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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Apple Watch To Get Theater Mode With watchOS 3.2

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Theater Mode is coming to Apple Watch with watchOS 3.2 firmware, Apple has confirmed. Here are the details.
Apple’s watchOS 3.2 hasn’t yet been released to developers, but the company has already shared the release notes for the software that outlines the changes and additional features it will bring to the wearable. Top of the list, and a name we have become familiar with recently, is Theater Mode.
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If the feature sounds familiar, it’s because it had been rumored to be on the way to iOS with the first iOS 10.3 beta, which was released today. The feature hasn’t made its debut as part of iOS 10.3 beta 1 as had previously been anticipated, but it does appear that the next Apple Watch software beta will bring the feature to prominence. So what exactly does it offer to us, the users?
If there’s one thing that’s clear, it’s that the name is certainly a good indication of what the feature does. Theater Mode allows Apple Watch wearers to tell the watch that they are in a theater, at which point, the Apple Watch’s raise to wake feature will be disabled, preventing it from waking the screen when they move around.
Those who still want to see the time will be able to tap their watch in order to wake it, and they will continue to receive taptic alerts of incoming notifications, but their watch’s screen will not light up unless asked to.
Apple has confirmed that Theater Mode was included in watchOS 3.1.3, but it was clearly not active, which suggests the release of watchOS 3.2 will be the first time users will get a look at the feature. When it will come to the iPhone is anyone’s guess at this point, or indeed if it ever will.
Rumors previously had the feature designed for iOS and the iPhone, but it would appear that the Apple Watch was always Apple’s destination for the feature. Whether that’s the end of it though, we’ll have to see. What we do know is that there is no Theater Mode in the new iOS 10.3 beta, at least not yet.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES FACING AI IN 2017?

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Digital assistants are going to be one of the main tech trends of 2017, just as smartwatches were the "next big thing" in 2014 and 2015. The path to ubiquity isn't always smooth. There are lots of bumps along the way that keep users from jumping on the bandwagon immediately. What challenges lie ahead for this technology? We'll explore the future of AI in this article.

What are the big technology companies doing with AI?

Digital AI assistants will be everywhere soon. Need some examples? Here you go: Google Assistant, Siri (Apple), Cortana(Microsoft), Alexa (Amazon Echo, also on Huawei smartphones in the US), Bixby (Samsung) and Viki (Nokia). HTC and Sony will also have AI assistants in their products, too. The list keeps on growing.
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Behind all of these services is one principle: machine learning. These assistants generate suggestions and recommendations based on context from all sources of information available to them. These operations are completed thanks to natural language processing capabilities, and the platforms are used as the master control center of the smarthomeAmazon Echo and Google Home, for example, can control many smarthome gadgets. And, Samsung has announced that Bixby will be compatible with third-party hardware to provide additional features.
The advertisements that showcase the products look nice. The assistant is shown as a part of family life, reminding a parent about appointments, ordering meals for the family and planning recipes. Check out the following videos which show Google and Amazon's vision for how Assistant and Alexa will fit into our everyday lives. 

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This is all very practical, and so 2017 will be the year of digital assistants. These promotional videos make it look great, in theory, but in practice things are a little more complicated. Since these platforms are based on machine learning and are constantly evolving, they will never be a totally finished product, and as such will be difficult to compare and evaluate fairly. It will also present us with new challenges related to data protection.

Data protection is going to be difficult

All digital assistants have one thing in common: they're only really useful when a user goes "all in" with their personal data. This can have serious consequences.

1. Reporting and comparing will be considerably more difficult

This issue is of primary concern to those of us who write about technology for a living: how can you compare two digital assistants? The technology is ever-improving because it is based on machine learning, and each person uses it differently since it is so personalized to a user's life and environment. That makes is nearly impossible to answer the question of whether Cortana is better than Alexa, or if Google Assistant gives better recommendations than Bixby. These valid questions will be unanswerable. Without being able to provide answers to potential users, those thinking of buying these products will be left to test them on their own, and that has its own set of issues.

2. Test driving the technology? Not so fast

Of concern to users, it's going to be nearly impossible to evaluate one of these services without giving it all of your personal information just to test how well it works. You'll have to give it access to your shopping list, calendar, locations of your home and work, plus your habits and favorite entertainment choices. The value of this is that it can give more personalized recommendations and services over time if the assistant knows a lot about you. But is the convenience of a more personalized movie recommendation worth giving up all your personal privacy to a corporation?

