Archive | Google Android

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.

files go google android

Files Go is an unreleased (at this point in time) file manager by Google for Android whose primary purpose is freeing up storage space on Android devices, and managing files. The application appears as unlisted for most users on Google Play, but the APK file is available on APK Mirror so that anyone interested in […]


google android chrome 62 passwords

Google Chrome 62 for Android comes with a set of new features that Google announced on the official Chrome releases blog a couple of days ago. The most important feature of the set, if you ask me, is the ability to view and copy passwords that users saved using the mobile web browser. Earlier versions […]


google play protect

Independent antivirus testing organization AV Test published its September 2017 rankings for Android antivirus solutions. The organization has done so since 2013 by testing the protection and usability of Android security solutions. While it is debatable whether antivirus solutions are needed on Android, it is clear that the platform is used to distribute malware. Google's […]


f-droid 1.0

F-Droid 1.0 has been released today. It is an Android application that provides users with a catalog of free and open source software that users can install on their Android devices. Note: The last version is offered is on the main F-Droid homepage at the time of writing. You need to visit this page on […]


microsoft edge preview android

Microsoft has just released a beta version of the company's first Android web browser; Microsoft Edge Preview is the name of the browser, and while it shares the name with Windows 10's default browser, it is not based on Edge code for the most part but uses Google's Blink engine instead for the browser. Microsoft […]


blizzard battle.net android

Blizzard Entertainment published Blizzard Battle.net, a new application for Google's Android operating system recently. The new application focuses on communication more than anything else. You may use it to chat with your Battle.net friends, to manage friends, invite new friends and do other friend and chat related things using the application. One of the shortcoming […]


android backups auto delete

If you use the built-in option of many Android devices to back up important data to Google Drive, you better make sure you use the device regularly as backups are auto-deleted when you don't use the device for a certain period of time. Google backs up apps, contacts, calendar data, the call history, device settings, […]


blueborne scanner

BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner by Armis is a free application for Android devices that checks whether the device is vulnerable to BlueBorne. BlueBorne is an attack vector that attacks devices via Bluetooth. Any device with Bluetooth may be vulnerable to attacks that are carried out over the air. The researchers state that the attack affects mobile, […]


windy

Windy is a specialized weather application for Android that combines basic weather forecasting with highly detailed weather information. Designed specifically for anyone who needs wind or waves weather information, it may be used to keep track of storms and severe weather conditions on top of all the basic weather data such as temperature or precipitation. […]


orfox settings

Orfox is a web browser for Android that is based on the same source code as the Tor Browser but with some privacy modifications added to it. Basically, if you want to run Tor on Android, Orfox is probably your best bet when it comes to that as it is an official product by the […]


xnview

XnView runs a promotion currently on Google Play; you can download and install four of the company's photo applications for free currently. The apps are commercial usually, but they are discounted right now so that anyone can download and install them for free. XnView is a popular image viewer and processor for Windows, Mac and […]


guides by loneley planet

Guides by Lonely Planet is a free application for Google Android that provides you with free city guides curated by Lonely Planet. It takes at least some preparation to visit a different city in your own country or another country. This ranges from figuring out how to get there and where to stay, but also […]


kaspersky secure connection

Kaspersky Secure Connection: VPN service is a new application by Russian security company Kaspersky for the Android mobile operating system. The application is available as a free and premium version. The free version of the application is good for 200 Megabytes of daily traffic, the premium version removes the restriction, can be used on up […]


elsa speak

ELSA Speak: Reduce your accent is a free application for Android (and iOS) that assists you in improving your English pronunciation. ELSA, which stands for English Language Speech Assistant coaches non-native speakers in improving their (American) English. The app is free to try but limited. The first two lessons of each training group are free, […]


my device android

My Device is a free application for Google's Android operating system that displays all there is to know about an Android device in its interface. Knowing which features your Android device supports and which it does not, can be quite important. The lack of features may explain why you cannot use applications that require certain […]


py for android

Py is a free application for Google Android devices that teaches you programming and IT skills in an interactive environment. When you want to learn how to code, you have plenty of options to get started. You can buy a recommended book that teaches you the programming language, access free online courses, or sign up […]


Quantum is a free application for Google's Android operating system that teaches you the basics of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics deals with the so-called microworld and the objects -- atoms or particles for instance -- that it contains. If you like to know more about it, for instance because you are interested in physics or […]