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New in our buyer’s guide: The iPhone 6s, Surface Book and much more

Sorry we haven’t updated the buyers’s guide in a couple months — we’ve been too busy pumping out reviews of all the new devices. Now that things have finally started to slow down (fingers crossed), let’s take a step back and look at all the awesome stuff we’ve had a chance to test this fall. For starters, there’s a bunch of excellent smartphones that we absolutely need to add to our guide. Namely: the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the Nexus 6P and 5X, and the Moto X Pure. On the tablet side, we’re inducting both the iPad mini 4 and the Surface Pro 4. Microsoft makes another appearance in the laptop section, where we’ve added the Surface Book, along with Dell’s Chromebook 13. Rounding out the list, we threw in a few miscellaneous items, including the new Xbox One Elite Wireless controller, the redesigned Sonos Play:5 wireless speaker and Google’s $35 Chromecast Audio.

Source: Engadget Buyer’s Guide


Nexus camera app coming to other devices


One of the best things about a Nexus is the simplicity of it. Everything is stripped down to the basics. For example, the camera app doesn’t offer too many special features and just focuses on making it easy for users to point and shoot.

However, the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P shipped with an updated camera app. Usually, Google updates the Google Camera app in the Play Store as well, but it didn’t this time. Luckily, they just took a little longer to update it and it’s now available in the Play Store.

Overall, the design is even simpler than before. It still maintains all the same features, but hides the less used ones. Things like switching from photo to video mode has been made easier. Other things like the HDR, flash, and timer buttons are now moved to the top right corner. The bottom area is now only three buttons, a switch to front camera button, the capture photos button, and a review last picture taken button. Can’t get much simpler than that.

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New Android exploit can hack any handset in one shot

Android Security Hole Found By Researcher

Hackers have discovered a critical exploit in Chrome for Android reportedly capable of compromising virtually every version of Android running the latest Chrome. Quihoo 360 researcher Guang Gong demonstrated the vulnerability to the PSN2OWN panel at the PacSec conference in Tokyo yesterday. While the inner workings of the exploit are still largely under wraps, we do know that it leverages JavaScript v8 to gain full administrative access to the victim’s phone.

Source: The Register


70 QHD(1440p) Wallpapers to show off that awesome display

Just like you, we love our QHD displays. Sure we don’t really need them but since we have them, we might as well take advantage of that super crisp 1440p display. If you don’t have a QHD display you can still take advantage of this hand selected group of QHD wallpapers too. There is a wide range of photos here so hopefully there is something for everyone. If you want to browse the wallpapers, click the left/right arrows to navigate. Once you find a wallpaper you like, press the image once, then long press it to bring up the download option. Click “download” and then goto your gallery or photos and set it as your wallpaper.


A few devices with a QHD display are:

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and 5

Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge plus, S6 Active

LG G3, G4 and V10

Blu Pure Xl

Google Nexus 6 and 6P

Blackberry PRIV


If you see a wallpaper that belongs to you and you would like to receive credit, I would love to give it to you! Just drop a comment in the section provided below with some proof (You know, just so we don’t have people claiming things that are not theirs…) So, please choose those that you like and enjoy!


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10 best note taking apps for Android

Google Keep best note taking apps for android
One of the many great things about having a smartphone is the ability to take notes. Gone are the days where inspirations were lost because you couldn’t find a notebook and you now carry your grocery list in your pocket all day, every day. Of course, you’ll want the right app for that job so lets take a look at the best note taking apps for Android!

