How to use gesture navigation controls on Android smartphones

navigation controls on android smartphones 1517915878.jpg.pagespeed.ic .WWLo2EeuO1 - How to use gesture navigation controls on Android smartphones

If you are in love with this gesture navigation control, there is an unofficial way of getting it by installing an app on your device. The Google may not roll out these types of updates in a near future. So if you are ok with installing apps, follow the instructions below.

Step 1: First is first. Download the Gesture Control app from Google Play Store and install it on your device. You can download this features for free, but need to purchase inside to unlock more gestures.

Step 2: When you launch the app for the first time, you will be greeted with the tutorial about the app. Also, you need to grant permission when asked, so that the app gets overlayed on-screen as well as control navigation features.

Step 3: Now go to the settings and select the Gestures and actions option. Now you have to choose the gesture and assign specific tasks. These include going home, adjusting the phone’s volume, and even controlling media.

Step 4: After this, you can change things including the color of the gesture bar, the sensor’s position, and more. You can fiddle around easily if you change the sensitivity to very high. You can do this by going to Settings -> Properties -> Sensitivity.

Step 5: To make the most out of this app, you can buy the pro version by paying Rs. 200 on the Google Play Store. The paid version of the app has lot more including

How to test your app with real users

app mobile android - How to test your app with real users

App testing is an integral part of an app’s development process. As simple the task seems, it is critical to the success of the app and finding real users can be a daunting task in itself. There is a world of a difference between a developer analyzing their own app and new users testing it. The interface may be simple to you, but not to an ordinary user. The brand colors that you may like may be too intrusive to the user experience. Similarly, the navigation may seem to be too difficult for the end user. This is why it is important to launch an app only after it has been tested with real users. And UserFeel is a proven app usability testing tool that can not only have your app tested by real users; it can also generate valuable reports and videos to simplify the entire task.

Use a Usability Testing App

A good remote usability testing app like UserFeel allows you to record the testers’ screen flow and their actions including navigation. Some of the key features of successful usability testing apps include the following:

Test on Different Devices

You can test your app’s performance on different devices like desktops and mobile devices (including Android and iOS platforms). Your target audience is going to use your app in different devices. You want to ensure that your app renders effectively and efficiently on Android smartphones and tables, all the different generations of iPhones, and on iPads. UserFeel has a user base comprising of testers who are using all these different devices, providing you actual feedback and videos of how your app performs on these different platform.

Highlights Videos

There are rare few usability test apps like UserFeel that can also record highlights videos which can be shared with your development team for evaluation and improvement. The videos can be saved and uploaded anywhere. It takes just minutes to create your videos which can be shared with your development team to learn from the user experience and make adjustments and improvements to your app’s design.

See Full Story at

How to Factory Reset Android

factory reset - How to Factory Reset Android

If you’re selling or giving away your old Android phone or tablet, suspect some malware is at play, or simply want to boost its performance to its original condition then a factory reset is the best option.

However, it’s not something you can easily come back from if you accidentally delete something you wanted, so you should make sure you’ve properly backed up your device first.

How to hard reset Android

A hard reset will clear the memory and delete all your files, returning your device to its factory settings. Unless you are getting rid of the phone and tablet, it’s typically used as a last resort for a misbehaving device.

  1. Ensure your phone or tablet has at least 30 percent charge
  2. Open the Settings app
  3. Scroll down to and select Backup & reset
  4. Tap Factory data reset
  5. Select Reset phone
  6. Select Erase everything
  7. If you have a password you will be prompted to enter it now

How to soft reset Android

A soft reset is very different to a hard reset in that it simply closes your open apps and reboots the device. It’s useful if your phone or tablet has frozen and refuses to reboot via the normal method using the power button. When the device reboots your files should remain intact.

A soft reset is usually performed by pressing and holding down the power button and volume-up button together for a few seconds (remember that power and volume-down instead takes a screenshot).

