by Joe Levi | September 7, 2012 11:10 AM
When Android-powered smartphones first came around they had hardware buttons: home, back, menu, answer, hang-up, and many even a had a scroll-ball. It wasn't long before the scroll-ball and phone buttons went away. Most phones were left with three or four buttons: back, home, menu, and possibly search. As time marched we saw these physical buttons replaced with back-lit, capacitive buttons. Then Google switched gears by putting on-screen "soft" buttons into the OS. No longer did manufacturers need to install hardware or even capacitive sensors into their phones to get basic button ...
by Joe Levi | August 3, 2012 2:31 PM
"If I give her any more she'll blow, cap'n!" -- Montgomery Scott Okay, maybe we don't want to go quite that fast, but eeking our every last bit of speed from your Android-powered phone or tablet will save you time, frustration, and possibly even embarrassment. The primary speed enhancing method that may come to mind is over-clocking. It's sort of like blood-doping in the Olympics. (It's your own blood, so it's okay, right?) If you don't know already, overclocking is the practice of running your processor (CPU, GPU, or both) faster than it was designed to. Doing so usually eats your ...
by Joe Levi | August 3, 2012 12:46 PM
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a very welcome addition to the Android family. In addition to "Project Butter", JB has a bunch o other improvements, some major, and some that will just help make tasks easier and more intuitive. Have you ever wanted to get quickly get information about an app, force close it, or clear its cache? In the "olden days" that task took navigating through your settings, managing your apps, and searching for the app in question. It wasn't hard, but it wasn't quick. In this video I'll show you how to do all that with two taps and one drag. How about uninstalling an app? ...
by Joe Levi | July 20, 2012 8:02 AM
If you don't like looking at that Google search bar that's always sitting across the top of your screen and you're using Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean, there are various ways of going about removing it. Let's dive right in! The Easiest Way The easiest way, in either version of the OS is to open your Settings, tap Apps, select All, and find "Google Search". From there simply tap “Disable” and "OK", and you're all set! No more search bar! There are some side-effects. The space the Search Bar took up isn't available for you to use it's just empty space. Additionally, your Google ...
by Michael Fisher | July 17, 2012 9:43 AM
With a good enough camera, taking great pictures doesn't require you to be a professional photographer. Sure, that helps (a lot), but it's not strictly necessary. Especially if you have capable tools at your disposal, and enough knowhow to operate them. The Samsung Galaxy S III has the tools in abundance. Its 8MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with ƒ2.6 aperture size is a spec beast in the world of mobile-phone cameras. The software driving it is packed with enough features and shooting modes to boggle the mind. The question, then, is knowhow. I've been wrestling with the Galaxy S ...
by Joe Levi | July 16, 2012 7:04 AM
If you've got an application that's throwing unwanted notifications up in your notification bar and you want to get rid of them, but don't want to get rid of the app, what can you do? If you've got Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, I've got your answer! Open your settings, go to Apps, find the application that you want to change and tap on it, clear the check next to "Show notifications", then tap OK and you're good to go! Want to get the notifications back? Just put the check back in the box and restart the app and you're all set!
by Joe Levi | July 12, 2012 9:04 AM
Technology is one of the most fun industries to be involved with. If you don't like something, wait five minutes and it will change! Okay, perhaps that's a bit of a stretch, but the point I'm trying to drive home is that in tech things change -- and they change very, very fast. That being the case, how can you possibly know when to buy any particular phone, tablet, or other piece of technology? Lies, Damned Lies, and Marketing The first thing you need to know is the kind of person that you are. Do you like long walks on the beach and romantic comedies? Wait, different website, sorry. ...
by Joe Levi | July 12, 2012 8:02 AM
So far most of what people are saying about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is not only favorable but down-right complimentary. Comments like "Buttery Smooth", and "super-fast" pepper articles detailing the changes to Google's latest operating system. I can't say that I disagree. However, not all news is good news. We know that Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 owners already have access to Jelly Bean (or will within the next several days) and even the Nexus S and Motorola Xoom will be getting some Jelly Bean attention in a little while. But what about everyone else? What about those who have devices ...
by Joe Levi | July 4, 2012 7:58 AM
You've seen us showing off Android 4.1 our our phones, but how did we do it? And how can you get Jelly Bean on your phone? Hit play and we'll show you! Prerequisites First off, this tutorial is specific to the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus, though similar instructions will apply for flashing the Jelly Bean image (but not the radio) onto the Verizon and Sprint versions of the phone. Also, if you haven't rooted your phone already you may want to hold off for the official OTA update, which shouldn't be very long (probably mid-July or early August). For the rest of you, you'll want to have ...
by Adam Z. Lein | May 16, 2012 7:06 AM
On May 17th (this Friday), Microsoft will be closing down the Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.x. This was a pretty short-lived endeavor that made app purchasing and downloading a bit easier on the old Windows Mobile compared to having to manually download installation files, copy them to your device, and install them from there. You could easily access the Windows Mobile Marketplace both from the on-device app as well as the web browser. If you're still using a good old Windows Mobile classic device or think you may want to go back and use one someday, you may want to archive the ...
by Joe Levi | May 14, 2012 3:57 PM
Last week on the Android Guy Weekly we talked about how batteries are holding our devices back. Our CPUs, GPUs, RAM, screens, and wireless radios are getting more power-hungry, but our batteries aren't making the same technological leaps as the other components. The comments on that episode we very informative and helpful, but a single thread began to stand out from the others: What can I do to make my battery last longer. What was more interesting that the comments were geared more to the lifespan of the battery, not the run-time per charge. We'll tackle that in today's episode of The ...
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