Track your lost device with Android Device Manager

The long awaited lost phone tracker for Android is finally here. This simple browser based solution allows users to locate Android devices registered to their Google accounts. Going over to the Android Device Manager page will locate the misplaced phone accurate to a couple of meters, depending on location.

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Zooming in Google Maps with one finger

While pinch-to-zoom is a really simple and intuitive gesture, it’s awkward to do while holding your device with one hand. This little known alternative lets you zoom in and out with just one finger on the screen. Double tap, slide up to zoom in, down to zoom out.

Super useful when navigating unfamiliar territory with your hands full. This simple gesture will likely save your phone from hitting the pavement, and it appears to be working on both Android and iOS versions on Google Maps.  Continue reading Zooming in Google Maps with one finger

Nexus 4 vs Galaxy Nexus vs Nexus S reception signal comparison

Lets take a look at how the newest Nexus is able to hold on to network signal. This isn’t a definitive scientific performance test for benchmarks, but rather to see if the Nexus 4 has improved reception when the going gets rough in areas with weak signal. Continue reading Nexus 4 vs Galaxy Nexus vs Nexus S reception signal comparison

How to pin a webapp/website to Android homescreen

Got a favorite webapp or website you’re constantly checking on your Android device? You can pin it to your homescreen, and it will appear just as any other native app. This allows quick launching with a single tap.

In this example we will pin this Checklist webapp to the homescreen on Android 4.1 with Chrome, but the process will be similar on different versions as well. The main idea is to create a bookmark to the URL, and add the bookmark to the homescreen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Use Android Beam to share photos/videos between devices

Android Beam is the NFC based sharing feature introduced in 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that allowed the sharing of contacts, web links, directions, and other small pieces of information by tapping two NFC equipped devices back to back.

One of the more subtle improvements of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the ability to share photos and videos between Android 4.1 devices. Open a photo or video in the Gallery app, and hold your device to the back of another 4.1 device, and you will see the Beam animation, then tap to beam. You will notice that it will instantly initiate a Bluetooth file transfer between the two devices (without the need for pairing beforehand).

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How to transfer music/photos to Galaxy Nexus from a Mac

Why doesn’t the Galaxy Nexus appear as a remove disk on a Mac?

Before Android 3.0 devices typically divided their storage into two separate partitions, a system partition and a media “SD Card” partition. When a device was plugged into a computer, it would mount the second SC card partition using USB Mass Storage, just like a regular flash drive. With newer versions of Android, manufacturers have the option to used just one big partition for everything, which is convenient for the user of the device, but slightly complicates computer connectivity. The Galaxy Nexus is the first phone to follow this model, and you can bet other phones will too in the future. Devices with SD card slots will continue to use USB Mass Storage for SD card file transfers.

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Take full control of the Notification LED on the Galaxy Nexus with Light Flow

With the launch of the Galaxy Nexus, the useful notification light makes a return to Google’s flagship smartphone. The handy hardware feature blinks a lights of various colors to let the used know of notifications before turning on the screen. The default behavior out of the box is to pulse all the colors upon recieving some sort of notification, is although useful but it’s possible to extend this capability further with the Light Flow app.

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How to take screenshot with Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich

Finally! In version 4 of Android there is a simple clean way of taking screenshots. No more custom ROMs and no SDK equipped computer required.

Simply hold down Volume Down and Power button and you will see the screen capture animation.

It’s not as instantaneous as it is on iOS, you may have to hold the buttons down a second or two. (I think this is intentional to prevent accidental screenshots) The photo PNG file will be saved into a screenshot album in the Gallery. From then on you can easily share the file to other apps. You can then find your screenshots in the /Pictures/Screenshots/ folder.

Enjoy.