Author Archives: Shane McGlaun


Flat Attack charges smartphones with normal AA batteries

It can be a challenge keeping your smartphone charged if you use it a lot and aren’t near an outlet all day. There are plenty of rechargeable portable batteries out there that you can use to help keep your device topped off. The problem with those rechargeable batteries is that they will lose their charge over a few days if you use it or not.

Apex Launcher updated with material design

One of the things that many people love about Android devices is the ability to customize the device to suit their needs. An app has been updated called the Apex Launcher that promises to make customizing the homescreen of your Android smartphone or tablet a snap.

Huawei Ascend GX1 rocks 6-inch screen with thin bezels

Many people like big screen smartphones commonly called phablets. When you are using a big screen device, you want lots of screen space but people typically want those big screens with small bezels to make the device as comfortable to hold as possible. Huawei has a new device that fits into the big screen and small bezel category called the Ascent GX1.

Lazy Swipe makes it easy to reach all your icons with one hand

If you are the sort who often uses your smartphone with one hand, you know that it can be hard to reach some of those icons on the screen. This is especial true if you have smaller hands. A new app has landed on Google Play called Lazy Swipe that is designed to make it as easy as possible to reach your entire screen with one hand.

LiveBoot v1.00 available for rooted Android devices

Chainfire has pulled the wraps off an all-new app for folks who like to root other devices called LiveBoot. The app is in version 1.00 right now and puts a logcat/dmesg boot animation on the screen of the device during boot to allow users to see what is going on with boot as it happens.

Amazon Fire phone software update identifies artwork with Firefly

Amazon has announced a new software update for its not so popular Fire smartphone. The latest software update brings AT&T branded version to Fire OS 3.6.5 and the unlocked GSM version to Fire OS 3.6.8. While the OS versions are different for the two device models the updates bring the same exact features to the smartphones.

Micromax unveils YUreka Cyanogen smartphone for India

We mentioned yesterday that Micromax had taken Shenzhen OnePlus to court and won an injunction because Shenzhen was selling smartphones in India that ran Cyanogen. Micromax had set up a deal with the US developers of Cyanogen that allows it to sell smartphones with the OS exclusively. The resulting injunction forced Shenzhen to remove its devices from Indian stores.