3. Privacy and security of your commands

Data protectionists must all be on edge. Companies will gather and analyze your data, creating massive profiles of millions of people built from stockpiles of deeply personal information. Companies always say the data is kept safe. But how can we be certain of that? We can't. No system is 100 percent secure. Accounts can be compromised. You probably heard this happened to Yahoo recently.
A lot of the personal information which would be collected is already stored somewhere across many services like Google Maps, Amazon, Facebook, etc. Having an AI assistant would just centralize a lot of information about you. Companies can make a lot of money by using targeted marketing to sell you products, so their motives aren't necessarily to make your life more convenient with a personal assistant either.

Conclusions

The fact is this: manufacturers will be pushing digital assistants onto the market. We saw this at CES, where there were announcements featuring Amazon's Alexa everywhere.
Will users adopt this technology? Will they see the value it provides as practical for their everyday lives? Will people choose practicality over privacy? This will be an interesting debate in 2017.
What do you think of AI assistants? Are you skeptical or a supporter? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Trump: Apple CEO Tim Cook Considering Moving Some Production To US

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US President-elect Donald Trump is all over the news right now, as you might expect, and he’s been speaking about a recent conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding the company’s manufacturing processes. According to Trump, Tim Cook said enough to suggest the company may be considering moving at least some of its product manufacturing to the United States and away from existing Foxconn facilities in China.
According to Trump, CEO Tim Cook has his “eyes open to it,” and that he “really believes [Cook] loves this country and I think he’d like to do something major here.” That’s far from a confirmation that Apple has plans in the pipeline to start making iPhones at home, but Trump seems confident that things are moving in that direction.trump-apple
Obviously, such a suggestion very much fits in with Trump’s ongoing quest to have everything from cars to computers be built in the United States rather than elsewhere, but we can’t imagine the incoming President making these kinds of things up. After all, he’s been so trustworthy to this point.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Trump is keen to mention Tim Cook’s name, and that of Apple as often as possible in the build up to his swearing in later this week.
We’re not sure at this point who he is trying to convince most, himself or the public, but if we take Trump at face value for the time being, the suggestion that Apple may bring manufacturing to the States has the potential for huge repercussions. Given the costs associated with such a move, could we see a price hike, for example? And what product lines would it affect?
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Given the flak Apple has received for the increase in MacBook Pro prices of late, we sure hope not. Trump has promised the company a significant tax cut if it is to go through with the migration, though how much of a difference that would make is unclear at this point.
(Source: Axios)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

5 THINGS GOOGLE NEEDS TO IMPROVE IN 2017

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Google delivered a lot of exciting-sounding projects in 2016, but while some of them seemed good on paper, they didn't quite live up to the hype in real-life. Here are a few tweaks Google could make to sharpen up Google and related services over the next year.

Nail your Pixel lineup

The Pixel and Pixel XL are great Android handsets - great performance, good specs and about as pure a version of Android as you can get. Plus quick updates. 
However, the Pixel lineup hasn't been without its share of problems since launch last year. Whether that's purple lines across the viewfinder when you're taking a photo, Wi-Fi issues or problems with the handset switching off when it gets down to 25 percent remaining.
If Google's asking buyers to trust it as their hardware and software maker, it'll need to ensure that these issues (and plenty more) aren't present when the next Pixel phones launch, and ensure that the current unlucky owners get a fix for their problems as soon as possible.
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Decide what you're doing about messaging

On my Android phone, there's WhatsApp, Kik, Skype, Snapchat, Signal and Google Hangouts. Convincing me to install two more individual apps to achieve the same thing I can already do with a combination of those platforms is always going to be a difficult task, and I'm sure I'm not alone. 
Integrating some scaled-back version of Google Assistant into Allo is a step in the right direction, but it's not enough - messenger apps aren't a lot of use if your friends aren't already using them - and the awful privacy policy is enough to put many people off. 
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Announce 'Andromeda'

