One of the challenges of switching to full touchscreen devices for me was the learning curve of the virtual keyboard. Sure, when you use one language and you don’t “txt spk,” the on-screen keyboards found on many modern Android smartphones can be quite a joy.
Android Tips and Tricks
You just can’t get away from power management and the vagaries of helping your smartphone’s battery last just that little bit longer. Whether it’s making it through the day or making sure that it’s still performing well a couple of years down the line when you hand the phone down to a family member. After some feedback on both my ‘Note II wireless charging’ feature and Phones Show 218, I thought a summary of what you should and shouldn’t do was in order.
Not many people think much about the boot animation of their device. After all, it is just a 10-30 second long animation that you see only when you restart or switch off your Android device. However, if you are a customization freak, you’d want to change the stock boot animation of your Android device with something that is more in line with your taste.
Yes, yes, the Note II is now ‘the previous model’, but it also means that it’s incredibly cheap. £200 in the UK on the second hand market for something of this specification is really extraordinary. Great RGB 5.5″ AMOLED screen, big battery, great camera and speaker, arguably the best Galaxy Note stylus, and so on. But there’s one thing missing from the 2014 flagship feature set: Qi wireless charging. Here’s how to add it back in.
HTC released its flagship handset – the HTC One – earlier this year. Six months later, the One is still a fine handset by all means, except for its battery life. The One comes with a 2300mAh battery that should be enough to last you a day. However, compared to the likes of the LG G2, iPhone 5s and Note 3, the One can feel a bit lacking in the battery life department.
It’s Monday, which means it is time to kickoff the week with a profile of a compelling Kickstarter project for Android owners. This week’s project is the Snooperscope Night Vision module from PSY Corporation.
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.
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.
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.