Best offline GPS and navigation apps for Android

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Google Maps

Google Maps offers such a solid array of features that many people won’t need to look any further than the Android default. Along with turn-by-turn directions, multiple view options, detailed route information, live traffic updates and everything else you’d expect from a self-respecting navigation app, Google Maps really does offer nearly everything.

However, if you want to use it offline, you’ll need to download the area maps that you want to use in advance. If you do that, you obviously don’t get those traffic updates anymore though, as they require a connection. Google Maps also has the ability to download multiple areas to your phone and to use Google Maps in ‘Wi-Fi only’ mode when you have a spotty network connection.

It also now allows you to store maps on your external SD card, freeing up some space on your phone. If you’re not driving, it offers up walking, cycling, and public transport options for getting you to your destination, as well as quotes from multiple car services.

Data-starved explorers now have even more options to use Google Maps offline with the release of Google Maps Go, a lighter version of the original app that will allow you conserve resources on your device. Even if it is not normally offered for your device, you can still get Google Maps Go, here’s how.

androidpit googlemaps Google Maps lets you download multiple areas for offline use. / © AndroidPIT Maps – Navigation & Transit Install on Google Play

Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps

Sygic is one of the most popular offline navigation apps on Android, and with good reason. The TomTom-powered app offers high-definition maps for most countries in the world, and it’s regularly updated to keep it up-to-date with the newest version of Android.

It’s free to download and there’s a seven day trial, but if you want to keep using it after that you’ll need to either pay for premium features and traffic updates, or just pay for the features. If you don’t, the free features are considerably more basic.

Among the key features are offline map navigation, voice-activated GPS with route guidance, 3D mapping and imagery, dynamic lane assistance and the option to project your GPS navigation onto the windshield of your car. 

Throw in some robust routing options, SOS mode, parking info and more than a million POIs to navigate to and Sygic is a strong contender for best offline GPS. It’s also now been integrated with Glympse, if you want to share your route or ETA with friends. 

androidpit sygic There are free features, but you’ll want the Premium ones.  / © AndroidPIT GPS Navigation & Offline Maps Sygic Install on Google Play

CoPilot GPS

CoPilot’s GPS app is just for drivers, but if that’s what you need, then it’s almost certainly got the features you’re looking for – but they don’t come free. Well, they do, but only for seven days, after that, you’ll need to pay for a Premium subscription to keep access to all the features.

If you don’t want to, you can still use offline mapping and turn-by-turn navigation for free, but you only get the 2D version of the maps, and you’ll be missing a few other features too. Premium users get 3D mapping. In the full version of the app, there sheer variety of customizable route and alert options is impressive, if potentially a little overwhelming for some. There is actually an option for using walking routes, but it’s not the primary purpose of the app, and as such, not really where it’s best.

The breadth of full street level maps for offline download will be what appeals to many people, though you’ll need to purchase additional countries individually, or in a pack like ‘whole of Europe’, for example. If you purchase a map, you also get 12-months free access to CoPilot’s live ‘ActiveTraffic’ service.

If you need to purchase multiple maps for driving in different countries around the world, CoPilot could get expensive, but for most regular users it’s not going to break the bank too much in comparison to a standalone sat-nav unit. It’s considerably more expensive than free alternatives, though.

androidpit copilot CoPilot has an impressive set of options, but it’s not the easiest to use. / © AndroidPIT CoPilot GPS – Navigation Install on Google Play

TomTom GO

At this point, TomTom is a venerable player in the navigation industry, and while the company might not be spending as much time focused on its standalone GPS units nowadays, that doesn’t mean it isn’t honing the rest of its business. What this means to you is an up-to-date mapping service with pedigree in getting people from A to B and a multitude of routing options. As with others though, if you want that unfettered list of options, you’ll need to hand over some real cash.

To start with, you get 50 miles of use with full features, including live traffic information – if you want to get unlimited mileage for a year, you’ll need to pay to upgrade. The price varies around the world, but in the US it’s currently shown as $ 19.99 for one year and $ 44.99 for a 3 year subscription.

Along with voice guidance, offline routing, live traffic updates and full 3D building imagery. Maps are available for over 100 countries, too.

androidpit tomtom TomTom’s maps offer full 3D imagery, making it even easier to get to the right address. / © AndroidPIT TomTom GPS Navigation Traffic Install on Google Play


MAPS.ME is designed with offline functionality in mind. The navigational app boasts comprehensive coverage of areas all over the world, offline search and GPS navigation. Business, services and various points of interests are also market throughout. 

mapeswithme MAPS.ME comes with a full suite of features, but you will see ads. / © AndroidPIT

The app is updated daily by the OpenStreetMap community. The contributors to the open source project make sure that MAPS.ME stays fresh. Although MAPS.ME is free to download (and has pledged to always remain so), it does contain ads.

MAPS.ME – Map with Navigation and Directions Install on Google Play

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The absolute best: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The best phone on our list is actually two phones. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are indeed, for us, the best Android smartphones currently on the market – they’re so good we couldn’t choose between them. Both have the most impressive technical specs and the best experience that an Android phone can offer currently. They have everything you would expect from a high-end smartphone (original design, microSD card slot, water and dust resistance, brilliant display…).

Both devices are quite similar. The only difference is that the S8+ offers a larger screen (6.2 inches versus 5.8) and a more powerful battery (3,500 mAh vs. 3,000 mAh). 

AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S8plus 2062 The S8 and S8+ are the best phones on the market. © AndroidPIT

If you have an unlimited budget, we advise you to consider buying one of Samsung’s latest flagships. They represent the ideal option for those who want to play games, watch movies and stream media content without sacrificing quality. Those who love big screens will also be served with magnificent displays. These are simply the best phones available right now.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8+ technical specifications

  Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Galaxy S8+
Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 152 g 173 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh 3500 mAh
Screen size: 5.8 in 6.2 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 2960 x 1440 pixels (568 ppi) 2960 x 1440 pixels (531 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED Dual-LED
Android version: 7.0 – Nougat 7.0 – Nougat
User interface: TouchWiz TouchWiz
RAM: 4 GB 4 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB 64 GB
Removable storage: microSD microSD
Chipset: Samsung Exynos 8895 Samsung Exynos 8895
Number of cores: 8 8
Max. clock speed: 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth

The design of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ is also the best on the market, with a subtle blend of metal and glass. Both versions now offer special features that help you get the most out of the display and its features. Let’s not forget the fingerprint scanner (now in the back), its iris scanner and its powerful performance. In the US, it’s packing the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm’s top processor, and 4 GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S8

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The best Android phone for the price: OnePlus 3T

This is the phone with the best price. Many people want the coolest design, others want the most impressive camera, and some just want the king of speed. After reviewing all of the major 2016 flagships, it’s the OnePlus 3T’s performance that has impressed us the most. Thanks to a Snapdragon 821 processor (an upgrade from the OnePlus 3’s 820) and 6 GB of RAM, OnePlus’s 2016 flagship killer has earned the title of fastest Android smartphone on the market, edging out its predecessor the OnePlus 3.

We subjected the OnePlus 3T to various benchmarks and tests in our review and the results matched our expectations that this is indeed at the very top end of the performance spectrum. AnTuTu corroborated this about the 3T’s predecessor the OnePlus 3 in a blog post, revealing that the OnePlus 3 achieved an average score of 140,288 in its user tests – the highest smartphone average in the first half of 2016. For comparison’s sake, the undoubtedly speedy Galaxy S7 Edge averaged 134,599. 

OnePlus 3T technical specifications

Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm
Weight: 158 g
Battery size: 3400 mAh
Screen size: 5.5 in
Display technology: AMOLED
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
Front camera: 16 megapixels
Rear camera: 16 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 6.0.1 – Marshmallow
User interface: Oxygen OS
Internal storage: 128 GB
64 GB
Removable storage: Not available
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Number of cores: 4
Max. clock speed: 2.35 GHz
Connectivity: LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

AndroidPIT oneplus 3t 1379 The OnePlus 3 is the Ferrari F12 of Android. / © AndroidPIT

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Best price/performance ratio: Honor 8

We’ve had plenty of low-cost devices this year that have been really impressive performers and the Honor 8 is no exception. Despite being in the sub-$ 400 price range, it looks and performs like a $ 700 flagship. Huawei, the parent company behind Honor, knows how to put together a nice-looking phone in any price range.

The Honor 8 is a well-designed device. It delivers a bunch of premium features, including a glass and aluminum body, a strong performance and excellent battery life. Add to the dual 12 MP camera system with an optical image stabilizer, double pixel technology and rapid focus and you can see why this is such a great value.

Honor 8 technical specifications

Dimensions: 145.5 x 71 x 7.45 mm
Weight: 153 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh
Screen size: 5.2 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED
Android version: 6.0 – Marshmallow
User interface: Emotion UI
Internal storage: 32 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 950
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.3 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

AndroidPIT Honor 8 2610 The Honor 8 is a well-designed and powerful smartphone. Plus it’s the phone with the best battery. / © AndroidPIT

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Best for battery life: Huawei Mate 9

It’s the phone with the best battery. Huawei’s latest phabet has a battery life which should inspire the whole market. The Mate 9 can go 48 hours without charging. Even better, Huawei has developed a system to detect which apps drain the battery the most to optimize resource management.

AndroidPIT huawei mate9 0438 The Mate 9 will attract those who want a long-lasting smartphone. / © AndroidPIT

The other aspects of the phone make it the full package, with performance specs capable of handling anything you can throw at it. Despite having such a large screen at 5.9 inches, it is pleasant to hold and use. The design is traditional, yet modern and attractive. The Mate 9 is scheduled to receive Android Nougat, as well.

Huawei Mate 9 technical specifications

Dimensions: 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 190 g
Battery size: 4000 mAh
Screen size: 5.9 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (373 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 20 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED
Android version: 7.0 – Nougat
User interface: Emotion UI
Internal storage: 64 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.4 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

Lowest price: Huawei Mate 9

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Best for photography: Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL have earned their place among the best Android smartphones, and their number one spot in the category of the best camera phones is also well-deserved.

It’s no surprise that we discover the Pixel phones have the best camera of any smartphone on the market. Google has managed to make a device to match even the Galaxy S7 thanks to a perfect balance between software and hardware prowess. The Pixel devices don’t have the most striking design, but it is their pure Android experience that makes these phones impressive.

