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4 years ago

Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Galaxy Tab Screen Shot

Now that we're all getting our Samsung Galaxy Tabs, we're going to want to take a screen shot or two, right? And Sammy's made it easy for us. No rooting, no muss, no fuss.

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4 years ago

Preparation for the Dalightly Saving Time switch

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Date and time settingsAs North America prepares to "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time (and that's the correct name for it, by the way) at 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning, we need to make sure everything is ready to go -- including our Android phones.

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip to Android 2.1 upgrade instructions, release notes

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Motorola Backflip Eclair update

Motorola has sent out the test version of the 2.1 update for the Backflip to a limited group of people.  If you're not one of them, no worries -- the download is out there for the taking -- or at least until it's taken down. Here's what to do:

  • Charge your phone fully.  This could take up to 40 minutes according to AT&T, but our tipster says about 15 minutes.
  • Grab the file right here.
  • Copy it to the root of your SD card (not inside another folder), and make sure it stays named "Blur_Version.3.0.1390.MB300.ATT.en.US.zip."  Sometimes Windows likes to add to the file type extension, so double check.
  • Tap the menu key > Settings > About Phone > System Updates and look for the update. Your Backflip should find it, install it, and reboot.

When you restart (this process may take a while!) you should be running Android 2.1.  Our friend also says that you may experience apps force closing, this can be fixed by uninstalling, then reinstalling.  Good Luck!  Thanks anonymous friends!

Update: Actually, it looks like Moto's ready to go with this update as soon as testing's over. You can find the entire Backflip Eclair update page here, and the release notes here. (pdf)

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4 years ago

What is rooting?

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Root your PhoneProbably the top three questions on your mind when it comes to your Android phone are the following:

  1. What is "rooting?"
  2. Why would I want to root my phone?
  3. And now that I've decided to do it, how do I root my phone?

It's a little scary, we know. But we've got you covered.

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4 years ago

Setting a SIM card lock (and why you want to)

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How to silence your phone in Froyo

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4 years ago

How To: Update your preferred roaming list (PRL) on your CDMA device

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 A Cellphone Tower

Is your phone not holding calls where it previously had a strong signal?  If you have a CDMA device like those found on Sprint and Verizon, you may need to update your Preferred Roaming List (PRL).

The PRL is a list that allows your phone to roam off of towers that are not part of your native network, such as a sprint phone connecting to a former Alltel tower if none of its own are available.  Because roaming agreements are constantly changing and new towers are added all the time, it's important to keep this list up to date.

For most CDMA carriers (including Verizon), you can update your PRL by dialing *228 and selecting the appropriate option.  For example, on a Verizon phone you dial *228 and then select option 2 and listen to the horrible programming music while your phone downloads the latest PRL.

For Sprint, there are two options.  The first is to contact Sprint Customer Service and get your account approved for an update and then dial *2 and follow the instructions.  If you have an Android device, you can also check your PRL by tapping Home > Menu > Settings > System updates > Update PRL. (Thanks milominderbinder) 

With Verizon prepping its LTE launch and Sprint lighting up new WIMAX markets, both carriers are spending a lot of time and resources ensuring their current 3G networks are optimized.  This means a lot of adjustments to which towers cover a specific location, as well as the addition of new towers to handle additional traffic.  Because of this, it's a good idea to update your PRL at least once a month so your phone will always have access to the best coverage available in your area. [Via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Google shutting down Nexus One forum, but ours is still here to help!

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Google Nexus One

The bad news: Google is shutting down its Nexus One help forums, moving things to a read-only status starting Nov. 1. [via Android Guys] The good news: Our Nexus One forums aren't going anywhere, and we have a plethora of people ready to help you with any questions or hacks. That said, we're more than a little sad because the Nexus One obviously is being shown the door by Google. Not unexpected, but sad nonetheless. So long, little guy.

More on the Nexus One in the Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

How to boot Sony Internet TV into recovery

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Sony Internet TV

Why would we want to root Google TV? Because it exists, of course. And one step in that process is being able to get into recovery mode. Yes, just like on your Android phone, there are recovery partitions on Google TV devices. And as you'll see after the break, getting to it on the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray player is pretty simple. [via Phandroid]

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4 years ago

How to fix stuck app downloads [From the Forums]

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the hidden .android _secure file

Having issues with applications from the Market not downloading, or stalling during installation?  There's a fix that might help, and we've detailed it in the forums.  It's not complicated, doesn't require root or any real hackery, and we've even covered the method to make the fix stick so you aren't doing it every time an application wants to install itself to your SD card.  It all circles around the .android_secure folder on your SD card, which is the place applications using the "install to SD card method" that comes along with Froyo want and need to be. 

Hit the forums and have a look, because even if you're not having problems now, you never know when they might spring up.  [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Adding signatures to Gmail accounts

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GMail signaturesNot everyone uses signatures for their daily email, but many people find it invaluable. You can use anything from a simple name or favorite saying all the way up to including contact info and work position. Or, you can do anything in between.

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4 years ago

Stop that annoying VCAST popup

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4 years ago

What happens when you apply an update

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A question we're asked over and over is "When I get the Froyo/Gingerbread update, will it erase my phone?" The short answer is that it shouldn't. When you get an over-the-air (read: official) update, it's more of a surgical strike than a carpet bombing.

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4 years ago

How-To: Sync music and videos from your computer (aka iTunes)

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iTunes to Android

 

Lets face it: syncing your music and videos in Android is nowhere near as simple as with certain "i"-named devices. However, many of you (myself included) may use iTunes to manage and purchase your music and podcasts. There are a couple great solutions to get your media from your computer to your phone with playlists intact. Keep in mind that any DRMed music will not work on your Android phone. Apple switched over to DRM-free music awhile back, so it is likely only much older songs will have that issue. There are some ways to remove DRM from song files, but I will not go into it here (feel free to Google search for a way to do it, though). Join me past the break for all the hot syncin' action.

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4 years ago

Use your computer keyboard to type on your Android device

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Real KeyboardReal Keyboard

We have previously seen Bluetooth keyboards paired with rooted devices, and all of that fun hackery, but this time we have a very simple, straightforward solution that can be used on a stock Android device. Share Keyboard is an application that will allow users to use their computer keyboard to type notes, emails, or any other messages for their Android device right from their computer.

The way this works is after a user sets Share Keyboard as their input method, they are then given a URL at the bottom of the screen, which they visit from a computer. After visiting this from a computer they are then able to type, and watch it all appear on their Android screen after they have finished typing and clicked the send to phone. Additionally, if you found yourself in the middle of an e-mail that got longer then expected, you can pull the text from the phone, sync it to the website, finish the message and sync back to the phone for easy sending. For those who want an easy solution, without the need for root and flashing custom ROM's on your device, this application is definitely a great way to achieve easy typing on your Android device. [Android Zoom via Android Central Forums]

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