With all the consumer attention and media frenzy focused on the more interesting aspects of a smartphone like its camera technology, battery capacity, and display, it can be easy to neglect what should be the bedrock of every device in this paranoid age: security. Fortifying user data and prioritizing user privacy are imperative, and no one does it better than the Google Pixel 3.

Android phones are, for the most part, not considered super secure. However, with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, one never feels like one’s privacy and need for security is not being taken seriously. This is largely down to the smartphones’ usage of the pure stock version of Android Pie, so whenever a security bug or vulnerability pops up, Pixel phones are the first to receive security patches.

Additionally, Google rolls out security patches on a monthly basis thereby ensuring that you are as safe from potential exploits and attacks as possible. The company also guarantees updates for up to three years, which is all the more reason to feel confident buying a Pixel 3.

So Google is always on top when it comes to timely software updates and patches, but what’s the deal with them anyway? Well, whenever a device connects to the Internet, it essentially exposes itself to all manner of exploits that can move past its default security configuration. If the device is not adapting to the hostile environment by updating itself regularly, it can’t hope to survive.

Along with security and privacy, transparency is of utmost importance as well. Google is apparently mindful of that, as it allows you to examine the Android code for the platform version as well as all of the updates.

With a whole team of dedicated engineers and security experts, Google takes the secure nature of its devices very seriously, and the Pixel 3 encapsulates that

Manufacturers are constantly striving to offer a fluid user experience for you while using an Android phone. They’re walking a thin line between branding the smartphone with their specifics, and keeping the user experience, and performance, relatively untouched. Needless to say, they don’t always succeed. That’s when you have to think about ways to speed up Android.

Software, as it’s been the case in the past two decades, is also continuously pushing the envelope. It drives hardware advancements, and vice versa. You might end up in a situation where your older hardware has a real problem running newer software. Even if it doesn’t, it might stutter occasionally.

Not to mention that your phone is going to be the fastest when you pull it out of the box. From there on, once you load your apps, and accounts, set it up, it will only become slower and slower.

There’s an easy little trick you can do to speed up Android. There are plenty of times when the phone is perceived to be sluggish, but in reality, there’s nothing slowing it down. Well, there is, if you consider all the animations going on. Google, in general, and manufacturers, are also trying to make your experience as visually pleasing, and unique, as possible. They do that by adding some animations and transitions to the user interface. These take some time, even if it’s not significant; time that slows down app launching and even switching between programs running on your phone.

Luckily you can disable or shorten them to speed up Android on your phone. Good thing about this trick is that it doesn’t require a lot of tinkering and tampering to get it done. We’re going to show you how you can disable animations in order to make your Android device feel faster.

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

First thing you have to do to speed up Android is enable Developer Mode. You can easily do that by going into your Android smartphone’s Settings. From there, find the entry called System, and the About Phone section within. Even though this step is generic, some manufacturers (and some Android versions) don’t have the About Phone entry in the same place as others. You might need to look for it.

Within the About Phone, locate the Build number entry, and tap on it seven times. This will enable Developer Mode.

Step 2: Disable Animations

Go back to Settings. Once enabled, the Developer Options should be a new option within your Settings. Again, placement for this could be different. For instance, on an Essential PH-1, Developer Options are inside Settings, System, Advanced. It could be directly in your Settings menu, or you’ll need to look for it within the System menu.

Once you find it, go into Developer Options, and locate the Drawing section. This will contain the three entries that you are looking for: Window Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale, and Animator Duration Scale.

These control all the visual animations and transitions that take place on your phone. Clicking on each of them brings up a menu which allows you to either disable, slow them down, or speed them up. Available options are off, .5x (which is half the time), 1x (which is normal), and all the other options which slow them down, increasing the time it takes to display them.

You can play with the settings to find and choose whichever option suits your needs. Remember, you can always come back and revert to default (which is 1x) should you not like the outcome.

There might be times when you want to completely disable them, in which case go for the Animation off option in all three categories, and you phone will seem a lot snappier.

The account login that is required every time an Android app needs to be updated is something that we could all do without, and Google seems to have reached the same conclusion. The tech giant has recently started testing a new auto-update feature for pre-installed apps on Android devices.

Conventionally, you have to update the pre-installed apps in order to access their latest versions by signing into the Google Play Store via your Google account and if you don’t do so, the apps won’t be updated. This new feature is going to change that.

Details associated with this new development have been shared by Google with some Play Store app developers. Since some apps do require the presence of a Google account in order to function properly, it is clear that not every app will have this feature. Therefore, Google has mentioned in its email to the app developers that they ensure that new releases of their apps can work even without Google account login.

It is worth noting that this is only applicable to apps that have already been loaded into Android devices. Users will still have to log in if they want to install or update new apps from the Play Store.

The email also stated that this feature will only work on Android API version 21 or later, which essentially means that any device with Android Jellybean or a more advanced version will be able to experience this feature.

Additionally, there will certainly be an option for users to disable the new feature, but that is not advisable considering the importance of security in Android apps. Ultimately, Google is aiming to further simplify and streamline the Android user experience. This also enables the tech giant to minimize costs associated with maintaining older versions of apps.

We all love smartphones but we have a special place in our hearts when get a great phone for a great bargain, but then if you consider your finances and go buy a super cheap phone then you might be in for a shock of your life as those cheap phones can turn out to be the most expensive thing you ever bought.

The thing about cheap smartphones is that corners have to be cut before the product hits the shelves at a sub GHC500-400 price tag. Production costs, shipping costs, marketing costs and others have to be factored in. The companies making them and those distributing them also have to take their cut.

I am going to take you through the corners device manufacturers take to give you that extremely cheap smartphone.

1. Processors

They are all Mediatek. End of story. Not that there is anything wrong about Mediatek chips but they happen to be the cheapest hence their prevalence of the smartphone entry level category. Qualcomm had an arrangement with quite a number of players that saw the American chip company provide reference design to the OEMs for budget devices. There are other players like troubled Broadcom which Samsung has a liking for in its cheap devices but they are not as prevalent.While Mediatek is making inroads it still has a lot of ground to cover.

2. Build Quality and Design

A lot of these cheap phones will have every piece falling apart in under a year. Ever been in a situation where your phone’s screen just cracked while in your pants pocket and there’s no possible explanation as to what actually happened? Then there is colour peeling off. Yes the device was gunmetal gray when you walked away from the shop with it but now it looks like some clay toy. Blame no one. You get what you pay for.

Traditional big name smartphone brands fair well here as their phones tend to be very durable no matter the price. They only miss the point when it comes to the design. Most of the cheap phones the likes of Samsung or Htc make aren’t what you’ll exactly call good-looking. They’re just there. Bland. White, black or cyan plastic pieces that can also call and take photos.

