Best writing and journal apps for Android phones and tablets [April 2015]

Power of WordsWe’ve gone over our best picks for note taking apps before, and in most cases, those apps will get the job done if you just need to write out a to-do list or jot down a recipe. Like with anything else, though, our smartphones and tablets are replacing everything else, and sometimes you may want to use one to write down something a little longer than a memo, especially if you’re the type to bring a Bluetooth keyboard along with your tablet.

You definitely won’t be writing your next great screenplay in Google Keep, so we’ve compiled a list of the best available writing and journalistic apps available on the Play Store. If you’re looking for something more robust to keep a journal or to write out a longer paper that needs careful formatting, these will be better options than the tons of short note apps that you probably already have on your phone.
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How to factory reset or wipe the cache on your Samsung Galaxy device after the Lollipop update

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With many Samsung Galaxy devices receiving Android 5.0+ in the US and other areas of the world, performance post update process may not be all that you expected. Some users are complaining of major battery drain, force closes for apps and just an overall abysmal time since Lollipop’s release.

While we may have to wait for Android 5.1 — with all its bug fixes and battery improvements — there may be a few things you can do to make your experience with Lollipop on the Note 4, Galaxy S5, or other Galaxy device a bit better. You know, until Samsung finally starts working on the update.

Sometimes a simple reboot will fix a lot of problems. Like with most updates, sometimes a simple restart and letting the device sit for a little bit will fix a good percentage of problems. However, sometimes you may need to wipe the cache or in the most extreme of cases, factory reset the device completely. We’ll walk you through a few ways to do it.


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Top 5 puzzle games for Android [March 2015]

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Everybody loves playing puzzle oriented games when there’s spare time. While it’s hard to get into such games, it’s equally hard to get out of them once you’re deeply invested. We have decided to list five such apps that are currently available on the Play Store, which will ensure that you remain glued to your smartphone or tablet.
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Best Android apps for saving content to read later [March 2015]

2015-03-12 00.59.50There’s no shortage of news on the internet no matter what topics or hobbies you’re into, and sometimes it can be tough to stay on top of keeping up with it, especially if you’re busy with families, jobs, or anything else. When you’re browsing your Twitter timeline on a break at work, you might see an interesting article about a new Android phone, but you might not have enough time to actually read it right then and there. You could always bookmark the page in your favorite web browser, but then you’ll end up with a ton of clutter, and managing those would be a headache.

Fortunately, there are several apps and services that try to tackle this problem. These apps give you a separate area to save and bookmark content to read later so they’re not muddled in with your regular bookmarks in Chrome. Plus, they offer a few different things that your typical browser won’t offer, like easy tagging and archiving of articles. We’ll go over a few of the best options to get you started.
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Best Calendar apps for Android [March 2015]

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Calendar applications are extensively used on the Android platform. And to make lives easier for the consumers, developers have come up with a myriad of alternatives to the stock calendar apps that are supplied with Android devices. We check out a few of these today in our list of the best calendar apps you can download for your Android smartphone or tablet. You can also check out our list from December 2013.
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What is an Xposed Framework/Module and how does it help you?

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The Android platform is known for its innumerable amount of functions and the users’ ability to further customize it according to his/her liking. The first thing that comes to mind when we think of customizing our Android device is custom ROMs. The likes of CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android etc are some of the prominent ROM development teams out there that offer all the features that stock Android doesn’t.
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How to sync Chrome tabs across your phone, tablet, and computer

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Being able to take an existing tab and reopen it on another device is a beautiful thing that Chrome allows. All that is required is a Google account and devices with Chrome installed. Tabs are then able to be reopened on any phone, tablet, or computer. Chrome Tab Sync is handy in various situations that users will encounter. Whether it is because browsing abruptly stopped or viewing would be ideal on another device, Chrome Tab Sync provides users with a versatile option for moving tabs.

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Here’s when your Android smartphone will receive the Lollipop update

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If you’re wondering when your HTC, Samsung, Sony, LG or Huawei smartphone is set to receive the long-awaited Android 5.0 Lollipop update, then wonder no more. Here at Talk Android, we have compiled a list extracted from a variety of sources, predominantly leaks, to provide you with an estimated timeframe of when your beloved handset should start receiving the upgrade.


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Top 5 free Android games that are incredibly tough to put down [February 2015]

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When I was in secondary and post-secondary school, I put tons of time into computer and console gaming. These days, I’m lucky if I can plan a time to watch a television show.

What I do usually wind up with are rare, random segments of time, during which I sometimes feel like squeezing in a few minutes of gaming entertainment. The only problem is, over the course of a year, I’ve found a few games that really want to unleash that old gamer in me and I have to struggle to put them down.

So because misery loves company, here are my top 5 Android games that you’ll definitely enjoy. As a bonus, all of these games will look great on your tablet in addition to your smartphone…..and they are Free.
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Best apps for analyzing and improving battery life on your Android device

Android Battery LifeBattery life is one of those features that just hasn’t kept up with rest of the hardware on our Android devices. Our phones have extremely detailed picture quality, they’re nearing video game console levels of graphical fidelity, and they keep up with all kinds of health information and statistics about us, but getting one to last an entire day away from the wall charger is a tricky endeavor. Many manufacturers include their own power saving modes, and Google has recently added its own spin on power saving into Android with Lollipop, but there are a handful of extra steps and apps you can use to squeeze a little more life out of your device.

We’ve already covered a few of these apps, but things have changed drastically over the past few years. So this guide will let you know how some of those apps have improved and we will also let you know some new things you can do to extend the battery life of your phone.
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