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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How To Save Battery Life On Your Android Device

Smartphone batteries don’t last forever, and some devices have an almost-embarrassing screen-on time. Those big, luscious AMOLED and LCD screens and taxing apps are an obvious drain on your battery, but there are lots of things you can do behind-the-scenes to make your Android last longer. Let’s explore how to increase battery on your smartphone.

By: Cory Schmidt

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How To Unlock Android Device With Cracked Or Broken Screen

We all know somebody who dropped their phone one too many times with disastrous results. A cracked or broken screen is annoying enough, but what should you do if the screen is unresponsive when you try to unlock it?

The move from traditional buttons to fullscreen devices means, if you can’t access the screen, you’re going to have trouble; especially if your device doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner.

Here’s a guide with a couple of different methods to unlock your device if you want to retrieve files, messages, and contacts.

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How to Check If Your Android Device Is Functioning Properly

There are a lot of components that go into making a functioning smartphone, and if one of those isn’t working properly, it can throw off your whole experience.

But how do you pinpoint exactly what’s wrong with your device? Maybe the accelerometer seems a bit off when you play racing games, or maybe browsing the web on mobile data or Wi-Fi doesn’t feel as fast as it should.

Whatever your problem is, there are apps that can help you figure out what is wrong and how to solve it. Even if you’re not having a specific problem, it might be good just to run through a little check-up on your phone to ensure everything’s running smoothly.

Google Device Assist

Your first stop should be the Google Device Assist app. It’s available from the Play Store, but unless you have a Nexus or Moto device, you’ll need to download the APK and install it manually.

This app does a lot more than just check for issues. If you’re a beginner, it will give you tips and advice on how to better take advantage of your Android device (though we have some of our own advice for beginners too).

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By Riley J. Dennis

 

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Pushbullet Now Syncs All Your Notifications Across any Android Device

Android: One of the problems with using multiple Android devices like a phone and a tablet is that dismissing notifications on one device doesn’t clear them from another. Pushbullet’s latest update aims to fix this by syncing notifications across all devices.

Pushbullet uses Android’s notification listening service (which means this feature only works on Android 4.3 and up) to monitor all of your other apps’ notifications. It then mirrors them across all your devices—your phone, tablet, and even desktop—and when you dismiss it from one device, it dismisses them from all of them. Just as nature intended.

The feature is in beta so it may not work perfectly just yet. To activate it, you’ll need to enable “Sync my notifications” in the settings of each app you want to sync notifications on.

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How to Install CyanogenMod Apps on Any Android Device Without Rooting

How to Install CyanogenMod Apps on Any Android Device Without Rooting

How to Install CyanogenMod Apps on Any Android Device Without Rooting

The CyanogenMod is arguably the most widely celebrated custom ROM for Android which is known for its top-notch performance with an imposing fan base.

Android users often shy away from installing custom ROMs owing to risks such as warranty issues with rooting and potentially bricking their device with incompatible kernels.

Such risks are no longer there, as CyanogenMod apps can now be installed via a new tool called “CM Apps”, which does not require your device to be rooted.

CM Apps brings a handful of feature-rich apps such as Apollo (a music player), Clock widget, DSP Manager (an audio enhancing tool), Sound Recorder, Customisable Trebuchet launcher and more.

The CM Apps is not a creation of Cyanogen team, but it is developed by some third-party Android developers. It brings some signature apps that are synonymous with the original CyanogenMod 11 ROM.

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How to Download and Use Google Maps for Android, iOS Without Internet

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Lost in Nowhereland with no Internet connection as far as you can see? As always, Google Maps can help you find your way back, as long as you have an iOS or an Android device, even if you are offline. Google recently added a feature to Google Maps, which lets you save maps to your phone.
Yes, you can now check maps even when there is no Internet connection. The downside is that you will not have access to route information, addresses, navigation, traffic, and a host of other data that require an Internet connection. However, having map data for reference might just save you a lot of time. Here’s how to use this nifty feature on iOS and Android. The steps are identical for both platforms.

What you need to use this feature

You’re going to need an Android or iOS device. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available on other platforms. Google Maps version 3, which was released last week on iOS, added support for offline maps. Android users, be sure to update to Google Maps version 8 before following the steps listed below.

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Whistle Camera for Android lets you take photos and selfies with your mouth

The term “hands-free” will never be the same. Imagine that you don’t have to fiddle with the touchscreen to take a picture on your Android device. Imagine that you don’t even have to hit a physical button to take a selfie. Imagine just whistling.

Okay, now stop imagining and check out Whistle Camera for Android. The app lets you whistle to take a picture. We tested it ourselves and we can say with confidence that it works exactly as promised.

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Here’s the official feature list:

  • Whistle detecting camera.
  • High quality pictures.
  • Auto focus.
  • Easy holding and taking pictures just with one hand.
  • Using the volume up button for more easy way to take a picture.
  • Picture sites hands free while driving using the whistle.
  • Selfie pictures using cam countdown.
  • Both landscape and portrait orientation supported.
  • A very useful and fast picture gallery.
  • Share your photos.
  • Easily edit your photos.

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