While most smartphones come with a default browser app that allows you to surf the Web on your mobile, it is often simple, ugly and doesn’t feel personal. What if you want to customize the browser app and you have no (or little) coding skill? Here’s one way you can create your own browser app […]
Shortcuts of any kind to make a person more efficient at what they do is usually appreciated. For the web-worker, using a text expander or a fancy clipboard app saves a lot of time. For the occasional work you may do on your Android device, there are similar applications available.
In this episode of the weekly Android Questions and Answers series, we are going to talk about a couple of types of notifications, LumiRead and how the heck to find what you are looking for in the Google Play Store.
If you are using the latest Gmail app on your Android phone, you will know that it comes with one limitation: it doesn’t allow you to download and view zip attachment. For emails with any other form of attachment, such as image files, word documents etc, you can easily view/save them to your phone. However, […]
There have been quite a few connectivity questions coming through lately. It seems like there are a lot of you looking for ways to directly connect your Android to your computer to sync like you would if you were using an iPhone or iPod. Androids are not quite the same in this aspect. Because Google […]
While everyone knows about Skyping and Facebook Chat, TinyChat is much lesser known. Just like the other forms of chatting, TinyChat is available across multiple platforms. It’s available both on the web as well as on mobile devices. However, unlike the others, you can do more than chat. You can also listen to music or […]
I’m happy to see there is still a steady stream of questions coming into us. Are you shy about asking your question because you don’t want it published? Send it anyways and ask for it not to be published word for word. If you know of a friend who is new to the Android OS, […]
In this week’s round of Android questions, we talk about why you sometimes get force close errors, how to video chat on Skype, managing contacts and Wi-Fi issues. Recently we have some questions about Android application coding, I’m sorry, but this is not something that we will be covering in this weekly column.
The questions this week cover some workarounds and email troubleshooting. The questions about the phones and applications troubleshooting are great; keep sending them! We have got a few questions about building applications. While this is Android related, it isn’t part of what we cover in these articles.
SopCast is a great software for you to watch TV online. It used to work only for Windows, but we have shown you how to get it working in Linux. The good thing is that the developers of SopCast has not been slacking and an Android version is now available for you to download. With […]
Instagram for Android is a HUGE hit. With something like 5 million downloads in the first week, it’s like people forgot there are other camera applications out there. LIke anything out there, the most popular option isn’t always the best option. Other Android camera applications offer some really cool features and effects to make your […]
Thank you everyone who has been emailing in questions over the past month, they have been great questions. Keep them coming! As a reminder, please include the make, model and version of the OS when sending in a question. Let us know if you have your device rooted and the ROM you have installed if […]
The world is a big place and a lot can happen in the blink of an eye. While it is easy to obsess over the latest happening, being informed is not a bad thing. There are a lot of very popular news sources and there are some lesser known sources. Most of the applications on […]
After a month of writing this series, there seem to be a some somewhat generic questions coming through. There also some very specific questions. However, if you could add the model of the device, which version of the OS you have and any other key information would be very helpful in helping answer your questions. […]
If you are one of the lucky few who are already using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your handset, then I am sure you will agree that the ICS stock launcher is a much improved version than its previous iteration. However, as good as it gets, it is still lacking in user customization and […]
Thanks for taking a look at this week’s ask an Android expert Q&A. There have been quite a few questions about rooting. If you asked one of these questions, know they are not being ignored. In the near future we will put up an article to address your rooting questions. Otherwise, we are making an […]
Dropbox doesn’t encrypt your data by default. If anyone got hold of your password, they will be able to login to your Dropbox web account and access all of your file. One of the method that we show you before is to encrypt the files/folders in your desktop before syncing them to the cloud. This […]
Kids are busier than ever these days and because of that, parents are buying children Android phones at a young age. Since kids are quick to learn technology, getting them in the habit of using their calendar isn’t a bad thing to show them right away. There are a couple ways to keep your family […]
This week we have a few questions about making an Android phone a little easier to read. While some of the problems can be solved through rooting and/or using custom ROM, many times there are applications or simple tweaks that can be done to achieve similar result while keeping your warranty. Please keep sending us […]
The smartphone nowadays is more than just a simple calling device. The Android phone or iPhone that you own is a powerful mini-computer that allows you to surf the web, check emails, chat with friends, read books, listen to music, watch videos or even work while on the move. Thus, it can be a frustrating experience when it lags terribly, or the battery runs out of juice very quickly. With a little (and regular) maintenance and the help of several applications, you can easily get your phone to perform at its best, consistency.
Do you find yourself addicted to your mobile phone? Ask yourself these questions: What is the first thing you do after you wake up? Check emails on your mobile phone. What is the first thing you do when you are on the bus? Play games on your mobile phone. What is the first thing you […]
Let’s face it, people are self conscious and need validation. So, there’s an app for that. A couple of applications actually. In the marketing world, this is called social proof, to the average person, this is ego building. The premise of the Android applications below is to supply a picture to have other people vote […]
First off, thank you for everyone who has been submitting Android questions. They have been great and we hope you keep flooding us with questions and requests. This is a great way to be more helpful to all of you. To submit your own question, send an email to android-help [at] maketecheasier.com. We will make […]
Some people don’t like giving all of their information to Google. Having an Android phone makes this pretty difficult. There are ways to minimize the amount of information you entrust to Google’s servers. Here are some pretty simple changes you can make to changes to take Google out of the picture for most things.
