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By Joe Levi October 30, 2015, 5:54 pm
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Ubuntu Mobile was cancelled in 2009 & replaced with Ubuntu Touch. The Ubuntu Edge missed its funding goal in August 2013. Is there hope for an Ubuntu phone?

By Joe Levi October 29, 2013, 7:23 am
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When Is A Smartphone Too Light?

A little while back, I posed the question of what makes a smartphone "too thin." No one wants to carry an oversized brick in his or her pocket (though there's a recent trend in that direction), and no one wants to be weighed down by that same brick…

By Michael Fisher June 7, 2012, 4:46 pm
Phones

With Embedded SIMs, Sprint Misses The Point

If you've been following the news surrounding the new HTC One series, you already know that Sprint has opened pre-orders for its version of the One XL, the Evo 4G LTE. It's a solidly-specced device with a popular brand name that promises to sell…

By Michael Fisher May 7, 2012, 3:02 pm
Android

Android Guy Weekly: NFC and Spare Batteries, How Does it Work?

With the NFC-enabled Google Wallet app arriving on more devices, more phones coming with NFC, and batteries not getting any bigger, is is safe to upgrade your battery? Given the fact that batteries in these phones have a message on them that…

By Joe Levi April 30, 2012, 1:35 pm
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A Week With Light Flow For Android

Last week, I wrote a piece about how notification LEDs on mobile devices were a dead art form. That editorial generated a lot of interesting discussion, and a recurring theme in the comments was the suggestion that I download a third-party app to…

By Michael Fisher April 30, 2012, 1:18 pm
Android

Google Wallet Gets In Bed With Carriers (Editorial)

Google Wallet, the app, has had it's ups and downs. Mostly downs. Using your phone's built in NFC chip, Google hopes to turn it into your main payment mechanism — replacing your credit cards and reward cards all in one fell swoop! Unfortunately it…

By Joe Levi March 21, 2012, 7:54 pm
Android

Hardware Hack Enables Full-Speed Charging with Generic Chargers

Have you noticed how your Samsung smartphone charges faster if you are using the wall-charger that came with the phone than though other chargers? It's sometimes twice as fast! What's up with that? Most Samsung Galaxy phones (from the originals up…

By Joe Levi March 20, 2012, 7:32 pm
Android

Personalizing Your Galaxy Nexus With Custom Boot Animations

Have you unlocked your Galaxy Nexus and installed CWM Recovery? Would you like to customize your bootscreen? YES! It's as simple as flashing a .ZIP from recovery! Luckily a boot animation is essentially just a series of images packaged together in a…

By Joe Levi January 6, 2012, 9:23 am
Android

Google Wallet’s Secure Element Not Responding Error Explained

Google Wallet is an app that lets you use your NFC-enable Android-powered smartphone to make payments on compatible credit card terminals. Currently the only officially supported phone is the Sprint Nexus S 4G. Since both the GSM and Verizon of the…

By Joe Levi December 28, 2011, 10:50 am
Android

How to Force Increase Android’s Screen Resolution (Video)

As we see a new crop of super high-resolution Android phones arrive to the market like the Galaxy Note, HTC Rezound, and Galaxy Nexus, there's new potential to experiment with changing the pixel density to one that allows more data to fit on the…

By Brandon Miniman December 19, 2011, 11:33 am
Android

Will Ice Cream Sandwich Run on Older Phones?

With yesterday's announcement of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, one of the big questions in the back of everyone's mind is "Will it work on my phone?" Great question... but the answer may be a little complex. (To address the picture above: no,…

By Joe Levi October 19, 2011, 7:22 pm
Android

What Can You Do With a Barometer on a Smartphone?

At last night's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich announcement we were told that the new flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, would include a barometer, and that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich SDK included all the bits needed for developers to tie…

By Joe Levi October 19, 2011, 2:27 pm

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