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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.

ifttt android

IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That, is a service that may automate a lot of things related to PCs, online and your mobile devices for you. Basically, what it allows you to do, is create so called recipes that run automated actions when an event occurs. Events can be nearly anything, from you […]

whatsapp lower data usage

The following guide provides you with instructions on lowering the data usage of the popular messaging application WhatsApp. Created for Android devices, you can use the guide if you run WhatsApp on another mobile operating system as well. Applications that you run regularly on your mobile devices can use a considerable amount of data when […]


Meteor - App Speed Test is a free application for Google Android devices that tests the mobile connection speed and indicates how well popular apps will run with those speeds. Most mobile benchmark applications do the same thing: they test the ping, upload and download speed, and may use several servers for that located in […]

evie launcher

Evie Launcher is a free launcher application for Android that is fast, and equipped with powerful search and notification options. Launcher applications for Android are designed to improve the user experience in several ways. They help you find and launch apps or system features fast, but may offer additional features on top of that which […]

white noise baby

White Noise Baby is an application for Google Android and Apple iOS devices that provides you with soothing sounds and monitoring options. The application looks like any other "white noise" application on first glance, but if you dig a bit deeper, you will notice that it offers features that the bulk of apps don't support. […]

ooniprobe tor

The Tor Project released ooniprobe designed to run checks to see if you are being censored for Android and iOS mobile devices. The app is designed to run a series of tests to find out about evidence of censorship, and information on the speed and performance of the network used by the mobile phone. Before […]

youtube go

YouTube Go is a new application for Android by Google designed for markets where available bandwidth and reception may be lacking. While the official YouTube application for Android works well in many situations, it is not the lightest of applications. YouTube Go has been designed by Google to improve the experience by creating a lighter […]

google maps commute

Google announced an update to Google Maps on Android yesterday that brings real-time commute information and more to the company's app. The new version of Google Maps for Android features a new section at the bottom of the home screen. All you have to do is swipe up to see the new options and interact […]


HabitHub Habit & Goal Tracker is an application for Android that helps you keep track of activities, goals and rewards. If you have troubles keeping track of activities and goals, or reaching them, you may need a little extra push in the right direction. Goal trackers are certainly no one size fits it all solution, […]

android vpn apps insecure

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) have evolved from a technology used mostly by businesses to one that is used by more and more home users as well. Reasons are manifold, but improved privacy and security are certainly two key features that make a growing number of home users use VPN services and apps. Without going into […]

music dna android

MusicDNA is a music player app for Android that combines the majority of features you'd expect from a music player for Android with interesting visualization. The three extra permissions that the player requests during installation are all explained on the Google Play website by its developer. The player itself opens up with a whole array […]


APKUpdater is a free application for Google Android devices that you can utilize to keep sideloaded apps up to date on the device. Apps that you install through marketplaces, Google Play is without doubt the dominant one on Android,  are usually kept more or less up to date automatically. While it depends on how you […]