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Mobile phones have become ubiquitous today. Almost everyone in the developed and developing countries, whether they are a school-goer, a salaried professional, or even elderly, has one type of smartphone or the other. However, do you know there are many ways to enhance your mobile experience?


The following are top 5 things that you can do to make the most of your smartphone:


1. Setting up Smart Lock

 

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It's good that most phones offer a slew of security features to protect your privacy. However, when you are at home i.e. in a safe space, then it can be annoying to unlock your device whenever it's in the standby mode. This problem can be easily solved with Google Smart Lock.


Google Smart Lock offers you a number of options that make phone unlocking easy and convenient:


Trusted Places


You can set up Trusted Places of the smart lock so that when you are in select locations (home, office, etc.) then the phone remains unlocked for a certain period. It can track your location with the GPS sensor and unlock the device automatically when it detects the locations set by you.


On Body Detection


This feature keeps the phone unlocked as long as it's in your hands or pockets. However, as soon as you put the phone down, it gets locked instantly.


Trusted Devices


You can also link a Bluetooth device such as a Bluetooth speaker, smartwatch, etc. to your smartphone so that when it detects the device it understands that you are in a "safe zone" and unlocks the device as long as you are in the vicinity of the device.


There are many other ways to set up Smart Lock. To learn how to turn it on/off the in your Android device, go here.


2. Installing Performance Booster App 


It's not uncommon for people to fill their mobiles with all kinds of games and apps. However, this constant addition of new applications over time can greatly affect your phone's performance. To solve this problem, you can use a utility app like Power Clean that can optimize your device.


Power Clean offers a number of features that help to make your phone run faster and create space for new apps and files in a matter of seconds. With its "one tap" feature, you can remove obsolete APK files, cache data, unwanted apps, junk photos and more. If can also be used for increasing the free available RAM or removing viruses.


3. Using VPN

 

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A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a connection method that sets up a virtual tunnel between your mobile and the services you access on the Internet. So, any information that's exchanged between you and the websites you visit are hidden from your ISP and potential hackers that may try to tap into the communication channel.


There are many benefits of using VPN:


  • You can enjoy a high level of security and privacy whether you are using your phone with your home wifi or a public hotspot.
  • You can unlock geo-restricted content such as Hulu, BBC Radio etc. as the service allows you to access these websites through remote servers.
  • If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) has throttled your bandwidth, then a VPN service can increase your Internet speed too.

There are a variety of VPN services that you can use for your mobile such as TunnelBear, NordVPN, ExpressVPN, etc. However, you may want to learn how VPN works exactly so that you know how to pick the right VPN for your needs.


4. Enabling Developer Options


Although the developer options in smartphones are meant for software professionals, general users can also use them to enhance their experience. However, you need to enable these options first as they aren't accessible by default.


If you are using an android phone, then enabling developer options is quite simple. Just go to Settings > About phone or Settings > System > About phone, look for build number, and tap it several times (usually 7) until it notifies you that you have become a developer. Doing the same on an iPhone is slightly more complicated but you can still learn it here.


Some of the best developer options that are available in an Android phone are:


  • Background process limit: This option lets you limit the number of apps that can run in the background at the same time. The default number is usually 4-5. However, you can set it to zero so that every time you close an app, it's terminated rather than moved to the background where it continues to run. This can greatly improve the performance of your device.
  • Aggressive data handover: Activating this option makes your wi-fi more "aggressive" in handing over the data connection to mobile. So, whenever the wi-fi signal gets low, it hands over the connection to your mobile data instantly. This way, you can surf the Internet without any lags.
  • Force 4X MSAA: If you want to take your mobile gaming experience to the next level, then you can enable the Force 4X MSAA option. It lets you enjoy better quality graphics in a variety of games and OpenGL ES 2.0 applications. However, bear in mind that it increases the battery consumption too.

5. Double up Your Device as a POS Terminal

 

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If you are a business owner who has to accept credit/debit card payments from customers frequently, then you don't need to invest in a POS terminal for that. Square Register is a unique payment service that allows you to convert your standard smartphone into a POS device by using a special dongle called Square Reader. It's an innovative card-swipe dongle that plugs into your phone's audio jack. It's easy to use, and available for both iOS and Android devices.


So, these were some of the less-known tips and tricks that can help you enjoy your mobile even more. Which one are you going to try first?


cyanogen

Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster outlined a combative take about Google and its control over the Android operating system, and a defiant vision for Cyanogen to build an Android operating system without Google being in the picture.

 

McMaster started his talk with, "I'm the CEO of Cyanogen. We're attempting to take Android away from Google."

 

He further explained that Cyanogen is developing a version of Android which would be open at every level. Something that other developers and partners could utilize to create their own tightly integrated services. Think of stuff that would be able to compete with Google Now, and that paints a broad picture.

 


"We're making a version of Android that is more open so we can integrate with more partners so their servicers can be tier one services, so startups working on [artificial intelligence] or other problems don't get stuck having you have to launch a stupid little application that inevitably gets acquired by Google or Apple. These companies can thrive on non-Google Android," explained McMaster.