Andromeda is Google's code name for the project to converge Android and Chrome OS. Unfortunately, at this stage, everything's still a rumor and we're left looking to companies like Jide with its (awesome) Remix OS (and Remix IO) as a stand-in.
Andromeda reportedly goes beyond simply allowing Android apps to run on Chromebooks (some devices already support this) and will aim to provide a truly converged OS that can run on either mobile or desktop.
With Microsoft as the only viable large OS to offer anything approaching this functionality, 2017 would be a great year for Google to get Andromeda out of the door, and would be a truly compelling differentiator between Android and iOS.
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Set Google Assistant free

Google Assistant is the natural evolution of Google Now, and while it holds a whole lot of promise, it only currently delivers on that promise if you've bought a Pixel or Pixel XL handset. Sure, that could be because Google wants an exclusive feature for its own-branded phones, but that leaves an awful lot of Android owners out in the cold. 
While you can successfully side-load it onto non-Pixel devices, it can cause problems with other aspects of the handsets that just makes it not worthwhile. If you've got a Home device as well as a Pixel, you'll be a little perplexed as to what you can achieve through voice commands on each device.
You'd assume they can both do the same things, and control the same devices around your home, but they can't. It also can't do exactly the same things as Google Now, which remains on devices. This leads to confusion and needs to change.
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Deliver Daydream for everyone

Google Daydream is the company's first real effort at making virtual reality a part of the core Android experience. As such, it comes built into Android 7.1 and newer, but that also means that only a handful of phones currently support it. 
The Pixel phones (surprise, surprise) are among that handful you can use in the Daydream View, but some users report that any longer than 15 minutes in Daydream causes their phone to overheat and requires them to stop using it until it's cooled down.
Heat isn't necessarily unexpected when a highly-demanding task like VR is undertaken by a phone, but either the software or soft, material hardware design is causing overheating problems in premium phones.  This needs to be sorted, and Google needs to push its partners hard to get more Daydream-capable handsets on the market. 
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What would you like to see Google improve this year? Let us know in the comments below!

iPhone 8 To Feature Better IP68 Water Resistance

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Apple’s iPhone 8, expected to be released around September time and set to celebrate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary is likely to carry a higher water resistance rating than the current iPhone 7, according to a new report by The Korea Herald.
The iPhone 7 packs a rating of IP67, allowing for submersion in water at a depth of 1 meter (3.28 feet) for up to 30 minutes. If the new report is accurate, the iPhone 8 will carry a rating of IP68.
Whilst almost identical to IP67, the IP68 rating allows for submersion in water at a depth of 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) for up to 30 minutes. The difference may not seem a big one, but if you manage to drop your iPhone 7 into water deeper than the IP67 rating allows and something goes wrong, we reckon you’d be very pleased with that IP68 rating, after all.iphone-7-waterproof
As of right now, there is only one smartphone from a major manufacturer on the market that carries the beefier IP68 rating, and that is Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7. Samsung does expect to launch more water resistant smartphones in the coming months, and with the Galaxy S8 expected to be unveiled during the same timescale, Apple’s iPhone 8 will have plenty of high-end competition in this particular area when it is announced later this year.
Apple’s iPhones have had some form of unofficial water resistance since the iPhone 6s. Whilst the device did not have any form of official coverage for such things, many found that the device did indeed survive a lengthy dunk underwater due to Apple’s use of various new design choices, including use of seals around its internals as well as the edges of the chassis.
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The iPhone 7 is the first iPhone to officially have any sort of water and dust resistance, and it’s a very safe bet that the iPhone 8 will follow suit.

BEST CAMERA APPS FOR ANDROID: 8 TOOLS TO MAKE YOUR PHOTOS BETTER

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While smartphone cameras have gotten a lot better in recent years, increasing our ability to capture even more stunning images, if you have the skills. But often, if you want to get the best out of your Android camera, you'll want to install a third-party option, and that's where this list of the best Android camera apps comes in handy. 

ProShot

While its interface might take a little while to learn to navigate, it's a feature-packed app for shooting better pictures. The grid overlay is a useful thing to have on hand, and there are two kinds of on-screen levels to help make sure you're shooting straight.
The usual manual controls are present – ISO, exposure, focus, white balance –  and the built-in gallery also displays ISO and shutter speeds for each picture you've taken. It's not the best-looking gallery but it's certainly a powerful app that has some intuitive features throughout - like the precise one-finger zooming and a fun Light Painting option that 'develops' photos in front of your eyes.
It'll even support up to 4K video capture, providing you have the right hardware. 
While there used to be a free version to try out, there's now just a paid $5 version.
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Camera FV-5

