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Check out Cyanogen OS 12’s awesome new Theme Engine

Check out Cyanogen OS 12’s awesome new Theme Engine

One of the many new features baked into Cyanogen OS 12 is a much-improved Theme Engine that takes customization to a whole new level. Not only can you apply wallpapers, icons, and other user interface elements, but it will also allow you to skin individual apps to your liking.

Top 5 Golf Games for Android

Top 5 Golf Games for Android

Computer golf has been a tradition going back 30 years, right back to the days of CGA and EGA monitors on PCs. And with palmtops/PDAs and then smartphones, golf games have been available and popular at every stage. Seems that ‘a good walk spoiled’ is better when powered by a CPU and without the fresh air! On Android in 2015, I’ve sorted through over 30 golf game titles to bring you just the very best and most interesting.

Samsung rolls out Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung rolls out Android 5.0.1 Lollipop for Galaxy Note Edge

 

Galaxy Note Edge owners have had to sit back and watch while Samsung updated a whole host of older handsets to Lollipop, but not anymore. The new device has finally started receiving its Android 5.0.1 upgrade down under.

Top 5 nature-themed live wallpapers that won’t drain your phone’s battery

Top 5 nature-themed live wallpapers that won’t drain your phone’s battery

Live wallpapers were introduced to Android with the Nexus One and v2.1 of the OS, back in 2010 – so we’ve had four years of data to work with in clearing up a few misconceptions and also delivering a top 5 that will bring a natural, earth-loving smile to your face each day. Technology can take our minds off the fresh air around us, so why not bring a little of the outside world to your Android homescreens?

Android 5.1 already shipping on Android One phones, coming soon to Nexus devices

Android 5.1 already shipping on Android One phones, coming soon to Nexus devices

Google may have only just made Android 5.0.2 available for its Nexus devices, but it seems the company is already close to launching Android 5.1. The update is now shipping on select Android One handsets in Indonesia, and expected soon for Nexus smartphones and tablets.

HTC One M8’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update arrives in Europe

HTC One M8’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update arrives in Europe

If you have an HTC One M8 and you live in Europe, you’re in for a good day. The latest Android 5.0 software is now making its way to your smartphone over-the-air, weighing in at 780MB and packing everything you would expect from a Lollipop update.

The Top 5 Android Driving and Racing games

The Top 5 Android Driving and Racing games

Ah yes, just about the most popular game genre ever – and the subject of my next Android Beat ‘top 5’. You see, there are hundreds (literally) of car and driving titles, the vast majority of which are horribly flawed in one way or another. Crude graphics, appalling gameplay, over-zealous freemium grabs, and so on. Luckily, I’ve done the hard work for you – in a variety of sub-genres, here are the five you’ll want to load up.

The Top 5 Android video players

The Top 5 Android video players

“Eh?” I can sense your puzzlement from here. Why would you need a third party video player on an Android phone when Google supplies this functionality in the OS, as part of Gallery? In addition, many manufacturers also add their own custom video players (if only to get something under ‘V’ in an alphabetic application listing!) However, not every video player can play all files, and few people want to browse through the photo-centric Gallery for media from their side loaded video collection. Which is where third party players come in – luckily there are plenty to choose from. Even more luckily, I’ve tried them all and whittled them down a top 5!

The top 5 uses (you hadn’t thought of) for your smartwatch

The top 5 uses (you hadn’t thought of) for your smartwatch

Smartwatches, it seems, are all the rage. Heck, we’ve featured them numerous times recently on Android Beat. Partly because they’re tech and cool, but also because they work really well with Android smartphones. The OS is flexible enough that a connected smartwatch can, in principle, do almost anything. You’ll have gathered that you can (cough) tell the time(!), see email and messaging notifications, perhaps even get a basic weather forecast, but there are other benefits that only become apparent when you actually start to use a smartwatch.

The Top 5 Android flight simulation games

The Top 5 Android flight simulation games

Some genres of game transcend computing platforms, persisting from generation to generation. ‘Flight Simulator’ was one of the very first PC games and similar ways to get up in the virtual air have existed on every computing platform, desktop or mobile, ever since. Android offers a wide range of possible titles in the Google Play Store – but where should you start? What, in my (fairly experienced) opinion, are the top 5 flight games on the platform?