The QV830 has a premium design with a budget price tag, but compromises have been made elsewhere
Tablets from small-name manufacturers are in abundance all over the world, but Gigaset, formerly know as Siemens, carries a little more pedigree than most with their experience in producing landline phones. The QV830 is a rare foray for them into the tablet market, but you wouldn’t think it when you first get your hands on it. The metal-backed 8-inch tablet has a distinct premium feel to it and the little flex in the otherwise plastic shell adds a certain amount of robustness to the device, but is very fingerprint friendly. All the standard ports are located at the top of the device and although there’s a clear amount of bezel, it isn’t too overbearing on the square shape of the tablet. At first we were unsure on the slightly awkward shaping of the QV830, but it lends itself well to two-handed use in both portrait and landscape modes.
The QV830 runs a mostlu stock version of Android 4.2.2, which although isn’t the latest OS update, Gigaset provides their own OTA Update app where you can manually add Android updates. It’s a nice addition that smaller manufacturers don’t really tend to cater for. Due to both the Cortex A7 quad-core processor and stock OS, moving around the tablet is an absolute pleasure. It handles multitasking well and has no problems dealing with the more demanding apps on the Play store. To take advantage of the more power-hungry apps, users will be using the microSD slot thanks to the poor 4.9GB of storage initially available. There’s a lot of talk about moving everything to the cloud, but companies should still give users decent internal storage.
Another cutback is with the QV830’s choice of cameras. There are an abundance of settings and features that would rival most photo-editing apps, but quality is grainy and colours are washed out. It’s also the one area of the tablet where lag is noticeable, but users will soon learn to stay well away from the camera on offer here. The last cutback users will find is with the 1024 x 768 resolution display. By no means is it a bad display, but there’s noticeable pixilation on app icons and background wallpapers. It’s a common cutback for budget devices to make, so we can forgive Gigaset to some degree.
Force ’incompatible‘ apps to run on Android by editing the build.prop system file
A new, powerful phone sits in your hand. It’s running a recent version of Android and you’re opening Google Play to install a useful new app – only to find that it is apparently not compatible with your device. How could this be?
It probably has something to do with your phone and how it is identified by Google Play. Perhaps the app is limited to a handful of devices because the developer doesn’t have the resources to provide wider support.
Whatever the case, there is a way that you can fool Google Play into thinking that your phone is compatible by editing the build.prop file. The process here is simple, but doesn’t come without risks. Accessing build.prop is not something you should choose to do without consideration of the impact to your phone’s stability. Essentially this is a high-risk edit, one that can brick your device, so care is needed. If you want to edit the file manually you should take a full Nandroid backup of your device storage. You’ll also need your phone to be rooted.
The first Android One devices will be on sale for $105 (6299 rupees).
Following on from the launch of Android One a couple of months ago, Google has now unveiled the first smartphones aimed at bringing cost-effective devices to emerging markets.
The initiative starts in India, where a selection of local networks will all be selling similar specced smartphones. Each smartphone will come with a 4.5-inch display, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, dual-SIM slots and microSD expandable storage.
The first series of devices will be going on sale for 6299 rupees ($105).
Build your very own robot and so much more with issue 2 of RasPi magazine.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to build your very own robot? Well wonder no more. In issue 2 of RasPi magazine, you can find all you need to know about building a robot from scratch.
On top of that, this issue is packed with loads of tutorials covering everything from designing and using code on the fantastic Raspberry Pi computer. The TalkingPi section is perfect for fixing any problems you may have with the Pi and our resident experts are on hand to help you sort any issues that arise.
You can pick up issue 2 of RasPi magazine for just £0.69/$0.99 directly from iTunes.
Use CloudMagic to put all of your email communication in a single place
If you’re anything like us then you’ve probably got several email addresses. One for work, one for your private conversations, and one from five years ago that you only ever check because it’s got a funny name. And that’s where CloudMagic comes in. It’s a ridiculously easy-to-use app that lets you amalgamate all of your email addresses into a single inbox. More than that it lets you connect other useful services, like Pocket, Evernote and Zendesk, so that everything you need to handle personal and business communication is just a tap away.
In this tutorial we’ll walk you through setting up CloudMagic, and show you how to get the most from it. It’s not the most difficult of propositions, and all you’ll need to do to get started is grab your device and download the app.
Get your device to automatically connect, disconnect, lock and unlock with Tasker
If you find yourself performing the same tasks on your Android device over and over again, then why not download an app that can do the hard work for you? Tasker is a powerful app that lets you automate much of your device’s functionality. With Tasker, you define contexts, and then tell the app which tasks it should perform, when these contexts occur. For example, Tasker can detect when you’re at work or the cinema, and automatically mute your device, or place it on vibrate between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday.
Tasker can also launch a music app whenever you attach your headphones, or increase your ring volume when you receive a call from a particular contact. The possibilities are endless. This tutorial shows you how to automate various Wi-Fi and Bluetooth tasks, including disabling your lockscreen whenever Tasker detects certain Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signals.
You’ll also create a profile that automatically switches on your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you’re in a certain location. When you leave this location, the profile performs an exit task that disables your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to save your battery.