Best Android Apps of 2012

The year 2012 marked exciting developments and trends in the world of technology. Android wasn’t spared from all of these developments. In fact, 2012 was the year that gave us the best android apps ever to hit the market. Let’s take a look at the top six of these best apps and see whether or not you already have them in your mobile phone or tablet.

Here’s a drill down of the best Android Apps of 2012:

1. Google Chrome
It seems that everybody can’t live without Google and why wouldn’t this be the case when Google Chrome has always been the go to search engine for finding anything you wish to search for online. What’s great about Google Chrome is it maintained the same convenient and friendly user interface but developed its features making it faster than ever. Google Chrome therefore has been tagged as one of the best apps on Android for this year and there’s really no saying whether or not it will continue to be the best in the years to come.

2. Instagram
Instagram used to be an exclusive application that can only be downloaded and accessed by Apple users. During the mid-2012, Android announced that it would finally carry the popular application. To this, Android users can’t help but exclaim in delight especially since Instagram has a unique and wonderful way of editing pictures and enhancing their quality. And just like that, Instagram has automatically been regarded as one of the best applications ever released on Android this year. Given that it is downloadable to any Android device for free makes it even more popular among a lot of users.

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3. Flipboard
Want to get the latest information and news on the topics that matter most to you? If yes, then the best application you can download on your Android device is Flipboard. This application is absolutely fantastic because it gives users the ability to preselect the topics they want to appear on their device. For instance, if you want to get updates regarding fashion, travel, technology and dining, click it in your options folder and get access to the most up-to-date information anytime, anywhere.

4. Temple Run
If you’re looking for an exciting application you wouldn’t be able to live without, then Temple Run just might be the answer. This application was introduced on Android this year and in a few minutes garnered thousands and thousands of downloads. According to players of the game, it fulfills the desire of every person to find something absolutely exciting to do online and this is the very reason why the game is considered as one of the best apps for Android users of 2012.

5. Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars
You probably have gone tired of playing the Angry Birds game on your mobile device. But don’t give up on the Angry Birds craze just yet because this year, the creators of the game released two of its newest and perhaps even the most exciting versions of the said application: the Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars. The idea behind the game and its handful of exciting levels is the same but is made to be a little bit more challenging for players to enjoy.

6. Zinio
If you are a magazine lover, chances are you can easily fall in love with the Zinio app. This app is made available on Android absolutely free of charge and makes it possible for you to connect to approximately 5,500 different magazine publications so it wouldn’t be too difficult to find a magazine that absolutely suits your taste and reading preference.

There are still many other applications introduced on Android this year but these six applications are perhaps the most useful and most popular applications you can find this year. Who knows whether or not these applications will still garner the same popularity as it did this year or other applications of the same caliber will be introduced next year. Whatever it is, if you have fallen in love with these apps and space in your device is not an issue, then there’s no need to worry. Keep them saved in your device and use them any time you wish.

Asus PadFone 2 is now Jelly Bean powered

Asus has just released the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for its famous PadFone 2. The device was announced back in October and is available in a very few countries. So it will be good news if you are next to buy it. You can upgrade only over-the-air for now. The update brings all the Project Butter smoothness, Google Now assistant with all Asus customizations are still present, of course.

The quad-core Krait-powered PadFone 2 is a expensive gadget, but is surely one of the best smartphone packages with that PadFone station turning the thing into a full-featured tablet.
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Samsung Galaxy S Duos is now available in Bangladesh for 27000 taka

Samsung Galaxy S Duos is one of the best mid range Android dual SIM phone available. The phone comes with Android 4.0 ICS, upgradable to 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has a reasonable 1 GHz Processor and Adreno 200 GPU for gaming. Samsung has started shipping of this phone with an improved 768 MB RAM which improves the performance of the phone. But there is only 4GB of internal storage space with 32GB memory card slot.

The 4 inches Touch screen is quite responsive, but pixel density of 480 x 800 could have been improved. The 5 MP rear camera is a good performer but VGA secondary camera might disappoint some. The phone has good talk time of 13 Hours, Wi-Fi hotspot and 3G speed of HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps.
Samsung galaxy s duos review with drawbacks
If you wanna taste Android smartphone with two of your SIMs at the same time then Galaxy S Duos S7562 is your smart choice. This phone is already available in Bangladesh with two years of warranty service provided by Samsung. Their asking price is 27000 taka($330). If you want to save some of your money then you can choose the warranty less version, which cost 23000 taka($280).