You will need to hold the combination for several seconds for the soft reset to occur. If you’ve done this and it hasn’t worked, there may be an alternative way to trigger a soft reset on your device. Google your model name and the term ‘soft reset’ for instructions.


See full story at

5 easy ways to get the most out of your Android phone’s camera

You may know how this stuff works, but your friends and family may only be novices when it comes to photography. You can always hand off some of these powerful and simple tips to them!

Clean the lens

google pixel 2 top glass camera 1024x768 - 5 easy ways to get the most out of your Android phone's camera

Yes, really. It feels like the simplest possible thing, because it is! And that’s why we forget about it. Our phones come with us everywhere and that means the camera lenses are far more susceptible to getting covered in fingerprints and dirt and all kinds of other things. You may not notice when you’re taking photos that there’s a smudge on your camera lens, but trust us: take a second to wipe off your lens before you take your next important photo, and it can make a world of difference in the end product.

This is actually even more important for selfies, because the camera lens often has no physical separation from the main glass covering the screen and is far more likely to have smudges on it from using your phone every day. Front-facing cameras are typically lower resolution and quality to begin with as well, making them less likely to overcome a smudge on the lens glass. Give the top bit of your phone screen a good wipe down before taking a selfie — you’ll be impressed by the difference it makes.


See full story at

Tips On How To Protect Your Devices From Meltdown And Spectre Processor Security Flaws

Security - Tips On How To Protect Your Devices From Meltdown And Spectre Processor Security Flaws

Security researchers this week dropped a bombshell on pretty much everyone who owns a computer, saying there are inherent flaws in modern processors that could allow an attacker to access sensitive information, including passwords and other contents stored in what’s supposed to be protected memory. At first it was reported that only Intel processors were affected, but later analysis has revealed that AMD and ARM chips are flawed as well. It’s a stinky situation, right?

Well, yes, it certainly is. But it doesn’t have to be dire. To quickly rehash, the flaws have been dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. It was the former that was talked about most at the beginning, and for the time being, it seems limited to Intel chips, albeit every Intel processor made since 1995 (specifically, those that implement out-of-order execution). Spectre is a serious security flaw as well, and it affects all modern processors, including ones from Intel, AMD, and ARM.

There are patches being doled out to mitigate the risk, the impact of which is still being assessed. Early reports said they could cause anywhere from a 5 percent to 30 percent performance hit, though Intel refutes this, saying the fallout is highly workload dependent that most users will see little to no impact. That claim will be fact checked over time.

by Paul Lilly

See full story at

An essential guide to customizing your Android phone

wall weekly vw green s8 1024x768 - An essential guide to customizing your Android phone

Wallpaper wonder

Every phone or tablet comes a selection of wallpapers — images for your home screen or lock screen background that give your device a bit of personality. But often times those wallpapers don’t reflect your personality. We need to change that. Wallpapers are the most basic building block of Android theming, and changing your wallpaper can change the way your entire home screen feels. If you take nothing else away from our guide here, I implore you, pleaseGET A NEW WALLPAPER.

Whether that means browsing Google’s Wallpapers app, finding an artist you like on Deviantart or just browsing through some of our wallpaper roundups, I guarantee you that there’s a wallpaper out there that speaks more to you and your style than the default wallpaper your phone came with. You can even set one of your photos as a wallpaper, be a picture you snapped on a vacation or a silly snapshot of the grandkids.

It can be anything in the world or out of our world, just long-press your home screen and set a new wallpaper.

Launchers and layouts

The app that we use to organize and launch apps on an Android device is called a launcher. Every phone ships with one on it, though some are better than others. Most launchers consist of one or more home screens — where you can put the apps and widgets you use most, a dock — where you can keep your most-used apps visible and accessible from each home screen, and an app drawer — where all of your apps are kept for easy access and organization. The launcher is what you use to put your apps where you want, and the layout is how you have apps and widgets laid out on your home screens.

