If you, like me, would be utterly distraught if you lost your precious Android smartphone, you will certainly want to take a look at the features offered by the completely free Android Device Manager service. Not only does it let you track a lost phone, but also allows you to make it ring or wipe the data as a last resort. Check out my guide to Android Device Manager, and get it set up before you live to regret it.
If you are a Windows 8 Phone user and have been wondering if the update to 8.1 is worth the wait, have a look at our guide to all of the most impressive new features and improvements to the Microsoft mobile OS. Much hyped digital assistant, Cortana, is only the beginning of the new additions.
It is a sad fact that viruses and malware are becoming more and more of a problem for Android users. Any software platform which attracts millions of users is almost certain to catch the attention of the hackers fairly quickly, and the Google smartphone OS is no different. While Google does what it can to protect users from malicious software, it is up to us, the users, to understand and protect against the threat of viruses.
Despite the new flagship phone from HTC, the M8, having a huge battery and several built-in power saving modes, it can still be a bit of a beast when it comes to gobbling up battery juice. Luckily, I have spent more time playing with the settings of my M8 than is good for a normal person, and have found several easy ways to preserve power.
Many PC and Mac users will be familiar with Wi-Fi speed testing websites, designed to give you an idea of how good your connection is on your home network. But have you ever checked to see how fast that connection is on your phone? And did you know that you can also test the speed of the 3G and 4G connections too? My guide to Checking Your Wi-Fi Speed will tell you everything you need to know.
If you own a BlackBerry 10 phone, you really should know how to protect it. As you might expect from a phone aimed squarely at the more business end of the market, security options in the BlackBerry 10 operating system have not been ignored. There are in fact several different ways to protect your BB10 phone, ranging from the BlackBerry ID to the more standard screen lock. Check out my full guide to Protecting your BlackBerry for some essential tips.
After a couple of weeks really digging in to what the new Samsung Galaxy S5 is all about, what it can do and how well it does it, my full review is now online for your reading pleasure. Take a look and see if your hopes for the new phone have been met, or been dashed! Is Samsung still leader of the pack, or are phones like the HTC M8 and Sony Xperia Z2 catching up?
According to the asia today website, it looks as if the rumoured premium version of the Galaxy S5 could be hitting the stores as soon as June this year. The Prime, as this new model seems to be called, could feature a QHD display (meaning a resolution of 2560×1440), a more powerful octa-core Exynos 5430 processor with a built-in LTE modem, and an upgraded Mali T6XXX GPU rated at 600MHz. It could also have the metal unibody that the original S5 was rumoured to feature.
USB OTG, or USB On-The-Go, is a feature we are seeing more and more on the latest cell phones and smartphones. This upgraded version of USB allows you to attach a variety of peripherals to the phone, including keyboards, gamepads or portable flash drives as if the phone were a host computer. Is USB OTG a feature on your phone? And if so, have you found it useful so far?
If you never thought you would live to see the day when BlackBerry gave up its grip on the most popular feature of its devices, BlackBerry Messenger, you might be surprised to learn that you can now download BBM for both Android and iPhone. Check out my guide to BBM, featuring tips on setting up and using this useful messaging service.
...on smartphones anyway! The latest estimates from market analyst emarketer.com show that Instagram, the photo and video sharing service owned by Facebook, now has in the region of 5 million more users in the US than Twitter. While it seems that Twitter retains a higher percentage of older users, the millennial and generation x demographic prefer Instagram. Which service do you use? Or do you think that they are different enough to both have a place on your phone?
The producer of the insanely popular Nintendo Wii game Animal Crossing has recently hinted that smartphones could play a part in the next game in the series. Whether this means that you will be able to play parts of the game on your Android phone, or if it means that Animal Crossing will have a full mobile version soon, we don't know at the moment. Fans of the games should certainly be seeing some exciting announcements soon.
With several big smartphone launches this month, there are sure to be many people getting themselves a new phone. But no matter if the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the HTC One M8 is the phone which is floating your boat, getting set up properly when you have the shiny new device in your hands is important. Have a look at my New Smartphone Checklist for some simple ways to make sure getting a new phone is straightforward.
