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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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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…)

If you’ve rooted your phone, you’ve been there. You’re deep into your rooting addiction and have flashed yet another meticulously-chosen custom ROM onto your beloved phone – and then have had the pain of trying to set everything you back to the way you had it in the days of yester-ROM. After much dismay and lost data I have often turned to other applications to help me. So have no fear, because I have a few valuable tricks up my sleeve. If you do use custom ROMs and need some help restoring things to the way you like them, these tricks will definitely help. (more…)

Whether you follow mobile technology occasionally or you are obsessed with checking the latest news every couple of hours, one fact should be quite obvious to you: premium Android devices come and go as fast as the Formula 1 cars on a straight line.

One day, it’s the HTC Incredible S, the next it’s the LG Optimus 2X, then it’s the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation XL, Motorola Droid RAZR, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It seems as if every month – sometimes even every couple of weeks – there is a hot new device to feast your eyes on. But is this is a great opportunity for the customer, or a major drawback? (more…)

With Google teasing us about the next major release, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, of its popular mobile operating system fan sites and online forums are already brimming with speculation about what new features the latest incarnation of Android could contain. (more…)

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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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…)

So Microsoft and Apple ganged up on Android and bought some mobile patents out from under their nose, and Google said that wasn’t cool and they were under attack, but Microsoft said they offered Google the chance to share the patents with them and Google turned them down, only, wait, that was for another set of patents, while in the meantime Apple are preventing Samsung from selling Android tablets because they might infringe on their patents, and…

Oh gosh. Let me start over.

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How many times have you been out with your friends showing them your latest and greatest apps, but then had to go through the trouble of spelling it out because there are ten other apps with similar names.

ShareMyApps is here to help! It’s a fast and easy way to share app info with your friends.

What’s the name of that app? How is it spelt? Did you get the free version or the paid version? It was this one, right?

All these questions and your friend has yet to even download the application! There must be an easier way! That’s where ShareMyApps steps in. (more…)

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