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In this section you can find old articles from my Android opinion blog appydroid, as well as new articles from this area.


How to remove bloatware

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After I put my new SIM card in my phone today (yes, the one with the unlimited mobidata volume - thanks for all the replies to my recent post!), I noticed that there suddenly appeared a new app that wanted to offer me additional services via SMS, of course for a fee. An app with no benefit for me, even annoying me by the presence of the app icon in the app drawer and the missing possibility to deactivate the app!

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A browser for my smartwatch

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Until recently, I used the first generation Galaxy Watch with Tizen. For Tizen, Samsung had released a browser app for smartwatches. This allowed me to view links in notifications directly on the smartwatch when I didn’t want to reach for my phone.

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FitoTrack

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When I used to run back in the days, I used Runtastic to record my runs. When I tried running again last year, my app of choice was Strava. For recording hikes, I mostly use Komoot. But today for recording a bike ride, I tried FitoTrack.

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K-9 Mail’s new design (not Holo anymore)

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Over three years after I mused about what it is like to still use a Holo Design app in 2018, the final version of K-9 Mail has now been released with a revamped user interface.

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My thoughts about Google’s Wear announcement

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A few years ago I used to watch the Google I/O live and report about it on my Android-blog. Time has passed, I no longer blog about Android and I’m not a Google fan anymore.

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Using A Holo Design App in 2018

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It’s 2018. Long gone are the days where Holo UI is the current design language for Android apps, Material Design is everywhere since 2015. But one of my favorite and most used apps still uses Holo UI…

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Less Privacy For More Privacy?

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As you may know, I have a new phone. And because it’s new I didn’t root it. Thanks to German laws and the merchant I have 24 months guarantee - so if it breaks itself, it’s not my fault. And because I didn’t root, I have to live with some of the manufacturer’s decisions. And that one includes the deep integration of the Google Assistant.

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I Really Bought the Xiaomi Mi A1 - My First 24h Impressions

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At the beginning of December 2017 I wrote that I will buy the Xiaomi Mi A1 when it finally gets the update to Oreo. That’s exactly what I did. I’ve been using it for over 24 hours now, so my first impressions here:

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What Happened To Custom ROMs?

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I’ve been in the Android scene a little longer already. Maybe not as long as some others, but Android 4.0 was the first version I used. A lot of time has passed since then. But when I look back in time today, it strikes me that one thing that had found many followers at the time is no longer really important.

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Will the $31 smartphone be my next daily driver?

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Have you heard about this? Micromax will soon launch a 31$ smartphone in India! Only 31!!! And best of all, it will work with Android Oreo (Go Edition)! The latest Android version on such a low-cost device…

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