Marshmallow: All you need to know about Google’s latest sweet treat

Google’s latest sweet treat is here in time for Halloween and it’s bringing a whole new set of features to push your phone into the future. Android 6.0 Marshmallow debuted with Google’s newest handsets the Nexus 5X and the 6P; is the newest version of Android which is set to roll out onto most phones in the coming months.

Marshmallow brings a list of new features and changes to all Android devices. Some of them are revolutionary, something straight out of science fiction. Google Now on Tap is one of these and it’s going to blow your mind. Google Now is activated in the same way, long pressing the home button, and when launched, it will analyse the information on screen and offer further information on the subject or allow you to take action on the text that is written. This means that you can set up a reminder based on the text in a message or Google will give you information and suggestions, if you are on a page about the latest music.

App permissions is another new feature and, while this doesn’t sound as exciting as the Google Now upgrade, it is a very big step in customising your phone to your liking. You can now set which apps do what in terms of notifications and the services they have access to in detail. You could provide WhatsApp permission to use your camera but decline its requirement of location services.

The Doze feature is sure to be a favourite amongst those who face constant battery troubles. Doze monitors when the device has not been used for an extended period and puts it into a deep sleep, cutting off any background processes and saving battery life which would be expended in these services.

Marshmallow also brings hardware support to upcoming phones in the form of fingerprint scanner support and USB Type C support. It also brings Android Pay, Androids version of Apple Pay, a second attempt after the failed Google Wallet. Minor tweaks include a system UI tuner, which allows you to change the toggles in the quick-settings menu, better volume control options and easier methods to uninstall apps.

Marshmallow promises to be a revolutionary step forwards and, like previous versions of Android looks set to redefine and improve your Android experience. The update would be available on all major flagship phones and tablets as and when the developers push them out.


10 reasons why your phone battery charges slowly

No matter how advanced our smart phones become, they will always be dependent on their power source to function. Everyone employs their own methods of saving battery for that one extra hour of power, trying to push their phones to the max.

But what if the charging speed itself is slow? There isn’t any point in trying to save battery when an hour of charging will leave you with just 30%. Here are a few reasons as to why your phone may be charging slowly:

  1. The most common reason could be a faulty charger. When the charger is not able to deliver the required voltage, the battery takes much longer to charge. It’s always advisable to use chargers provided by the phone manufacturer
  2. Your cable might be broken or torn in places or the ports on either end could be blocked by dust and dirt
  3. The power source also makes a big difference. If the wall port where your phone is plugged in is not receiving the adequate voltage, it is going to affect the charge time. Plugging your phone into the laptop’s USB can result in slow charging time as well
  4. If you have an older phone then the processor itself will not be able to support any faster charging speeds. Make sure that the USB ports of your mobile are also clear of any lint or dust
  5. Constantly using your phone when it is on charge drains majority of the power, which it would have otherwise been able to store
  6. A phone used for a long time could have a worn-out battery. Batteries have a specific number of charge cycles and as they come closer to the end of their life, the amount of time they take to charge increases
  7. Background apps also tend to drain power. While it is not as significant as when the phone is in use, the battery drain would still lengthen the charge time
  8. The inside of the USB port often get corroded with time, leading to a slower charge intake.
  9. The USB port might be broken completely, in which case you would need to give the phone over to a professional for repairs
  10. Overcharging a phone can also lead to a degradation of its battery, damaging the cells which store power and extending the time it would take to fully charge the device.

By following these few tips, you’ll be able to get the fastest charging time for your phone as well as maintain battery health for a longer time. This will significantly reduce the amount of time your phone spend hugging a wall charger through the day.


Pushbullet : Get Notifications From Your Android Phone to Your Computer

Syncing your Android Device to your computer is not uncommon.
Pushbullet creates a connection between your Android device and your desktop computer with the help of a Chrome extension or a Windows app. With Pushbullet you can now view push notifications on your computer and also respond to text messages from your PC.

In short, Pushbullet allows you to beam links, files and texts between your Android phone and your Desktop.

