If you’re like me, then you probably love to text on your Android smartphone, but may have one major complaint when it comes to texting on our Android smartphones: receiving those coveted picture messages. Sure you may get the MMS notification, but when you try and check for the message, you are likely stuck with either having to physically force the picture message to download or worse— forcing the download only to not see the photo appear. Well cry no more friends as we will be giving you a simple and brief guide on how to relieve yourself of the pesky inconsistency when it comes to receiving those coveted attachments within an MMS message. Oh and believe us— you’ll be glad you did once you hit the break.
As Android devices become faster and more capable computer-replacements, we’re expecting them to do things our traditional computers do, like photo editing. While Google provides a bit of support for effects on your pictures, and many OEMs provide some basic photo editing functionality in their software, sometimes it’s not quite enough, especially if you’re used to more in-depth editing on your desktop. That’s where this guide comes in; we’re going to list some of the best photo editing apps available for that supercomputer in your pocket. » Read the rest
Connecting your Android device to your computer with a USB cable can be annoying and almost prehistoric. Most people have WiFi networks set up in their home and anyone using a smartphone is going to have a data connection, so why not use those to transfer files to and from your computer with your device? It’s easier and you’re not chained to a USB cable when you want to move some music around. There’s several different ways to get the job down, and this guide is going to go through some of those options.
Android 4.2 brought Multiple user account support, which is a welcome addition. It’s only available on tablets since they are more likely to be used by more than one person in the household. This means yourself, your wife, your son, and your daughter can all use the same tablet and keep their own settings and app data. You can even set a pin or pattern to individual lockscreens to ensure privacy. For starters, this is only available on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, so if you own one, you will want to most likely utilize this feature. In a matter of minutes, you can get everyone up and running. Hit the break for a video highlighting the few simple steps.
Gmail for Android gets updated regularly and normally it’s just a matter of downloading and installing the update, but with the latest update (4.2), you will need to make some adjustments to your settings in order to enjoy the new features. This new update includes pinch-to-zoom for all HTML emails as well as a new swiping gesture when looking at emails in your inbox or other labels. They are both quite easy and won’t take more than a minute or two, so hit the break to see how it’s done.
Disclaimer: There are tons of great weather apps in the Google Play store and tastes may vary depending on what you’re looking to get out of your weather widget. I’m basing my criteria for a good weather widget on design, customization options, app responsiveness, and accuracy of weather information. So based on those criteria, you’ll find some of my favorite weather widgets listed below. » Read the rest
It’s pretty obvious that handset makers think the bigger the phone, the better. We’ve seen phones slowly climb in screen size, up from 3.5 inches to 4 inches to 4.7 inches, and now even past 5 inches. These bigger screens are fantastic, but it’s easy to see how people who prefer smaller phones may feel a little left out. So the point of this guide is going to help you find the right size phone on your carrier without carrying around what you consider a small tablet. Read on to find our best pick after the break. » Read the rest
Newbie’s Guide to Rooting
If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re either already rooted or thinking about rooting your device. The thing with rooting is that instead of folks falling into two different camps, I believe there are three camps. In my opinion, we’re either rooted, don’t even want to think about rooting, or we’re kind of intrigued by the idea but don’t want to go through the hassle or risk of rooting our device. This guide is more for the latter. My intent is not to sway anyone one way or the other. This is simply to try to keep things simple, while providing resources and knowledge from first-hand experience, and enabling you to make your own informed decision. While I’m not going to walk you step-by-step on how to root your specific device (we’ll be here forever going through each device); I will introduce you to the concept of rooting, reliable sources for reading, things to do before rooting, the benefits of rooting, and what to do after you’re rooted. » Read the rest
A very handy but underrated feature in Google’s Android 4.x operating system is the ability to disable apps. Disabling apps is a way to basically freeze and hide any unused, unwanted, or unruly system apps that came on your phone (ie: ones that you can’t uninstall). This feature might come in handy if your phone came stocked with a bunch of unwanted bloatware that you never use. If you’re sick of looking at those unused icons cluttering up your app drawer, you can simply disable them and they’ll disappear for good. Another reason you might want to disable an app is if it is causing problems for your system, whether it be battery drain or lag. A perfect example was Google’s Currents app that was causing lag for Nexus 7 users after the Android 4.2 update. Users simply disabled the app, and the lag immediately disappeared. Whatever the reason is that you might want to disable an app, it’s a pretty straightforward procedure. Read on after the break for instructions. » Read the rest
It looks like Sprint is seriously gearing up for its anticipated launch of the HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone. How do we know this? Well, it looks like Sprint has quietly made its Getting Started Guide for the EVO 4G LTE officially available, which details the basics of how to use the smartphone and its various aspects such as Android 4.0 + Sense 4.0 software or its much-acclaimed camera software.
Additionally, we just told you earlier about Sprint taking pre-orders for the smartphone– and now additional information is beginning to trickle out for our eyes to see. Well it looks like those lucky group of individuals who pre-ordered the device were greeted with a message from Sprint this morning highlighting the EVO 4G LTE would be shipped on May 15th, with the delivery making its final destination within 1 to 3 business days. Generally speaking, pre-orders tend to land in consumer’s hands a few days before the device lands in stores— so naturally it’s expected the device will arrive in Sprint stores on or around May 18th.
The wait will soon be over for Sprint owners folks! If you feel like giving the EVO 4G LTE a thorough one-over, why not check out the Getting Started Guide by checking out the link below?