This secret tweak will make your Android phone much faster

Android Tips Tricks

In the early days of the Android platform, smartphones like the G1 were painfully slow and clunky. Handsets struggled to open apps, freezes were expected, and crashes were regular occurrences. Fast forward to 2014, and Android is an entirely different story.Google’s code has enjoyed years of optimizations and processors and other components have improved dramatically. Even most low-end and mid-range Android phones run smoothly in most normal situations now.

Sometimes, however, things slow down. It can be incredibly frustrating — even more so than it was back in Android’s early days, because back then it was the norm. Now, users expect a more fluid experience and when they don’t get it, it’s frustrating.

But thanks to Android’s open nature, there are often simple little tweaks that can be made in order to speed things up.

Though it is easily one of the best mobile browsers out there, Chrome for Android can sometimes be a source of aggravation for Android users. Particularly when many tabs are open at once, the app tends to get a bit choked up. As a result, pages load slowly and scrolling can get choppy.

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8 tips on how to protect your Android touch screen

Noways, smartphones and tablets come with the toughest and most scratch-resistant touch screen panels, thanks to such materials like Corning Gorilla Glass. It takes a lot to break and damage them. This, on the other hand, is not impossible if you behave recklessly with your Android device. Here are some precautions to consider in using your touchscreen.

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1. Only use your fingers or stylus, if one comes with the device, like the Galaxy Note 3 for example. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra allows you to use pencils on the display, however this should not be done with any other device.

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Only use your stylus or finger on an Android touch screen, and for pete’s sake, be gentle! © androidpit

2. Avoid letting your touch screen come into contact with other electrical devices. There are many people who think that magnets will damage your phone, when it fact it likely won’t. The only thing that a magnet might do is mess up your built-in magnetic sensor which is used for compass apps.

3. Electrostatic discharges, meaning a sudden surge of electricity between two connected electrical devices, could ultimately cause the touchscreen to malfunction. This might happen when your smartphone is placed near an object isolated to the ground that conducts electricity.

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How To: Deal With Your Smartphone’s Broken Keys With The Help Of Apps

Are those navigation buttons on your smartphone not working anymore after a nasty drop? Well, repairing the buttons is a definite solution. However, if you hate to spend money on gadgets (like me), or just too lazy to visit a service centre, we have some temporary home app remedies for you. The solutions vary depending on the software platform. Considering that it’s the most popular smartphone platform, let’s start with Android.

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If your Android phone’s hardware keys aren’t responding, head over to Play Store and install Anywhere Key (no root). Developed by A.Akira, this app enables on-screen SoftKeys — Home, Multitasking, Back, Messaging, Settings, and more. There are quite a few similar apps in Google’s app repository, but Anywhere Key makes it to our list since it doesn’t require a rooted handset. This means you don’t have to let go of your phone’s warranty.

If you find Anywhere Key too colourful for your liking, you can give Simple Control a shot. This app provides an easy-to-use strip of navigation buttons. However, you may find it somewhat obtrusive. So yes, navigating with these virtual keys may not be as convenient as the hardware buttons, but then it’s a substitute and not a replacement. –

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Android phone battery suffering? Here’s a simple fix

Android phones are good smartphones, but they occasionally suffer from the nasty “Sudden Battery Drain Syndome.” That’s the situation where the phone battery, with no different use by the owner, suddenly drains for no apparent reason. It turns out this is often caused by Google, and there’s a simple way to halt the drain.

The battery drain doesn’t happen often, but when it does it has the ability to leave you high and dry with a dead Android phone. You likely aren’t doing anything differently when it strikes, so it’s unexpected. This can have serious consequences, especially for workers needing to stay in touch with the office.

This situation hits fast, and there’s usually no warning the battery is draining to a critically low level. Often, the first warning that something is amiss is a critical battery warning from the phone.

It turns out that often this situation is caused by Google. Online research shows the culprit is often either Google Services or Play Services. Google Services is the background task on Android phones that keeps all of the company’s services in sync and updated. This covers Gmail and the Chrome environment, among other services. Play Services is the background task that interacts with Google’s Play Store, to keep installed apps updated in particular.

For some reason, these services sometimes get “stuck” doing their jobs, and this results in a big power drain on some phones. Perhaps the service is constantly polling user phones, resulting in a rapid drain on the battery.

Whatever the reason, when this happens it usually just hits a particular model of phone running a particular version of Android. Since it only hits a relatively small number of phones at once, it doesn’t gather widespread attention. Some folks end up with a near dead Android phone, while most are unaffected.

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G Cloud Backup 4.0.3 for Android Released for Download

G Cloud Backup for Android

G Cloud Backup is the single app that enables you in one single step to transfer all phones content such us photos, music, videos, contacts, messages to a protected cloud; therefore, you don’t have to worry anymore that you can lose it, moreover it’s FREE up to 10 GB.
If, by mistake, you lose or replace your phone or tablet you just need to install G Cloud Backup on any other phone or tablet and your stuff will be recovered in a single tap.
Keep in mind that G Cloud Backup needs the privileges to restore and backup your call logs, SMS, calendar, system setting or to locate your missed device, the data off the phone are not erased without your approval. Disabling these choices will also disable the use of its rights.
The new update is coming, in addition to the previous features, with new ones, such us : Cloud Gallery; Find My Android option, this requires location privilege and unhitch screen while sounding to locate;
Unlimited storage for just $ 1.99/ month; new interface; calendar backup; purchase eGift to your friends; bug fixes and so much more.