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One of the most interesting features of Pushbullet is the Copy and Paste feature between your Android Phone and your computer. You have to first make sure you have the Windows and Android app installed. Then, highlight the content on your computer. Click Control-C or simply copy the highlighted portion. Then take your Android phone and paste it. The content you had copied from your PC will magically appear on the phone. You can also copy text from your Android device and paste it on your PC. It works either way. This creates a strong link between the two electronic devices making it feel like one.

Pushbullet is an interesting development and looks to be one of the best and most creative things currently in the Android territory.


Getting started with Google’s ARC Welder

Google recently released an ARC Welder Chrome app, which allows the user to run Android applications on Chrome OS or the Chrome web browser.

As of now, you can’t directly install applications from the Google Play Store on your Chrome browser. You need an Android application package or APK, or an Android application that has been stored in a ZIP file.

In order to run an APK file, you must first download the file from a repository on the Internet. Once downloaded, you can load it in ARC Welder and if it runs, test it out.

There’s no guarantee all (or any) of the apps you try will work or that they’ll be usable, but for developers who want to create Android apps that also run in Chrome OS and the Chrome browser, it’s useful for testing purposes.

For the rest of us, it’s just fun to play around and see how it works.

Let’s learn how to install the ARC Welder on your system

You will locate the ARC Welder on your Chrome web store. Install the app to get started.

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Once you have installed the ARC Welder, you must add it into your Chrome apps.

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Once the ARC Welder app is added, you will have to find some APKs to run. There are a lot of places from where you can download APK files.

When you’ve found some, open Chrome and then start ARC Welder.

When you first run it, you’ll need to select a directory the APK can be written to. Click “Choose” and then either select an existing location or create a new one.

Next, you must load your first APK. Click “Add your APK” to begin.

Navigate to the folder where you saved your APK files and select one. Now you’ll be shown quite a few options, like how you want the orientation, any metadata you want to add, etc.

Now go ahead and click on Launch app. There is a high possibility that many of the APKs you tried to load won’t work.

If you load an Android app in Chrome, it will be available to load directly as a Chrome app from thereon. No need to load it through ARC Welder. You can, however, only test one Android app at a time. The next time you load an APK from ARC Welder, it will remove the previous app.

Nevertheless, it’s interesting to be able to load Android apps, not simply on Chrome OS, which seems a more natural fit, but on Windows, OS X, or any other system with the Chrome browser on it.


Send places from Google Maps to your Android Device

Send places from Google Maps to your Android Device

Recently Google introduced a new feature for the Google map lovers. Tons of people out there are fond of locating different places on Google maps, either on their laptops or their mobile devices. With the introduction of the street view, its always fun to search for new places we haven’t been to. The concept of GPS has also played an integral part in our lives, allowing us to navigate peacefully and without fear to any corner of our country.

Very frequently we search for different places around the vicinity we stay in, on Google maps available on our computers and laptops. What if we decide to go and explore the new place we have found and unfortunately we do not know how to get there? Well Google comes to our rescue here. You can now send the place you have just found on your computer/laptop to your Android device. To avail of this benefit, you must make sure you are signed into Google maps on your computer as well as your Android phone with the same account.

How to use it?

At the outset, type the place you magically found and appreciated on the search bar at the top left corner of your screen. Now you’ve decided to visit the place you just found. Right below the search bar you will find a ‘send to device’ option. Simultaneously make sure you have signed into the Google maps app on your phone with the same account you used on Google maps on your computer. Click the ‘send to device’ option and the location you have selected will sync to your android phone. Once you have received it on your phone, you can use the GPS and get a navigational route to your selected destination.

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Now explore your dreams and travel freely.


DIAL ‘M’ FOR… ANDROID?

Everything you need to know about the upcoming android update
ANDROID m
In the alphabet palette, generally M is the letter that comes after L. You maybe surprised to find that Android M is the codename for the next Android version, after Android Lollipop.

Google mentioned Android M earlier, in a discussion of open Android source code that took place in September 2014. But what sweet food does the letter stand for- marshmallows?

Milkshake? Still remains a closely guarded secret.

The codename of the OS may be predictable from an already established pattern: since Froyo has followed the sequence of the alphabet. What may not be obvious is that Android M will bring further refinements to the enterprise use of Android.

