Why Samsung plus Android is the best smartphone in South Africa

For years I resisted it, the two-year lock-in that is a smartphone contact. I had a Nexus 5, you see, imported from the US for cheaper than local import services offered it. What Android user could need more than a Google phone and a prepaid SIM? But as time went on, the Nexus started to show its age – its battery started to wane and its 16GB of storage (with no microSD support) became a problem. I decided to get a new phone, and found there were good contract deals to be…

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Useful Google Maps features you should start using now – Livemint

Google has added new features to the Maps app in the last couple of months, making it a lot more relevant to users. Some of these features are exclusive to Indian users, and are available on both iOS and Android smartphones. Here’s a look at how each can help users in their daily life. Share places with friends This new feature allows users to create lists of their favourite places on Maps and share it with their friends through social media, instant messenger apps and email. It can come in…

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Countdown Tracks How Long Until the Events You’re Looking Forward To

Android/iOS: When you’re looking forward to an event, you can’t help but get excited watching the days tick by. Countdown helps you keep track of everything you’re looking forward to in one neat-looking app. Advertisement The app, from timeanddate.com lets you add a large picture, set the date the event is going down, and set its location. You can even add a widget to your home screen to show the current countdown on Android. It’s not as full featured as a calendar app would be, but then it’s only really…

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Nest App Gets Better Notifications, App Shortcuts on Android

Today, Nest will push a new app update to Android and iOS that should improve the notification experience from your cameras. It’ll also add app shortcuts on Android, for those running Android 7.1 Nougat.  As Nest notes in its blog post about the new app update, some times you don’t want notifications for everything. To help cut down on unwanted notifications, Nest Aware (the paid service of Nest cameras) will be able to automatically detect doors and create activity zones around them. That means you’ll only get motion notifications when something…

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The Best Alternative OSes You Need to Install Already

Image: CyanogenMod There’s a world out there beyond Windows, macOS, Android and iOS—and it’s a world worth exploring. The big 4 operating systems are built to be useful to as many people as possible. Yet many of us have very particular needs and might do better with something more streamlined. Thankfully there are a lot of programmers with needs as particular as our own. Sometimes they build operating systems dedicated to certain computers and smartwatches, or ones intended just for gaming. Other times they’re out tweaking and refining what’s already…

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EasilyDo brings its powerful Email app to Android

EasilyDo’s simply named “Email” application is one of the most popular productivity apps on iOS, because it closely resembles the look-and-feel of Apple’s default Mail app, but comes with more powerful features. Essentially, it feels like you’ve given the Mail app an upgrade. Now EasilyDo’s Email has made its way over to Android, bringing the same core functionality to a new platform, including its one-click unsubscribe to newsletters, undo send option, package tracking and automatic organization of your expenses, shopping, travel information and more. Before launching Email, EasilyDo was best known for its…

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Survey & giveaway: We just hit 2 million likes on Facebook!

It’s official, we’re multi-millionaires! Woohoo! Wait, what do you mean, Facebook likes don’t count? They do count for us. In fact, for the team here at Android Authority, the two million people that like us on Facebook mean a whole lot more than anything that real multi-millionaires can buy with their money. You’re that important. To each and every one of the two million Facebook users who follow us: thank you! You helped turn a small and scrappy blog into one of the most popular mobile tech publications in the…

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New Kyocera DuraForce Pro update brings latest Android security fixes, other changes

The Kyocera DuraForce Pro on Verizon has started receiving a new update that bumps the software version to 3.112VZ, and brings along several fixes and improvements, including the latest Android security patches. As per the change-log listed on Verizon’s website, the update fixes a calling related issue where-in recipients “could not hear your voice for a brief moment once the call started.” Aside from this, the Weather widget has been fixed to show the time and weather correctly, and an issue with the native Messaging app has also been fixed….

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Google Clock app updated to v5.0 with more informative time zones, layout tweaks, and more [APK Download]

A smartphone is the only clock many of us need, and Google has a solid clock app on Android. It ships pre-installed on a few devices, and you can always grab it from the Play Store. This app has just gotten an update to v5.0 in the store, and while it’s not a huge change, you’ll notice the alterations if you use it regularly. Here’s everything we’ve spotted in the updated app so far. Google has yet to provide an official changelog. The new app is above, and some screen…

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Win An NVIDIA SHIELD (2017) With Android Headlines – International Giveaway

The NVIDIA SHIELD is not only the newest Android TV console on the market, but it is also one of the hottest products currently around. While not much has changed underneath compared to the previous SHIELD Android TV, NVIDIA has looked to completely redesign the SHIELD offering consumers everything that is great about the SHIELD, but in a much smaller form factor. In addition, the SHIELD Controller has also been overhauled to be more responsive, more ergonomic and more in tune with the needs of gamers. Adding to the value,…

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