Give Your ‘Android Phone’ a Speep-Rush With a Single Tweak; Helpful Tips And Tricks to Speed Up Android Phones

Apple’s iOS 7.1 software update has recently been released. There were new features, bug fixes and performance improvements, including significantly less “app crashes” and good speed boost.

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Every reviewer went on to give the best and the worst comments about the latest software update. You can read the tips and tricks for iOS 7.1here.

Although the tips and tricks were for iOS 7.1, some of them can also be tweaked to accommodate Android handsets. This way, you can get the better out of your Android smartphones and tablets, according to BGR .

Google is synonymous with adaptability and agility. Its mobile OS is open to all kinds of tweaks, improvements and enhancements even from third-party vendors. Also, it houses some of the best in-built features that Android users can use to enhance the user experience.

The Trick

When Android users switch from one app to another (or) when a new window is opened or closed, the onscreen “transition animations” come into picture. This display can be tweaked to improve the speed of the device, BGR  said.

To finetune this particular feature, go to “Developer options” settings. In some phones, this option may be hidden, perusing the available settings could locate you the option.

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10 things you didn’t know you could do with Android

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LOS ANGELES — Google updates Android software so often that sometimes we miss some of the really cool new features — like smiling at the phone to unlock and use it.

By far the No. 1 mobile operating system, Android is used on devices that range from the Samsung Galaxy series to handsets from LG and HTC, Google’s own Nexus line of phones and tablets and Amazon’s Kindle tablets.

Let’s take a look at 10 fun things you can do with Android on most phones:

1. Wi-Fi hot spot. Anywhere you have cell reception, you can use your Android phone to go online with your laptop or tablet. Be careful though, as some carriers will charge you extra for this.

2. Face Unlock. Instead of having to constantly type in your password, just smile at your phone instead, with Face Unlock. Set it up in the Settings tab, and head to Security.

3. Automation. Third-party Android apps like Tasker  and Automagic  take automation to the next level. For instance, I could set them to turn off my ringer when I walk into the office.

4. Android Beam: Here’s a way to exchange contact info, share photos or even apps wirelessly. With Android Beam, just put two Android phones together and they automatically beam out. (You’ll need a recent Android phone with NFC — Near Field Communication — built in. Most of the newer ones, like the Samsung Galaxy series and the HTC One, have it.)

5. Keyboard. One of the fun things about Android is the extra choices you get for the keyboard. You can download several third-party keyboard apps (Swype, Swiftkey) to use gesture typing and better text prediction, or the Google Keyboard app from the Google Play store.

6. Screen Shot. This functionality has been around for years, but it’s not exactly advertised. Here’s how to do it: Hold down Power and Volume Down to capture a screen shot. Pro tip: If you’re on the road and low on battery, take a screen shot of your directions list to keep the maps app from eating your battery.

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7 Essential tips for new smartphone owners

Smartphones have become so sophisticated that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the features and pre-installed apps that confront us when we first power up our new device. Having set up e-mail and learned the voice and text basics, we often breathe a sigh of relief and put off the more details to another day.

Here are 7 tips for getting off on the right foot with your shiny new device:

1. Customize your home screen

Nothing will make a smartphone feel like it’s yours than a customized home screen. Take time to set up the wallpaper, the colors, and the home screen icons just the way you want them. There is almost no limit to how much you can customize your phone with apps, widgets, notifications, ringtones, and more. Make it business-like, make it stylish, or make it zany, but above all, make it yours!

2. Get to know your camera

Of all the amazing features that your new smartphone has, the camera is the one that will give you the most reward for a little bit of study. Use filters to transform those mundane pictures into works of art; use editing tools to enhance resolution and color; use different settings to maximize the available light; use the instant share features to showcase your photos with friends and family. Being able to take great photos is often the #1 reason why people love their smartphones!

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Google+ 4.1 hits Android with notable improvements and enhancements

Google+A new version (4.1) of Google+ is rolling out to Android devices over the next few days and it’s full of new features, enhancements, and more. A post from Google’s Virgil Dobjanschi tells us that the app now plays better with pages and account switching, integration of other Google services, and pull-to-refresh. Of course, it’s not all “new and additional features” as Messenger is being pulled from the app.

Here’s the 5 key features in the Google+ 4.1 update:

  • 1. Account and page switching is a lot easier Just like Gmail for Android, you can now switch between multiple Google+ accounts with a couple of taps (vs. signing out and signing in again). And the Google+ pages you manage are likewise in the app menu at all times.
  • 2. Google Apps for Business features are now fully supported If your Apps administrator has enabled Google+, you can now share content publicly, with your circles, and/or with just the people in your organization. In addition: you’ll know at a glance whether someone’s profile is part of your Apps domain.

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How to get the best Moto X features on your Android device

Moto XThe Moto X is one of the most talked about smartphones of the year. Despite not being equipped with a full HD display and a quad-core processor like other high-end devices, Motorola still managed to bring something special to the market. The company tweaked the Android operating system just enough to deliver a unique user experience that helps set the phone apart from both the Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

The Moto X includes features such as Active Display, which allows for select portions of the AMOLED screen to light up to reveal the time and incoming notifications, and the ability to launch the camera application with a simple flick of the wrist, know as Quick Capture.

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How to enable 4G on a Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4One of the most interesting features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the ability of it to connect to LTE networks, more commonly referred to as fourth generation networks or 4G. Those who possess the device (…and the data plan to back it up!) can activate LTE connection, but it requires a little bit of a work around. In case you didn’t know how to do it, here is a quick tutorial on getting it enabled for your Galaxy S4.

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How to Set Notification LED on HTC One

HTC OneThe users of HTC One may be at great ease and comfort while using their new Smartphone HTC One. It is undoubtedly one of the hottest selling Smartphone available in the market throughout the world. The new users get confused to see various newly added features in it. One of these features if to set notification LED on HTC One that seems a very difficult task to the users because they have newly switched to it or partially because some users find it very difficult to operate a Smartphone with advanced technology.

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Best Photo Apps For your Android Tablets

Photo AppsThe road to creating a captivating image doesn’t end once you press the shutter button. Exposure, contrast and color balance adjustments can go a long way towards communicating your photographic vision. And while smartphones are perfectly sized for taking photos on the go, the much larger screen area of tablets makes them a great choice for perfecting your images after the fact, whether they’ve been shot with a phone or a dedicated camera. All you need is the right app.Here’s a look at the best tablet photo editing apps for iOS and Android, offering features and controls that rival, and in some cases even exceed the capabilities of entry-level desktop software.

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