How to use Google’s new podcast app in Android

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Podcasts are the kind of thing most of us have heard of, even if we don’t listen. Many of the most popular things to listen to can only be found as a podcast.

Ever since they have become more mainstream there have been countless apps meant to help us find and listen, but not all of them are easy to understand. Google has been down this road before, and is trying once again.

They have released an app that is named, simply, “Google Podcasts,” and it is a great option for Android users who want to dive into podcasts but want to avoid any confusion. It’s light on bells and whistles but if you are only interested in listening to shows, it’s not a bad option.

Here’s how to use it

First off, keep in mind the app only works for Android. As for getting started, you’ll need to go into the Play Store and download it. Just search for “Google Podcasts” and, once you find it, download it as you would any other app.

Once downloaded, the icon will show up on your home screen. Tap on it to open.

The first screen you see will be a home page that shows icons for what Google is saying are the top or trending podcasts. The shows can have all sorts of themes — it really depends on what everyone else is listening to at the time.

And, if you are seeking a specific podcast, click on the magnifying glass in the upper left-hand corner to open a search bar. Just type in the name and find it.

By Adam Green

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How to Adjust Music Quality to Save Data While Listening

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The nemesis of music streamers is data caps, cell phone or otherwise. Restricting monthly data and forcing users to decide between quantity and quality of music has had audiophiles tearing their hair out since streaming toppled the iPod. While the problem regarding music quality seems difficult to tackle, it’s far from impossible.

Google Play Music has a number of features integrated that can help preserve your precious monthly data cap. It does so by using your phone’s spare storage as a resource, automatically creating a cache of songs you frequently listen to — even letting you download albums, playlists, and radio stations.

Step 1.

Go to the Music Quality Settings

On both iOS and Android, tap the hamburger menu in the top-left corner. Then, tap “Settings” to get started.

The relevant settings on Android are under the Playback and Downloading headers. On iOS, they’re housed in Streaming & Downloading. For the most part, these settings are synonymous across the two platforms. There are a couple exceptions, but I won’t talk about them until they come up. For the purpose of this guide, I’m going to follow the lead of Android’s settings, as they already break everything up nicely.

Step 2.

Adjust Wi-Fi Streaming Settings

As previously, mentioned, the settings that I’m going to bring up here can be found in Playback on Android, and Streaming & Downloading on iOS. The first item, “Stream only on Wi-Fi,” (“Stream via Wi-Fi only” on iOS) should only be checked if you’re really tight on data, as it prevents any streaming on mobile data. If you’re on an especially stingy mobile plan, this is a perfectly reasonable way to make sure you stay within your limit.

Step 3.

Adjust Mobile Network Streaming Settings

This is where things get a little dicey. Mobile carriers own the data-consuming souls of the vast majority of Americans, forcing them under a ruthless data cap. Even for those with “unlimited” plans, there’s a good chance that your provider will throttle your speeds after you hit a certain threshold.

One way to combat going over your cap is to be frugal when streaming via mobile data. Unless you have a truly unlimited data plan, I highly recommend choosing “Low” under “Quality on mobile network” (“Mobile networks stream quality” on iOS).


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6 gotta-know Spotify tips for Android

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There’s more to the Spotify app for Android and iOS than simply streaming your favorite artists or Spotify’s premixed radio stations. Indeed, the Spotify mobile app is capable of some pretty clever tricks once you know what you’re doing.

For starters, it’s easy to download a Spotify radio mix to your phone for on-the-go playback without putting a dent in your monthly mobile data allowance—and indeed, you can set Spotify to stay offline completely, if the need arises. You can also tweak the quality of your audio streaming and music downloads, keep playing tunes even when your playlist is over, “crossfade” from one song to another, and more.

Note: Several of the features and settings we’ll be covering require a “premium” Spotify subscription, which will set you back about $10 a month. (Psst! You can easily score a 30-day free Spotify Premium trial with the right Google search).

1. Play your radio stations offline

Whether they’re based on a song, an artist, or a particular “mood,” Spotify’s radio stations are perfect for playing endless tunes at home over Wi-Fi. If you’re out and about, though, you might not relish the idea of streaming all that music over cellular, or perhaps you’re on a subway, soaring at cruising altitude, or otherwise unable to get a wireless connection.

2. Listen to Spotify offline, and only offline

Once you’ve got some radio stations saved for offline playback, you might want to be sure that you don’t accidentally start streaming Spotify tunes over your cellular connection, particularly given Spotify’s AutoPlay feature (which I’ll cover in a moment).


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5 Tips to Boost Sound Quality in Android Without Root

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With the number of music apps around — both online and offline — getting your hands on songs and videos is a child’s play these days. But more often than not, most of us barely take a second glance at the default sound settings which results in songs which can be best described as of decent quality.

And as is the case with many improvement hacks, a major portion of the sound modes are locked away only for the rooted devices.

But over the years, the non-rooted phone world has also scaled up significantly and has its share of nifty hacks which can boost the sound quality in Android phones in a jiffy.

On the same note, here are a couple of tricks to help you with the same.