On the other hand, the no-name brand cheap smartphones from Nanjing and Shenzhen are quite the lookers. Well designed and appealing to the eye. However, your perception of them changes when that chromium-looking bezel starts turning black and some pixels on the display start burning out leaving you with huge black spots on your 5 inch display which look like potholes And here you thinking that potholes are only found on roads.

3. Sensors

Proximity sensors,Gyroscopes,Accelerometers those are probably the only sensors you’ll get on those cheap smartphones. Even some of those are missing on some of the cheap devices.  You want humidity and temperature sensors? A barometer? You need to spend more. No question about it.

4. Gorilla Glass

Corning’s Gorilla Glass is an industry standard. It adds an extra layer of protection to your smartphone’s display panel. It doesn’t come cheap and as a result, you won’t find it on those cheap smartphones. Ever!

5. Display

Washed up displays are pretty much a feature of dirt cheap smartphones. The resolution is neither here nor there. I really admire the fact that we have some budget smartphones that pack HD displays. Like the Infinix Zero 5.

Want a decent display? Add a few bucks and buy a mid-range device like the Tecno Phantom 8 And Infinix Zero 5.

6. Camera

If you need a smartphone with a good camera then be prepared to spend. More often than not, I get enquiries from friends and even strangers who happen to know me by virtue of writing pieces like this.

“Techlifee, which phone has a good camera at GHC 400 or below?” “I want a nice phone that has a very good camera. My budget is GHC 300.” Most of the time, this is usually my reaction:

Seriously speaking, there are no cheap android devices at that GHC400 price point capable of taking really awesome instagram like photos with just one attempt. I guess guys who struggle to get good instagram or facebook shots on such devices give up halfway and end up being the ones stealing the amazing works of dedicated and hardworking professional photographers and other hobbyist shutterbugs on Instagram.

There are several decent new Tecno and Infinix devices just a few cedis up  that will still do some great justice to your photo shoot and not make it look like combination of dumsor and a flood.

7. Battery

While things like how a smartphone performs and at what level have a direct bearing on a smartphone’s battery life, the capacity matters. Most cheap smartphones have a battery capacity as low as 1500 mAh but advertised as 3500mAh or 4500mAh. There are exceptions to this “rule” like the Infinix Note series and some Tecno devices.

8. Operating system and updates

If you buy a smartphone at just GHC 500 full price then don’t expect anything else regarding the operating system after that. Updates? What updates? You’re stuck with the Android 6.0,7.0 if you are lucky 8.0 that your cheap phone shipped with. Even hitting the forums like XDA won’t be of great help. Your Mediatek processor hardly has any developer love thanks to proprietary sources and there are no ROMs for you to flash and remove all the cartoon stuff somebody thought would be of great help to you.

The best thing about this part is that most buyers of cheap smartphones are oblivious of such facts and appreciate their devices for what they are which is a good thing because if you want more, you have no choice but to spend more. Else every time you need to update your cheap smartphone there is only one alternative: buy the newest no-name smartphone that already comes with the new version of Android. Then do the same next time. And the time after that. It’s a never-ending cycle!

Updates are one of the reasons Google is pushing Android One. How I wish it really gets aggressive and guides all the no-name brands in the market. It would be a win-win for all of us.

9. After-sales service

You’re unlikely to get any software updates on your X-TIGI,VIWA,HOTWAV,M-NET  smartphone but what about the warranty terms? Most of the time you’re on your own if you buy these  cheap  smartphones. More mature brands like Samsung,Infinix, Huawei and Tecno have established structures to assist you incase you have issues after you buy your smartphone and you can as well walk into any of their shops or care centres for assistance. Also depending on where you bought the phone, the retailer may be of great assistance.

While it is expected that a budget smartphone will definitely cut corners, after-sales service is very important. Make sure that GHC300 smartphone you’re buying has a valid locally-enforceable warranty. A warranty whose terms can only be honoured in Dubai is of little help to you.

10. RAM and ROM

In the cheap smartphone category, established brands tend to overprice their entry level smartphones and going overboard with their corner cutting. Seriously, we shouldn’t be having those 512 MB RAM  and 1GB RAM devices from respected brands. With Android being Android, what do you want your customers to do with that 512 MB and 1GB RAM? Sketch doodles all day long or play Zuma? I am actually glad that Google has introduced AndroidGO and  is making it possible to get a decent working cheap smartphone which will work well Previously, that has been unheard of.

Sometimes, if not all the times, as you have been told before, cheap is very expensive.

Everyone who knows me or has spoken to me knows i am an android fan boy and i love android to the max. I talk with a lot of people about mobile technology and I read a lot of comments. A common thread that comes up when people learn that I am Android fanboy is the sentiment that “Android is laggy”. So i am going to try set the record straight: Android isn’t laggy — but your phone or tablet may be.

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Android itself is plenty snappy so basically the problem isn’t with the operating system, but Android does things a bit differently than other mobile operating systems. Android runs tasks all the time, no much unlike most modern desktop computers. The more tasks you’re running, the slower your entire system gets. User interaction tasks, like key presses and mouse clicks, have to get in line just like every other task. Most of the time this approach works great, but sometimes things can get bogged down. When you run a lot of apps with a lot of tasks, lines can get long.

Perception of speed

Here is a little scenario as to how Android works;

Think of you shopping at the mall during a huge shopping day. Lines are long — ridiculously long. It doesn’t matter how smooth the checkout process is, or how friendly the people in line with you are, you’re going to be there a while — just like everyone else.

If someone has a HUGE basket, or they have problems with their payment, or the system can’t find one of the products they’re trying to purchase, that line backs up. People have to either wait, or change to other lines so they can keep moving. That’s the way your desktop and laptop computer work, and it’s pretty much the same for Android. The solution? Open more lanes and optimize the process, right?

Apple’s iOS is different, it puts its emphasis on the user interface above everything else. Essentially, any interaction by the user causes every other task to stop and wait for the user interaction to complete. In our shopping analogy, it would be like walking into the store and every employee stops what they’re doing to focus completely on you. That sounds wonderful, as long as you’re the one who gets all the attention. Everyone else hates you.  This gives the impression of a smooth and fluid experience, but tasks actually take longer to complete under this model than under the model that Android uses.

Hardware

As long as your Android-powered device has sufficient hardware you should be fine. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor (or above), a GIG of RAM (or more), and ample storage space should be plenty to keep your experience satisfactory. There are, however, two problems with this statement.

First, apps are continually changing. They’re getting new features which take more time to process. The hardware that ran all your apps quickly and efficiently with the previous version of all your apps may struggle to run the versions that were just released, not to mention updates that will arrive sometime in the future. This obviously will make my previous statement obsolete and out-of-date sooner than we’d all like to admit.

