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 set browser homepage on Android smartphones and tablets

Smartphone and tablets are great for browsing the web so here’s how to set your browser homepage on Android.

There are a number of browsers which you can download for Android including Dolphin, Opera and Firefox. However, there are two effectively ‘default’ browsers which we’re going to stick to for this guide – the Android browser and Chrome.

How to set browser homepage on Android

Android browser

The standard Android browser is likely to come pre-loaded on your smartphone or tablet. It’s typically called ‘Internet’ or ‘Browser. Here’s how to set your homepage in the Android browser.

Step One

Locate and open the Android browser. It might be on your homescreen but you can definitely find it in the app menu.

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Malwarebytes brings security software to Android smartphones & tablets

MalwarebytesPopular anti-virus software maker Malwarebytes has launched a new anti-malware app for Android after months of testing.

The app is free to download from Google Play and protects Android devices from threats including phishing emails, malicious applications and Trojan malware.

The app comes equipped with an anti-virus scanner as well as a host of other security features, including an application manager and a privacy manager which enables users to see which apps violate their privacy.

As a further bonus, the Malwarebytes application immediately scans files for malware and spyware when users open their email.

Malwarebytes is more commonly associated with Windows but its arrival on Android is good news, especially for a platform riddled with security concerns. A report in August found that Android malware had spiked 40% alone in the second quarter.

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How to Use Android Beam to Wirelessly Transfer Content Between Devices


Android Beam allows you to send content between devices just by pressing them back-to-back. Android Beam is ideal for sharing content – web pages, maps, videos, photos, and more – with other people’s phones and tablets. You can quickly transfer content between nearby devices without a long setup process.

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Should you root or not to root your Android Phone?

RootIn technical terms, Android rooting is defined as “… the process of allowing users of smartphones, tablets, and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to attain privileged control (known as ‘root access’) within Android’s subsystem.” iOS Jailbreaking is defined as “process of removing the limitations on Apple devices running the iOS operating system through the use of software and hardware exploits – such devices include the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and second generation Apple TV.” In Layman’s terms, this all basically boils down to meaning “You can do really cool things with your phone that you couldn’t do before.”

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12 worst Android annoyances and how to fix them

Android AnnoyanceAndroid may be the most popular mobile platform on the planet, but it’s not without flaws. Android phones and tablets frequently suffer from mediocre battery life, performance that slows down over time, embarrassing notification noises and and a host of other irritants. The good news is that, because Google’s operating system is so flexible, there’s a solution to just about any problem. These are the 12 worst Android annoyances and solutions for each.

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Android app data sync will help your phones and tablets keep in touch

Android app data syncAndroid update that will allows users to synchronize app data across multiple devices. If you have the same game installed on your phone and tablet, you’ll be able to start a game on one device and pick up exactly where you left off on the other.The update is part of the new Google Play Services 3.1 package. It’s not yet available to the public, but the folks at Android Police got their hands on a pre-release version and have been mining it for details.

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How To Take Screenshots On Android Phone

No matter what device you have, you can take a screen image without rooting your device. But rooting your device offers you some neat tricks — even if you’re using Android 4.0. You can take a screenshot by shaking your device or wirelessly via a web browser.

Take a Screenshot with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

If you’re using Android 4.0 or later, this is easy. Just press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time. You’ll see an animation on the screen, indicating that the screen photo was saved. Android will save the image to your Gallery. Launch the Gallery app and tap Screenshots to view and share your screenshot.

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Android SDK

You can take a screenshot on any Android device using Google’s Android SDK. After you’ve set up the Android SDK, all you have to do is connect your Android phone or tablet to your computer with its USB cable and fire up the SDK.

 

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AShot aka Android Screen Capture

AShot is a free, open-source way to take screen images of your Android device from your computer. It requires the Android SDK installed and properly configured. AShot offers a variety of advantages over the Android SDK screenshot feature, including near-real-time streaming of your Android’s screen to the Ashot application on your computer. You won’t have to keep clicking the Refresh button, as in the SDK. For more information, check out ourAShot walkthrough.

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Manufacturer Shortcuts

Some manufacturers build special screenshot shortcuts into their pre-Android 4.0 devices. For example, on many Samsung Android devices, including the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II (pre-Ice Cream Sandwich versions), you can press the Home and Power buttons at the same time to take a screen snapshot – in practice, you’ll press and hold the Home button, then quickly press the Power button. On the Galaxy S, press and hold the Back button and the Power button, or try pressing the Back button and double-tapping the Home button.

Different pre-Android 4.0 devices use a variety of different shortcuts – give it a Google and you might find that your device has a built-in screenshot shortcut you don’t know about.

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Device-Specific Apps

These manufacturer-specific hooks into the OS allow some apps to provide an easy-to-use, on-device way to take screen image.  For example, Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy S II (pre-ICS) users can use Screen Capture Shortcut Free to capture a screenshot without rooting their phones.

Another example of a device-specific app is AndroSS, which can take screen images on Android without root access on Tegra devices. If you’re not sure whether a device-specific app exists for your device, search the Google Play Store and see.

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Root Apps

The reason you have to jump through the hoops above instead of simply installing a screenshot app is because of Android’s security model. Android doesn’t allow apps to view your device’s screen – this could be a security problem. For example, a malicious app could spy on your online banking sessions. There’s no permission apps can request to take snapshots of your screen.

To give an app permission to view your screen, you’ll need to root your Android. After rooting your Android, you can install one of the many screen snapshot applications that require root from Google Play. There are many options to choose from, although many of them are paid apps. aScreenshot is a free app that worked for me. You can take a screenshot in a variety of ways, including shaking your device, tapping a notification, or setting a delay. Other apps have similar features.

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AirDroid, an awesome free app we’ve covered in the directory, also supports taking a screen shot on rooted devices. You can capture those images wirelessly via your web browser. AirDroid can control many other aspects of your device from a browser, too.

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