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Smart phone users usually expect more from their mobile browsers. The way we view websites on desktops is not always the same pleasant experience when we use our phones’ smaller screens. With this demand came a range of browsers for Android, all competing to meet a variety of user expectations.

If you have an Android smart phone, chances are you’ve used (or are still using) Dolphin Browser, Opera, Google Chrome or Firefox Beta. For the longest time, I was pretty happy with having Dolphin as my default browser – until Boat Browser came along. I gravitated towards its simple, clean interface with a resolution slightly larger than Dolphin’s. I was so pleased by its cool original features that I decided to make it my default app for opening websites.

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Keeping track of your device’s data usage is of concern to everyone who is on a data contract with their mobile provider. In the contract you’ve signed there was a specification of how much data you are allotted per month, which can sometimes be alarmingly low. If they decide you have abused your data connection or exceeded your allowance, you get hit with monumental charges. This isn’t nice, of course, but they will use the ‘you agreed to it when you signed the contract’ argument.

By monitoring your data usage and identifying which applications are heavy users, you can reduce the risk of going over your data threshold. Onavo is an application which claims to do a good job of this for you, but is it as good as advertised?

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With the growing concern about privacy on the web today, it makes more sense than ever to keep your identity, information, and traffic secure. In my hunt for secure browsing I discovered the Tor Project: a collection of routed computers which gives you anonymity online. Once I had enjoyed the desktop version I noticed the Android version. I downloaded it, loved it, and would now like to share this application with you.

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When it comes to my mobile browser, I’m but a simple man. I don’t use Opera Mini or Dolphin or Firefox. The stock browser is fine for me because I don’t use gestures and Chrome is my primary desktop browser so I wouldn’t benefit from the syncing capabilities of Firefox. In my experience, the stock browser was always the fastest and least intrusive as far as taking up screen real estate. Then Google released Chrome Beta for Android, and all of that changed. Let’s take a look at what Google’s first crack at a mobile version of Chrome is like.

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On the 18th January 2012 Wikipedia did something unprecedented. In light of the proposed SOPA legislation, the website blacked itself out for a whole day. This meant visitors to the site got only an anti-SOPA message and an explanation of why the site was therefore inaccessible. However, on the same day, while confused high-schoolers wailed at their lack of access, Wikipedia also launched an official Android application.

Although there were already a number of Wikipedia apps available on the Market, none of these are ‘official’. So what does the endorsed app bring to the table? And is it as good if not better than those already out there? And will you see regular appearances of Jimmy Wales’ face throughout this review? Read on to find out…

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Dropbox is actually something we’ve covered quite a bit here on AppStorm; most of us use this great service on our computers as well as on our phones. A recent update to Dropbox completely overhauled the app on Android so I thought it was the perfect time to write a review on it: people not already using Dropbox get to hear about it, and current users of Dropbox get to find out what’s new.

If you don’t use Dropbox yet, or have never heard of it please read on – it’s one of the most useful apps I have.

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Put simply: Bacon Reader is a great app for browsing Reddit.

Its well-designed interface is what really sets it apart from the other Reddit apps for Android. The attention to detail is astounding, and welcomed on an app I use so much. The level of thought put into the app has allowed it to make browsing Reddit a much nicer experience than on the reddit.com site itself!

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So you’ve subscribed to your mobile carrier’s unlimited data plan and can now use your phone’s Internet apps 24/7. Congratulations! For heavy Internet users, this is more of a necessity than a luxury. Having unlimited mobile Internet access is part of the lifestyle you’ll lead as a power Android user – one that is not dependent on Wi-Fi hotspots wherever it may be available.

In a perfect world, your carrier should deliver the kind of mobile Internet speed they promise: 3G, HSDPA or 4G. If you’re an advanced user, or had a lot of experience with mobile Internet, you should know the difference between these speeds, and can instantly recognize when it is present – or not – in your phone’s Internet connectivity.

In reality, however, this may not be the case. Your browsing experience may slow down at certain hours of the day. If it comes to a point where you simply cannot get anything done, it’s time to check your actual connection speed. That’s when an app like Speedtest.net Mobile becomes handy. (more…)

When I wrote my roundup of Android Twitter clients, there was a clear trend in the comments that I had neglected twicca, by Japanese developer Tetsuya Aoyama. I wasn’t really aware of twicca beforehand – I had seen it pop up on the Market from time to time but I had never really taken the time to download it and have a look at it for myself.

Since then, I’ve downloaded twicca and given it a good try – and I have to say, the results were pretty impressive, especially for an independent Twitter client. Let’s have a good look at twicca in a bit more detail. (more…)

Tumblr hardly needs an introduction. It isn’t WordPress, but that’s exactly the point. Because of it, a lot of youngsters from Gen X and Y are attracted to at least some sort of long-form writing. Long before Twitter, Tumblr was the pioneer in getting microposts and media (particularly images) in front of those who didn’t have the time or inclination to read hundreds of words per post.

The success of Tumblr is due to the sheer ease with which even a technical novice can start publishing online. That – alongside the awesome community that fosters conversations and reblogs content for quicker discovery – is the reason they have grown from one billion to ten billion posts in just a year. Recently, Tumblr completely revamped their Android, and it’s now time for us take the app for a spin and see how cool it is compared to the web app.
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