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.
With Android L rolling out in the autumn, here are top tips for preparing your hacked phone for the OTA upgrade
With Android L rolling out in the autumn, here are top tips for preparing your hacked phone for the OTA upgrade.
When you root and hack your phone, you deviate from the device manufacturer’s intended software setup, and in doing so, you invariably compromise your ability to install the OTA (over the air) updates that manufacturers push to keep devices bang up to date. Whether you physically break installation of the updates (perhaps with a custom recovery) or not, installing OTAs on a modified device is fraught with danger and generally not recommended.
As your device is not in the state that the manufacturer intended, trying to install could leave you with a non-booting system. For this reason, some manufacturers will even prevent updates being downloaded if they detect that your system has been modified for your own protection.
With the help of a few apps, Linux’s tiny Raspberry Pi computer is more Android friendly than you might think
With the help of a few apps, Linux’s tiny Raspberry Pi computer is more Android friendly than you might think.
For those not familiar with it, the Raspberry Pi is a small computer that can be plugged in to your TV or a variety of other objects. Despite its small size, it can be used for most projects you would perform on a desktop computer, including word-processing, gaming and playing HD videos.
But what makes it truly appetising for Android users is just how hackable the Pi is. With just a few tweaks it can be linked to your device in a variety of ways and used to perform plenty of functions that can help not only expand the usability of your device, but also distribute the Android operating system onto different platforms. Best of all, these functions can be performed with some help from a handful of apps from the Google Play store.
As the Fire Phone goes on sale this week, we ask the experts whether it’s primed to take over the smartphone world, or is Amazon set to be yet another company to get its fingers burned
As the Fire Phone goes on sale this week, we ask the experts whether it’s primed to take over the smartphone world, or is Amazon set to be yet another company to get its fingers burned?
Nearly three years after Amazon kick-started the Android tablet market with the Kindle Fire, it has launched its first smartphone. The Fire Phone runs on Fire OS, the company’s forked version of Android based – presumably, but not confirmed – on KitKat. The phone is available from 25 July, in the US only at first, and exclusive to AT&T.
The smartphone market is notoriously difficult for newcomers to make any kind of impact, with even a company as large as Facebook suffering a high profile and embarrassing failure with its first handset last year. Amazon has equipped its device with a few attention-grabbing features, including an innovative ‘Dynamic Perspective’ function that combines a 3D-like effect with gesture controls, and the Firefly software that provides users with an even quicker way to shop online, but will it be enough to convert to sales?
The LG G3 is big and packed with features, with an astonishingly good screen the highlight from the premium end’s new flag bearer
The new LG G3 is quite simply the most feature-rich handset to be launched in the UK. It has a stunning array of features that put it right at the head of the pack in terms of technical capabilities, and for the most part, we are very impressed indeed.Design
LG has put a lot of thought into the design of this handset and worked hard to keep it as pocket-friendly as possible. The 5.5-inch screen is just a few millimetres away from the long edges and very close to the short edges too, so that the overall size of the phone is relatively small. Yes, it is still difficult to reach across for one-handed use, but as handsets with large screens go the overall size is impressively svelte.
The Android buttons take up screen space rather than being on the chassis, so that there is a loss of screen area for apps, but a gain in terms of keeping the chassis size small.