You can run an Android window on your desktop computer.
Andyroid.net is a program that you can install on your desktop or laptop that lets you run an Android window on your PC. In a few steps you can essentially have an Android tablet running alongside the other programs on your computer. It’s pretty resource heavy, so you’re going to need a reasonably powerful computer to get it running in any useful way, but once you do you’ll be able to sign in with your Google account and install the apps and games that you have on your Android devices and access them direct from your PC.
It’s great if you want to use messaging apps without having to keep picking up your phone, or to play games on a bigger screen. You can even use your phone as a controller. It’s a pretty simple process to get the program up and running, and if you follow the steps in this tutorial you shouldn’t go wrong. Obviously you’re going to need to be sat near your computer for this one.
Get your email inbox into shape with a series of intuitive swipes and gestures
Looking at your email inbox can sometimes be a daunting affair. It only takes a couple of days of not keeping a close eye on the messages piling up in there to turn it into a quagmire of unread adverts, unchecked work contacts and ignored missives from friends. Luckily, there’s an app that can help you get your hundreds of unread messages down to zero in no time flat.
Although it’s a bit more complicated than just tapping ‘mark all as read’. The app in question is called Mailbox. It’s from the company behind Dropbox, and is a clever and simple way to take back control of your email. With a few simple swipes and some clever automation you can make sure you’re reading the mails you need to read, and getting rid of some of the chaff that can build up before you’ve even noticed it’s there. The app is free to download, and once you’ve grabbed it it’s time to start getting to grips with that messy inbox.
Add a layer of security to all your files stored in the cloud
Your phone is a great place for storing documents, images and other files so that you have access to them when you need them. However, it’s important that you add enough security to each file so that if your phone is ever lost or stolen, your details and documents cannot be accessed.
One of the best ways of keeping your files safe is by adding them to a cloud storage account. Not only does this free up some of the space on your device’s internal storage, it also gives you access to these files across a plethora of different devices.
To apply security to cloud files, you’ll first want to download the Boxcryptor Classic app from the Google Play store. The app encrypts each and every file you choose to upload to your cloud account, meaning that other users will need to input passwords to access them. As well as setting passwords, users of Boxcryptor can also restrict access to their files by setting other parameters that other users must follow.
Get quick access to key features without unlocking the screen
The lock screen is an essential addition for any device. It provides a focal point for the user and of course enables users to add a layer of security if they wish to. However, the downside to having a PIN, password or pattern is that you will need to enter this every time to get access to a device. This can be really inconvenient when a user needs access to a service on a regular basis. Android gives access to email and a range of Google services via the lock screen. Simply select from the option you want, add, and it will be ready every time you fire up the screen. Here’s how to make it happen…
Discover how to install a web app to your home screen so it behaves like a real app.
A web app could, dare we say it, work as well on an Apple device as an Android device. The issue with web apps is that they reside at a URL and are accessed via a web browser. This in turn means that every time a web app is accessed all the typical browser elements are on show. Since Google Chrome 31, the Add to home screen option has enabled correctly formatted web apps to switch to app mode and act in the same style as a native app. Here we take you through how to enact this feature.
Use the Informer and NotiShare apps to enhance your notification bar
The notifications bar on your Android phone or tablet might not look like much, but with the help of a few additional apps from the Google Play store it can be opened up to be so much more. In this tutorial we talk you through the Informer and notiShare apps, both of which are free downloads.
Informer gives users a quick look at the current status of their device, with details from everything on battery life to RAM usage. The other app, notiShare, links directly with your various social media accounts, enabling users to quickly update and stay in contact with their friends and family.Install Informer app
After downloading and installing the Informer app, go through the quick app tutorial before swiping right on the screen and selecting the Notification tab. On the screen that now appears, select the Edit/Create Notification menu from the centre to continue on to the next step. What to include
The app will now show you the various ways you can design the notification to suit your needs. Your first choice will be to choose the size of the notification and if you want it to be expandable when pressed. The app will then begin to piece your notification together. Add the Toggles
You can now go through and add various elements to your notification. Although most choices are free, you can unlock further toggles by upgrading to the pro version of the app. After selecting all the toggles, go back to your design where you’ll see the finished notification. Confirm and check
With the finished notification ready, leave the app and head to your notification menu by dragging down the bar at the top of your device. You should find that the notification has changed to alert you to your phone or tablet’s current status. Press on it to get further information. See more detail
After pressing on the notification, the app will re-open providing additional information about how your device is currently functioning. The notification is great for getting a quick overview, but the information here is also useful. To edit the notification, go back to the app’s home screen. Using the NotiShare app
Download and install the notiShare app. When first opened, the app will ask you to select the social media accounts you want linked with the notification as well as how you want the notification to look. The app will then attempt to link your device with your social media details. Manually sign in
You may find that the app can’t initially connect to your account and instead you’ll need to follow the instructions provided to manually enter your details. The app will then run a second connection test. If it worked, you’ll be transferred back to the home screen of the app. Update your status
With the notification created, close the app and drag down to view the notification bar. The notiShare notification will be present, as well as the icons of connected social media accounts. Tap one to instantly be taken to the app where you can update your status or send a tweet.