3 great hacks for your Android device

Here are three ways to put your mark on your Android phone that give it a lot of personality. Don’t skip No. 3. It’s a back-to-basics way to turn your phone into your own, unique device.

Are you ready to get started? If so, think “Androidify.”

ANDROIDIFY YOUR SMARTPHONE

You’re familiar with Android’s green mascot. He’s the oblong-ish character with round, white disks for eyes, a detached head and limbs, and two little space-alien antennae on his head. (We think it’s a he.)

Now, you can create your own Android avatar (see photo below). You can access the Androidify website, Androidify.com, or get the app for free on the Google Play Store.

Androidify is really cool. It’s a lot of fun and it’s super easy to use. You start with an Android mascot and then use its templates to add your personality to it. There are loads of options to choose from.

You can choose from hairstyles, clothes, shoes – from sensible to beyond impractical, but fun. You can add glasses, shirts, pants, flags, boas and a lot more.

It’s all about you choosing items that reflect your personality. Plus, you can add your own distinct dance moves. Are you the type of person who does the robot, either to make your family laugh or because you’re thinking you’re killing it on the dance floor? Add that move or many others.

Then, the idea is to share your persona with your friends. You can add your image or GIF with your text messages, your chats and your social media posts. Give it a shot. It’s really fun.

By Kevin Downey

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25 best Android tips to make your phone more useful

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Android is the most popular computing platform in the world thanks in part to how fast it has evolved over the years. Google is always adding new features and making changes to existing ones, and OEMs like Samsung and LG can add their own stuff on top of that. It can be hard to keep up, so we’ve gathered the 25 best tips for your Android phone right here.

Configure a secure lock screen

Android phones all offer various forms of secure lock screens. Most phones will prompt you to do this during setup now, and you should. The defaults are PIN, pattern, and password. Some devices also offer fingerprint security and device-specific things like Samsung’s iris scanner on the Note 7. To control your lock screen, head to the system settings, and find the Security menu. Some phones have a separate lock screen menu instead. You will need to have a secure lock screen to use features like Android Pay and factory reset protection.

By Ryan Whitwam

See full story at Extreme Tech

 

16 Things You Didn’t Know Your Android Could Do

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1. Type by swiping

Gesture typing allows you to compose messages by dragging your finger from letter to letter, which is super convenient if you’ve only got one hand to spare. It’s available through Google keyboard (which you can download for free in Google Play), though the default Samsung keyboard offers the gliding function as well, albeit without the floating previews.

2. Share apps, contacts, photos, and music just by tapping phones.

The Android Beam (very sci-fi) allows you to instantly exchange almost anything — apps, contacts, music, videos, photos, and even certain app-specific items like favorite places on Foursquare or tagged songs in Shazam — just by touching one NFC-enabled device to another, typically back to back, and then tapping to send. Check if your phone is NFC-enabled under “More” in Settings (or, for Samsung devices, Settings > Connections) and then turn on either Android Beam or S Beam right below the NFC option.

3. Facial recognition lock.

To set it up, go to Settings > Security > Screen Lock and choose Face Unlock (for Galaxy devices: Settings > Lock Screen > Screen Lock > Face Unlock), and then snap a photo and you’re good to go. You can also set a backup PIN or take multiple shots for improving facial recognition, and if you’re worried that some mastermind might unlock your phone using just a picture of you, you can set a “Presence Check,” which requires you to blink.

4. Take a screenshot.

Super easy! Just hold down home, power, and volume up buttons at the same time (or, for Galaxy S4, just home and power).

By Arianna Rebolini

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Dealing with VPNs on a Chromebook running Android apps

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The Android subsystem (is that the right term?) is version 6.0.1 (above) at a Security Patch Level of Sept 5, 2016. The good news is how up-to-date this is. The bad news is that I own a number of Android devices, running version 4, 5 and 6, and the only way I can get bug fixes is to use a Chromebook. Even my Google Nexus tablet, also running Android 6.0.1, is missing the September patches.

The installation of Android is tied to a Google account. On a Chromebook with multiple Google accounts, one can be using Android apps, while another is not.

