Will G.(51 posts)

I am a huge fan of Android. Almost being with Android Authority for close to a year, it is really nice to see new, talented writers embrace the "Android Dream" with the group of writers we have. My role at Android Authority is currently as a writer, to accompany my past skills in editing and reviewing top products for this site. I now sport a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

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Sprint Welcomes the ZTE Fury Today – For Only $20!

by: Will G.March 11, 2012

Since the beginning of the smartphone revolution, just about every smart manufacturer has teamed up with carriers to release devices that would appeal to consumers not wanting to gouge their wallets. And, to this day, just about any carrier in the US, Canada or Europe offers inexpensive, or better – free phones, with a contract, of course.

And you know for that price you usually never get the “best of the best”, unless you come across pre-owned products. Today, Sprint has teamed up with ZTE to give us the Fury.

The ZTE Fury certainly seems like a bargain, as $20 for an Android phone isn’t too bad, even if it’s not top of the line. These type of [...]

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Google Maps Navigation Gets Update: A More Simple UI, For the Lost Wanderers

by: Will G.March 11, 2012


While it seems like Google Navigation has been the longest BETA in history, a new update has been added to give the interface a more basic and efficient feel. It might not seem like a ton of changes have occurred, however the small differences could assist drivers when navigating through the menus.

The update provides users with larger menu action buttons to enable them to quickly find what they are looking for. This certainly makes sense because when you are driving, it is a real challenge to interact with a touchscreen device, Thankfully, the small changes are welcomed, especially for those trying to navigate through cluttered traffic.

Besides [...]

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“Where’s My Water?” Hits Number 1 in the Android Market

by: Will G.March 7, 2012

You have to admit. there is a not a lot of diversity of the “top” category in mobile gaming. We see that usually the top five games in the Android Market consist of Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja, UNO, and Doodle Jump.

Thankfully Disney has stepped up their “game” and released “Where’s My Water?”. I wrote a review of the game a couple of months ago and it really got to me. It was something different. I mean getting water to an alligators bath was something… well… pretty amusing.

But as I go to play it, my most common enemy was not Swampy, the antagonist alligator, buy my low battery notification because I was playing it all of the time.

Even [...]

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South Korea Sells 700K Galaxy Note’s and Counting!

by: Will G.February 3, 2012

While there is now official word on pre-orders starting at BestBuy on Sunday, South Korea is very much enjoying their taste of the Samsung Galaxy Note. Since Samsung is based out of South Korea, customers were able to purchase the device late last year.

These customers are very lucky indeed, as approximately over 700,000 devices have been sold in South Korea alone. This counts for an outstanding 66% of all LTE devices in the country.

Hopefully the device becomes a big success in the U.S as it it has in S.K. I believe that if the device is released on Verizon’s LTE Network alongside AT&T, the popularity of the phone will skyrocket.

And if you are not familiar [...]

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How-To: Download Google Wallet (From the Market) On the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

by: Will G.February 3, 2012

It was great when XDA developers released a version for Google Wallet for root users. But after that, a version was released that did not require you to root. You have to love the Android development community, huh?

There is now an even more legit, and safer way to download the payment assistant to your phone. You will now be able to download the application straight from the market, with a glitch discovered by Kellex at Droid Life.

The process could be a “hit or a miss”, but it did in fact work on my Galaxy Nexus. So, lets get into it.

Download Instructions:

1. On your Verizon Galaxy Nexus, go to the browser Android Market page. Make sure that you [...]

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Sonic 4 Episode I Update – Now Playing on ICS

by: Will G.February 3, 2012

Those of you that previously played Sonic 4 Episode 1 must have been quite sad that it was not compatible with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the longest time. However, SEGA developers woke up and released a very important update.Now you will be able to play Sonic 4 on your Galaxy Nexus! If you have a Transformer Prime you will be able to play the game on that as well. It seems like it is a double win for tablets and phones.

Some players even claim that the mobile platform is more entertaining and enjoyable, compared to the other Sonic games based on the console versions. This was indeed the dinosaur age of video games.

According to SEGA this game was the sequel [...]

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Exclusive Review – Droid Razr Maxx Review [Video]

by: Will G.January 30, 2012

Since the first talk at CES, Android Authority has been following the Droid Razr Maxx for some time now. Released on January 26, the Maxx sports an impressive 3300 mAh battery. That’s enough for around 21.5 hours of talk time!

Now that is quite special, however there isn’t much difference between the Maxx and its past brother, the original Razr. With models of the original Razr now offering white and purple, along with the previous option of black stirs up a deep battle.


For hardware it is essentially all the same. It contains the same TI OMAP, 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Tagging along with 1GB of RAM.

With a kevlar sealed backing, you are highly [...]

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App Review – PlaceMask (Protecting Your Location)

by: Will G.January 29, 2012

On Android Authority, I have written a few reviews on applications that keep your Android phone nice and safe. But, those were mostly anti-virus scanners, with the average function of data backup.

Not until recently I started to view applications in the android Market that were primarily focused on blocking your real location, and transmitting it towards somewhere else in the world. PlaceMask will do just that.

Background Information

With the current advancement in location technology, developers have found ways to sneak into your phone to see where you have been traveling to. Pretty scary, huh?

Many games nowadays require location access, for whatever [...]

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Google Music Update Now Available – Download Music From the Cloud

by: Will G.January 26, 2012

Evolving now more than anything in the tech age is online storage. Well, there has been web hosting for many years, but to actually store personal information like photo’s, music and video that are extremely easy to access, is something new to us.

The innovation of Google Music brought a popular online library tool, of all the music located on your hard drive. Giving you the ability to stream on a computer or even an Android phone! But you could only stream from online sources.

Now, with a new update you will be able to retrieve music from the online Google Music Cloud, downloading it to your hard drive. That is 20,000 songs at your fingertips.

Unfortunately this [...]

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New Game Released – Anomaly Warzone Earth HD

by: Will G.January 26, 2012

You must be very acquainted by now with “tower defense” games on the Android Market. There are simply way too many to keep track of. However, one developer is kicking it up a notch.

11 Bit Studios has just released “Anomaly Warzone Earth HD” which has similar aspects, compared to tower defense-based games. The big difference is that Warzone Earth has you playing on an attack strategy, rather than being the boring defender.

The game takes place is the year 2018, where a comet has struck the earth, landing on a large U.S city. When you join US forces, you face opposing teams using strategy skill to take you down. Thank you 11 bit Studios for creating a game worth [...]

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