Explore 16 years of Android facts, flavours and iconic handsets with this unique illustration
As Lollipops rolls out to the public, online phone accessories shop Mobile Madhouse have produced this detailed infographic plotting every major event since Android Inc was founded in 2003.
It also includes all of different flavours (we forgot how cute Honeycomb was – but why was it blue), its growing market share, and its iconic handsetsthe HTC Dream through to the Nexus 6.
Add the toggles and settings you want to a personalised notification bar
Notifications are amazing things; they can make short work out of what could be a lengthy task, or they can add new functions to your device. Normally you’d find the standard selection of notifications at the top of your phone or tablet, but thanks to a new app, you can add a variety of interactive notifications to your notification centre. The Notification Toggle app is a free download from the Google Play store and includes a plethora of different shortcuts, features and toggles that can all be added to your very own bespoke notification bar. Users have the choice to make their custom bar as detailed or as basic as they want, but the app makes it straightforward to get started.
In this tutorial, we’ll explore the various sections of the Notification Toggle app, as well as guide you through the process of creating your own toolbar and mention some of the toggles you really should be including. Check out the two-minute guide to see how you can then perform a toolbar back-up.
With the iPhone 6 Plus bending in users pockets, how do leading Android phones compare?
Following complaints on social media that the iPhone 6 Plus could bend in people’s pockets, YouTuber Lewis Hilsenteger’s video showing him bending the iPhablet with just his hands went viral. Mass hysteria followed both on tech news sites and Twitter, and today Hilsenteger is back to test several other phones, including Android flagships the HTC One (M8) and the brand new Moto X.
While the bend test is far from scientific, with no real objective measurement beyond how hard Hilsenteger feels like pushing on a device, Android users will likely be happy with the results. We’ve embedded the video for you below, but we’ve also summarised a few of the highlights.
Want more from Android? Then check out these bookazines that have been slashed in price!
Get essential Android bookazines for as little as £2.50 in Imagine Shop sale. Top guides suited for everyone from new Android new users to seasoned hackers are now available for as little as £2.50 from Imagine Shop after a major price drop.
Here’s our round up of the best ones to buy:
Android Tips, Tricks, Apps and Hacks Volume 7 – was £9.99, now £4.99 One of the newest books in this sale, this guide features up-to-date tutorials for using Android’s features, top hacks such as how to restore a bricked device, and 101 must-have apps.
Concered about the security of storing in the Cloud or just limited by a lack of WiFi? Here is how to transfer files between devices using just your Droid
If you can’t access the Cloud or just prefer to transfer a large number of files between local devices, it is surprisingly easy to turn your Android into a USB stick to migrate from Windows to Mac.
The majority of the time, connecting to a Windows PC, particularly a new one running Windows 8 and above, should be easy, but it is slightly trickier on a Mac.
A small amount of setup is required, but once you have done that, it should be quite easy to use your Android device as a hub to move photos, videos and indeed any kind of file between them.
Create intricate and automated tasks to save time while using your device with AutomateIt
Among the plethora of automation apps sits AutomateIt, a truly amazing app for those who really want to explore the world of automation on their smartphone. The app itself is split into several areas, with the main being used to create automated tasks and apply them to different functions on their phones.
These tasks are formed in the style of different tasks, also known as triggers, and the action that happens once that trigger has been activated. Created tasks can vary over hundreds of topics and apart from being quite a cool addition, it can save a lot of time switching between different apps and functions manually, especially when you consider just how detailed and arduous certain tasks can soon become.
In this tutorial we’ll be guiding you through the AutomateIt app – and the process of creating a new task from scratch. You’ll also find invaluable information on editing created tasks and how you can link them with nearly all the third-party apps installed on your device.