Second, not all versions of Android are created equal. There are two categories of Android: those that are AOSP-based, and those that are heavily customized by the OEM. HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Infinix,Tecno 3and others take “Android” and modify it — some more than others.

These custom layers can add additional features and functionality, but they come at a cost. Often times that cost is lag. The perfect case-in-point are the Pixel and nexus devices compared to their OEM equivalents. Because these phones are so high-end, the difference in speed (and lag) may be hard to notice, but it’s there if you look closely enough. Those who own the devices powered by stock Android say they’re faster and less laggy than those directly from HTC or Samsung. From my experience, I concur.

Insufficient hardware

It may seem obvious, but the opposite of “sufficient hardware” is “insufficient hardware”. Devices that fall into this category give every other Android-powered device a black-eye. People will see that a smartphone or tablet runs Android, look at an impossibly low price, then impulse buy it — without checking specs or user reviews. Sure, it might perform okay out of the box, but as apps are added or updated, it gets slower and slower until it’s almost unbearable to use.

These devices are cheap — and they’re usually inexpensive, too. Yes, there is a difference. I’m of the opinion that cheap hardware is usually far too expensive when you factor in all the variables.

This is probably Android’s biggest strength, too. Anyone can build a device powered by Android, even if it’s grotesquely under-powered. That’s why Android is currently selling on three out of every four handsets.

Android Go to the rescue?

Google’s Android Go is an extremely light version of the Android operating system based on the Android Oreo, and it is tailor-made for super budget smartphones.

This edition of android is designed to run very light, such that even devices running on 1GB of RAM, which would ordinarily be disastrous in terms of speed, feel fluid.

Google manages to do this by stripping down unnecessary Apps and as a result, the entire operating system takes up less than 2GBs of internal memory on a device. This would ordinarily take up close to, or even more than, 10GBs on devices running a conventional Android operating systems.

Android Go thereby is lowering the memory footprint of the OS and core apps. Doing so should help low-end devices run apps more fluidly and will help to combat the perception of “lag” that so many complain about.

Why is iOS immune?

In addition to the “perception” of speed that we talked about earlier, iOS has one major advantage over Android: Apple controls the hardware.

Think about it, Apple makes every single iPhone and iPad on the market. It controls the version of iOS that runs on each unit, and tweaks the apps and the user experience to take advantage of the hardware powering each device. This means some devices don’t get the features that an OS updates touts, and others get a watered down implementation of the new features.

Google doesn’t have that luxury with Android; OEMs can do as they please.

Android isn’t laggy

Despite what the naysayers say, Android itself isn’t laggy. OEMs who make cheap and under-powered devices are laggy, but those devices would be laggy regardless of which OS they ran.

OEMs (with otherwise sufficiently spec’d devices) that load bloated skins and launchers inadvertently make their devices feel slow and laggy.

Next time someone tells you that “Android is laggy”, point them to this article, and politely tell them that some OEMs deliberately or accidentally “lag up” Android, and you’d gladly help them select a smartphone or tablet that will shame them.

 

Hacking is no longer restricted to computers, but has moved to smartphones. Besides getting access to your private information and location, a hacker can also easily get access to your email, social media and bank accounts on your smartphone.

While most people aren’t targets of the government, hackers are always on the hunt to steal financial and personal information of the common man. For instance, your email account on the smartphone, paves way for the hacker to reset your banking and other sensitive passwords.

In this article, we have compiled a list of  methods that you can use to keep yourselves safe from hackers and government backed attacks.

1. Keep your smartphone up to date

Always install software updates as soon as they become available on your smartphone, as these updates are known to contain fixes for flaws that might give hackers a way into your device. The same is also applicable for apps. Keep them updated to ensure that bugs and flaws are not exploited.

2. Lock your smartphone with a passcode

This method along with an accompanying self-destruct feature that might wipe a phone’s data after too many wrong guesses can help you keep your device safe if/ falls in the wrong hands. Make guessing your password difficult for others with the use of six digits passcode rather than a four-digit passcode. To make it even more difficult, use a combination of letters and other characters in your password to further increase the number of possible combinations.

3. Avoid connecting your smartphone to free or public Wi-Fi networks as much as possible

Who doesn’t love free Wi-Fi? But everything free comes with its own set of risks. Using free Wi-Fi at public places for checking your bank accounts and emails on your smartphone could be risky as it may expose your smartphone to hackers looking to get sneak in. Hence, it is important to limit your activities on your smartphone while you are using free public Wi-Fi.

4. Always keep your Bluetooth off when in public

Many of us forget to switch off the Bluetooth on our smartphone after using it. This could prove to be a culprit for hacking. So, always make sure to switch off the Bluetooth on your device when you’re not using it.

5. Be prepared to track your smartphone

It is always better to plan things in advance before any adverse situation occurs. In this case, we are talking about keeping your data safe in the event your device is stolen.

Use the “find my device” services offered by both Apple and Google that assists in locating your smartphone on a map, and remotely lock or erase it. For Apple users, this is accessed through the iCloud website – you can check it’s enabled on the phone in Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. While there isn’t anything comparable built into Android phones, but Google’s Android Device Manager App, along with a handful of others made by third parties, can be downloaded for free from the Google Play app store.

6. Only Buy or Install Apps from First Party Vendors like Apple or Google

A third-party app from a non-secure site is likely to carry Trojans and backdoors and embedded malware or malicious software that might corrupt the operating system, while also stealing personal data. In order to stay secure, only buy or install apps from first party vendors like Apple or Google. Also, be cautious about suspicious permissions requested by apps such as those to make phone calls, connect to the Internet or disclosing of personal information to third parties.

7. Ensure online services are locked

While auto-login can be considered as a useful feature for typing password, it also makes your smartphone an easy target for a hacker to easily open your browser and gain access to all your online accounts. Preferably, avoid using auto-login features on your smartphone and instead use a password manager app that requires to regularly re-enter a master password. Also, try avoid using the same password for more than one app or service, as if this password gets hacked, this could be used to gain access to all your other private information. This is also applicable for secure smartphones as hackers break into online services on a regular basis to steal user credentials, which they later use to try out on other sites.

8. Lock individual apps

If you have a lot of apps that you’re constantly logged into, then it would be best if you lock those apps. While this capability isn’t built into the OS, there are many free apps such as AVG AntiVirus Free that provide it. In case of iOS users, they cannot directly lock individual apps, and would need an app to do so. You can check out ‘Folder Lock’, which is a free app available on the App Store that lets you password-protect your personal files, photos, videos, documents, contacts, wallet cards, notes and audio recordings.

9. Be aware of things happening in the background

Many a times, when we download a file from an email or install an app from a website, we are not aware of things that happen behind the scenes in spite of however trustworthy these sources may be. As an additional security measure on your smartphone for online activities, you can install ‘LogDog’ – a security app available for both Android and iOS. All you need to do is you give it permission to log in on your behalf to the accounts that you wish to monitor such as Facebook, Dropbox, Gmail, Evernote, Yahoo!, and Twitter. It will continuously monitor those accounts via their own respective activity logs for anything suspicious and will notify you immediately of any events that suggest tampering.