 


Is Cyanogen concerned that Google might not think too highly of this strategy? No because it sees its future as being Google-free. McMaster says Cyanogen will have its own app store in 18 months. Of course, there is nothing to stop Google from impeding Cyanogen's plans either.

 

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We are not sure how Cyanogen intends to achieve this vision, given how dependent it currently is on Google and its services. Even open source projects need some center mass for an ecosystem to interconnect with and seek guidance from, the Android Open Source Project and Ubuntu are good examples of that.

 

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HTC M8

 

HTC announced the Eye Experience software two days ago, the first device to pack these features is the HTC Desire Eye. The Eye Experience is also coming to the HTC One M8 alongside Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which also contains some security fixes.

 

The Eye Experience improves the One M8 camera software with some cool features mostly involving the front-facing camera. You can now track up to 4 faces during video chat and ensure they're within the camera's view angle thanks to Face Tracking. It is followed by the Split capture feature that lets you use the front-facing and rear camera simultaneously.

 

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The M8 firmware version of the update is 3.28.401.6 and weighs 252.01MB. Currently, HTC is slowly seeding the update for unlocked One M8 units in Europe, but other markets should follow shortly.

 

 

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We are already into 2017 and the Galaxy S8 may not seem as far away from being launched as it seemed to be just a month ago. Today, a new report/leak has come into attention, courtesy of an unlikely source; allaboutwindowsphone.com. What we can see via the leaked image is a software running on a PC, called Samsung Desktop Experience. There are three visible tabs on the right, marked as,


1. Multi-Tasking
2. External Monitor
3. Keyboard & Mouse


As some of you have already figured out, the entire setup looks very similar to Windows Continuum Workspace experience, reserved for Windows smartphones only. As the Continuum program allows a Windows smartphone user to experience PC-like functionality, we are guessing that the Samsung Desktop Experience will also bring something similar to the Galaxy S8.


The only issue might be that the S8 will run on Android, which is a completely different OS from Windows altogether. Nevertheless, I am sure that Samsung will hire the right developers to bridge the gap in-between the two operating systems in order to deliver a smooth experience to the users. The ability to properly use a keyboard and a mouse could lead to windowed apps, true multitasking and better productivity on the Galaxy S8 in certain situations. Are you excited for his one?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Last Friday, I had an awful experience as I became possibly the first person in the world to officially report about a Galaxy S8 emitting smoke. If you don't know about it yet, check my post out by clicking here. I got my phone back today from the service center and just as I was beginning to get excited about getting back my Galaxy S8, I noticed something that made me very unhappy. My handset was getting very hot even while I was just using it to navigate the menu options at 50% brightness! This had never happened before, prior to the incident.


At first, I felt that it must be all the routine new phone settings and updates because that does heat up phones quite a bit. Unfortunately, it kept getting hotter the longer I used it and even after I made sure that there were no apps running in the background and everything was updated, nothing changed. Keep in mind that this is a formatted device with no external apps on it yet! I sensed that it was the hottest around the Edges and decided to call Samsung Care. They could not resolve it and told me some generic (and stupid) stuff like I should clear my notification bars! I am now going to do a full battery drain and recharge to see if it changes things, as instructed by the call center executive. However, this experience has led me to reconsider if it's worth spending $905 (Yes, It's THAT expensive in India!) on a smartphone from Samsung. I should have received a replacement, but instead, I got the same phone, repaired and still getting crazy hot. I am disappointed in you Samsung...


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



According to multiple users and a report by SamMobile, certain text messages are going missing when sent to a number used in a Galaxy S8 or S8+. It has been found that this is a problem with the handsets themselves because the issue seems to persist irrespective of the concerned network. There has been no word from Samsung on this issue yet, although the complains have been coming in from a lot of users.


The texts in certain cases would only go missing from a few specific numbers and so far, no connection could be made in-between those numbers either. SamMobile reports that even changing the messaging app itself and shifting to something like Android Messages or Textra doesn't help either. While this may not seem like a big issue, it does show that one of Samsung's best smartphones of the year is failing to perform a very rudimentary function and that is indeed disappointing. If it is a software issue, let's hope an OTA update will solve it soon enough.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Google+

 

Android Google+ App has just got a major update to version 6.4.0 with the New "G+" Logo, icons and update User Interface . The new version also packs the usual bug fixes and performance improvements. Once you install this new version you'll notice the new launcher icon along with the new Google logo is used all around the App.

 

Google+ 6.4

 

Also, the Google+ v6.4 app also loads animated GIF image better, Improves the app's navigation and overall experience for screen reader users.

 

Google+ v6.4 Change-log :
• Pin posts in your Collections
• New design of Communities
• Performance improvements and bug fixes
• Improved navigation and overall experience for screen reader users

 

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You can now Download the Official Google+ v6.4 APK below if you don't want to wait for the update to hit your device.

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Download Google+ v6.4 [APK]

 

Download Google+ v6.4 [Play]

 


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