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iPhone 6 Plus. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Android

iPhone 6 Plus. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Android

The first batch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have already made their hands to millions of consumers in the United States and other major markets of the world. There is no denying the fact that many among them will be long time Android users who have been patiently waiting for Apple to make the shift to a larger screen.

iOS-8

With iOS 8, Apple is bringing a multitude of exciting new features to iPhone and iPad. In some cases, Cupertino is playing catch-up as it tries to match what’s currently available in KitKat; in others, Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system is about to blast past the latest version of Android.

Android and iOS will secure a staggering 95 percent of smartphone market share between them in 2014, according to the latest research from IDC. While it’s strictly a two-horse race, Google’s platform is currently far out in front when it comes to number of users, with Android’s market share expected to reach 80.2 percent by the end of the year.

Google has a new Android update up its sleeve that will be announced this summer, but while Apple posts impressive upgrade percentages, Android fragmentation typically slows deployment of Google’s latest, greatest mobile OS.

Google-Play-Store

April saw a bunch of quality apps land on the Play Store, including a couple directly from Google. The list includes a new email client from Dropbox, a new Twitter client with the potential to become Tweetbot for Android, an extremely popular automation app and more.

So, what are you waiting for? Read below to find out the best apps that were released on the Play Store in April.

Galaxy-S5-in-water

Up until last year, the only popular OEM whose devices were water and dust-resistant was Sony. However, this year there has been an uptick in OEMs making their latest generation of smartphones water resistant and dust proof. The most notable ones include Samsung’s Galaxy S5 with an IP67 rating and the Sony Xperia Z2 with an IP58 rating. Even though the HTC One (M8) does not carry any IP rating, it can still survive under water for around 30 minutes easily.

So, what does the IP rating mean? What is the difference between an IP67 and IP57 rating? Read below to find out.

One-M8-back

The new HTC One (M8) went on sale immediately after its announcement in the United States. Initial reports suggest that the handset is selling very well and it is looks like HTC might have finally hit the jackpot. Just like its predecessor, rooting the new HTC One (M8) is a pretty straightforward process if you know your way around ADB and Fastboot.

Before you start with the rooting guide below, keep in mind that the steps below will work with all the variants of the One (M8) that come with an unlockable bootloader. This means that owners of certain carrier branded US variants (hint: Verizon) of One are out of luck and need to look for other ways of gaining root access on their handset. 

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