10. Review apps installed on your smartphone

It is a good practice to review all the apps installed on your smartphone regularly. Even though you may have been downloaded the apps from a trustworthy source, the subsequent updates could have turned them into something more evil.

iOS users can check what permission the apps installed on the smartphone are using by going to Settings > Privacy and get all the required information. However, Android users will need to take help of security apps to get an overview of which apps have which permissions. Users can use free packages from Avast and McAfee that alert them while installing a malicious app or issue a warning at the time of a phishing attack.

At some point of time, every one of us comes across the perennial problem of “insufficient storage available” or “Memory Full” message while trying to take new pictures, or save files, videos or songs on an Android smartphone. Also, not all Android phones come with a dedicated slot for SD card, that can be used to store files and media that won’t fit on your device’s in-built storage. As a result, it is more difficult to make free storage space for your photos, videos, and music.

In addition, things like cache and app data slowly build up as you use your device, which in turn decreases the available storage capacity on your device over a period of time. No matter how much ever storage space you have on your Android smartphone (internal memory or SD card + internal memory), you will always be pressed for more space.

In this article, we are going to provide simple tips that you can use to clear the space on your Android smartphone.

1) Clear cache and data

Many Android apps use stored or cached data to give you a better user experience. Cached (temporary data that helps the app work faster) files are little bits of data stored by apps every time you use them, which however, over a period of time collect an alarming amount of cached data. So, if you’re looking for a way to save some space, clearing out these old files is a good start.

Go to Settings > Storage > Apps and you will see two options for each one – Clear Data and Clear Cache, together with details of how much space is currently being used. Select them to clear cached data for all apps.

Please note that clearing the cache and data is a temporary solution, as it will build back up over time as you continue to use your device. It is advisable to come back to clear cache data from time to time to keep this build up under control. Some apps also offer the option to set cache size, so that they take up less space. Alternatively, you can clear the cache for all apps at once, if you like. In most Android devices, you can find the option under Settings > Storage > Cached data.

2) Move apps to microSD card

If your phone offers the microSD card option, and you are low on storage, make full use of the adoptable storage option to expand the storage space available on your device for storing photos, video and other files and you can do this by transferring some of your storage-sucking apps to that microSD card. However, only a part of the app will be moved to the microSD card.

If you have an SD Card, which content you can move onto it depends on which version of Android you are running. If you have Android 6.0 or later, you can format your SD Card as internal storage. To do so, plug it in and wait for a notification to pop up.Choose Setup, and then tap Use as internal storage. With an existing card, go to Settings > Storage & USB, and then choose your card. Tap the menu button in the top-right corner, and hit Format as internal. Make sure you’ve backed up all the data before formatting your SD Card.

3) Delete old downloads

There is a central Download folder in Android which stores all downloaded files, starting from images to zip files, and video that you would have accumulated from your time on the Internet. In some phones, you may find downloaded data may be stored in ‘ My Files ‘, file manager or similar.

To delete such files, go to the app drawer. Tap Downloads. Then, long-press the unwanted file to select it, and tap any other files along with it that you no longer need. When you are done with your selections, hit the delete icon to erase the downloaded files. Clearing these old downloaded files will make more room for internal storage.

4) Clear Play Music’s Cache

Please note that Play Music caches the songs that you play. To free up space periodically, go to the app’s settings, then tap Clear Cache.

5) Use Google Photos

Google Photos lets you back up an unlimited number of high-quality photos up to 16 megapixels for photos and full-HD for videos. In other words, you can back up every single photo you take with your Android phone directly to Google Photos. However, any photos backed up at the original size will count against your Google Drive storage limit (15GB for most users). Once your photos are backed up, you can delete them from your device to free up space.

To take advantage of free cloud storage space, you need to have Google Photos’ Back up & sync feature turned on. To do this, open the Google Photos app and go to Settings > Back up & sync and turn it on. Once your photos are backed up using Google Photos, you can go to Settings > Free up device storage. This will remove all photos and videos that have been backed up from your device. This method allows you to access all of your photos through the Photos app, regardless of whether they are stored locally or in the cloud.

6) Scan your device

Scanning the device will help you to find out which apps or games are occupying more space. You can use DiskUsage or Storage Analyzer apps that can scan your file system and visualise it for easy understanding. Accordingly, you can uninstall the particular app or game and make room for more space.

7) Cloud storage for documents

While Google Photos does a great job of backing up pictures and videos, other apps, like Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive also do a similar job for you, by syncing images and video clips to the web automatically so that you can delete the originals. You can use these to store all documents that contain huge data in the cloud.

8) Install ‘lite’ apps

Some developers make two variants of apps, one the normal app, and the other is the ‘Lite’ app. ‘Lite’ app consumes less space as well as internet. Some of the biggest and popular apps, such as Facebook, Messenger, YouTube, and Opera have ‘lite’ variants. Moving to these would help to save up on storage space.

Android Go – or, by its full name, Android Oreo: Go Edition – is a laudable initiative coming from Google. It is an operating system that has all the security features of the fully-fledged Android Oreo but with a much smaller storage footprint and much less memory consumed, making it capable of running on entry-level hardware. The minimum specs for Android Go are 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. And this translates to much cheaper phones released by established manufacturers that will come with high-speed broadband to make it easier and safer for you to create a Betway mobile online sports account, and benefit of better quality post-sales services in the years to come. Here are some of the most promising Android Go phones announced (or even released) this year.
Nokia 1
HMD Global announced the Nokia 1 handset back in February and released it in April. The phone is built in a way similar to one of the most resistant Nokia smartphones ever, the Lumia 620 – it is put in a plastic shell that makes it tougher than the average. The phone is equipped with a quad-core MediaTek MT6737M SoC running at 1.1GHz, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, a 5MP main camera, a 2100mAh battery, and has a 4.5″ IPS LCD screen.
Without a contract, the phone costs about $115 but it will surely be available at various mobile carriers at a heavily discounted price. It makes a perfect first smartphone for anyone.
Blackview A20
A20, the first Android Go smartphone released by Hong Kong-based manufacturer Blackview, is the textbook definition of an affordable handset. It comes with a MediaTek MTK6580 Quad Core 1.3GHz SoC, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, a dual rear camera, a 5.5″ IPS LCD screen, a 3,000mAh battery pack, and running Android Go. The phone can be ordered from Gearbest for a very friendly price tag – it costs just $59.99.
Samsung, Huawei, others
Many manufacturers are preparing to launch their Android Go phones this year. Among them, giants like Samsung, rumored to prepare for the launch of its first Android Go phone called the J2 Core, Huawei, that announced that it prepares its own take on the affordable phone market, Chinese phone maker ZTE that announced the Tempo Go earlier this year, and Alcatel, the French smartphone maker that plans to take its Android Go phone 1X to the US market and beyond. And there are many less-known manufacturers, like Micromax, General Mobile, and Lava International that also plan to release their own lightweight and low-priced models later in the year.

