Set an Alarm or Send a Note to Your Android Phone Straight From the Desktop

Google highlighted a few more functions you can perform when your Android device is linked up to a desktop late last week, those being Set a Reminder, Set an Alarm, and Send a Note.

Previously, we wrote up how you can send directions and even find your misplaced Android device from Google’s powerful Search bar, but it appears you can do even more with it, making the connection between your desktop and mobile phone that much more useful.  (more…)

Tip: Send Directions to Your Phone by Typing “Send Directions” Into Google

How many times over the years have you found yourself looking up directions to a restaurant or meeting location on your computer just before you run out the door and wishing you could quickly get those directions to your phone? Even if only a couple of times, you will love this new trick from Google, which allows you to quickly send directions from Google directly to your smartphone or tablet.  (more…)

Tip: If Your Galaxy S6 is Unresponsive or Frozen, Do This

Because you can’t pull the battery if something goes wrong with your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge and it freezes, you should probably know how to fix it. Well, you should at least know how to reboot it and unfreeze the little guy. Thankfully, Samsung is here to save the day with a helpful tip that won’t go away in your notification area until you view it.  (more…)

Tip: Galaxy S6 and Edge Owners, Remove the Sticker Covering Your Flash and HR Monitor

I didn’t even realize this until 2 minutes ago, but the flash and heart rate monitor on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge has a clear sticker over it. Look closely, yours probably does too, you just didn’t see it. Both my S6 and S6 Edge had them and I didn’t even notice because the stickers are so perfectly cut and fit to the little glass covering.

Most stickers on things like the camera or edges of a phone almost always show themselves depending on the angle, but this little guy might go unnoticed unless someone pointed it out. So, we are doing that right now. Remove that thing!  (more…)

Tip: Galaxy S6 May be the New King of Quick Camera Launching

The Samsung Galaxy S6 (and S6 Edge) may be the new king of quick camera launching, thanks to the addition of a double-tap action on the home button that launches the phone’s camera at any time from anywhere (seriously, anywhere – with the phone asleep or in an app). I’m not kidding – this is faster than Motorola’s wrist twist move, HTC’s never-reliable turn-phone-hit-volume-down gesture, and the struggle that often ensues when trying to find-then-hold down LG’s rear volume down key. Couple Samsung’s double-tap with the fact that the camera is also insanely fast to focus and shoot a picture, and you really do have the new champion.

To toggle the setting on or off, head into your camera, open up the settings menu and look for “Quick Launch.”

Try it.

Google Adds “On-Body Detection” to Smart Lock in Android 5.1

Smart Lock is arguably the best new feature in Android “Lollipop.” With a secure lock screen set, Google gives you a number of options in Smart Lock to keep your phone or tablet quickly unlockable when the device is near you, but can forcibly lock it when you step away from it or should you leave it behind. In the latest update to Android 5.1, Google added yet another option called On-body detection(more…)

Motorola Adds “Chop Twice for Flashlight” Action in Android 5.1 on Moto X

Hold on tight, Moto X (2nd gen) owners, you are about to chop your way into quick flashlight action with Android 5.1. Through the most recent Lollipop update that started rolling out to the “Pure Edition” at the end of last week, Motorola tossed in a new “chop twice for flashlight” option in Moto Actions. We a ctually thought this feature was being added to the Android 5.0 update for the Moto X that came out back in November – at least Verizon said it was included – but it is now official in the 5.1 update that is rolling out as of Friday.  (more…)

You Can Finally “Send a Hangouts Message” With Your Voice in Google Now

That title isn’t clickbait. I’m not even kidding with this one. You can say “send a Hangouts message” in Google Now, with your voice, and it will actually send a message in Hangouts with your voice. I don’t know when this went live, but it’s live. It will ask who you want to send it to, then what your message is, before confirming that you want to send. We aren’t talking SMS here – this is legitimate Hangouts messaging with your voice.

You still think I’m joking, I know. I get why you would think that I’m joking. Seriously, though, go try it.

You can finally send a Hangouts message with your voice in Google Now.  (more…)