A standout new Android launcher for ergonomic efficiency

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When we think about Android launchers, we tend to think about programs that add oodles of options into our home screen environments. But a new and still-under-development Android launcher aims to do just the opposite — to strip your home screen down to its bare essentials and turn it into an ultra-efficient launching board for getting where you need to be.

It’s called Niagara Launcher, and while it’s still technically in beta and “unreleased,” it’s available to anyone to download and try out for free from the Play Store. I’ve been using it on my phone for a little while now, and I’ve gotta say: It absolutely is not your average Android launcher. And for plenty of people, that could be a good thing.

At its core, Niagara Launcher is essentially just a single screen. It shows shortcuts to eight favorite apps of your choosing alongside a scrolling list of letters.


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Google Search on Android Loads Repeated Searches Twice as Fast

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Google’s search results on Android now use a web browser technology called Service Worker to cache repeated searches.

By utilizing Service Worker, repeated search results now load twice as fast.

VentureBeat reports that Google shared this information at Pluralsight Live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dion Almaer, Google director of engineering, stated:

“Google Search’s mission is to get relevant results to you as quickly as possible. So they invested in the largest deployment of Service Worker probably out there by being able to extra work on the fly and give you results sometimes twice as fast.”

An important point that Google left out of its statement, which VentureBeat learned by following up independently, is that Service Worker is only being used on Chrome for Android.

However, that doesn’t mean the same benefits of 2x faster search results could not be brought to other browsers in the future.

By Matt Southern

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How to clear Google Maps search and location history on Android

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Gone are the days of asking annoyed pedestrians or fellow commuters for directions and then ending up exactly where you started. Google Maps has removed the need for this by providing accurate maps that show exactly where you are, the destination that you need to go to, and the route that you need to take in order to get there. Google Maps is something you fire up even when you’re traveling to a place that you know.

If what you want to do is clear the items in your search or location history in Google Maps, it will only take a few moments. Steps To Follow

a) Open Google Maps, swipe in from the left side and then click on Settings.

b) Clicking on Maps history will show you a list of every single place that you have ever navigated to.

c) To remove an item, you can click on the x that is on the right side of the entry.

d) You will need to confirm your choice in the pop up that appears in order to delete the item completely.

e) If you have deleted a search, the option will no longer pop up as a suggested entry when you do make new searches.

f) The same thing applies to routes, the route that you have deleted will not pop up again when you get directions to a location nearby.

What you need to keep in mind is that if you have more than a handful of locations that you need to get rid of, scrolling through a never-ending list of locations that you need to get rid of is not the option that might be one of your choices.

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How to Transfer files from computer to Android using adb

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Copying files through ADB come into use when you struggle so much with your PC. This topic will give you an idea of how to copy files from your PC to your Android through ADB. Using this method, you can transfer any kind of files, no matter how big the content size will be. You can transfer, images, zip files, video, audio, PSD, etc from your PC to Android. Follow this guide to learn how to transfer files from computer to Android using adb.

We always choose MTP mode for transferring files from the computer to the Android device or vise verse through a USB cable. MTP mode will allow you to access the phone storage and help you transfer the file you need. Whether its a huge or a small file the MTP mode will let you access them all with ease.

What happens in a situation where you cant access the MTP mode but pretty much urgent to transfer a file from the PC to your Android. What will be your next move?, there comes ADB into play, it helps the file reach your Android with a push command.


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6 tips and tricks for Android Messages for web

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Earlier this week Google released Messages for web, a service that lets you send and receive text messages from any web browser. The website is live right now, but an update to the Android Messages app is required before you can begin using it.

You will need to use Android Messages, as opposed to Samsung’s Messages app for Galaxy users, to use Messages for web.

Setup is a breeze

Seriously, if you have ever scanned a QR code, you are already prepared to link the Messages app on your phone to your browser.

On a computer, open your browser and enter messages.android.com into the address bar. On your phone, open the Messages app and tap the menu button (top-right corner) then select Messages for web > Scan QR Code. Point your camera at the QR code on your computer’s screen.

A few seconds later your phone’s Messages app is now linked to your computer. Easy peasy.

You don’t have to go through the linking process every time you want to use Messages for web. Instead, you can toggle the Remember this computer button below the QR code in your browser so each time you visit the site, the link is preserved.

