typing feature that’s made its way into Android’s official keyboard after proving itself in third-party keyboards.
Android allows you to customize your home screen, adding widgets, arranging shortcuts and folders, choosing a background, and even replacing the included launcher entirely. You can install icon packs to theme your app icons, too.
Cell phone contracts are bad. You get a seemingly cheap phone up front, but you more than pay for the cost of the phone over two years. Prepaid phone plans are surging in North America for a reason.
Textures can elicit an entire spectrum of sensation and emotions when we interact with them physically or visually. Choose how you want your Nexus 7 tablet’s screen to ‘look and feel’ with the first in our series of Textures Wallpaper collections.
iPads and Android tablets can’t run Windows apps locally, but they can access a Windows desktops remotely — even with a physical keyboard. In a pinch, the same tricks can be used to access a Windows desktop from a smartphone.
Rainy days are great for staying indoors to read your favorite new book, taking a nap, or even going outside for a quiet walk. Let the rain fall on your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of Rainy Day Wallpaper collections.
Android is open source, so developers can take its code, add features, and build their own operating system images for Android phones and tablets. Many Android geeks install such custom ROMs — but why?
Most cell phones sold in North America — especially on contract — are “locked” to a particular cellular carrier. They can only be used on that carrier’s network, so you can’t switch to another carrier without “unlocking” it first.
Whether you are looking for a simple background or something with a view, ice and cold environment wallpapers can fit a multitude of moods. Make your iPad the ‘coolest’ one around with the first in our series of Ice-Cold Wallpaper collections.
We should all set aside time to step back and away from our busy lives, go outside to enjoy looking at the sky, and take in the beauty of nature all around us. Enjoy gazing at the clouds on your Nexus 7’s screen with the first in our series of Cloudy Skies Wallpaper collections.
Your phone comes with a default set of ringtones which, for some folks, is good enough. If you’re looking to mix it up a little bit, however, there are plenty of people willing to take your money. Do you really need to pay to get fresh ringtones, though?
Many features that once required root have been added to Android over the years. However, many advanced tricks still require rooting your Android smartphone or tablet.
Have you ever wanted to get more out of your Android convergence device? How about using it as a hassle free video recorder for your car trips? HTG explains how you can accomplish this with just “off the shelf” components.
Notifications are a distraction, especially for email. Email is supposed to be asynchronous — most people don’t need their phone to ping them for every email that arrives. However, sometimes you want instant notifications for important new emails.
There is nothing quite like an oceanside vacation filled with sunny days, tropical breezes, waves lapping at the edge of the beach, and relaxing sunsets to watch. Turn your iPhone’s screen into a tropical paradise with the first in our series of Oceanside Vacation Wallpaper collections.
There is no doubt that mobile devices are becoming a bigger, more prevalent part of our lives with each passing day, but have we reached the point of addiction? Charlene deGuzman decided to put together a short documentary-style film highlighting the ‘problem’ of constant mobile device usage by those around us. It may even make you re-think how much you use your own mobile device…
Blocking a phone number from calling you should be fairly simple in 2013, but it still isn’t. Android doesn’t have a completely integrated blocking solution, and carriers don’t generally offer this basic service for free.
Android’s Daydream feature is an “interactive screensaver mode” that can activate automatically when your device is docked or charging, keeping your screen on and displaying information. Daydream mode can give your device an always-on information display.
Google Voice has been out for years, but many people in the US still haven’t given it a try. Google Voice offers many features you can’t get elsewhere, and almost all of them are free.
You’re sitting at your PC and you receive a text message, so you pick up your phone, unlock it, read the message on the small screen, and type one back using the touchscreen keyboard. Why not use your PC instead?
Tasker for Android allows you to automate almost anything you can think of on your phone. It’s even popular on Android in spite of only having a paid version, which shows just how powerful it is.
Sure, your smartphone’s camera can be used for photos and video chats, but it can do much more than that. Your phone’s camera is a powerful tool you can use for everything from finding better prices to navigation and translation.
Using backgrounds that are bright and colorful make for a pleasing visual experience most of the time, but then there are times when you may prefer something a bit more subtle and natural to look at. Add a classy, natural look to your iPad’s screen with the first in our series of Wood Texture Wallpaper collections.
Tethering is the act of sharing your phone’s mobile data connection with another device — such as your laptop or tablet — connecting it to the Internet through your phone’s data connection. There are several ways to tether on Android.