This question just popped up in our Galaxy Note 4 forums, but it's one that we've seen related to other phones before as well.
We're all so used to buying a phone with intentions of using it on a carrier that we often don't consider what it will operate like without a SIM in it. Rest assured that your phone will operate just fine without active service from a carrier, leaving it as a Wifi-only...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Jan 2014 3:40 pm
See what your AC editors are playing on their Nexus 7 tablets when they should be working
I'm not going to lie. A job that involves playing great games on an equally great tablet like the Nexus 7 is amazeballs. We look through and evaluate hundreds of new apps each month, and plenty of them are games. Then we get choosy, and make sure you know about the best ones. It's a responsibility we take...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 16 Dec 2013 5:16 pm
Procrastinators, unite! Here are a few last-minute gift ideas for the tech lover on your list
The holidays have crept up on us. Again. The next few days are pretty much the last hope of getting something shipped in time for your holiday gift-giving. We know that some of us still have gifts to buy, and that some of them will be for the tech enthusiast in your life.
We can't help you find a...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Nov 2013 1:27 pm
+Russ Clark asks,
I have a G2 and it is a great device, but this attention by Moto towards the Moto X makes me wonder if I should sell my G2 and switch. I know you used the G2 for a bit, what input would you have about that idea?
We're hearing this a lot. Not necessarily about the G2 or the Moto X, but anytime a phone makes the news because the manufacturer is doing something right, people...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Aug 2013 4:14 pm
The Cloud is like a comfortable chair — it gets better the more you use it
The Cloud (with the capital C intended) means different things to different people. When we talk about it around these parts, we generally mean the servers and application machines that companies like Google or Amazon have on the Internet, and the services attached to them that we all use every day.
We're big proponents...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Aug 2013 1:59 pm
Aslowe writes in the Android Central forums,
Is anyone aware if there are any plans to add security to this? Either by Google or maybe a developer working something? I am using some of these for information monitor purposes at a restaurant I do IT work for. One of the employees "accidentally" started broadcasting YouTube videos to the TV overriding the computer feed. Even something as simple...
If Google Play Music All Access isn't for you, cancelling it is easy
We spend a lot of time talking about how much we're enjoying the Google Play Music All Access subscription service, but it's also important to know how to cancel it if you've given it a try and decided it's not for you. We don't judge, there are several good reasons to not want or need access to Google's music catalog, and...
You have questions, we have answers in the Optimus G Pro forums
Since I picked it up last week, the LG Optimus G Pro has become my go-to daily driver and as I said in our full review, it is by and large a device worthy of sharing shelf space with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. It's an exciting and stressful time to buy an Android device on AT&T, but we're here to lend a hand-- if...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Dec 2012 5:43 pm
What the heck does odex and deodex actually mean? I see the terms mentioned in almost every custom ROM thread and can't find an answer that I can understand. I'm hoping that Android Central can help out.
Awesome question, Clark. And one I think we can answer in terms that most folks will understand. As you've noted, you see the terms odex and deodexed in many forums posts about...
Android 4.2 is official! So is the LG Nexus 4! But what about all those current Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7s out there? They're going to get an update to Android 4.2, right? Most certainly. And we're willing to bet the Nexus S goes along for the ride as well.
One thing we don't quite know is when, but we can take a pretty good stab at it. The LG Nexus 4 goes on sale Nov. 13. Don't expect an over-...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 24 Oct 2012 6:13 pm
HOLLYWOODANT215 asks in the Galaxy S3 forums,
A friend rooted my device for me. I only use the root access to see emojis. Will he need to unroot my device for me to receive [the] OTA update to jelly bean?
Another great question from the forums. The answer isn't simply a yes or a no, unfortunately. Rooting, in itself doesn't do anything. It simply allows you to do more things that you could...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Aug 2012 5:46 pm
Shiny Top asks in the Android Central forums,
I have two Galaxy Nexus phones, bought 3 weeks apart. I have uninstalled Rom Manager from both.
One, when I reboot into recovery, has CWM Recovery version 188.8.131.52 and the other has 184.108.40.206.1. The 5 version has larger letters and can be controlled by touch or volume and power button. The 6 version can only be controlled by the volume and power...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 20 Aug 2012 11:13 pm
Super Turtleman asks in the Android forums,
My kids are getting to the age where they're about to start having Android devices. I'd like to create a master account I can have on my phone (separate from my current google account) that I can use to download apps onto my kid's devices. Is there a simple way to do this? Can I have two different google accounts on one device and have them not...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 16 Aug 2012 6:24 pm
You're probably seeing a bit of news that the delta updates for Play store applications that Google talked about at I/O 2012 have went live today. Coders, web developers, and Android geeks love this sort of thing, but I'll imagine quite a few of you are asking yourself what these new delta updates mean for me, and do I need to do anything or worry about it? Let's try to answer that.
I just read the article on using 2-step and I want to start using it, but I'm a ROM flasher. How do I manage? I think this could make a great article.
We think it could make a great article, too, Jean15paul. And it goes for users with more than one mobile device as well as flashers and ROM-a-holics. As safe as two-step authentication is, it was clearly designed for folks...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Jul 2012 9:11 pm
Willter12 asks in the Nexus 7 forums,
I have read that a hard reset is activated by:
Hold vol up/vol down/power on
Select Recovery using vol buttons and press power button
After several minutes, screen with red triangle will appear
Hold volume up and press return for menu to make hard reset
All goes well til #4. Here I get blank screen showing "Google"...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 25 Jun 2012 4:47 pm
delldude405 asks in the Samsung Galaxy S III forums,
Being new to the Samsung community, I notice that Samsung is doing their updates through Kies.
Could someone explain what this is, is it safe, and all that other jazz. I'm not one who can root because of security concerns but, is this like the Motorola feedback community (soak testers)?
Kies is a lot of things. It's a way to sync and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 May 2012 8:00 pm
acr456 asks in the Android Central forums,
Hello, I am going to factory reset my phone. However, my question is, since this is a complete reset will it also rollback to the version of Android that the EVO was launched with? For example, I know have version 2.3.5. Will it roll it all the way back to 2.1? I just want my data erased, I want to keep all my system updates including whatever...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Apr 2012 6:45 pm
Ingram1225 asks in the HTC One S forums,
Anyone have voice mail notification issues? Like always saying you have voice mail? Seems to be a rampant HTC issue with all their phones.
I did listen to all my voicemails... even deleted the saved ones. My One S keeps notifying me that I have a new voicemail... and when I check there are no new voicemails.
As Ingram1225 mentioned, this is a quirk on...
Update: ... And apparently HTC has changed its mind and decided to update to Gingerbread after all. Go figure.So you woke yesterday morning to the news that your trusty HTC Desire will be left without an official upgrade path to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and now the world seems a cold and uncaring place. Fear not -- we’ve got the complete lowdown on what today’s news means for Desire owners,...
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