Keep your whole house connected with Bayan Audio’s SoundScene
Bayan Audio’s connected SoundScene speaker set can link up to eight speakers in one network at a distance of up to 100 feet. Each speaker weighs 2.2kg and stands 27cm tall so they can’t exactly be called inconspicuous.
We like the striking design but the rubber ends and big flappy handle on the side are certainly a bit of a style faux pas. The fidelity is excellent with near instant streaming between devices. We were able to walk well into the next room before the stream to the primary speaker began to get a bit jumpy, which is actually pretty good going.
Several connected Bluetooth speakers offer the ability to instantly jump from one to the next when you move rooms. Unfortunately the SoundScene doesn’t have this feature, so if you go from the lounge to the kitchen you’ll need to leave you phone to keep the music going. However, you can connect more than one device to the network so someone could be listening to their music upstairs while you’re listening to different tunes downstairs.
Use the Condi app to streamline and automate your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth usage.
NFC tags have been around for ages, but still remain one of the best ways to automate certain aspects of your phone. Alongside the Condi app, NFC tags can be used to automate your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth usage. Check out the following tutorial to find out more.
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A chat app that needs no internet connection
The unique selling point of this basic instant messaging app is that it works even without an internet connection or mobile signal. The original iPhone app, released a few weeks earlier, achieves this by using iOS 7’s built-in multi-peer connectivity framework that enables users to chat locally via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. However, for the Android version, the developer had to employ a different technique: ‘multihop mesh networking’, which can be used to link devices, peer to peer, into large webs. The only problem is that the two technologies aren’t compatible, so Android users can’t talk to iOS users. Another downside is that unlike the iOS app, the Android version can’t send photos.
To start a chat with someone locally, both devices need to be fairly close – ideally within about 30 feet. Select the Nearby tab in the app and you can see how many users are within range and join conversations. In our tests, we discovered that indeed no internet connection was required to chat locally, although it seemed that at least one device needed to have Wi-Fi turned on to initiate the hook-up – after which the conversation could continue using just Bluetooth.
The obvious downside is that there is absolutely no privacy for chats, so anyone using FireChat nearby could potentially eavesdrop – or butt in – on your conversation. Nor is there any way to block another user. Indeed, the app’s Everyone mode (requiring an internet connection) is an unregulated chat room of 80 random users where all human life is present. On the plus side, you have the convenience of not having to log in and you can employ any username you like. In addition, at least your local chats should be safe from internet snoopers.
This tutorial shows you how to make typing easier on your Android phone or tablet by pairing it with a Bluetooth keyboard
If you want to type long emails or use a full office suite on your Android phone you’ll need to connect it to a Bluetooth keyboard. Here’s how.Bluetooth settings
Load up Settings. Select “Wireless and network”, then scroll down and select “Bluetooth settings”. Ensure Bluetooth is switched On. If activated you will see the Bluetooth symbol in the notification area. Turn it on
Switch your Bluetooth keyboard on and activate it’s pairing mode. The exact process to enable pairing mode varies from keyboard to keyboard, check the manual if you are unsure. Get scanning
With the keyboard in pairing mode, select ‘Scan for devices’ on your Android device, then select the keyboard from the list and choose ‘pair’. Enter the PIN that is displayed using your Bluetooth keyboard to complete the process.
The second installment of our Android encyclopedia. B is for…
The bootloader is a tool that not only loads the system software when you turn on your device, it also determines the priorities and apps that will run in the ‘boot up’ process. The code makes sure that upon loading your device up, everything will run smoothly.
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New to Android? Then you’ll probably need some guidance to help you set-up and use the Bluetooth feature in your device. Follow this tutorial to find out more!
Sharing images, videos and other files has become notoriously easy. Platforms such as Flickr, Youtube and Vimeo have made sharing files a whole lot easier. If you’re looking for a personal way of sharing your files, however, then you may consider using the in-built Bluetooth function on your Android device.
Bluetooth has been around for a number of years, even before smartphones, and was one of the original ways of sharing files with friends and families. The technology is quite simple, and all you need is a friend with a Bluetooth enabled device with their Bluetooth pass code, and enough internal storage for the file you want to send to them.
Although the process of sharing and sending your files through Bluetooth is pretty simple, setting it up takes a few steps to get it correctly working without any issues. Follow this tutorial to get the lowdown on how to correctly set up your Bluetooth connection, as well as a quick look at how you can share your files through it.