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The Google Android operating system is a Linux-based system that has been primarily been designed for mobile use and touch-enabled devices. It has been initially developed by Android Inc. which Google purchased in 2005.

The first Android powered device, the T-Mobile G1, was sold in 2008 and from that moment on the rise of Android powered devices began. Android today is the mobile phone operating system with the greatest market share followed by Apple’s iPhone. According to Google, more than 1.3 million Android devices get activated every day (in 2012).

What makes Android special is that it is released as Open Source which gives phone manufacturers the right to modify and distribute phones running Android. The large number of community developers producing apps for Android has attributed to the operating system’s success as well. It is estimated that more than 700,000 apps are available on Google Play, the official Android store.

We cover Android related news, apps reviews, tutorials and more here on Ghacks.

I have to admit that I'm not a big gamer on mobile. While I did try a couple of free to play games on various Android smartphones that I owned over the years, I never really enjoyed the tiny screen experience that much. This has not really changed all that much. I guess it would […]


hackers keyboard

Hacker's Keyboard is a free keyboard application for Google Android that works well as an all-purpose keyboard but also specifically for administrative tasks. Google rolled out Gboard recently, an update of the Google Keyboard for Android application which introduced search capabilities and a line on top of the keyboard that would not go away. I […]


gboard privacy text corrections

Google launched the updated version of Google Keyboard for Android, now called Gboard, recently introducing new features such as search directly from within the keyboard interface. I'm not a huge fan of the new functionality as I don't require it at all. Unfortunately, there is no option to disable it completely in the application's settings. […]


gboard g-icon keyboard android

If you are using the official Google Keyboard application on Android, now called Gboard, then you may have noticed that it features a new G-button at the top of the keyboard. You can tap on it to run web searches directly in the keyboard interface, regardless of application you are in. For instance, if you […]


mysplash

Mysplash-photography&wallpaper, what a mouthful, is a well designed and lightweight Android client for Unsplash.com, a "do whatever you want" photography site. All photos that are published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means that anyone can do anything with these photos. This includes copying, modifying and distributing them, using them for free, […]


adblock pro

Adblock Pro is very popular ad-blocking extension for the Google Chrome browser with over 2.7 million users and 12500 mostly positive ratings on the Google Chrome Web Store. If you install the extension and have used uBlock Origin before, you will immediately notice that it uses more or less the same interface as the popular […]


early access android google play

Early access and access to beta apps are two options that users have when they use the Google Play store to discover, download and manage Android apps and games. The main difference between early access and beta apps is the following: beta apps always require a release version of an application or game on Google […]


android updates

Google announced today that it has implemented a new updating method called file-by-file patching that reduces the size of app updates on Android by 65% on average. The company started to use the bsdiff algorithm earlier this year to reduce the size of application updates by 47% on average when compared to the full size […]


materialchess

MaterialChess is a free application for Google Android devices that lets you play and train chess in a variety of ways. One of the most refreshing features of the application is that it is completely free of charge. It does not cost a dime, does not request privacy invasive permissions, does not contain advertisement or […]


drm info

DRM Info is a free application for Google Android devices that displays to you the installed Digital rights Management (DRM) modules. DRM is used by the majority of subscription-based services that stream media to your devices. This is the case for Netflix, Amazon Video and the majority of other companies out there that provide you […]


az screen recorder android

AZ Screen Recorder is a free application for Google Android devices that lets you record the screen of your Android device easily. A couple of things are intersting about the app. First, it does not require root so that you can make use of it without having to root your device first. Second, the free […]


microsoft solitaire collection

Microsoft Solitaire Collection, previously a Windows exclusive app, has been released for Android and iOS devices by Microsoft recently. Microsoft Solitaire Collection was released first for Windows 8 and later on for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system as well. It replaced the classic Solitaire desktop game that shipped with most copies of Windows released prior […]


photoscan google photos

PhotoScan by Google Photos is a new Android application by Google to scan printed photos using your device's built-in camera. PhotoScan is a new scanner app from Google Photos that lets you scan and save your favorite printed photos using your phone’s camera. You have several options at hand if you want to turn your […]