Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Do you want to save data from data plan? Try, Google Offline Maps


You can now save lot of data from your data plan while navigating or getting directions using Google Maps Offline. Recently Google has released new feature "Offline Maps" for their Google Maps Android app.

To make maps available offline you can either,
- Go to Menu-> Make Available Offline.
                       Or
- Go To Maps -> My Places (Human Icon On Right Top Corner)->New Offline Map.

It will prompt to enter the map name.You can enter a city name for which you are downloading the map.


Highlights
- Limit on size of the area for which you can download the map.
- You can maximum download a map for a large city area at once.
- One city map takes around 15-20 MBs (Approximately)
- You can store up to 6 maps offline if storage area is available in your phone.
- You can add/remove new offline maps in offline maps section as per your need.

Not bad feature to start with though. Play with it and let me know your experience in comments below.

Try this trick 
Type OK Maps into GMaps on iOS or android and it caches the area in view for offline browsing. That's pretty easy now :)






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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Google Now and Voice Actions commands

Ever felt like speaking to your smart phone and it responding you back? Google Now has done a great job in this.
Click on Google Now Microphone and try below speeches. They are not specific commands but it is like how you normally speak to other people.

1. Say a movie name/actor name. It will brief you about the movie and the actor.  (e.g. "Frozen Movie")
2. Say "What's the weather like" or just "Weather". Hear for the response.
3. Say "Movies" and get the list of movies nearby.
4. Say "What is the capital of Washington State? " - Wait for the response and Smile.




Google Voice actions on Android 2.3 and above are robust, easy and fastest way to operate your smart phone. They are supported in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Few commands may not be available in all the languages. Currently voice actions are in Beta.
You can go to Google Now or the Microphone Icon on Google Search widget and say Help. You will get the help with available commands.
Below are few sample voice actions. Why don't you try them out??

Say Followed by Examples
"Open" App name "Open Gmail"

"What does my day look like tomorrow?"or "Show me my schedule for the weekend." Say "What does my day look like tomorrow?" to see tomorrow's agenda.

"Create a calendar event" "Event description" & "day/date" & "time" "Create a calendar event: Dinner in San Francisco, Saturday at 7:00PM"

"Listen to TV" Displays TV cards relevant to the TV show that's currently being broadcast While a TV show is being broadcast, say "Listen to TV"

"Map of" Address, name, business name, type of business, or other location "Map of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco."

"Directions to" or
"Navigate to" Address, name, business name, type of business, or other destination "Directions to 1299 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley, California" or

"Navigate to Union Square, San Francisco."

"Post to Google+" What you want posted to Google+ "Post to Google+ I'm going out of town."

"What's this song?" When you hear a song, ask "What's this song?"

"Remind me to" What you want to be reminded about, and when or where "Remind me to call John at 6PM."

"Go to" Search string or URL "Go to Google.com"

"Send email" "To" & contact name,

"Subject" & subject text,

"Message" & message text (speak punctuation) "Send email to Hugh Briss, subject, new shoes, message, I can’t wait to show you my new shoes, period."

"Note to self" Message text "Note to self: remember the milk"

"Set alarm" "Time" or "for" & time, such as "10:45 a.m." or "20 minutes from now," "Label" & name of alarm "Set alarm for 7:45 p.m., label, switch the laundry"

"Listen to" Play music in the Google Play Music app by speaking the name of a song, artist, or album "Listen to: Smells Like Teen Spirit"

"Play some music" Opens Google Play Music and starts playing an "I'm Feeling Lucky" radio station (only works with All Access)

"Call" The name of one of your contacts "Call George Smith"


Google now also provides few voice enabled interactive searches. Below are few examples

It is really amazing what Google Now does. It has got a much more than we expect and Stay tuned more to come....

Please write in comments, what do you like about Google Now. What amuses you about Google Now?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Samsung Devices for which Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is available.

List of Samsung Devices for which Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is available.
Galaxy S II (SGH-i777) ICS Update is Available!

Galaxy S II Skyrocket (SGH-i727) ICS Update is Available!

Galaxy Note (SGH-i717) ICS Update is Available!

Captivate Glide (SGH-i927 )ICS Update is Available!

Galaxy Exhilarate™ (SGH-i577) ICS Update is Available!

Galaxy Tab 8.9 (SGH-i957) ICS Update is Available!

Nexus S 4G (SPH-d720) ICS Update is Available!

Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (SPH-d710) ICS Update is Available!

 

Galaxy Tab 10.1 (SCH-i905) ICS Update is Available!

Galaxy Tab 7.7 (SCH-i815) ICS Update is Available!

 

Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Wi-Fi (P6210)

Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi (P7310)

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi (P7510)

 

Samsung Galaxy S II (SGH-t989) ICS Update is Available!

