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For the longest time, I have been annoyed by the state of my contacts on Android. Between college and family, France and Lebanon, my Android.Appstorm contacts and my pharmacy suppliers and customers, I had over 800 contacts that were almost impossible to manage. Then I decided to set aside a few hours one day and go through them all on Google Contacts, managing duplicates and groups, deleting contact details that I didn’t need anymore, and so on.

Now that my contact list is as pristine as possible, I still find myself with the odd duplicate every now and then. Merging these duplicates should be a straightforward process on my phone but unfortunately, most contact apps on Android — whether the default Android People app or the alternatives made by Samsung or LG or HTC — don’t offer a simple duplicate searching and merging option. Enter Merge+, the easiest and fastest way to merge duplicates on Android. Here’s how to use it.


Twitter is awesome. Google+ is great for photographs and deep discussions from geeks of all kinds – and it has a fantastic Android app – but Twitter is still the king when it comes to quick bites of info, breadth vs. depth, and commentary on what’s happening right now.

Here’s a collection of Android enthusiasts that I enjoy following on Twitter. I hope you find a few new tweeps to follow, and I hope you’ll share your favourites with me, too!


You have probably already heard about Evernote, one of the most popular cross-platform note taking applications out there. Over the years, Evernote has built quite a reputation for itself as the universal note taking and information management platform of choice, with its free apps available on pretty much every desktop and mobile platform out there.

So when they decided to start addressing niche markets with their contact management and food related apps, I was a bit disappointed – because they were only available on iOS! Having used Evernote and pretty much locked myself in its ecosystem for years now, I wanted to check out how these apps improved on the already robust feature set of the parent app. When Evernote Hello finally came to Android earlier this month, I was quick to jump on the bandwagon and take it for a spin.