VPN

The most interesting aspect of Android on Chrome OS, to me, is VPNs. It’s interesting, because the Chromebook is now running two operating systems, Chrome OS and Android. A VPN connection typically lives in the fish bowl of an operating system (some live within a web browser). So, how does this hybrid system deal with VPNs?

See full Story at www.computerworld.com

Get Windows 10 in touch with your Android phone

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To have your Android phone’s notifications show up in the “Action Center” list of notices and alerts that pops up from the bottom-right corner of the screen, you first need to put down your computer, pick up your phone and install Microsoft’s free Cortana app for Android.

Open the app, sign into the same Microsoft account you use to sign into your Win 10 PC, tap the menu button at the top left, and then tap “Settings.”

Tap “sync notifications” on that screen, and you can choose what Android alerts will pop up on your PC after granting this version of Microsoft’s personal assistant access to various types of data on your phone.

You get four main categories of notifications, any of which you can disable: missed calls, text messages, low-battery alerts, and updates from individual apps. You can and should edit that last set–just as you would with smartwatch notifications–so you’re not getting interrupted on your computer by trivialities or by redundant updates from Android versions of apps that you already run in Windows.

(You may see a notice that some of these notifications are only available to Windows Insider members. As I am not a Windows Insider but can use all of these features, that text appears to be out of date.)

Once you’ve got everything configured as you wish, you can ignore this Android app. You don’t need to start using Cortana on your phone, and you can also remove the two shortcuts it will have added to your phone’s home screen.

You shouldn’t have to do any special setup on your computer, assuming you already enabled Cortana in Windows 10.

The phone-to-PC ties don’t run as deep as they do with the Continuity feature Apple introduced in iOS 8 and plans to advance further in this fall’s iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. You can’t, for instance, answer a call on your computer, although you can answer text messages there.

See full story at www.usatoday.com

9 Battery Saving Tips For Android

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The biggest grouse that smartphone users have is running out of battery power in the middle of the day. True, there are handy power banks and fast chargers available in the market to help tackle this problem, but additionally, there are also little tricks and tips that, when applied in the course of day-to-day usage, can help get that extra juice.

Android phones allow for a lot of customisation and tweaks, and this property helps in extending the phone’s battery life. Here are some handy tips that you can use.

1. Set brightness manually

By default in Android, the brightness is set to the adaptive mode. Which means that the phone’s sensor detects the light and adjusts its brightness accordingly. While this is a useful feature, it can be a drain on the battery charge. Instead, you can set the brightness level manually as per your requirements.

2. Turn off data when not needed

Another battery draining culprit is the phone’s constant search for the best possible data and calling network. It is therefore best to switch off ‘data’ when you don’t need it, which is practically most of the times. Most phones offer a one tap data switch-off. If you don’t have it, there is an app to help you with it.

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5 Tips to charge your android battery faster

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You are running out of time and you want to charge your android phone immediately? Well there is way to charge your phone faster than normal time. What else could be bad then dead battery? Read the tips on how you can get your android phone to charge faster.

1. Use the Right plug and original charger

Plug your phone into the wall socket and make sure you use the charger that comes with your device nowadays charger are universal, if you are in a hurry avoid plugging your device to your laptop or PC this will surely slow down the speed of charging.

2. Activate Air Plane Mode

Now enable air plane mode to speed up the charging. Depending on your device there could be different ways to reach air plane mode. People who are using Nexus 5 : long press the power button and select air plane mode. Air plane mode blocks any wireless radios on your device, which does not allow you to receive any call, message or any other notification.

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How to block ads on Android

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Pop-up ads are the most intrusive kind of adverts. Annoying on a desktop PC or laptop, potentially ruinously expensive on a mobile device. Downloading heavy web-pages takes enough data: you don’t need the additional cost of paying to load up an ad man’s marketing message.

Fortunately for Android users, there is no reason to suffer from pop-ups on your mobile. And here we suggest three straightforward ways to stop pop-ups appearing on your Android phone. These tips will all work for Android tablets, too.

We suggest you tackle each of these in order. We suspect that simply enabling the pop-up blocker on your chosen browser will make things work better. But if you need to you can take a real belt-and-braces approach, and block ads at the poxy server level.

See full story at www.pcadvisor.co.uk