Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Turn Your Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 into a Digital Photo Frame with Daydream

Nexus 7 and Nexus 10
Own a Google tablet Nexus 7 or Nexus 10? Saving tons of photos and want to automatically view them when you are idle? The feature Daydream of Android 4.2 or Basic Sleep Mode Apps in Android 4.2.1 or Basic Daydreams in Android 4.2.2 lets you enjoy the fun on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. With the Daydream feature, you can now easily transform the Google tablets into a digital photo frame by displaying a slideshow of images, a clock, Google Articles or colors when idle. Next lets us see how to configure Daydream on Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

Step 1: At first, drag down from the top right of the screen of the tablet to enter into the Settings menu, and then tap on "Display" in the left hand panel.
Daydream setting
Step 2: Tap Daydream in the main panel to open its features. Then tap the slider at the top of the screen to switch it on.

Tip:Daydream can show either a clock, colors,articles from Google Currents, a photo frame or a photo table when the tablet is idle.

Step 3. To air your photos in the background , just tap the settings icon beside either Photo Frame or Photo Table option. Meanwhile select the "100ANDRO" folder or your profile picture and screenshots.
Select Photo Frame or Photo Table
Step 4.After that, you can preview your selection by tapping "Start now" at the top of the screen, and the tablet will enter Daydream mode, tap back button to exit the mode.
Choose when to Daydream
Tip:If you're using Daydream in photo table mode, you can tap on any image to view a larger version.

Step 5.Besides, you can also specify when Daydream from the options of when docked and when charging by tap "When to Daydream" at the top right of the screen.

When the setting is finished, you can get the enjoyment of your photos when your tablet is idle. If you haven’t experience that, just get a shot of it.


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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How to Free Up Space on Your Android to Speed Up the Device?

As an Android user, you may install many apps and games on your tablet or smartphone which may make you face memory amount issues once in a while whether your device includes 8GB,16GB or more. And as the time passed, you will find that your device is filled with all the things in the world and now, and you have just run out of space. At this time, you have to clear up space on Android to speed up your Android device and save some space to store other data. Fortunately, there are some useful tips to free up Android space in the following and tools to help you save more storage on Android.

Free up space on Android

1.Move Data to Your SD Card/USB Storage
Since apps install to your Android device’s system storage by default, the apps take up much space on internal storage, but you can move many of them to your SD Card or USB storage to free up space for more apps .

You can only move apps to the SD card if the developer has added support for this to their app. Go to Setting>Applications>Manage Applications>Menu, select'Sort by size’, choose and tap the app, and then tap the “Move to SD card” or “Move to USB storage” option .To move multiple apps to the SD card or USB storage at once, try the free App2SD app.

Note: There are some apps that cannot move includes live wallpapers, widgets, and launchers. The reason is that when Android device is connect to the computer, SD card storage is disconnected from the phone.

Also, you can move other data like photos and videos to SD Card or USB storage if you have stored them on internal storage.

2.Uninstall Apps
It should go without saying that one of the easiest and most-used ways to free up space is to uninstall apps that are less used or occupy a lot of data. If you can live without the apps, just get rid of them.

Operations: Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications>Menu, select ‘Sort by size’, tap the big size app and tap "Uninstall".

3.Using the Cloud
There is also another easy way to get more memory by expanding the storage , that is to take your bulk file storage to the cloud with the cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Skydrive, Google's Picasa service and more. But keep in mind you cannot access to the files if the device is away from Internet.

4.Delete Duplicate Files
When there are many files, there may be duplicate files.So we need to find them and delete to save the space.You can try the free app Search Duplicate File Free which allows you to track down duplicate files within your device storage and filters allow for common file types such as images,music, and video. Ensure it is an actual duplicate and not a system file or similar when you delete something.

5.Analyze Disk Usage
There may be something that you cannot find it on the surface and a Disk Analyzer aid is needed. Here recommends DiskUsage which will precisely analyze what was bogging down your system in terms of space and act upon it.

6.Clear the Cache
When you use apps, the accessed data, temporary files, and settings locally as cached data will be produced on your device. The cached data will be easily expanded to waste the space. You can clear the cached data by directly go to the app’s details screen. Or you can use the Easy Cache Cleaner to do it quickly. Note that clearing data will set your application back to its original state, deleting all your custom settings and data.

When you have done the above steps, you will find that you have got the extra space and your device should be speeded up.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to Remote Control Android Device with your PC/Mac?

Thought of controlling your Android smartphones and tablets with PC/Mac? Want to manage your Android device on PC when your device is charging in another room or otherwise out of reach? Indeed, you can do the job with the free remote control Android apps. Following I will show you three ways to do it.
Remote Control Android from PC

Remote Control Android App 1:AirDroid(Android2.1+)

AirDroid is a very fast, free app that lets you wirelessly manage your Android from your favorite browser. And it is a very popular method to control your Android device on the PC covering Windows,Mac and Linux .

Quick Guide:
  • Install the AirDroid app on your Android device. 
  • Open AirDroid and hit the Start button to launch the server. 
  • Open a browser and enter the URL listed on your Android device. In the log-in field on the page that loads, enter the password as it appears on your Android device. 
  • Click enter to log in and control your Android device remotely.
Things you can do :
  • Transfer files between Android devices and computers. Now with drag & drop support. 
  • Cut, copy, paste, search, rename or delete files on the SD card. Receive, send, forward or delete SMS messages. 
  • Install, uninstall, backup, search apps and do batch processing. 
  • Preview, delete, upload, download, set as wallpaper and photos slide show from desktop. 
  • Share clipboard text between desktop and device. Group, search, create contacts, check and delete call logs. 
  • Search, preview, upload, download, delete and customize ringtones for phone calls, notifications and alarms. 
  • Play, search, upload, download, delete, or set as phone call, notification and alarm ringtones.
  • View your Android's screen, take a screenshot, or even record a screencast.