If you didn’t notice the button during setup, a prompt just above your conversation threads will ask if you want to remember or you can click on the menu icon just above the New Conversation button in the web app > Settings > Remember this computer.

If you’re worried about someone else using the same computer and monitoring your messages, don’t worry — you can remotely log out (more on that in a minute).



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5 Android Messages features you should start using

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The Google Android Messages app is one of the finest ways to send and receive text messages. It’s even ready for the future with RCS standard support and ample features. You might not even realize all the neat things you can do with Android Messages, so here are the five best.

A standard text message doesn’t have a lot of features, but there are some little-known tweaks you can make in Messages. Instead of just tapping Send, long-press it. That brings up two things in the compose field: You can add a title to your message by tapping in the new field and entering text. This makes the message behave like an MMS, but it should load normally on the recipient’s phone as there’s no photo or other media attached.

Archive old threads

After a few months, your text message list is probably going to be something of a mess, littered with threads you haven’t touched in ages. Android Messages lets you get rid of them without really getting rid of them. You can archive old threads to get them out of the way, but still restore them if necessary. Just long-press to select multiple conversations and tap the archive button at the top of the screen. You can also swipe left or right on a conversation in the main list to archive it. Go to Menu > Archived to see those conversations and restore them if needed.

Not everyone you encounter in life will be pleasant. Android Messages makes it easy to block your frenemies and spam numbers. Long-press on a conversation to select it, then tap the block button (circle with a strikethrough) at the top. This prevents messages and calls from that contact from going through.

Note: Blocking a contact deletes the conversation, so don’t block someone if you’ll need to see the thread again later.

If you want to remove a block, go to Menu > Blocked contacts. Tap the X next to the contact you want to unblock to receive messages again.


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Tips for Android Developers to Succeed in Google Play Store

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Everybody in the market is looking for an app with desired success and avoid failure at any cost. Therefore, the web is full of advice and tips to achieve mobile app success, and Android app category is no exception at all.

However, Google Play Store is officially releasing and updating various guidelines to achieve app success quickly and legitimately that runs for long. If Android developers follow those design and development guidelines during the development, deployment, and marketing phases of app lifecycle, it may ease the life and prove cost-effective.

Best Practices to Develop Android Apps

It consists of some decent tips, such as:

  • Focusing on UX for Different Form Factors
  • Material Design an Excellent Concept
    • Design Principles
    • Best Practices for System UI Components
    • UI Elements and Patterns

Best Practices to Deploy Your Android App on Play Store

After development, you have to submit an app to Play Store and publish it once you get approval. For successful deployment, some good hints are available, such as:

  • Distribution Tips
  • Testing Tips
  • Tips to create a compelling list

Best Practices to Bring Engagement in Your Android App

After public release, some app engagement tactics are essential to bring and keep users on your app. In due course, good tips are:

  • Encourage Repeat Usage of App
  • Integrate Features for More Engagement
  • Interact with Targeted Audience
  • Bring Engagement Across Devices

Best Practices to Grow Your Android App & Expand Business

If you want to grow further in the market and expand your reach, following tips are best ways:

  • Bring more traffic to your listing in Play Store
  • Understand the needs of your targeted audience
  • Respond to user feedbacks

Best Practices to Monetize Your Android App

First, create right monetization strategy by leveraging Play Billing, Android Pay, and AdMob ads. The second is increasing number of users who are paying.

By Roma Kapadiya

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How to Enable Night Mode for Chrome on Android and Other Tools for Book Lovers

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There are two types of people in this world. One who like the night mode and others who are happy with the light mode that Android usually offers. Although, the night mode is designed to reduce strain on eyes during the night, people who use it prefer to utilize it during the day as well.

For the longest time, users have been asking for the night or the dark mode on Google Chrome. While there are many night-mode extensions for Chrome on desktop, the feature was missing in the Android variant up until now. But, thankfully, it’s here. Now, you can enable the night mode for Chrome Android too.

However, there is a catch. As of now, you can’t run Chrome fully in the night mode. You have to enable Simplified pages first and then you can use the night mode. Don’t get confused. We will tell you what it is and how to activate it.


Under the Accessibility settings in Chrome for Android, you’ll find the Simplified view option. When enabled, you will get a pop-up at the bottom of the screen, if the website can be shown in a simplified manner.

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