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Developers released some great apps for Android users in the year 2019. These releases span on a multitude of categories. In this article, we will see the best 5 Android apps from 2019.

 

Adobe Premiere Rush

 

It is a video editor by Adobe. The app boasts a near-professional experience with full video editing capabilities with a multi-track timeline. It has various templates for mobile videos. It doesn't have everything like the desktop version of Premiere Pro, but this app is enough for the mobile video needs.

 

Calendar Widget by Home Agenda

 

The app has an extensive list of features, themes, and layouts, to group events together and various other customization options. The design of the app and widget is super clean and works in over half a dozen languages.


Mint Browser


The mint browser is a good mobile browser. It hits all the basic requirements like low storage needs, night mode, incognito mode. The data saver mode just blocks ads and restricts image loads in articles. It isn't competing with Google Chrome or Firefox but if you are looking for something lightweight and functional, this is a great app.


Spark Mail


The app is free for right now. It does the basic email, snooze email, schedule email, and reminders just like inbox by Gmail. Some other features include pinning emails, undo sent email, and a decent email search. It can also work with other email clients like Gmail or Outlook.


Xbox Game Streaming


Google launched Stadia this year, and its major rivals choose mobile streaming. Microsoft and Stream launched its game streaming apps this year. Both apps do almost the same thing. You can play your PC games or Xbox games on your device. Unlike Stadia, these apps are using your existing hardware to play the game and your local area network to play the games on your mobile phone. These could be excellent alternatives to Google Stadia.


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The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic tool for learning how to code and how a microcontroller works. The most difficult part of using the Pi is its initial OS setup, but even this should be pretty simple if you follow the steps below.


Register Emteria.OS

 

The first thing that you need to do is register an account on emteria.com. On the homepage, you should see the button to register at the top. The registration form is the standard fare, asking for your name, email address, etc.


Once you have filled out the registration form, you then need to wait for the confirmation email so you can confirm your email address and log in properly.


Get the Installer

 

Once you are registered and logged in to the website, you can then download the installer that you need to install Android on your Raspberry Pi. The installer will burn your copy of the operating system onto a micro SD card. It is worth checking beforehand that the MicroSD card you plan to use is supported. While conflict is rare, it is safer to stick to an established brand like SanDisk who are all but guaranteed to work properly.


Flash Your SD Card

 

Open up the installer and then enter your login details for the operating system. You then need to select the type of Raspberry Pi that you have, as well as your intended installation location. For your purposes, your installation location will be the microSD card that you have prepared.


Using F-Droid

 

Once the SD card has been flashed and the operating system installed, you then need to get some apps on there. You can sideload apps onto the Raspberry Pi from your computer, but this is much less convenient than just downloading from an app store as you would on your phone. Unfortunately, because this build of Android does not come from Google, it does not have access to the Google Play store.


Lucky for us, there is an alternative called F-droid. F-droid is a third-party app store for Android that will enable you to download apps in just the same way that you do on a regular Android device.


You will find F-Droid in the apps menu, and there should be an icon on your home screen. When you first launch F-Droid, it will take some time to download all of the updates and repositories. Be patient, as once this is over, you are ready to start downloading apps directly to your device.


Taking It Further

 

Once you have got your Pi set up and you have had some time to get used to it, you may well feel ready to dig a little deeper. If you find that the Raspberry Pi is an exciting new frontier for you, you will almost certainly be interested in the world of PCB design more generally.


The Pi is a fantastic tool for anyone who wants to learn how to code and the nature of the relationship between software and hardware. Learning about PCBs will help you to understand how microcontrollers like the Raspberry Pi are designed and work. For example, Altium is a developer of PCB design software and their website is full of useful articles like this one about how a touch sensor button works.


Installing Android onto your Pi should be a simple and straightforward process. Once you are set up, you can begin exploring more advanced Raspberry Pi projects.

 



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Look around you at the phones that West Africans are using today. Gone are the Nokia of yesteryear. Now, everyone seems to be using smartphones, and almost always Android.

 

Why is Android so popular in West Africa? Why hasn't Apple cornered the biggest chunk of the smartphone market, like in Europe and North America? 

 

We're here to find out.

 

We want to investigate exactly why Android is so popular among everyday Africans. What caused the market dominance of Android phones?

 

Wondering why everyone is using Android? Then you'll need to read on.

 

They are Cheap

 

First and foremost, Android smartphones are a cheap solution to a modern problem. If you want to get ahead in the modern world, being constantly connected is massively important.

