Why do Android updates take so long to roll out?

Android 9 Pie is barely taking its first steps on the market, but this has not prevented users, especially those who own the most modern or powerful smartphones, from anxiously waiting for their device to receive the latest version of Google’s OS. This is why Sony wanted to address the topic by using a simple infographic explaining the process of adapting its interface to a new OS. This way we can see why we must wait some time in order to enjoy the latest Android updates.

If we do not own a Google Pixel or an Essential Phone, we just have to wait for our phone’s manufacturer to release a stable update, which takes time even for those brands and models who use a barely modified Android version. Continue reading “Why do Android updates take so long to roll out?”

Google is preparing some changes for the Pixel Launcher’s search bar

It is evident that any change made on the Pixel Launcher affects us all in some way. This launcher is featured on Google Pixel and Android One phones. Now we have found out about an interesting new feature related to the search bar.

Android P’s Pixel Launcher can be installed anytime on our phone thanks to tutorials like the following, which we can use to enjoy the Pixel experience on our phone. Continue reading “Google is preparing some changes for the Pixel Launcher’s search bar”

The change that would make the 2018 iPhones’ wireless charging faster

A copper coil would be the internal change that would allow Apple to make the 2018 iPhones’ wireless charging faster. The news come from China, where confidential information unveils the measures taken by Apple to make its new models’ wireless charging system more effective.

The iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus feature wireless charging. However, this new feature, which Apple users were long waiting for, did not perform as expected. Charging times were too high in comparison to the competition. Due to the way it was built, the induction charging system did not support charging over 7.5 W. Apple could introduce a small internal change in at least one of the new models to make the 2018 iPhones’ wireless charging faster. Continue reading “The change that would make the 2018 iPhones’ wireless charging faster”

When Android’s future depends on Apple’s decision of launching a low-cost iPhone

This is something that is objective and can be proven: iPhones draw more interest than high-end Android phones, especially now that there are tons of iPhone X clones, making Android flagships look dull in comparison to Apple’s creation.

Some rumors claim the Apple’s goal is to launch a “low-cost high-end range,” which is something that may impact the sales of Android flagships and flip the current market. Today we will analyze a possible scenario where Apple launches a relatively affordable iPhone and the consequences this may have on the Android market.

A look back: sales of low-cost iPhones

This is not the first time Apple has launched a low-cost iPhone. In September 2013, Apple launched the iPhone 5C, one of the worst phones in the company’s history. This phone featured the same processor as the iPhone 5, an Apple A6 at 1.3 GHz (whereas the iPhone 5S featured a 64-bit A7 processor, which was a turning point for the company), a plastic finish and 8 GB of internal storage. The price of the phone was $599, which was quite high and almost the same as its big sibling, $699.

Tim Cook himself recognizes the iPhone 5C was a mistake, as sales were not as good as expected. The units sold represented 1/3 of the amount of iPhone 5S sold (10 million vs. 30 million). However, Apple did not give up and released a phone at a lower price than usual, using a well-known method.

Although Apple failed to launch a low-cost alternative with the iPhone 5C, the company learned from its mistakes and three years later it launched the iPhone 5S Special Edition rocking the iPhone 6S’ hardware. Continue reading “When Android’s future depends on Apple’s decision of launching a low-cost iPhone”

WiFi Password Revealer, a tool to recover Wi-Fi passwords stored in our PC

When we connect our PC or phone to a Wi-Fi network, we just have to type in the password once, as the OS usually stores the password so the device automatically connects to the network without having to type the password over and over again. This is really convenient for users. However, it also helps us forget passwords because we do not need to remember them. Given that operating systems store passwords, it is really easy to recover them using tools like WiFi Password Revealer if you happen to forget them.

WiFi Password Revealer is a completely free app for Windows that will allow us to recover the information of the networks we have been connected to. The information is displayed on the PC so we can write down the networks’ passwords easily. Besides the passwords, this tool allows us to recover other sort of information like the network SSID, the HEX code, the encryption mode used and the connection type. Continue reading “WiFi Password Revealer, a tool to recover Wi-Fi passwords stored in our PC”

Take a look at these free websites to encrypt every type of file

Every time our files are leaving our PC for whatever reason, for example when we share them with others on the internet or on the cloud, it is recommended to encrypt them, especially if those are personal files. By doing so, no one will be able to see the files’ content unless they have the respective password in case those files get stolen.

There currently are a lot of apps that allow us to easily encrypt our files before uploading them to the cloud or sharing them on the internet. Those users who do not want to depend on an encryption software, there are also a lot of very useful and simple webpages that allow us to encrypt any file using only our browser. Continue reading “Take a look at these free websites to encrypt every type of file”

How to know the size of sent and received messages and files on WhatsApp in order to manage space

WhatsApp certainly is the most widely used messaging app. It is featured on most smartphones in Spain. As we know, besides sending and receiving messages, we can also share documents and files that may take up a lot of storage space. Today we will discuss how to know the size of sent messages and files to manage space better.

Knowing the size of WhatsApp messages and files

If we ignore how much data we have sent or received, we will not be aware of the space WhatsApp takes up. As time passes by and once we are part of several groups, we can end up with less available space. It is good to know exactly how much space sent messages and files take up, especially the latter because multimedia content can use a lot of space.

Luckily for us, WhatsApp lets us know the exact size of the messages we have sent and received, but what interests us the most is the size of the files. Continue reading “How to know the size of sent and received messages and files on WhatsApp in order to manage space”

The GDPR takes effect: websites now have fewer third-party cookies

In order to keep fighting for the users’ privacy on the internet, the GDPR was introduced in May. This is the EU’s new data protection law that all European companies gathering or using their users’ data must comply with. Every foreign website that wants to offer its services within the EU must also comply with the law. It has been almost three months since this new law was enacted. As we can see, the effects of this new law are noticeable and for a good reason.

A group of researchers started comparing 200 sites from different EU countries before the GDPR law was enacted until today to see how the law has affected said sites. According to the reports, the number of third-party cookies on this sites has gone down by 22%. This is a very interesting number (a little over one in every five cookies), although it has not affected every country equally. Continue reading “The GDPR takes effect: websites now have fewer third-party cookies”