If, like me, you are the sort of person who likes to have a new phone every year (or in my case, sometimes several new phones each year), then you will have probably sold a few old phones in the past. Protecting your phone during the time you use it not only makes it better to use, it also makes it easier to sell. So next time you get a new phone, have a think about what you can do to protect it, and you will discover that it is much easier to sell it at a good price when time to upgrade comes around.
A new addition to About Cell Phones: individual app guides. I have started off with a guide to getting the most out of Spotify Free for Android, and will be following up with guides to WhatsApp, Snapchat and many more. If there is an app you would like to understand better through a user guide, let me know and I will add it to the list.
Almost every smartphone user customizes their phone to some degree, even if that only means changing the home screen wallpaper and choosing a new ringtone. However, there are numerous ways to not only change how phone looks and sounds, but also how it behaves and how you interact with it. One of the easiest ways to add usability to a smartphone is to customize the contacts, adding as much information as possible and therefore giving other apps more information to work with.
After a considerable wait, it seems that Sony have now started rolling out the KitKat update for their flagship Z1 globally. While iPhone users smirk at the delayed update process of Android, it seems that the OS is still going strong, claiming the largest market share of any mobile operating system. Are you still waiting for the Android KitKat update? What do you think Google and Android smartphone manufacturers could do to improve the process?
If you can't wait to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S5, and whilst I am waiting for my review phone to arrive, why not have a look at my run down of the new features Samsung's shiny new handset has been wowing audiences with at the Mobile World Congress this week.
The excellent Windows 8 mobile operating system gets a bit of an unfair deal on About Cellphones. It simply isn't as popular a subject as Android and other cellphone categories, and that means that I don't spend quite so much time writing guides, tips and articles about it. Well to try to readdress the balance, and help out those Windows Phone 8 users out there, here are some incredibly useful rebooting tips, showing what to do if your phone freezes, crashes or behaves erratically.
As younger and younger children are being allowed to use increasingly more sophisticated smartphones (I know a eight-year-old with a iPhone 5S), it makes sense for parents to understand how they can protect their children using the safety features built into many modern mobile operating systems. This is something which Windows Phone 8 does well with the My Family feature, allowing users to control which apps can be downloaded on their child's phone remotely. Almost all smartphones feature something like this, but how many parents have actually set these controls up?
According to a report in the UK online edition of The Telegraph newspaper, Smartphone users spent over three times as much on games as users of handheld consoles like the Nintendo DS and PS Vita in 2013. This can hardly be a surprise, as the number of smartphones in daily use far exceeds the number of all handheld consoles combined, surely? Do you have a DS or Vita, or even one of the older handheld consoles? Do you still game on it? Or is it gathering dust in favor of playing games on your phone?
As I write this, my Galaxy S4 is sadly still without the newest operating system, KitKat. Despite rumors that the update would be rolled out for the S4 in January 2014, with the S3 and other older devices expected to be updated in March '14, there seems to be little indication that Samsung will hit that date. Whilst it isn't a major problem for me to wait a little longer for the additions KitKat brings, I have to wonder if everyone is still waiting, or if some territories have already got their hands on 4.4. If you are a Galaxy S4 user who has already received the OTA update, let us know.
It seems that not even the restroom is safe from the cell phone invasion, according to a survey carried out by Sony Mobile and Telefónica's UK. When asked, an astonishing 75% of respondents admitted to using their cell phone whilst using the lavatory, either checking sms messages, social network updates or simply playing a game. Even more astonishing is the fact that 15% of the male respondents admitted to regularly sitting down to urinate so that they had hands free to check their phone! I can't wait to see the Task Manager app which helps with that problem!
Following months of speculation from smartphone news websites, it seems that the rumored new Samsung Windows Phone 8 device might soon become a reality. Several sources are claiming to have seen leaked details of the Samsung SM-W750V device in special interest groups online. Read More...
If you are a HTC One X owner eagerly awaiting the release of the Android KitKat update for your phone, then you are surely going to be disappointed at the news that HTC has confirmed that the popular device will not be receiving any Android updates past 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). Quite why this is, I really don't know. The HTC One X is a powerful and capable device, and surely good enough, with enough storage space to handle anything KitKat will be adding to the party. Maybe it is time to trade your HTC One X in for a HTC One or HTC One Max?