When I first saw the EVO 3D hit the market, I honestly believed it was nothing more than a gimmick to grab the attentions of enthusiasts, geeks, and braggarts. I couldn’t begin to understand the use of a 3D phone/camera/camcorder. As someone who has worked in film, I looked at the technology as another fad that would be replaced by something newer and greater in a matter of months. Then I got my hands on this phone…

The 3D? Yeah, it’s cool, though I have to admit the best features in this phone have nothing to do with its namesake.

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Samsung’s latest TV ad focuses on a group of hipsters queuing up to get the latest iPhone. (Okay, that’s not explicitly stated, but it’s very strongly implied.)

The advert points out a couple of features where the Galaxy S II trumps the iPhone: 4G service, larger screen. But more than that, it pokes fun at the stereotypical image of an iPhone user:

“I could never get a Samsung. I’m too creative.”
“Dude, you’re a barista.”

“If it looks the same, how will people know I upgraded?”

As a sketch, it’s pretty funny, but as an ad… I’m not so sure. I always found the “I’m a Mac” “…and I’m a PC” adverts obnoxious, and the current “If you don’t have an iPhone – well, you don’t have an iPhone” adverts smug and misleading.

What do you think? Vote in the poll (you can select more than one option) and leave us a comment to let us know.

Android has an excellent array of security apps to protect you against threats of malware and viruses. But in my opinion, privacy issues are a far greater concern.

What permissions and elements of my phone are newly installed apps using? How safe is the private data I store on my phone? This was a gap in my knowledge that I wanted to fill – and LBE Privacy is a great tool for this job.

The app protects my privacy, and safeguards services that could cost me money if the wrong apps gained control of them. It does all this with a beautiful and intuitive interface. (more…)

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…)

We’ve reached a point in the evolution of computing technology where one can’t deny the impact of mobile devices – phones, tablets and everything else to come – in our personal and work lives. For designers, this domain is typically governed by Apple products, be it the Mac desktops and laptops, or the range of iOS devices like iPhones, iPads or even iPod Touches. With the huge surge in adoption of the Android platform though, a lot of designers have also come onboard and are probably wondering how they can use these devices in their work context.

Being a designer myself, I went through that struggle and scoured the Android market to find all the tools I could use and benefit from. And this roundup is a culmination of that search. Let’s take a look then, shall we? (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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Google Voice was initially released to a small group of people who had signed up to receive an invite and be involved in product testing. I was one of those few…and I loved it. 

Initially I jumped on it for its visual voice mail implications but soon realized its true potential. Not only can it store your voice mails on your email with its translation to text but it allows you to have it ring multiple devices. The ability to ring your work, home or mobile with the same number is why a lot of small businesses love it. It has now been opened up to the (US) masses and has really taken off. (more…)

Installing a new ROM on any Android phone is both exciting and frightening. You have to root, install recovery, flash the ROM, and cross your fingers. However, if you find yourself dissatisfied with your stock experience or maybe just want to experiment with new user interfaces, it is worth the risk.

Some phones are easier to root than others, but the Motorola Droid X2 is on the harder side. With a locked bootloader, there are challenges and dangers to overcome. This How-To will explain in detail how to tackle this beast and get your X2 up to snuff with your own expectations.
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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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Age of Defenders is described as a “totally addictive multiplayer TD game where you defend your base and in the same time attack your enemies.” I would say this is a pretty accurate description. It combines the inherent addictiveness of standard tower defense games with the competition found only in multiplayer games. Let’s take a closer look!

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