Advanced Android Part One - Tips, tricks and info that every Android user needs to know
We examine a wide range of Android-oriented tips, tricks and information that every Android smartphone user need to know.
Since it arrived on the scene, the Android OS has set the mobile world alight. It’s open source, intuitive, constantly developing and has some of the coolest features and quirks ever seen on a mobile device. For this reason it’s important that every Android user is fully aware of the potential they have in their mobile phones.
So, without further delay, here is part one of Smartphone Tracker’s Android advanced class. Enjoy!
People like to compare prices, this is a given. But now you can do it on your Android device, so you’ll never get shortchanged again. Download ShopSavvy from the Android Market and you’ll be able to scan the barcodes of practically anything anywhere - from M&S to S&M shops. The app uses your phone’s camera to scan the barcode, then gives you a break down of the product’s price in shops and stores nearby - ensuring you always pay the lowest amount possible.
MicroSD Card, MicroSD Card, MicroSD Card!!
If you haven’t got a MicroSD card yet for your Android smartphone, make sure you get one - in fact, do it now. Stop reading this and go and buy one, right now! The benefits of an expanded storage facility on your smartphone are monumental - you can back up important files, add more music and media, install programs directly to your memory card, save documents and video on it. The list goes on-and-on. However, and most importantly, freeing up space makes your device faster, more efficient and generally a hell of a lot better.
Use MPEG-4 H.264 for Videos
Android has built-in hardware for video playback acceleration - it also makes playback a lot smoother on your handsets display. To utilise this cracking little feature, download the standard Google Android Video Player, go to Settings, tune it to MPEG-4 H.264 and sit back and enjoy.
Store the people you chat to most on a dedicated home screen on your Android device. To do this, simply hold your finger down in some empty space, select Shortcuts, then touchDirect dial and pick the person from your contact list you desire. You can also do the same for text messaging.
Favourite Web pages on home screen
To get a list of all your favourite Web pages on a dedicated home screen simply long-press on any site in your browser’s bookmarks and select ‘Add shortcut to home’ option. Simple.
Get organised, make folders
As we all know, smartphones can become cluttered - yes, even Android ones too. Therefore, the option to make folders on any of your home screen is a godsend. To do this, long-press in a blank space and select Folders to create one. From here, you can simply drag-and-drop whatever you like into it. Again, very simple but highly effective.
Landscape your Web browser
Depending on what Android smartphone you have, Web pages can look better in landscape mode as there’s more room to see everything - we found this to be true on the HTC Hero anyway. So, if this sounds like something you’d like to have - all your webpages loading in landscape without having to tilt your device - then simply go to your browsers settings and select the Landscape-only display checkbox.
Avoid back-up ordeals
As Android users’ know all to well, an OS update requires a complete system wipe, which includes all your data, SMSs, contacts and bookmarks - basically the whole lot. Fortunately, this needn’t be such a proverbial ball-ache anymore, thanks to MyBackup.
MyBackup is a free app - there’s an option to go Pro for $4.99 - that saves your apps, contacts, call logs, texts, and even settings to either your SD Card or a secure Internet server, meaning no more long spent hours re-entering contacts, downloading apps, and re-configuring your Android device.
That’s it for now, but keep checking back for more Android hints, tips, and info. We’ll be updating it regularly with all the newest trends, tricks and helpful advice that no Android user should be without!
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