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Google Pixel vs. Google Pixel XL technical specifications

  Google Pixel Google Pixel XL
Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 143 g 168 g
Battery size: 2770 mAh 3450 mAh
Screen size: 5 in 5.5 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 ppi) 2560 x 1440 pixels (534 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12.3 megapixels 12.3 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED Dual-LED
Android version: 7.1 – Nougat 7.1 – Nougat
User interface: Stock Android Stock Android
RAM: 4 GB 4 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
128 GB
32 GB
128 GB
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Number of cores: 4 4
Max. clock speed: 2.15 GHz 2.15 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Lowest price: Google Pixel

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Alternative for best photography: HTC U11

When it comes to judging camera quality, there are quite a few worthwhile contenders which can stand up and be counted with the likes of the Google Pixel or the Galaxy S8. The HTC U11 is a new kid on the block, but it has already demonstrated it is more than a match for other popular flagships. It is the highest-rated smartphone camera ever tested by DxOMark. Many people may be skeptical when it comes to these ratings, as in addition to testing camera performance DxO also assists smartphone manufacturers in developing cameras. So, it may well be the case that DxO just optimized a camera for the sake of its own benchmark. That said, our review of the HTC U11 should pour water on that idea as, regardless of anything to do with DxO, the U11 has an excellent camera. 

AndroidPIT HTC U 11 4609 HTC U11: more than a match for the Galaxy S8. / © AndroidPIT

Best under $ 500: Samsung Galaxy S7

If you’re looking for a great phone around $ 500, the choice is easy. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a great phone, even at a year old. And now that the Galaxy S8 has been released, it’s an even better value than before.

The performance holds up and the photo quality is fantastic with the S7 and S7 Edge. The design is still modern and elegant, and it has water and dust resistance.

AndroidPIT Samsung galaxy s7 REVIEW 1 The Galaxy S7 combines old and new to become one of Samsung’s enduring best. / © AndroidPIT

The Galaxy S7 has a 12 MP camera on the rear, and a 5 MP selfie cam. With a battery capacity of 3,000 mAh, the S7 is capable of getting through the day with ease. The internal memory is a sufficient 32 GB, expandable via microSD card. If you have the budget, the Edge version is even more of a joy.

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge technical specifications

  Samsung Galaxy S7 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
Weight: 152 g 157 g
Battery size: 3000 mAh 3600 mAh
Screen size: 5.1 in 5.5 in
Display technology: AMOLED AMOLED
Screen: 2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi) 2560 x 1440 pixels (534 ppi)
Front camera: 5 megapixels 5 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED LED
Android version: 6.0.1 – Marshmallow 6.0 – Marshmallow
User interface: TouchWiz TouchWiz
RAM: 4 GB 4 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
64 GB
32 GB
64 GB
Removable storage: microSD microSD
Chipset: Samsung Exynos 8890
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Samsung Exynos 8890
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.6 GHz
2.15 GHz
2.3 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Lowest price: Samsung Galaxy S7

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Lowest price: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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Best under $ 250: Honor 6X

With the successor of the 5X, Honor continues to set the bar very high. The brand was able to adapt once again to the needs of the digital generation. For people looking for a good, affordable phone, the Honor 6X is a good choice. It has the advantage of offering most high-end features, but with a price-performance ratio that leaves quite a few others on the sidelines – making the cheapest phone on our list.

AndroidPIT honor 6X 3016 The Honor 6X is the cheapest phone on our list of recommendations. © AndroidPIT

With regard to specs, this Android smartphone offers a 5.5-inch Full-HD LCD display. High performance is delivered by the 16 nm octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor, which manages resources well enough that, when paired with the 3,340 mAh battery, can keep the phone going for a day and a half.

With a 12 MP rear camera, the quality of the photos and the videos is on par with what you might expect. Moreover, it runs Android Nougat and is 4G compatible, which is great for the cheapest phone on the list.

Honor 6X technical specifications

Dimensions: 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm
Weight: 162 g
Battery size: 3340 mAh
Screen size: 5.5 in
Display technology: LCD
Screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 6.0 – Marshmallow
User interface: Huawei EMUI
4 GB
Internal storage: 32 GB
64 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 655
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.1 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.1

Honor 6X

Best compact smartphone: Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

I like big smartphones, but I’m well aware that this is not the case for everyone. For years, “compact smartphone” was synonymous with the low-end. This is always the case at present, because the options are limited in this category. However, the Galaxy A3 (2017) is an interesting smartphone that meets the demand for “small” screens.

AndroidPIT Samsung Galaxy a3 2017 4749 The Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) © AndroidPIT

It is quite rare to see a miniature version of a phone as nice as the S7, but the A3 was clearly inspired by it. In 2017, even Sony is leaving the compact market. The features of the Galaxy A3 (2017) are not those of the high-end, but they are getting a bit closer.

The Galaxy A3 is powered by the Exynos 7870 processor, providing adequate performance. While its small size, battery life is one of its main assets, but it doesn’t disappoint in terms of performance – it is average for a mid-range but enough for everyday use. The camera isn’t great, but for such a low price, it is perfectly fine. The A3 (2017) is also resistant to water and dust, which is a nice touch.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017) technical specifications

Dimensions: 135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 138 g
Battery size: 2350 mAh
Screen size: 4.7 in
Display technology: AMOLED
Screen: 1280 x 720 pixels (312 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 13 megapixels
Flashlight: LED
Android version: 6.0.1 – Marshmallow
User interface: TouchWiz
Internal storage: 16 GB
Removable storage: microSD
Chipset: Samsung Exynos 7870
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 1.6 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

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Nokia 1 hands-on review: this might be the best budget phone

The Nokia 1 by any measure an entry-level smartphone. Launching in Europe for just 99 euros, it relies on the simplest hardware but still aims to be a successful smartphone solution for many users. Can this work? We investigate in this hands-on review.

Nokia 1 design and build quality

Anyone who expects a stylish design with the highest quality workmanship in this price range naturally expects too much. The Nokia 1 has a removable polycarbonate back. Behind it is the removable battery (yes!) as well as the SIM and memory card slots. Nokia offers replacement covers that come in different colors.

