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Review: gReader App for RSS Feeds

Not many people use RSS feeds anymore it seems, as Twitter and facebook page updates have added another mobile medium to getting the information you want by those you follow. I prefer RSS feeds myself, along with Twitter, facebook and Google+ updates. One of the best RSS apps I’ve used for Android is called gReader made by noinnion. It wasn’t much of an RSS reader back in the beginning of 2011, as there were many better RSS apps on the market such as Pulse, Google Reader (official), and NewsRob. Other apps gained users mainly because they had a much more beautified GUI along with full tablet support. It took a while for gReader to catch up. Now that they’ve done that, it is the smoothest RSS feed reader on the market, in my humble opinion.

I’ve used a lot of RSS readers on both my Android smartphones and tablets, but if you’re looking for an easy to setup RSS reader, that supports both tablets and smartphones alike, and has automatic Google Reader single sign on…grab this app, it’s free.

As you can see to the right side, the app has a nice visual interface, almost identical to what you would see in Pulse. Don’t get me wrong, I think Pulse is a great app too, but it can be slow at times, most likely to make way for the visual enhancements it shows. If you have an older Android device, this can slow your smartphone down while it’s updating feeds as well. Anther great feature about gReader (and yes, many other other RSS readers in general) are the widget options.

Along the top of your screen when you see your list of feeds, is a simple and modern interface with the options to sort by newest, oldest, and feed. You’ll also see options for podcasts, recommendations and the plus sign to add more feeds if you desire. Along the bottom is the option to refresh your lists, mark as read/unread, and show unread only or all. The gReader app also has the options of saving articles for later offline reading, which is a bonus if you happen to be out of range and have some reading to catch up on.

All in all, it’s a well rounded app, with great design options to please anyone using it regardless of your style preferences, and it’s easy on your smartphone and/or tablets resources. It has a paid Pro version as well, which cuts out any ad displays within the app, downloading podcasts option and a couple of different themes. If you already use Google Reader as your RSS feeds manager, this is the perfect companion to it helping you keep things organized and seamless between your computers and Android devices. Give it a try by scanning the QR code under the video demo, or by clicking the Android Market Link.


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Guide: How To Uninstall and Remove Apps

With a few hundred thousand apps available in the Android Market, you’re liable to see a few that are somewhat repetitive in function and use. The same is true for iOS devices as well as Windows Marketplace or BlackBerry App World (although the last two mentioned are substantially less in number). When you find an app you want to install, you’ll try it out for a bit, and see how efficient it really is. After a while, you’ll hear from other Android users, friends, blog posts, even right here on TalkAndroid the apps that may be great alternatives to try. Once you find the app you love, it’s time to remove the ones you hate (or maybe just not like as much). This guide will help you uninstall and remove apps from your Android device safely.

There are a few different ways of removing apps from your devices, so we’ll go through three of them that are as easy as pie to get done.

Continue reading below.

Guide: How to Add Widgets to Your Screens (Beginners)

One of the best features that Android devices have is called “Widgets“. It’s a great way to have more information available to you at first glance, rather than relying on Notifications or ‘badges‘ like you see on iOS devices. Sure, they let you know that something is new within that app, but it doesn’t give you a glimpse on what that really is without either pulling down your Notification bar, or opening up the app. If you’re a busy body like me, and need to get the information fast, widgets are the way to go!

To add a widget to your screen(s), simply follow the steps below. One thing to remember however is that you won’t be able to add a widget to a screen that doesn’t have the space for it. For that reason, you’ll need to make sure there’s some free space on your screen. If you have no free space available, you’ll need to decide on what needs to be deleted to make room. To delete a widget, or any app shortcut for that matter, simply Press and Hold it until you see a ‘Trash Bin‘ on the top or bottom of your screen. Once you see it, still holding the widget or shortcut, drag it over top of the trash bin. That’s it.

Continue below for steps on adding Widgets.

Guide: Using Ringdroid App for Custom Ringtones and Sounds

The best way to get your device customized is to start loading your own ringtones and notifications. We discussed how to find your way around the Android Operating Syetem to change those last week (which you can find here).

The app to help us make our own sounds to use for our alarms, ringtones and notifications is Ringdroid. In my humble opinion, it is the easiest/most robust app to get this done at no cost to you. That’s right folks, it’s free in the Android Market. If you’d like to grab Ringdroid now, you can do that by either scanning the QR code below, or by clicking the Android Market Link.