As per a recent article, Google is expected to rollout the finished version of Android M sometime in this year’s third quarter, but it did release a developer preview in the recent Google’s Developer conference so that we can get an idea of what’s to come.

“There aren’t going to be big, obvious changes on Android M, mostly just tweaks to improve the experience, but everything will be kept contextual. – Says Rakeeb Rajbhandari, Android developer. “ (Quotes the article)

Android will now tailor-make the experience to suit the user’s preferences using what could be called as contextual awareness, says Rakeeb Rajbhandari. (As per the Article)

Rakeeb Rajbhandari announced a few changes that are likely to come in this new version,

• It would be able to know where you are and what you would need and cater to just that. For example, with Direct Share, Android would now learn about your top contacts and apps that you use frequently and let you share with them directly at the first go.

• Android would be able to detect the inactivity of your phone through motion detectors and allows it to go on an enhanced level of sleep, thus improving on battery life.

• Apart from that Android will now fully support USB Type-C. Instead of the usual shape, the latest version of USB is a small reversible plug, meaning you plug it in right the first time, every time. It also means higher rate of transfer and faster charge.

• Since the cable will also be bi-directional, M will also allow users to direct the power flow—you’ll be able to charge your phone or make it a charger for some other device.

• When you install apps on M, you will not receive all the access permission during installation. Instead, the system will ask for specific permission when the app tries to access a feature for the first time. This would make more sense for the user and would justify the app’s permission request.

There are, however, some minor user interface tweaks that help further polish the already great Lollipop experience, still continuing with the clean and minimalistic material design.


ANDROID ONLY

The Google owned operating system, is known to be present in most of the mobile phones in the world. Here are the 10 must-have apps that are exclusive to Android only.
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Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world and Google’s own Play Store is its largest app market. As of January 2015, Google’s play store has reached over 1.43 million apps published and over 50 million downloads.
While Play Store is home to many cross-platform apps there are many apps that are exclusive to Android OS only. We give you 10 must-try apps that exclusive for Android only.

1. Dashclock
Dashclock
It is a lock screen widget customization app with support for multiple extensions that display notifications all on one lock screen.

2. Nova Launcher
Nova Launcher
A top launcher for modern Android, Nova Launcher replaces your home screen with one you can control and customize. You can change icons, layouts, animations and more.

3. ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer
It brings a lot of Windows’ desktop UI’s familiarity to the Android platform – browsing files and folders, unzipping RARs, etc.

4. SwiftKey
SwiftKey
In simple words, this is the best touchscreen keyboard ever, something that really goes a long way in making ‘typing’ great fun.

5. Applock
Applock
Besides locking screen, how about locking every single app on your phone? Never worry about a friend borrowing your phone to play games again!

6. Llama
Llama
Llama is an interesting location-aware app that automates a lot of things. It uses phone masts to determine your location, so that you can change your ringer, vibrate and ringtones depending on where you are as well as the time of day. It also provides you with sound profiles so you can quickly switch between quiet, loud, silent and normal sound settings. You can set your family, partner and children to ring even if your phone is set to silent! You can even create events and home screen short cuts to manage your sound profiles and more.

7. Unified Remote
Unified Remote
This app turns your Android device into an extensive universal remote for your Windows PC. It is preloaded with support for 90+ programs including moue & keyboard, media players, presentations, screen mirroring, power control, file manager, terminal, and much more.

8. Tasker
Tasker
The Tasker app lets you automate Android like no other, putting it to work like a charm.

9. Airdroid
Airdroid
This is a remote desktop app for your Android device, that lets you transfer files between your devices, and share them with your friends. letting you work on it like a PC.

10. Google Now
Google Now
From your primary home screen, swipe right to access Google Now cards that give you just the right information, at just the right time!


