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1 month ago

How to turn off 'app suggestions' in the Google Now Launcher

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Google Now Launcher app suggestions

Google introduced a new app drawer style in the latest version of the Google Now Launcher — coinciding with the launch of Marshmallow — that now scrolls vertically, and has a set of so-called "app suggestions" at the top of the app drawer. It's supposed to smartly place apps at the top of the drawer based on how, when and where you use them ... but most of the time, it can just be annoying.

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1 month ago

How to use the LG V10 video camera's directional audio feature

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The LG V10 has multiple microphones (three, actually) to help focus on the sound you you want to capture when you're recording video. The combo of one pointing towards the front, one pointing towards the rear, and another used to try and filter out background noises is common, and it generally works well in most cases. But LG takes it all one step further with directional audio control.

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1 month ago

What you need to know about Chromecast Audio groups

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Groups are now possible with Chromcast Audio, but setup can be a little tricky.

Google's audio-only addition to the Chromecast lineup this year seemed a little lackluster at first, but a recent update adding higher quality audio and the ability to group multiple Chromecast Audio together has elevated the accessory to a must for folks with multiple speaker setups in the home.

As is often the case with new software, there's a few things you need to know in order to get everything up and running in your home or office.

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1 month ago

How to turn off Google Now on Tap and go back to the old Google Now

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Google Now on Tap settings

So you're using Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and now the novelty of Google Now on Tap has worn off. Maybe it doesn't find that much useful information for you, or you just don't trigger it that often. You'd rather just have a long-press of your home button send you to the old Google Now interface instead.

Well thankfully, you can do just that — here's how you get it done.

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1 month ago

Android screenshots just got a whole lot easier, for some

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Folks love sharing them some screenshots. And Google's just rolled out a new way to take them and share them, but with a few caveats.

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1 month ago

How to setup and use keyboard shortcuts on the BlackBerry Priv

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The BlackBerry Priv has a physical keyboard. You probably know this by now. But when you get down to the nitty gritty, a physical keyboard is just a bunch of buttons, and when using the right software, you can do a lot of things with buttons. The BlackBerry launcher has that software baked in, and you can set shortcuts to do things like toggle your Wifi or Bluetooth, set a destination for navigation or send an email or text message to a specific contact.

That's pretty cool, and worth a closer look.

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1 month ago

How to set up a Google Play Music family plan

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Google has enabled the family plan option for Google Play Music to just about everyone — so long as you're not on a Google Apps for Work account — let's take a look at how to set it up and get started.

It's simple, and you do it all from your Android phone or tablet. You will have to be a Google Play Music All Access subscriber (natch) with a regular Gmail account and need a few loved ones to share with. The service costs $14.99 per month, and everyone on the plan has access to YouTube Red as a bonus. What's not to like?

Here's how to get started.

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1 month ago

How to set up the LG V10

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Whether you're an Android expert or you're opening your very first smartphone, the set up process for every Android phone is a little different. LG's phones are no different, and if you're getting ready to take the hefty V10 out of the box for the first time there's a few things you should know about setting up this phone.

Here's a quick walk through all of the steps you will encounter from the moment you power the phone, just in case you're not sure what it all means.

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1 month ago

How to move apps to the microSD card on the Amazon Fire TV

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The latest generation Amazon Fire TV added a microSD card slot and removed some other stuff that likely wasn't being used by many.

The microSD card slot is almost essential if you want to download a lot of apps and games to use on your Fire TV. With only 8GB of internal storage and much less than that available to use, you could soon wipe that out with a few large games.

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2 months ago

What's that yellow dot on my Gear S2 watch face?

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The most recent update for Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch added a couple of new apps and performance improvements. However there's one subtle change in the latest Gear firmware that's not entirely obvious at first. You might occasionally notice a small yellow circular marker on the left-hand side of your watch face. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not. So what's going on?