Google announced a lineup of low-cost, low-spec phones called Android One in 2014. In 2017, they announced Android Go, specifically designed for low-cost, low-spec phones. So…what’s the difference?

What Exactly Is Android One?

Android One is a hardware spec designed for emerging markets by Google. Low-cost, low-spec hardware is the very heart of Android One.

But it’s not just simply hardware—there’s also a specific set of “rules” in place for Android One’s key ideas. Google wants three things for Android One handsets:

  • Unmodified, stock Android: Any manufacturer that wanted to release a handset as part of the Android One program couldn’t modify the operating system with things like custom skins.
  • Regular security updates: Any manufacturer building a handset for Android One had to commit to regular security updates.
  • Strict hardware requirements: Google essentially specific a maximum hardware spec for Android One handsets, and manufacturers have to go with that.

Basically, Google wants control with Android One—everything from the hardware to software updates are set by the company, and manufacturers just have to agree. Think of it as a sort of low-cost Pixel or Nexus.

While Android One was originally released with the intention of bringing usable, affordable mobile devices to third-world countries and other emerging markets, we’ve recently started to see a shift in this idea as One devices become available in other parts of the world.

So What’s Android Go?

Android Go, on the other hand, is purely defined in the software experience. It’s essentially a custom version of Android Oreo designed to run on hardware with as little as half a gigabyte of RAM, with three key points defining what Go is all about:

  • A “custom” operating system: It’s still Android Oreo, but it’s somewhat modified for lower-end hardware.
  • A specific set of apps built for Go: Google released a slew of “Go” apps for limited hardware, including YouTube Go, Files Go, and more.
  • A curated Play Store: The Play Store on Android Go isn’t technically different from the Play Store on other Android devices, but it does highlight apps that will work best on limited hardware—like Facebook Lite.

Since Android Go is designed for low-spec, low-cost hardware, it also features improved data management tools—both for internal storage and mobile data. Android Go is nearly half the size of “stock” Android, leaving more room available on as little as eight gigabytes of internal storage. Similarly, Go apps are have 50 percent of the size of their full-size counterparts.

So, to put it plainly: Android One is a line of phones—hardware, defined and managed by Google—and Android Go is pure software that can run on any hardware. There aren’t specific hardware requirements on Go like on One, though the former is designed explicitly for lower-end hardware.

If a manufacturer plans on releasing a budget handset, Google really wants them to do so using Android Go as its operating system. That’s what it’s designed for. Go really seems to be picking up the torch that was originally designed for Android One—it seems to be a mobile OS designed for emerging markets and third-world countries.

That said, it’s never explicitly stated that Go is designed for emerging markets (just “low-end devices”), but this seems to be heavily suggested. Most of the Go apps—like YouTube Go and Google Go—are geo-restricted.

It’s also unclear whether or not Android One handsets will eventually run Android Go—it really makes sense that they should…but this is Google we’re talking about here. Sometimes “because it makes sense” isn’t a reason to do something, so who knows.

Budget phone like Tecno ,Infinix should start using Android Go on their entry levels as it is software based and can run on any hardware available without lag and will also prefer them to us Android One instead of the complete android os which sometimes creates problems for their flagships.

Google has launched Google Podcasts for Android on Tuesday this week. The app will use Google’s recommendations algorithm to give people personalized recommendations for different podcast channels. Before the launch of this standalone app, podcasts were available through third-party apps and Google Play Music.

Google Podcasts aims to make it easier for people to find listen to podcasts, Google said in a tweet yesterday.

The Product Manager of the application, Zack Reneau-Wedeen, said that there is a lot of room for growth when it comes to listening to podcasts. He believes that creating a native first-party Android app for podcasts has the potential to double the listener ship of podcasts worldwide.

More than 2 million podcasts were made available on the app on its launch day. There is a section “For you” on this app that shows you new episodes, episodes in progress and episodes that you have downloaded of the subscribed podcasts.

If you scroll down, you will come across top podcasts in different categories such as Arts, TV & Film and Religion and Spirituality. You cannot create playlists of podcasts to listen to unlike in Overcast. The podcast app is integrated with Google assistant. So, wherever you have assistant enabled, you can search and play podcasts. The application also syncs your progress with all Google products so, if you haven’t finished a podcast on your way back home, you can finish it on Google Home as you get back home.

The future plans of Google Podcasts include an introduction of artificial intelligence. Among the features, one feature will add closed captions to your podcast that will enable you to read while you are listening to the podcast. This closed captions option will also allow you to skip ahead and read what is coming in the show later on.

According to research done at Google, one-quarter of podcast hosts are female while the ratio of people of color is even less than that. Google plans to promote podcast production to counter that. You can download the app here.

Yesterday at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018, the developers of Fortnite – Epic Games announced some further details about the upcoming first world tournament of the game – being called as ‘Fortnite World Cup’. Fortnite is a co-op third-person shooting game where players can explore maps, craft weapons, build forts and do more in order to survive.

However, the title is renowned for one of its game modes ‘Battle Royale’, in which 100 players fight against each other individually or in a form of teams in a shrinking arena. Though the mode is inspired from other games, Fortnite has made so good use of it that it hasn’t been a year since the game’s release and the company is already boasting 125 million players worldwide.

Coming to the point, Fortnite World Cup will be the first official competition of the game and will commence in late 2019 with qualifications starting early in the fall of this year. As previously disclosed that there would be a $100 million prize money but it has now been revealed that the amount would be split between different organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world.

Moreover, the team has mentioned that the world cup would be open to everyone. The qualification would be based entirely on the merit and there will be not selling of teams or franchises by third-party leagues or Epic Games itself.

The official blog post states:

“We’ll be supporting community organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world, where anyone can participate, and anyone can win. Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers begin in Fall 2018, and culminate in the first Fortnite World Cup in late 2019. Whether you’re in the competition or watching at home, we want this to be fun for everyone.

What about the specifics? The $100,000,000 will be split between many events at different levels of competition around the globe. Fortnite World Cup play will focus on Solos and Duos, but there’ll be plenty of opportunities to squad-up in competition, too.

This is for you, the players. Qualifications for the Fortnite World Cup will be based on merit. Epic will not be selling teams or franchises, and won’t allow third-party leagues to do so either.

Rules, Player Code of Conduct, specifics about platforms and Fall 2018 schedule are on the way. If you’re interested in learning more about Fortnite competitive play sign up here. Stay tuned for more!”

