Master Your Smartphone: The Best Android Tips and Tricks

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rwalker3k

This is a McAfee app and is only free for 7 days. didn't say how much for full app.

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online tv

If anyone seeking information then this blog is the best place for him as it has quality content for your required information. Thanks for sharing

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M_Matthews

But it looks harder than to create ringtones than with the iPhone and iTunes.  I think I'll just stick to going to a website like this and download ringtones straight to my Droid Incredible. 

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ditchmagnet

On the picture that shows the 7 home screens, what weather widget is that on the far left?  I have been looking for a good weather widget and I really like that one.

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DRAGONWEEZEL

My wife convinced me (like she really had to twist my arm) to get a new phone finally.  So I picked up a Droid 2, and the wife got an Ally.  Both phones are pretty decent.

I had an EnV Touch.  My How I hated that phone.  Hate doesn't begin to describe the intense feelings I've had for it.  Luckily for me, I can e-bay it for $100, otherwise, I'd set it on fire, drown it, then set it on fire again!

Everything I couldn't do w/ the Envy, is simple on the Droid 2. Now I can stream the podcast when I'm in my car from thin air, no more download then transfer (which means I can catch up on the 20ish or so I'm behind).

 

Bluetooth in my car ACTUALLY WORKS now!  When I turn on my car, I don't have to "reconnect" to get audio.  That, and the Audio seems to be much cleaner.  It's pretty fast, graphics are sweet.  I could watch a flick on this if I had to.  The Droid X is tight too, but it shoulda been called the Droid XXL.  That phone would be like carying a book in your pocket.  Had an offer for either at the same price, but I couldn't stomach the XXL's pocket footprint.

 

My biggest complaint about the EnV was photo-navigation.  There was none.  I liked how it scrolled, but no directories?  We haven't stored everything in one pot since the 90's people!

 

anyhow, thanks for the article, it helped get me up to speed on my new PC remote controling, Portable media player, gameboy, web browser, rss reader, Social network gateway,Dynomometer, GPS, oh, and it makes calls too device.

 

 

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lester67

Is there an app for that?

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DRAGONWEEZEL

iscrewed

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breakingaway33

What is the application where you can get more home screen - I couldn't find the application.  Please help me out!!!

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HokiePope

Thanks for the Article. A lot of good information!

 

What is the name of that widget called on the 2nd screen from the far right that has all smaller icons? I can't find it for the life of me.

 

Thanks!

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QuantumRand

Assuming I'm looking at the same widget you are (the one under the Facebook widget), it's the TaskBar widget that comes with TasKiller. It's available in both the Pro and Ad-supported versions of TasKiller.

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klm

looks like More Icons Widget, extremely useful for getting more icons on a single screen.

i used it until migrating to cyanogenmod CM5, which comes with and alternate launcher - ADWLauncher - that enables putting many more icons on each desktop screen via icon scaling - you can fit more columns and rows of icons - and a "dockbar".

both More Icons Widget and ADWLauncher are available stand-alone from the android market, and both are quite good.

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Dantv

MS and Apple are not even close...I suggest you educate yourself about Google and then start doing what some of us are doing and avoid all Google and their so-called services.

Why do you suppose that Google developed Android at great expense and gives it away for FREE...It's not out of the goodness of their heart. They are extending their spy empire to mobile. I'm surprised that a site/mag like Maximumpc and especially computer geeks are so fooled by Google. This is the biggest spyware company that has ever existed.

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altair31

Here, I have 100 foil hats to give you. Wait, I'm an evil alien here to kill you. Google sent me from 157 years in the future to stop you from ruining their master plan.

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Zan

Shutup a**hole! Your going to ruin our "information is power" nietivity.

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bikerbub

You know too much.

They have to kill you now.

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actionjackson@t...

I love that they're making android accessible to development not only from traditional mobile app creators, but to end users as well. Google's new android app dev tool brings app creation to the masses - really looking forward to getting an android smart phone!

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Dantv

Sorry, Google's wants to keep spying on us with Android. I avoid all of Google crap like the plague. They are the kings of spyware!

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scottd34

And you think apple or ms are any better?  time to start reading your eula's a little closer.  

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ajuhawk

Two Things

How about a mobile version of Maximum PC so it reads better on android? :)

Secondly - a couple of the apps you mention are no longer free and/or are trials

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BuLLg0d

Thank you for this article!  This is back to being Maximum PC... I agree it's a simplistic article but this is a fairly new market and is growning faster than most can keep up with... As you writers gain experience with rooting and other harder core mods/methods, please share with us.  I learned a lot about a PC from you guys... I look forward to learning from you guys about the Smartphone (not iPhone).   Kudos!

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cynical

You don't need a task manager and you especially shouldn't use one that auto-kills processes! Android monitors programs in the background and shuts down programs to free up memory as needed. Many of the processes that an auto-task killer will kill are designed to use very little power when they are fully loaded. A task killer will make those processes restart, eating up valuable processor time and battery life. 

 

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Stugg

I agree, do not install a task manager. I immediately installed one when I got my EVO 4G, and had numerous problems with different applications, such as the News app failing to auto-download new stories from my RSS feeds. After reading a few forum posts from experienced Android users that suggested uninstalling task managers, I did, and have had zero problems since. In fact, performance on my phone is noticeably better.

Don't take my word, though, do a web search for "why not to use task killer android" and research yourself.

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PawBear

Finally, an in-depth article that relates to a phone that isn't made by Apple.  It's about time.

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mge091

Probably should point out that the screen shots in this article aren't really android. Instead they are sense over android. People will be really confused when they don't have seven screens or if they have touchwiz, motoblur, or a variety of other skins. Otherwise decent article. Sidenote, this is more of a beginners guide imo, real power users root. Or at the very least sideload. 

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jrpbulk

Loved the article. I tried to print it and it only allowed me to print the first page or so. I also tried to save it with the same result.

Any suggestions?

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Daybringer

The article states that WaveSecure is "Free," looks like it's only a free 7-day trial, from there you must head to their website and charge $20 for a year subscription. Any other suggestions on "similar" Apps?

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ABouman

We just switched over some software and there have been some unexpected bugs. We're working on it now, I'll let you know as soon as it's corrected. And hey, thanks for letting us know!

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