Your phone might have come with a clock widget and some pre-installed apps covering the first few home screens, and you can delete these items to make room for things you actually do want. You can also consolidate apps on your home screen into folders by pressing and dragging one app icon over another. Folders look better in some launchers than others, but there’s no denying how functional they can be in helping keep the apps you use close by. Switching up your layout is a really easy way to shake up your launcher experience.


See full story at

5 Simple Tips To Extend Your Phone’s Battery Life

battery life tips - 5 Simple Tips To Extend Your Phone's Battery Life

Boost battery life: 1. Dim the screen brightness or use auto brightness

You love your smartphone’s large, colourful display, but it’s the battery’s mortal enemy. More than any other component of your phone, the display consumes battery life at a devastating pace. Most phones include an auto-brightness feature that automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness to suit ambient lighting levels.

This mode uses less power than constantly running your screen at full brightness would, of course, but you’ll get even better results by turning your screen’s brightness down to the lowest setting that you can tolerate and leaving it there. Even if you do nothing else we suggest, following this one tip will extend the life of your battery dramatically.

Boost battery life: 2. Keep the screen timeout short

Under your phone’s display settings menu, you should find an option labeled ‘Screen Timeout’ or something similar. (On an iPhone, look for Auto-Lock in the General settings menu.) This setting controls how long your phone’s screen stays lit after receiving input, such as a tap.

Every second counts here, so set your timeout to the shortest available time. On most Android phones, the minimum is 15 seconds. If your screen timeout is currently set to 2 minutes, consider reducing that figure to 30 seconds or less. On an iPhone, the minimum you can set is 1 minute.

Boost battery life: 3. Turn off Bluetooth
No matter now much you love using Bluetooth with your hands-free headset, your wireless speaker or activity tracker, the extra radio is constantly listening for signals from the outside world. When you aren’t in your car, or when you aren’t playing music wirelessly, turn off the Bluetooth radio. This way, you can add an hour or more to your phone’s battery life.

Boost battery life: 4. Turn off Wi-Fi
As with Bluetooth, your phone’s Wi-Fi radio is a serious battery drainer. While you will at times need to use your home or office Wi-Fi connection rather than 3G or 4G for internet access and other data services, there’s little point in leaving the Wi-Fi radio on when you’re out and about. Toggle it off when you go out the door, and turn it back on only when you plan to use data services within range of your Wi-Fi network. Android users can add the Wi-Fi toggle widget to their home screen to make this a one-tap process, or swipe down from the top of the screen (twice if you have Lollipop.)

See full story at

Android devices can also get infected with malware

how to protect your android phone from malware en - Android devices can also get infected with malware

The consequences of Android virus can vary from financial losses in case of ransomware or significant decreases in your smartphone’s performance. Typically, the gadget starts to crash, freeze or the battery lasts shorter. Remember that malicious programs often work in the background without your notice. Thus, you should carefully follow the signs of malware infection.

Virus possess an appearance of a genuine app

Recently, Google experts have detected and removed fake workout apps from Google Play which imitated legitimate programs while secretly functioning as Tizi spyware. Even though it mainly targeted Nigeria and Kenya, the rate of Android virus infections has significantly increased over the last months in other countries as well.

It is clear that people might not identify untrustworthy applications which they can get directly from Google Store. Shortly after they install unreliable programs, they receive a request to give administrative rights (API). In other terms, these rights permit the app to do the following actions:

  • Prompt the device’s owner to set a new password;
  • Perform screen lock function or lock the phone/tablet completely;
  • Wipe the data stored on the gadget;
  • Determine which storage area should be encrypted;
  • Disable/enable camera or microphone.

It is clear that the Device Administration (API) allows the application to manage your phone without asking for your approval. For example, why would a flashlight app ask for those rights? Therefore, it is highly recommended to permit Admin rights only for applications from authorized developers. You can easily detect a malicious program if you carefully monitor your actions.

by Olivia Morelli

See full story at