Even though we have had a Korean version of the LG G3 for a number of weeks, we held off on fully diving into the device because well, it was the Korean variant. Those models tend to be quite different than the versions released in the US. Features will change (or be omitted), plus wireless connectivity is never great when running international models on our networks, so reviewing them is absolutely silly. Thankfully, AT&T released their variant last week and the rest of the major US carriers plan to have the phone available by this Friday. That means, in case you didn’t guess, that it is time for us to show you all of the tips and tricks to make your experience the best, should you happen to buy one.
The first thing we are going to look at is the navigation button setup. This time around, LG gave us a traditional button layout of Back-Home-Recent Apps, but you can tweak the layout of it or add new buttons to quickly complete other tasks. You can add buttons for accessing the notification shade, QuickMemo, QSlide, and even Dual Window. You can change the color of the navigation area, decide if you want it to be transparent on the home screen, and even have it hide while in specific apps unless called upon. (more…)
This morning, Google announced that screen mirroring via Chromecast is now in public beta and would be available via the Chromecast app over the coming days. If you own a Nexus, you can start casting immediately without the Chromecast app. Thanks to built-in “Cast Screen” support that you have likely seen show up from time to time over the last couple of months in your Quick Settings Panel, a separate app isn’t needed.
Once Google announced that Chromecast mirroring was live, I watched as the “Cast Screen” button on both my Nexus 5 (running Android L) and Nexus 4 (running Android 4.4.4) went live. With a simple tap on that button, a menu appeared with nearby Chromecasts that were available to cast to. Once tapped, I was immediately connected and began mirroring my phone’s display through Chromecast. (more…)
What kind of Android device would an Android Wear watch be without the ability to enable developer options? Not much of one, that’s for sure. Thankfully, you can enable developer options and ADB debugging pretty easily, just like you would on a regular Android phone or tablet.
Once you have ADB debugging setup, you can do fun things like take screenshots, unlock the bootloader, think about rooting your Android Wear watch, and almost anything else that comes along, like a ROM (yes, there are ROMs for these watches already).
Whatever the reason may be, sometimes you have to perform a factory reset on a device. Whether you are sending it back to the manufacturer or possibly selling to a friend, it is always good to know how to wipe all of your personal data from a device.
With folks buying and receiving their Android Wear smartwatches, now is the perfect time for you to learn how to perform this task. Luckily for the beginners among us, Android Wear is a very easy OS to navigate, so learning these tricks is easy as pie.
Below, we take you through how to perform a factory reset using just your fingers, and also how to do the same thing using your voice a little bit. (more…)
A lot of you early adopters are buying and receiving your Android Wear smartwatches, so we thought it would be a good time to start showing you around the OS, teaching a few of you the basics of Google’s new wearable platform.
Android Wear is very simplistic, and most settings can be accessed by simply using your voice. However, the OS was made to be touched and interacted with, so if you are not in a position to talk to your watch – you are in a movie theater for example – then it is good to learn a few tricks.
The first step all Android Wear device owners should know is how to change your device’s watch face. Both the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch come with a lot of different pre-loaded watch faces, so let’s take a look at how to switch through them all. (more…)
Our coverage of Android L features continues this afternoon with a look at the newly restyled Quick Settings Panel (QSP). For those not familiar, the Quick Settings Panel was previously accessed as a secondary pulldown from the notification shade that gave you quick shortcuts for toggling off things like WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, or your data connection. It also gave you battery status, let you view your contact card, and jump into the full list of Android settings. In Android L, it still functions much of the same way, but you now access and interact with it somewhat differently. (more…)
Android’s current implementation of multitasking is serviceable, but hasn’t substantially changed since Honeycomb. With the Android L release, the team at Google has radically redesigned the Recents menu’s UI and framework to make switching between apps faster and easier. They’ve succeeded. (more…)
In the past, if you didn’t want an app showing notifications on your Android device, you had to either long-press on a notification from the app, then head into the app’s specific info page, and disable notifications or take the longer route to unchecking its notifications powers through Settings>App manager. Either process wasn’t a bad one by any means, but Google appears to want to give you more specific notification control in Android L with the introduction of notification management through the Sound section in Settings which has been renamed “Sound & Notifications.” (more…)