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Google Play Store announces best apps of the year

Oh, the end of the year — when retailers get the red, white and green decorations out of the storeroom, end-of-year parties are badly attended, and awards are given to the best tech of the year. Ask us, we’re grinding to get the Stuff Gadget and App of the Year awards sorted before the Christmas spirit befalls us. The Google Play store has crowned its favourite apps of the year — and w...[Read More]

Beta yourself: Android Pie

Using Google’s latest mobile OS is as easy as pie when you know where all the best bits are – Stuff reveals the tastiest slices, so you can get more from your phone. Find your way Try gestural navigation: Android 9 Pie retains the traditional navigation buttons (back, home, overview) but only by default. We recommend swapping them out for the new gestural system. In Settings, head to System then G...[Read More]

Phone makers will now have to pay for pre-installed Google apps

The excitement of buying a new phone is slightly diluted, because you kinda already know what you’re gonna get. And if it’s an Android you know it’ll have some kind of Android OS, a bunch of bloatware you won’t use, and a range of Google apps. Sometimes just Search and Gmail, but sometimes you get the whole shabang, from All and Analytics, to Street View and Translate. That’s because for years Goo...[Read More]

Should you move from Android to Apple? Here’s the lowdown

All these new Apples got you thinkin’ about making the big move? The great switcheroo? There’s nothing to be anxious about — Apple Land is nice this time of year. iPhones used to be miles slicker than Androids, but in the last four years many have bridged that gap. However, there are still significant differences between the two platforms. Some you’ll love. Some you probably won’t, coming fr...[Read More]

You can now play Fortnite on Android without an invite

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 owners got the first taste of Fortnite on Android a few months ago. And after that the only way to gain access to the game was by receiving a coveted ‘invite’ from Epic Games. That’s changed, finally.  Now almost anyone with Android 8.0 Oreo or higher (to find out if you have a compatible device, head here) can download and play the battle royale game on their mobile. F...[Read More]

BlackBerry Key2 review — Great for keyboard warriors, weird for the rest of us

There was a time (circa 2007) when almost every person in South Africa either owned, or wanted to own a BlackBerry. If you didn’t, you’re probably a teenager or living under an Apple tree. Thereafter, things went awry for BB, as they had for Nokia. BlackBerry never went away, but they did shift their high-end phones from their own OS to Android, and clung to the physical keyboard for loyalists. Th...[Read More]

Stuffed Ep 08 – Patrick Henchie from HMD Global on Android Enterprise Recommended devices

Do you know what the Android Enterprise Recommended programme is? No? Neither did we. Which is why we got Patrick Henchie, head of product and operations for sub-Saharan Africa at HMD Global (the company behind Nokia’s revival as a phone maker), to come into the studio and talk us through it. We also talked about Nokia’s return to the minds (and pockets) of consumers, why Android One m...[Read More]

WhatsApp could be getting Dark Mode, swipe-to-reply features for Android

WhatsApp has had itself a fairly busy year. When its user numbers aren’t climbing to Facebook-like levels it has been getting new features, like groups with an administrator and a whole lot less reply-spam to group video calling, like we’re in some 1990s tech future. And we could be in for a new more changes soon. The folks over at XDA Developers have spotted a few features that may be...[Read More]

BlackBerry gets even cosier with Google with the new Key2 LE handset

There’s a new addition to the BlackBerry lineup, and while it still means business, it’s got a playful edge with it’s selection of three colours (and their names): Slate, Champagne and Atomic (aka, red). The BlackBerry Key2 LE is a modern-looking device, assuming you don’t find the physical keyboard deeply anachronistic. And it’s got a solid selection of specs and a s...[Read More]

How to get Fortnite on Android soon(ish)

If you’re not one of the lucky Samsung-device owners who has access to Fortnite right about now, there’s a way to get on the waiting list to receive an invite and actually play the game on Android. Fortnite’s journey to Android has been a complicated one. Epic Games has been promising to bring it to the OS for months, with iPhonies already having access for what feels like ages. That is, until the...[Read More]

Android P is now officially Android Pie and it’s available to select phones

Android P has finally got an official name — Android Pie. And weirdly, we didn’t see it coming. We had all sorts of other titles in mind: Pancake, Popcorn, Parfait, Peppermint… Pie, just wasn’t on that list. We just weren’t thinking simple enough, given the names that have come before. Google made the announcement at the same time that they officially released the ope...[Read More]

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