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3 years ago

Use your phone as a hard drive

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3 years ago

What can I ask Android?

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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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3 years ago

Hold search button for voice search

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3 years ago

Change your wallpaper

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So 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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3 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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3 years ago

Delete a bookmark

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Change 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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3 years ago

Taking screenshots

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3 years ago

Know your buttons

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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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3 years ago

Sort your contacts

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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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3 years ago

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