Remote Control Android App 2: TeamViewer QuickSupport(only Samsung device,Android 2.3.3+)

Maybe someone knows that we can remote control PC with Android via TeamViewer, and also, we can remotely control Samsung mobile device with original Samsung firmware from the computer with the free TeamViewer QuickSupport app, in which you can give the help to colleagues, friends, and family who need assistance with their Samsung mobile device.

Quick Guide:
  • Download and launch the app.
  • Install the TeamViewer full version on the computer (download at www.teamviewer.com)
  • Pass on the QuickSupport ID to your trusted partner, who uses the TeamViewer full version. 
  • Allow your trusted partner to connect to your device.
Things you can do
  • Edit text messages
  • Check email account settings
  • Troubleshoot other apps 
  • Help people resolve any support questions with their Samsung mobile device quickly and easily

Remote Control Android App 3:droid VNC server(only Rooted device,Android 1.6+)

To use the app droid VNC server to remote control the Android within your computer, your device must be rooted.

Quick Guide:
  • Install VNC Viewer for computer, Mac-Chicken of the VNC,Windows-RealVNC
  • Download and install Droid VNC Server, launch it and tap Start Server.Feel free to modify any of the options in Menu > Settings. 
  • Open your VNC Viewer of choice and type in the IP:Port that you see listed on the Droid VNC Server home screen.
  • Type in your password if needed. Then you should see your Android Device interface on your PC.
Things you can do:
  • Access to your device if it’s not immediately with you. 
  • Ability to create a screencast. 
  • Faster screen shots. Ability to help & support other Android users. 
  • Access your device if you’re at work or school and don’t want to look like you’re on your device.
If you want to let PC remote control and manage your Android device, just try the apps above, and I think you can get the job done.


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ubuntu for tablets Unveiled including Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

After announcing the release date of Ubuntu smartphones in Q1 2014, Canonical has officially released the Ubuntu for tablets, a touch-based interface supporting screen sizes of 6" to 20", and use cases targeting both businesses and the home. Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are in the list of supported tablets. And before, Canonical has released the develop version for Nexus 7.
Ubuntu for tablets
Just like Ubuntu for phones, you can make a tablet dock with a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to get a full PC experience with Ubuntu on tablets. The system app requires your tablet at least comes with Dual-core Cortex A15, 2GRAM and 8GB internal memory.

Special Features

Ubuntu Interface.The tablets'interface are exactly similar as Ubuntu phone’s interface, very neat and clean. The stylish home screen organizes all your most important information, selected from hundreds of sources – online or on board. You can search for any kind of content.

Split-screen multitasking with "Side Stage". As we are making a video call on one part of the screen and meanwhile we can manipulate a business document on the other side.It has placed a phone and a tablet app on the same screen at the same time for amazing tablet productivity.

Secure multi-user. Just like Android 4.1, Ubuntu for tablets allows multiple accounts on one tablet with full encryption for personal data. Of course, you can set the accounts. With the full disk encryption, and additional encryption for personal data protection, Ubuntu keep your data secured.

Voice controlled HUD productivity. The unique HUD makes you do complex things fast and easy on touch devices. It brings all the power of the PC.The voice control can act as you truly personal assistant.

Effortless navigation with magic edges. On Ubuntu tablets,screen edges are used for navigation between apps, settings and controls. You don’t need to back to the home screen when you want to change the app, just touch the app at a swipe.

Content focus.On the customizable home screen, media is presented with hundreds of sources search.

Access to Windows apps. Add a keyboard and mouse, your Ubuntu tablet will become a full PC and thin client, with access to Windows apps over standard protocols from Microsoft, Citrix, VMware and Wyse.

Ubuntu really gives us something different from Android and iOS, and the most attracting part maybe the full PC experience. Now a developer preview of Ubuntu mobile operating system for both tablets and smartphones is released for Google Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.If you want to try the unique OS, you can download and install it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Apps on Android Devices with Custom Recovery

Although some Android devices at present have received the upgrade of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, there are still many Android phones or tablets running Android 4.0 ICS waiting for the official or custom Jelly Bean releases. Is it possible to install Android 4.1 on any Android devices? Seems the answer is no, but the good news is that we can install the Jelly Bean apps using the custom recovery to experience Jelly Bean applications even without upgrading the device.
Enjoy Android 4.1 Jelly Bean apps on ICS
You may know, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has brought us some new and great applications like Google Ears(also known as Google Sound Search), improved Face Unlock, Google Books, etc. Following is the guide to download and install from recovery a package and through this you can enjoy the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean applications on ICS devices.

The package contains Google Books, Google Calendar, Google Currents, Google Ears, Google Earth, Google Magazines, Google Maps, Google Music, Google News, Google Play, Google+, Google Wallet, Email Client, Face Unlock, Gallery, Gmail, Noise Field, Phase Beam, Street View, Talk Back, Video Editor, Videos.

Warning
  • This guide aims to the Android device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • No guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
  • Use the instructions is at your risk. Read and understand the whole guide first to take actions.
  • Root is required.
Preparations
Guide
  • Copy and paste the Jelly Bean Applications package to your device’s SD card.
  • Turn off the device and reboot to ClockworkMod Recovery or TWRP Recovery.
  • Select Install ZIP from SD Card> Choose ZIP from SD Card. Select the JB Apps.zip file, select it, and confirm the action. Then the installation will start. When the installation is done, reboot your system.

Now, you can enjoy the Android 4.1 apps on your Android 4.0 ICS device.



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