Tips

Android is full of options to customize and control your device as you see fit. This section lists the tips, tutorials, and tricks we think every Android user should know. They may not all be relevant to you but they may be useful. Here are some of the highlights, but feel free to browse the entire section.

Android Apps

Get the Google+ App outside the US

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In case you hadn’t noticed, the Androinica team loves Google+. We have written posts about the service, broke news about its Android app, and even given you some tips on using it to love it. Unfortunately…

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5 Apps that should be on every Rooted Android phone

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So you have decided to take the plunge and root your Android phone. After that, you took the time to figure out what you could do with a rooted phone. While the suggestions Andrew made on a post back in 2009 are great…

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Android Hacks

Skype video calling comes to more phones through hacked APK

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Yesterday’s announcement that the Skype video calling on Android is finally an option excited many. At least it did until Skype revealed that only a handful of phones are able to have mobile-to-mobil…

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CyanogenMod 7.1 RC 1 adds more security, and Netflix streaming!

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Everyone’s favorite Android developers, Cyanogen, has just released their latest version of its custom ROM – available for most of the officially supported Android phones on the CyanogenMo…

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How to disable ads in the Android notifications menu

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UPDATE: This article was written when only one company was putting ads in the notification area. There are now multiple companies doing so, so use a tool like Lookout Ad Detector to get more information on optin…

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Android App Reviews

Notification Toggle adds settings switch in Android notification window [App Reviews]

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One of the features that most has me excited about HTC Sense 3.0 is the ability to turn Wi-Fi and other features on or off from the Notification drop-down menu. Of course, I’ve already done this on Samsung T…

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LauncherPro Plus widget skins are beautiful. Here’s how to set them up.

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Launcher Pro Plus recently added the ability to “skin” its widgets. The popular Android homescreen replacement app was already great because it allowed users to customize their dock icons and b…

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Amazon App Store workaround discovered for non-U.S. Android users

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The Amazon App Store has introduced some features that make it better than the Android Market, but only U.S. Android users have so far been able to access them. This doesn’t sit well with many of our Britis…

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Honeycomb ported to 3 HTC smartphones

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A lot of you have been very adamant in telling us that you don’t want to see a split in the Android OS, well some of the good guys in the Android dev community are giving you your wish. Honeycomb has been ported…

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How to manage the files on your phone from your PC with your favorite FTP client

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My favorite feature of the custom Android ROM MIUI is its native file manger that can turn your SD card into an FTP server over Wi-Fi with the press of a button. In early 2011, I started using vanilla Gingerbread in…

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CyanogenMod 7 release candidates now available for a number of devices

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Version 7 of the Android world’s most popular custom ROM, CyanogenMod, has now received its first proper release candidates. This means that a final release of CM7 should be pretty close now. The new bui…

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Dell Streak 5 gets a rough port of Honeycomb

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There were a lot of jokes about just how big the Dell Streak was when first announced, mostly because it was a phone. Well, with a newly ported version of Honeycomb to the Streak 5 it looks like we now how have a mini-…

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Tips: Import Google TV Queue subscriptions with Google Reader

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One of the great features of Google TV is the “Queue” feature that will act as your audio or video podcast subscription tool. Google offers a way to add to the queue by typing in RSS feeds in the GTV sea…

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CyanogenMod 7 nightlies now available to download

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The CyanogenMod custom ROM has tens of thousands of people using it across several devices. Pretty soon, those tens of thousands of people will be running a ROM based on Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Cyanogen ann…

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Android Tip O’ The Day: Show/Hide your keyboard with LauncherPro [UPDATED]

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One of the most annoying issues in Android land is that there are plenty of times where your keyboard will be hiding something you need to see. It may hide where you are typing, or the next text field you want to get a…

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