To root, or not to root, that is the question.
In the past if you’ve wanted to do “really technical stuff” like use your camera’s flash as a flashlight, synchronize your clock with a time server, or even backup your phone. You wouldn’t think that you’d need superuser permissions to be able to do any of those, but you have.
Later builds of the Android OS have exposed APIs, hooks that programmers can use, to accomplish the same sorts of things — without requiring superuser, or ROOT.
A lot of things still require ROOT to work [...]
In the United States phones and cellular plans are almost synonymous. You can’t get one without the other, and you’re generally limited to the make and model of phone depending upon your selected carrier.
US carriers also offer discounted phones — as long as you sign up for a multi-year contract with them. The phones are subsidized by the carriers in exchange for your contact with them.
Is this hurting OS upgrades on those subsidized phones?
That’s the question we’ll ask in today’s episode of The Android Guy Weekly!
We’re seeing more powerful handheld devices come out, and less powerful laptops and “ultra-books” at some point we’re going to have very similar specifications between the two. Ironically, that time is now!
We’ve seen Motorola trying to enable a desktop-like experience with their devices via “web top”, and most smartphones and tablets come with some form of video-out to display on a larger screen.
What’s it going to take to get real desktop experiences from a mobile device? That’s our topic for this week’s [...]
It’s been three months since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich made its debut, so why aren’t we seeing it on more devices? Is something wrong with it? There just might be, and we look at some reasons why in this week’s episode of the Android Guy Weekly.
Google’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the launch device that ushered in Ice Cream Sandwich. Shortly thereafter it was released to the AOSP for other developers to begin working with. That was last November, it’s a few days shy of March.
How do you like the accessories for your Galaxy Nexus? What? You [...]
As smartphones are getting faster, we’re able to do more with them. In fact, many of us are phasing out the use of traditional computers for their miniature cousins in our pockets. Smartphones and tablets aren’t wired down to a network jack, they’re connected over the air. Since it’s fairly likely that you’ll send sensitive information at one point or another (passwords, back account numbers, etc.), it’s probably a good time to ask ourselves which network technology is more secure: cellular or WiFi?
WiFi is built [...]
These days we have smartphones and tablets with single cores, dual-cores, and we’re talking about quad-cores. What is a “core”? What does it do? Why do we need so many? And how many cores is “enough”?
That’s what we’ll find out in this week’s Android Guy Weekly!
0:30 – Terminology
1:25 – How can things be made “faster”?
1:49 – Subway analogy
4:20 – Parent and Children tasks
5:35 – Applying the analogy to phones and tabs
6:00 – Battery [...]
Many of us grew up with relatively small, low-resolution televisions as the primary — perhaps the only — screen in the home. We didn’t think about it at the time, but these displays had a resolution of roughly 480i. That’s the number of horizontal lines that are drawn across the screen. The “i” means “interlaced”: only half of those lines are changed at a time.
Back in the day, that was the best we had. As screens started getting bigger, the lines became more obvious — and the picture got worse. The industry has standardized [...]
Welcome to the first installment of the Android Guy Weekly, a new web show that aims to answer your questions about Android smartphones and tablets, pose thought-provoking questions, and gaze into the vast unknown of the “near future”.
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In this week’s episode we look into tablets, their sizes, their utility, and how we’ve seem to have gotten [...]