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Save images from your browser

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4 years ago

New: Google Mobile Search History

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 Google Mobile Search HistoryGoogle Mobile Search History

Ever navigate away from a site and have trouble duplicating the search you used to find it? Google has come to the rescue again with a handy "History" link on the Google mobile site. You can find old searches, remove items from your history, and even star search items if you're so inclined. The history includes all searches made while signed in with your Google account, not just those from your phone, and mobile searches are designated by a little phone icon.

Search history should be enabled by default; if not, you can select "Settings," then hit "Save Searches" under "Search History" and save your settings. It's not clear whether search history will be made similarly accessible from the desktop site (although you can simply navigate to google.com/history). There may be some kinks to work out, as evidenced by the following screenshot, so share your experience in the comments! [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

Airplane mode

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Android Airplane modeNow that we've got music, games, videos and photos on our phones, we're definitely going to want to have access to our phones while traveling, right? But if you're even going to think about using your phone on an airplane, you're going to need the aptly named "Airplane mode." It shuts down the phone's radios so that it won't interfere with any of the airplane's systems.

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4 years ago

Use your phone as a hard drive

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4 years ago

What can I ask Android?

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Android voice search

Here's a follow up to yesterday's tip, in which we learned to hold down the search button to launch Google's voice search. But what, exactly, can you ask it? Here it is, from the horse's mouth:

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4 years ago

Hold search button for voice search

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4 years ago

Change your wallpaper

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Android wallpaperSo you just got a new Android phone. One of the first things you're going to want to look into is changing the wallpaper. And you've got several options.

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4 years ago

Custom ringtones and notifications

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One of the most personal things about your phone is what ringtone (and with Android) what notification sound you have. Using a program called RingDroid, it is possible to create custom ringtones and notification sounds from music you already own directly on your Android phone. Follow these steps and you will be rocking in no time:

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4 years ago

Delete a bookmark

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Delete a bookmarkChange you mind about keeping a website in your browser's favorites?  Or maybe you want to delete the stock bookmarks and replace them with something that fits you better. It's a piece of cake.

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4 years ago

Know your buttons

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Android hardware buttons

Every Android phone has a standard set of buttons at the bottom. They may be physical -- with parts that move -- or they may be capacitive, reacting to your touch. The order may change, but the functions are the same. You'll find:

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4 years ago

Sort your contacts

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Android Contact sort

Froyo only: Want to change the way Android sorts your contacts? Maybe you like last names first. Or what if you want to only see contacts who have phone numbers. It's easy to do. Here's how:

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4 years ago

Don't void your Droid X warranty: The 'Pull' tag is for the battery

Droid X battery

We mentioned in passing the other day that the innards of the Droid X can be a little confusing, so let's do this up right. There's a little tab that sticks out from underneath the Droid X's battery that says "Pull." Now, if your Droid X came with its battery in place, chances are you'll logically pull the tab to remove the battery. That's what I did, and I didn't think twice.

But we've seen a bit of confusion over this. [Android Central Forums 1, 2, 3]. And as Slashdot user jddj points out, if your Droid X is shipped to you, it likely won't have the battery pre-installed. Next thing you know, you see a little yellow tab that says "Pull" -- as well as "Do not cut," which makes you think you're supposed to remove it by pulling. Do not do this. The pull tab is to help remove the battery. Do not cut it. Do not pull it loose. It's supposed to be there. Jddj writes that calls to Verizon and Motorola ended in a voided warranty over the removal of the FCC info, and nobody wants that.

So -- A handy (albeit somewhat regrettably snarky) instructional video is after the break. Hope this saves a few of you some headaches. [Slashdot]

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4 years ago

Fast app switching

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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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