Store your instant messaging chats on Google Drive to keep your data safe
WhatsApp Messenger is the most downloaded messaging app on the Google Play store with over one billion downloads, so it’s a little surprising that it’s taken until now for the app to offer a backup service for its users’ messages. If your phone recognises you already have WhatsApp Messenger, it will ask you if you want to download the new version. Tap Install to get the update. It won’t ask for any new permissions unless you’ve altered the settings to deny the app access to certain areas.
BlackBerry’s foray into the Android ecosystem could change the company’s fortunes
Yes, BlackBerry has made an Android phone. The manufacturer used to jostle with the likes of Apple, Samsung and Nokia at the very top of the mobile phone tree, but it utterly failed to keep pace with the smartphone revolution, lurching from crisis to crisis refusing to shift from the boxy, physical keyboard designs and its own operating system.
However, after being approached by Android, BlackBerry decided to have a go at making its very own phone that made the most of both the Android ecosystem and the Google Play store while retaining BlackBerry’s security features and of course that physical keyboard. The result is the BlackBerry Priv.
There’s double trouble with two balls to juggle
Like its predecessor, this captivating physics-based puzzler sees you swiping to spin each platform to guide an alien eyeball safely to the exit. However, the addition of a second eyeball, its brother, complicates matters considerably. The ability to freeze either eyeball and make it hover in midair is often key to solving the level. For instance, you can then rotate the level to drain away the beautifully animated water, then spin it back and let your ball drop directly onto a switch or teleport. Indeed, every fifth stage rotates automatically, so you have to use your freezes wisely. Since each eyeball can activate a particular switch type, you often have to juggle them around the stage to get them in the right positions. With limited freezes available and plenty of hazards to avoid, it can get very tricky. Fortunately, if you fail a stage ten times, you can skip it.
Add Cast functions to any app with this essential hacking tip.
One of the more irritating things about casting from Android Chromecast is that some apps don’t have a Chromecast button. This means that you have to use the native Cast option in the pull-down menu in order to stream, say, The Gadget Show on 5OD from your Android device to your television. The Cast option means keeping the Android screen on, which will then drain your battery.
However, you can avoid this drain with the very useful Screen Standby Root app for rooted devices, which is available from the Google Play store. Promising a battery drain of just two per cent (rather than the more usual 30 per cent), Screen Standby will basically make it possible to send your Android desktop to your Chromecast with your device’s display switched off.
Ideal for anyone watching television or films with apps that don’t support Chromecast, or even for gaming on a big screen, Screen Standby is also pretty useful if you are downloading a large file and want the screen off without putting Android to sleep.
There’s no need for a third-party file management app with this clever Marshmallow feature.
A new feature of Android Marshmallow that was rather overlooked was the new file manager. Previous iterations of Android had you scrabbling around looking for your photos, downloads and app folders, seemingly scattered around your phone’s memory at random. This has now been corrected, meaning that the best app for organising the files on your Android phone is now no longer an app! You can find your files after a little bit of a search by heading first into your Settings. Then scroll down to Storage & USB, scroll further down to Explore, tap on that and you’ll find a list of everything currently saved on your device’s internal memory. It may still need some work, but it’s great that we finally have a native file manager to replace third-party apps from the Google Play store.
These 5 killer features make the Google Play store our favourite marketplace for apps and games
These five awesome features of the Google Play store give you advanced access options and more! Find out what makes the Google Play store so great.1 – You can access brand-new apps before everyone else
To make sure an app is ready to be unleashed on the world, many developers will put it through a public beta in the hope that users will point out any flaws that have slipped through the developer’s net. These apps are generally unlisted, but you can find them by joining a Google+ community and signing up to the beta program. The apps will be full of kinks, but you will be part of the process of removing them.