With the introduction of Android 4.2 came a number of little obnoxious bugs that we are slowly figuring out fixes for. One of those that has plagued many (according to a variety of forum posts), is a charging issue with the Nexus 7. As users leave their tablet idle for an extended period of time or use it for hours until the battery runs completely dry, the device is having a hell of a time charging back up again or even turning on. (more…)
For owners of a device with hardware keys instead of onscreen buttons (Galaxy S3, Note 2, DNA, etc.), accessing Google Now with a simple swipe up from the “Home” button just isn’t possible. Some people either have to long press their Home button or access it from the up-top Search widget. This quick tip will help anyone using Nova Launcher or other third party launchers to assign a simple swipe gesture to their app drawer button for easy access to Google Now. (more…)
On Monday, we first reported on the fact that Google Music’s new Scan and Match feature didn’t appear to be all that big of a fan of music with explicit lyrics. In fact, almost every album that users attempted to match to Google that contained explicit content, was being matched with the much more Sunday-friendly, “clean” version. Users complained, as expected, because a fix for the problem was initially no where to be found. (more…)
The ongoing notification on most of Verizon’s new smartphones, oh how we despise you so. We still can’t figure out why Verizon decided to eliminate the quick WiFi toggle on some phones in favor of this pesky, non-removable ongoing notification, but that’s exactly what they have done. As long as you are away from home or work, even if you are miles away from the nearest WiFi network, Verizon has decided that your phone should constantly remind you that turning on WiFi would be awesome. (more…)
Back in August, we talked about a root checker that Motorola had built into devices like the RAZR and RAZR MAXX. To see if a device was rooted or had been rooted in the past, all you had to do was boot into recovery and look towards the middle of the screen for “qe” in yellow lettering followed by a 0/0, 0/1, or 1/1. If a “1″ was included at all, that meant your device had either been rooted before or was currently rooted. It was a sneaky move, to say the least. (more…)
With the newest Google Now update, Google built in a new Voice Action that allows you to scan barcodes with your camera. All you have to say is, “Scan barcode” after hitting the voice search button. But if the voice search button isn’t handy or you don’t want to speak out loud to your phone, you can access it another way.
If you open Google Now, scroll to the bottom and hit the 3-dotted menu button in the right corner. As long as you have updated your Google Now, you should see a new option that says “Search with camera.” Tap that, and find something to search for with your camera.
So far, I’ve had good luck snapping photos of text, but logos or objects, not so much. Give it a shot!
With Google’s update of Gmail today, everyone running Ice Cream Sandwich and above can take advantage of the new pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-delete features. The feature does not come automatically enabled and must be turned on manually in order to be used, which seemed to confuse a few people who were trying to pinch on every email in their inbox.
Don’t worry, it’s an easy process and we have detailed it below so even our new Android-using readers can take advantage of this. (more…)
We’re not exactly sure why, but “Blocking Mode” on the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is missing. For those not familiar, Blocking Mode allows you to set your phone to block calls, notifications, an alarm or the LED light during a certain period of time. You can also set it to allow certain contacts to ring through, though, in case you are worried about missing an emergency call or something of that nature. It’s a fantastic feature that I believe Samsung started including in TouchWiz with Jelly Bean. Why it’s blocked from showing as an available option on this version of the Note 2 is quite the mystery. Thankfully, it hasn’t been fully removed and is just hidden, which means we can access it through a work-around.
Using the app QuickShortcutMaker, you can search for “blocking mode” and then create a shortcut on your home screen that will give you never-ending access to Blocking Mode. As you can see in the screenshot above, it even works just as you would expect it to. (more…)