Android co-founder’s new smartphone confirmed to run Android

The new smartphone from Andy Rubin, which will be the debut product of his new company Essential, will indeed run Android for its operating system. It looked that way from the tiny peek at the corner we got from Rubin’s tweet earlier this week, but now Google’s Eric Schmidt has confirmed it’ll be one of a few “phenomenal new choices for Android users coming very… Read More

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Smartphone Tips & Tricks | How to Save Maximum Battery (Android)

This program is based on the useful smartphone tips and tricks

There are some applications in your smartphone that you don’t know about but they keep on consuming a lot of battery life, because of why your Smartphone takes a lot of time to charge and also the battery consumes very fast.

So this video will tell you about a tip that can help you increase your smartphone battery timing without installing any extra application.

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Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

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If you’re holding your shiny new Android smartphone and are wondering how to get the most from it, then you’ve come to the right place.

Whether this is your first smartphone, you’ve just hopped over from an iPhone, or you’ve had a number of Android handsets, we’ve pulled together some of the best Android tips and tricks to help you get the most from your phone.

Android is an ever-changing beast with many faces. There are different versions of the software, there are plenty of different manufacturer skins layed over that Android core, like those from Sony, Samsung or HTC, and there’s a limitless level of customisation you can apply from Google Play, or other third-party sources.

That means that few Android devices are alike, but all Android devices have the same foundation. So, starting at the beginning, here’s how to master your Android phone.

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Charging Your Smartphone… What Can Possibly Go Wrong?

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Modern smartphones consume so much energy that charging them once a day is not always enough.When they are used intensively, the user sometimes has to look for a power source in the middle of the day, and charge their device whenever and wherever possible. At first glance, it seems absurd to worry about safety in these circumstances. You plug the smartphone into a socket and it starts charging – the same as with a flashlight or a toothbrush, right? But, in fact, there are some hidden dangers which you need to be aware of.

By: Serge Malenkovich

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3 Tips to Unclutter Your Android Phone & Maximise Built-In Memory

There are four reasons why a smartphone (in general) might not run smoothly or in the way user would expect it to work:

–          Smartphones with low built-in memory

–          No microSD expansion slot support

–          Devices with bloat-ware installed

–          Users in low-signal areas, that causes the battery drain in search of signal/network

Although users cannot do anything to counter the last point, there are solutions to the other three problems. According to CNET, there are three things any Android users can do to free up their built-in and expandable memory. This includes eliminating downloaded files, transferring these files to other devices or backing them up in any form of cloud storage. In addition, this should help in automatically backing up media files and also help in clearing cached data from the installed apps.

File Manager

File manger apps come handy when it comes to organizing or storing files/data; especially with downloaded files from emails, networking sites, blogs among others. The most recommend File Manager app is ‘ES File Explorer’. This app works in tandem with many cloud based services like Google Drive, Box, SkyDrive and Dropbox to provide an efficient way of organizing data.

Readers who are interested in getting cheaper cloud storage option should check-out iDrive, which offers 50 GB of cloud storage for just 0.99 cents (year-after-year).

Cache Management

Every time a user installs an app on the device, a folder is created to save user settings, images, files, and logs. According to CNet, “each time a user watches a video on Instagram the data is cached (stored) on the device, which allows the video to load quickly upon trying to view the same content again. But how many times are you going to watch the same video (unless it’s ridiculously funny or cute)?”

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The Best Way to Text From Your Computer on Android

The Best Way to Text From Your Computer on Android

You don’t switch away from your PC to your smartphone to reply to an email or an instant message, so why should a simple SMS message be any different? Thankfully, if you have an Android device, you can continue using your PC (and its full-size spacious keyboard) to read and send text messages. Our choice for this task: MightyText.

