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2015 Best New Android Apps

Everyday android developers publish a mountain of android apps in the Play Store. Only few are worth keeping for long-term use. Let’s turn our attention to some great apps released 2015. If you did not get a chance anmost of allytime during the year, take the time now to check them out.

AppChat

There are times people just want to connect with other people that are using same devices and apps, but should they be hunted down on social media or forums? No! All you need to do is use AppChat. It’s simple, it makes a chatroom for all apps on your tablet or phone. You log in, chat with users, you even have the option of sharing files. The best part is that its totally free!

Texpand

Keyboards for Androids are much improved in last couple years, but they still are not as fast as computer keyboards. First of all, Texpand saves a lot of tedious typing. Create custom shortcuts that you can use anywhere text is input. Make your own shortcut abbreviations by using the app that fills while text you choose when you type. For example, use Texpand to add your full address and have it inserted by using an abbreviation such as “adr”. It supports date, time, and current contents of clipboard. The first 10 phrases are free, after that you need to pay $2.99 for pro version.

Snapseed

Image editor app, Google’s Snapseed, received a complete v2.0 overhaul in 2015.  This app includes all basic editing tools, such as rotation, cropping, transformations, color levels, along with a great selection of effects and filters. If your phone takes RAW images, Snapseed handles it with enhanced editing. Most of all, Spapseed makes non-destructive edits.  Your original file is not touched and is left for you just in case you decide to go back to it later on. This is a great free app!

Manual Camera

Android 5.0 Lollipop added a new camera API. Apps now finally have full access to sensor data. This means that people that have certain devices can take greater photos than apps that only reprocess the JPEG that gets spit out by the system app. Developers released this app in 2015 to be able to full advantage of the API. Manual camera supports ISO, manual zoom, RAW capture, white balance, and much more. The user interface is fast and easy to use. This app is only $2.99!

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Is Rooting Android Tablets and Phones Legal?

 

Rooting Android Tablets and Phones – Legal?

Is rooting android legal?  Cell phone unlocking is illegal without permission from the carrier.  You may wonder if this applies to rooting as well. Many have questions about rooting. Some sources state tablet rooting is illegal. This causes confusion with many people receiving incorrect information on this topic.

Rooting and Jailbreaking are Two Different Things

First, please understand rooting/jailbreaking and unlocking are different things. Jailbreaking means removing software restrictions imposed by Apple iOS.  This is illegal because iOS is propriety not opensource like android.  The DMCA, which made unlocking smartphones without permission from carriers in US illegal, does not have any relevance to rooting. Carrier unlocking a smartphone allows switching service providers.  However, rooting only means there is a modification to permissions of the operating system and has nothing to do with any carrier.  Some carriers and manufacturers frown on the practice and make it harder by locking the bootloader of the device.

Android Smartphone Rooting

Rooting android smartphones has not changed and is completely legal, with no prosecution under DMCA. News about tablets is not as bad as reported by news sources. Rooting android tablets is legal. DMCA has not given an exemption for this.

Rooting Android Tablets

Manufactures could file a civil case for rooting a tablet under the DMCA. There are several reasons why this happening has an extremely slim chance:

  • Android tablets existed and openly rooted since 2009, when the operating system was created.
  • Android always marketed itself as open platform and has encouraged modification and development. If they try to ban rooting, this would be a nightmare with public relations for Android as well as device manufacturers. It could possibly do harm to the brand and market shares in long term. Android would have no motivation to do this.
  • To guarantee tablets rooting legality, DMCA wanted to provide tablets exemptions. EFF was unable to provide them with a tablets concise definition, and Library of Congress did not overly broad exemptions passed due to possible unintended consequences.
  • Several different Android devices encourage modification by shipping with unlocked bootloaders.

While theoretically issues with tablet rooting can occur, the chances of legal issues are extremely slim. Until a manufacturer tries their luck at suing someone, you should not worry.

These rules apply to people inside the United States. This ruling is in the US, many countries having laws allowing unlocking of smartphones, carrier locks being forbidden, locked bootloaders, and laws allowing rooting and jailbreaking.