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Best Of 2012: Android

Our Best Of 2012 series continues with a look back at our most popular Android stories over the last 12 months. We’ve always been Android fans at Lifehacker, and Google’s phone OS is proving ever more popular, recently inching past Apple’s iOS to become Australia’s biggest smartphone platform.


The Complete Guide To Rooting Any Android Phone

We love Android, but rooting your phone can give you the opportunity to do so much more than your phone can do out of the box — whether it’s speeding it up with overclocking or customising the look of your phone with themes. Here’s how to root some of the most popular current phones with minimal effort.


Five Best Android Launchers

Whether you’re tired of your stock home screen or just want to try something new, there’s bound to be an Android launcher that’s just right for you. This week we’re going to check out our top five Android launchers for customisation, speed, design and features.


Five Best Android ROMs

Whether you’re looking to upgrade an Android device forsaken by its manufacturer or you just want more control over the phone or tablet you own, a new ROM is often the way to go. Rooting your phone is the first step, but a new ROM will give you a completely new mobile OS. This week we’re going to look at five of the best Android ROMs.


Google Nexus 4 And Nexus 10 Australian Release Plans And Prices

Google is expanding its Nexus range, adding a 10-inch tablet and a newly-updated Nexus phone to the series. Australia is amongst the handful of countries that get the devices in the first release batch. Yay!


Which Player Is Best For Syncing To Android?

Syncing an iPhone with iTunes is about as seamless as it gets, while Andorid users are often left with a much clunkier experience — or at least having to figure out what desktop music player best fits their syncing needs. Here’s how our favourite music players stack up against one another in Android-syncing prowess.


Dealhacker: Australia’s Cheapest Android Tablets

Kogan’s announcement of a sub-$200 Ice Cream Sandwich Android tablet adds to what’s already a very competitive market. Just how cheaply can you score a basic Android tablet? Here are five of the cheapest current “bargains”.


Five Best Android Keyboards

The beauty of Android is that it’s so customisable, and Android keyboards are no exception. There are keyboards available for every kind of typist, whether you prefer to hunt-and-peck, turn your phone sideways and use both thumbs, or swipe across the screen with one finger. This week we’re highlighting five of the best Android keyboards, based on your nominations.


Five Best Android Web Browsers

There are dozens of great web browsers available for Android with all sorts of features. Whether it’s syncing with your desktop or super-speedy browsing or support for Flash navigation, there are plenty of options — some popular, others not so much. This week we’re going to look at five of the best Android browsers.


Why There Won’t Be An Android ABC iview App

After several delays, the official iPhone app for the ABC’s excellent iview catch-up TV service was released earlier this week. Unfortunately for Android owners, it’s going to be a while before there will be an equivalent Android app.


Lifehacker Pack For Android: The Best Apps

Even if you already have an Android phone that’s loaded with must-have apps, there are always more great options available to help you make the most of your Android device. For our third annual Lifehacker Pack for Android, we highlight apps that help you stay productive, connected, informed and entertained.