The Nokia 1 makes a neat and robust impression. It is handy and compact, buttons are easily reachable and handy. The 4.5 inch display is rather small, but for the targeted audience this might be more advantageous. Under the circumstances, it’s well made. 

nokia 1 back The Nokia 1 is well made for the price range. / © AndroidPIT

HMD is pitching the Nokia 1 to first-time smartphone users. So it is meant to appeal to those who find a feature phone too simple, while a decent mid-range phone is too expensive. In Nokia’s brand story, Nokia 1 places itself above the two classic revivals, namely the Nokia 3310 and the new 8110: for phone calls, SMS or occasional WhatsApp, there is no need for peak performance.

This is where the core feature comes into play: Android Oreo (Go Edition). This especially optimized version of Android runs even on the weakest hardware and is so slimmed down that the system uses less memory. In addition, there are some Google apps in a special Go version that are also optimized for reduced resource consumption. 

nokia 1 xpress on cover Two Xpress-on covers / © AndroidPIT

How fluid is Android Go on Nokia 1?

To try it out, I had the opportunity to spend about half an hour with Nokia 1. It was of course fresh, so only the few Google Apps were pre-installed. Whether it’s a home screen, app drawer, app launches or whatever: Nokia 1 didn’t stutter, although of course more powerful smartphones work faster overall.

nokia 1 front Nokia 1 comes with the Go version of Android. / © AndroidPIT

The overall performance was astonishingly good. However, it remains to be seen how Nokia 1 performs when perhaps one or two messengers are used and apps such as Facebook or Twitter are installed. We’ll find out as we proceed with a more extensive test. But it’s also clear that although Nokia 1 can access the entire Play Store, the smartphone is not intended for app addicts. The camera is also more suitable for snapshots.

The display is not exceptionally bright and has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels – even with the small diagonal the display remains slightly washed out. However, it is quite stable in terms of viewing angle and appears to be entirely appropriate in view of the price range.

Only after a while with the Nokia 1, I recalled another device with some similarities. Namely the Lumia 630, which came onto the market a few years ago with Windows Phone, but was almost unbeatable in the $ 160 price range. Because the smartphone could handle anything and always ran smoothly,  it was the perfect upgrade to a feature phone at that time. HMD could also have the same thing in hand with the Nokia 1, a smartphone that simply does what it’s supposed to do: work. That sounds obvious, but in view of the price it is sensational.

Early Verdict

Did the Nokia 1 convince us in the hands-on? Absolutely. For just under 100 euros (which would work out to around $ 120), the Nokia 1 is an interesting smartphone that delivers decent performance, at least it makes a good initial impression after our half hour with it.

Given that the price is the main selling point here, and the fact that HMD does not plan to bring the full range of new Nokias to the US market this year, stateside Nokia fans interested in the Nokia 1 may struggle to get hold of it, or be put off by import costs. Let’s hope that HMD’s long term plans involve marketing this promising device to North America.

The whole package certainly is promising, no doubt about it: the low-resolution display plays its part, but also the obviously successful optimization of the Go version of Android.

The Nokia 1 is visually pleasing. The performance is great too. In the extensive test it has to be proven whether Nokia 1 can keep this up, even if several messengers and apps are installed. We also have to check the battery life. Until then, we don’t have to wait too long for a more in-depth review, because the Nokia 1 is due to be launched in Europe at the beginning of April.

What do you think of the Nokia 1? Does it deserve to come to the US?

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Livestream: the best of MWC 2018

MWC is one of the most important tech events of the year. The Catalan fair ended after having us running from one event to another to show us the latest news brands have in store for 2018. What is the device that you liked the most and which brand or smartphone ended up disappointing you?

What will we be talking about this Friday?

Mobile World Congress, what else? The Catalan tech fair has closed its doors. These were intense days that saw the manufacturers of the mobile world strut their stuff in front of their rivals. There were big names like Samsung, Sony, Huawei, HMD Global and LG with several new and interesting devices. 

The MWC 2018 has shown us several innovations and new technologies that we can expect to find during the course of 2018 implemented on many devices. The notch is one of these, in case you were not aware of its recent popularity.

Which is the most interesting device you saw at MWC? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tune in at 12.30 pm US time (or 5.30 pm if you are in the UK) on our YouTube channel or Facebook page

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A cardboard journey: all the best VR you can get for $5

But for those of us on a budget, there’s still the humble Google Cardboard. A simple cardboard frame with some inexpensive plastic lenses can turn any smartphone into a VR headset for less than the price of a couple of beers. 

Given the low cost, there’s no excuse to not dip your feet into VR. But can the budget VR experience really deliver the futuristic feeling conjured by Oculus and friends? With nothing but a smartphone and 5 extra bucks, we take a look and see what makes Cardboard an essential smartphone accessory.

How do I get Google Cardboard?

Google has certified a range of Cardboard-compatible headsets for sale, with prices starting from, you guessed it, $ 5. At that price, there’s no excuse for a technology enthusiast not to have one in order to experiment with VR, but there are also more expensive Cardboard-compatible headsets out there for those who want to splurge a little more for extra comfort.

In fact, a Cardboard viewer doesn’t have to cost a thing. They’re often given away at various promotions and events or packaged with in with magazine subscriptions (the Guardian and the New York Times have previously given some away to promote their own VR content). Just keep your eye out, and a free Cardboard might not be too far away.

AndroidPIT Sveva VR 9997 Not exactly glamorous. / © AndroidPIT

The truly thrifty (and crafty) can make their own headset by printing out Google’s template and following the instructions in the manufacturer’s kit to get cheap lenses to the right specifications.