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (SGH-t769) ICS Update is Available!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (SGH-t869) ICS Update is Available!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (SGH-t859) ICS Update is Available!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Google Search Tips

Google search has much more in it than we know.
  • SITE Search:
    If you want search results from a specific site then you can search
    e.g. android site:tricksforandroid.com.
  • " " Search:
    Searches for exact term typed in Dobule quotes and not the each word individually. By Default google search for each word individually according to relevance of the term.
    e.g. "Android Devices"
  • - (Exclude Search):Your search result will exclude the search term from the results.
    e.g. android -android.com
  • ~ (Related search )Searches for the given term and related term. E.g.
    ~college
    It will give results for university as well.

 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tired of Old Themes on your Android??

Are you tired of old themes, looks and widgets on your Android devices?

Here is the app which I found in the market which will do complete makeover of your Android device.

Just try it out..



Install Go Launcher Ex which will install basic theme and freamework to run many many other widgets and themes provided by Go Launcher.

Don't worry if you dont like the basic theme. Click on the below link to get more for your Go Launcher

Download more themes and widgets for Go Launcher

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Google removes 22 malicious Apps from Market

Google has reportedly removed 22 malicious applications from the Android Market after security vendors tipped off the company about apps attempting to trick users into accepting fraudulent charges via SMS. Security firm Lookout Mobile Security says calls the phenomenon "SMS toll fraud," which involves applications that appear similar to well-known software tricking users into accepting charges via text message. Also known as "Android.Rufraud," Symantec says it's a "Trojan horse for Android devices that sends SMS messages to premium-rate phone numbers," but which poses very low risk and is easy to remove.

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New look to Facebook for Android

Got a new update for Facebook for Android. Excellent makeover. Must Update!!!


What's in this version:
- Navigate anywhere, fast: Get to your groups, apps, pages, and settings with a single press
- Search and you will discover: Look through friends, subscribers, apps, and pages
- See your friends tags on pictures and zoom: New photo viewing experience
- Faster notifications: Get alerted in real time with new push notifications
- Games & Apps: Play games and access your favorite apps on the go
- Access to mobile timeline (If you already have a timeline)
- Access to friend lists and subscriptions

Works very well on Samsung Galaxy S , HTC EVO Shift 4G with version 1.8.0, Motorola Droid X with version 1.8.0, LG Optimus One with version 1.8.0, HTC Desire HD with version 1.8.0, Samsung VinsQ(M910), HTC Incredible 2 , Samsung Galaxy Ace, HTC Salsa, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Droid and many more...



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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

10 featured apps for only 10 cents each By Google

Google Inc's Android market has exceeded 10 Billion apps download past this weekend. To celebrate this Google has partnered with some android developers and has offered the 10 featured apps for only 10 cents each.



The offer is valid for 10 days starting today on following apps.
- Asphalt 6 HD
- Color & Draw for Kids
- Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro
- Fieldrunners HD
- Great Little War Game
- Minecraft, Paper Camera
- Sketchbook Mobile
- Soundhound Infinity
- SwiftKey X

To download the apps please visit : Android Market

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Switching between applications

Here is a nice feature of your android device. Many of us are already aware of it.

Press down the Home Key for few seconds. You will see the list of recent applications. Many of them are still running. Just click on the application icon to switch to the application. To End the running applications click on task manager on the same page.

This is applicable to HTC Wildfire, HTC Wilfire S, Samsung Galaxy Ace, HTC Salsa, HTC Desire any most of the other Android devices.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Battery problems with your Android Device??

Hummm.... Looks like few handsets hosting Android Operating System are facing troubles with Battery backup. Though it primarily depends on the make of your device and the battery, there are few stuff that we can do to conserve the battery.






1. Power Control Widget will do half of your work. Click here to check more about Power Control Widget.

2. Turn off your wi-fi, bluetooth, GPS when not required.

3. Keep brightness of the screen to low when you are indoor. Again, Power control Widget will help you with that.

4. Turn Off the 3G data usage on your device if you are not using it frequently.

5. If you have too much of trouble with battery, I would suggest but would not recommend to turn off your Auto Sync with Photos and Mails. It will defeat the purpose of having Android to some extent.

Sync Photos with Picasa


Now forget the hassle of downloading pictures from your device to your laptop and then uploading it to Picasa.
Just setup the auto sync for your Gallery and all your pictures will be in safe hands forever and you won't loose your memories in any case.



To Setup your device to automatically sync with Picasa
1. Go to Settings->Accounts and Sync
2. Select the Google Account with which you want to sync your photos in Picasa
3. Click on "Sync Picasa Web Albums" to sync the Photos once. Or check the checkbox against it to sync it automatically.



I would recommend you to sync it manually whenever it is needed. Especially when you are on wi-fi. Setting up automatic sync may consume lot of data in your data plan and you may be charged heavily. It may also consume lot of your battery.

This works great with Samsung Galaxy S, SII and HTC Desire. But the feature is available on most the android devices like HTC Wildfire, HTC Wilfire S, Samsung Galaxy Ace, HTC Salsa, HTC Desire

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tips and Tricks for your Android

Here are few tips for those who haven't got any time to explore their Android devices. I bet some of you are not aware of  these features which makes android so easy and convenient to use.



