I, like 200 million other people, am a keen Twitter user. I use it to disclose my daily thoughts and opinions (and, from time to time, to have a good rant) as well as to keep up with current affairs. Twitter has become one of the fastest growing social networks of our time, with people signing up to it then discovering just how useful it is.

Buffer, from British developer Joel Gascoigne and Austrian developer Leo Widrich, is a great way to space out your tweets whilst you’re not online. This way, you avoid bombarding your followers with 20 tweets in a row.
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Every proud new owner of a smartphone will end up frustrated with the short battery life and memory issues. I am no exception and naturally I have scoured the Android Market for “System Utilities” to help me handle some these issues. There are some really amazing apps that can boost memory, improve battery life and improve device performance significantly, but many of these “All in One” solutions require rooted phones and some may not work in all phone models.

In this article we will explore 35 apps currently available on the Market that are very useful for monitoring your Android phone usage, tweaking, the system and taking control of how you use your device. Some of these apps will help you understand your Android phone performance and advanced features. The apps I like the most are those that show detailed infographics: graphical displays of usage statistics and system performance. Many of these apps have really helped me to fine-tune my phone’s performance.

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Recently I explained how to choose an Android phone. This article follows on from that one, and details the different ways you can go about buying a phone today.

I’m sure you already know that you can get an Android phone from a variety of places: the Internet, high street retailers, second hand shops – but which would be best for you? In this article I’ll look at the pros and cons of the different ways you can get an Android phone without a new contract.
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From the erudite technology expert to the everyday blogger, the furore surrounding the heavyweights of the smartphone and tablet industry is generating a wonderfully stimulating blend of fierce discussion. These patent wars have not only captured the imagination of the avid tech enthusiasts among us, but have also made headline news across the globe.

As many of us start to draw our allegiances to our preferred brand for a battle that promises to be strenuous, drawn out, and riddled with underhand tactics, speculation is rife as to what lies ahead. How will Google fare in its new partnership with Motorola? Can HTC really succeed in its litigation battle against Apple? Will Apple ever be able to get along with anyone?!

I’ll leave those questions for another day (and let the complex and rather tedious details of patent infringement to be discussed in court) and focus on just one: has Apple taken its patent infringement claims too far?

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We’ve all heard about Angry Birds. It’s available on every major platform (Android, iOS, web). The only place you wont find it is on consoles. Quite frankly I’m tired of seeing those birds everywhere. After browsing the Android Market, I found a new, refreshing Angry Birds styled game.

It’s called Bouncy Mouse and it’s a new take on a slingshot platformer. Read on to find out whether this really is a good alternative to Angry Birds.

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I never took my last smartphone on holiday. I was too scared that I’d accidentally hit the Internet button and end up paying more than I spent on the holiday. (I live in the UK, so going on holiday often means going abroad, which in turn means paying data roaming fees.) I used to stick my SIM card in a spare phone that couldn’t handle anything more than WAP and take that instead.

Thanks to airplane mode, hotels with WiFi, and a widget that lets me quickly disable data sync, I’m comfortable taking my Android abroad. It’s weird not to be free to quickly Google directions to a place I want to go, though — although I suppose if I plan ahead that’s not an issue, since Google Maps now caches local data.

Of course, bringing a mobile phone does mean being tethered back home, to some extent. I’ll still get my emails when I’m at the hotel, and I’ll still check Facebook and Twitter and Google Plus, just out of (bad) habit. Some people leave their phone at home, or force themselves to switch it off, and I can see the appeal of that — though it’s nice to be able to snap a quick photo of the surroundings and post it to my friends from the nearest café with WiFi, just to say, “Wish You Were Here”. Or perhaps more accurately, “Don’t You Wish You Were Here?”

What about you — do you take your phone? Do you take your tablet? Vote in the poll, and give us the details in the comments.

Since Android is a flexible mobile platform, it is not limited to a small set of phones. It’s a blessing and a curse: with such a large array of devices available today, there’s sure to be one that suits you, but how do you find it? If you are considering buying an Android phone, there are many factors to take into consideration.

In this article, I’ve split Android phones into four categories; within each category, I have popped in a little description, along with a few pro’s and con’s of each, and a phone of choice.

First, you need to work out what you want from an Android phone…
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Admit it. Android has always played catch-up to iOS in the tablet department. (Not surprising, since Apple essentially invented the modern tablet market.) The iPad, in its first and second generation, has been the clear market leader and, even at their best attempts, tablet makers have found it hard to catch up and share in its success.

However, that seems to have changed (or at least, is on its way to being changed) with the news that Android has gained a stake of 20% in the tablet market. Honestly, I found this pretty hard to believe since I’ve never seen an Android tablet in the wild, but the report seems solid. It does point out that no single vendor is able to put up any front to Apple, meaning the open nature and collectiveness of Android is certainly a more advantageous choice for tablet makers over rival, non-iOS platforms. (more…)

The Android platform has seen manufacturers constantly try to one-up each other over the last year, regarding who can get the highest powered processor in their device, often at the expense of other necessities for a phone to really be considered great. Sure, a bigger processor will normally result in better performance over a lower end processor, but that’s only a tiny part of the real experience of a phone.

After Google released the Nexus One back in January 2010 the processors in smartphones began to be seen as the most important aspect that manufactures seemed to care about – with 1GHz processors being the bare minimum if you wanted to be considered a high-end smartphone, irrespective of how your phone performed. You can see why these firms like HTC, Samsung and Motorola went for that strategy: it was about marketing.

HTC were actually late comers to the Dual-Core game, which is unusual for the company that has a reputation for being first to everything (Android and 4G in USA to name a few), but will their entry, the HTC Sensation, be worth the wait, or have they too entered the market purely for publicity? Read on for the review.

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The possibilities of getting news on your Android device are endless. Just head over to the Market, search for news and look at the number of options that come up (10,475 last time I checked…). But the question is, which one do you use?

Well, we’ve already had a good look at Feedly, a popular Google Reader based news reader for Android phones and we loved it. It allows you to browse easily browse news from a variety of different sources and it’s completely free. But now, there is a tablet version available for Honeycomb tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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