 

Whether you're a jobseeker, a businessman, or an engineer, being available for contact is paramount. 

 

When the iPhone launched, it was far too expensive for most people to buy. Despite recently cut production costs, the iPhone is still too expensive for a large chunk of the population.

 

If you want, you can buy a Leagoo phone for just under 50 USD. That's affordable, even on a low wage. Due to lower wages, many people in West Africa said they consider price first when buying a smartphone.

 

It is Open Source

 

If you want to tinker with the Android operating system, then you can happily do so. Customization of the OS, creation of apps, and uploading these apps to Google Play, are all easier on Android than iOS. 

 

This encourages local programmers to work on Android, rather than iOS, as they don't have to pay licensing fees. 

 

The software market in West Africa is large, and Android makes a natural partner for this. Just as Linux has a lot to offer African developers, so does Android. It's a way to sharpen skills, make some money, and potentially, become rich.

 

Androids Often Have Better Battery Life

 

If you live in area that doesn't always have electricity, battery life is crucial. Androids best iPhones here. 

 

While iPhones are stricter in what apps can run in the background, Android phones do mostly have better battery life than their Apple rivals. They also often come bundled with fast chargers, which allow for much quicker charging times.

 

In rural areas, battery life is perhaps the most important feature for staying connected. If that is what you need, then you'll need an Android phone. The iPhone's shorter battery life is fine for the city, but that's all.

 

Androids Offer Far Better Navigation as Standard

 

If you want to use your phone as a GPS, chances are, you'll want to use Google Maps. While Apple Maps is improving all the time, it still lags behind Google Maps.

 

For example, do you want to use your navigation app to get directions for public transport? If you're on Apple Maps, you're out of luck. The app only offers detailed public transit directions in 17 countries. 

 

On Google Maps, you get access to thousands of different cities and towns' transit networks, at the touch of a button.

 

While you can install Google Maps on iPhone, it is an irritating additional step. It is also beyond the reach of some users, particularly older people. For ease of use, Android absolutely dominates the smartphone market when it comes to navigation.

 

A Greater Choice of Apps

 

The open-source software that underpins Android allows for an abundance of apps. There are around 2.47 million apps on Google Play. In contrast, the App Store offers just 1.8 million.

 

While the App Store does have a lot to offer consumers, it's lacking in hyper-local apps. Many West African businesses offer apps of their own, as do some cities, such as Lagos. 

 

The ease of Android development promotes a healthier business environment, with greater choice for the consumer. 

 

This greater choice is immediately evident when comparing search results from the stores. Apple's own apps often appear first in search results, which some have seen as an unfair advantage. By contrast, searching for software on Google Play gives you a much larger immediate selection to choose from.

 

Better Hardware Connectivity

 

When Apple did away with the headphone jack, there was uproar, and justifiably so. 

 

Countless millions of people use wired headphones every single day to enjoy podcasts and music. Those who have bought iPhones since the iPhone 7 have had to spend far more money on hardware than Android users.

 

If you want, you can buy a dirt cheap headset, and plug it into an Android phone. You don't have that choice with an iPhone. 

 

It's not only headphone jacks that are symbolic of this problem with Apple's design philosophy. It's lightning, too.

 

Lightning cables are expensive and break easily. They're also only able to be used with Apple products. 

 

The latest Androids use USB-C, which offers fast data transfer and charging, but can be widely used on a huge range of hardware. The cables are far more common and cheap to purchase. It's a much more user-friendly experience.

 

The Android Smartphone Market Offers Far Greater Choice

 

You cannot even begin to count the number of different Android phones on the market today. From ultra-cheap phones to the latest Samsung phones, there are thousands of different devices. There are just three iPhone 11 models. 

 

Whatever you need an Android phone for, you can find a model that fits those needs. You don't need to shell out for superfluous features you don't need. You don't have to go with a model because it's the only one available.

 

Instead, you can choose from a dizzying range at your local phone store. You're in control, from the very beginning. 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Android phones dominate the smartphone market in West Africa for three key reasons.

 

One, they offer cheap access to the latest technology. Two, they're rich with customization options. And three, because they are easy to use. 

 

If Apple truly wish to catch up with Android in West Africa, they need to embrace this trio of factors.

 

However, we doubt that you're going to see a budget iPhone on sale in the near future.



