Alvin Ybañez(267 posts)

Android is arguably the most flexible mobile operating system. Period. I'm extremely passionate about helping Android users around world get the most out of their Android devices by writing how-to guides and tutorials.




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Android 4.1 vs Android 4.2 — The Jelly Bean Brothers

by: Alvin YbañezJanuary 23, 2013

Almost every online citizen abreast with the latest in the mobile technology scene knows that the flavor of Android known as Jelly Bean is the latest and the smoothest to date. But, which Jelly Bean?

Two varieties exist for this sweet treat: Android 4.1 (which debuted with the Google Nexus 7) and Android 4.2 (which came out with the Google Nexus 4 and the Google Nexus 10).

Should you be gravely concerned that the phone that you’re longing to buy runs only Android 4.1? Or, should you just go ahead and buy an Android 4.2 device such as the Nexus 4 or Nexus 10? Which mobile OS version is better? Is it even worth your envy to look at another’s Android [...]

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How to flash 1% Battery Indicator mods for the Galaxy Note 10.1

by: Alvin YbañezJanuary 21, 2013

If you’ve flashed a deodexed ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000, GT-N8010, and GT-N8013 and can’t wait to customize your tablet, then you can start customizing your tablet by flashing these simple battery indicator mods.

XDA Developers member Darkman_RS created these colorful 1% Battery Indicator mods for the Galaxy Note 10.1. Flashing these mods will change the appearance of the stock battery indicator on your tablet.

There are 4 types of battery mods: a multi-colored battery indicator, 2 varieties of Ice Cream Sandwich battery indicators, and a gray-themed battery indicator. Take note that you must flash a deodexed ROM before you can [...]

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How to enable 720p video recording on the Nexus 7

by: Alvin YbañezJanuary 8, 2013

Some tablets, such as the Google Nexus 7, don’t have a rear camera. It only has a front camera that allows you to video chat on the tablet. But, in case you really need to take a picture or record video, you can still use the Nexus 7’s front camera as your main camera.

XDA Developers member hillbeast has created a mod that allows you to record 720p video using the Nexus 7’s front camera. Sounds cool, huh? You can use the mod to improve video quality while chatting or when capturing a video. This mod works on any stock ROM. However, if you’re using a CyanogenMod-based ROM, you don’t need to flash this mod because the developer has pushed [...]

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Keymonk Keyboard: Rapid typing using two fingers

by: Alvin YbañezDecember 27, 2012

One of the pleasures I experience with Android devices is that I can use third-party keyboard apps on my device. The Google Play Store offers a huge selection of keyboard apps that change the stock keyboard app on your device. There are keyboards so smart that they can complete the word you’re thinking off.  Others use swiping gestures to let you swiftly compose text. One app caught my attention because it allows me to simultaneously swipe two thumbs to type my messages. Let me introduce to you the Keymonk Keyboard app.

The Keymonk Keyboard app is a third-party keyboard that allows you to compose your text by swiping your fingers — two thumbs to be exact. [...]

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More power for the Galaxy S3 with Mugen Power 4,600 mAh extended battery

by: Alvin YbañezDecember 27, 2012

There’s a reason Android phones are called smartphones: They are phones with smarts.  Such intelligence comes at a price, however.  These phones need more processing muscle, and, just like the human body, the more muscle you have, the more energy you’ll need. 

The Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300, for instance, needs a lot of power for its quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, its Mali-400MP GPU, and its bright and vibrant HD Super AMOLED touchscreen.  For most people and provided it is used intelligently, the Galaxy S3’s 2,100-mAh Li-ion battery suffices for several hours of casual to moderate use in a day. 

For heavy and hard-core users, however, that [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Google Nexus 4

by: Alvin YbañezDecember 24, 2012

The first Nexus device was the HTC Nexus One which ran on Android 2.1 Eclair and then was upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo. The Samsung Nexus S then followed with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The third Nexus came in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which introduced the merged Android OS for phones and tablets, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And, to represent the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google worked with LG to create the latest Nexus device known as the LG Nexus 4 E960.

But, it is not the only Jelly Bean phone around. In fact, Samsung has one — a phone-tablet or phablet, to be precise. The successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000, Samsung’s [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Google Nexus 4

by: Alvin YbañezDecember 24, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 is one of the hottest smartphones on the market. Samsung claims that it sold 30 million units within the first 150 days after the Galaxy S3’s initial release. This phone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and introduces the natured-inspired TouchWiz Nature UX by Samsung.

Google’s Nexus devices are also known for the pure Google experience that they offer to their users. The newest addition to the Nexus line comes in the form of the Google Nexus 4 E960 by LG. This phone carries the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and some new goodies, such as Photo Sphere and a revamped Camera app.

Does the Nexus 4 have what it takes to match the [...]

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Apple iPhone 5 vs Sony Xperia T

by: Alvin YbañezDecember 8, 2012
Both the Apple iPhone 5 and the Sony Xperia T are great phones, but how do they fare against each other? What are their strengths and shortcomings? Which one you should pick up this holiday season? Find out in our post.
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WhenDidI Lite: Flexible event logger for Android

by: Alvin YbañezNovember 30, 2012

The sad truth about the kind of work I do is that I sit in front of a computer for hours.  I can see how my belly grows day after day. I need something that would help me monitor my food intake. Luckily, I found one app from the Google Play Store that does the monitoring and recording for me.

The WhenDidI Lite – Event Logger is my personal assistant and helps me stay on track with my diet plan. Aside from my diet plan, I can also use this app to monitor how much I have spent for the day, how far I have jogged, how many times I have cleaned my room, and all the other activities I do every day.

I also like the app’s simple and easy to use user [...]

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FlipLauncher: Multitasking launcher for quick app access

by: Alvin YbañezNovember 30, 2012

Android devices are meant for multitasking. Some devices, like the Galaxy Note 2, are specifically designed to launch two apps, or more, at the same time. The Google Play Store also offers a variety of multitasking apps to allow you to multitask on your device.  We’ve compiled some of our favorite ones in our list of best task switchers and multitasking apps for Android.

I want to add a new multitasking app that I found on Google’s toy shelves to that list. The FlipLauncher app is a multitasking app that allows you to group your favorite apps or shortcuts and access them from wherever on your device.

When you launch FlipLauncher in portrait [...]

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