Which Android app is worth a spot on your new smartphone or tablet? Trying to find the very best of the best is a challenging process, because there are millions of apps to pick from on the Google Play Store. Even if you just scan Google’s “top free” or “top paid” list on a daily basis, you’ll miss out on a lot of digital gems. Allow us to help you out with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for Android. The Lifehacker Pack is an annual snapshot of our favorite, essential applications for each of our favorite platforms. For our always-updating directory of all the best apps, be sure to bookmark our App Directory , where we profile amazing apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS—browser extensions, too. Advertisement Productivity Email: Outlook or Gmail (free) Odds are good that if you’re using an Android device, you’re probably using Google’s Gmail app (free). And why not? It’s a great email … [Read more...] about The Essential Android Apps for 2018
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Sorry if I'm not getting excited about Google pushing RCS messaging, its Android answer to Apple iMessage technology. I welcome the features now arriving in the company's Messages app, but I have much deeper problems after being stuck for years in a Google messaging mud bog. Along with that, RCS (Rich Communication Services) comes through a new Messages app that's a step backward from the good parts of Google's technology.People mock Google's messaging strategy. Right now its efforts are scattered across existing tools like Messages, Hangouts and Duo after leaving behind exterminated ones like Allo and Google Talk. My problem with the company is much more basic. I can't rely on Hangouts or Messages on my Google Pixel 4 phone to do simple things like text my wife that I'm picking up our kid from school.The problem begins with Hangouts. For years, it's been excruciatingly slow to load a conversation about half the time I need to. In the test I performed a few minutes ago, it took … [Read more...] about RCS messaging on Android? Free me from my Google messaging mess first
Alibaba founder and former CEO Jack Ma has joined UCWeb‘s board of directors as the company focuses on building mobile ecosystems in India and other emerging markets. UC Browser recently surpassed Opera as the top mobile browser in India, but only by a thin margin, and UCWeb has said it plans to build relationships in different verticals in order to increase its foothold. Guangzhou-based UCWeb, which claims 400 million users worldwide, grabbed the top spot among mobile browsers in India in July, according to StatCounter. UC Browser now holds a 29.9% market share, compared to Opera’s 28.6%. UC Browser’s worldwide growth has been driven by partnerships with phone makers including HTC, Samsung, Nokia, LG, Lenovo and carriers such as Vodafone, China Mobile and China Telecom. But its lead in India is still far from secure as Opera looks to take back market share by striking agreements with Indian manufacturers. In May, for example, Opera signed partnerships with seven … [Read more...] about Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Joins Board Of UCWeb As It Builds A Mobile Ecosystem In India
In this week’s tech-advice column at Lifehacker, I’m tackling the internet’s greatest annoyance. Not screaming YouTube influencers or people who are better than you at Fortnite—I’m talking about targeted ads. A Lifehacker reader wonders if everything he does is tracked and advertised back to him—or to his loved ones. I’ll let John explain: Lately I’ve been noticing that my fiancé is getting targeted ads on her phone that are based on my browsing habits. For example, when I was looking at wedding rings a couple months ago on my laptop, she started seeing ads for the sites I visited on her Facebook and Instagram. Lately I’ve been researching cars because I’m going to need a new one of those soon, and sure enough she has started seeing car ads on her social media now. I deleted my Facebook and Instagram accounts a couple years ago, and I’ve tried to turn off every form of targeted advertising through Google. This … [Read more...] about Why Does My Fiancée See Ads for Things I’ve Shopped For?
A fake ad blocker available outside of Google Play is bombarding Android users with ads, many of them vulgar, and to make matters worse, the cleverly hidden adware is hard to uninstall. As documented by antimalware provider Malwarebytes, Ads Blocker, as the app is called, employs several tricks to surreptitiously and constantly bombard users with ads. The first is to simply ask for usage rights to display over other apps. Next, it makes a connection request to "set up a VPN connection that allows it to monitor network traffic." Finally, it seeks permission to add a widget to the homescreen. In fact, approving the the VPN connection—a standard requirement for some legitimate ad blockers—allows Ads Blocker to run in the background at all times. Combined with the permission to display over other apps, the app is free to plaster ads in a variety of aggressive and annoying ways. It displays full-page ads across the screen. It delivers ads in the default browser. It includes ads … [Read more...] about “Absolutely relentless” “ad blocker” plasters users with—you guessed it—ads
Ten months after the Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched in India, Xiaomi is all set to bring in the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The new Redmi Note 6 Pro has a slightly bigger display with a notch on top which makes the aspect ratio 19:9 compared to 18:9 on the previous version. Xiaomi has also improved the build quality and added P2i coating to make the phone splash resistant, though this is still not a waterproof phone. It has also added two cameras at the front and improved the rear cameras. But will the Redmi Note 6 Pro be another bestseller from Xiaomi? Here’s our review Redmi Note 6 Pro specifications: 6.26-inches display with 19:9 aspect ratio, 2280 x 1080 pixels display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor | 4GB RAM/6GB RAM + 64GB storage (expandable to 256GB) | 12MP+5MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and 20MP+2MP front camera | 4000 mAh battery | MIUI 10 with Android Oreo 8. 1 Advertising Redmi Note 6 Pro price in India: Rs 13,999 for 4GB RAM and 15,999 for the 6GB RAM Redmi … [Read more...] about Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro review: Another winner from the company?