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20 Smart Android Phone Tips and Tricks

20 Smart Android Phone Tips and Tricks
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For starters: customize your Android phone’s background. Some devices will even let you add a moving, interactive image. Just hit the menu button and select the Wallpaper option. Follow the directions to select images from your phone’s camera, images loaded onto your phone, or a default wallpaper. But images are just the beginning of what you can put on your desktop. Clever programmers have created dozens of widgets that can also be moved to your home screen. Press down on an empty spot of real estate on your home screen, and that will pull up a menu to let you add everything from widgets, to program shortcuts and folders. If you can bear to part with a little over $1, Beautiful Widgets from the Marketplace is a great place to start for finding home screen add-ons.

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    doc70 , April 15, 2010 9:15 PM
    I could only add Paul@MoDaCo as an excellent site for downloading custom ROMs and learning a lot of new tricks to apply on your phone. Android is the best phone OS now and continues to improve every month.
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    quantumrand , April 15, 2010 10:24 PM
    I'd like to point out that not all Android phones are the same. Some manufacturers put certain settings in different places, so if you don't see an option mentioned in this article, just poke around in other logical places for it.

    Also, for those who may be interested in Custom ROMs, there is a site currently under development that has great potential to become THE site for Custom ROMs. It'll probably be up and running in a week or two. Check it out at http://customandroidroms.com/
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    idisarmu , April 16, 2010 1:07 AM
    When I use bluetooth, I only get about 55kb/s on average. It is quite annoying when you have to transfer many files. I don't have an android phone though.
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    descendency , April 16, 2010 5:02 AM
    I feel like an idiot, but I have had Smart Keyboard Pro installed for ~3 months and didn't even have it properly set as the input device because of needing to select it twice (I had it checked in the keyboards menu, but not at the second spot.)

    Thanks for the guide. Great info. (I'm a Nexus One user)
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    quantumrand , April 16, 2010 8:03 AM
    descendencyI feel like an idiot, but I have had Smart Keyboard Pro installed for ~3 months and didn't even have it properly set as the input device because of needing to select it twice (I had it checked in the keyboards menu, but not at the second spot.) Thanks for the guide. Great info. (I'm a Nexus One user)


    I'm glad it helped! The keyboard settings really are quite obscure. I tried to include tips for both Android newbies as well as the more seasoned users.
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    nmeofdst8 , April 16, 2010 1:55 PM
    "and can be considered illegal" .....Um..nope.

    Void warranty, maybe, problems on official servicing of Iphone, maybe, problems with Itunes activation, possibly, ...illegal, no.

    Taking something you own and changing the operating system on it is not illegal, period. Using it to scam, phish, put unpaid for copyrighted material on, yes. Simply making it to where you can install free programs on a jailbroken phone that you own...legal.
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    quantumrand , April 16, 2010 6:32 PM
    nmeofdst8"and can be considered illegal" .....Um..nope.Void warranty, maybe, problems on official servicing of Iphone, maybe, problems with Itunes activation, possibly, ...illegal, no.Taking something you own and changing the operating system on it is not illegal, period. Using it to scam, phish, put unpaid for copyrighted material on, yes. Simply making it to where you can install free programs on a jailbroken phone that you own...legal.


    When Apple sells your an iPhone, you own the device, but Apple retains the rights to it. By jailbreaking it, you're violating the EULA, which is a legally binding agreement. Breaking it is illegal. It's up to Apple's discretion to seek litigation, hence the wording, "can be considered."
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    nmeofdst8 , April 16, 2010 7:09 PM
    No..it is NOT illegal...period. Apple does not retain the rights to your Iphone. They hold rights over the software they put on it, when you put other software on it, that is open source, free, etc (not talking about pirated software/illegally obtained/copyrighted), or change a setting in their software (which is all jailbreaking and unlocking really is) you are not doing anything illegal. Breaking a EULA does not = Illegal. They could try to take you to court over it and lose..but that would be a "civil" matter..not a "criminal" matter. Civil...nothing to do with Illegal. Criminal = Illegal actions, i.e., breaking a federal, state, local, municipal law, ordnance or code. Apple filed an action about copyright infringement with the Copyright Office. They did this because They claim its against the law (their argument is extremely weak, google it). Apple does not equal Law makers.
    The Action has been going back and forth for quite some time.
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    quantumrand , April 16, 2010 7:17 PM
    nmeofdst8No..it is NOT illegal...period. Apple does not retain the rights to your Iphone. They hold rights over the software they put on it, when you put other software on it, that is open source, free, etc (not talking about pirated software/illegally obtained/copyrighted), or change a setting in their software (which is all jailbreaking and unlocking really is) you are not doing anything illegal. Breaking a EULA does not = Illegal. They could try to take you to court over it and lose..but that would be a "civil" matter..not a "criminal" matter. Civil...nothing to do with Illegal. Criminal = Illegal actions, i.e., breaking a federal, state, local, municipal law, ordnance or code. Apple filed an action about copyright infringement with the Copyright Office. They did this because They claim its against the law (their argument is extremely weak, google it). Apple does not equal Law makers. The Action has been going back and forth for quite some time.


    Alright, let's try to keep on topic. We both agree that the legality of breaking a EULA is a subject of debate and can go either way. The article addresses this with the "can be considered" clause. It seems like we're both on the same page here, so let's not turn it into an argument :) 
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    nmeofdst8 , April 16, 2010 7:48 PM
    Fair Enough
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    Tomsguiderachel , April 16, 2010 8:01 PM
    I like the way you guys handled that debate. Seriously. It is a discussion for the ages. Sometimes I wonder if people will still be debating it 10 years from now.
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    omaudio , April 17, 2010 9:29 AM
    great keyboard app- http://www.thickbuttons.com/
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    8bitme , April 18, 2010 12:43 PM
    I don't have an Android phone :( 
    but would like info on what is available?
    I think you can install Android on a Nokia N900. I have an N800 (not a cell phone but internet device) but it is broke right now. I currently have a Blackberry (w/o wifi :(  on it)
    Any insight would be appreciated.
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    8bitme , April 18, 2010 1:30 PM
    oh and any references for Android that you think is good would be nice as well.

    Thanks
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    quantumrand , April 20, 2010 9:34 PM
    8bitmeoh and any references for Android that you think is good would be nice as well.Thanks


    www.phandroid.com is a nice, straight-forward site for Android related news. They tend to be pretty on top of things and catch all of the device specific news you want to know about.
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    JohnnyLucky , April 21, 2010 9:53 AM
    Starting to see some interesting television ads for Android.
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    Anonymous , September 8, 2010 5:56 AM
    How do I get the app "Favorites" back on one of my homescreens for the Droid Incredible? (It was there and then it just seemed to disappear!? Now it's gone. It was so convenient to have a button for the several people I call/contact often.)
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    mamaoyot , April 7, 2011 7:43 AM
    For information about the full article "Customise Your Android Device"
    http://devicegadget.com/android/customise-android-device/1274/
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    pastakare , June 12, 2011 10:11 AM
    i think this triks is very important to know for all android smartphone user like me..
    i have another else about android check this http://androidphone-tips.blogspot.com/
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