Android Tips and Tricks – Making your Android device your own.

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Android device your own

With access to over 110000 apps, deep integration with Google and its apps, and the wide variety of hardware choice, Android has become a popular choice for people in the market for a new, capable phone.

Thanks to Android being available on devices from entry level all the way through to advanced, powerful tools, one can buy a phone that does everything they want and more and an appropriate price.

A lot of people I’ve spoken to about adopting Android have often said that it’s too complicated to learn, and they’d rather buy a user-friendly phone like a Nokia or iPhone.

Android is not that difficult to learn, however, and now that the OS is mature and well developed, compared to earlier days, it makes a good choice of phone to buy – The reason being that it can be used and tweaked to exactly how you like it, and indeed becomes your phone.

Below are a few tips that are good to know when first starting with your new phone:

  • Touch and hold – While on the home screen/desktop, one can touch and hold any open space on the screen. This then brings up a menu where one can access the wallpaper menu, widgets new phonefolder, as well as some other handy functions. Pressing and hold on an icon will enable you to move or remove it by dragging it into the trash can that appears. While in an app, this feature is also often present, opening up a new menu with various choices.
  • Don’t like the ringtones that come with the device? Download a custom ringtone maker and make one yourself. You can also go into your music app, touch, and hold, and select “Use as phone ringtone.” Alternatively, if you have a whole stack of sound clips and songs you like to use, set up a folder on the root of the SD Card (i.e., not within another folder) and name it ‘sdcard.’ In that folder, create the folder called ‘ringtones,’ ‘notifications,’ and even ‘wallpapers.’ This will then tell Android that you wish to have these seen as ringtones in the appropriate settings, and you can then go ahead and choose your tone of choice there.
  • Want quick access to your GPS, Brightness, Wireless, Bluetooth and Sync toggles? Touch and hold on the home screen in the desired spot, select “Widgets” and find and select “Power Control.” Alternatively, there are some great apps on the market that can do this and more.
  • Want to spice up your contacts list with photos? Facebook will sync all of your existing phone contacts with their details on Facebook, including their profile pictures. Their status updates and contact information will also be available in your contacts, as well as a link to directly access their profile. You can also add custom ringtones to specific contacts by going into the contact, pressing menu and selecting “Options.”
  • You can have more than one Gmail account and Exchange account on the device.  In Gmail for example, you just need to press menu, “Accounts” and add a new account.
  • Apps like LauncherPro and ADW Launcher will enable you to customize your app drawers, add transition effects when moving between home screens, theme your launchers, add dock bar and many more different customizations to your home screen experience.

LauncherPro

  • Apps like Astro are like the Windows Explorer for Android – It’s a file manager that will let you browse the files on your phone, as well as install any apps that you may have downloaded via PC or directly off the internet and place on the SD card – Note that you must have the “Unknown Sources” option ticked (Settings ->Applications). This, by the way, is known as sideloading, since the app isn’t installed from the market. If you select “Manage Applications” in this menu, you can also move apps to the SD card (2.2 and higher) (if they’re able to be moved), to save space on the device’s internal memory. Widgets and apps that run as a service/process (i.e., Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.) cannot run off the SD card. All you do is select the app, and press “Move to SD.” You can also “Force Stop” an app, clear cache and clear defaults from this location. Clearing defaults are handy, especially if you want to change launchers, or revert to the original one.
  • Under the Applications settings tab, if you click on “Development,” you can tick “Stay Awake” to prevent the screen from turning off while plugged into a charger.
  • In 2.2 or higher, you can also use the device as a portable wireless hotspot, and use the phones internet connection to surf on your laptop, iPod touch, etc. Look under: Wireless & network settings ->Tethering and portable hotspot, and enable the setting. Alternatively, you can hook up your USB cable and use that.

Above are just a few neat features that Android has available. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks from time to time!

Handy Android Tips & Tricks for Every Android User

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Handy Android Tips

People ignore the technical details or titbits of information and continue to work in a lame way. They don’t know how can they make best of their smart devices and make it run efficiently. It is primarily because they hate exploring and they love sticking to basics. If they get into trouble they rely on the repair-guy or trouble-shooter to figure-out and fix their problem. Here in this article we will share few basics must know methods in Android which every Android user must know. Here we go:

Yes! You Can Disable Those Annoying Notifications

  • Notifications can be sometimes very annoying because it always seeks attention. There are some notifications which are necessary and some which only irritates the user. So there is way to turn them off explicitly. To get rid of unwanted information in any version similar or above than Jelly Bean 4.1 you just have to long press the notification bar till a point when a message box appears. Go to App Info >> Un-Select the Show Notifications >> OK. And you have successfully removed notification from that particular Application.