Alright, so what can I do with it?

Indulge your wanderlust with VR tourism

If you’re like  me, you might often find yourself fantasizing about visiting exotic locales everytime you see a map or a globe. With Cardboard, you don’t just have to rely on your imagination, you can step in there!

Whether you want to scope out a place before planning a trip, or are simply a curious explorer, there are a range options for VR tourism with cardboard. Many cities and sites, for example New York and Paris, feature in their own VR apps to explore the place in detail.

AndroidPIT Sveva VR 9959 Look down from the Eiffel tower from the safety of your living room. / © AndroidPIT

If you’d rather browse and indulge your wanderlust, I recommend Sites in VR (exactly what it says on the tin) which lets you look around many beautiful historical and cultural sites, palaces, museums, parks etc. Great for a relaxing look around, but kind of static.

For the more adventurous, Discovery VR has a great app where we are effectively able to tag along with various documentary filmmakers in remote locales, immersing yourself in their journey. JauntVR also offers immersion in documentaries off the beaten path of casual tourism, in areas like North Korea or Syria.

Discovery VR for Cardboard Install on Google Play Jaunt VR – Virtual Reality Install on Google Play

Tourism in VR is tantalizing… look around an ancient tomb, lavish palace or idyllic seaside for a while and it’s not long before your feet start to itch. All the more frustrating since most VR are plain 360 degree videos where you can look around, but not move.

Documentaries are more engaging, the best ones really make you feel like you’re there…until you see a track you want to follow, a building you want to enter, but then you realize you’re just along for the ride.

Great for indulging one’s curiosity, but don’t be surprised if you find your wanderlust and desire to travel becomes even more intense after an immersive dip into what’s out there to see.

What kind of multimedia is out there for Cardboard?

Since the release of Google Cardboard back in 2014, more and more VR-compatible media have become available, with various platforms curating content for us.

It’s easy to start with the familiar:

  • Search for “VR” or “360” on YouTube to see what the popular video platform has to offer
  • Tap the viewer icon near the bottom right of the video to start VR mode
  • Don’t forget to select high resolution on the video too
  • Now, pop your phone into the headset, and you’re ready!

AndroidPIT Sveva VR 9955 Better get a strap if you’re watching long videos. / © AndroidPIT

What about something more meaty? Sadly, when it comes to Netflix in VR, Cardboard isn’t quite up to scratch (you’ll need Daydream or Gear VR for that). But there are some great content platforms out there that specialize in curating the best VR content for you. 

WITHIN is one of the best, and my go-to when I want to discover some new VR videos with Cardboard. I also recommend checking out the content on VeeR VR and FulldiveVR (which has more of a focus on user-generated content) to see if their collection could be more to your taste.

WITHIN Install on Google Play VeeR VR – Virtual Reality Install on Google Play Fulldive VR – Virtual Reality Install on Google Play

There’s some great VR video content available, but be warned about watching anything over about 20 minutes. Holding up the Cardboard viewer to your face so long isn’t kind to your muscles, so if you don’t have one with a strap, you’ll have to jury-rig one of your own.

Is gaming good on Cardboard?

The video games industry and community has been one of the biggest evangelists for the immersive potential of VR tech, and understandably so. But games also require more interactivity then other multimedia, and cardboard lacks a controller, which is one of the big perks of Samsung’s Gear VR.

Quite frankly a lot of the Cardboard VR games out there on the Play Store are janky and ill-conceived. Nothing worth upsetting your stomach for.

But I’ve got extensive experience trawling the Play Store to find the best Android games out there right now, and keeping an eye on interesting titles yet to come. The same goes for VR. My finely honed instincts helped me hunt down some Cardboard VR games that are definitely worth a try.

I’d recommend anyone getting started with VR gaming on Cardboard to try out InCell VR, an action game set in the intriguing environment of the human cell. Not only does it offer an usual setting with fantastic visuals, but it’s especially designed to work with Cardboard and I’ve only ever had a smooth experience on it.

InCell VR (Cardboard) Install on Google Play

The more trigger-happy VR novices should try VR Galaxy Wars, which has you control a futuristic turret out in deep space, blasting enemy ships into smithereens with only quick reflexes and your gaze.

VR Galaxy Wars Install on Google Play

Space shooter fans who don’t mind spending an extra dollar should also pick up Minos Starfighter VR (formerly known as Endspace).

Possibly the best mobile VR game available right now, Minos Starfighter gives you a fair bit of bang (or is it pew-pew) for your buck, with lush visuals, 360 degree movement and challenging enemies.

Minos Starfighter VR Install on Google Play

Hitting that cardboard ceiling

If there’s one takeaway from my journey through Google Cardboard, is that in all likelihood, you’ll either end up tossing the viewer in the closet after a couple of afternoons and forget about it, or soon start thinking about upgrading. Personally, I fall firmly into the latter category.

They say you get what you pay for, and while there’s certainly hours of entertainment to be had for your $ 5, Cardboard still has a lot of limitations. Even just for passively watching short VR videos, the headset is uncomfortable and needs your hands to hold or steady it too often to be really relaxed.

Too often I also got double vision or ‘drift’ meaning I couldn’t watch VR content the way it was intended. Both Daydream and Gear VR are way, way smoother and easier to wear, thanks to better design, materials, and straps. Both devices also offer more sophisticated games and higher quality multimedia.

For the hardcore, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift remain the pinnacle of the VR experience, but still remain prohibitively expensive and demand equivalently expensive PCs to go with them.

