The Android community is growing each day and the flexibility of available apps makes it more worthy than any other mobile operating systems. The oomph factor for such steep growth is the versatile App market fuelled by large community of open source developers. If you are an Android user you must have experienced the rich media applications and variety of utilities which has added multi dimensional functionality to your phone. You can do multi tasking and stay connected with wide range of widgets especially designed for specific needs. In recent time Android has grown fast and trends to be the number one mobile operating system in the coming years.
Android Tips and Tricks
In this article we will list some of the common tips and tricks to get more out of your Android phone:
Add contacts to home screen
You can add your favourite contact on the home screen and just tap to make a call. In order to do that you need to press and hold any empty block on your screen. From the popup menu select Shortcuts –> Contacts. Select the contact you want to add.
You can use the voice recognition system to search the web. The Google search application in Android has a microphone icon on the right side of the search box. Press it and talk to search. The accuracy level of recognizing the voice is very good.
Talk to Type
Almost all Android phones which run on version 3.0 and above comes with this facility. On the keyboard press the Mic and speak what you want to type. The phone will automatically convert the voice to text in the message box.
Home Screen Shortcuts
The home screen has a sliding bar on top which comes with preloaded shortcuts. By default you will have the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Settings and Flight mode added to it. You can easily manage these applications from this shortcut Menu.
Sync Chrome Browser
Ever thought of synchronizing your mobile browser with Google Chrome? Yes, you can now do it with the help of ChromeMarks. Just download and install this Android App on your phone and get
the bookmarks of your Chrome browser as soon as you sync it. Enjoy the fun.
Android Storage Mode
You can also use your phone as a portable storage device. Android storage modes enables you to transfer files and folders from your computer to phone. You can easily carry, store and transfer files on the go.
Google Sync Android
If you want to experience Google Android with more personalized option, sync all your data to the Google account. Signing in will help you make the most out of your Android apps such as Gmail, Google Voice, Calendar, Google Talk and other associated services.
Add Social Networks to Android
There are wide range of apps which let you have a better social experience with your Android phone. With Facebook, Twitter and other social networks connected to your Android you will have all of the social circles under a single roof. In order to add social accounts just browse to Settings –> Accounts and Sync. Enter username and password and you are ready to rock and roll.
Download Apps from Third Party
Earlier Android Apps had a strict policy of blocking apps other than Android market. With new version on the roll you can easily install apps from third party manufacturers which may provide you with the flexibility to connect to them or the information they host with their very own Android application.
However it is always non-advisable to install application from unknown sources. This might compromise your phone’s security, so if you are not sure don’t try it. In order to allow third party apps just go to Settings tab and select application settings. Now check the “Unknown Source” box to install apps.
Amazon Android Apps
Though Amazon store is not as big as the Android Market you can definitely find some useful apps from there. Just install the Amazon App store and you might find something useful there as they
roll out a paid application every day for free. You might get some very good apps from there. Give it a try.
Android Malware Protection
Android offers better security options to users but there are some things which cannot be avoided. Android apps are another tool which can compromise your phone security if installed from unknown sources. Install a good malware protection for better security and stay out of trouble.
Terminate Background Services
You can close apps which are consuming more battery power of your phone. In order to list all running apps go to settings tab and select running services. You will now have all the list of running applications. Terminate any app which is unnecessarily consuming your phone memory.
Tips for Multitasking
Press the Home button for a few seconds and you will have the list of recently closed applications. Toggle between apps for multitasking. You can run as many as 6-7 apps simultaneously without having any problem. Now you can make a call, type in a message and view web browser simultaneously. Now that’s what I call multitasking.
Stop Animations for faster performance
You can stop background animated wallpapers to boost the system speed. Though they consume very less memory and requires minimum amount of processing speed, you can get rid of them too. Go to settings –> Display and select Animations. Select “No animations” and press ok. If you want to reactivate them follow the same steps and select all animation to bring them to the default settings.
Drop Box App
Drop Box offers synching your phone contents to the cloud. You can now have all your required documents hosted on drop box and use them whenever you are in need of them. No need to connect to your computer for storing data anymore.
Firefox for Android
There is no doubt about the performance of the default browser. However if you want better browsing speed and integrate add-ons to it you can try the Firefox for Android. It offers tabbed browsing and provides an option to sync all your data with the Firefox browser on your computer.
Angry Birds Space for Android
Angry Bird space offers a thrilling experience to your gaming mood. The previous versions were amazing but this version has moved on the top 10 list of evergreen Android apps. To start playing just follow this link to the Google play Android Market.
These are very common tips and tricks. Feel free to leave back your valuable comments and suggestions. We will try to get back to you as soon as we can. I will sign off for now. Enjoy your Android.