 


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Our smartphones have more sensitive data in them these days than even our personal computers and as a result, it is of the utmost importance to make sure that each time you sell/donate/recycle/exchange/repair your old phone, all data has been erased permanently from it. A simple factory data reset doesn't necessarily delete all data beyond recovery, which is bad news. That's exactly where the iSkysoft Toolbox iPhone Data Eraser comes in with the promise to destroy all data permanently from all iOS powered devices.


Why Do You Need an External iOS Data Eraser?


We usually perform factory data resets to remove all personal data from our phones before handing them over to someone else permanently or for repairs, but that alone is not enough because a major portion of what we delete with a data reset can be recovered quite easily with professional-grade recovery tools. In order for the data to be deleted permanently from the phones' storage, we need the assistance of a military-grade electronic data shredding tool such as iSkysoft Toolbox.


You Don't Have to Delete Everything


Erasing all data is the right option if you are going to get rid of the phone permanently, but the iSkysoft Toolbox data eraser also offers another option where you can only delete sensitive or private data, as and when you need to. Whatever you delete will be lost forever beyond tracing or recovery so the data deletion is permanent and secure. It is actually quite useful when you know what it is that you want or need to get rid off.


iSkysoft Toolbox Will Make Your Phone Faster


It is a well-known fact that iPhones, iPads and just about every smartphone or tablet out there, slows down significantly with time. This happens because of the following reasons.


·        A huge number of photos and other documents in the internal storage


·        Too many temporary and cache files from browsers, apps, logs, etc.


iSkysoft Toolbox's iOS Optimizer feature addresses this issue by allowing the user to detect and delete unnecessary temp files, app data, logs, cache and duplicate files. Once the Optimizer finishes up, the iOS device becomes a lot faster than before because it isn't filled to the brim with unnecessary, resource hogging data anymore.


Save Space Without Having to Delete Your Photos


One of the biggest issues with today's powerful iPhone cameras is that they click high-quality photos which fill up the internal storage in no time. Of course, compressing them is a viable solution, but that usually results in loss of quality. Thanks to iSkysoft Toolbox's Space Saver feature, iPhone users can now compress their photos, without sacrificing on the original quality of the images.


Erasing Data Doesn't Mean You Have to Lose It


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Whether you are upgrading to the latest iPhone/iPad, or simply planning to send your current phone for a repair, the very first thing you need to do before anything else is back it all up. The iOS backup lets you do exactly that with one simple click and once you have upgraded to the new device, all you will need to do is connect it to your computer, iCloud or iTunes for restoring all your important data back onto the new iPhone. After all, the iSkysoft Toolbox will delete your data permanently, so it does make all the sense in the world to back the important stuff up!



Accidentally deleted files are never good news, irrespective of the OS, but thankfully, Android users have a number of methods at their disposal to recover the deleted documents in case of emergencies. Since you are reading this, then chances are that you probably don't know how to recover deleted photos from Android smartphones yet, so let's get to it right away.


Look for Your Deleted Files on Google Drive


All Android smartphones come with automatic Google Drive backup options, so unless you have turned those features off manually or never turned the Drive backup feature on to begin with, it is likely that you will find the deleted files safely stored there. Just download them back onto your device. On the off chance that the files were deleted before being backed up automatically, you won't find it in Google Drive for obvious reasons. The same goes for Dropbox or any other cloud service that you may have signed up for. If you have not yet signed up for cloud backup yet, do so immediately, because all hard storage devices are vulnerable to failing without notice.


Check to See If Your Device Has a "Bin"


On some Android devices, files and especially photos and videos are not deleted right away, kind of similar to Gmail's "Bin" folder, but instead of being saved on the cloud, your device would just be saving a copy of your deleted files within the internal storage. As the files are auto-deleted after a while, check the folder as soon as possible. It might be called something else on your phone other than "Bin" though. Look for folders or albums with names such as "Trash" or "Deleted Files."


Use an Android File Recovery Tool



To recover deleted files Android, the best method would be to use a specialized recovery tool like dr.fone - Recover, that doesn't just help you to get back your deleted photos, but can also assist in the recovery of WhatsApp messages, SMS messages, contacts, audio files, documents and even videos. They work best when the deleted files are recent and not much data has been recorded on the internal or external storage of your Android device, after the deletion. These are good points to keep in mind if you want the best results from your document recovery tool for Android.


Even if the first and second method doesn't apply in your situation, the third one is almost certain to work, at least to some degree. Nevertheless, the efficiency of a document recovery tool for Android largely depends on how fast you act after the accidental deletions, so speed is of prime importance here, as mentioned earlier.

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