Features

  • Syncs SMS and MMS on Android phone and Web
  • Stores messages up to 6 months for free (forever for Pro users)
  • Syncs contacts from phone
  • Syncs photos and videos from your phone’s gallery, with editing and filters
  • Add media from preloaded gallery of popular GIFs, videos, memes, emojis and quotes
  • Favorite texts
  • Default list view, grid-based power view for multiple conversations
  • Battery indicator
  • Notifications for incoming calls
  • Dial a number from the web (needs phone to talk)
  • Ring your phone to find it
  • Chrome extension to send messages from Gmail and Facebook chat windows
  • Schedule text messages to send later (pro only)
  • Save message templates (pro only)
  • Create contact lists for easy group messages (pro only)
  • Send messages to 25 people at a time (pro only)
  • Add signatures (pro only)
  • Block certain numbers from syncing with MightyText (pro only)
  • 11 additional themes (pro only)

Where It Excels

Of all the different PC text messaging solutions for Android, MightyText is the easiest to use. Install it on your Android, sign into Gmail, fire up the webapp and you are ready to go. The app hooks you with the “it just works” charm and then unloads some handy extra features to keep you happy. The big seller is how effortlessly it syncs your text messages, whether you are connected on Wi-Fi or using a data plan. The Power View makes it easy to carry out multiple text conversations simultaneously. Plus, if you use the Chrome extension, it will give you pop-ups when you are in your Gmail or Facebook tabs, much like how an incoming chat message looks in those windows. And you can compose new messages too. The Pro version ($39.99/year or $4.99/month) takes it up a notch with the ability to schedule messages and save templates—both useful features that are worth the money if you text a lot.

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Android Antivirus: 6 truths about smartphone malware

Android is a hot bed for malicious malware. This malware is so dangerous that it can destroy your phone, and even your life if you’re not careful. The worst part is it’s already happening to you right now! There is no place to hide! It’s everywhere! At least that’s what some people want you to believe. Android malware has been a hot topic for several years.

With just a quick search for “malware” on this site you can find many stories about this topic. There are reports from security companies about Android malware being on the rise,infographics for fighting malware, reports of Google patching holes, and much more. It’s time to set things straight once and for all. This is the truth about Android malware.

1. It exists

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If you are using something that has access to the internet you are susceptible to malware. Windows, Mac, iPhone, and even Blackberry devices are susceptible to malware. Being able to access the internet makes any device a target for malware. Android is no exception. In the past few years there have been cases where Android devices were infected by malware. The most public cases were from Microsoft’s #DroidRage campaign. They held a device giveaway for anyone that was infected with Android malware.

Still, those are extreme (and maybe fake) cases. Despite what you may have heard Android is actually one of the less susceptible platforms out there. It is estimated that less than 0.001% of app installations are able to evade Google’s security measures. Even though the malware exists it’s not a serious concern for most Android users.

2. Google has security

There are some people who think Android is like the Wild West. They think the sheriff, Google, is out-of-town and everyone is free to do as they please. This is obviously not true. Google has advanced security tools with many layers of protection. The 0.001% of apps that do make it pass Google’s security have to make it through all the levels in the chart below.

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That’s 7 layers of security. If the user doesn’t have unknown sources enabled, like most average users don’t, the app won’t even make it past the second level. Android is not the wild west, but it’s not Apple’s walled garden either. Google will let anyone upload an app to the Play Store, but that doesn’t mean they will let it infect your device. They have your back.

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Shoot time-lapse videos with your phone

Time-lapse photography — when done right — can reveal the beautiful, imperceptible slow movements of an otherwise mundane scene. By speeding up time, a sunset plunges into the horizon, and the slow crawl of cars in traffic take on a look of blood pumping through asphalt arteries.

Capturing scenes like this used to take a lot of money, time, and special equipment, but today you can get professional quality results using just your smartphone.

Choosing the scene

Time-lapse photography doesn’t lend itself well to every situation. When you’re picking a scene, make sure you’re capturing something where there will be some action — even if it’s subtle. Waves on the beach, trees in the wind, cars on the road, people walking by, that kind of thing.

And even though the end result looks quick, these things take time to make — 10 to 15 minutes minimum. Because of that, make sure you’re in a location where you can relax for awhile or be able to leave your phone unattended. Placing your phone in a window works well, or perhaps the patio of your hotel room if you’re on vacation with a nice view at your disposal.

Setting up

When it comes to setting up your smartphone camera to capture a time lapse, the most important thing is to make sure that your phone isn’t going to wobble around, since that will break the spell that these videos can cast. Unfortunately, with today’s thin smartphones, it’s nearly impossible to rest these things on a table or prop them up on their own.

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