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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

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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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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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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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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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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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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