Phablet Tips and Tricks

If you’re holding your shiny new phablet and are wondering how to get the most from it, then you’ve come to the right place. Discover new Android features you never knew existed with our tips and tricks.

SMS Productivity Tips for the Galaxy Note 4

Text messaging has come a long way since the early days of mobile communication. Here are five tips to help you become a text messaging ninja on the Galaxy Note 4. Guide Contents Preview MMS Links Before You Open Them Define words on the fly Change your font size using the volume keys Use split-screen to become a SMS ninja Use keyboard shortcuts for the things you say most 1. Preview MMS Links Before You Open Them Hyperlinks are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Luckily you can use the S-pen to hover over any links to view a slick preview card that will show you the page title, description and thumbnail before clicking them. 2. Define words on the fly Let’s face it: some of us don’t have the best vocabulary skills. If you ever find yourself in a conversation where you have no idea what the other person is talking about, simply … Continue reading SMS Productivity Tips for the Galaxy Note 4

Galaxy Note 4 Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Features

Samsung has packed upgraded hardware and even more features into its fourth installment of its Galaxy Note lineup. Check out these often overlooked tips to help get you up to speed with this powerhouse phablet. Guide Contents Use Keyboard Shortcuts for Phrases You Type Often Share your Wi-Fi network without revealing its password Unplug with Blocking Mode (Do Not Disturb) Ignore People with hand gestures Keep Work and Play Separate with Private Mode Disguise yourself in video calls Make Your Phablet Easier to use One Handed Use Assistant Menu for quick access to frequently used phone functions Work in two, or more, apps at once Save battery life with power saving mode Disable the Flipboard home screen Customize your notification panel Adjust touchscreen sensitivity for use with gloves Use the heart-rate sensor to take selfies 1. Use Keyboard Shortcuts for Phrases You Type Often This feature comes from the Galaxy S5 and allows you to turn things you type frequently … Continue reading Galaxy Note 4 Tips, Tricks, and Hidden Features

How to completely field strip the Google Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 by Motorola is undoubtedly one of the most iconic phablets of the year and if you are one of those lucky enough get your hands on one, you might be pleased to learn it’s also one of the easiest to repair. Thanks to the specialists from iFixit we now have a complete teardown procedure that can guide you through a wide range of repairs like replacing the display or battery, potentially saving you hundreds in unnecessary repair costs. How to open the Nexus 6 Looking at the rear of the Nexus 6 there are no visible screws which means the cover must be held on with either clips or glue. Being the ladder in this case, you will need a small plastic pick (like one used for a guitar) to stick into seams allowing you to pry the cover up. Once inside you will immediately notice another rear cover that is held on by Torx screws. You … Continue reading How to completely field strip the Google Nexus 6

Samsung Galaxy S5: How to root in 10 simple steps

Get the most out of your S5 with custom ROMs, free WiFi hotspots, and special apps in 10 easy steps. Just about every mobile carrier has their own firmware that places restrictions on your smartphone, preventing you from doing things like uninstalling bloatware or unlocking certain features without first paying a fee, but through a little method known as “rooting” you can gain full system access to your Galaxy S5 in no time. Famous iPhone hacker Geohot has released a one click solution called Towelroot that will enable root access on the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S5. The software does not require a PC and it can root the phone from within the application. Geohot has said that Towelroot should not trip Knox but there are no guarantees. While this process was specifically designed for the S5, Geohot says it should work with any Android phone with firmware releases prior to June 3, 2014. Warning: Proceed with rooting the Galaxy … Continue reading Samsung Galaxy S5: How to root in 10 simple steps

2 Ways to Take a Screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Sometimes the simplest things can be so hard to figure out. Learn how to take a screen shot on the Galaxy S5 with these quick tips. Taking a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is extremely simple and no different than any other Galaxy device, but for those who are switching over from an iPhone or other Windows Phone things may not be so cut and dry. So here are two ways you can do it: Method 1 – Saving a Galaxy S5 Screenshot Using Physical Buttons The easiest way to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S5 is by using the physical button combination. This method is very similar to the way you save a screen using the iPhone except the buttons are in different locations: Get your screen exactly how you want it to be saved. Simultaneously press and hold both the power and home buttons. This may be a little tricky for new users because pressing one … Continue reading 2 Ways to Take a Screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S5

