Alvin Ybañez(264 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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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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Samsung Galaxy Camera review

by: Alvin YbañezNovember 23, 2012
In this post, we review the newest Android-powered camera from Samsung, the Galaxy Camera EK-GC100. The Galaxy Camera is just like any ordinary point-and-shoot but, at the same time, is also a smart device that lets you browse the Net, play games, and instantly upload your images and videos to the Web. See our in-depth review.
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Huawei Ascend D quad XL full review [video]

by: Alvin YbañezNovember 15, 2012

Smartphones are fast becoming more powerful companions as more quad-core phones are introduced to the market. Huawei doesn’t want to be left out in that space and created the Huawei Ascend D quad XL U9510E.

This new phone from Huawei features its homegrown Huawei K3V2 quad-core processor. Aside from snappy processing hardware, the phone also provides pleasurable multimedia playback. In terms of thickness and weight, though, the phone may not be the sleekest, but it does have an enviable battery bank rated at 2,600 mAh.

Can this phone stand up to the other quad-core titans in the Android smartphones market? Let’s look more closely at Huawei’s [...]

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HTC Desire X full review [video]

by: Alvin YbañezNovember 13, 2012

With most people talking about which high-end Android phone to get for the holidays, let’s break the mold for a bit and expand our options. There, in fact, are affordable Android phones also worthy to be scribbled onto our holiday lists, one of which is HTC’s newest in its mid-range line — the HTC Desire X.

The previous earlier HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire series has proven that you can enjoy a decent Android smartphone without burning a huge hole in your pocket.

In this article, let’s see what features you’ll be getting from the Desire X at its affordable price tag. You can also jump directly to our video review below.

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