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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Here's a fun little feature on the LG G4 I didn't know about until today. You can (nearly) simultaneously listen to music on a Bluetooth device while also having something plugged in via the 3.5mm jack. The "earphone splitter" feature showed itself when I was testing some Bluetooth headphones and then plugged in a wired set. You get the option to use it or not. And while it's probably not something you're going to use very often, it's pretty handy if you need to.
There was a very short delay between the music on the wired headphones and the music through the Bluetooth headphones — far less than a second, but still noticeable.
Android phones have come a long way in the accessibility department, and the Moto G 2015 is no exception. Using the features and tools Google has provided for Android Lollipop, the Moto G 2015 has plenty of options for those with trouble seeing or hearing, and even those of us with motion control issues.
Being there is fine, but knowing how to use them is the important part. that's where we can help. Have a gander at the Moto G 2015 accessibility options.
Smart Locks were introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop to make your experience with your devices as enjoyable as possible.
Every once in awhile we get little surprises when new Google Play Services updates roll out to our phones and tablets, and one of these surprises was a new Smart Lock: On-body detection. This new Smart Lock is designed to keep your device unlocked — allowing the bypassing of your lock screen security — when it has been unlocked by the user and kept on the person.
Here's a quick one for peeps who don't want or need more status bar clutter on their new Moto G. By default, the name of the network you're currently attached to will be perched in the upper left, taking room many feel is best left for notifications. If you want to get rid of it, it's super easy on the single-SIM model.
Open the settings on your Moto G, and at the top section — Wireless & networks — tap the " ... More" label.
Find the menu entry for "Cellular networks" and tap it.
The second line item is labeled "Show mobile network." Uncheck that box and it's gone. If you want it back, make sure the box is checked.
For most of us, being able to pull down the notification shade with a two-finger gesture and see which network we're on under the appropriate icon is good enough. Most doesn't mean everyone, though. If you're frequently in an area where you're roaming on a partner network, you might want the info right out in front so you can see it before you do something that might cost you some cash.
In either case, it's easy to toggle when and if you need it.
An ill-fitted shell could compromise your Moto G's water resistance.
If you're one of the many people picking up a Moto G 2015, chances are you'll want to switch up your phone's aesthetics with a replacement shell at some point. There are ten colors available, and Moto Maker lets you pick a color when you buy your phone. But if you're swapping shells from time to time, you'll want to make sure everything's securely in place.
The way your phone analyzes your face to unlock has changed since KitKat, and it's been for the better.
Through the last several years, face unlock has received several small updates but because of the way it worked and its unreliability to unlock your phone, many users chose not to bother with it. When Android 5.0 Lollipop was released, Face unlock was rebranded to Trusted face and was added to the list of Smart Locks. Trusted face is finally at a stage where it is good enough to enable on your device so that you too can unlock your phone or tablet just by looking at your device.
Take one of the best mid-range Android phones ever in the Moto G, add in one of the most-loved options from Motorola with Moto Maker for the Moto X, and combine the two together to make a lot of people happy.
Some designers of popular products may scoff, but the ability to easily customize the looks of your new phone has proven to be a popular idea. We, as well as most people who have used it, consider Moto Maker a success. Bringing it to the Moto G — Motorola's mid-ranger, but their best selling line of smartphones ever — is a pretty big deal.
It's up to you how you want your new phone to look. And that's the way we like it.
There are a couple of caveats, of course. You don't have the "natural" options like wood or leather, and the color palette is a little smaller than we've seen for the Moto X line. Having said that, there are a handful of choices and you can create a phone that's subdued and simple, or screaming with color. It's up to you how you want your new phone to look. And that's the way we like it.
I created my Lime colored beauty recently, and wanted to walk you through the process. Of course, you can always play with it yourself, too at Motorola's website.
All in all, it's quick and easy to "design" your own Moto G. If you went through the process and created one of your own, be sure to share the design in the forums!
It's 2015, and you can actually get through life without ever physically connecting your phone to a computer. (We've done it. It's great. You should try it sometime.) But for some folks it's still the way to go. They just have to plug in every now and then. Others of us? We're all cloud, baby.
So this one's for you syncers out there. Following are the ways we'd recommend moving your files from Android to Windows 10. And back again. Heck, move 'em back and forth all day long. Doesn't matter to us. Sync, move, whatever floats your boat. Point is, it's as easy as ever in Windows 10. (And in some ways it's even better.)
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