FV-5 also offers grid overlays, histograms and other similar options, but they're tucked away in the menus, making them less accessible than through ProShot's interface. You're afforded full control over ISO, light-metering, focus, white balance and the like. There's also an exposure bracketing feature that allows you take several photos in quick succession with different exposure values, letting you review them and choose the best to keep.
It's cheaper than ProShot, and worth it considering alongside that and a Manual Camera (see below) is there – if you're after high-quality manual control. There's also now a 'lite' version that gives you a taster of the app too. 
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Open Camera

When you want a lightweight camera app, and you want it to be totally free, there's not much better than Open Camera. It has many of the same manual control features as premium apps and even offers up a handy home screen widget that lets you take a photo with a single press. 
Using that widget isn't going to get you the best visual results from your camera, but when that isn't a priority, it's a handy button to have. Otherwise, the multitude of options provided in the app will help you get your pictures looking just the way you want.
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VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam isn't the most user-friendly camera on our list, but it is trusted by an awful lot of people and has been around for a long while. It's a little different to most of the apps we've seen in this list up until now though. 
This is primarily because it combines - and indeed, focuses on - providing an Instagram-like capturing and sharing experience. There are a number of pre-made filters you can apply to your images to change the tone and feel, and the quality of those adjustments is one of the reasons to use VSCO Cam. And if they don't cut it, there are some rather unintuitive menus to dig your way through, in which you can adjust image settings manually. 
The company killed the photo edit syncing feature it used to offer, but VSCO Cam still has some worthwhile skills. 
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A Better Camera

A Better Camera is basically what it says it is: a superior camera app to the standard Android one that comes pre-installed on 'vanilla' devices. A Better Camera brings a number of interesting features, including group portrait settings, 'Sequence Shot' and the ability to remove unwanted objects from images simply. There's also a useful Best Shot option that takes multiple images then allows you to select the one you think looks best, and the ability to use focus and exposure metering from separate points. 
A Better Camera also includes immediate post-processing, and you can record video with real-time HDR. Unfortunately, many of the app's best functions are only available via in-app purchase, so A Better Camera sometimes feels a bit like an annoying free-to-play game - for example, you get 5 free Super Shots, but then need to upgrade. Thankfully, the app's on sale at the moment so you can unlock everything for very little money. 
If you take a lot of pictures, and are happy with a little investment, A Better Camera certainly lives up to its name – and more camera apps should make use of its slide-out grid gesture. If you want an app that lets you apply filters and easily edit the shots post-capture, you'll need to install another companion app called A Better Editor. 
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Camera360 Ultimate

Camera360 is hugely popular in the Google Play Store. It offers a comprehensive camera app that's capable of pretty much anything. It uses a lens-filter system that can be applied before a picture is taken, meaning you don't have to wait until later to see whether your picture is fixable by adding a cheeky filter. It contains a huge variety of options and effects, even to the point whether you might wonder if some of them are truly a lot of use.
What's particularly good is that it's easy to use and doesn't bury all of the options away in individual menus. This is something which other cameras lack, but it's really useful to have everything in one place instead of going through several different screens. 
It also brings across features like stickers and cartoon effects that you can apply to your photos easily enough before sharing or saving them. Those are features more often found in messenger apps like Line or WhatsApp, but some people will find having that ability directly in the camera app more useful. 
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Manual Camera

Most camera apps are designed to make photography as easy as possible for the end-user. This results in some Facebook-friendly snapshots, but certainly not professional pictures. Experienced photographers may be more at home with Manual Camera, which provides a range of settings options that many other apps just don't offer. 
Shutter speed, focus, white balance, exposure compensation – you get to control every detail of your picture. This app also lets you save images in the lossless RAW format. 
So, if you take photographs pretty seriously, but still want to use your smartphone, Manual Camera is an excellent solution. As it's a paid app ($2.99) on the Play Store, you'll probably want to test out the compatibility checker before you cough up any cash. 
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Pixlr