100+ Voice Commands and Easter Eggs for Google Now

With the latest release of Android, Google’s personal assistant has more voice commands than ever before. Use this list to save time and get the most out of your phablet using Google Now. To activate Google Now, simply say “OK, Google…” and use any of the commands listed below: Essential commands Productivity Communications Media and Entertainment Navigation and Travel Information Sports Easter Eggs Essential commands “Go to [phablist.com].” “Show me [google.com].” “Browse to [bing.com].” “Search for [Rihanna].” “Open [Gmail].” “Take a picture.” “Record a video.” Productivity “What’s my schedule today?” “Remind me to [call John at 6PM].” “Remind me [when I get / next time I’m at] [home / work / other location] [to call Mom].” “Remind me to [buy socks at Wal-Mart].” “Set an alarm for [6PM].” “Wake me up in [15 minutes].” “Wake me up at [6:00am].” “Create a calendar event: [Dinner at Chili’s on Wednesday at 7:00PM].” “Where’s my package?” “Note to self: [Car is parked in … Continue reading 100+ Voice Commands and Easter Eggs for Google Now

How to find your missing phablet without extra software

Why install third-party apps when Android has a device locator built in? This guide will show you how to keep track of any phone or tablet you’ve linked to your Google account using Android Device Manager. When it comes to protecting your missing Android device, there are plenty of apps available in the Google Play Store. But why install third-party apps when Android has a free device locator built-in? For a long time, Apple iPhone users have enjoyed the luxury of having a native way to remotely track their phones when it goes missing with the Find My iPhone service. This essential feature had been missing from Android up until last year, when Google finally released the Android Device Manager to anyone with version 2.2 and above. Whether your phone fell between the couch cushions or you left or tablet on the bus, this essential tool lets you remotely locate your Android device on a map and perform various tasks … Continue reading How to find your missing phablet without extra software

Beginners Guide to Android Encryption

As people transition from desktops to mobile computing it has become more important than ever to keep your data secure. Learn how to encrypt your android phablet and safeguard your personal information with this guide. Have you ever thought about what you would do if your mobile device fell into the wrong hands? How easy would it be for someone to flip through your contacts, read your emails, check out your schedule, or even make purchases online? As people transition from desktops to mobile computing it has become more important than ever to keep your data secure. But wait, I have a lock screen! While a lock screen is a good way to protect your device from unauthorized access in the short term, this will not stop somebody with a USB connection and the right software from circumventing the lock screen and gaining access to your data. This Is Why You Should Encrypt Your Android Device With encryption, all of … Continue reading Beginners Guide to Android Encryption

How to Remove Google Search from Your Custom Home Screen on Android 4.4 Kit Kat

Even after installing a custom launcher in Android 4.4 Kit Kat, you are still left with a Google search widget that is now a permanent fixture taking up precious screen space. Here’s how to get rid of it. The Google Search bar has traditionally been a widget on the Android home screen, easily removed just like any other widget, but with the development of Android 4.4 Kit Kat came an all new home screen and app launcher that is powered by Google Now. As Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo points out: “Google Search isn’t just integrated into the home screen, it is the home screen. Everything you see on the home screen—the wallpaper, the icons, the widgets, and the app drawer—are all drawn by the Google Search app.” Users who enjoy a higher level of customization may notice that even after installing a custom launcher you are still left with a Google search widget that is no longer removed by the … Continue reading How to Remove Google Search from Your Custom Home Screen on Android 4.4 Kit Kat

Verizon LG G2 Kit Kat Update Now Available via Upgrade Assistant

The LG G2 Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat update has finally arrived for Verizon customers. This particular update comes from the mobile carrier ahead of the OTA release exclusively through the “Verizon Upgrade Assistant” as build VS98024A. Note: this software is only available on Windows for LG phones. Mac users will have to run a Windows virtual machine to install this update. In order to get the latest version of Android, all you have to do is plug-up your LG G2 via USB and wait for the AutoPlay prompt or look for the Verizon/LG drive to appear in My Computer. In that drive, look for the SWUpgradeLauncher which will walk you through the process to Kit Kat glory. As of now there is no official word from Verizon on when we might see the update over the air, but this process is simple enough so give it a try!