AndroidPIT HTC Vive TP Cast 1 The HTC Vive is the most gorgeous VR I’ve tried. / © AndroidPIT

Perhaps the future of comfortable and well-integrated VR won’t require a smartphone or PC at all. Oculus and rivals are already working on standalone headsets that could become available this year.

For me, Cardboard gave me enough of a taste to get me hooked and wanting more. But I can’t imagine anyone would be satisfied in the shallow end with it for too long.

What has your experience with Google Cardboard been like? Are there any apps you’d recommend?

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Livestream: What’s the best smartphone camera?

Even if you’re not a professional photographer: You will for sure notice the image quality difference between your old digital compact camera and any current flagship phone. But which smartphone has the best camera? There’s an easy answer—and a more complex one.

What will we be talking about this Friday?

Last week we spent some time with the Google Assistant and showed you some cool tricks for the Google Home Mini. But today we want to go back to talk about our beloved smartphones, more precisely about their photographic capabilities.

While a lot of smartphone manufacturers use Sony’s image sensors and Google’s Android, the camera app development is up to the manufacturer itself. In the age of computational photography, that gives an advantage to the bigger companies with huge software teams—and you will for sure notice the difference. Check out our live stream for more details.

What do you want to know about smartphone cameras? Let us know in the comments and be sure to tune in at 12.30 pm US time (or 5.30 pm if you are in the UK) on our YouTube channel or Facebook page

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The best last-minute Valentine’s Day smartphone deals

The most romantic day of the year is almost here, and if you haven’t thought of the perfect gift yet, there’s no need to panic! You can get a great deal on a smartphone that someone special will love, plus you can even get one for yourself with a BOGO deal, too! Check out all the best last-minute Valentine’s Day smartphone deals here.

T-Mobile has some of the best promotions of any carrier this year, and it’s offering free overnight shipping to make sure your gift arrives on time for the most romantic day of the year. Here are the most exciting offers: Buy one Apple Watch, get a second half off. BOGO on iPhones, including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. BOGO on the latest LG smartphones, including the LG G6, V30 and V30+. Buy a Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ or Note 8, and get a Samsung Galaxy S8 free. Or, if you just need one phone, get $ 150 off the latest Samsung and LG smartphones. Of course, the usual caveats and fine-print apply here, so you’ll want to check the deals to see if you have to switch carriers, trade-in an old phone, open a new phone line, etc.

Verizon is also bringing the BOGO love this Valentine’s Day. If you buy the Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, you can get a 64 GB Pixel 2 for free with Unlimited. If you buy a Samsung Galaxy S8, LG V30 or Moto Z2 Force, you get another one free. Apple lovers get a similar deal. If you get the iPhone X, you can get a 64 GB iPhone 8. Finally, it’s not a free phone, but you can get $ 200 off the Galaxy Note 8, too. Sprint is offering BOGO leasing for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and cheap monthly payments on several top devices like the Galaxy S8.

That wraps up the best last-minute Valentine’s Day smartphone deals. Have you seen any other great offers? Let us know in the comments!

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Need to pass some time? Here are the best card games for Android

It’s Winter: it’s cold out, it’s raining and sometimes it’s even snowing. So why not stay at home and indulge in a guilty pleasure that some might find a bit outdated? That’s right, playing card games. Don’t have anyone to play against? Then try your luck against Android.


As the name suggests, this game is meant to be played alone. It’s so well-known because Microsoft has always included it on Windows. Of course, a lot has changed as the years have gone by, but the game has stayed the same.

The game we’ll show you in this article is a variation of Windows Solitaire (they all look alike, don’t they?). You can play this old-fashioned loner game on your smartphone or tablet. I assume I don’t need to explain the rules…

  • App version:
  • App size: 51.22 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.1 or higher
  • Price: free

Solitaire Install on Google Play

Multiplayer Tarot Game

This tarot game may remind you of the fortune tellers who use it to predict the future (although not always correctly). This game is somewhat different and refers to the traditional French card game. It can be played with either 3, 4 or 5 players. It’s most fun with 5 because then you really have to play as a team.

The app is the Multiplayer Tarot Game, which as its name suggests, lets you play online with and against other players. The game is free and you can play against either other people or test your luck against a CPU. You can choose your table by playing with chips, a system that the application uses to monetize the game.

androidpit tarot Tarot is an excellent game to play with friends or family. / © AndroidPIT

  • App version: 71.1.0
  • App size: 63.32 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.0.3 or higher
  • Price: free with in-app purchases

Multiplayer Tarot Game Install on Google Play

Poker Offline

Poker has been booming in recent years. The game has several variants and Texas Hold’em is undoubtedly the most famous. The problem with many poker games is that you have to play online, although some people would prefer to play offline.

There is one solution: Poker Offline. As you can guess from the name, you can play it offline without an internet connection, but still have the benefit of certain functions (there is no limit on the amount of money you can win, games start with 20,000 chips, etc.). In short, anyone who wants to play offline poker will appreciate this app. If you want to play online, you can do so as well.

androidpit poker It is possible to play poker offline. / © AndroidPIT

  • App version: 2.5.8
  • App size: 51.57 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.0.3 or higher
  • Price: free with in-app purchases

Poker Offline Install on Google Play

War: The card game!

War is the best-known card game for children. We all remember playing it at one time or another. Since the rules are so simple we don’t need to repeat them here. Did you know that this game also exists on Android?

The game is modestly called ‘War’ and lets you rediscover the game that rocked your childhood. The icing on the cake is that you can choose to play alone against the computer or with another player, so you can kill some time together if you’d like. This app will surely make all children happy.