Huawei is making Samsung Galaxy Note II opponent

Believe it or not, someone is creating a phablet, which will be the first opponent for Samsung galaxy Note II in the market. What is unbelievable in the news is the name of the manufacturer. Its Huawei the name of the source is more interesting. It’s their Senior Vice President Yu Chengdong. He confirmed the manufacturer is indeed working on a galaxy Note II competitor. He also said that their device will be cheaper and better than Note II. Yu Chengdong confirmed such a device is indeed in the works and it will be slimmer and cooler with better grip, display and battery life.

We already heard a rumor about Huawei Ascend Mate with a 6.1-inch 1080p display, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. There is no word on the official announcement or release, but as the rumor has it we can expect the announcement to take place at CES 2013 in January.

It will be very hard to beat Samsung at this point. Because they have the power all around the world to advertise their product like no one else. In terms of sales and service senter number, Huawei is surely a Galaxy behind Samsung! Price must be the biggest selling point of Huawei i guess.
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Samsung Galaxy S III receives Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update

I must say that i am very lucky Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 user. Last month i bougth it with ice Cream Sandwich and updated to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 within days. Now within month Samsung releases Android 4.1.2 jelly Bean for the international version of Samsung Galaxy S III. The over-the-air update brings the new Multi-View multitasking interface, system apps, controls, settings and more. First country to get it is Poland. Other countries should join the roll out very soon.

The update brings lots of new features to the Galaxy S III, which were introduced first with the Galaxy Note II. Here is the complete changelog:
  • Android version 4.1.2
  • Multi-View
  • Page Buddy
  • New Gallery App (Same as in Note II)
  • Notification Panel (Notification Panel can now be customized)
  • Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled
  • Smart Rotation (Screen Display adjusts to your angle of sightings)
  • Paper Artist App
  • Group Cast App
My update is still not online. I will inform you guys as soon as i get it.

Qualcomm preparing 2 new Snapdragon S4 chipsets for China

Qualcomm is now one of the biggest mobile chipset manufacturers in the world. And they just announced 2 new quad-core Snapdragon S4 chipsets, which are optimized for the use in China.

The new Snapdragon S4 chipsets are called MSM8226 and MSM8626. Both of their processosr are manufactured on a 28nm process. The CPU is paired with an Adreno 305 GPU. The chipset supports cameras up to 13MP along with 1080p video recording.

The speciality of these chipset is it has a WRT2605 transceiver, which supports Dual-SIM, Dual Standby and Dual Active modes of operation and works on China-specific TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1xAdv and HSPA+. It also supports GPS, GLONASS and Beidou (Chinese equivalent of GPS). The radio chip is smaller and uses 40% less energy than its predecessor.

The Qualcomm MSM8226 and MSM8626 will sample in Q2 next year and will be available in Qualcomm Reference Design form too.
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Jelly Bean for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III is now live

The wait for Jelly Bean is finally over for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III users. After months and months of waiting and watching smaller carriers like T-Mobile push out their Jelly Beans, SGS III users on AT&T can finally get in on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. This makes AT&T the third major US carrier to release Jelly Bean to its Galaxy S III units, after Sprint at the end of October and T-Mobile last month.

At this stage there is no over-the-air option, you will have to use Kies to get the update. Just install the latest version of Samsung's proprietary software, connect your Galaxy S III and check for updates. A 738MB update should be there waiting for you.

After the update procedure is done, your Galaxy S III will be running on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and the latest TouchWiz UI on top of it. Here’s some of the things you can look forward to in Samsung’s TouchWiz’d Jelly Bean:

Phone-wide
  • Pop Up Play can be resized and paused
  • Introduction of Easy Mode: large Easy widgets (for first-time smartphone users)
  • Introduction of Blocking Mode: disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms, and LED indicators for a designated period of time
  • Introduction of Swype Keyboard (bundled)
  • AllShare Cast Wireless Hub support
  • NFC One Touch Pairing Support: pair a supported Bluetooth device via NFC
Camera
  • New camera/camcorder filters: warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights(blue, green, red/yellow), and many more.
  • Pause and resume recording
  • Low light mode (uses HDR)
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