How to Copy a number from Call Log in your Android?
1. Go to Call Log
2. Press Hold the number which you want to copy
3. You will get a dropdown menu.
4. Select "Edit Before Call"
5. Dial Pad with the number will be displayed.
6. Press Hold the Number and Select "Copy All"


How to Dial a Business nearby from your Android Phone?
1. Voice Search or text search for your local Shop/Mall/Doctor/Restaurant on Google Maps.
e.g. Maps of Restaurants
2. It will display the nearby restaurants or the business you have searched for.
3. Select your desired business from the Search Results.
4. It will display the business card.
5. You can call using the business card or save it as a Contact for future.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Low Internal Memory Problem Solved on Android

Many android devices , especially Android Cell Phones (HTC Wildfire, HTC Wilfire S, Samsung Galaxy Ace, HTC Salsa, HTC Desire) have the problem of Low Internal Memory or Internal Memory Full. Most of these devices has the internal memory from 180 MB to 512 MB. When you purchase a new device out of the available memory around 40 MB is already eaten by the Andoroid OS, Application related services, Applications which comes pre-installed with your device. It is not that Android OS takes lot of space, but the apps and the related data takes more space.

There are few easy and efficient ways to clear up the internal memory.
Go to Settings->Manage Applications and follow the below steps

1. Move the Applications to SD Card
Check for the applications which are downloaded by you. E.g. Skype, Angry Birds or any other games or apps one by one. In application details if you see the button "Move to SD Card" then you can click on it to move it to SD Card. The application will be moved to SD Card and considerable space will be freed up on your internal memory. In my device I freed up around 15 MB on my internal memory by moving Skype to SD Card. Like wise you can move applications one by one to the SD Card.

If the button reads "Move to Phone", it means the application is already installed on SD Card.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Highlights of Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0)


Simple, beautiful, beyond smart

Android 4.0 builds on the things people love most about Android — easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and deep interactivity — and adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing.
Refined, evolved UI
Focused on bringing the power of Android to the surface, Android 4.0 makes common actions more visible and lets users navigate with simple, intuitive gestures. Refined animations and feedback throughout the system make interactions engaging and interesting. An entirely new typefaceoptimized for high-resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished, modern feel to the user interface.

Power Control Widget for Android

This is one of the interesting, user friendly and useful widget which comes with Android Operating System. You can toggle Wi-fi mode, Bluetooth, GPS, Sync and Brightness of your screen.
By looking at the widget, its obvious, how to use this widget. Just click on the function which you want to toggle.


Among all these Sync and Brightness are my favorite. Sometimes I don't want my device to sync automatically my mails, my contacts etc. It is because the battery is low or I am on the costly data plan etc.
I can easily switch off and switch on Sync function using this control.

Few android devices does not comes with Light Sensor. Low or medium brightness is sufficient for most of the devices except when you are out on a sunny day in a bright daylight. You need High Brightness when you are out. This control helps you to toggle between High, Medium and Low brightness easily and quickly. You need not go to setting and struggle to find out where the option for brightness is located. Low brightness conserves the battery though, so I prefer to keep my device on low brightness all the time.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Know your Android Operating System version

To check the android operating system version on your android device follow the below steps,
1. Go to Settings
2. Check the last menu item, "About Phone"
3. You will see the information about your device, its model number etc. Below that there will be information about "Android Version" and "Build Number"




Samsung Galaxy Ace Operating System is 2.2, HTC Salsa is 2.3. But you can always update it.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Voice Actions with Android

Siri (A talking phone assistant) is the USP of i-phone latest release-iphone 4s. It's just a advanced version of Android Voice Actions. Android has introduced this feature a year back.
Imagine, you speak all your most used commands on your phone and your phone does is automatically, smartly and intelligently. This feature makes your devices real smart.

Following major and most used voice actions are available on your android phones.

To invoke the voice actions, you must have Google Voice Search app on your android. It generally comes by default. If it is not available on your device, you can download it from this link.
When you click on the "Mic" icon on the widget you will see following screen and you can now speak the voice command.



You can speak following commands to perform the actions on your phone.

Welcome Android Fans!!!


Welcome Android fans,

20th September 2008 is the day which brought the revolution in the Smart Phones' and tablets' market. Android  1.0, mobile operating system by Google Inc. was released on this day. Android has changed the way people look at their mobiles. It's easy, versatile, revolutionary and more over it's free!!!

Today there are many versions of android releases in market,  4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich being the latest released of all. The names of the version are also very tastey. Donut, Cupcake, Eclair, Froyo, GingerBread and Ice-Cream Sandwich.

This blog is dedicated to all the android fans who love Android OS and Android devices. Follow this blog and keep a watch on this blog. There is lot to come yet.