ColorNote best note taking apps for androidColorNote

[Price: Free]
First on our list is ColorNotes. This is a simple note taking application that allows you to create text notes, lists, and more. Its namesake feature is the ability to change the background color of notes to help you stay organized, a feature it had long before Google Keep came out. Some other features include calendar support, backup support to both internal and cloud storage, some task reminder features, and more. Best of all, it’s completely free.
Get it now on Google Play!
colornote best note taking apps for android

evernote best note taking apps for androidEvernote

[Price: Free / optional subscription]
Evernote is pretty much the upper tier when it comes to note taking apps. It is loaded with features of all kinds, including various note types, notebook support, organizational features, collaboration features, note sharing, and, of course, cross-platform support. If you get the optional subscription, you’ll get more storage space, offline access, PDF annotation, and more. It’s powerful and it’s definitely worth a shot if you need something a little more than just a basic note app.
Get it now on Google Play!

fast notepad best note taking apps for androidFast Notepad

[Price: Free]
Fast Notepad is a relatively newer option in the note taking space and it’s already getting some seriously positive reviews. This Material Design-inspired application is just a quick note taking app. There are no extra features, no ads, and nothing to bloat the app whatsoever. It works very quickly and well enough for what it’s designed to do. It’s a great option for people who just need something simple and quick. Of course, the caveat is that to maintain quickness, the app does lack some features.
Get it now on Google Play!

fiinote best note taking apps for androidFiiNote

[Price: Free]
FiiNote is from the same developers who did FreeNote which used to be on this list many years ago. FiiNote is a fun little note taking application that provides a more authentic experience. It comes with a grid background along with stylus/drawing support so you can type notes, write them, or draw them if you want. You can also add images, video, and voice if you want to. It’s free to use and comes with a decent set of features for those looking for a hybrid note taking experience.
Get it now on Google Play!
fiinote best note taking apps for android

Google Keep best note taking apps for androidGoogle Keep

[Price: Free]
Google’s note taking app is called Google Keep and it’s one that you’ll hear a lot of people recommend. It uses a very colorful, Material Design-inspired interface that both looks great and is highly functional. Notes show up as cards that you can quickly scroll through and select. The app is integrated with Google Drive, allows for voice and photo to be added to notes, and you can even share notes and set reminders. It’s a good note taking app that has just enough features to be super useful but not so many that it’s bloated.
Get it now on Google Play!

lecturenotes best note taking apps for androidLectureNotes

[Price: Free demo / $3.59]
LectureNotes is a popular, highly rated, and powerful note taking application. This one isn’t so much geared toward general note taking as it is geared toward things like academia and professional use. It was one of the earliest apps to include stylus support and remains one of the best ones to have this today. It has support for OneNote and Evernote along with PDF support, audio and video recording capabilities (for recording lectures or meetings), and a lot more. It’s a seriously good app.
Get it now on Google Play!

notepad+ icon best note taking apps for androidNotePad+

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Notepad+ bills itself as a universal application for taking notes, drawing, doodling, sketching, and all sorts of other stuff. It’s a bit different from other apps in this category thanks to its free-flowing nature. You can literally do anything from doodle a picture to take actual notes and pretty much everything between the two. It comes with various color themes, unlimited notes (limited only by your own internal storage), multi-page notes, and even a passcode feature for security.
Get it now on Google Play!

onenote best android note taking appsOneNote

[Price: Free]
Microsoft’s OneNote is a standalone note taking app that works on the OneDrive surface similar to how Google Keep works on Google Drive. It has a bunch of features including organization features, cross-platform support, widgets, Android Wear support, collaboration features, and support for voice, text, and photo additions to notes. It’s fairly powerful and a must-have application if you use Microsoft’s series of productivity apps.
Get it now on Google Play!

simplenote best note taking apps for androidSimplenote

[Price: Free]
Simplenote, as the name implies, is a simple note taking app. Must like Fast Note, it intentionally removes a lot of the features you’d see in other apps in favor of speed and to help keep the app lightweight. Unlike Fast Note, it does have some other features. It offers syncing between your devices and also an organization system that works off of tags and pins so you can quickly find the notes you’re looking for. All of it is also totally free.
Get it now on Google Play!
simplenote best note taking apps for android

