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Jellybean Got Updated plus Google Play Apps

I was playing the new Google Play apps when I received an update notification from my phone, and I’m pretty excited to let you guys know something about the Android Jellybean v4.1.2 and how it will improve your smartphone experience particularly with your Samsung Galaxy S III.

What has been added? Well, to find out I tried to look as many things as I could. I went to different parts of my smartphone‘s menu to discover what does this Jellybean v4.1.2 bring . Let’s see…

First thing I noticed though is that the new version added more option in the notification board. It can be now customized, re-organized and allows you to choose only the features you want to see. You can find it’s option under Settings>Display>Notification Panel.

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They also added a new feature which is called the multi-window bar. You will see it in the left portion of the screen and ut displays apps shortcut, which makes navigation easier, home button friendly and more easy to customize. I find it more useful than the EasyTouch App. But the cool thing it can do is that it can open 2 windows at the same time. All you have to do is that drag the chosen app to the screen and whoala! In the picture, I opened both my FB and Twitter account at the same time. Cool, isn’t it? Well, that’s why they call it the multi-window bar — it is design for multi-tasking for a very smart phone like the Samsung Galaxy S III.

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Another cool feature added is the smart rotation. It requires face recognition and the auto-rotation ‘ON’ in order for it to work, because it determines the orientation of your face and movement. It’s great for those who loves to read or watch videos while you’re lying down.

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Furthermore, it added cool stuff for your phone’s gallery. First, the view where you can choose from Spiral, folder view and Starwars look-like photo selection (I don’t know what to call it).

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And second the photo tagging. It’s not the usual Facebook photo tagging. This new feature allows your phone to recognize the people in your contacts. It also reminds you the weather condition when a certain photo was taken — just sync it with accuweather — the dates and your current location.

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Another thing I found out is the “Page Buddy” which allows your phone to create addition slide or page in your home screen once you connected it to a headphone or dock.

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And finally, Jellybean 4.1.2 added application like “Paper Artist” which is good for your instagram habit and Group Cast that allows you to view photos/file or listen to music together via wifi connection.

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Despite of these newly added features, it doesn’t not affect the fluidity of the Samsung Galaxy S III navigation. It’s very nice! It gives the multi-tasking feature a shot, and I really like it. It’s almost like having Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at the same time, only with the absence of the S pen and the larger display.

By the way, all these upgrades available now in the Philippines.



Battery Problems on Smartphones


If you’re a smartphone user and hardcore fan of mobile application and internet, then you probably always have your portable phone chargers everywhere you go, ready to plug-in when needed because you’re phone battery drains so fast, it couldn’t even last a day.

I’m having the same problem. My day never ends without plugging my phone’s charger either on my computer or the nearest electric outlet. Sometimes, I wanted to buy a solar-powered charger just to make my charging on the go but it doesn’t just make sense.

I tried to find ways, of course. And to stretch the battery life, for example in my Samsung Galaxy S3, I usually do these routines that I learned from my daily activities:


Google Play 2013 Apps (Part 1)

I welcomed the 2013 New Year with flu (Yey!) but that won’t stop me from checking the coolest app that you must have this new year.

To be honest, I’m already attached to my Samsung Galaxy S3, and even now that the iPhone5 and iPad mini were already launched in the market, I haven’t gotten a second thought of replacing my mobile phone and my Galaxy tab 8.9.

Last month, I barely downloaded apps for my gadgets, but I chose the ones that made me feel the thrill, cuteness and knowledge. But even the year ends, I still believe that these Apps  should welcome the new year with you!

1. Dead Trigger

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If you’re a fan of the latest zombie movies and series, you must be enjoying Dead Trigger already. If not, you got to download this! And although Samsung Galaxy S3 has higher definition when it comes to graphics and screen color, the best experience is still in my Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 when I play this game. You know, the larger the screen, the better the view, and the more you see the zombie fast approaching.

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Everything in the game is cool, bloody and heart-stopping, except the control is kind of difficult because you’re hands has to be good in navigating touch screen buttons without looking. (You will get used to it if you often play the game, though.) And for those who get easily dizzy with first-person game, you can always adjust the movement sensitivity in the options, just like what everyone is doing in the counter strike. It affects somehow your in-game speed in turning and moving around, but it adds thrill.

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Moreover, the fun part here is you can use weapon other than guns to kill zombies, like chainsaw, crossbow, brain grinder and more. Some are available when you buy credits via site or when you save in-game cash.

Just a reminder: when you start this game, get ready to be addicted.

2. GunStrike.

If you don’t want zombie games but want a cool and cute shooting game that will enhance your anti-terrorist skill, well, this one is for you!

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Cute — yes — because you’ll be shooting these bubble head, little terrorists. The game is either you do survival mode or campaign mode or the mini games. And same as the Dead Trigger, more thrill awaits in-game. You can upgrade your weapon and buy health and special items by purchasing using in-game cash. Well, you can also shoot birds and other special characters, other than the terrorists, to gain special items — just keep your eyes open for them.

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Controls are also the same, but I don’t why I am able to shoot better here in than in shooting the zombies in Dead Trigger. Perhaps, here, you don’t have to move around. All you have to do is to aim and aim — which is sensitivity-friendly — without the after-game dizzy feeling.

3. POU!

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Adorable, cute and lovable unknown creature. I feel like they revived the NeoPets or Tamagochi with Pou. He or she is totally costumizable every time he reaches a certain level. You can feed him, play the mini games, make him sleep, cure him when he’s sick and give him a bath. Best app that you can check from time to time.

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What I like about this app is that it has a global ranking. That means you will be able to see what other Pou fans are up to on their own pets. You can view who leads the mini games and tops the rank of the best looking Pou, and your friend’s Pou (if you know their Pou’s name). It is really fun and it doesn’t waste too much of your phone/tabs battery.

4. (Andwhatdoyahknow!!!) There’s Hangaroo 2!

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If you miss this Kangaroo and looking for more sensible game that will challenge you in general knowledge, sports, popular quotes, history, etc; well, he’s back with same interface with lots of new categories, fun and learning! Never did this game disappoint me when I’m so bored in the house.

Same as ever game mechanics, you just have to guess the word(s) to free the Kangaroo. 4 mistakes and he’ll see him hanged, but don’t worry no real animal is harmed in this game…So, please enjoy!

5. Lastly, Easy Touch

Here’s another reason why iPhone has to sue Android. Just kidding. Well, this application, of course, is iPhone-inspired but design perfectly for Android phones.

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This app will enable you to navigate the home and other phone features without pressing the home button. As you know, the numero uno problem of most smartphones are the damaged home screen button. This app will help you reduce your phone’s chances of experiencing same trouble.

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Some people said it was hard to uninstall to Android phones but no need to worry, I believe the app has already been updated and you’ll see the app instruction how to navigate, uninstall and even change the button design.

I find it helpful because I’m worried of getting damaged home and lock keys; but it works perfectly fine with my Samsung Galaxy S3 because it covers all the functions I need instead of pressing the home key.


More Apps to be reviewed this January, so keep on reading! Happy New Year!