Fortnite is available on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and iOS. It has also been announced for the Android and iOS and just recently been released for Nintendo Switch.

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United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited, in line with its strategy to drive the experience of “banking without boundaries” to its customers through digital innovation, has launched a new Mobile Banking application (formerly known as U-Mobile) and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) code *822# at the Bank’s Head Office in Accra on 12th June, 2018. The two lifestyle products have been updated to bring a whole new banking experience to customers of the Pan African Bank.

The new Mobile Banking App and USSD channels have been created with banking features that enable customers to operate a mini branch on their mobile devices, thus making banking more convenient, easy and accessible for all category of customers.

UBA customers can register for these services to transfer money, buy airtime, check account balances, pay bills, transfer funds and conduct mobile money transfers amongst other functions with the new Mobile Banking App and USSD.

“As a bank, co-creating with our customers remains part of our focus. Over the period, we have been informed by the taste and lifestyle of our customers and as such provided these two new solutions -Mobile Banking App and *822# to enhance their banking relationship with us and give our customers greater value”. We live in an age and time where people want a hustle-free way of banking, so we decided to introduce more features in our Mobile Banking App, which gives our customers greater value.” Said Abiola Bawuah – MD/CEO.

With *822#, UBA Ghana advances in an industry trend which hopes to extend banking services to the less tech savvy customers, and customers who may not have the taste for internet banking, as well as the financially excluded persons” he continued.

United Bank for Africa (Ghana) new Mobile Banking App demonstrates the Bank’s aim to provide unparalleled experience across all its channels It is in line with the bank’s vision to dominate Africa’s digital banking space. It comes with biometric log-in and facial recognition features for secure and personalized access. The application is now available for download on Apple Store and Google Play.

The launch of these products demonstrates our culture of service excellence, strengthening the affinity with our existing customers while reinforcing the UBA brand as one to be associated with by the entire banking public.

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging application in the world. And recently the company introduced many new features in its latest updates. Facebook-owned WhatsApp continues to internally develop new features for WhatsApp groups, providing them more tools to easily manage the group and in order to improve the admin experience. These two new updates below are definitely going to make your life quite easier. So without further ado, let’s get to the list of new features of WhatsApp.

“Dismiss as Admin” Feature

In WhatsApp’s latest update, they added the ‘Dismiss as Admin’ feature. This feature will allow users to remove a particular person as the admin of a group. Users who are administrators of WhatsApp groups will be able to demote other admins without deleting the person from the group. This feature is being made available on WhatsApp’s latest version 2.18.41.

However, to use this “Dismiss as Admin” feature the other user has to be an Admin. Users will not see this option in groups where they are not admins.

 

How to use the feature?

  • Open your WhatsApp app.
  • Go to the specific group you are the admin in,
  • Open group information button,
  • Now you can just long press on another the name of another Admin in the group,
  • A menu pops up with options and one of them will be “Dismiss as Admin”.

“High Priority notifications” Feature

WhatsApp’s second group feature is “high priority notifications” feature. This feature will be applicable for WhatsApp groups especially, allowing a user to pin high-priority notifications to the top of a smartphone’s notification center.

This could be quite useful for those who are part of some office groups, it pinpoints important notifications on top.

How to use the feature?

  • Open your WhatsApp application.
  • Go to the specific group your admin in,
  • Open group information button,
  • Go to the notification settings on the group,
  • Tick for “use high priority notifications”, which will show previews at the top of the screen.

These new features are extremely useful features and will make interaction in Whatsapp Groups even easier to use. These 2 new features are rolling out with the latest update of WhatsApp.

It’s quite hard nowadays to decide which smartphone has the best camera in the market, some are good with selfies, other have some excellent rear cameras whereas some are excellent in making videos. The best smartphones can perform overall even in low-lights as well as in daylight. DxO marking is the image specialist, and its Mobile scores and rankings are based on testing every camera using the same procedure, an extensive process that includes taking almost 1,500 pictures and dozens of video clip recordings which are sometimes more than two hours. Here is the list of  the best smartphones according to the DxO.

1.Huawei P20 Pro-Overall score is 109

Bow down to the king of the list, the Huawei P20 Pro has the best smartphone camera in the world. Huawei P20 doesn’t have a single-camera setup or a dual-camera setup, it has a triple-camera setup. Yes, a three camera setup could you believe it. It is the first smartphone with a triple camera setup. The camera configuration is comprised of a 40MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP sensor with a telephoto lens.

2.Huawei P20– Overall score is 102

Huawei P20 is Huawei’s second flagship smartphone of 2018, launched yesterday it comes in 3rd place of DxO marking. It does not feature triple cameras like its sibling P20 Pro. P20 has a dual camera setup, the primary camera is 12Mp 1/2.3″ RGB sensor, f/1.8–aperture lens and 27mm equivalent focal length while the secondary camera is 20Mp 1/2.78″ monochrome sensor, f/1.6-aperture lens, and 27mm equivalent focal length.

 

3.Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus-Overall score is 99

Samsung Galaxy S9 is the latest flagship by the Korean giant and the smartphone comes in 3rd place. It has a dual camera setup which has a 12Mp main camera with a 1/2.55″ sensor and f/1.5 / f/2.4 variable aperture lens and the second camera is a 12Mp camera with 1/3.6″ sensor, 2x tele, and f/2.4 aperture lens. The Galaxy S9+ offers one of the most comprehensive smartphone imaging features.

4.Google Pixel 2-Overall score is 98

Google’s Pixel 2 was the top contender on the list for a long time but now comes in the 4rth place. Pixel 2 manages this despite having “only” a single-camera design for its main camera which is 12.2MP. It really brought shame to the contenders with dual cameras in the list except the iPhone 8, rest all the cellphones in the list have dual-camera setup.

5.Apple iPhone X– Overall score is 97

Apple released iPhone X in its 10th-anniversary making it come in the 5th place on the list. It features a 12MP camera, including a wide-angle f/1.8 lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) for the primary camera, the second camera, has an improved telephoto lens that features a wider-aperture f/2.4 lens with OIS which was not in Apple iPhone 8 Plus.

6.Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Overall score is 97

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is in the 6th place in DxO marking featuring 2 beautiful cameras for photography enthusiasts. The dual-camera setup is developed in cooperation with Leica, which combines a 12Mp RGB with a 20Mp monochrome sensor.

7.Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S – Overall score is 97

Chinese tech giant Xiaomi launched Mi MIX 2S on 27 March 2018 and it has scored whopping 97 making it in the 7th place alongside Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Apple iPhone X. It has a dual 12MP camera setup at an affordable price and competing with the big bosses of town.

