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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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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LG Optimus G vs Samsung Galaxy S3

by: Alvin YbañezOctober 31, 2012

LG is not one to let other devices dominate the playing field. The company recently released its newest flagship smartphone, the Optimus G. The specs alone are something to drool over, and if you’re particular about your display, it’s something worth craving. If you haven’t seen our full review of this phone yet, check out our in depth-review of the LG Optimus G to see why people can’t wait to get their hands on this device.

How does the Optimus G stack up against the current King of the Android Hill, the Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300? Find out in our comparison of the two phones below (or jump to our phone comparison video near the end of this [...]

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Navy Battle 3D: Classic Battleship game, minus the pen and paper

by: Alvin YbañezOctober 29, 2012

The Battleship game is a popular pencil-and-paper guessing game. It consists of two players, each one with her or his own paper game board.   The players arrange their ships, take turns in shooting the opponent’s ships until all opponent ships are destroyed.  The game was later on improved with pins, game board with holes, and real plastic battleships.  It’s a simple game, with simple rules, but with potential for hours of tactical fun.

The Google Play Store has an Android version inspired by the same game.  Developed by BitmapPiranha, the Navy Battle 3D game is a three-dimensional Battleship game for Android.

The game has 2 game modes: Solo [...]

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G Cloud Backup: Easy cloud-based backup and restore

by: Alvin YbañezOctober 29, 2012

Cloud storage and cloud syncing seem to have crossed the border between fad and necessity.  With many people losing their mobile devices daily (1 every 3.5 seconds, according to sources), backing up files to cloud servers is one step towards preserving your precious phone data in the case of catastrophes.

If some misfortune befalls your Android phone — for example, if you lose your phone or someone steals it, if someone you know accidentally reformats your phone, and other similar unfortunate events — you will not need to worry much if you’ve synced your files with G Cloud Backup.

Created by Genie9 Corporation, the G Cloud Backup app [...]

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ANTIBIOTIC HD: A bug-zapping game for Android

by: Alvin YbañezOctober 26, 2012

Believe it or not, I really don’t like bugs. Imaging the tingling sensation when they crawl on your leg. Bugs hovering in the air are just like aircraft, looking for targets to drop their bombs on. It doesn’t mean that I hate bugs. I just don’t want them near me. The devs at 6am3.com may feel the same way, as they created a game that lets you exterminate bugs in a fun and entertaining way. The Antibiotic HD game lets you kill bugs by linking and zapping them with lightning.

There are there 3 modes in the game: Fingers (arcade), Brain (riddles), and Dojo. The Dojo is like a training mode where you get you get to play the game endlessly and [...]

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How to use NFC on the Galaxy S3 I9300 even if phone screen is locked

by: Alvin YbañezOctober 25, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 has an embedded NFC chip that allows you to share files to another NFC-capable device. Aside from sharing files, you can also pay your bills and launch certain phone functions and apps instantly through NFC tags. But, for you to use this feature, you will need to unlock your phone’s screen first to activate NFC. This can be an inconvenience if you’re in a hurry and you don’t have the time to unlock your phone.

XDA Developers member mayhemer offers a convenient solution by creating a hack/mod that allows you activate NFC without unlocking your phone’s screen. The hack/mod has two flavors: one that allows you to [...]

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How to restore or unbrick the Galaxy S3 I535 after being soft-bricked

by: Alvin YbañezOctober 24, 2012

Sometimes when you flash a ROM on your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535, the /system and /data partitions are not wiped properly, causing those partitions to be formatted with read-only (R/O) permissions rather than read-write (R/W).

Such a scenario makes the phone unable to boot because no data can be written to those partitions.  Flashing another ROM or a stock ROM through Odin will also yield the same result. It can get really frustrating.

You probably landed upon this page to find a way to save your phone. You have just come to the right page, for we can help you unbrick your soft-bricked Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-I535. As long as your phone still [...]

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How to prepare the Nexus 7 for flashing custom ROMs

by: Alvin YbañezOctober 22, 2012

We see a lot of toolkits that perform a variety of functions with just a click of a button. There are rooting toolkits that allow you to easily root your Android device. You can also unlock the bootloader or even flash a custom recovery with these toolkits create by Android enthusiasts. I came across a new and unique toolkit that allows you to instantly prepare your Google Nexus 7 for flashing a custom ROM.

XDA Developers member jamesst20 created the JROMFlasher toolkit for the Nexus 7. This toolkit will easily wipe the data on your tablet, flash custom recovery, and even places the developer’s custom ROM right on your tablet’s SD card so you can instantly [...]

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