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.

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 […]


guide to linux

Guide to Linux is a free application for Google Android that comes with tutorials, information on commands and shell scripts, and a Terminal emulator. If you want to get to know Linux, you have plenty of options to go about it. You can create a Live CD/USB environment, boot your computer from it, and start […]


changes android

Changes is a free application for Android devices that makes it easier to keep track of application updates and changelogs. Google Play is the default store for Android applications. It is installed on may devices by default, and will also update applications automatically when updates become available. This happens over Wi-Fi only by default, but […]


google app autoplay

If you use the Google application on Android, you may have noticed that videos may autoplay when they are shown in search results. Jennifer Slegg was the first to notice this on Google Search on desktop devices. She noticed that Google would autoplay videos on select searches. When she searched for "The Lego Ninjago Movie" […]


google recent android

Google rolls out a feature currently on Android that introduces a "recent" feature in the Google application on Android devices. The Google application ships with many Android devices by default. It is often displayed as a search form on the Android home screen. Users may use it to search on Google Search directly without using […]


google motion stills

Motion Stills, an experimental short video creation application by Google, has been released by the company for the Android platform. Google launched Motion Stills in June 2016 for iOS, and has now brought the application to Android as well. Google lists the application as experimental and hints that it may integrate the functionality into company […]


caffeine android prevent sleep

Caffeine is a free application for Android devices that prevents sleep, lock or screen dimming automatically or manually. Power saving modes are essential on mobile devices as these modes will preserve battery when active. That's handy on the one hand, but not so handy in other situations. Take chat applications like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger […]


neutrinote

The Android application neutriNote is a powerful note taking application that supports math (LaTeX), rich markdown, and drawings among other things. Many Android devices come with basic note taking functionality, and a new application needs to offer something that these default applications don't offer to stand a chance. The free application neutriNote does that, but […]