Sometimes, an app annoyingly doesn’t allow you to disable its notifications in the app’s settings. Sometimes, an app even gives advertisements through the notifications, which is even more annoying. If you have Jelly Bean 4.1 or higher, you can fortunately disable almost any app’s notifications straight from the device settings. After the break are instructions on how you can get rid of the pesky alerts. » Read the rest
Live wallpapers are one of the most unique features to Android, and for good reason. Sometimes still pictures get a little boring, so why not spice your home screen up with something flashy and interactive? We’re going to go over a few of the best live wallpapers available for your device in this guide.
As a disclaimer, live wallpapers will likely drain your battery a bit more than a static wallpaper, and some phones can get a bit bogged down by the more intense wallpapers. It’s best to experiment and see which ones work for you to give you a nice balance between form and function. Lets get started.
Our little Android devices can do almost as much as some PCs, but it’s easy to forget that your smartphone is still a phone at heart. And with all the instant messaging services available for you to communicate, sometimes text messaging gets put in the backseat to the more robust features of something like Google Talk. Being able to keep up a conversation across multiple devices is incredibly handy, and it’s often much easier to type on a full computer keyboard as opposed to a smaller smartphone keyboard.
Using instant messaging isn’t without it’s flaws, however. If you have friends that all use different IM services, or friends without smartphones, it can be difficult to keep up with all of them in different programs and browser tabs on your desktop, and in the case of messaging someone without a smartphone, you’ll have to use your phone to send traditional text messages anyway. With this guide, we’re going to get into a few different apps that add many of those instant messaging features to your SMS text messaging, including being able to send texts from different devices and syncing conversations across devices.
We’ve all been in a situation before where we needed to either factory reset our phone, send it in for a warranty replacement, etc. Not a big deal by itself, but you’ve got 3 stars on 80% of Angry Birds levels, and who would want to lose that accomplishment? You want to be able to keep that data forever. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to do, and this guide will help you get started. You’ll even be able to start transferring some app data to new phones when you upgrade.
Google Music (now officially known as Play Music) is an incredible product. Google allows you to upload your personal music collection to their servers and stream it from your web browser or any Android device absolutely free! The only bummer is that Google has overlooked an important feature: the ability to upload music purchased outside of the Google Play Store to your Google Music account from your smartphone. Naturally, Google is trying to push users to purchase their music from Google Play, but what if you want to buy your music from the Amazon MP3 store, or download it using some other quasi-legal method (shame, shame).
If your looking to upload music from your Android device, (or even your non-Android device…gasp!), you’ve come to the right place. Jump past the break to learn how!
Most people that own a smartphone also use their phone to double as an mp3 player. It might not be the primary use of the phone, but it’s a popular feature nonetheless. If you only listen to just a little bit of music, storing all of your music locally on internal storage or an SD card is usually a quick, simple solution. But if you have a large music collection or perhaps your device lacks storage or an SD card slot, storing it all locally may not be an option. Like with all things Android, though, there’s always an alternative! In this case, most heavy music listeners opt for music streaming. The market for music streaming is pretty crowded, however, so the point of this guide is to walk you through some of the more popular options and choose which streaming service is the right option for you. Hit the break to find out more. » Read the rest
A little over a year ago, we did an article on how to squeeze some extra battery life out of your phone. Most of those tips still apply, but Android has changed a lot since mid-2011, and I’m sure everybody could use a few extra tips on how to get your phone to last a few hours longer. A few of these things are simple, and have already been in past articles, but there’s a few tricks that most people don’t think about when they’re trying to conserve battery life. We’ll start with the basics and move up into the more complex things you can do to keep your device alive. » Read the rest
One of the casualties of Apple’s war on Android was a court order forcing HTC to remove any hyper-links derived from data like phone numbers or email addresses within Sense. While we could go on all day about how ridiculous a decision this may have been, we’re here to fix problems not dwell on them. As usual, the wizards over at XDA have found a solution. XDA user Steal25 came up with a simple build.prop edit that will turn the functionality back on, just like it was before Apple’s legal assault. The current method works with the EVO 3D, the One X and the Evo 4G LTE, but should work with other crippled HTC phones as well. Let’s dig in. » Read the rest
One of the primary benefits of the Android Operating System that keeps the true tech-geeks hooked is the the near infinite customisation available. From day one, as soon as you switch your Android device on for the very first time you’re presented with wallpapers, live wallpapers, widgets, icons, folders, menus, custom launchers, all of which you can tinker and tweak until your heart’s content. For the average consumer that’s more than enough to keep them going, but over at XDA Developers, they’re far from average, and like to customize every nook and cranny available… and some that aren’t.
There are thousands of boot animations out there in cyberspace ranging from the dull, carrier branded logos to the mesmerising and colourful Nexus splash variations. So here’s a question, why should you be stuck with whichever boot animation your phone comes pre-loaded with? The answer, you don’t have to be. D4rKn3sSyS from XDA Developers created a Boot Animation Manager tool for Windows that makes the process as easy as pie. Follow the instructions below to get started.
- Ensure your phone has root access
- Fire up any computer running Windows with Java installed
- Download Boot Animation Manager from here
- Connect your phone via USB
- Drag and drop the animation that you’d like to install
- Preview it
- Backup your original boot animation
- Push your chosen animation to you device
- Restart your device and marvel at your new boot animation!
So what are you waiting for folks? Get searching for an animation that floats your boat or perhaps it’s time to get really creative and design your own.
source : XDA
Hungry for a portion of Ice Cream Sandwich? Aren’t we all? Well they do say good things come to those who wait, but better things come to those who make it happen! The team over at Android Police got their hands on a freshly leaked, stable build of Android 4.0 with Sense 3.6 and it’s available right now. We must point out that this is not a final build, however early feedback has been positive so far. If you’re in possession of a Rezound then we suggest you strap yourself in while we talk you through the process.
- Download the appropriate file and rename it to “PH98IMG.zip” (remove quotes)
- Place the renamed file onto the root of the SD Card
- Turn off the phone
- Reboot into the bootloader by holding the Volume Down + Power buttons together
- Sit back and watch as your phone updates
- The device will reboot and you’ll be sporting some Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.0.3 ICS
- CMAS support added
- IPv6 over eHRPD support
- UI updated to Sense 3.6
- Caller name ID application added
- VMM/BUA plus updated
- New storage UI (in settings menu)
- Changing pin causes EULA to be displayed
- Incorrect time displayed in Phoenix, AZ
- EAS message – “Client/Server Conversion Error”
- EAS message – “Exchange policies have changed”
- EAS message – “Certificate Error”
- Home screen view blocked with black bar
- Hotspot data stalls
- Removed power mode settings
- Group messages not showing originating MDN
- Call button not disabled when using voice commands
- People widget displaying multiple birthdays
- Verizon Location Agent removed – impacting battery life
- SSO authentication fails for VCAST tones
- “to” field deleted when device is rotated
- Google Talk app formatting
source : Android Police