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A few days ago, Twitter unwrapped a highly revamped version of its clients, including the website, the iOS app, and the Android app. A lot of users have been positively impressed by this change, including our very own Ashish Bogawat, but I, unfortunately, have been highly disappointed.

While I appreciate the Discover features, support for Twitter images for upload and preview, and the ego-boosting option of seeing who followed, retweeted or favorited me, there are many backward steps that are stopping me from fully enjoying the new experience.
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In February this year, Twitter updated their official client to version 2.0 with a sleek looking UI and a bunch of much requested features. It was the first time Twitter had managed to put out a worthy alternative to the dozens of Twitter clients out there. It didn’t do everything, though, and the Twitter app war on Android only raged on.

Like most others, I’ve been through my fair share of twitter apps on my phone, searching for the one that fits all my requirements. One that does everything I want it to do, without overwhelming me or my fairly underpowered Optimus One. After much trial and error, I decided to stick with Plume, but was still not 100% sure it was the best tool for my morning feed reading ritual.

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Scrobbling, Social Sites, and Privacy

We’ve all heard about Last.fm‘s music scrobbling service. Whenever you listen to a track – whether on the site, on your computer’s MP3 player, or even on your phone – the details immediately get uploaded to your profile on Last.fm. We now see more and more audio/video companies that try and implement this; even Facebook is getting into it with its new “real-time serendipity”.

Is this a new trend, or will people complain about how social sites are getting more and more involved in our personal lives?

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A month ago, I asked, Do You Actually Need Your Smartphone?, and turned off all “smart” features (everything other than texting and calling) as an experiment.

Turns out, yes, I actually do need my smart phone.

While I knew it was useful, I didn’t think I needed it so much. So far today I’ve used it numerous times over the last few hours!

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A few weeks ago, Joe Casabona wrote an article here detailing the main reasons he loves Android and chooses it over other platforms, with his focus being on the openness of the ecosystem and its advantages towards developers. Although I agree with Joe’s point of view, I have to admit that the reason I moved to Android in the first place was a lot more selfish.

I was a veteran Symbian user but, as a pharmacist, I needed access to more medical applications which Symbian’s Store failed to provide. Medscape‘s availability on Android was the app that made the balance tip and I went for Android. That was a year ago, almost to the day.

However, over this year, I started carefully venturing into rooting, custom ROMs and the modding scene. Just then, Android (excuse the corny metaphor) opened itself to me like a beautiful rose. I love customizing my experiences, especially on mobiles, and Android literally blew me away with how much you can change in order to suit your personality.

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Android and security don’t exactly go hand-in-hand with each other. In fact, from my view, the majority of mobile security concerns stem from an Android device, which results it seeming like the bane of mobile security. A recent report from a security company reveals the top twelve most unsecure phones all run Android, including the Samsung Galaxy Mini, HTC Desire and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. The iPhone, on the other hand, only comes in at number 13.

There’s a number of reasons why this is the case, from malicious apps invading the unwalled garden to a very laggy update schedule amongst Android phones. We’re going to explore these reasons in today’s article. (more…)

It’s no secret that I love Android. As soon as it was announced, I fell in love with it and was sure it would be better than the iPhone. One of the reasons I love Android so much is the ease of developing on the platform. It’s why I switched from Blackberry, it’s why I keep buying Android powered devices, and it’s why I won’t switch to the iPhone.

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Suppose you were to design a smartphone with the aim of being adored by its owners. What would you include? Here’s my list of dream features…
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The All-in-One Era of Android

Google and Samsung recently released their latest and greatest flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, running Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich). I watched a video review of the device and I was very impressed with Google’s latest offering because it represented some big changes to Android that are going to be fantastic.

I took to my own site and penned an article praising the new phone and OS. Being an Apple-focused site, I threw a bit of iPhone discussion in there, looking at Apple’s ageing mobile interface compared to Google’s fresh, modern, almost Windows Phone-ish interface.

However, Ice Cream Sandwich is helping Google recognise some big improvements to Android that is going to edge them towards a level of customer satisfaction provided by companies like Apple and Amazon, with fully integrated devices and all-in-one solutions. (more…)

A recent article on CultofMac.com described how Apple is, in a nutshell, trying to crush Google’s ever-increasing presence in the smartphone and tablet market due to Android’s huge increase in market share over the past few years. Have a read of it (after you’ve read my thoughts, of course); it makes for good reading.

However this article made me a little angry. Now before I get ranting, I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a hater of Apple products – I own a MacBook and an iPad and I love them both. However, what I am not in love with is Apple’s corporate philosophy and the way the entire company appears to be run. It seems that Apple can’t stand anything to be better than its products, and takes every step possible to stop a rival company bringing out something new and better. (more…)

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