There's a shiny new phone in your hand — here are the first things to do with it.
The Galaxy Note 5 is a great phone, and you're surely excited to have one in your hands and ready to explore everything it has to offer. But in that excitement we don't want you to miss out on some of the basics you should get out of the way. Once you're done setting up your Note 5, here are the first handful of things you should do with it.
It's a hard fact of early adopter life that not every new toy will work with every other new toy out of the box. Such is the case with Android Auto, which on occasion refuses to connect to some new phone that should happen to find its way into our car.
So it's understandable that folks have been asking me about whether the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 plays nice with Android Auto.
Your new Moto G 2015 has a microSD card slot for expandable storage. That's not exactly uncommon to see in an Android phone, though other makers are moving away from the practice. It's also going to become more important when Android 6 brings new (and arguably better) support to let external memory become more integrated into the system itself.
This is a perfect time to learn a little bit more about SD cards, and specifically how they work with the Moto G 2015 and what to look for when buying one. Let's take a look!
Motorola Gallery is a simple, yet powerful photo viewer and editor, and it's already installed on your Moto G 2015.
Motorola has included their full-screen immersive gallery application in the Moto G 2015 software. While the Highlight Reel feature is not included (it's left for the more high-end devices) the app itself is still feature rich and offers most anything you would want from a photo gallery.
Let's dive in and take a look at how the Motorola Gallery app works.
LG has come out with yet another amazing flagship phone which also claims amazing battery life.
While a good amount of G4 owners agree with that claim, there are many members in our forums that are constantly unhappy with their phone mainly because they are forced to charge it in the middle of the day. There are dozens of different reasons why someone might not be getting the best experience from their phone's battery but here are six things that can be quickly done to help extend the G4's battery life.
This got tucked into our larger post on how to take a screenshot on the Galaxy Note 5, but it's cool enough that it deserves a mention of its own. Using the "Screen write" function of Samsung's new software, you can do a "Scroll capture" of whatever you've got on your screen. Want to share an entire web page or vertically scrolling app? Not a problem. It takes just a few taps, and Samsung does a really nice job of stitching it all together for you.
Motorola has enabled some features from the Moto app for the new Moto G 2015. We first saw these "smart" — and fully disableable — features with the original Moto X, and they have been refined to work better with newer versions of Android. To Motorola's credit, the current version provides three simple, yet powerful functions that work well — even on the "lesser" hardware of the Moto G 2015.
Here's what you need to know — and what you'll have to continue waiting for — now that the next version of Android is officially official and full of Marshmallowy goodness.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow today is official. Or, rather, it's the start of being official, as these things don't actually happen all at once. In fact, the M era started back at the Google I/O developer conference in late May. And we don't yet have it all.
So here's what you need to know about the next major version of our favorite operating system. This is Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is shipping a little earlier than the Aug. 21 date we were given last week, and that's just fine with us. We've been using an international model for a few days and now have Verizon's Note 5 in our hot little hands. And because this is Verizon we're talking about here, that means there are going to be some ... peculiarities compared to other models.
The Moto G 2015 has a pretty decent camera — especially considering the price. While you're not going to get the same quality as you would from a stand-alone camera, or even something like the LG G4 or one of Samsung's latest models, your new Moto G is capable of taking some very good pictures.
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A lot of depends on your technique (the photographer is always more important than the equipment), but knowing your camera is important, too. Here are a few tips to make the most out of the camera on the Moto G 2015.
Motorola has released yet another dependable and inexpensive phone with the new Moto G 2015. The software is vanilla Android, with very little in the way of fluff or extra features, and the setup process reflects this. We've talked about a few things you might want to do in lieu of the standard setup process if you're a bit more of an advanced user, but we also wanted to go over the basics for those of us who like things basic.
Here's what you need to know to get started using your new Moto G 2015.
Here's a fun little feature on the LG G4 I didn't know about until today. You can (nearly) simultaneously listen to music on a Bluetooth device while also having something plugged in via the 3.5mm jack. The "earphone splitter" feature showed itself when I was testing some Bluetooth headphones and then plugged in a wired set. You get the option to use it or not. And while it's probably not something you're going to use very often, it's pretty handy if you need to.
There was a very short delay between the music on the wired headphones and the music through the Bluetooth headphones — far less than a second, but still noticeable.
Android phones have come a long way in the accessibility department, and the Moto G 2015 is no exception. Using the features and tools Google has provided for Android Lollipop, the Moto G 2015 has plenty of options for those with trouble seeing or hearing, and even those of us with motion control issues.
Being there is fine, but knowing how to use them is the important part. that's where we can help. Have a gander at the Moto G 2015 accessibility options.
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