  • App version: 1.0.1
  • App compatibility: Android 2.3 or higher
  • Price: completely free of charge

War (Card Game) Install on Google Play


This game is also one of the veterans from Windows. It of course doesn’t quite enjoy the popularity of Solitaire or other games mentioned above, but it’s just as interesting. The rules may be a bit more complex, but it’s really not too hard to learn.

This game is played with 4 players (although the 4th player is hidden behind an ad) and the opponents are generated by the computer. Unlike most games, the goals is to get as few points as possible, and the game ends when one player reaches 100 points. Whoever has the least points wins. The app is simple and intuitive, so if you don’t know the rules you should be able to learn them quickly.

  • App version: 2.5.6
  • App size: 57.27 MB
  • App compatibility: Android 4.1 or higher
  • Price: free with in-app purchases

Hearts Mobile Install on Google Play

Of course there’s also Bridge, Free Cell, Black Jack and many more. Are there any card games for Android that you particularly enjoy? Let us know in the comments!

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Get ready for Valentine’s Day with the best dating apps for Android

Best for ice-breaking: Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel’s name is as unique as its concept. It finds just one match per day to end the constant stream of profile sorting that happens in a lot of dating apps. The idea is since you only get one profile per day, you will take the time to read their details closely.

Your daily match includes a picture, age, location and a few other details. The match is called a ‘bagel’ and after liking this bagel you can ‘woo’ him/her with coffee (which are digital gifts). You only get a limited amount when you create the account, which you must then earn or buy when you run out.

After you like a profile, you are given a series of ice-breaker questions to get things started on an eventual conversation. If you both like each other then your names will be shown, otherwise they will remain hidden so you get an extra layer of privacy. Coffee Meets Bagel shows you just one match a day so you can take your time. 

CMB Free Dating App Install on Google Play

Best for personality matching: Parship

Parship has one of the most exhaustive personality matching apps available on Android. It’s focused around personality compatibility and not quick picture sorting. This increases the chances that you find someone with whom you are comfortable at the first meeting. 

The Parship app takes you through a series of questions when you create your profile. The whole test takes about 20 minutes and the questions are aimed at finding personality compatibility between you and potential matches. When you complete this test, the app tells you what kind of partner you are compatible with and why. It also tells you what potential conflicts you could have with them.

The majority of the services are available on the app but some are only available on PC. For instance, you can fill out your entire profile on the app but you must sign up on the PC version. Parship is currently only available in Europe.

AndroidPIT parship Parship uses a unique matching system with a personality test. / © AndroidPIT Parship – partner search Install on Google Play

Best for casual encounters: Badoo

Badoo is a massive app with tens of millions of active profiles, and it’s growing quickly. That gives you a selection that is almost unmatched on Android (apart from Tinder). So the chances you could meet someone soon are pretty high. 

Badoo’s concept is to connect people who are near each other. It is much easier to meet when you’re already in the same restaurant, cafe or store than it is to arrange a meeting, and therefore people who use Badoo meet more frequently and under more casual conditions, which really takes the pressure off too. 

The low-pressure connections is probably what keeps the number of users on the app and lessens the burnout rate. This is different from some of the more exhaustive apps that put more pressure on meetings. 

AndroidPIT best dating apps 4a Badoo lets you meet up with people nearby for casual encounters. / © AndroidPIT

You can download the Badoo app here from Google Play. 

Best for quick matches: OkCupid

For really fast matches, OkCupid is your best bet. After you create a semi-detailed profile, you are able to quickly peruse profiles that match yours. The app bases the match calculation on your answers to a few questions and you are able to see how well you match up with people. 

Once you go through the large local database and like some of the suggested matches, you can see which people have matched with you. Their mutual match method is OkCupid’s greatest strength and has earned it strong ratings and a constant stream of new users.

Sending and receiving messages is completely free. You can send as many as you want without having to pay and this gives newcomers an incentive. Paying will enable you to see non-mutual likes as well as boost your profile.

AndroidPIT best dating apps 2a OkCupid uses a mutual-like method. / © AndroidPIT OkCupid Dating Install on Google Play

You can download OkCupid here from Google Play. 

Best for match filtering: Jaumo

Jaumo is free, and has a simple an interface that makes searching through potential dates very easy. You get loads of local results to choose from and interacting with them is simple. You just choose who you like from the list of pictures and send them a message. 

Filtering who can contact you on Jaumo reduces the volume of messages you receive. Its filtering system is simple and effective and can be based on gender, age, location and whether the person’s profile has a picture. If you get bored with always seeing the same people online, you can limit your search results to those currently online. 

Managing your profile is effortless, making it easy to maximize your chances of finding someone who is interested. You can quickly see who has viewed your profile and who liked you, and use these results to sort through your matches. 

AndroidPIT best dating apps 6a Jaumo’s interface makes sorting profiles fast and easy. / © AndroidPIT

You can download Jaumo here from Google Play. 

Best for profile accuracy: Tinder

Tinder is another massive app with tons of potential matches available. It’s claimed that 26 million matches happen through Tinder every day. 

Tinder uses Facebook authentication to try and keep its potential matches honest. It’s not a flawless system, as it is possible to get a fake Facebook account but it’s more difficult than getting a random email address. 

Tinder is mostly free but if you want to get some premium features you will need to pay. These include ‘rewind’ (see a profile you just swiped away) and ‘passport’ (look at profiles outside of your local area), but it is entirely possible to use Tinder without these and thus avoid paying. 

