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.
Use this free app to leave photo postcards for others to see
TapTag is a social app lets you create and share postcards of the places you visit and leave them for others to find through their phone’s camera. It’s a cool concept, but the app (just out of beta testing) still has a few teething problems and we experienced some issues including crashes. While you can follow friends and see their location on a map, it doesn’t show their geotagged photos. For that you need the in-app camera view with photos taken by others near your location, indicated by floating bubbles.
Learn how to get the stories you want from the viral content website using its Android app
As you have almost certainly seen over the last few years, BuzzFeed is a hub for viral content, list articles and quizzes. However, the site is also gaining rapid respect in the industry for its good news gathering and impressive reporting. Its global network of offices writes news and also conducts very high-level interviews, such as a sit-down interview with President Obama in February 2015.
This burgeoning reputation as a legitimate news outlet has prompted BuzzFeed to launch an app specifically for its news section. It regularly updates throughout the day and reports on a wide range of important issues.
HTC’s mid-range offering is first to the party with Marshmallow
Back in the noughties, HTC was constantly fighting with Samsung for supremacy over the Android market. However, a series of mistakes and failed products has eaten into HTC’s profits and the company has been in a nosedive ever since. Although both the South Korean company’s HTC One (M8) and M9 were excellent phones, they failed to sell; the latter suffering due to a perceived lack of innovation from its previous iteration.HTC has decided to throw itself fully into the premium end of the mid-range market with the A9 at £419/$499.99 with reasonably high-end specs.
The first thing we have to mention about the A9 is the fact that it is the first non-Nexus handset to run Android Marshmallow. Yes, HTC’s non-flagship is going to beat the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony and even Motorola to the punch in getting the very latest version of Android. This could prove crucial to users who want to get the new operating system as quickly as possible without rooting their device.