This is probably the world’s cheapest laptop

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Whenever we hear the tag “cheapest” attached to a gadget, we sure know it would be coming from China. In this case, Chinese manufacturer Allwinner is preparing to launch the world’s cheapest laptop. This one would be priced at $79 Crazy right? Let’s go over a few specs this laptop comes with:

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  • 11.6″ 1366 x 768 display.
  • Allwinner A64 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
  • ARM Mali400MP2 GPU.
  • 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of flash storage. (higher options available)
  • Remix OS 2.0

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Mind you, the cheap price tag would only be possible if the demand for the laptop is high enough – if it is ordered in large quantities. There’s a bigger 14.1-inch version of same laptop that could start at $99. The price could also slightly increased if users need say, a 2GB RAM version or with bigger internal memory (8GB, 16GB or 32GB)

The advent of Remis OS has influenced the emergence of cheap PC’s like the Remix Mini, and here’s Allwinner trying to achieve a similar feat with their cheap laptop. Below is a video review of this laptop.

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A phone without the earphone jack : Is it worth the gamble?

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From the early days of smartphones, we saw phone manufacturers having different accessories for their devices. It got so bad, each phone had it’s own unique earphone jack – same was the case for charging ports and chargers. Nokia then, had up to 3 different kinds of chargers. Samsung had something different too, and the likes of Motorola, Sendo and Sagem etc. also chipped in with theirs.

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The confusion was so bad until in recent years. Everyone started using the same USB v2.0 charger (except Apple), and the same 3.5 mm earphone jack. This was relief, till we started hearing another set of rumors. Late last year, we started hearing the next iPhone will have no earphone jack.

The next proposed alternative would be pair of ear buds carrying the lightening port or another option that would connect wirelessly. We’re still trying to digest this rumor when Chinese OEM, LeEco announced three Android smartphones ( the Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2) without the earphone jack. Surprising right?
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In place of this, the company also announced USB Type-C digital headphones (see above) to go along with it. We have heard that the omission of the 3.5 mm earphone port allows more space for other components. It helps in achieving flatter designs and waterproofing.

Conversely, I’m concerned with the audio quality these accessories will offer. There could also be issues of availability. Imagine having your unit damaged and there’s no replacement option nearby. Are we ready to embrace phones without the 3.5 mm earphone jack? Do you think this omission is worth the gamble? Your thoughts are welcomed.

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Take a look at the world’s smallest Android Phone

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The promise of variety offered by Android never runs dry. There are many different kinds to suit just about anyone. With the current love for smaller screens, it won’t surprise you to hear about the smallest Android phone ever made. I present to you the Posh Mobile Micro X S240 here are the specs of this phone:
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  • 2.4″ LCD Capacitive Touch-panel
  • 2MP Rear Camera, 0.3 MP Front Camera
  • Dual-Core 1.0 GHz Mediatek MT 6572M Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 4GB Internal Memory with Micro SD Support – up to 32 GB
  • Enhanced 4G HSDPA Network Support
  • 650 mAh Battery
  • Micro SIM
  • 1 Year USA Warranty

All these comes in a package of $52.55 and FREE Shipping. You can read more about it HERE.

Below is a video of this small phone in action.

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Google has launched an app to enable hands free navigation

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Next time you open your Android device, Go to Settings > Accessibility. In there, you would see options such as Magnification, Captions, Large text, Text-to-speech etc. and more. These settings were made for people with different forms of disability, to have access to technology. Google has improved the features with a new app called Google Voice Access.

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Google Voice Access is an app that allows people (who have difficulty manipulating a touch screen due to paralysis, tremor, temporary injury or other reasons) to control their Android devices by voice. Using the app is easy, simply set the hearing of “Ok Google” to everywhere. This will place numbers next to each button on your phone screen (See screenshots above).

Calling on any of the numbers opens the respective app. With this, one can virtually do anything possible on their phone hands free. The app is currently in beta, we tried to download it HERE, but this was the message we got:

Thanks for your interest in becoming a tester for the Voice Access app. At this time, the testing programme has enough testers and isn’t accepting more users.
App developers can choose how many testers can participate in their testing programme. Once the programme is full, the testing version isn’t available to more users.

Hopefully, the app would be out of beta for everyone to use.

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BlackBerry will release two Android phones this year – Report

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We already know that BlackBerry’s agenda for 2016 is to go Android all the way. The interim CEO, John Chen has stated this fact time and time again. So we were expecting to hear rumors or leaks of the next BlackBerry Android phone to come this year.

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According to BlackBerry Czech, there would be two phones, one full touch screen (Hamburg) and another one with physical qwerty buttons (Rome).

