Weekend roundup: All the best Android tips and tricks from last week (May 5 – May 11)

android-logo As we close out one week and head off into another, it is time to look back at the best tips and tricks from the past week (May 5 – May 11). Some of the tips you may recall, some may be new to you, but all the tutorials below are worthy of a second mention.


Here’s the difference between the Galaxy S5′s Power saving and Ultra power saving mode

The Galaxy S5 comes with not one, but two different, power saving modes — Ultra Power Saving mode and a normal Power saving mode. These modes are very distinct from each other and meant for specific purposes. Below, we list down the difference between the two and the purpose they serve.

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How to: add your Android-taken photos to Flickr groups

You’d have thought the task was easy enough – Flickr, as the premier photo sharing site in the world (in quality, if not numbers), has supported ‘groups’, communities of like minded snappers, for ages, yet getting your uploaded photos into these groups using just your Android smartphone has been hit and miss over the last year or so. Here’s what to do in the new v3.0.2 and going forwards, to make sure your compositions hit your favourite groups, for appreciation by others.

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Slickwraps review: Get a wooden look and feel on any phone

The current trend in smartphone material is to either produce devices with metal encasing like the HTC One line, or offer various finishes like the Moto X. If you decide to go for another brand or model, you are out of luck and have to resort to accessories to personalize your phone. Enter skin decals, and Slickwraps.

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How to view your Flickr and Instagram streams on the Chromecast

I have previously named 4 apps that can send local content from your Android devices to the Chromecast, but the possibilities of media sharing on this HDMI stick aren’t limited to that specific type of content. If you enjoy viewing photos shared by you and your friends on Flickr or Instagram, and want to take that experience to the big-screen TV instead of your small phone or tablet, then here is what you need to do.

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How to find your purchased items on the Google Play Store

One recurring problem I have had with the Google Play Store is the lack of a way to organize the list of all “My Apps”. As someone whose job — partly — is to download and try dozens of apps and games weekly for three years running, my list keeps on growing at alarming rates. Sometimes, all I want is the ability to check the apps that I actually paid for, but the Play Store doesn’t allow that, instead mixing the freebies I tried once and forgot about, with the paid offerings that convinced me enough that I plunged into my wallet. Enter My Paid Apps, an easy way for me, and you, to view just the apps we actually paid for.

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How to setup your Galaxy S5 for one-handed usage

The Galaxy S5 is by no means a small phone and neither does it try to feel like one with its 5.1-inches display and the huge bezels surrounding it. The Galaxy S4 was pushing the boundaries for one-handed usage and the S5 crosses it. I guess Samsung realised this and included a one-handed software mode on it, as seen on the Galaxy Note 3.

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The best 5 cases for the Sony Xperia Z2

The Sony Xperia Z2 has been available in some parts of the world for a few weeks, but is just starting to hit a wider audience with its recent release in India and other countries. If you have already gotten your hands on Sony’s new flagship, or you plan on getting one soon, you will probably want to protect your investment with a nice and protective case. Below is a list of the best 5 cases you can get for the Xperia Z2.

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5 best features of the Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is filled to the brim with features and some of them being borderline useless and gimmicky. There are a handful of features though, that are genuinely useful and you must try out on your Galaxy S5.