For more information and for download G Cloud Backup visit Google Play Store from here.
The application requires Android 2.2 and

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Top Five File Managers For Android Smartphones And Tablets

Android users who have picked up Nexus or HTC handsets must be missing a file-manager. Well, you can make do without a file manager on a smartphone. In fact, many iPhone and Windows Phone users consider it as an unnecessary clutter. However, Android users choose functionality over aesthetics. Thankfully, Google’s Play Store is flooded with file-organiser apps. Out of them all, here are the five quality apps that are worth giving a shot.

File Expert
Developer: GeekSoft

File Expert lets you organise the files on your phone, memory card, and cloud. You can view files in category or folder view. The app offers an efficient multi-tab based interface (similar to what we get in the web browser). Apart copying, moving, deleting files, you can transfer them to other devices including Wi-Fi direct feature. The search function works well, and there’s a recycle bin too. For tablet users, there’s a separate HD version tailored for bigger screens.

Download Link: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xcxin.filexpert

Astro
Developer: Metago

ASTRO is a free, ad supported file manager that does what it says. With the help of this app, you can organise and view all your files. It can also double up as a backup app and a task killer. It supports cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive. One nifty feature is the “Cloud Hopping” that lets you move files from one cloud to another. Search, results are almost instantaneous across all indexed locations (mobile device, clouds, networked locations).

Download Link: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.metago.astro

Android users who have picked up Nexus or HTC handsets must be missing a file-manager. Well, you can make do without a file manager on a smartphone. In fact, many iPhone and Windows Phone users consider it as an unnecessary clutter. However, Android users choose functionality over aesthetics. Thankfully, Google’s Play Store is flooded with file-organiser apps. Out of them all, here are the five quality apps that are worth giving a shot.

File Expert
Developer: GeekSoft

File Expert lets you organise the files on your phone, memory card, and cloud. You can view files in category or folder view. The app offers an efficient multi-tab based interface (similar to what we get in the web browser). Apart copying, moving, deleting files, you can transfer them to other devices including Wi-Fi direct feature. The search function works well, and there’s a recycle bin too. For tablet users, there’s a separate HD version tailored for bigger screens.

Download Link: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=xcxin.filexpert

Astro
Developer: Metago

ASTRO is a free, ad supported file manager that does what it says. With the help of this app, you can organise and view all your files. It can also double up as a backup app and a task killer. It supports cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and SkyDrive. One nifty feature is the “Cloud Hopping” that lets you move files from one cloud to another. Search, results are almost instantaneous across all indexed locations (mobile device, clouds, networked locations).

Download Link: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.metago.astro

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How to Convert Your Android device Into a Security Camera

How to Convert Your Android device Into a Security Camera

Smartphones can be really smart and capable, depending on how smartly a user can operate it. The advent of these devices have not only made our lives easier but also made our work approach much smarter. Let us look at a possible way of turning our smart device to a security system setup. This would require an Android device, a GoPro Hero 3 or any other edition of the GoPro range of adventure cameras and the GoPro App for Android. These can be used to set up a quick and simple IP based security camera system.

PROCEDURE

  1. Installation of GoPro app – Like all other Android apps, this can be found in Google Play Store. Search, download and follow installation instructions to install the app in your device.
  2. Connecting the camera – Next is to turn on the GoPro Hero 3’s Wi-Fi. Follow the same in your device and connect both of them to establish a wireless connection.
  3. Turn on the GoPro action – Get started with some GoPro action to verify live footage on your device screen simultaneously. The app quickly connects to the camera and starts streaming live captures.

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How to solve four common problems with your new smartphone

For all their smarts, smartphones can be complicated animals. Or at least frustrating ones, especially if you run into some of the problems that tend to crop up among new smartphone owners.

(Note that I’m referring to both new smartphone-owners and new-smartphone owners. Hyphenation matters, people!)

Thankfully, most of these issues are easily resolved — or if not resolved, easily worked around. Let’s dive right in.

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1. Battery life is disappointing.
It always is. Smartphones suck up a lot of juice, what with all that Facebook updating, e-mail fetching, and candy crushing — to the point where most users are lucky to get through a full day without needing an immediate trip to the charger.

In fact, I’ve found that Android phones are particularly poor at power management, though that’s a topic for another day. The good news is that you can tweak some settings and/or install some apps that will give your battery a much-needed boost. Check out these helpful posts:

Personally, I’ve found that if you drop screen brightness to around 50 percent and turn off “push” e-mail, you’ll see huge improvements in battery life.

The other “fix,” of course, is to pack a mobile charger, thus extending your runtime when the juice runs low. For a wallet/purse-friendly shot of emergency power, check out Kickstarter project Jumper Card. I’m also very partial to Anker’s mobile chargers, like the compact but long-lasting Astro.

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