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2 months ago

How to set up your Amazon Echo

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There's a truly incredible number of things you can do with Amazon's connected speaker, and ideally a lot of these things will casually become a part of your daily routine over time. Amazon's Alexa service is designed to be something you can rely on for just about every aspect of the connected home, and to get the most out of this experience you want to start by setting it up correctly out of the box.

Here's everything you need to know about getting started with your Amazon Echo.

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2 months ago

How to set up Nexus Imprint on your Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

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Fingerprint scanners on phones have come a long way since the Motorola Atrix introduced us to them. Thankfully, a really long way. While everyone thinks of them as a cool way to unlock your phone, that's not exactly how they work on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Nexus Imprint (that's what Google calls its implementation of Marshmallow's fingerprint scanning and reading APIs) grabs your fingerprint and saves associated data about it (encrypted, of course) to the system, where it can be used to authenticate just about anything. Including your lock screen. It has the data from when you set it up, and if the data you supply when you use your finger matches, it authenticates — says that yes, you are really you. Things like lock screens, or password managers or PayPal can let you in because they know that you are who you claim to be, and the rightful owner of the device.

This means setting up Nexus Imprint is important if you'll want to do things with your fingerprints.

Here's how it's done.

Crack into the settings on your new Nexus, and look for the "Security" line under Personal. Tap it. About halfway down, you'll see the entry for Nexus Imprint. You know what to do, tap tap.

Confirm your password or PIN (you'll need to have one of these setup as a backup) and you'll move to a new screen, where you can add a fingerprint. The time has come!

Press the + Add fingerprint label. Around back there's a small, round fingerprint sensor. It's in the same spot where the dimple is on Motorola phones. You'll put your finger on it, lift it off, reposition it and place it back on until the setup tells you it's finished.

Take your time, do this right. The Nexus Imprint software wants to be able to read your fingerprint no matter how your finger is positioned, so changing things around during setup is helpful.

After you have a fingerprint entered, you're good to go. I would suggest you add a few more for those times when your phone is in the other hand or you're carrying groceries or have a finger stuck in a dike to save the town.

Now that you have things all set up, you'll be ready to unlock your phone with your fingerprint and more. With an API for apps to use your fingerprint data as a way to authenticate that you really are you, we expect to see both practical and creative ways your fingerprints can be used for all sorts of things.

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2 months ago

How to get all your existing Amazon apps on the BlackBerry Priv

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A lot of people buying the new BlackBerry Priv are moving from other BlackBerry devices that aren't running Android. With the app situation the way it is for the BB10 platform, that means a lot of those folks will have quite a number of apps in the Amazon ecosystem. It's easy to get all of those back on your new Priv.

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2 months ago

How to set up the LG V10 fingerprint scanner

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Fingerprint security is all the rage on mobile devices lately. The LG V10 has it baked deep into the OS, so we wanted to take a look at how you get things set up and running. That's what we do best here at Android Central. Teach a man to fish, and all that.

Fingerprint security is not exactly new, but when companies like Apple and Samsung get on board with an idea it gets traction and people learn more about it. When that happens, people like what they see, and want more of it. The companies who make our phones are happy to oblige.

Since LG is doing its own thing, and it's different than how Google or Samsung does it, let's see how to get started.

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2 months ago

Moving from Project Fi back to Google Voice

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Moving from Project Fi back to Google Voice should be easy, and it is.

Signing up for Project Fi and diving into the service is as easy as having a Nexus phone and being somewhere with reasonable T-Mobile and Sprint service. There's a lot to like about Google's early days as an MVNO carrier, and it's only going to get better as more people try out the service. As easy as it is to sign up, Google promises it's also that easy to leave Project Fi and go back to what you had before. An early concern for long time Google Voice users was whether it'd be a hassle to go back to Voice after leaving Fi, but it turns out Google's got that transition handled.

Here's what you need to do if you're moving from Project Fi back to Google Voice.

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