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Phones and apps get more sophisticated by the day. Yet, they run up against the same old real world problem as always – data caps. If you like to snap pictures and share them on Facebook, watch a high quality YouTube video clip or two each day and try out a couple of new apps sometimes, you can burn through your monthly 5GB data allowance (if you have an unlimited plan) in no time . Simply listening to a half hour of streaming music on Pandora each day can knock nearly a gigabyte off your data package. You can use up your data even without actively doing anything. Your apps often go on the Internet on their own and download updates and other data. When your data allowance does … Continue reading
If you want to use your Windows computer to do things on your Android phone or tablet, all it takes is installing a Virtual Network Computing app on the Android device and a controller program on the computer. Controlling Android through a computer doesn’t offer a responsive user experience. When you press a key on your keyboard or move your mouse, it can take up to a quarter second to get a reaction out of the Android device. Still, it’s worth putting up with the lag for the conveniences that you get. Why you would want to use your computer to control your Android device? If you don’t have a Bluetooth keyboard to pair your Android device with, using your computer’s physical keyboard to enter long passages of text … Continue reading
Not long ago, aesthetics played an important role in what phone you chose. These days, practically every smartphone out there is a simple slab of glass. The fit and finish are about the only appreciable aesthetic qualities there are to judge in a phone until you turn it on. After that, it just comes down to how well the phone performs and how good the screen is. How do you judge how well a model performs? It can be difficult to judge a phone’s performance by its specifications. Just as with computers, processor speeds are very difficult to help judge what your user experience will be like. A cheap no-name phone with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor can be irritatingly slow and a well-made 800 MHz single processor … Continue reading
Our smartphones hold more personal information on us than any other device that we use. It is information that could easily fall into the hands of a con artist if the phone is stolen one day. The thief could quickly learn a great deal about you by looking at your address book, your messages, images and browser history. He could learn where you live, where you work, who your friends are and so on. Since a phone is easily misplaced or stolen, it is important to plan in advance for the day it happens. You need to protect yourself from the havoc that the con artist can wreak on your life. Fortunately, a good degree of basic protection isn’t hard to come by. All you need is to tweak … Continue reading
Although you might be thinking that you have all the apps that you need on your Android phone, there are some really useful apps that you might have never found the need for. But they are going to be real useful when you start using them. Here are five great apps that will enhance your Android experience: 1. Grooveshark: Your Android phone is one of your primary music devices. It's great to listen to music on your phone, but wouldn't it be awesome if you didn't have to download every song and stream them instead? In fact, wouldn't it be totally mind-blowing if you could listen to every song in the world for free? Grooveshark.com lets you do exactly just that. The mobile app for the site, however, isn't … Continue reading
For most people, a smart phone or tablet is a lifeline to the rest of the world. It keeps things like contacts, notes, text messages, to-do list, photos, and personal information at your fingertips. Unfortunately, all of that accessibility means that anyone who happens to get their hands on your phone also has access to your most sensitive information. If you have links or apps to your things like your bank account, email, or work information, this could spell disaster for your personal and financial information. Luckily, Android devices come with several built-in options for keeping your information out of prying hands, even if they do manage to snag your phone or tablet. Accessing these security options from the home screen is simple. Start at Device Settings, and then … Continue reading
Of the many things you can do on your Android smartphone with its large—and possibly high-definition screen—enjoying a good movie ranks highly. Whether you're waiting for a plane or without a television, these apps provide the best movie content directly to your phone or tablet. Netflix You can use your Netflix account to watch shows on your Android device. Although support for phones and tablets was scarce in the beginning, the Netflix Android app now works on devices sporting Android version 2.2 through Android 4.0. Your account lets you stream thousands of movies from the service's archives, so make sure you have a strong network or Wi-Fi connection before attempting to watch movies on your phone or tablet. Crackle Sony's entertainment service and its Android app may not have … Continue reading
Consumers have accepted that moving from a camera phone to an Android phone allows them to do more but not without sacrifices. It's true that your smartphone needs a charge more often than your old Nokia, especially with its bigger screen. However, you might preserve more battery life once you determine which behind-the-scenes culprits are eating away your charge. Don't buy a bulky, extended battery before checking out these things that frequently drain your battery. That Fancy Live Wallpaper Smartphones let you do more than the camera phones of the past, and live wallpapers are one of those new capabilities. Many users enjoy a variety of animations in the background of their phones, but they don't realize that live wallpapers are going to make phones die more quickly. Your … Continue reading
If you're running low on internal space on your Android phone, don't fret. Lack of space is quite frustrating as some apps require a minimum amount of free space to run without lagging or crashing. For example, HTC's own launcher, Sense, crashes after you drop below 100 free megabytes of space. Crashing is especially annoying if you have less than one gigabyte of space to begin with, which is often a problem with HTC phones. While you can't expand the internal memory, you can take some steps to clear up space, enabling you to download more apps or enjoy your Android smartphone without issue. Move Apps to Memory Card Moving apps to your memory card is one of the easiest ways to free up space. You can do so … Continue reading
Maybe you love the functions of your Android, or the price was just better than the iPhone. Whatever reason, you own the competitor's phone, and it's smart but just doesn't look quite as attractive in your eyes. Follow the steps below to turn your Android into an iPhone lookalike. Replace That Launcher iOS has an unmistakable launcher featuring large, docked icons at the bottom of your screen. Neither Android nor any of the manufacturer's UIs look quite like this, but you can achieve the same look with Espier launcher . Espier covers all of its bases, allowing you to long-press an icon to delete it and swipe to reveal a whole slew of iPhone-like options. You might even forget that your phone isn't an Apple. If Espier isn't to … Continue reading