Author Archives: John Hoff


Samsung to cut up to 30% of phone models, protect profit margins

It was bound to happen sooner or later – Samsung has been one, if not the most prolific gadget maker in the global market in terms of number of models out in the market. But with the Korean giant’s profit margins shrinking because of pressure from smaller Chinese smartphone manufacturers, Samsung has announced that they plan to reduce the number of smartphone models to cut costs.

HTC One M7, M8 Google Play Edition to get Lollipop on Friday

We understand everybody is hustling to get Android 5.0 out to their flagship devices, but Google Play Editions usually get updates a bit faster than the regular versions. Owners of HTC One M7 and M8 Google Play Editions were a bit excited at the update, especially as HTC teased that it might arrive early this week. Well, scratch that.

Cyanogen ties up deal in India with Micromax

Cyanogen, makers of the hugely popular CyanogenMod version of Android, has now tied up a second deal to sell its firmware on a phone made by gadget manufacturer Micromax, one of the biggest names in smartphones and devices in India. CyanogenMod is known for its minimalist approach, its Android interface and features tweaked for performance, and the lack of bloatware so prevalent in Android versions put out by leading manufacturers.

ASUS launches mid-tier ZenFone 5 Lite

ASUS just launched a dual SIM KitKat smartphone that is set to lodge squarely on the mid-tier market – the ASUS ZenFone 5 Lite (A502CG). ASUS seems to be targeting the market for affordable KitKat smartphones in developing economies, and this phone is “exhibit A” for that intent.

Google’s Project Loon coming to Australia for test flights

Project Loon – if you haven’t heard about it – is Google’s ambitious plan to share the Internet to the other 2/3 of the world that is not connected using balloons, hence the name of the project. The simple explanation for the process is that Google’s balloons can fly above remote places to provide Internet connectivity, and Australia has enough remote places without connectivity for the test.

Google Keep now allows you to share “to do” lists with family

Always happens to me – both my wife and I know that we need to buy something, and we both buy that thing, and when we get home we find ourselves with either two boxes of milk, or two packages of the same bath soap. Well, I think Google Keep's new feature is a godsend in that regard – in that it allows you to create lists and then share them with other people so that you can see which ones on the list have been ticked off.

Titanium Backup gets updated for Android 5.0

When we post about certain third party ROMs for devices, or processes and tweaks on your devices, we usually end it with a reminder to keep a usable backup of your device. Titanium Backup is one of those apps that have made our lives easier and much more secure over years of tweaking Android devices.

Amaze File Manager is a root browser sleek with Material Design

No offense, but Android file managers are dime a dozen – you can literally go crazy on the choices you have available. Unfortunately, very few of them have the features you want in a robust file browser. And even then, only a select few are even good to look at. XDA senior member “arpitkh96” wants to be able to tick both boxes with Amaze File Manager – a powerful file explorer with the looks to boot.