AndroidPIT best dating apps 8a Tinder shows you local singles using a large database. / © AndroidPIT Tinder Install on Google Play

Best for women in charge: Bumble

Bumble offers an intriguing twist on the typical dating app format. You swipe through matches in a similar way to Tinder, but men aren’t allowed to message. With Bumble, women have make the first move.

For women who get frustrated with a bombardment of messages from men who have barely read their profiles, or men who get anxious trying to come up with that killer opening line, this can be a great way to make dating less stressful (of course, for women seeking women, it’s basically business as usual, and men seeking men are still best served with Grindr).

smallerbumble2 Bumble also has additional modes for networking and friendships. / © AndroidPIT

Another factor is that matches on Bumble disppear after 24 hours if no further contact happens, so you won’t spend days wondering whether it’s too soon to send a message, or whether you’re going to receive one. You either hit it off soon, or the app encourages you to move on.

Bumble — Date. Meet Friends. Network. Install on Google Play

Best for gay or bisexual men: Grindr

If you are not necessarily looking for a serious relationship, but rather to have a good time, you might as well go to apps dedicated to this, where, at least, everybody agrees! Grindr is a site designed for gay and bisexual men to meet. The application shows you profiles nearby, and you can start chatting with them.

grindr2 Grindr works with the localisation system. © AndroidPIT

Small tip: to make your profile go up in the lists, and thereby having more chances of making contact with someone, connect regularly, even if just for a few seconds.

And for the ladies? An identical version also exists for women: Blendr. However, it does not have the same success and is still somewhat of a draft…

Get Grindr on the Play Store

Best for proximity search: LOVOO Chat, Flirt, Dating

Lovoo is a popular dating app very similar to Tinder in the sense that it promotes quick encounters with people who are in close proximity to each other. It allows you to like or not like the profile of other users. After there is a positive match, you can then chat, exchange photos or arrange meetings. The concept is based on the ease of exchanges and meetings. My advice: take good pictures.

It is also possible to post photos of anything you like. Another positive point is that you carry on a conversation with anyone as often and much as you like.

lovoo radar grid de With the Lovoo radar, you can find people near you. / © AndroidPIT

Lovoo puts to use a radar when you want to meet people. This feature is quite playful; it allows you to see the photos of Lovoo user profiles directly based on location. A little like a Wi-Fi radar, to be honest…

To connect to Lovoo, you have to sign in with your Facebook or Google account, but the application does not share your information on any of these networks.

Get it on the Play Store.

Best for impromptu meetups: happn

In line with what Tinder offers, happn uses your real daily life to make you meet your soul-mate based on your location. The app therefore allows you to find the people you meet on the street, in the subway, in the supermarket… but that you don’t dare approach.

Obviously, the person that you meet must have downloaded the application and must be connected to Happn to find them on your homepage. You can also find people passing by the place where you are.

Get it from the Play Store.

Best paid app: eHarmony

The eHarmony site and its app are quite like Parship but comes at a price: there are many fake profiles on this dating network. It is all about knowing how to sort out these dating crooks to find the right person…

eHarmony is more like an app for people looking for a serious relationship.

My advice: fill in your profile completely and select only those who have done likewise. Those looking for a real encounter would have taken the time out to be honest, but you have got to be patient anyhow. Subscription is (almost)-compulsory, $ 9.99/month.3

Get it on the Play Store.

What do you think of these dating apps? Do you have any better ones?

BONUS: our guide to optimizing your profile

You want to increase your chances of getting the matches you are interested in. So having a profile that stands out is important. You’re presenting yourself to the world and you need to look and sound your best. So here are some ways to make your dating app profile better. 

Get a good profile picture

Having a dim, poor quality profile picture decreases your chances of getting matches on most dating apps. A good profile picture maximizes the amount of potential matches you’ll have available. Luckily there are some free apps to make your picture better. 

Professional photographers edit photos. That’s part of the reason why they look so great. You could go and pay for one or you could get a couple of photo editing apps for free. You shouldn’t distort the image so much that you don’t look like yourself but you should look like you do on your best day. You can get AirBrush to clean up your blemishes and remove any temporary imperfections in your profile picture. 

AirBrush: Easy Photo Editor Install on Google Play

If your profile picture makes you look a little distorted you can get the GoSexy app to make your body look slimmer.

GoSexy Lite – 👩 Body editor Install on Google Play

Know yourself

Knowing your wants and needs are important to making a profile that suits what you’re looking for. You need to be honest with yourself and think about what type of relationship you’re looking for. Maybe you just want to date casually, perhaps you’re looking for a long-term relationship or maybe you’re open to the possibility of meeting a new friend. 

You should also really think about who you are and not who the ideal you is. If you like watching movies and TV shows but always say you should read more you should not put in your profile that you enjoy reading. This is the ideal you and not the real you. Some of the dating apps above use sophisticated methods of making sure you’re honest with your personality. 

Write a quality profile

You need to craft a profile that uses the sophisticated matching methods of the dating app. That means being thorough in your answers and answering every question no matter how odd it sounds. Your potential matches are looking at how well you answered and they want to see if you’re a match before messaging you. Be sure to invest some time in your profile after download the app. It will pay off in the end. 

Be sure to show what you are and not just say who you are. If you’re someone who is brutally honest, just say something brutally honest about yourself. If you think you’re funny put in a few funny quips. Your matches will see this and conclude that you’re funny and honest. 

Be sure to include everything you are interested in. Really think about this. Your matches will be looking for shared interests and the more you share with others the higher the chances that you will be matched.

How have dating apps worked for you? Any Android love connections out there? Let us know in the comments below.

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