Android M: What You Need to Know

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If you’ve always been an Android user, you’re probably excited as much as the next Android user for the upcoming Android M release. Just recently, Google has confirmed that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android M will hit the market soon. Either late this year or early 2016 at least if you have a non-Nexus phone.

If you’re a Nexus user, however, you can already download the developer preview version. The final version is expected to be available as soon as the Nexus 5 or Nexus 6 are available by early November. For non-Nexus users, you can upgrade to the newest Android update probably early next year. The exact date will also still depend on the type of phone you own. If yours is a high-end handset from popular brands, then you might get it earlier than that.

With the expected date out of the way, let’s get down to business and discuss the new features you can expect. With Apple all set for it’s latest and major iOS update, Android is not to be left behind. Android M will be featuring major updates as well with a great focus on bug fixes.

One of the exciting updates to look forward to is the operating system’s Doze feature, which is said to improve your phone’s efficient use of power. Doze has a motion detection feature that will put your device to a deeper and power-saving sleep when not in use. This means that you can expect battery life to be up to two times longer with Doze. The new Android M will also now have a standardized support for fingerprint sensors. This offers greater security for your phone. Other than unlocking your phone with fingerprints, this new update will also let you use the Android Pay system in a very secure way.

More of a good news for developers, Android M will have a major change when it comes to app permissions. The final user interface will show case new enhancements for permissions’ behavior. This means developers can now create apps with a smoother experience for users in mind.

Other new features you can expect include the visual voicemail, rotating home screen and more fixes for the app drawer. The visual voicemail is said to be accessible from the dialer where you get a visual experience for your voicemails rather than just audio. Though some may say that it took Android a while, the latest update will finally now feature a rotating home screen.

Many of the new updates for the Android M may not be as noticeable for the common user but the bug fixes are sure going to improve overall user experience. If you have a high-end handset then all the more that you should be excited for the Android M. For now, you can experience the preview if you have a suitable Nexus phone.

iOS vs. Android: Which is Better?

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The debate whether iOS is better than Android and vice versa continues to rage especially now that Apple is gearing up to launch its upcoming and major OS upgrade in iOS 9. Conversely, Android is also offering a major upgrade with its latest Android M release. But rather than get into the details of these latest offerings from two of the major operating systems in the market, we’ll try to look at Android and iOS as a whole. We’ll also try to answer which of the two is the better OS.

Getting to Know iOS

iOS, as you probably already know by now, is Apple’s operating system and is considered as more user-friendly in terms of its design elements. It was developed by Apple and was initially released on July 29, 2007. To date, the OS has been used in Apple’s range of tablets, iPhones, iPod Touch and Apple TV. Major upgrades and enhancements have been created as well. This year, Apple is ready to launch the next iOS along with its latest flagship phone for 2015, the iPhone 6S.

As mentioned, the best thing about iOS is the fact that the design elements are uniform and performance is often pretty seamless. Media transfer when using a desktop is also easy. For messaging, you’ll have iMessage and for video chat, you have FaceTime. Another edge for iOS is Siri. On the downside, iOS has a closed source model with open source components. This means apps in the Apple Store are not as diverse as what you’ll find in Google Play. Customizing the operating system isn’t going to be easy either unless the phone is jailbroken.

Getting to Know Android

More common and widely used than iOS is Android. It is Linux-based and is available on a wide array of mobile devices including tablets and phones from big brands such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola, Nexus and many more. The operating system was developed by Google and was initially released on September 23, 2008.

Unlike iOS, Android is widely used because of its open source model and easy customizability. If you’re the type who wants a customized experience when handling your tablet or smartphone, Android lets you customize pretty much anything. In terms of messaging and video chat, Android has Google Hangouts for you to use.

Android, unfortunately, is not without its downsides. Depending on the type of tablet or phone you own, media transfer is not always seamless and efficient. Performance can be subpar as well especially if your gadget is on the low-end side of the spectrum. These downsides, however, are offset by the fact that Android offers a wide array of apps to choose from. In fact, Google Play store carriers over 1,000,000+ apps and counting.

Which is Better?

If we’re going to choose which is the better option between Android and iOS, it will boil down with your personal preference. If you’re after a uniform and seamless experience, Apple’s iOS guarantees just that. If you’ve always been an iPhone user, the answer to the question is a no-brainer. With major improvements on the way for the upcoming iOS9, you can only expect the best from Apple’s iOS.

Conversely, if you want greater flexibility and freedom when customizing your experience, look no further than Android. Just make sure that you’re also getting an excellent smartphone that promise fast performance for an even more satisfying experience with Android.

iPhone 6S vs. Samsung Galaxy S6: Battle of the Flagship Phones

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Apple has finally announced the new iPhone 6S. After months of speculation and rumors, it is clear to see that Apple worked extra hard with its latest flagship phone. In terms of offering the public with a powerful combination of hardware and software, Apple is on the right track. As the buzz around the iPhone 6S continues to rage, there’s also no denying the fact that Samsung is giving Apple a run for its money.

As Apple’s closest and tightest rival, Samsung also has the Samsung Galaxy S6 as its flagship offering. How does one compare with the other? That’s what we’ll try to find out below.


Let’s start things off with the price. Like the next person, you’d probably want to know how much these phones costs. The iPhone 6S will be on sale September 25th in the UK with price tags from £539 to £699 depending on the storage. Samsung Galaxy S6 on one hand is cheaper at £499 from its original price of £559.


In terms of size, it looks like Apple’s latest offering is thicker than its predecessor, iPhone 6, and its biggest rival, Samsung Galaxy S6. The extra 0.2mm thickness at 7.1mm than the S6’s 6.8mm is believed to be attributable to the phone’s aluminum material. Apple used the 7000 series aluminum, which is said to be tougher so no more bendable issues like what happened to last year’s iPhone 6.


While the iPhone 6S may be thicker, the Samsung Galaxy S6 offers a bigger screen at 5.1 inches while the iPhone 6S settled with a comfortable 4.7-inch screen. It’s basically just like the iPhone 6 only that there’s an all-new exciting feature called the Force Touch. This new technology tells users how hard they are pressing on the screen. As for the resolution, Samsung has been winging the game with its greater resolution at 1440×2560 compared to iPhone’s 750×1334.


Apple has been upping its camera game as well. From last year’s 8MP camera, the iPhone 6S has an impressive 12MP rear camera. While the Samsung Galaxy S6 still has more in terms of megapixel at 16MP, the experts would tell you that quality images are not always about the number of megapixels. Both phones certainly have impressive camera, no question about that. But it’s worth noting that Apple’s upgrade now lets users shoot 4K video.


Like always, Apple is very secretive when it comes to the amount of RAM of its phones. The same case is true for the iPhone 6S. But what we do know is that Apple’s latest smartphone is equipped with the brand’s very own A9 processor, which is believed to be way way faster than the A8. Samsung, on one hand, has ventured into using its own chips on their phones. The Galaxy S6 is currently using an octa-core processor with one quad-core chip.


Considering all the specs so far, it looks like both flagship phones remain neck to neck with each other. With the camera and processor upgrades, the iPhone 6 is definitely upping its game. Add to that the 3D Touch Technology feature that Samsung doesn’t have and that makes the iPhone 6S as a no-brainer bet for many users. But that’s not to say that Samsung Galaxy S6 is left behind. The Galaxy S6 wins if you’re after a bigger screen size and greater resolution. Either way you go, you’ll have some major and thorough comparisons to make if you want to make the right decision.