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The Cyanogen OS version 13.1 update is now out for relevant devices and it brings a unique feature along with it, called "Mods." This is not exactly a single feature, but an integration of multiple features from different external apps, built right into the Cyanogen OS itself. In order to understand what we are talking about here, consider the following example. Since it is a part of the Operating System's in-built Phone application, your Skype contacts can now be found in your smartphone's contacts by default, just like all the other contacts. You can place a Skype voice/video call directly from there.

Other popular third-party applications integrated in the OS are; Twitter in the lock screen, OneNote in the E-mail app and Hyperlapse in the camera. You can also instruct Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant, to take a selfie by simply saying, "take a selfie!" If you found these features to be interesting then there's much more waiting for you once you actually start using the new OS. As of now, it is only available for the OnePlus One, but YU and Zuk devices are also sure to start receiving the upgrade any day now.

***Cyanogen OS is different from CyanogenMod OS and this news is in relation to the former, as stated throughout the article.

Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

If you have a phone with insufficient internal memory, Uninstall Manager will help you out. Those of us out there who are still using a smartphone with 8GB or even 4GB internal storage, the struggle for space is a real and constant problem. With games like N.O.V.A. 3 taking up about 2.4GB of space in your phone alone, even 16GB variants may not be enough for power users. This is where Google's new Uninstall Manager comes in. It is a new additional feature that's embedded within the Google Play Store itself. It tries to help you find more space by simply suggesting applications which you can uninstall in order to make room for the new one that you are trying to install.

Android Police further reports that the user will see a popup menu within the Play Store which will show all the uninstall suggestions, along with the size of the installed files and the amount of space you are currently lacking for the new application to be installed on your phone. The suggestions are of course, based on the usage statistics data of the consumer and therefore they will consist of apps that you rarely or never use. In order to get the Uninstall Manager on your system, you don't need to download anything, just update the Play Store to its latest version and you are all set.

Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)

Let's face it, when you're playing mobile games going from A to B, you don't want anything too serious. Casual games might once have been seen as lesser than triple A titles but they have their own place on your Android device. With millions of games on the Play Store, here are the ones that we love to pick up and play in seconds.

Zynga Poker

Have a passion for casino games and want to play them for free? This social casino app will integrate seamlessly into your Facebook profile, which you can use to tempt your friends to play too. This will give you free in app currency to play with, though you won't win real cash from it. It's one of the biggest social casino communities too, as you can sit at the table and chat with your fellow players. Zynga have all sorts of apps that will give you hours of entertainment and most of them are free too.

If you'd prefer to play real mobile poker games for cash then check out the impartial reviews on They'll steer you in the right direction of where to play and what bonuses you can expect for doing so. This is an easy way to find your new favourite real cash poker app, while playing online safely too.

Alto's Adventure

If you loved Temple Run then download this game from the Play Store right now, as it has the same UI with even more features. Instead of escaping evil creatures from the temple, you'll be snowboarding down the mountain, attempting to beat an avalanche to the bottom.

Playing beautifully on just about every Android device and offering a new twist on reflex testing action, Alto's Adventure is the perfect pick up and play game. The art style of the game is yet another plus point, as it has a Mayan vibe - think The Emperor's New Groove. Connect with friends to compare high scores and beat each other to the bottom of the mountain before you know it.

Geometry Dash Meltdown

This rhythm based game will have you tapping your fingers and feet in unison when you play it. It looks kind of like Super Mario for the NES but the interface is totally different. Expect bright colours and jazzy tunes to keep you scrolling through each level in style. The geometric shapes and level based gameplay makes this game a one of a kind creation, which looks best on HD screens.

The aim of the game is to get from one side of the level to the other, without getting trapped in any of the pitfalls on the way. It's one of those games that can be played in an instant but can take a lifetime to master properly and complete. On the lower levels the soundtrack is slow and almost melodic but as the levels heat up, so do the effects. Eventually, it becomes a fast paced game that might just have you throwing your phone out the window in frustration.

Mo Cheng

Editor in Chief

Thanks to GeekCeption, we can now look at most of the beautiful animations embedded in Android N, before its official release. In fact, he films them all in slow motion, which makes them even cooler to look at. Everything you see is of course, based on the latest developer preview that Google released a while ago.

There are people who will try to convince you that these effects are unnecessary, but they are wrong. A user interface is all about the user experience and how the different animations look while performing various tasks on the phone is an integral part of that experience. There's a reason as to why the OEM companies put so much effort and money into the special effects and animations; it is because of the fact that without them, smartphones would just be boring pieces of technology that people use.

Apart from the tech bit, one simply cannot ignore the happiness and excitement that can be seen on the host's face throughout the video! You might start to smile a bit yourself as the infectious cheerfulness begins to catch on by the end of the video. Take a look now to see what we are talking about.

Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)

Android's new software is set to make life easier for the average user. Google's release of the Android N Developer Preview 2 has brought several changes for Android, with it being dubbed as the best release yet. As you can guess, the update is all about convenience and efficiency. The software will allow you to play your favorite games like Temple run and online casino on sites such as at a much faster and smoother pace.

There have also been several UI modifications. The folder design has undergone a revamp, offering a clear indication of what apps are in the folder, compared to the staggered pile in the previous folder design.

Android emoji's have long received criticism, with many users seemingly preferring those on iOS, but thankfully, the new software has given the human emoji's a makeover, and they now look a lot more attractive.

There have been several enhancements to the notification system also. Android N allows users to receive incoming message notifications quickly and efficiently, without having to leave the notification shade. A feature named bundled notifications. The grouped notifications can be expanded into individual notifications with a two-fingered gesture or by simply tapping the new expansion button. The new-found system will undoubtedly tidy things up, as well as speeding things up, allowing you faster replies.

Additional shortcut options are now also available. They can be provided from apps on the launcher, and allow access to various useful features. This includes being able to quickly compose a message when selecting the Messenger app.

Similar to the shortcut innovative, there is also a multi-window support function. It's a being that has long being part of the likes of Apple, Samsung and Acer, but now, Android are finally on board. Better late than never, Android's feature has been described as elegant.

Now, when you wish to open up two apps side-by-side, you can hold the square button to activate multi-window mode, with the initial app you want to have open. Depending on the orientation of your device, the screen will then split in half, either vertically or horizontally. The other half of the display will show a rotating carousel of recent apps you're already familiar with. You are then able to select the secondary app you wish to use, which will fill the remaining half of the screen.

With the final release due out around July, we can expect even more improvements to come. The future looks bright for Android.


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