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Guide: How to Change Your Sounds and Ringtones

Guide: How to change your ringtones

One of the best things you can do to turn your Android device into a personalized smartphone is load it up with your own Ringtones and Sounds. Every Android Operating system comes with the ability to change the default ringtones, notifications and alarms. So whether you love waking up to some Metallica, or would rather simply change that facebook pop’ to a cowbell (and we all know the only cure for that disease is more cowbell), this guide will help you get the most out of your Android device, and truly make it your own!

Keep reading to find out more!

Guide: What is a QR Code? (Beginners)

First of all, I’d like to tell you that you made the right choice grabbing an Android device. So, let’s get down into just what your new Android smartphone can do for you. The best way to do that is to grab the apps that get you up and using the power of Android quickly, without causing too much reading. Let’s be honest here, you don’t want to read a novel on how to use your smartphone, you’d rather take the knowledge in doses so you can get back to the 108th level of Angry Birds. If you’ve had an Android device for some time, pass this information around to other Android newbies you know around you.

A question many people have when they look around in stores and websites now, is what the heck are those black and white squares for? Those are called ‘QR Codes‘ (quick response code), and your Android device has the ability to scan them and display information. Until the past year or so, QR codes didn’t really take off into mainstream advertising. Now, you see them everywhere from Real Estate, Starbucks, and the latest Best Buy flyers. They can do much more than just display websites and facebook pages though, with the right app, you can easily share your installed apps, contact information and clipboard to anyone with a QR code scanner too. (The other person will need an Android device to grab your shared application though).

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Top 5 Free Apps for Android Beginners

So you got yourself a new Android smartphone on the recommendations of fellow work nerds, your nerdy brother, or the resident Best Buy sales clerk who just loves Android! You take it out of the box, give it a nice wipe with your hand, turn it on….and now what? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

There’s so many different things about an Android device that sets it apart from the iPhones and BlackBerrys out there, and you’ll soon find out just how versatile it can be. We’ll tell it like it is here, it can be a challenge for Android beginners to figure their way around the operating system. So what we’ll do is look at the best apps to get you rolling the fastest with anything you’re likely going to want to do, like say…tell all your friends and followers on facebook and twitter that you just got the latest Android! They will be jealous.

See the Top 5 apps below.

CyanogenMod 7 testing for Motorola Atrix underway

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The Motorola Atrix was the top of the Android foodchain at the beginning of the year being the first dual-core Android device released. Since then, you gotta wonder how it could be improved upon. How about giving it a software overhaul by way of CyanogenMod 7 for example? CyanogenMod is easily the most popular of any available Android ROMs out there, and for good reason. It’s offers add-ons and features that we only wish were built into the actual Android 2.3 code and left that way when we buy it.

Now that the bootloader has been unlocked for the Motorola Atrix (which was an uphill battle for a long time), there’s no stopping the amount of mods and ROMs that we’ll start seeing. Best of all, testing is underway as you read this to get CyanogenMod 7 onto the Motorola Atrix. No time has been given for its release, but we’re sure at the pace they have worked for many other devices, it shouldn’t be long before it’s up for download.

Stay tuned!

[via xda developers]

Verizon may be first in U.S. to launch Samsung Galaxy S II ‘Function’ on August 12th

Verizon will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S II variant called the ‘Verizon Function’ on August 12th according to Shin Jong-Kyun, president of the company’s mobile communications business. It’ll start landing in Las Vegas locations, then others immediately afterwards. Other Galaxy S II variants called the ‘Attain’ and ‘Within’ are also expected to launch in August with other US carriers, but Verizon looks to be the first.

Analyst Paul Mueller says, “August 12 is a possibility. It will arrive first on Verizon and then the rest of the carriers within a month. Samsung will market this directly against the iPhone 5”. The Samsung Galaxy S II is Samsung’s fastest selling device to date, already selling over 6 million units shipped in 3 months since its release.

[via pocketnow]

Blu-ray digital download movies coming to Android from 20th Century Fox

With services like Netflix and Hulu making their way to Android devices, even if its only a small amount so far, it’s no wonder that other distributors are looking to make mobile apps for their services. 20th Century Fox may be the next in line to bring movies to the small screen, by releasing an app that allows you to download a digital copy to your device from Blu-Ray titles it offers.

Those who take advantage of the service should be warned that downloading an entire movie, never mind a Blu-Ray title will use up a significant amount of bandwidth, and thus, recommended it be done over Wi-Fi, not 3G or 4G connections (unless of course you pay for unlimited use, or a large amount of bandwidth). When Fox launches this app, let’s hope they are learning from Netflix and Hulu’s limits, and launch the app for compatibility to any Android device over Android 2.2 at the very least.

[via slashgear]