Our phones are becoming increasingly important — anyone can see that. If you’re really serious about keeping your Android phone close to you at all times, then you need to focus on security. Ultimately, you can look at security with your Android phone from tow different viewpoints: data security and physical security. You want to make sure that no one takes your physical phone, and you also want to make sure that no one messes with your data. Computer security from a mobile perspective can be tricky, but it isn’t impossible.
One of the first things that you want to make sure that you’re doing when you’re trying to keep your Android phone safe is to actually look at your apps list. When we hear about a new app, our first reaction is to download the app and install it without really thinking about the control it will have over our phone. Android apps have a tendency to roam the system more than other types of apps or other types of phones. This can be a blessing or a curse, but the truth is that you don’t have to have every app running wild on your system. You will need to look at the permissions that you allow the application to run. For example, if you know that an app has no business accessing your contacts list, and then you will want to make sure that you deny that app that privilege — it’s really that simple.
Along these same lines is that fact that you really need to only download apps from a trusted source. The Android market is just one source, but it’s a trusted one. If there’s a bad app in there, it won’t last for long — there’s just too many people looking over the list of apps there with a fine-tooth comb. Continue reading “Keeping Your Android Phone As Secure as Possible”
There is no doubt that the Google Android mobile phone operating system has finally arrived. You can get it on almost any phone, and it even ships standard on many new, very cool mobile phones that have come out in recent months. But what makes Google Android a viable option? Isn’t it true that the Android program does not cost anything? If this is the case, than why aren’t there other operating systems out there that are better? Well, maybe Android is not considered the BEST, but it IS one of the most open-sourced, and that means something to today’s mobile phone community.
It is true that Android has a long way to go before it reaches the level of Apple mobile phone operating systems, as they dominate the market right now. But is it really the dream of Google to completely take over the mobile phone operating system industry, or are they just trying to get their foot in the door?
To make a long story short, Google Android is giving us a more than capable OS on several high-end phones that would otherwise not be as open-sourced, and that, in itself, is something for Google to brag about. But then again, Google is no technological newbie either. Google is on the forefront of the communication revolution that is shaping our world right now, and in some ways, Google has this industry wrapped around it’s little finger.
Look at Google Maps? Is there anything comparable to that in the world right now? Sure, maybe there are expensive Gps programs, but can you easily download them to your website or Facebook page? Google has something special with Android, and only time will tell how far it will really go. The sky might be the limit, but it will all depend on the mobile-phone buying public, and the question will be this one – How much is an open-sourced operating system really worth to them?
Only time and mobile phone sales will tell.
Android is driven by apps. Drowning in apps. More apps than your phone has room for. OK, we’re being a little over the top but the fact remains that this is all about collecting as many apps as possible to make your phone work better.
We’ve covered Android apps in other places, but one area that gets skipped over is the wide range of Utilities that you might want to check out. We’ll cover a few that you might not have heard of.
1. AppGarden Lite
AppGarden only looks outdated — it’s really a feature packed app that has plenty for you to check out. You have conversion charts, a barcode scanner, and even a password generator. You can bookmark app of your favorite apps for faster access. What more could you want out of a free app?
This app gives you the power to look at all of your torrents and download more if that’s what you want. Your SD card game better be tight, as those downloads do add up! While there are other BitTorrent clients out there, this is one that actually gets the job done. Definitely worth the download, and very much free.
3. Auto Memory Manager
Worried about running out of memory right when you’re in the middle of everything else? You need to check out Auto Memory Manager. This is an app that lets you cut the fat when your phone starts slowing you down. Setting memory priority on apps? Very cool stuff. Continue reading “Key Android Utilities That You Might Have Missed”
If you’re looking to change away form your Apple iPhone, you really can’t go anywhere without reading about happy users on the Android phone platform. So if you’ve got some extra money burning a hole in your pocket, you can go out and get an Android phone without too much hassle — when prepaid providers are rocking the Android platform, you already know that picking up a phone isn’t going to be a real big deal.
However, there are plenty of guides on that. You will also need to think about how to truly transition from your iLife to your Android life. When Android first came out, this was really a pain. However, the power of open source means that nothing is ever truly painful for very long. If you’ve got a shiny new Android phone in your hand and your old iPhone close by, let’s see what we can do about getting your phone rocking and rolling.
First and foremost, you will need to make sure that you have your contacts. Now, if you have iTunes, this is a snap. You just need to sync your contacts with Google, and then have them float over to your Android phone. This is something that’s actually not hard, and you can usually walk through the synchronization process without too much trouble.
Yet enjoying your Android phone is more than just contacts — there are other things that you will need to do as well.
One of the first things that you will need to do is make sure that you have your phone secured. This means setting a password and also installing apps that can control who has access to your phone. Continue reading “Moving from the iPhone to the Android World in Style”
There are hundreds of unique games that you can play online with your Android phone. If you check out an Android bingo site, then you’ll find quite the range of different games. In this piece, we’ve rounded up the most popular types of games that you can play, right from your phone!
90 Ball Bingo
The UK version of bingo, 90 ball bingo really is king on most Android bingo sites. These games take place around the clock and you’ll usually find three prizes up for grabs in each game. This includes a full house prize, a two line prize and a one line prize too.
These games can usually be played for pennies, and some sites even offer free games where you can win for real so you never need to spend a lot (sometimes nothing!) to join in. These are generally divided into different rooms, each with their own jackpots and ticket prices. If you’re a regular player then you’ll probably see the same roomies popping into the same rooms at various times of the day.
There can be many different types of jackpots in these 90 ball rooms. They can be guaranteed, which means one player must win a set amount, or progressive, which will get bigger as more tickets are sold to the room. Continue reading “Types of Games on Android Bingo Sites”