Posts tagged with: how-to
  • by | July 26, 2013 2:17 PM

    Android 4.3 was announced and released earlier this week with an OTA update promised to start rolling out immediately. Like many of you, I still haven't gotten my OTA update, and I'm getting antsy. Luckily, Google has released the system images for all the Nexus devices that support Android 4.3, and with just a little bit of tech-know-how, you're on your way. Here is how to get Android 4.3 on your Nexus today! How-to get Android 4.3 The first thing you'll want to do is backup anything that you don't want to lose, this process will return your Nexus 7 to factory defaults. After that, ...

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  • by | July 22, 2013 7:30 AM

    When Google Maps for Android was originally announced, it lacked one very important feature: offline mode. On the surface this wasn't a big deal, after all, we are always connected to the cloud when we're on our smartphones, right? Unfortunately, no, we're not, especially when it comes to navigation. Driving through rolling hills in the middle of Nowheresville, USA or even through urban canyons, cellular data can be slow, or absent completely. For people depending on their smartphone's navigation suite to get them from point A to point B, they could quite literally be lost. We needed a way ...

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  • by | May 7, 2013 7:00 AM

    Infrared (IR) has been used in various consumer electronics since the 1980s. It was even used in smartphones and PDAs in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But IR abruptly died off in light of newer smartphones, mobile operating systems and better methods of transferring data between two mobile devices. This year, several OEMs have come forward with flagships bearing IR blasters along their top edges. The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4, for example, both come with infrared capabilities. And using the respective applications on each, you can point towards your entertainment system and control ...

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  • by | May 3, 2013 1:17 PM

    As mobile experts, we do everything we can to look at every new device subjectively. You may hear us cracking jokes on a live show or voicing our personal opinions in editorials. But when it becomes time to get serious, when it's review time, we look at a phone (or tablet) from not only our own perspective, but as many others as possible – the perspective of the target demographic, the perspective of the general consumer, the standpoint of a power user, a modder or even a first-time buyer. We all look at a new phone differently. When we pull it out of the box and tear the plastic off, ...

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  • by | April 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    Everybody likes to customize their home screen to fit their style and personality. It's one of the things that makes Android so great! Your ability to customize your home screen is almost limitless! CodeG: Google Doodle Widget, for instance, lets you put the latest Google doodle on your home screen. Doing so adds some whimsy to your smartphone or tablet, and keeps your device looking fresh with content that changes daily. But CodeG doesn't stop there. In addition to being able to pick which geography you'd like your doodle to be pulled from, tapping on the widget opens Google Now. Some ...

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  • by | April 2, 2013 7:04 AM

    Android users aren't forced into a life of running just one ROM forever like owners of some "other" devices are. Users can change the way their device looks by changing wallpaper, widgets, and even the launcher (the app that is used to start every app). But Android takes that one step further: after rooting, users can flash almost any ROM they want on their device. The reasons for flashing a custom ROM are as varied at the people doing the flashing. Perhaps they want to change the look and feel of their device. Maybe they want to get rid of bloatware. They might want to get rid of their ...

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  • by | March 28, 2013 7:00 AM

    As applications and games are updated to support 1080p graphics (and beyond), file sizes have increased exponentially over the last year, making inbuilt storage worth its weight in gold. Just two years ago, 2GB and 4GB was not uncommon for built-in storage. Now the standard – or minimum, rather – is 16GB, yet that still is not enough for every scenario. It forces users to have to choose between what applications, games, music, pictures and videos they store on their device. What's worse is microSD card support, or expandable storage, is becoming a rarity for some OEMs. Until 32GB ...

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  • by | March 19, 2013 7:00 AM

    Battery life is one thing we constantly have to battle, especially on many high-end Android smartphones. The combination of quad-core processors, 5-inch 1080p smartphones, LTE connectivity and dozens of other specifications and connections sipping at your battery all day long, lasting an entire day on a single charge is becoming more and more difficult. Fortunately, some manufacturers have chosen to fight waning stamina by simply cramming more milliamp-hours inside their high-end options. Sadly, that still isn't always enough. But there are lots of things you can do to improve your battery ...

