Carl Parker(351 posts)

We're all multi-talented and multi-faceted here, but, perhaps, Carl is the most multi-faceted in the bunch. Among Carl's many interests, Android holds a special place. He's particularly fond of reviewing Android apps and writing step-by-step guides for fellow Android fans.




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Idrod Music: Virtual iPod for your Android

by: Carl ParkerNovember 28, 2012

Let’s face it, it’s difficult to find a well-made music player app. There are tons of them on the Google Play Store that can charm you when you’re just reading about what it can do and the reviews that people have left. Maybe it’ll charm you all the way to downloading it to your device. But once you get the app on your Android device, you’ll realize that it’s just not for you because it doesn’t pack the things you need.

We’ve discovered a new music player app that may interest you. Introducing Idrod Music, a multimedia player for your music, audio, photos, and videos. If you’ve ever owned an iPod Classic, then [...]

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How to unlock or relock the Nexus 10 bootloader

by: Carl ParkerNovember 26, 2012

The Google Nexus 10 is one of the top Android tablets that Google has released. It runs on Android 4.2, the upgraded version of Jelly Bean. One of the benefits of having a Nexus 10 is the ability to easily unlock its bootloader.  In fact, it’s one of the benefits of having any Nexus device.

It’s important to note that unlocking your Nexus 10’s bootloader does have some risks, including the risk of making your tablet unusable.  So, you should be aware of such risks before proceeding and you should follow instructions closely.  Despite the risks you take, an unlocked bootloader is the first step in being able to fully customize your Nexus [...]

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Glimmr: Feature-rich and beautiful Flickr client for Android

by: Carl ParkerNovember 20, 2012

Photography today has been one of the most enjoyed hobbies. Whether you are using a DSLR camera to take visually-enticing photos or you prefer using your phone’s camera to take snapshots of every day moments, photos are all the same — they all tell a story. We take photos because we want to preserve a certain memory or a particular moment that surely won’t happen again in the future. And, because more and more people enjoy taking snapshots of their loved ones, or anything for that matter, a lot of Android apps dedicated to both photography and photo organization are swarming the Google Play Store.

One photo client that surely some, if not most of you [...]

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7 sizzling new Android apps of the week (November 16 issue)

by: Carl ParkerNovember 16, 2012

It has been another week and we’re all excited for the coming weekend. Weekends are the days that you won’t need to hear your alarm clock’s disturbing beeps and you can spend time away from your nagging bosses.

As we are about to end our busy and hectic week, the Google Play Store never stops producing treats; in fact, new and sizzling hot Android apps are now on display in its toy shop, waiting to be discovered. Let me show you some of the new apps I found so you won’t need to search the Google Play Store’s vast ocean of apps.

Without further ado, here are some of the sizzling new Android apps for the week.

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9 new irresistible games of November (1/2)

by: Carl ParkerNovember 16, 2012

Games, games, games! It’s game time here at Android Authority, and we’ve been scouring the Google Play Store for new and exciting games that will totally keep you on the couch for hours. I even forced myself to stay away from my phone so I can share with you some of these new games I found.

In this edition of our twice-a-month list of new and fresh Android games, you’ll get to…

fight against dastardly Pigtroopers in space; fight back against human invaders; become a mighty hero by fulfilling quests; dine on the flesh of the undead; set out to overwhelm a quaint neighborhood with your zombie horde; help birds out by catching their eggs and [...]
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Apple iPad mini vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD

by: Carl ParkerNovember 12, 2012

One of the reasons why people invest in tablets is to curl up with their device at the end of the day and enjoy some reading. Of course, lugging around a 10-inch tablet isn’t exactly very comfortable, nor is it very natural to look at. Seven-inch tablets, on the other hand, are a whole lot more subtle and can fit into bags and jacket pockets far more easily.

Amazon’s latest tablet, the Kindle Fire HD, not only lets you enjoy a good read before bed but also lets you indulge in a bit of movie watching, audio listening, and Web browsing. If you have an Amazon Prime membership and want to get the most out of it, the Kindle Fire HD is the best device that can [...]

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7 sizzling new Android apps of the week (November 9 issue)

by: Carl ParkerNovember 9, 2012

Hear ye, hear ye! Gather around, Android users, for we have something new and sizzling for you. Android app devs are continuously brewing new and hot Android apps for your phones and tablets. Even the powerful winds or the devastating rains of Hurricane Sandy weren’t strong enough to stop the Google Play Store from putting up new toys for you to play with.

Use these new apps to ease your mind, decorate your homescreen, keep your screen awake, instantly switch your phone to silent mode, and a whole lot more to be discovered in Google’s toy box. Sit back and relax as we present to you some of the hottest new apps for the week.

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Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7

by: Carl ParkerNovember 9, 2012

Though Steve Jobs is famously known to have disliked the idea of 7-inch tablets, you can’t deny that there is a market for them. A 7-incher, such as the Google Nexus 7 (made by ASUS), is a whole lot more portable than larger 10-inch tablets and provides the same ebook reading and multimedia consumption experience as larger tablets do. It can easily fit in your hand, in your jacket pocket, and in your bag without your looking awkward in public.

Naturally, Apple doesn’t want to be left out of that market. It has released the iPad mini, a tablet that you can hold with one hand and that can give you the usefulness of an iPad.

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7 sizzling new Android apps of the week (November 2 issue)

by: Carl ParkerNovember 2, 2012

The Google Play Store is bubbling and oozing with apps. Apps for games, productivity, videos, music, and all you can think of can be found on the Google Play Store. As we speak, hundreds of new apps appear in Google’s toy box, waiting to be used on your Android device. Thanks to the continuous support of app developers, we can enjoy a lot of apps on our Android handsets.

To make your search easier, we scouted the vast ocean of apps and manually picked the hottest new apps from the Google Play Store. In this post, we focus the spotlights on the new Android apps freshly released this week, with the hope that you will find them as interesting and/or useful as much [...]

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Benchmarked: Snapdragon S4 Pro (Optimus G) vs Exynos 4412 (Galaxy S3)

by: Carl ParkerOctober 31, 2012

LG is proud of its newest flagship device, but is it worth all the praise that people have been giving it? Should we judge the LG Optimus G F180K by its specs? Of course not.

We put this beast through a series of benchmark tests to see how it fares against one of the major players in the high-end smartphone arena, the Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300. How does the Optimus G stack up against one of the reigning Android smartphone kings?

Let’s find out by putting both processors through a battery of benchmark tests. (You may also skip forward to this article’s video version.)

Systems-on-a-Chip

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is equipped with the Samsung Exynos [...]

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