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2 years ago

Android 101: How to restrict certain apps from being downloaded from the Android Market

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2 years ago

RAM: What it is, how it's used, and why you shouldn't care

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Recently, a wise man holding a new Samsung Galaxy S II made a great observation --

Why, in the name of all things holy, does the fastest, most powerful phone on the market have a widget warning me how many apps are open?

Many of you guys know me, and how I am (if you don't, imagine some godless mash-up of anal retentiveness and OCD), so you know this is something that just had to be addressed or I would never sleep well at night again.  Which leads us to here and now.  The answer to the question is pretty easy -- user madness and FUD forced manufacturers to add some sort of RAM-cleaning, task-killing, and problem-causing widget to current builds of their software.  For most of us, the system running on our Android phones, and the way it handles RAM usage, is very different than what we are used to on our computers.  If we take a few minutes to understand the way RAM is managed on our phones, we'll not only be able to better interpret what that widget is telling us, but also understand why it doesn't really matter.  Let's do that, after the break.

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to clear your browser info

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Hey, we don't judge. From time to time you might "accidentally" visit a website your wife would leave you over you didn't mean to visit and get caught sneaking a peek see something you didn't want to see. It happens.

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to mark spam in gmail

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to pair a Bluetooth headset

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3 years ago

Samsung's new Touchwiz makes adding items to the home screen a breeze

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A big complaint I've had about Android for some time now regards adding items to the home screen. The basic way of doing things is you scroll through a text list, pick something from that list and plop it onto whatever home screen you're currently on. That requires your brain to remember what's already on the home screen, and to know what the new item actually looks like. If it's an icon, that's easy enough. If it's a widget, well, you get what size it is (1x1, 2x2, etc.), but that's it.

Samsung's done us a solid in the latest version of Touchwiz, as seen on the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. It's basically taken the Honeycomb way of doing things and scalled it down for the smaller screen. You can see the full home screen (and even flip though them) as well as see the widget or shortcut you're looking to add.

It's a small but ingenious change. Kudos, Samsung.

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3 years ago

Android 101: Keep your Picasa account synced with your Android device

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3 years ago

Android 101: Manage your battery life by setting your screen timeout and brightness

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3 years ago

How to turn off LTE on the Motorola Droid Bionic

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

Finally the Motorola Droid Bionic is available, and knowing you, Mr. Excited, you were first in line to grab one at the local Verizon store, huh? Well, you may have been in shock when you noticed how much LTE can affect your battery, or you are a conservative type with the battery and would rather turn it off when not in use, and luckily doing so can be quite simple. A few quick clicks and your LTE can be turned on and off, let's check out how.

  1. Open settings
  2. Scroll to wireless and networks
  3. Select mobile network
  4. Click on network mode and select CDMA Only

Want LTE back, do the same and select CDMA/LTE instead of CDMA only and you are all set. 

More: Droid Bionic forums

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3 years ago

Android 101: Favoriting (and un-favoriting) contacts

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to forward or reply all in gmail

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3 years ago

Android 101: Save battery by keeping Wifi alive

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3 years ago

Android 101: Force Gmail to always show pictures from a sender

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3 years ago

Android 201: Using Labs in Google Maps

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3 years ago

Here comes Hurricane Irene: Charge 'em if you got 'em

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Here's a quick no-brainer or two from your hurricane-prone pals at Android Central for those of you in the path of Hurricane Irene, scheduled to make landfall along the North Carolina coast on Saturday before making its way up the east coast and basically ruining everybody's weekend:

  • Charge your phones. Now. Keep them charged. And once the storm starts, keep them off. You'll likely lose power at some point, and there's a good chance your local cell network will go down for a bit, even with generator backups.
  • Spare batteries. If you got 'em, make sure they're charged, too. If you still have time to get some, do it.
  • Car charger. Get one. That is all.
  • After the storm, text messages work best. Any carrier will tell you this, and we saw it again with that little shake the mid-Atlantic states got on Tuesday. If the network's up, it's going to be clogged, and calls might not go through. Text messages have a much better chance.
  • If you're worried about damage and don't have a traditional camera, use your phone to take a few pictures of your home and your belongings. It'll make insurance claims much easier, should it come to that.

Any tips you folks want to share? Let's hear 'em.

More: Latest on Irene from the National Hurricane Center
Image credit: LSU Earth Scan Labratory

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