 

8.Apple iPhone 8 Plus – Overall score is 94

Apple’s second flagship the iPhone 8 Plus is in the 8th place in DxO marking and has a remarkable camera.The mobile features two camera sensors — a wide-angle 12MP primary camera, and the second camera is a 12MP telephoto sensor which has a slower lens for zooming in on any kind of subjects and for effects such as Portrait mode.

9.Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Overall score is 94

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is in the 9th place in DxO marking with the growing number of dual-cam smartphones. The Note 8 features two 12MP cameras, the main camera is a wide-angle 26mm f/1.7 lens, and the second camera is a 52mm telephoto f/2.4 lens for x2 optical zoom shots. It is Samsung’s first dual-camera smartphone.

10. Apple iPhone 8 – Overall score is 92

Apple’s latest iPhone 8 is in the 10th place in DxO marking as it is the highest-performing ‘single-camera’ smartphone. It has an impressive score of 92 which is more than the previous top scorers of DxO marking, the HTC U11, and the Google Pixel.

All the smartphones on the list are the best you can get if you are a photography enthusiast. Well at the end, it all comes to the type of person you are, what matters is the personal preference.

Which smartphone do you like the most? Let us know in the comments below!

Smartphones have become a part of our everyday lives; We use them for communication, taking pictures, saving documents on the cloud, internet browsing and even as a power bank to charge other smartphones, basically we cannot live without our smartphones. Since the smartphone is now part of our lives it is advisable to buy a smartphone that will be the perfect fit for you  but then, with the wide variety of smartphones available in the market it is never easy to decide which one to pick. It is always tough deciding the one that may suit our needs best.

Here’s a list of things you should consider before you decide to buy your next smartphone.

After Sales Services:

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If you are buying any smartphone, the first thing you have to check is if it is launched in Ghana officially or not. Also make sure, the smartphone company has a service center nearby your location. So if anything goes wrong with your smartphone, you can fix it at its service center. At the time of purchasing ask for receipt and original company warranty card and make sure you are getting a device on the sealed packed box. It is better to buy a smartphone from showrooms rather than from mobile retail stores because I have heard that many retailer shops exchange original accessories from the box with duplicate one. Though you will get less discount, at showrooms compared to retailer stores, but you will be on a safe side and don’t have to worry if you are being scammed.Please do not go buying phones at the roadside all in the name of getting a good bargain you might end up worse off.

Build Quality And Design

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Build is all about durability of a smartphone. The entire handset market is largely divided in two types of builds — metal and plastic.
There are some that even have glass-coated panels, but those are very limited. If you are one of those prone to dropping your smartphone, it’s advisable to go for a metal or a plastic built handset.
These can sustain drops from 2-3 feet, while glass-based handset are sure to shatter.

The definition of a good or bad smartphone design is highly subjective, but if you care about build quality and aesthetics, look for a metal or glass design, or a phone that offers both. There are some cheap handsets that have plastic bodies, but in general, we’d avoid them unless your top consideration is to save money. (One of the benefits of a glass back is that it enables the phone to provide wireless charging, but you should check to make sure that this feature is offered.)

If you’re concerned about durability, make sure your phone is water-resistant. A typical spec you’ll see is IP67, which means that the phone should be able to survive being submerged in 3 feet  (about 1 meter) of water for 30 minutes. In other words, you won’t have to worry about your phone being damaged if it gets wet.

A handful of phones, such as the Moto Z2 Force, go the extra mile by featuring a shatterproof glass display. But at the very least, you should shop for a phone that has a Gorilla Glass display, which should protect your device from short drops (though a protective case will help with that, too).

Processors

A good phone needs a good processor which will help it translate to faster open times for apps, smoother gameplay and quicker photo editing, but you don’t have to pay attention to cores or clock speed. It’s better to look at the performance results in phone reviews, such as Geekbench, which measures overall performance, as well as real-world tests runs.

Apart from Apple,Samsung and Huawei who produce their own processors ,most smartphone producers depend on MediaTek and Qualcomm.smartphones that come with Qualcomm chipset as Qualcomm’s GPUs (Adreno) are always better than the GPUs found on MediaTek and Exynos chipset.

Among Android phones, the Snapdragon 835 and currently the 845 processor is the class-leading chip. It’s the processor to get if you want the best possible virtual-reality and gaming performance, as well as better efficiency, which translates to longer battery life.

The Snapdragon 600 series powers midtier smartphones, such as the Moto G5 Plus. These processors offer good overall performance, but don’t expect to play the most demanding games without lag, or to experience great VR.

Other CPU players include Huawei, whose octa-core Kirin processor provides advanced AI capabilities in the Mate 10 Pro. For instance, the camera is smart enough to recognize whether you’re shooting flowers or food in real time and adjusts its settings on the fly.

So if you are a heavy user who need to edit images/videos/documents online, play heavy games, stream videos or often use apps in split screen mode, then smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon, Samsung’s Exynos, Huawei’s Kirin should make multitasking fluid for you.

Light users will be happy with handsets that come with MediaTek processors.

RAM and Memory

Most people complains that their smartphones start getting lags after 3-4 months usage and  the reason behind this is lack of enough RAM . If you have had your Android device for a while, you have probably started to notice some lag that wasn’t there before. Apps load a bit slower, menus take a bit longer to show up and you have probably installed more apps as you continue to use your device, some of which open at startup and run in the background. If you have installed a lot of apps that run in the background, they can consume CPU resources, fill up RAM, and slow down your device.If you are going to buy a smartphone please avoid buying phones with 1gb ram it will fail when you need it the most, if you are a light user 2gb ram will be good enough for you but if you are a heavy user then you have to get at least 3gb ram and above to be able to multitask fluidly.

Apps are becoming bigger and bigger and updates are also not getting any smaller so in order to avoid  the usual “not enough memory syndrome ” avoid buying 8gb rom and 16gb rom devices they will fail you also , the least amount of memory on a phone in 2018 should be 32gb rom for standard devices and 64 for flagships.

Given that some games can easily take up more than 1GB of storage — not to mention how many high-res photos and videos smartphone owners are capturing — we highly recommend opting for as much internal storage as possible.

The minimum on most premium handsets these days is 32GB. We recommend 64GB if you shoot a lot of photos and video, and 128GB if you like to record 4K video and download a ton of games.

A microSD card can help expand your storage. It is available on many Android phones, but Apple’s phones don’t offer this option.

 

Camera

 

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We are at a point in smartphone evolution where the camera matters more than the processor, especially considering most people use their phones as their primary shooters. More and more smartphones boast cameras with at least 12 megapixels, but don’t go by only that stat. Instead, pay attention to image quality, aperture, speed and features.

