The popular trigger/action app Tasker can also change your kernel settings
A number of CPU tuning apps let you set up profiles based on common conditions, to tweak your processor settings dependent on device status. Integrating with an application such as Tasker takes this to the next level, as it includes a huge number of custom triggers and is also very extensible with third-party plugins.
Aside from simple use cases, Tasker can be used to create much more complex scenarios than would be possible otherwise: for example, you could use Tasker to switch to a conservative governor when using a specific low-power app (such as Amazon Kindle or similar) or you could even monitor CPU states and switch governor or clock speed based on the utilisation of the processor. With Tasker, you are limited only by your imagination.
Still waiting for the official rollout of Marshmallow on your Nexus device? Jump the queue by installing manually
Marshmallow’s rollout is so far typically slow, but Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9 and Player owners can upgrade manually. Before you get started, make sure that you’ve backed up your device and that you’ve got all of the necessary kit and software tools. You’ll find the tools you need and instructions on how to use them in the links below. Follow the instructions carefully!
Begin by searching XDA-Developers.com for Minimal ADB and Fastboot, then download and install on your PC.
Is it worth popping open your Amazon Fire TV Stick, or can you get more from it with Kodi?
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is a direct competitor to Google’s Chromecast, except that it runs a full version of Android.
The tiny device plugs into the back of your TV and enables you to stream content from various online sources, effectively turning any TV into a smart TV. A new version of the Stick has recently been released, although it represents only a minimal update over the original.
Getting sick of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5’s high-handed way of treating background apps? Here’s how to deal with it
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is one of the best Android phones of the year, but it isn’t perfect. Many users have expressed disappointment at the rather heavy-handed RAM management the device uses, which sees background apps being closed far quicker than you would expect to see on such a high-spec handset.
Fortunately, there is a way to address, if not fix, the problem so long as you have root. The process involves editing the build.PROP file, a text file on all devices that contains various items of configuration information.
It’s not quite multitasking yet, but this floating map app is incredibly handy
Despite a few innovations over the last couple of years, most notably by Samsung and Sony, smartphones still haven’t quite mastered the handling of multitasking. Keeping multiple apps running at the same time is a breeze, but switching between them is a pain.
MiniMap is a different take on multitasking and is built around a maps app. Instead of requiring you to switch between several full-screen apps, MiniMap places a tiny thumbnail map as an overlay onto any other app you’re using. It’s a great idea and offers the core functionality of the Google Maps app. The overlay sits in the corner of your screen (but you can reposition it if you want to) showing your exact location, and updates in real time.