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Android is a platform known for its flexibility and customizability. But while many would prefer to have their choice of user interfaces and applications, some would rather focus on key functionalities,... such as being able to call, text, email and browse the web.

These major functionalities are sometimes buried within layers of apps and UI add-ons, and smartphones tend to have a higher learning curve tha...

Peek Paranoid Android 2

Update: Google Play Store link is now back online. The developers have also clarified that the APK downloadable from Github is not from them.

Custom Android ROMs each have their own... highlight characteristics. A prominent feature on Paranoid Android, for example, is Peek, which gives enhanced access to notifications, which are available through motion-detection. For example, sim...

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Customization is one of the stronger points of Android. With a multitude of tweaks in UI and functionality, the platform enables users to incorporate more of their personality and needs into... their devices, compared with, say, iOS. While for some, customization is skin-deep — like themes, wallpapers and graphics — others take rooting their devices as an avenue to do even more d...

Stickers for Hangouts

An extension of the usual IP-based chatting service, stickers have grown in popularity among mobile users, especially with the rise of cross-platform apps like LINE and Viber and even Facebook... Messenger. Google’s own Hangouts service was actually late in the game, only introducing stickers in late February this year in its iOS release.

Even with stickers support on the iPhone, i...

Cycling in the city

“Cycling is the new golf,” according to CNN Money. While biking has long been a combination of leisure activity, sport and a practical means to get around town, cycling has now turned... into an event for business people to get together. According to The Economist, a growing number of city cycling clubs and corporate-sponsored charity bike rides are bringing together like-minded professio...

Bright Weather

Weather apps and widgets are aplenty, but a new app release from LevelUp Studios called Bright Weather promises to make your day with a balance of style and functionality. Bright Weather mixes... stunning photography with minimalistic graphics in balancing information and functionality for checking out the weather.

True enough, while anyone can simply look out the window to check out the c...

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One of the most hotly anticipated devices this time of the year is the Moto E. Codenamed XT1021, Motorola’s rumored entry-level offering is intended for emerging markets, and likewise... expected to launch in more mature mobile markets like the US, UK and others. While the Moto E specs are not trail-blazing, what’s so hot about this device is its price, expected to be in the su...