The Tecno Phantom and Infinix Zero 5 impress with their dual cameras on the back, offering a true 2x optical zoom and Portrait Mode for blurring out the background (adding a bokeh effect). The Infinix Zero 5 goes a step further with a camera on the front that enables Portraits.The Google Pixel 2 offers a Portrait Mode without dual cameras, as it leverages artificial intelligence and software to create the same effect with the rear and front cameras. But what impresses us even more is the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s low-light performance. The phone’s wide f/1.8 aperture (the lower the number, the wider the aperture), combined with Google’s advanced HDR technology, outgunned the latest iPhones indoors. When it comes to video, pay attention not just to the resolution but also the frame rate. 4K at 60 frames per second is considered cutting edge. But the stability of that footage is also key, so look for lenses that offer optical (and not digital) stabilization.

When buying a smartphone for pictures and videos smartphone, make sure your smartphone has Sony or Samsung’s Image sensors. Higher number of pixels mean that the size of the image is bigger, which becomes more sharper when seen on a small screen.

A photographer enthusiast might want a camera with 12 or 16MP sensor under f/2.0 or lower aperture for speedy shots even in low lights. A casual shooter can go by even with an 8MP 0r 12MP camera with f/2.0-f/2.2 aperture.

Display

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The size and resolution of display depends on how you use your smartphone. If you often stream videos, edit photos or videos, or download and view movies, then a smartphone display ranging from 5.5-inch to 6-inch, full-HD or QHD resolution should be good enough for you.

Anything larger than a 6-inch display not just makes the handset extra bulky, but also difficult to carry around. If you are a regular user and largely use the smartphone for checking emails, chatting and browsing social media apps, then anything from 5-inch to 5.5-inch HD or full-HD display handsets is perfect, so in choosing a display make sure the display comes with AMOLED or IPS LCD panel. The AMOLED screen produces more vibrant colors and deep back, whereas IPS LCD screen produces natural colors. If the display is 5inch or below 5inch, 720×1280 pixels resolution should be enough to produce sharp text. But if the display, then above 5 inches makes sure the resolution is a Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) or higher. Also, don’t forget to check viewing angles and brightness of the display before purchasing any smartphone.

Battery

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The battery usage differs from user to user depending on the way he/she uses the smartphone.

Fast Charging
If you want to be able to juice your phone up in a hurry, check to see whether your phone offers fast wireless charging. If you’re shopping for an Android phone, you might check that it supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 (or an earlier version of the standard).

The latest iPhones also offer fast charging, but they come at a cost.

Removable Battery
Removable batteries have fallen out of favor with most smartphone-makers, especially with more users demanding water resistance. But there are some benefits to this kind of design. Once your existing battery stops holding a charge for as long as it did when it was fresh, you can just swap in a new one without having to pay for a replacement service or a new phone.

If you are a heavy user and work on apps, play games, stream videos and more then go for a smartphone with at least 3500mAh battery or above. If you are an average or light user, a handset with 3000mAh battery would be good enough to run for a full day.

OS TYPE :IOS OR ANDROID

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Android
Android dominates worldwide smartphone sales, and for good reason. You will find many more choices than iOS when it comes to design, display size, specs, capabilities and price. Plus, Android is an open OS, which means it’s easier to customize with awesome launchers and widgets.

With the latest version of Android 8.0 Oreo, Google now offers faster performance, a picture-in-picture feature for having two apps open at once and Notification Dots to quickly see what’s new.

However, when a new version of Android arrives, it can take several months (or longer) for the updated OS to hit your phone. There are two exceptions to this: Google’s own Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, which get security and software updates directly from Google. Otherwise, check to see if the phone maker has announced when (and if) it’s planning to upgrade its devices to the latest version of Android.

iOS
All of the latest iPhones as well as older handsets like the iPhone SE — run the latest version of Apple’s operating system. iOS 11 offers several enhancements, including a more useful Control Center, editing of Live Photos, a real files app (finally) and a redesigned app store.

The biggest reasons to opt for an iOS device include its ease of use, access to OS updates as soon as they’re available (unlike most Android phones) and  ability to work seamlessly with Apple devices (such as the iPhone and the Mac). iOS is also more secure than Android.

Apple’s App Store tends to get the hottest apps and games before Android, partly because developers have an easier time targeting a smaller set of devices that have similar specs, so when buying a smartphone it is advisable to buy an OS you are comfortable with but do not buy based on hearsay or what is trending.For frequent OS updates apple is ahead of android; apple supports a device with up to 4 years of update support whilst android devices like the pixel series enjoy up 2 years updates support whilst android devices take time due to OEM’S lackadaisical attitude .

Security/extra features

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Fingerprint vs. Facial Recognition Security
A fingerprint sensor makes it fairly easy to unlock your phone without having to enter a password or PIN. Most of these devices are fairly fast but can get tripped up if you have sweat or crumbs on your fingers.

We would pay attention to the placement of the sensor when buying a phone. For instance, LG places its sensor in the middle on the back of its phones, while Samsung’s sensor is awkwardly located next to the camera on the Galaxy S8 and the Note 8.

The iPhone’s Touch ID lets you buy items in the App Store and real-world goods via Apple Pay, while fingerprint sensors in Samsung phones can be used with the Samsung Pay service or Android Pay. Once reserved for higher-end phones, fingerprint sensors are now included in much more affordable phones like the Infinix and Tecno .

Thanks to Face ID in the iPhone X, and the face scanning and iris scanning in Samsung’s devices, facial recognition is starting to gain momentum. We’ve found Face ID in particular to be reliable in bright sunlight and in the dark, but it’s a bit slower than Touch ID.

Headphone jack/USB port

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Ports too can be a factor to consider. Although both micro-USB and USB Type-C ports are available in smartphones these days, it is preferable to switch to USB Type-C not just because it is easy to plug in but also it is future-proof.

More number of smartphones have started incorporating the new standard. Few have started ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack as well but there might be good two years before all the OEMs completely switched to USB Type-C based headphones jacks.

Audio/speakers

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Speakers and the quality of audio coming out of it can be an important parameter for those who rely on heavy video streaming or video conferences. If you like entertainment-on-the-go, buy a handset that has front-facing speakers. This gives clear sound even while holding the smartphone in landscape mode.

If you don’t indulge in video streaming or video conferencing much, then a regular handset with bottom-firing speakers should be just fine. Those with speakers placed at the back are also fine.

Conclusion

What’s Most Important To You?

Battery? The camera? Overall cost? You need to decide what you want from a phone and have clear objectives and ideas about how you’re going to be using it. Think about what you use most in your every day-to-day life already.

Most people don’t NEED a flagship, really, they just like having them for the prestige. This is why phones are marketed so heavily, they want you to think you need them and cannot live without all that new stuff.

Do you want it to have it all? If so, look at the flagships – these are always the best performers in all respects.

Do You Even Need A Smartphone?

Do you only use your phone for making calls and sending text messages? If so, you might need a feature phone that has INSANE battery life (and not much else).

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