Want to get faster performance from your phone’s memory card? Read on to find out how.
Android uses a cache to store commonly used files from the Sdcard, if you have root access then its possible to increase this cache size to gain a performance boost. Speeding up your Sdcard can be beneficial for making apps load quicker.Download the App
Open up the Android Market and search for ‘SD-Booster’. There are a few apps available, but in this example we will use the free one from Daniel Mehrmann. Once its installed , click on ‘open’ to run the app. Set Cache Size
You will see the current cache size displayed, if you have a custom ROM installed its likely this will already be higher. A good value is 1024kb or 2048kb. Click on ‘Apply’ and you will be asked to allow superuser privileges ,grant them. Test Out Speed
Test out the setting by opening all your favorite apps and taking some photos/video. You can also download a Sdcard speed tester from the Market. If you are 100% sure everything is running ok then you could try increasing the cache again.
Monitor your battery and data usage with these helpful apps.
If you happen to love streaming media on your phone, chances are your battery and available data will soon disappear. There are apps available from the Play Store that can help monitor your usage, however.Battery Booster
This app breaks down the information about your battery, allowing you to see its current charging level, as well as the apps that are draining the most out of your battery. 3G Watchdog
3G Watchdog is the perfect app for people who want to take full control oh how their data allowance is distributed. Users can tinker with how they want their data monitored, and set the app to show information about data usage on WiFi as well. Onavo
This app is far more sophisticated than the competition, and uses a simple design to showcase how your data is being used. Through the app, users can control each of the apps installed on their device.
Keep your catalogue of eBooks in place with the Kobo app.
If you use your phone for reading, chances are you’ll have a number of books and publications scattered around your device. If you’re a keen hoarder of content, you might soon lose track of the titles you’ve and where they’re saved to. The Kobo app aims to help this problem, by being a simple, but effective, way to collect your various eBooks in one place.
To help make it even easier to get all your books in one place, the app uses an import feature that scans your phone for all available content, from which you can select which ones to import. For any content that the auto-import feature doesn’t pick up, you can manually select files by accessing your phone’s internal storage.
In this tutorial we’ll guide you through the basics of using the Kobo app, as well as show you how using the import feature will help keep your eBook collection in one place.
Make everyday life a whole lot easier by taking advantage of Google’s new information-hoarding feature.
Google Now is an extremely intelligent piece of software that monitors certain details about your life, and in return provides you with information that you may be interested in through an innovative card system that shows up occasionally in your notification bar.
The more Google Now monitors your life, the more information it can provide back to you. For example, after a few days of performing your commute to work, Google Now will then begin to notify you of new ways you can reach your work, as well as give you up-to-minute information about any potential delays that you may encounter. The range of topics that Google Now covers is pretty impressive, and after a few days of having it, you’ll soon see the benefits of using it.
Any new information that Google Now wants to share with you is then displayed in the newly designed notification menu, from which you can then select to get further information. Read on as we explore some of the basic uses of Google Now, and how you can really get the best out of them.
Here are four must-have widgets you need to download today!
Widgets are fantastic things! Not only do they offer a cosmetic touch to a rather bland home screen, they also offer quick shortcuts to the apps they represent. Here are 4 widgets you should add to your home screen today!Cloudskipper
This audio player is one of the many hidden gems on the Play Store, and the accompanying app is fantastic. Users can control which track is currently playing, as well as see the album art of said track. Spark 360
If you’re a keen gamer, then the Spark 360 widget will be perfect for you. This widget will display your very own Xbox gamertag or PSN ID, allowing you to track your recently played games and messages from other users. Falcon Beta
There are plenty of Twitter clients on the Play Store, but the Falcon Beta is a brilliantly designed widget that puts you in compelte control of your news feed. Users can look at tweets, write a new one and send direct messages to followers. Flipboard
The Flipboard widget comes in a variety of sizes, making it easy to fit atound other icons and widgets. The widget can be customised to show different headlines, and also tailored to update around your schedule.