Author Archives: John Hoff


Make your PlayStation Portable look like it’s on Lollipop

At the moment, we do not know of any way to make your Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) run on Android, which is a sad, sad thing. But we found the next best thing – at least get it looking like it’s on Android! So much fun, right? Well, it is the best we can do right now, guys, so just run with it.

PC hardware tool AIDA64 now available free for Android

There’s always that time when you want to know the specs to your Android device but don’t quite know what tool to use to be sure of the specs. Or, you can’t quite trust the tools that are available out there. Well, fret no more – popular hardware monitoring and classification tool AIDA64 is now on Android to do exactly the thing you want to do, look under the hood, see what’s there, and see what’s happening.

Cerberus anti-theft app updated, adds Android Wear support

Cerberus is one of those anti-theft apps that we covered recently, especially when it announced support for Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s one of those apps that help Android users either locate and/or lock their devices when it gets stolen, and a very solid one, as it happens. The over 1 million downloads at the Google Play Store says a lot about the apps capabilities. It has now been updated to version 3.1 with some new features.

Ampere is a charge measuring app, also monitors battery discharge

The problem with charging your Android device is that you notice that sometimes a charger will charge quickly and sometimes not so quickly. The science behind this is actually the quality of the USB cable and the amount of juice the charger is pumping, plus a number of other variables. The Ampere app is able to read through all that and give you the current amount of power you are receiving during charging, and the amount of discharge as well when not charging.

Paranoid Android outing 5.0 Alpha 2, Lollipop alpha build

Here’s another after-market Android OS group that we like talking aboutParanoid Android – a group who makes ROMs and already have a good following in the after-market developers community. They officially support a number of Nexus and Oppo devices, plus the OnePlus One. Today they announced that they have made available Paranoid Android 5.0 Alpha 2, their second alpha build based on Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP.

CM12 now out for Samsung Galaxy Note 4, N910F variant only

CyanogenMod is still – arguably – one of the best at applying the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) flavor of Android to after-market software and making them so fiiiiiine. And they haven’t stopped. Today, they officially released nightly builds of CM12 – that is, CyanogenMod 12, the Android 5.0 variant of their famous ROMs – for the European variants of the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s flagship phablet.

Xiaomi Mi 4 hit with ‘questionable security’ accusation again

Bluebox, a software security company that tests mobile devices for security and malware threat, got their hands on a Xiaomi Mi 4 for testing. The results were not good. Bluebox claims that there were malicious software installed on the device, with some of those even mimicking Google applications. Xiaomi has since replied to the accusation, but it still leaves questions on the security of the phone and the integrity of the brand itself.

Sources say Google are developing Android for VR

Considering all the attention being given to virtual reality (VR) these days, it’s not at all surprising that rumors are beginning to surface that the almighty Google will be targeting expansion of Android towards that market soon. Also in hindsight, maybe The Lawnmower Man (remember that movie) started a hype on VR that was 20 odd years too early. But we digress.

The Samsung Galaxy S6’s battery is removable, sort of

Android makers – especially Samsung – have hyped the “removable battery” feature of Android-based smartphones over the years, basically throwing potshots at Apple’s iPhones for not having this feature at all. That has mellowed down recently, as more and more Android manufacturers have discovered the beauty of the unibody design. When the MWC 2015 rolled in, fans of the Samsung Galaxy S6 were in for a rude surprise – the battery of the new flagship was non-removable, or was it?