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Let's get this out of the way first; the iPhone 7 has scored significantly more on AnTuTu than any other Android smartphone in existence till date. The 178,397 points that it scored according to a recent report is just off the charts. However, the new Apple A10 chip did have fewer pixels to push than any of the flagship Android handsets on the list as the iPhone 7 only sports a resolution of 750 × 1334. In spite of that, it is currently the reigning king sitting on top of the list (unofficially for now).



That being said, Chinese handsets from manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, LeEco, Nubia, Lenovo and of course, OnePlus are on top of the AnTuTu score chart when it comes to Android devices. The much loved OnePlus 3 leads the table for now with a score of 140288, followed by the Vivo Xplay 5 Elte (138,706), the LeEco LeMax 2 (138,026), the Nubia Z11 (137,685), the Lenovo Zuk Z2 pro (136,853) and the Xiaomi Mi5 (136,773).


It is a bit surprising to see the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge trail so far behind at the number 7 spot in 2016, because the S6 was leading the pack last year convincingly at one point. Since these Chinese smartphones are a lot cheaper than the ones made by Samsung, in spite of being manufactured with quality hardware, are we witnessing the slow rise of new leaders in the smartphone industry?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



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If we told you there was a way to play the lottery without actually playing the lottery you'd probably think we'd gone a little crazy. However, as is often the case in the mobile world, crazy can become a reality with a little thought and innovation.


Lottoland is not only one of those apps that fuses creativity and imagination to bring about a new way of playing the lottery, but it also gives you a way to win millions with a few swipes of your screen. Available for iOS and Android devices, the Lottoland App basically gives you access to dozens of international lotteries within a single platform.


Get More for Less


The reason Lottoland is unique is the way players get to ante-up. Instead of investing directly in a game. Lottoland essentially allows players to bet on a draw. For example, instead of purchasing a EuroMillions ticket, players spend the same amount of money, choose their numbers and wait for the draw.


Because of its funding structure, Lottoland is able to cover the prizes available in the real EuroMillions so players win exactly the same as they would if they bought a standard ticket. However, the benefit of using the Lottoland app is that players not only get access to a series of unique deals but more games. Because you don't have to be situated in a specific location in order to play a certain lottery, Lottoland offers more gaming options.


Moreover, because Lottoland has the power to set its own prices, players can pick up free tickets, enjoy reduced entry fees and get two tickets for the price of one. Essentially, the app allows you to get more value from each draw.


Lottoland App Key Features


Still not convinced that a mobile lottery app is better than purchasing a physical ticket? Here's a quick rundown of the key features you'll get when you download the Lottoland app:


• Free app download.


• Welcome offer including free lottery tickets when you make your first deposit.


• Instant access to dozens of international lotteries.


• Extra gaming options including slots and scratchcards.


• Automatic win notifications.


• Set-up automatic purchasing orders.


• In-app discounts e.g. in September 2016 you could play EuroMillions for £2 rather than £2.50.


• Ability to join international syndicates increased chances of winning.


Although the Lottoland app doesn't give you the ability to play a lottery directly, that doesn't matter. In fact, you'll not only get to play more games for the same price as you normally would, but you'll also get access to exactly the same prizes as well as additional bonuses and benefits.


Mobile apps have changed the way we access our favourite games and the lottery is no different. If you're looking for a better way to win a million, Lottoland is certainly worth a look.



Now that Android Nougat is finally here for Nexus devices, we have a few cool but hidden features that for you to try out on the new OS if you have not already.


1. Turning on the System UI Tuner - On the Quick Settings menu, long press the Settings icon until it starts to spin and when it does, System UI Tuner is enabled. The experimental features in this section include Power Notification controls for restricting or allowing app notifications on a finer level. You can remove the entire Quick Settings panel altogether from the drop down menu as well.



2. Multi-Window Compatibility - Go to Settings > About > Software information and then touch the Build Number seven times and do it fast. Developer Options should now be enabled. Go back to the Settings menu and find the Developer Options. Turn on Force activities to be resizable, and you should now able to open any app on your phone in the multi-window mode, even if they were not compatible with it before.



3. Block spam calls - Go to your phone's Dial app and go to Settings > Call Blocking from the menu. Turn on Caller ID & Spam and also enter any number you wish to block manually. You should now be fairly protected from unwanted callers or spammers.



Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Check Point is a security farm that has recently unveiled the alarming fact that over 900 million smartphones around the world are susceptible to hacker attacks due to what is known as the QuadRooter vulnerability. If you are wondering what is QuadRooter, it is actually a short name for four vulnerabilities that are currently plaguing Android handsets that have Qualcomm chipsets inside. Through exploitation of the susceptibilities, hackers can gain root access to these devices, if the user is tricked into installing a malware onto his/her phone that does not require any apparently visible permissions to do the harm.


On reporting this issue to Qualcomm in April, 2016, the company acknowledged the high risk threat and has since developed and provided the necessary software patches to the smartphone manufacturers. The potentially affected devices include the biggest brands and their flagships in the market, like the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, HTC 10, OnePlus 3, LG G5, Lenovo Moto X 2016 and BlackBerry DTEK50. All handsets that have the August security patches from Google installed on them are protected against three of the susceptibilities, but the fourth one is still to be addressed in the upcoming September patch. Check if your device is a part of the 900 million club by downloading and running the QuadRooter Scanner application from the Play Store.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Android Marshmallow just reached 15% recently in terms of the percentage of devices running on the OS and that's good news. Android Lollipop still leads the chart with a whopping 35.5% of all current Android devices (divided in between the two versions) in the market running on it. Even Android 4.4 KitKat is enjoying a huge market share at 29.2%. Android Jelly Bean continues to power 16.6% (all versions from 4.1 to 4.3 included) of the Android devices out there till date, but if you go before that to the likes of Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread, the numbers are quite low at 1.6% and 1.7% respectively. Finally, Android Froyo is the oldest Android version to still be used by some users on their smartphones and the percentage is a negligible 0.1%.


Although Marshmallow is lagging behind, it is definitely gaining in size and it's good to see. However, Android 7 Nougat is almost out and once it is out, it will surely take the crown as the most advanced Android OS with the least number of devices running it, as is the system with Android devices unfortunately. In the API usage situation, the ancient OpenGL 2.0 is at the top of the list with 46% of all Android powered devices running it. OpenGL 3.0 is used by 42.6% of the population, while OpenGL 3.1 is utilized by a disappointing 11.4%. The Vulkan API is the latest and most powerful of the bunch, but it will take some time before enough devices start using it for the API to be even listed.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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