What Are Your Favorite Android-Only Apps?

android_logoAccording to one of my previous articles, Android’s biggest strength was its customizability.  Android is pleasingly customizable, but my other article revealed what our readers thought were Android’s biggest weaknesses.  The response we received was incredible, and a conclusion was made quickly.

Overall, our readers primarily complained of pains concerning app optimization.  This is one thing I have not especially enjoyed about apps on Android, and I agree fully that Android’s biggest weakness is App optimization.

Despite this weakness, Android users get around it and deal with it.  This begs the question: Which Android-Only apps have you enjoyed?  What are a few unique or essential apps on Android that you enjoy using?

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Cuboid: An Addictive iOS Puzzle Game

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Cuboid, a 3D Puzzle Game for iPhone and iPad, has become one of my favorite games. Cuboid is addictive and challenging. The goal is to twist and roll the cuboid into position to fall through a square hole.

As you go up through each level, new twists to the game are introduced. Wood blocks can’t withstand the weight of the cuboid standing straight up on it, teleporters can be a friend or foe, and coordinating which pressure-sensitive plates to trigger can be challenging. (more…)

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What’s Your Favorite Infinite Runner Game?

2013-02-11 14_26_24-temple run - Google SearchThere are, in my opinion, just two notable infinite runner games for mobile platforms. They are, of course, Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfers.  Out of all the infinite runner games, however, I have narrowed it down to these two as my picks for infinite-running, jump, duck and dash games. (more…)

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Limited Time Only: T-Mobile Nexus 4 for $49

Nexus 4 Deal $49If you are in the market for a robust and adequately future-proof Android smart phone, T-Mobile has a deal you can’t miss! T-Mobile is selling the 16GB Nexus 4 for merely $49 with a new two-year contract. It is a web-only offer, and it will only last through Monday, February 18, 2013.

This is a great deal, considering the iPhone 4S is still on sale for $99. The iPhone 4S has older technology and it has a smaller screen. $49 for a Nexus 4 is a steal – ever since its release in November of last year, demand for the Nexus 4 has been stunning and has driven sales worldwide.

Realize that the version on the Play Store is unlocked and can be used on any carrier with the proper frequency support. This version will require the signing of a new contract, which many may be hesitant to do. However, the upfront savings may be worth it for some!

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5 Alternatives to Stock iOS Apps That You Must Try

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If you have been using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over the past few years, and have decided to upgrade to a newer version of iOS, you might realize that there is a collection of familiar apps on your device. There is nothing really new to familiarize yourself with, outside of Passbook perhaps. If you are tired of Apple’s stock Apps on iOS, or simply interested in exploring alternatives for fun, there fortunately are better options out there.  (more…)

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What Don’t You Like About Android?

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Every mobile operating system has its share of pros and cons.  As for Android, there happens to be a lot of really good things that end users benefit from.  It was interesting to sift through the responses received in the previous article, and to see where the community agreed on the various strengths of the Android operating system. Therefore, I decided to make a visual representation of those patterns.

Follow after the break for a brief assessment of the iFans community’s thoughts from my previous article, What Do You Like Best About Android. (more…)

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What Do You Like Best About Android?

android logo white outlineAndroid is a fascinating mobile operating system.  The Android operating system is slightly different on certain phones, but the general features Android brings to the user can be quite beneficial.

Without doubt, Android has been seeing an influx of new users over the past few years.  The software development is gradually improving.  Widgets, live backgrounds, and the unique interface is enough to impress anyone transitioning from the iOS platform these days.

Android is an attractive system for users who want to hold the reins and control everything on their phone or tablet, but what is it that makes Android shine?  What do you like the best about Android?

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Jelly Bean Update for Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Now Available

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Last December the Jelly Bean 4.1.1 update came to the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2, and users of said tablet have been taking the opportunity and to this day are still upgrading to one of the latest versions of Android.

Samsung is now pushing the Jelly Bean, Android 4.1.1 update to their 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2.  The update weighs in at around 380MB.  It certainly is a good idea to upgrade, especially considering Jelly Bean brings a whole new life to the Galaxy Tab.  This update includes new features such as Google Now, and offers a faster and smoother user experience.

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Volume Versus Content

AAPL-Apple-Stock-MarketAndroid is dominant, representing nearly 70% of the worldwide smartphone market.  iOS represents almost 20% of the market.  Android’s success is attributed to the thousands of devices that run the system.  Apple has a handful of devices that run iOS, but that does not necessarily mean it is not popular.

Everyone has their own tastes, but the average consumer could care less about widgets, map bugs, or how long software has remained the same. While Android is available on thousands of devices, the content of iOS is what makes the platform so popular. (more…)

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