Everyday we are bombarded with a bunch of information. While a lot of the information will not hold your interest, there are things you may see on your web you really want to read but don’t have the time at that moment. On your Android devices, one of the most popular services to get your […]
Android phones are growing with leaps and bounds. There are a lot of ex-Apple users who have switched to Android devices. In my opinion, people use Android phones because they can customize them more than iOS and Blackberry devices. One way a desktop Apple fan could make their Android feel more comfortable is adding a […]
Having different profiles for your Android device is super handy. You can set up different volumes and notifications for different environments such as work and home. While it is cool to be able to manually switch your Android profiles when you need to, automatic Android profile switching is even better. Llama is a great location […]
If you do not own an Android phone, or that your phone has not been upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice-cream sandwich) or you just plain curious how Android 4.0 running on a desktop will look like, here is your chance to find out now. The Android-x86 project, which brings the Android OS to x86 desktop, […]
As you all know, we launched the “Ask a Windows question” event a month back and we received plenty of responses for that. Thanks, everyone and keep the questions coming. I am glad to inform you that we are now extending the services to Android. So if you have any Android related issue, send it […]
When you have an Android phone, you use it for many reasons. A lot of times, your Android phone is used for both work and personal. When you are using your phone for business, you are not going to want certain ringtones or backgrounds to be on your phone no matter how funny you think […]
During the normal everyday usage of your Android device, there will be accumulated digital junk files. These may be the cache from all of your Facebook exploits or a really full call log from all of your sales calls. For Android phones with low memory, this digital junk can take up needed space. It is […]
While Android is based on the Linux kernel, that doesn’t mean it plays well with Linux distro. If you are a proud owner of the Galaxy Nexus, you will find that it doesn’t come with a micro SD-card slot where you can transfer files to and when you connect your phone to your Ubuntu, it […]
With the new year comes resolutions. I myself have made a few that I am working to keep. Some people I know have vowed to be more organized. Having an Android phone can make getting your digital life more organized if you let it. My Life Organized is a cool little Android application that lets […]
I got myself a Asus Transformer tablet in June 2011 and since then, I have been looking for an easy way to install Ubuntu on it. The form factor, the keyboard dock and the hardware spec of Asus transformer make it just right for a portable computer. However, back then, getting Ubuntu on board the […]
Let’s imagine the situation: You have an Android tablet and you love to connect it to your big HDTV so you can watch your favorite movie (or play Angry Birds) in big screen. Right after you have set the movie playing, you sit back and enjoy your movie, only to find that the volume is […]
Many mobile carriers are limiting your data plan. If you are a bulk data user, you will be paying more. Some of you may not even know how close you are coming to your data limit. Onavo can help you track your data AND weed out the applications that are eating up your data.
Just a few days back, Amazon rolled out a minor software update for its tablet, the Amazon Kindle Fire. The software update was stated as version 6.2.1 update and it fixed a few bugs as well as blocked the ability to root the device. Before that, one can use the SuperOneClick tool to root the […]
Over the course of 2011, the Android Market has exploded with growth. The Market has reached over 10 Billion downloads and is gaining momentum by the day. Because of all the growth in for the Android OS, it can be difficult to find the most best applications for your needs. Below is a list of […]
The small business owner is a busy person these days. Many are utilizing Android devices to do more without being stuck in front of the computer all day. Many of the applications available out there are wildly helpful, it just takes some digging to find them. The list here will give you a good intro […]
People get pretty nutty about the holidays. They get hyped up for shopping for and receiving gifts and going to all of the holiday parties with friends and family. People also love to decorate their houses, pets and anything else they can. Below are several Live Wallpapers for Android to get your Android phone into […]
Another quarter, another superphone. This time it’s the Google Samsung Galaxy Nexus, with its pimped out 4.6” 1280×720 Super AMOLED display and the tasty Ice Cream Sandwich update to Android. How does it stack up to the recent competition, you might wonder, read on to find out!
If you are the owner of an Android device, you might know about Siri – voice recognition software exclusively available for iPhone 4S that allows you to control many smartphone functions. If you want to buy an iPhone just because of Siri, you might want to read on ahead as there are some good alternatives […]
Galaxy Nexus is the third flagship Android smartphone made with the partnership between Google and Samsung. If you are not aware, Galaxy Nexus is also the most powerful Android phone to date, sporting a large 4.6 inches screen and dual core CPU. In addition, it is also the first Android phone to be shipped with […]
The hottest news lately has to be the discovery of the CarrierIQ software residing in most Android phones. If you are still not aware, CarrierIQ is a tracking software that can track almost every single bit of information in your phone, including the characters you typed in your keyboard, the website you visited, the information […]
A big problem with a lot of cloud storage options is they are intended for you to sync computers to other computers. Mobile syncing seems to be an after thought. Pogoplug was made with mobile in mind. Mobile cloud syncing is kind of a big deal for a lot of people who are on the […]
Playing your YouTube playlist on a browser is easy. With a few simple clicks and you can sit back and enjoy your videos. In Android, the YouTube app comes with playlist creation and playback feature, but it is not immediately visible to the user. You will have to dig deeper into the options to access […]
On a tablet, other than the screen, the next most used item is the keyboard. In most Android tablet that I have come across, the default keyboard is always badly done, and while it is usable, it is always not a good tool for improving productivity. Unlike iPad where you don’t have a choice of […]
Do you want to make your life a bit less stressful, and take out more time to do more things? Even 5 minutes of freedom can be a great thing nowadays. Here are 4 Android apps that help you make your daily routine / work more productive. Some may help you remember things while others […]
To-do lists can be really helpful. We have mentioned different task applications and web-based to-do lists as well as apps on your phone or desktop. Call Reminder Notes is a great reminder style to-do list for calling people. You won’t want to use this Android app to remember to get bread and milk on the […]