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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    There are two kinds of Android users: Android Power Users, and everyone else. This tip is specifically for the former group, but "everyone else" will probably get a laugh out of it. When you unlock the Droid RAZR M you'll be nagged with a "warning" every time you boot your smartphone: Your device's bootloader has been unlocked, allowing critical software components to be altered in a manner that may cause damage to the device or result in injury to users. Motorola disclaims any liability for harm to person or property resulting from use of this device -- and all warranties are null and ...

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    Sprint seems to be having a hard time with 4G. First they deployed Wi-Max while everyone else was jumping on the LTE band-wagon, now users are complaining that they're not getting LTE on their LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphones -- even when they're allegedly under an LTE umbrella. What gives? It turns out there's some magic going on -- well, maybe some well-intentioned technical stuff anyway. The problem, it seems, happens when you've got a stronger 3G signal that your 4G signal. When that's the case the phone figures you'd rather have a reliable signal than a fast one. ...

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    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 ...

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    "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 ...

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    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? ...

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