8 Android Settings You Should Change Right Now

Android comes with a lot of features, but not all of them are enabled out of the box. With the ever-growing feature set, it’s easy to miss those deeply buried Android settings that can enhance your experience.

Whether you are looking to fine-tune your privacy and security or boost performance, here are some changes you should make in the Android settings menu.

1. Hide Sensitive Content From Lock Screen

1 android settings you should change - 8 Android Settings You Should Change Right Now

Since Android 5.0 Lollipop, you can interact with the notifications directly from the lock screen. While this is convenient, it also means that anybody can go through your notifications — even when your phone is locked.

Fortunately, there’s an option to hide sensitive notifications on the lock screen.

First, you need to secure your Android phone with a password, pattern, or a PIN. Once you do, here’s how to hide sensitive notification content.

  • Open Settings > Notifications.
  • Tap the cog icon on the upper-right of the screen.
  • Tap On the lock screen.
  • Select Hide sensitive notification content.

Sensitive notifications will show “content hidden” instead of displaying the actual message. You’ll need to unlock your device to view the message.

If you would like to hide sensitive notifications on a per-app basis, select Show all notification content. Hit back and you should find a list of installed apps. Tap on the app you’d like to hide sensitive notifications from, then tap On the lock screen > Hide sensitive notification content.

By Abhishek Kurve

See full Story at www.makeuseof.com

Some Android games are quietly using your microphone to track your TV habits

android games - Some Android games are quietly using your microphone to track your TV habits

Some smartphone games are listening to what your mic picks up — but not to hear what you say. Instead, they’re trying to hear what you’re watching.

This is something smartphone apps have been doing for a little while now: using microphone access to tell what shows you watch, which ads you hear, and even what movies you see. But a report in The New York Times last week shows the practice may be more prevalent — and more secretive — than consumers might like.

The Times says that it identified more than 250 games on the Google Play Store that include just one specific type of software for monitoring users’ TV habits. It’s from a company known as Alphonso, and the apps that include it — the ones that disclose it, at least — often don’t make what they’re doing particularly clear. Most apps seem to hide their disclosure in their description, beneath a “read more” button.

f you miss that initial warning, you might not know what you’re getting into once you open the app. One game we installed, Endless 9*9 puzzle by Imobile Game Studios, immediately asked for location and microphone access, without explanation. The app did disclose that it was tracking “TV viewership details” in order to “show you TV related content and ads,” but only if you went into the game’s settings. Users didn’t have to proactively agree.

By 

See full story at www.theverge.com

Android Oreo update lands on OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

oneplus3 android oreo - Android Oreo update lands on OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

If you’re struggling to resist moving from a OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T to a OnePlus 5T, today’s news might make it a better easier, as the OnePlus 3 and 3T are now being upgraded to Android Oreo.

The over the air update actually gives you OxygenOS 5.0, which is Android Oreo plus some of the company’s own additions.

Highlights include ‘Parallel Apps’, which is a feature that lets you clone certain apps so you can log in with more than one account.

You’ll also get picture-in-picture mode, auto fill, smart text selection and notification dots (a dot that appears over app icons when you have a notification related to them).

Plus there’s a new design for app folders and Quick Settings, you can upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus and you’ll get September’s security patch.

Older hardware, newer software

The Oreo update is being rolled out incrementally, so you may have to wait a few days to get it, but that still gives you an advantage over OnePlus 5 and even OnePlus 5T owners, as both of those phones are currently running Android Nougat, though they will be getting Android Oreo in the coming months.

By 

See full story at www.techradar.com

Speed up you Ageing Android Phone with these Handy Tips

handy tips - Speed up you Ageing Android Phone with these Handy Tips

This might sound familiar to most Android phone users — what was once a beast in terms of performance, starts getting sluggish. The interface starts stuttering, apps take longer to open. Some would blame the phone maker for deliberately slowing it down to make you buy the newest product. The simpler explanation is that yesterday’s smartphone hardware just isn’t powerful enough to handle the increasing complexity of today’s software.

Whatever the reason, here are a few tweaks that could get your old phone to behave faster than it.

REDUCE ANIMATION SPEEDS

This is the easiest way to see a noticeable improvement to the interface speed. First, you’ll need to enable “Developer Options”. Go to Settings > About and look for “Build Number” (it could be hidden inside a menu called “Software Info” on some phones). Tap it seven times to enable the hidden developer menu. Now, go back to Settings and you should see “Developer Options” near the “About” option. Select it and scroll down to find the following three options: “Window animation scale”, “Transition animation scale”, and “Animator duration scale”. Choose each of these options and select “Animation scale 0.5x” on all three. Doing this should show an immediate improvement in interface swiftness. You can turn the animations off entirely also if you prefer.