Pixlr has come a long way since it was a standalone image editor, and while it doesn't quite offer the same granular level of control as Manual Camera, it's an excellent choice if you need a good balance of tools alongside a set of really useful and impressive visual effects. There's even a perfectly functional gallery built in too that lets you show file size alongside the thumbnails.
It has the option of automatic image correction, and adjustments such as heal, focus and splash, it feels like a near-Photoshop level experience. Some of the effects and features are more useful than others. You can also add text to your photos with a number of different font styles or choose to pixelate or blur other parts. 
Pixlr is an excellent all-rounder to pick, and is also free to download. Some filters and features require an in-app purchase but even without, it's worth a look.
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What's your favorite Android camera app? Let us know in the comments below.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

WHAT IS BOOTLOADER AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR? FIND OUT IN OUR GUIDE

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If you own a smartphone and are interested in tech, then it is only a matter of time before you read or hear about locked bootloaders, on how to unlock them and the fact this could void your phone's warranty. Let's get the facts straight: what is a bootloader and what is it used for?

What is bootloader

Let’s start from the beginning. The bootloader is a program that starts whenever a device is powered on to activate the right operating system. It is therefore not only a trait reserved to Android, but also one that can be find out all devices with an operating, be it a smartphone, a tablet, a PC etc.
It may occur that a device, a computer for example, may be equipped with two different operating systems (dual boot). In this case, either one or the other bootloader starts, depending on the user's preference or what has been pre-programmed to happen automatically.
The same principle also applies to Android devices, except that there is only one operating system in this case. The bootloader determines when to run Android or when to enter recovery mode, which is an independent runtime environment in a partition separate from the main Android OS that can be found on all Android devices. 
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Why manufacturers lock the bootloader

Manufacturers lock the bootloader of their devices so that only the operating system installed on the device can be used. Not all brand acts in the same way either: some manufacturers release their smartphones with the bootloader already unlocked (to the delight of most computer geeks).

Bootloader locked: what to do?

The bootloader is provided directly by the manufacturer of the device and, given its importance; is found in a section of the phone's memory that can't easily be modified by the user (even though we know how much you’d like to have this freedom!). When you want to modify your own device, one of the biggest obstacles is the locked bootloader. What is involved?
A locked bootloader will only load the authorized operating systems with a digital signature. Almost every smartphone manufacturer decides to lock it by only allowing its own personalized Android to load, preventing the installation of other custom ROMs. But as you know, behind every Android problem, there is always a solution. To be able to run a custom ROMs, you first need to unlock the bootloader, which allows you to start the “unauthorized” operating system.
The method to unlock bootloaders varies per manufacturer who provide different procedures, from sending a simple command from the PC via the USB connection, to download a specific program.
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Unlocking the bootloader often requires authorized root access on your device. Before taking action, secure your data by backing it up and take a look at our guides dedicated to the root:

Apple Makes iOS 10.2.1 Beta 4 Available To Download

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In a somewhat strange move, Apple has just made available to download iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices only three days after seeding iOS 10.2.1 beta 3 to developers registered on the Apple Developer Program portal.
This beta 4 release of iOS 10.2.1 follows hot on the heels of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 release, which too has been seeded earlier today only few days after its beta 3 seed.
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Carrying build number 14D27 compared to beta 3’s 14D23, it’s likely that beta 4 has been released quickly after beta 3 to fix a showstopper bug in iOS 10.2.1 before the final public rollout of the said firmware for all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world.
Generally, iOS 10.2.1 is nothing more than a small point release over iOS 10.2 which features bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements for overall stability of Cupertino company’s mobile operating system.
Those registered on Apple Developer Program, and have a previous beta version of iOS installed, can head to Settings > General > Software Update on their compatible iOS device right now to grab iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 OTA update. Those developers who haven’t installed Apple’s beta configuration profile yet though will need to first head to developer.apple.com to get started.
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It is important to note that iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 isn’t available to public beta testers as yet, and it will be interesting to see if Apple makes it available to testers registered on Apple Beta Software Program given that even beta 3 seed wasn’t released for public beta testers. In case Apple does release beta 4 seed of iOS 10.2.1 to public beta testers, we will of course update this post with info on it. Stay tuned.
Update x1: iOS 10.2.1 Public Beta 4 is now available to download for those registered on Apple Beta Software Program.

HERE ARE 5 APPS YOU SHOULD REMOVE RIGHT NOW

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Smartphones quickly become consumed by unnecessary apps that not only take up storage space, but can also affect your handset's performance and battery life. Well, enough is enough – it's time to clean up your smartphone. Here are five apps you should remove immediately. 
Whether it is by killing your battery life, using too much mobile data or shoving ads in your face: apps can be annoying in many ways. Sometimes we end up with too many apps on our phones, and the time arrives to tidy up. Delete these apps today and enjoy your smartphone more.

