LG G3 Tip: Using Dual Window

Like Samsung’s Multi Window, LG has a dual-app feature in its phones called Dual Window. Dual Window allows you to run two apps simultaneously on top of one another in resizable windows. You could do things like continue a Hangouts conversation while grabbing directions to your friend’s location. You could watch a YouTube video for an artist while sending an email about their upcoming concert that you would like to attend. Dual Window, like Multi Window, is a multi-tasker’s dream feature.  (more…)

LG G3 Tip: Changing the Look of the App Switcher

The LG G3 has on-screen navigation buttons in a traditional Android layout, but that doesn’t mean that LG still didn’t find a way to make things their own. I’m talking about the app switcher, which LG customized in the most awkward of fashions. Fortunately for all, it can be adjusted in ways that make it much more useful.

When tapped out of the box, the LG G3 app switcher displays up to nine recently used apps in a layout similar to what you would find on the HTC One (M8). These are full previews of the previously used apps laid out in a grid, though LG went ahead and put the most recently used one in the top left corner, which would be furthest away from your thumb should you be using your right hand. If you ask me, the most recently used app should always be at the bottom or in the bottom right corner, depending on the layout.  (more…)

LG G3 Tip: Using One Handed Operation

Following our tip on how to customize the navigation button setup on the LG G3, we wanted to make sure you all knew that you could set your new phone up for one handed operation as well. For me, this is an option that will always be enabled.

Setting your phone up for one handed operation allows you to still use the oversized G3 in one hand, meaning the keyboard can be pulled to one side or the other to make for quick typing, the dialer can jump from side-to-side depending on the hand you are using, and even your lock screen can be adjusted so that you won’t need two hands to enter your PIN.  (more…)

LG G3 Tip: Customizing Navigation Buttons

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…)

“Cast Screen” Button Now Works for Screen Mirroring to Chromecast

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…)

Quick Tip: How to Enable Developer Options and Debugging on Android Wear

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).

Ready?  (more…)

Quick Tip: How to Factory Reset Your Android Wear Smartwatch

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…)

Quick Tip: How to Change the Watch Face on Android Wear

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…)