CLEAR MORE SPACE

Rule of thumb — you should have at least a couple of gigabytes of free space on your phone for smooth functioning. A quick way to make space on your phone is to clear photos, videos, WhatsApp media and other downloaded media from the Gallery app. A painless way is by installing Google Photos, letting it back up the media you want and then using the “Make Free Space” feature from the side-menu.

Apps use your phone’s internal memory to temporarily store files for efficient functioning — this is referred to as cache. But this cache starts piling up over a period of time, consuming gigabytes of your phone’s storage. Clear cache by going to Settings > Storage and find an option called “Cached data”. Click it and confirm deletion of cached data. Just remember to not do this often; those cache files are useful for apps to quickly load its contents instead of rendering them over and over.

By Rohan Naravane

See full story at mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com

Top Things Any Android Owner Should Know About

android smartphone 1024x762 - Top Things Any Android Owner Should Know About

If you’re having fun with your Android smartphone, just know this: you could always be having more fun!  There are quite a few important things that most Android consumers aren’t aware about, like for example the fact that you don’t have to be annoyed by countless notifications from apps super late at night.

While apps are useful, that could happen if you’re on dating site or looking for interracial dating site that comes with an app. It’s a great way to meet new people and it’s on both Android and iOS, so you can meet people from “the other side” as well. However there might be a 6 hours time window where you just want to get some rest and disabling notifications in that time period can help. That, and other tips and tricks will be discussed in the remainder of this article.

By Scott Williams

See full story at www.androidheadlines.com

How to find out all the details of your Android device with a single app

androidhero - How to find out all the details of your Android device with a single app

How much do you know about your Android device? No really. How much do you know about that smartphone? You probably know the make and model number of your device and how much internal storage and RAM it contains. Beyond that, you’re probably at a loss for too much detail about your Android smartphone.

What if you wanted to know more? Say you’re a developer and you need to know some serious specifics about a particular device, like:

  • CPU
  • Sensors
  • Camera
  • Network

Or you’re a user who wants to know some specifics about:

  • Device information
  • OS
  • Battery

On your own, you might find it a challenge to track down some of this information. With the help of the simple app, My Device, you can uncover a serious amount of detail.

Let’s install this app and see just how much information we can dig up. The basic app is free, and includes advertisements. If you want to rid the app of ads, you can purchase (in-app) the pro version for 99 cents.

By 

See full story at www.techrepublic.com

How to properly charge a phone battery: Battery care tips

battery tips - How to properly charge a phone battery: Battery care tips

Here’s some tips to extend your battery’s lifespan, be that in an iPhone, Android phone, Windows phone, tablet, or laptop.

The big questions about how to re-charge a battery is whether you should let it run to zero before re-charging to 100%. One reason why people are unsure is something they’ve heard of called the battery “memory effect”.

What is battery memory effect?

Battery memory effect is about batteries remembering remaining charge if you don’t let them go all the way to zero too often. So a battery frequently charged from 20% to 80% might ‘forget’ about the 40% that’s left uncharged (0-20% and 80-100%).

Sounds crazy but that’s sort of true – but only for older nickel-based (NiMH and NiCd) batteries, not the lithium-ion batteries in your phone.

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries don’t suffer the memory effect so you almost need to do the opposite: charge them often but not all the way throughout the day, and don’t let them drop to zero.

Don’t charge your phone battery from zero to 100%

The rule with Li-ion batteries is to keep them 50% or more most of the time. When it drops below 50% top it up a little if you can. A little a few times a day seems to be the optimum to aim for.

But don’t charge it all the way to 100%. It won’t be fatal to your battery if you do a full recharge – most of us are forced to do this every now and again in emergencies. But constantly doing a full recharge will shorten the battery’s lifespan.

So a good range to aim for when charging a Li-ion battery is from about 40% to 80% in one go. Try not to let the battery drop below 20%.

By 

See full story at www.techadvisor.co.uk

Best Android Remote Desktop Apps Compared: Which Is Right For You?

 

2x remote 3 300x168 - Best Android Remote Desktop Apps Compared: Which Is Right For You?

Are you a tech support person on the go? Maybe you just want to be able to set up a download on your home computer while you’re away. There are any number of reasons why you might want to use your Android device for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access to a Windows computer. If you’ve got an Android phone or tablet, and can set up Remote Desktop Protocol access on your Windows computer, you will find at least one good RDP client for you here. If you’re looking for something for your iPad, James Bruce writes it up well in The Best Free Remote Desktop Apps for Your iPad.

By: Guy McDowell

See full story at :www.makeuseof.com