1. Get a Good Equalizer App

Undoubtedly, the key to a good audio experience in Android lies in a sound equalizer app. This is mainly due to the fact that most of the music apps or video apps don’t have advanced control to adjust the bass or increase the treble.

2. Enable Mono Audio For Headphones

If you listen to songs on your headphones quite often, you must have noticed the difference in volume and quality once you plug out an ear pod. This can prove to be quite a bummer when you have to be attentive and yet not miss out on music quality.

3. Stream Songs in High Quality

Since the advent of apps like Spotify or Google Play Music, many of us have switched to online streaming rather than downloading songs offline. Though both the methods have their own sets of pros and cons, an area where online streaming hits a rough patch is audio quality.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 said to drop the headphone jack

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Throughout the year, we’ve seen the likes of MotorolaHTC, and other companies decide that getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack is the right way to go.

While there are holdouts, like the Google Pixel phones and Samsung’s now-unavailable Galaxy Note 7, it looks like Samsung wants to join the rest of the pack in 2017. According to a report from SamMobile, Samsung is planning on dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack altogether in the Galaxy S8, in favor of a wireless — and USB Type-C — future.

The other big reveal from the report is probably the least surprising. Samsung is said to be switching to the USB Type-C standard in the Galaxy S8, which will be used for charging the device and listening to music.

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best free android apps for downloading free music

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Downloading music seems to be going the way of the dodo, with streaming services like Spotify and Deezer taking over the helm. Still, you might be interested in some ways to download some tunes for free to have on you when you’re offline. So, here we’ve listed some of the best apps to help you do that (legally).

All of these apps can download files for free. However, you should remember that just because something’s available as a free music download, it doesn’t mean it’s there with the copyright owner’s permission. There are loads of free music downloads on pirate sites and you can be sure they’re not there legally, so always ensure you have Creative Commons or Copyleft permission before downloading MP3s.

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The Latest Android Phones Offering Hi-Fi and Smart Music

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We knew that a revolution was taking place when global smartphone brands launched in India a series of handsets incorporating Hi-fi and smart music as their main theme. Their motto for the Indian audience is to Play Hi-fi and Live Smart. The offering was one-of-its-kind in the country and proved to be a boon for music lovers. Addressing the mid-range market, the manufacturing companies introduced music-based android phones in the price range of INR 15,000 to 20,000.

Happy Listening on Funtouch OS

The series was designed exclusively for Indian customers to experience Hi-fi music in the thinnest possible metallic body with a customised Funtouch OS. These carefully crafted, sleek and lightweight handsets are packed with specifications to complement the enthusiastic, energetic and passionate Indian youth of today.

Unlimited Downloads with Expandable Memory

To offer faster speed that matches the superior sound quality of these devices, they are equipped with a Funtouch 2.1 (based on Android Lollipop 5.0) Operating System. They are powered by a 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a storage space of 16GB ROM and 2GB RAM expandable up to 128GB. The expansive storage capacity lets you download unlimited music, games and movies, and allows you to surf and share with ease.

Go on with the Long-Lasting Battery

The musical experience is better when you have a long-lasting 2300mAh battery with stamina mode, allowing your android phone to go on and on for quite long. Adding to the delight is an ultra-slim and curvy body that blends perfectly with its eagle eye engineering precision.

Double Dual Audio Speakers

The handsets have double dual sound systems including two professional level 5 magnetic circuit speakers to pick up the slightest of sounds and offer minimum distortion. Since the manufacturers are dedicated to ensuring the best sound quality, they have a unique audio speaker at both ends of the phone. Just 0.4mm in diameter, the 140 dots speaker creates an ultimate sound experience.

Eliminate Disturbing Noises with Pro-Level Audio Chip

Another feature that makes these phones smart is the professional level Hi-fi chip. It can play tunes over 105dB and below -95dB with the least possible sound distortion. It can produce high-fidelity quality with a dual chip audio decoding programme to enhance your overall sound experience. To make the experience even better, android phone manufacturing companies are carrying out research and development in areas related to enhancement of audio quality.

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How to hook Dropbox into the LG G3 music and gallery apps

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Get your stuff from Dropbox onto your LG G3 with ease

If you use Dropbox as one of your main sources of storage for music and photos then you’ll be pleased to know that you can access it pretty easily in some of the stock apps on the LG G3. The stock Gallery and Music applications can hook into your Dropbox account and pull in your content with a few easy steps.

Sadly, anyone using the AT&T specific variant of the G3 doesn’t seem to be able to do this. Sorry, folks.

Setting up

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The first thing you need to do is set up Dropbox access on the phone. To do this you’ll want to head into Settings > Cloud and then hit the “Add account” button at the bottom of the display. On the next screen you’ll see a selection of different cloud services, including Dropbox.

Tap on the Dropbox option and then you’ll be prompted to enter your credentials. Once you’re all logged in Dropbox will now show up as an active cloud account when you’re in Settings > Cloud. Tapping on it will open up a basic settings menu where you’re able to select the content you want to access as well as your used/available account storage space. If for any reason you wish to remove your account, hit the menu button in the top right hand corner and select “Remove account.”

Below the account information you’ll see checkboxes to access content for “Gallery” and “Music.” Make sure you’ve checked the relevant boxes then you’re set.

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