How to track updates for the android apps that haven’t been downloaded from the Google play store

ANDROID APPS
Introduction:
In most cases, Android users get all their apps from the Google play store and don’t look for alternative sources. After all, Google play is so vast, in terms of applications, books and services, that one could find it to be too complicated and might lose taste for those apps.
Therefore to break through all that clutter and save time some users prefer downloading apps from third-party app stores like SlideMe. In the end they just choose the best apps, so that they don’t have to go through the clutters of those indistinguishable apps.
The Problem:
However, as the users opt for the third party app stores, how would they monitor the updates of each app that they have downloaded and installed via that store? Google, in contrast, has made an easy way for the updates. But what about these third party app stores?
Solution:
That’s when ApkTrack comes into the picture. This app takes care of notifying the users about updates available for the apps not downloaded from Google Play store. It doesn’t automatically download them and install the apps for the user. Instead, it notifies the user when a new update to an App is available and it reminds where he has got it from, then all they need to do is visit that third party app store or site, and download the updated version.
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Found the article to be useful? Do you need to keep a track on those third party apps?

Then you can download the app from here, (http://www.phonearena.com/news/How-to-track-updates-for-the-Android-apps-you-didnt-get-from-the-Google-Play-store_id69286) the download is available from this link so it can be added as an outbound link.


ARE VALUE PHONES TRULY LOSING OUT THEIR “VALUES” IN TODAY’S MARKET?

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To your surprise, the answer is No!

In fact there has been an increase in the demand for value phones. As consumers are becoming aware about various value phones through discussion forums and gadget review websites, the demand for those phones is also rising!

INTRODUCTION:

There’s no doubt that all the flagship smartphones, along with the latest hardware, come with a snob value attached with the device. These phones could literally burn a hole in your pocket with no justification to the hefty price tag.

There are certain phones that provide you both, best price and the good specifications within their segments; these phones are called ‘Value Phones’.

PAST STATUS IN THE MARKET:

Initially, it was the pricey smartphones that ruled the market and lured the customers in purchasing them, as the features and the applications provided were exclusive as compared to the feature phones. This led to an increase in demand for the smartphones in the market, providing a market entry for all the smartphone brands.

CURRENT STATUS IN THE MARKET:

A recent IDC (International Data Corporation) Report claimed that with the increase in awareness about smartphones and their pricing, Indian customers are now more inclined towards value phones. In fact the report also claimed, that although the smartphone brands have a good name in the mobile phone market, in 2015, this will not be the case. Especially, when brands like CELKON are coming up with some really low priced phones with high-end specifications.

As more people have started using mobile phones, the demand for those value phones is increasing as it has been observed that the first-time mobile phone users tend to purchase value phones, more than anything else!


FEATURE PHONES: A DYING PHONE SEGMENT

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INTRODUCTION:

Remember, how your life was before you owned one of those attractive and high-end smartphones?

Those were the days when owning a feature phone was a big thing. This was around the 2000s, when feature phones came into existance and peaked popularity in the market!

Feature phones are the ones that introduced new features like playing games and listening to music, to the old-existing phones that were just used for calling purposes. This is the time when the concept of messaging came into picture.

WHAT IS A FEATURE PHONE?

A feature phone is a traditional phone that includes a limited number of features such as a camera, MP3 player, Internet access etc. This category is distinct from smartphones and refers primarily as low-range phones, those that fall between basic phones (features) on the lower end and smartphones on the higher end.

HISTORY OF FEATURE PHONES:

Prior to the popularity of smartphones, feature phones could be termed as high-end phones with assorted features. Though feature phones were originally introduced somewhere around the year 1995, the first ‘Made for India’ feature phone was launched in the year 2003. With just 2 games, an SMS feature and downloadable monophonic ringtones this phone had approximately 250 million sets sold worldwide.

It might seem that we’re skipping a few years here, but that’s somewhat intentional. From the year 2008 onwards, the mobile phone segment slowly started shifting its focus from basic feature phones to more of smartphones, which had better operating software and technology as compared to the feature phones.

CURRENT STATUS IN THE MARKET:

According to an article published on 3rd December, 2013 share of feature phones has slid to 81% of the total market in third quarter of 2013. According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) APEJ Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, mobile users are slowly migrating from feature phones to smartphones.

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The main factors for this rapid shift of consumer preference towards smartphones have been the narrowing price gap between feature phones and smartphones. In fact a recent report states that the feature phone market plummeted by approximately 14% over Q3 in 2014.

Well, it seems that the Feature phone segment is dying after all.

Maybe, one day you will be able to bend a phone like a piece of thin plastic or maybe you won’t even have to touch it, doing all of your multitasking from cellular implants.