Android Tips and Tricks

Tips to improve Samsung Galaxy Note 3 battery life

Tips to improve Samsung Galaxy Note 3 battery life

Back in 2012, the Galaxy Note 2 set the benchmark in the battery life department for all Android phones to follow. The Note 3 this year is no different, with a beefy 3200mAH removable battery. While the jump in battery capacity compared to the Note 2 is only 100mAh, the Note 3 has a much more power efficient display and chipset which helps in offering it class leading battery life.

Nexus 5 Android 4.4.1 camera improvements demonstrated

Nexus 5 Android 4.4.1 camera improvements demonstrated

Although I was in the camp thinking that the LG-made, OIS-equipped camera in the Nexus 5 was actually pretty good, I will acknowledge that the software sometimes got the focus completely wrong, images were sometimes slightly dark, and that focussing itself was often interminably slow, with the tracking seeming to happen up to three times, depending on light conditions. The new Android 4.4.1 update claimed to significantly improve these aspects, so I investigated.

Black Friday 2013: Deals on Android Phones, Tablets and Apps

Black Friday 2013: Deals on Android Phones, Tablets and Apps

Black Friday a.k.a the day retailers in the United States go bonkers giving crazy discount on all their products is here. This year promises to be no different with most retailers already offering some insane deals on Android tablets and handsets.

Tip: “Show me my calendar” shows all your upcoming calendar events in Google Now

Tip: “Show me my calendar” shows all your upcoming calendar events in Google Now

Google Voice Search in combination with Google Now is one powerful tool. Google has been steadily improving the service ever since it introduced the feature last year at Google I/O, with the latest update bringing conversational search support. 

Tip: Provide Administrator access to Android Device Manager to enable remote wipe and locking

Tip: Provide Administrator access to Android Device Manager to enable remote wipe and locking

A few months ago, Google finally unveiled its own anti-theft protection service for Android devices known as Android Device Manager. The service was included as a part of the major Google Play services update that it received at I/O this year.

Tips to improve the Nexus 5 battery life

Tips to improve the Nexus 5 battery life

It has been a couple of weeks since the Nexus 5 went up for sale on the Play Store. Reviews from nearly all the major websites on the Internet are out and everyone has deemed the battery’s life as mediocre. 

Enable Battery Percentage in status bar on Android 4.4 KitKat

Enable Battery Percentage in status bar on Android 4.4 KitKat

One seemingly minor feature that Google still has not added in Android, even in KitKat, is the ability to show battery percentage in the status bar. This feature has been present in iOS and other OEM Android skins since quite sometime now, so its lack in stock Android even after all these years is somewhat embarrassing. 

How to get rid of Google Now from the Android 4.4 KitKat home screen

How to get rid of Google Now from the Android 4.4 KitKat home screen

The new Google Experience launcher, that is available exclusively to the Nexus 5, but is already available to other devices via an extracted APK, allows for quick access to Google Now with just a simple left-to-right swipe.

How to enable lock screen widgets in Android 4.4 KitKat

How to enable lock screen widgets in Android 4.4 KitKat

In Android 4.4 KitKat, Google has disabled the ability to place widgets on the lock screen by default. Instead, users will first need to enable an option, before they can start using widgets on their lock screen.

How to change default launcher in Android 4.4 KitKat

How to change default launcher in Android 4.4 KitKat

One minor change that Google has introduced in Android 4.4 KitKat is the ability to change the default launcher much more easily.