Posts tagged with: how-to
  • by | January 4, 2013 1:24 PM

    For some reason carriers like to load up "their" phones with apps that they think you want. These apps take up space on an already limited storage partition, they occupy screen real-estate in your app drawer, and in most cases you can't remove them. We affectionately refer to these apps as "bloatware" because just like after eating a big holiday meal, they leave our phones feeling lethargic and overweight. Because OEMs and carriers install bloatware as system apps, you've got to have root permissions to remove them. Most of the time that means unlocking, rooting, and installing a custom ...

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  • by | January 3, 2013 4:07 PM

    Auto-rotation is one of the thing I either love or hate. When it works right, it's wonderful! The gyroscope/accelerometer inside my device recognizes that I've turned it and quickly switches the display from portrait to landscape -- or vice versa. Luckily, this process usually happens fairly quickly. Unfortunately, rotation does take a second or so from the request to rotate until the screen is fully rotated and usable, which can seem like a long time -- especially if you didn't mean to rotate the screen in the first place. When I'm laying down or leaning against something, very often my ...

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  • by | December 26, 2012 11:12 AM

    The sugar rush of candy canes and chocolates is beginning to wear off and you're finally starting to go through all the gifts and gadgets that you received this holiday season. You probably got something shiny and new, but with smartphones and tablets being capable of doing practically everything, you're probably asking yourself: what next? Before you go installing every version of Angry Birds in the Play Store there are a few more "practical" tasks you might want to address to keep your phone safe, charged, and ready to take you wherever you want to go. Setting up During the setup ...

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  • by | December 13, 2012 1:59 PM

    Another of my favorite features in Android Jelly Bean 4.2 is the new Quick Toggles panel. It's sort of like the Power Widget that some custom ROMs include in the notification shade, but devoted to its own panel. You get to it by pulling down on the notification bar with two fingers on smartphones (or by pulling down on the right side of the notification bar on tablets). Inside the Quick Toggles panel you're able to quickly check the status of various components like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and easily toggle them on or off. Unfortunately, there's currently no way for you to change what shows ...

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  • by | December 12, 2012 10:47 AM

    Updated: Alternate method to flash from a custom Recovery Image, and video showing the final result. Android Jelly Bean brought with it a whole new way to search and get up-to-date and location relevant information: Google Now. Search results are fast, beautiful, and usually pretty accurate. When compared against Apple's Siri, Google Now wins in many regards. The bad news? Officially Google Now is only available on tablets and smartphones running Google's latest operating systems (4.1 and 4.2). Sure, there are ways to hack the feature in, we even reported on one such method back in July. ...

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  • by | December 10, 2012 4:11 PM

    You'll be hard pressed to find someone who will argue with the fact that the Nexus 4 is one of the fastest smartphones on the market today. With a quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz one might think there aren't many ways to speed it up. Luckily, there are a few ways we can make our experiences with the Nexus 4 even faster! Let's take a few minutes to look at some "technical" methods of squeezing out some more speed, as well as a couple other more traditional tweaks to shave some seconds off common tasks. Face Unlock Most Android users that I know personally have set up either a pin or ...

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  • by | December 4, 2012 12:51 PM

    If you've been following Pocketnow for any length of time, you know that one of our favorite custom ROMs for Android-powered phones and tablets is CyanogenMod ROM. It's fast, it's lightweight, and for the most part it's pure Android. CyanogenMod has some advantages over other ROMs, specifically the way its built allows one set of developers to maintain and improve the core ROM, and another set to maintain the many, many devices they support. The reasons to flash a custom ROM are many and varied. Top reasons include performance improvements, increased features, and being able to run the ...