SomNote best note taking apps for androidSomNote

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Last and certainly not least on our list is SomNote. This note taking application has quite a few features and caters more to long-form note taking rather than simple things like grocery lists or reminders. It has a folder system for easy organization, a locking mechanism to keep things secure, and theming options. There is also a syncing feature so you can go back and forth between devices. It’s a good, solid app that does what it says it does.
Get it now on Google Play!
SomNote best note taking apps for android

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LinkedIn Android app finally fills position for ‘Material Design’

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The LinkedIn Android app is pretty much a must for anyone who is serious about professional social networking, but the ageing interface hasn’t always made that easy. Thankfully, LinkedIn has updated their app according to the Material Design guidelines which should make plenty of people happy and generally make for a better user experience.

LinkedIn Android app
LinkedIn Android app

Gone is the grey bar at the top of the app – it’s been replaced by a blue bar that gives a bit more consistency to the app. The menus have also been reshuffled quite a lot, making it easier for users to make changes to their profile without needing to dig around in the app. While the update is live for some, it appears that it is rolling out in stages – you’ll need to keep an eye out for the update on the Play Store.

What do you think about the updated LinkedIn Android app? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Android Police

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Google deliberating on building its own smartphone – Should it?

Google may have inadvertently put itself in a pickle with the Nexus program. The software giant did benefit at the beginning by joining forces with popular OEMs to build special Google-exclusive smartphones, but as the company and Android have matured, it’s appearing that the strategy has to change in order for the hardware to follow.

According to an insider report provided by The Information, “People who work at Google say there is debate and discussion about the topic right now”. It doesn’t sound like there’s a decision yet, but the constant hardware challenges have been brought up – such as inhibited control over phone design. Also, the non-uniformity of Android among manufacturers has not been good for its image.

Let’s examine this conundrum for a second. What’s the problem with changing things up for growth? Well, Google’s revenue is dependent on manufacturers. These alliances and partnerships is how Android got to where it is. Also, buddy-ing up with phone-makers portrayed to everyone what Android was all about –  openness, flexibility, and “be together. not the same” ideology. If Google distances themselves from OEMs, it could not only be biting the hand(s) that feeds them but also fragmenting the ideals it built itself on.


Please bear with me while I argue with myself now. Should Google actually be afraid of its partners running away? I mean, where would they go to? As Microsoft has shown, it’s not easy to build an OS and convince people that it’s better. We’ve known Samsung has been home-brewing Tizen for a while now. Why hasn’t it emerged? Well, the fact that Tizen is only on the Gear S2 answers that question. It’s only because Android Wear is so new that it can actually compete (or can it even?).

Android has evolved so much that the only competitor can be the other long-standing giant – iOS. Therefore, I am in concurrence that Google should do what it wants to better its product. When I look at the newly launched Nexus 5X and 6P, I don’t see unified design. Apple is much more refined with its products lineup. If Google is going to mature to that level, it needs to take control and make it happen.

The launch of the new Pixel C tablet (which runs Android has opposed to Chrome OS as on the Chromebook Pixel) could very well be a foreshadowing of Google’s new in-house direction. Pixel devices are built by Google, and moving forward to a Pixel phone makes so much sense at this point.

What are your thoughts on the whole ordeal? Should Google stick with its roots, or do you think the prospect of a Pixel phone sounds rad?

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Google is considering building its own phone. But why?

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Google is discussing internally about building its own smartphone, according to The Information, which cites people working at Google.

The recently promoted head of Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, is said to be part of the talks, but other details are scarce. It’s not clear who is the proponent of the idea or when a decision will be made.

It’s possible that The Information caught wind of one of the many ideas that are thrown around inside Google on a daily basis. But given the report from last week about Google’s work on standardizing phone components, it’s likely that the “Google phone” is more than idle talk.