Android Tips & Tricks

Wi-Fi Users, You do have control over your mobile data usage

  • There are times when people get surprised when they check their 2g/3g data usage despite staying on Wi-Fi most of the time. Yes, you can control over your mobile data and set restrictions on it. Just hop over to Settings >> Data Usage. You turn off mobile data usage by toggle Mobile Data to off state.
  • If at times you don’t want to turn off mobile data but restrict it to some boundaries than you go to Settings >> Data Usage and then you can move the orange line as per your monthly limits. You can set your data cycle by specifying the start and end date of the monthly reporting period.

mobile data usage

You can turn off Automatic App Updates

  • Those apps update automatically triggers in the background without your permission and make your processing & internet usage slows for a while. You can turn that off completely when you’re roaming. When you get Wi-Fi connection and device is idle you can turn it on and let the app updates itself according to your wish and convenience. For that you only need to open Play Store >> Settings. Tap on Auto-Update Apps and select Do not auto-update apps.

Automatic App Updates

 Clearing Defaults Apps

  • Many times user installs a new browsers or any other application and they want the files related to particular application must be opened in newly installed application. Like you want Videos to be always opened in MX-Player or your default browser should be Firefox. So you can make the defaults and then when you open the new application you can go ahead in setting the default according to your choice. To remove defaults go to Settings >> Apps and swipe to right and select the app which you want to clear the default and press on Clear Defaults.

Tips for Buying the Best Android Mobile Phone

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4G for Primary Connectivity

Android OS based Smartphones are whooping the people in the market. With the Android mobile phones, you can download the applications from the Android market which makes your daily tasks ease.  There are many Android based smartphones been released into the mart every month and choosing the best and choosing the one according to your needs is going to make you a real decision maker. But how to make a right decision? Based on the features, specifications, and brand you need to choose your Android Phone at the par.

Brand

There are many top brands which manufacture the Android smartphones, and there is also a little brand Android Smartphones. Samsung the is the leading Android smartphone maker in the year 2011 followed by the Motorola, HTC and many others. The branded mobile phones were manufactured with the suitable metal or plastic and design and give you good battery backup.

Brand

Processor

The Android based cell phones are powered by different types of the processor and if you need a budget Android mobile phone then going for a processor with speed more than 600MHz is the best choice. If you want to go for a high-end cell phone, then look at whether the processor is a dual core processor and having the speed of at least 1GHz.

Processor

Operating System

You may think here we are discussing the Android OS based mobile phones and what the hell do we need to talk about the operating System? There are many versions of the Android OS, and there are some applications which suites only to particular versions of the Android OS. Don’t choose the smartphones with the Android v2.1(Froyo) version predecessors because most of the applications work with at least Android v2.1. If you are sound enough to buy successor to v2.1 versions Android phone, then try the latest phone Samsung Galaxy Nexus with the Android v4.0(Ice Cream Sandwich).

Camera

For the budget mobile phone, the camera comes with 2MP and some cell phones may not have the front camera which is helpful for the video calling activities. If you are going for a 3G Android Smartphone, the n choose the mobile which has front camera.

Connectivity

There are the 3G cell phone and 4G LTE mobile. If your county doesn’t have a 4G carrier, then it would be the best choice to buy a 3G cell phone. Again ensure that your mobile phone should have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which are most useful for an Android cell phone. Also, check the free one which has a USB connectivity which helps you with the data transfer and to connect other peripherals.

Connectivity

Battery Backup

Battery backup is the most important feature for the Android smartphones where there are many complaints about the battery issues regarding the Android smartphones. The good battery is one which gives you a battery backup of 7 hours. Don’t try to choose dual SIM Android mobile phones because they get drained quickly compared to the regular Android cell phones.

5 More Tips n Tricks for Android

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Switch Between 3G and 4G

Following up on our last post of tips n tricks for Android, here are another five gems to help boost your Android experience.

