Nearly all the popular Android handsets have got an alpha or beta build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, since the OS code went public. The only exception to this statement will be Motorola handsets. Due to the encrypted bootloader on found on the company’s handsets, none of the Moto branded handsets got an early [...]

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Late last year, Google released a new version of the Android Market and reduced the app refund time from a 24 hours to a mere 15 minutes. While some developers appreciated this, general consumers criticized this move. With most Android games downloading an extra ‘resource’ pack after purchasing it from the Android Market, the 15 [...]

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Most of the Android phones nowadays come with anywhere between 512MB to 1GB of RAM.  Android, like Windows 7, caches the frequently used applications by a user so that next time when the user opens the app, it opens instantly. Due to this, the amount of ‘free’ RAM in Android phones is usually pretty low. [...]

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Carrier IQ, is one of the leading provide of Mobile Service Intelligence Solutions to the Wireless Industry. The app basically provides some ‘telemetry’ to cellular operators and handset manufacturers so that they can improve their network or handsets. However, last week, one XDA developer – TrevE – found out that Carrier IQ is basically logging [...]

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It was quite ironic to see that the Xperia X10 got a semi-working Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich port, but there was not even a development thread for  2011 range of Xperia handsets like the Arc, Arc S, and Xperia Play. Now, FreeXperia, the developers of CM7 for the Sony’s range of Android handsets, have [...]

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HTC Desire Z owners, must be feeling jealous, since a bunch of Android handsets (Galaxy S2, Galaxy S, Nexus S) got an early alpha build of the Ice Cream Sandwich port since the OS code went public, except for their handset. Thankfully, a new pre-Alpha Ice Cream Sandwich ROM just popped up for the Desire [...]

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The Samsung Galaxy S2 is one of the most popular and the highest selling Android smartphone of 2011. The phone is selling like hot cakes all over the world, and is also a developer community favorite with more than 50 Custom ROMs available for the handset. Due to the large number of ROMs available for [...]

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Android’s notification system has always been its strength, right from the beginning. In fact, the notification system was so good that the almighty Apple actually implemented a similar notification system in iOS5. However, the Android notification system has one major flaw. Users will only get a audio notification of a new email or SMS, when they [...]

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Since the day Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich code went public, all the developers including TeamDouche, the developers of CyanogenMod ROM, started working day and night on bringing Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs to various handsets. Soon after, Alpha Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the Galaxy S2, Galaxy S, HTC Desire, HTC G1 and the Nexus [...]

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Notice the blue indicator showing my CPU usage at the top left

Every Android geek out there knows that monitoring your phone’s CPU usage is the key to improved battery life, and a smoother performance. An Android phone’s performance can be improved considerably by decreasing some load from the CPU, compared to freeing up oodles of RAM by using a Task Killer. While there are many CPU [...]

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