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.
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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
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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!
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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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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.
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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.
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.
On one of T-Mobile’s support forum threads, The T-Mobile G2 Gingerbread leak for build 2.3.3 is creating some steam. It looks like the official Android 2.3.3 build for the G2 is now available, with a couple of minor bugs still, but none the less, it’s there. So if you’re OK with installing this very close to complete build for Gingerbread 2.3.3 on the G2, here’s some more information to help you along the way, including the bug list, and instructions on how to get it running.
As always, be sure to run backups of your device in the event something goes wrong with the update. I recommend Titanium Backup for starters.