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Fast app switching

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4 years ago

Sideload Android apps all you want with the Sideload Wonder Machine

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Android Sideload Wonder Machine

When it comes to installing Android applications, there are two ways of going about it. The most popular, of course, is directly through the Android Market. And that's how most of us do it. But from time to time we need to be able to sideload apps. Maybe you purchased it directly from a developer or some other perfectly legitimate method.

Or maybe *ahem* your phone doesn't allow you to directly sideload apps, for whatever reason. And that's where the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine comes in. We've rigged up a simple Windows program that allows you to install any .apk file (that's the extension for an Android app) via your computer. It's completely legit -- nobody's going to track you down and take away your phone -- it's completely free (and open source!)  and now you're back on the same playing field as everybody else, no rooting necessary.

Want to see it in action first? No problem. Video and download instructions are after the break.

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4 years ago

Android 101: How to change keyboards

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How to change Android keyboards

Looking to change Android keyboards? Maybe you want to try Swype, or the new Swiftkey, or any one of the other great keyboards available on our fair smartphone operating system. (And a lot of new phones, like the AT&T Captivate and Droid X seen above, come with more than one keyboard installed.) After the break, we'll walk you through downloading, installing and switching to a new keyboard and, just maybe, a new way of life. (OK, probably not.)

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4 years ago

Fine tuning the MinFree settings (improving on Android's multitasking)

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Inside Android

Hey guys!  Jerry back with another neat trick you can do on your Android phone.  This one helps keep things running smoothly, and gives us some user control over Android's internal task killer.  Like most things that affect the low level operation of Android, this one requires root, but it's a good read even for you folks who don't feel the need to root (and break your warranty!) because you just might have a better understanding of what's going on behind the scenes.  Open up a couple extra tabs on your browser, get your phone (and maybe even your USB cable) ready and follow the break.

Oh, and a warning: This is pretty low-level stuff. It's not hard to do, but what it does is a bit advanced. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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4 years ago

Android 2.2, FroYo, Google I/O -- let's make some sense of all this

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Inside Android

FroYo, FroYo, FroYo.  Seems like you can't visit a tech blog or read your Twitter timeline without seeing news about Android 2.2 everywhere.  FroYo can do this, FroYo does this 300 percent faster, FroYo has ponies.  It's enough to make a sane man crazy (good thing none of us will have to worry about that).  We all want some delicious new Android treats for our phones, but do we really know why, or what comes along with it?  Hopefully, by the time we're finished here you'll have a better idea just what to expect, and when to expect it.  Hit the link, get your spoon, and let's check out what this frozen concoction has in store for you and I.

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4 years ago

How-To: Remove unwanted applications on your new HTC Evo 4G

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Not everyone with a new Evo 4G is just enjoying the beast.  Some of us are hard at work applying everything we know about hacking Android to our new toy.  My eyes are getting blurry, and it's time for a break from the terminal so let's have a look at how you can cull some of the bloat on your Evo.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G help: Using the LED light application with video recording

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LED-light widget LED-light app

We love it when you send in your tips and hints, especially when they're this cool.  Notice that the dual LED flash on the HTC Evo doesn't work while filming video? Turns out that's pretty easy to fix, using an app called LED light right from the Android Market.  No root, no muss, no fuss.  Hit the jump to get the links, and to see side by side examples with and without the camera flash. Thanks Jpeary!

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4 years ago

Rooting - is it for me? Some Q&A

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Ed. Note: The story originally was published on Feb. 14, 2010. We've updated it with new information and present it again for those of you new to Android.

Each day more and more Android handsets are being sold, and that means users are faced with a major decision: To root, or not to root. Some of us will do it simply because we can, others will decide not to do it as they enjoy the phone as-is, but the majority of us will be on the fence about the whole idea of rooting. 

Hopefully some of those questions can get answered and you’ll have a clearer picture of the process and some understanding to make the decision a bit easier.  I’m sure this won’t answer every question you’ll have when considering whether or not to root your device, but hopefully this is a good start and a basis for further discussion.

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4 years ago

How to swap the Sprint HTC Evo 4G microSD card

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[YouTube link]

If you're the type of person who frequently swaps microSD cards and are looking at the Sprint HTC Evo 4G, then this video might be a little painful. First, the card's under the battery. That's not all that unusual, though it's still a tad unwelcome. But getting at the card on the Evo 4G's a little tricky. First there's a tab that needs to be pried up to unseat the card. And that's easy. But actually removing the card is a bit more difficult given its placement. Long fingernails may help (and forget about it if you're a nail-biter), but even then it's pretty tough, and we needed tweezers to actually remove the card.

Getting it back in is a little easier, but it still might take a couple of tries. It's just one of those trade-offs we have to come to live with in the smartphone world.

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4 years ago

Android 101: Clean your lens for clearer pictures (natch)

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One thing that seems to be a common complaint is "My pictures just look crappy." Many mess with settings, lighting, and more but nearly all of us have overlooked one very obvious thing, which Locoman from our forums reminds us. He just brought us some amazing moon pictures from hi HTC Droid Incredible, and now he brings us the simple tip: Clean your camrea. Simply take a cleaning cloth, any microfiber cloth should work just fine, and clean off your lens, and voila, clearer pictures. Could it be any simpler? Check out the improvement seen in the example pictures here, and be sure to use the forums to share any other tips you may have for us!

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4 years ago

Android 101: Tethering

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Android 101 -- tethering

Android phones are big on cloud computing, so you gotta stay connected.  Smartphone geeks like to toss the word "tethering" around, but what exactly is it and how do you do it?  Follow along after the jump and we'll break it down for you.

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4 years ago

Spruce up your Android phone with wallpapers, ringtones

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Hey everybody!  Welcome to another week of Inside Android.  This week we're gonna look at the things most everybody will change on their phones -- wallpaper and ringtones.  There might even be a little something extra thrown in for people using stock Android as well.  Place your tray in the upright position, fasten your seatbelts and continue past the break.

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4 years ago

The week in Android news

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It's been a busy, busy week of Android news, with tons of information coming from every angle from leaks, to official releases and tons of Sprint Evo 4G coverage. Some new devices appear to be on their way in, and a few big-hitters from Google appear to be on their way out. Sprint Nexus One dreams are crushed, statues and screenshots of Froyo appear, and plenty of new applications have been reviewed. It was fast an furious, but don't worry, all you have to do is check below for links to the coverage.

News

Applications

In addition to all happening on the front page, be sure to check out the forums, for lots of great information, and any help you may be in need of!

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4 years ago

Keep your charge on -- how to improve battery life on your Android phone

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Inside Android, how to extend your battery life

Howdy!  It's me again, and this week we're gonna talk about something near and dear to all of us -- battery life.  It's always at the tip of everyone's tongue (especially as new phones are released), and all the information out there is enough to make a person lose his or her mind.  Hopefully together we can work through it all, separate the fact from the fiction, and figure out how to keep everything out of the red.

Prepare your beverages, smoke 'em if you got 'em, and follow the jump so we can figure this out together.

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4 years ago

Android 101: What is RSS?

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RSS

Us Android nerds love acronyms. And one that we throw around an awful lot is "RSS." Let's take a look at what it is, and how (and why) you should use it. After the break, people.

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