Respond to Calls by Text Message

There’s no way of knowing when you’ll receive a call, and all too often they come in at inopportune times when you can’t talk. With Android, you don’t have to send these requests blindly off to voicemail in the hopes that they leave a message. With devices running Gingerbread (3.x) or newer (Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean), there is a great little feature on the incoming call screen alongside Pick Up and Ignore: ‘Ignore with Text.’ If you select this option, it will pull up a short list of standard messages to send to the person, so they know why you aren’t able to pick up and whether you’ll be able to call back later. In the personal settings of your phone, you can also customize these messages to fine tune them for your specific needs. All in all, this great little feature can help out by preventing those annoying ‘why didn’t you answer me’ discussions.

Respond to Calls by Text Message

Voice Recognition for You

The voice recognition built into Android is an amazing thing. It is very robust and capable of being used in a search, for dictation, voice dialing and much more. The downside, as with all voice recognition, is that it is not entirely accurate. If you happen to have an accent or not speak particularly clearly, the problem can be far worse. Fortunately, there is a way to fix this long term, namely, Personalized Voice Recognition.  Over time, Android is smart enough to learn the particulars of your voice based on the corrections made and will improve in accuracy to the point where speaking becomes far easier than typing.

Voice Recognition for You

Voice Recognition Safety

Voice recognition is an incredible feature, but it’s not without its weaknesses. I recall one time when, after using it to send text messages to a colleague, I then proceeded to have several minutes of a personal conversation with a friend who was with me. Little did I know the phone was still recording everything and had my full private discussion neatly typed up and ready to send to a co-worker. For those paranoid of sending the wrong thing, Android comes with a setting under voice recognition: Block Offensive Words. I highly recommend using it if you use your phone in any professional manner, or if you just want to make sure you never accidentally send an offensive message to your grandmother.

Voice Recognition Safety

Monitor Data Usage

Not everyone is lucky enough to have an unlimited data plan, and many phone companies take advantage by charging obscene rates for data use overages. For this reason, many people are rightly paranoid about using too much data, sometimes to the point where it takes away from their enjoyment of the phone. To rest easier, Android includes a Data Usage in the Settings menu. This will show you exactly how much data you’ve used, and even better, what you used the information on. You can even set warnings, so you know when you’re about to run out.

Monitor Data Usage

Switch Between 3G and 4G

4G LTE, for those who haven’t experienced it yet, is incredible and actually lightning fast. Whenever possible, I highly recommend using it. As it is a new network, however, its coverage can be rather spotty in some areas. If you happen to be experiencing a problem, under your mobile network settings, you can switch from 4G to 3G in Preferred Mobile Network. Often when your signal is too weak or keeps cutting out this can be just the trick to get it back.

Switch Between 3G and 4G

Buying Android Phone Helpful Tips

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Android OS version

Cell phones nowadays are no longer meant for simple communication by calling and texting. More than that, today the tech industry offers smartphones or Android phones that can do a lot more than a simple text messaging and calling. With operation system called Android, phones now can be used to access the internet using Wi-Fi. With this, the user of the android phone can easily check their messenger, emails, social network accounts, watch videos on different video hosting websites, and view and post pictures on photo-sharing sites. All the user need is access to Wi-Fi.

There are lots of Android phones in the market. These are available in different brand names and come in different prices and features. When you buy an Android phone, you have to consider lots of factors.

The Android OS version

Different Android phones have different operation system versions. Some have 2.3, and some are 4.0. Depending on your budget and needs, you have to determine what Android operation system you think will suit you. Of course, the latest version may cost a lot then the phones with older Android versions. The features and capacity of various OS versions also differ. If you think that the phone with older OS is just right with you, you don’t need to deal with the latest versions that can be more complicated to use.

Android 5.0 Lollipop

The Budget

Always go with the phone that has lower priced but already has all that you need. You don’t have to buy the latest ones if you don’t need complex features and applications not applicable for your need. Remember that you purchase the android phone because of your needs. If your needs are all present in a phone that cost cheaper than another due to its OS version, you choose it over the latest one.

Budget

The Look

Aside from the applications and features, the least thing you will consider is the look. Choose android phones that are easy to carry, stylish, and made of high quality. Android phones come in different colors depending on the brand. Some will offer you phones in black, white, pink or red.