The BlackBerry “Hamburg” sits in the mid-range tier and packs an important surprise: the handset will lack the iconic BlackBerry keyboard, using only a touchscreen for input. The Hamburg should arrive no later than the autumn of 2016.

The BlackBerry “Rome” is a bit different, as BBCzech notes that the device will position itself in the premium category. Rumors point out that it will follow in the steps of the BlackBerry Priv, which means that it will sport both a physical keyboard and a touchscreen.

During an interview in India, BlackBerry CEO also confirmed that sub $400 BlackBerry (Android) phones would be released this year. He also noted that the BlackBerry Priv was too expensive especially for enterprises. This was one of the reasons why it didn’t meet sales projections.

He also added that BlackBerry has picked out 10 countries including India, where their products would be marketed. You can read the full interview HERE.

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Reddit finally launches official apps on iOS and Android

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Before I proceed, in case you didn’t know before now, the best way to explain what Reddit really is – It is a larger, and more international version of Nairaland.

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Reddit has finally released official app for their website. Before now, they never had any app for users to access their forums and people mostly relied on third party clients. The app has been in beta mode since January, but yesterday it was officially made available for downloads.

The Android version of the app was built from scratch, while the iOS version was built based on an app they acquired last year – Alien Blue. Download Reddit for Android on Google Play Store HERE or from Apple App Store HERE.

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State of Android reports for April 2016

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According to the State of Android reports published last month, Android Lollipop rose to become the most used software version among users. Then, Marshmallow stood at just 2.3 %. New reports for April are in, and surprisingly, Marshmallow users have doubled to 4.6%.

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Android Lollipop still remains king with 35.8%, while KitKat sits on 33.4% of devices. The increased adoption of Marshmallow could be blamed on the recent updates from manufacturers and new devices that carry the new operating system.

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Soon enough, Android N would find its way in this charts. Have you upgraded to Marshmallow?

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Android users also get BBM free Privacy and Control too

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It was just yesterday that we brought you news that BBM for BlackBerry 10 users were now to enjoy free subscription to the Privacy & Control feature. This morning, an update to BBM for Android is rolling out and guess – Privacy and Control subscription is now free for Android users too.

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BlackBerry is sure being generous. This better not be an April Fool’s Day prank on us!

PS: After updating his BBM app this morning, Mr Mo reports that trying to subscribe for Privacy and Control still brings up a billing notification. Cost: N151.08

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Gionee just launched a dual-screen flip phone : Check it out

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Who still uses flip phones these days? Maybe there is still demand for it, if not why would anyone bother to still keep making them. Gionee has just unveiled a dual screen flip Android phone – the Gionee W909. Priced at approximately $620, see the specs this phone packs:

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  • Two 4.2-inch 720p LCD displays
  • Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 chip ,Cortex-A53 CPU and Mali-T860 MP2 GPU.
  • 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, with microSD card slot.
  • 5 MP/16 MP camera combination.
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop (Amigo UI)
  • USB Type-C port
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 2,530 mAh battery.

This phone would be available first in China, before a possible release in other regions.

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See the easiest way to clone apps on your Android phone

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We all know on Android, it is nearly impossible to install an app twice and have them run side by side. I’ve seen people trying out various hacked apps, all in a bid to use 2 WhatsApp accounts on one phone. Are you one of those that would love to sign in with different accounts from one app on your phone? I have just what you need 😉

PPPspace1There’s an app for everything on Android, and Parallel Space is one unique app that solves that problem. What does it really do? This app allows you to clone apps installed on your phone. From there you can run two accounts side by side on a single Android device.

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Parallel Space supports almost all the apps on Google Play Store, and the apk size is about 2 MB. For the anxious ones, the developer assures us that memory/battery usage and network traffic consumed by Parallel Space is actually consumed by the apps running inside it. Download Parallel Space from Google Play Store HERE.

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This USB cable will work for both Android and iOS devices

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People that own multiple devices sometimes have a problem of carrying multiple USB cables. You might leave home carrying the cable for your Samsung, and forget the one for your iPhone. Yea ! we know how frustrating it gets. An Australian based startup has come up with a solution called LMcable, that does justice to this problem. LM-cable

The LMcable is a combination of Apple’s lightning cable, and Android’s micro USB v2.0 cable. What this means in essence is that, this cable can charge both your iPhone/iPod/iPad and your Android. The top side charges your iDevice, while you turn it upside down to charge your Android phone.

 

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The cable also supports fast data transfer and 2.4 A fast charging. That’s not all, it was also made to be tangle free. You can find out more about the LMcable on their KickStarter page.

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