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  • by | February 28, 2013 6:41 PM

    The more integrated smartphones become with our daily lives, the more we tend to store on them. We store everything from pictures, music and movies to documents, PDFs, and a plethora of other content. I often find myself needing a quick way to get a single file – and sometimes everything – stored on my smartphone over to my computer. Generally, it's as simple as plugging up your phone to the computer via USB. But USB cables aren't always handy, and sometimes it just not convenient to have to use one. It's the 21st century – almost everything is wireless, and so shall be your data ...

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  • by | February 22, 2013 9:35 AM

    Yesterday, the Ubuntu 12.10 Touch developer preview was released. Canonical provided a method for the public to flash a preview build of the new operating system to the most recent Nexus devices: Galaxy Nexus (GSM), Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Eventually, I was pointed in the direction of this xda-developers thread, which makes the install much more quick and simple. The instructions in the thread are pretty straightforward, but they lack some details – details that are important for novices in the Android modding world. Check out the video below to see how to get Ubuntu for Tablets ...

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  • by | February 22, 2013 9:00 AM

    Canonical released its developer preview of Ubuntu for Phones yesterday, and it provided a method for the public to flash the preview of the platform to their personal Nexus devices. After trying to the better part of two hours to get apt-get working on my MacBook Air, I turned to someone for help. I was pointed in the direction of xda-developers, where I learned that flashable images were hosted on Ubuntu's site. The instructions, however, were a little scarce, particularly for anyone who isn't well-versed in the world of Android modding. If you're wondering how to get Ubuntu on your ...

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  • by | February 13, 2013 7:29 AM

    After almost a solid year of keeping its customers waiting, it looks like Samsung is finally gearing up for a North American release of the wireless charging product it promised way back at the Galaxy S III announcement. That's a good thing, and we're eagerly awaiting some hands-on time with the official inductive-charging pad ... but we're not exactly the patient sort. Fortunately, the popularity of the Galaxy S III, combined with an abundance of old Palm charging accessories, means a wide array of mods are available that allow users to bring inductive charging to their Samsung ...

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  • by | February 4, 2013 7:00 PM

    First we showed you how to get it done on the iPad, and now it's the iPhone's turn. For those of you fans of the Jailbreak underworld, the time has come. Evasi0n was finally released today for all iOS 6 compatible devices, and it’s as easy and stable as the most popular Jailbreaks we’ve seen in the past. Jailbreaking will allow you to side-load applications and services to iOS 6 that Apple has either not intended or not considered for your device. And as we historically know, many of these solutions have served to make iOS what it currently is since Apple has hired a couple of the ...

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  • by | February 4, 2013 5:17 PM

    For those of you fans of the Jailbreak underworld, the time has come. Evasi0n was finally released today for all iOS 6 compatible devices, and it's as easy and stable as the most popular Jailbreaks we've seen in the past. Jailbreaking will allow you to side-load applications and services to iOS 6 that Apple has either not intended or not considered for your device. And as we historically know, many of these solutions have served to make iOS what it currently is since Apple has hired a couple of the developers behind some of the apps being offered. It's hard to answer the question: Why ...

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  • by | January 29, 2013 2:36 PM

    If your phone or tablet is in Google's Nexus family you can quickly and easily restore your device to the latest, stock image. If you've already applied a custom ROM and don't want it anymore, want to force an update to the lastest version of Android, or even convert your YAKJUxx Galaxy Nexus to a TAKJU or YAKJU version for faster OTA updates, this is how you do it. Before we get started, following these instructions will wipe what's on your device, and anytime we talk about flashing there's a risk (albeit slight) that your device may never wake up again. Proceed at your own risk. Next, ...

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