First 15 Apps I Install on Every New Android Device

As a part of this job, I have the (depending on how you look at it) pleasure of setting up new Android devices more often than any normal human should. The process, which has become much easier and more automated on Lollipop, can be both tedious and exciting. On one hand, you have to sign-in to every single app all over again, but on the other, you get to start playing with a brand new phone or tablet. For the most part, the joy of using a brand new phone outweighs the 20-30 minutes it may take to set it up.

Over the years, my setup process has become much tighter, leaner, and more efficient. Instead of installing a hundred or so apps with each new device that comes across my desk, I often only install a select few apps that I can’t live without. Since I tend to spend only a couple of weeks with a phone during a review period before sending it back to its owner, I’ve realized that I probably don’t need three different Twitter apps and a package tracker and credit card managers and four different photo editors.

These days, when I setup a device, I can get get by with a group of specific apps that you wouldn’t typically find pre-installed on a phone. Obviously, I’m a huge Google services user, but those related apps are all installed before I boot a new phone for the first time. If we look outside of those (Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, etc.), here are the first 15 I install every time.  (more…)

Join the Instagram Beta Group for Android

Instagram – you either love it or hate it. If you love it, like we at DL do, then you can sign yourself up for the Beta program which recently launched for Android users.

In these Google-powered beta groups, you gain access to early release versions of the application, and can then send in info to the developers, ultimately working to make the application better for everyone.  (more…)

Instagram Hits 300M Users, Adds Verified Users and Deletes Spam Accounts

Instagram’s CEO took to the company’s blog today, announcing they have reached 300 million users. Quite the impressive number after just 4 years, and it continues to grow.

To keep up with the times, IG announced today that starting this week, verified users will receive a special badge by their name, much like you see on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ pages. This will help when filtering out fake profiles.  (more…)