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  • by | December 3, 2012 3:29 PM

    If you're like me you've just received your Nexus 4, or it's in the mail to you now. After the first day has past and you want to do some fun stuff with it, how do you get started? Before you go further, as with most stuff in life, what we're about to show you isn't without risk. You could break your phone. If you're willing to take the risk, go and grab a copy of the Nexus 4 Toolkit, and press play to see how to get into fastboot, unlock your bootloader, root, install a terminal emulator, and confirm that we do, indeed have root access. We'll also show you how to quickly install ...

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  • by | December 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    If you've got an Android tablet, chances are you've let someone else use your tablet. Tablets seem to lend themselves to being used by more than one person -- at least when compared to smartphones. In my house our kids constantly want to borrow the tablets. That wouldn't be a problem but some of us are fairly proud of our save-games, and others don't want children sending emails to people in our address books. To remedy those situations Google introduced multi-user support for tablets starting with Android 4.2 (smartphones were left out). If you've wondered about multi-users and didn't ...

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  • by | November 29, 2012 1:04 PM

    Adobe's Flash Player isn't available to download through the Play Store anymore, but if you have a browser that's compatible and you can sideload an app, you can still get Flash content on your Android-powered smartphone or tablet. Before we go into the details on just how you can do that, let's dispel some myths and clear up some confusion. Myth: Android isn't compatible with Flash Yes it is. Flash runs just fine on Android. Myth: Android doesn't support Flash Yes and no. Adobe withdrew support for Android not too long ago -- and they never really supported iOS at all. It's not so much ...

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  • by | November 13, 2012 3:10 PM

    Google started selling their Nexus 4 and tablets with Android 4.2 earlier today -- though the ordering process hasn't been ideal. Another special treat was the beginning of Google's roll-out of Android 4.2 to Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners. As with all updates, the Android 4.2 roll-out will come to your device when it's your turn in line. We're not that patient, so of course we found out how to get the official OTA update and flash it on our devices without having to wait in that dreaded line! First off, like any other "flashing" procedure, you assume the risk of potentially bricking your ...

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  • by | October 31, 2012 3:56 PM

    Android 4.2, "a new flavor of Jelly Bean", was announced earlier this week, with it comes a new Camera and Gallery app that let you take advantage of Google's Street View technology by enabling you to take quick-and-easy 360-degree, immersive panoramas. Before we get started, these files are leaks, they're not supported, and you're assuming the risk of something going terribly wrong. However, if want to give it a try, you're in luck! Here's what you're going to need: A rooted phone or tablet running Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean (some custom ROMs seems to work better than others) Root ...

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  • by | October 30, 2012 12:27 PM

    After you've used your smartphone or tablet for a good, long time, eventually you're going to want to get a new one. What are you going to to with your old one? Will you put it in a drawer and let it collect dust? Or will you give it to a friend or family member, or maybe even sell it? Whatever you end up doing, it would be wise to run it through a "factory reset" before letting it leave your hands! In this video we'll go through the steps necessary to wipe four different devices, the T-Mobile G2, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Droid RAZR HD, and Nexus 7. We'll show you how it's all done on devices ...

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  • by | October 16, 2012 11:44 AM

    Everything we've been learning in the Android Power User series thus far has been setting the stage and getting us ready to flash whatever Custom ROM we want on our devices. We've learned about unlocking and rooting, we've learned about Recovery ROMs and system images, now we're going to take a look at an app called ROM Manager that makes use of a rooted environment and Clockwork Mod Recovery to make flashing Custom ROMs very quick, super easy, and something that you can literally do every day. Every day? Why would anyone do that? I run CyanogenMod Nightlies which are, as their name ...

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  • by | October 12, 2012 10:04 AM

    Google Music is great! I can purchase albums and songs directly from the cloud and play them back on any of my Android devices, or even any computer that has an internet connection and a web browser. I can also upload my entire music collection to "the could" so I can listen to all those songs where ever I am! Sounds like nirvana to me... as long as you have an internet connection. What happens when you don't have an internet connection, or your connection speed is too slow? Unless you've saved some of our music for offline listening or have some cassettes in the glove-box, you're out of ...

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