3 days ago

OnePlus 2 camera tips and tricks

OnePlus 2 Camera

It's a simple camera app, but there are a few tricks to know.

There isn't much to be said about the Camera app on the OnePlus 2. That's not to say there isn't anything to be said about the camera itself, in fact it's one of the better cameras you can get on an Android phone today, but the user interface that powers this experience isn't much to look at and doesn't include a ton of features. It's a solid point and shoot app, with modes for video, panorama, slow motion, and timelapse — but several of these modes include no settings at all. What you see, in most cases, is what you get.

That having been said, there's a couple of things you should know about poking around in the few settings that do exist, and we've got them here for you.

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4 days ago

How to automatically post your Instagram photos as Twitter photos

Twitter Instagram

I love sharing photos on Instagram, and 300 million other users feel the same, but I don't like the fact that my Twitter followers can't preview the images directly from my timeline. They need to click the Instagram link to view the photo. It used to work a couple of years ago, but Instagram has disabled photo integration with Twitter. The good news is that there's a workaround.

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5 days ago

First things to do with your Galaxy Note 5

Galaxy Note 5

There's a shiny new phone in your hand — here are the first things to do with it.

The Galaxy Note 5 is a great phone, and you're surely excited to have one in your hands and ready to explore everything it has to offer. But in that excitement we don't want you to miss out on some of the basics you should get out of the way. Once you're done setting up your Note 5, here are the first handful of things you should do with it.

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6 days ago

Galaxy Note 5 pro tip: Insert the S Pen pointy end first

Galaxy Note 5 S Pen

Apparently this is a thing with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 that needs to be said out loud: Do not insert the S Pen back into the body of the phone backward. Or upside down. Or whatever.

Pointy side first, folks.

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6 days ago

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Android Auto


It's a hard fact of early adopter life that not every new toy will work with every other new toy out of the box. Such is the case with Android Auto, which on occasion refuses to connect to some new phone that should happen to find its way into our car.

So it's understandable that folks have been asking me about whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 plays nice with Android Auto.

Here's what I've found.

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1 week ago

The Moto G 2015 and SD cards - everything you need to know

Moto G 2015 SD card

Your new Moto G 2015 has a microSD card slot for expandable storage. That's not exactly uncommon to see in an Android phone, though other makers are moving away from the practice. It's also going to become more important when Android 6 brings new (and arguably better) support to let external memory become more integrated into the system itself.

This is a perfect time to learn a little bit more about SD cards, and specifically how they work with the Moto G 2015 and what to look for when buying one. Let's take a look!

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1 week ago

Motorola Gallery on the Moto G 2015

Moto Gallery

Motorola Gallery is a simple, yet powerful photo viewer and editor, and it's already installed on your Moto G 2015.

Motorola has included their full-screen immersive gallery application in the Moto G 2015 software. While the Highlight Reel feature is not included (it's left for the more high-end devices) the app itself is still feature rich and offers most anything you would want from a photo gallery.

Let's dive in and take a look at how the Motorola Gallery app works.

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1 week ago

How to get better battery life on the LG G4


LG has come out with yet another amazing flagship phone which also claims amazing battery life.

While a good amount of G4 owners agree with that claim, there are many members in our forums that are constantly unhappy with their phone mainly because they are forced to charge it in the middle of the day. There are dozens of different reasons why someone might not be getting the best experience from their phone's battery but here are six things that can be quickly done to help extend the G4's battery life.

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1 week ago

How to take a scrolling screen capture on the Galaxy Note 5


This got tucked into our larger post on how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 5, but it's cool enough that it deserves a mention of its own. Using the "Screen write" function of Samsung's new software, you can do a "Scroll capture" of whatever you've got on your screen. Want to share an entire web page or vertically scrolling app? Not a problem. It takes just a few taps, and Samsung does a really nice job of stitching it all together for you.

Check it out.

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1 week ago

A look at the Moto app on the Moto G 2015


Motorola has enabled some features from the Moto app for the new Moto G 2015. We first saw these "smart" — and fully disableable — features with the original Moto X, and they have been refined to work better with newer versions of Android. To Motorola's credit, the current version provides three simple, yet powerful functions that work well — even on the "lesser" hardware of the Moto G 2015.

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1 week ago

Welcome to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow era

Android Marshmallow

Here's what you need to know — and what you'll have to continue waiting for — now that the next version of Android is officially official and full of Marshmallowy goodness.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow today is official. Or, rather, it's the start of being official, as these things don't actually happen all at once. In fact, the M era started back at the Google I/O developer conference in late May. And we don't yet have it all.

So here's what you need to know about the next major version of our favorite operating system. This is Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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1 week ago

Quick hits on the Verizon Note 5

Verizon Galaxy Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is shipping a little earlier than the Aug. 21 date we were given last week, and that's just fine with us. We've been using an international model for a few days and now have Verizon's Note 5 in our hot little hands. And because this is Verizon we're talking about here, that means there are going to be some ... peculiarities compared to other models.

And, lo and behold, that's the case.

Here's what we've seen so far:

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1 week ago

Moto G 2015 camera tips and tricks

Moto G 2015 camera

The Moto G 2015 has a pretty decent camera — especially considering the price. While you're not going to get the same quality as you would from a stand-alone camera, or even something like the LG G4 or one of Samsung's latest models, your new Moto G is capable of taking some very good pictures.

Time for a nice Sunday brunch. The Moto G 2015 did a great job capturing the details on both the new sign, and the not-so-new bracket that's holding it up. See more at http://phon.es/motog2015. #motog2015 #android

A photo posted by Android Central (@androidcentral) on Aug 9, 2015 at 9:41am PDT

A lot of depends on your technique (the photographer is always more important than the equipment), but knowing your camera is important, too. Here are a few tips to make the most out of the camera on the Moto G 2015.

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1 week ago

How to set up the Moto G 2015

Moto G 2015 setup

Motorola has released yet another dependable and inexpensive phone with the new Moto G 2015. The software is vanilla Android, with very little in the way of fluff or extra features, and the setup process reflects this. We've talked about a few things you might want to do in lieu of the standard setup process if you're a bit more of an advanced user, but we also wanted to go over the basics for those of us who like things basic.

Here's what you need to know to get started using your new Moto G 2015.

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2 weeks ago

The first things to do when you get your Moto G 2015

Moto G 2015

The first things to do when you get your Moto G 2015

For more than a few of us, the Moto G 2015 will be our first Android smartphone. It might even be the first smartphone experience for some of us. That's cool, and welcome to the fold.

A first experience with an Android phone isn't likely to be confusing, but there are a few tricks to make the initial experience a little smoother.

If you're an old pro, you still might know someone who could use a few tips. Treat them right, and tell them to come visit us!

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