Why would Google want to make its own smartphone? Presumably, to exert more control over a sprawling, occasionally unruly ecosystem, and to address the biggest issues holding Android back right now: fragmentation, poor update support, and security vulnerabilities. But Google already has deep control, if not complete, over the Nexus smartphones. So how would a true Google phone help advance these goals?

The Google phone could be a platform for showcasing and promoting the standardized components Google is reportedly working on.

According to The Information’s report from last week, Google is looking at improving camera capabilities so phones can capture information from the environment, that Google can use to create new, valuable features; adding more memory to processors to improve performance; improving sensor hubs that can survey the world at all times without draining a lot of power; and adding new sensors.

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Sure, Google could work with chipmakers like Qualcomm and MediaTek to put these features on their roadmaps, and just hope that Android OEMs will pick them up. The alternative is to create a compelling smartphone that really showcases Google’s advanced features, and sell it directly to consumers. That could pressure Android OEMs into adopting Google’s standardized hardware.

The Chromebook Pixel and the Pixel C Android tablet have set a precedent for this. Google used the former to lead the adoption of USB Type C, while the Pixel C appears to be designed with a more PC-friendly version of Android in mind.

Taking Android to the next level

The problem for Google is that we’ve hit a plateau in terms of what features Android can offer based on software alone. For more advanced features, like better voice control or machine vision, specialized hardware is needed. Google needs to make sure its wish-list of components and features is adopted by chipmakers and OEMs, so that most new phones and tablets can support these advanced features. The risk, if Google fails, is to have a divided Android ecosystem, with an elite tier of devices with advanced functionality, and everyone else.

Google needs to take initiative because the current Android ecosystem is so cutthroat. Samsung is still making a lot of money, but it’s mostly from components that it sells in high volume. Almost everyone else is feeling the heat: Qualcomm, LG, Motorola, even Xiaomi, not to mention HTC or Sony. These embattled companies can’t be expected to act in Google’s interest or even in the interest of the Android ecosystem. So, in a way, Google has to make its own phone. It has to take the lead.

Whenever people talk about Google’s Android business model, Apple comes up, and rightfully so. Apple has consistently huge profits, even if its market share is relatively low. More importantly, Apple can decide exactly what hardware and software to put in its devices this year, and next year, and the year after. Google doesn’t have that luxury, but if the rumors are correct, it’s trying to change that.

Let us know your thoughts. Do you see Google making its own phone from the ground up?


Google may build their own phone that isn’t a Nexus

Huawei-Google-Nexus-6PWe recently reported on a story about Google trying to end fragmentation in Android. However, it now looks like Google may be going a little farther and making their own Google made phone.

If they make their own Google phone, not a new Nexus as that is made by other companies, they would be able to control literally everything just like Apple does. The chips, the software, and the hardware would all be made by Google.

Currently, this is just a rumour, but it would be awesome to have an Android phone that is totally made by Google as it would be the smoothest Android device ever. The only problem with this idea is the Nexus already receives updates quickly and is pretty smooth. Plus, a Google made phone would only make other manufactures who run Android look bad. They would always release the newest version of Android even later and considering Google wants manufactures to use Android, probably not a good idea. However, share your thoughts on if you want a Google made phone in the comments?

Source: The Information

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Google’s monthly security patches have begun rolling out to Nexus owners

Google_logo_474844Following the spread of the Stagefright virus, Google decided to provide monthly security updates to its Nexus devices. Starting today, Nexus owners can download the security update over the air.

So far Google has been extremely reliant when it comes to its monthly security updates. Today marks only the second of November and Google has already begun pushing out the patches to its Nexus devices. Google says the update is being rolled out over the year and everyone should get the notification within 48 hours. Google will also post the new factory images shortly.

With the update, Google has patched many security exploitations that reportedly have the potential to take control of your device to gain information. We highly recommend installing the update soon after you receive it to ensure that your device’s information is kept private. All the details regarding the fixes can be seen at the source link to Google Groups down below.

Source: Google

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