Edit your quick settings on Android Marshmallow
The System UI Tuner is a hidden feature of Android phones that allows you to edit the quick settings menu you see when you pull down the top bar of your phone. Firstly we’re going to show you how to activate the System UI Tuner and then what you can do with it once activated.Access settings
Pull down the Quick Settings menu all the way, so that it is fully open. Press and hold the settings cog for around five seconds before letting go.Add System UI Tuner
Once you’ve released it, you should see a text fl ash telling you that System UI Tuner has been added to your settings. If not, press and hold for a little longer.
Use Glimpse Notifications to see who’s contacting you
Many apps alert you when a notification arrives, but they don’t light up your screen.
Glimpse Notifications puts an end to this by automatically turning on your homescreen so that you can see, with just a glance, if you have a text, an email or even a WhatsApp message. It is a simple, nonintrusive app that requires a couple of minor permissions in order to save you the hassle of unlocking your phone to discover that all you’ve received is an alert telling you what other people are tweeting about.
This tutorial will show you what each of the app’s settings can do and how you can optimise them to do exactly what you want, such as not turning on at certain times or ignoring particularly uninteresting notifications.
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Use Webmaker to design websites without having to fiddle about with code.
Mozilla’s Webmaker project started in 2012, offering a range of web-based tools for creating websites. Unlike the Thimble tool, which teaches webpage coding with HTML and CSS, the new Android app enables you to design simple sites via a graphical interface. As such, it offers a very shallow learning curve.
However, it comes with some serious limitations. The main drawback is that you can’t include any links to external content or pages, only internal.
The app’s Discover tab features a selection of example projects made by other users, but sadly there’s no search option. Still, the highlighted projects give a good example of what can be achieved using Webmaker, ranging from tutorials to a virtual art gallery. We even managed to create a very basic adventure game.
Why fingerprinting is set to be so important in Android 6.0
Fingerprint recognition has been a key part of a number of high to mid-range phones for a good couple of years now.
However, as with so many aspects of Android, it has been hugely fragmented across devices and has never been standardised. Marshmallow will be the first Android version to make this step towards standardising fingerprint technology in all compatible devices. This will make it possible for Android app developers to make greater use of this secure identification feature. This should benefit the privacy of Android users around the world.
What else do I need to know about fingerprinting in Android Marshmallow?
Use this lightweight app to announce each upcoming song on your playlist
Songie is an app that tells you what song is about to start playing and who the artist is.
It uses the native text-to-speech function on your Android phone to relay this information audibly, so that the app itself doesn’t take up too much storage space. It supports a large number of music playing apps, including Google Play Music and Spotify.
It’s a pretty basic app, but it can be very handy to have running in the background when you want to know what each track is called before it plays, consequently, removing those frustrating four minutes of wracking your brain.