The LG V20 is a very late entrant into this year's Android phone boxing match, but for exactly that reason it's arriving to the fight fresh and with a whole set of new tricks up its sleeve. Is this — very quietly, now — the best Android phone of 2016?
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This is it. This is the final agonising throe in the the Samsung Galaxy Note7's long and painful death. Samsung is taking the again-unprecedented step of cutting every Galaxy Note7 off from accessing Australia's mobile phone carrier networks.
Your phone can entertain you, inform you, and keep you connected to the people that matter the most — but it can also be a help in times of emergency. Whether you find yourself in a genuine life-and-death situation or just an awkward social encounter, your phone can help you escape. These are the apps you should keep installed in case of emergency.
Out of the box, Android doesn't give you much flexibility when it comes to setting the default search in the toolbar at the top of the screen. A clever app called Custom Search Bar Widget lets you set up alternative searches for sites like YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDB, Google Maps, and more. It also completely transforms the look of the search bar.
Facebook has had an ongoing problem developing on Android for a while now. Facebook's central item officer, Chris Cox, even encouraged his staff to switch to Android in order to live with the issues and figure them out. A recent independent test by Tech World Zone found that the problems have persisted and that life could be a lot better without the Facebook app.
Leaving the house only to realise you've got next to zero charge on your phone is an awful feeling. Which is why phone companies have been jamming bigger and better batteries into their phones. They have also been using quick charging technology, which can shove hours of battery life into a phone in a matter of minutes through super smart power management via the phone's processor. But none have been able to juice a battery quite as quickly as the five hours in five minutes claim Qualcomm has just made.
Hidden in the Android Settings app is a secret menu called Developer Options that gives you access to all kinds of useful tools and tweaks. If you know how to uncover it, you can take advantage, and there are a handful of helpful things you can do. For example, you can transform the look of your phone and even fake your GPS location.
Today, News.com.au ran a story: "Pregnant mum burnt by iPhone 7". A woman has apparently suffered superficial burns from what she says was an overheating iPhone, despite the phone itself being designed to cease charging and power down before any dangerous temperature is reached. It's a terrible thing to happen to anyone, but let's take a lesson from this: don't fall asleep with your phone anywhere near you.
Yet another entrant into the mid-range smartphone market well in time for Christmas, the Huawei Nova Plus is a big-screened Android phone that promises "powerful performance" and a "fantastic camera" — like every other Android phone, let's be honest. The Nova Plus is temptingly cheap, though, and it looks quite nice, and it has a decent processor and relatively large battery
Thanks to Oppo, ZTE, HTC, Sony and Huawei, Android share in Australia increased from 54.5 per cent to 58.2 per cent in the last year - not a bad little bump. But with the launch of the iPhone 7, iOS managed to claw back market share - from 33 per cent to 37.1 per cent since August this year.
And in the Australian Apple Vs Android race, Windows phone is still the banana. Only 2.3 per cent of Aussies use a Windows phone.
Getting in touch with several people at once is thankfully much easier than it used to be. Gone are the days of calling everyone in your book club or painstakingly typing out individual SMS messages for everyone coming to dinner. Here are five apps particularly suited to keeping group conversations going without any hassles.
Android Nougat is bringing loads of new features to Android phones, making now a great time to develop Android apps. If you’re new to the field, the Complete Android N Developer Course will show you how to build apps for Android’s latest platform with help from one of the industry’s best.
It's the beginning of the end for terrestrial free-to-air TV, guys — you may as well pull your antenna down off your roof right now. Following the launch of the FreeViewPlus hybrid internet catch-up and live TV a couple of years ago, you can now watch all 16 major digital TV channels, in real time, on your phone. If you want to.
Android users are (sadly) used to playing second fiddle to Apple when it comes to getting app releases first. Case in point — Adobe's "selfie-fixing" Photoshop Fix, which is now available on Google Play over a year after its iOS debut.