1. Apps that claim to save RAM

Apps running in the background eat up your RAM and use battery life, even if they're on standby. The idea behind apps that claim to boost your memory is to close these background apps systematically. Unfortunately, this exacerbates the problem.
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Apps running in the background have to restart after you close them. Memory and battery life is used to restart the apps, and this constant closing and restarting of apps can make your phone unstable. So, these memory saving apps don't make any sense. Furthermore, Android manages RAM usage automatically and knows when to run an app or not, so third party apps aren't necessary.

2. Clean Master (or any cleaning app)

Cleaning apps promise to clean up your phone to boost performance. While it's true that deleted applications sometimes leave behind some cached data, it's not necessary to download a dedicated cleaner. Just go to Settings > Storage > and tap Cached data. At the Clear cached data prompt, hit OK.
Alternatively, you can clear the cache of individual apps by going to Settings > Apps > Downloaded and tapping on an app. On the next page, tap Clear Cache
Clean Master and similar apps often require a lot of battery power, and their in-app advertising has the potential to take a chunk out of your monthly data allowance. Remove such apps at your earliest convenience. 
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3. So-called antivirus apps are unnecessary for most

Your Android device and the Play Store can already do everything that antivirus apps can. For theft protection, Android Device Manager works securely without an additional app. And whether an app is actually hiding malware, Google checks with the Play Store automatically.
So-called Android antivirus apps are only useful if you are often downloading and installing APK files found outside the Play Store. Then, anti-malware apps can examine these apps during installation and offer warnings before you open them. However, you can't disinfect your smartphone. The best method to do this is – ironically – without an app.

4. Battery savers

Similar to RAM boosters, battery-saving apps are often a load of rubbish. These apps offer a solution to one of the most-loathed smartphone problems in the world and promise miracles. There are only a few exceptions to the truth that battery-saving apps are merely billboards disguised as useful apps.
To really increase battery life, you have to reduce energy demand from the operating system and all running services and apps. So to be effective, energy-saving apps would need to take control of running Android. But since Android doesn't can't be controlled without root privileges, apps available in the Play Store can't simply step in and take control. At best, apps can advise or warn you when you're chewing through too many Energon cubes, but that's about it. If it closes power-hungry apps, those apps will likely automatically reopen anyway. Thus, the effect is reversed and energy consumption could actually increase.
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The alternative? Open your Battery settings. Find the app with the highest consumption in the list and forcing close it. Some app errors can also be resolved this way, which might have caused increased energy demand to begin with.

5. Difficult to delete manufacturer bloatware 

Many smartphones have a lot of apps pre-installed. Whether it's apps for hotel booking, games, or functionally questionable office apps: many manufacturers install their own useless apps alongside the compulsory set of apps from Google. Ideally, it's just storage space wasted, but in the worst case, they take up battery life, screen real estate and can't even be uninstalled.
It is therefore worthwhile to look through your app list and delete the pre-installed apps. The easiest way to do this is by grabbing the respective app in the app drawer and then pulling it onto the app info icon. Then you will see if the app is uninstallable or only deactivation. The latter option simply means the app is no longer launched upon restart and disappears from the app drawer, but it continues to occupy space anyway - these deactivated apps can only be completely removed after rooting your phone.
Some vendors won't let you uninstall Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks on your smartphone. This is annoying for users who don't care about social media, or those who don't need the app taking up space on their device. After all, in many cases, the mobile site is sufficient enough.
Remedy is to buy smartphones from manufacturers which allow the uninstallation of bloatware - for example, Huawei and Honor. Or buy smartphones which only come with a few third-party apps, like Google or Lenovo.

What other Android apps should I uninstall?

You should consider removing any app you don't use, seems to cause a particularly big battery drain, or consumes excessive data. You can check which apps have the largest impact on the last two things by going to your battery settings page or data usage page in your Settings menu.
There are often alternatives to power-hungry apps that you regularly use, so give one of those a try and you might grow to love it as much as the original. 
Which Android apps do you think should be uninstalled? Which ones are you having trouble removing? Let us know in the comments below. 
This article has been rewritten since first publication. Comments below may not reflect current content.