When it comes to technology, all devices slow down over time. As things like RAM and storage get used, the OS has a harder time trudging through all the data compared to when the device was brand spankin' new out of the box. While Android does a great job of making the most of the hardware it's given, sometimes a little help is needed to give it that extra push. That could mean something simple like cleaning out cached files to open up more storage, deleting old text and picture messages, or just getting rid of applications that haven't been used recently.


If you're a developer who uses Testdroid for app compatibility testing, then some newly-announced price changes and other features will probably be of interest to you. First, and probably most importantly, Testdroid Recorder is now completely free – a price drop of $200. If you've already subscribed to Testdroid Recorder, don't sweat it, the company is offering a nice perk for you: 12 months of support. Would-be Recorded customers can also get support access for $200 a year.


Everyone who has ever used a computer or mobile device has been in this situation: you need to quickly share an image, song, video, document, or some other file with a friend or colleague. Or perhaps a group of people. Or maybe you need to share a group of files with a group of people. Either way you go, there are multiple options for sharing files – some of them better than others.


We've all been in this situation before: it's the weekend, you're ready to hit the town with your peoples, and...no one knows where to go. So you sit around for like an hour or more trying to figure it out, only to end up at the same crappy place you've been to 100 times before and finish the night up with some IHOP. C'mon guys, you know there's more to life than just dive bars and IHOP.


Google Maps/Navigation is fantastic. It's easy to use, stays (mostly) up-to-date, and is built into Android's core. However, it has one major flaw: offline navigation simply doesn't exist within Google Maps. If you're heading into uncharted territory where cell service may be sketchy or non-existent, you're basically on your own. And getting lost is not a fun experience.

The solution? A third-party GPS application with offline support, like Sygic's Maps & GPS Navigation.

Last Updated: April 15th, 2014

One of the best things about many mobile games is the time-killing factor. The option to fire up a game, play through a level or two, and get back to "real life" in an instant is what made games like Angry Birds so popular in the first place. They're perfect for the wait at the doctor's office, waiting on a date to show up for dinner, or any scenario of the sort.


We've talked about Testdroid a few times here at AP. There's a good reason for that: it simplifies developers' lives and essentially automates the testing process by running their application or game on over 280 real Android devices (so it's not a virtualized environment). While the service itself aims to make devs' lives easier, Testdroid realized that the pay-as-you-go payment option simply wasn't working for most users. Why? Because problems happen.



One of the best things about being an Android user is the plethora of customizations that users have at their disposal. Everything from simple changes (like wallpaper), to the extremely advanced, root-requiring mods – there's something for everyone. One of the best ways to add some flare to the Android experience without a lot of work, however, is by changing the launcher. Many launchers feature advanced functionality over that of Google's stock offering, including themes, transition animations, quick access to oft-used tools, and so much more.

Last Updated: December 1st, 2013

One of the biggest issues with many Android devices is the subpar camera – only recently have manufacturers really started to step up their game and put better hardware in top-end devices. What many users may not realize, however, is that simply trying different software can drastically change the entire camera experience. Sure, the device is still limited by the hardware, but changing the software can definitely help get the most out of any shooter.


Back in July, we took a look at Testdroid, a service that allows developers to test their application or game on over 250 different actual devices. This isn't an emulation service – every single test is performed on real Android-powered devices, which in turn exposes real problems. Some of the biggest names in the book are using Testdroid these days – Facebook, Swiftkey, Rovio, Pinterest, Paypal, and many others – so it's only natural that the company step up its game to keep customers happy.

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