Android 7.0 Nougat promises to bring with it many new features. Available features will enhance both your security and enjoyment. Most smartphones will receive this update, which is why we believe learning about some of these new features is important to you.
File Encryption Activation
File encryption can be found in developer settings. Although it may not seem like a big deal, it actually can be. First, encryption is only performed on user data. During booting process, your PIN or unlock pattern would not be needed. What this means, if for some reason your phone unintentionally restarts, you’ll still have a functioning alarm clock allowing you to wake in time. The boot process will be much faster as well. However, to switch to file encryption from full disk encryption, a full wipe is required.
Android 7.0 Nougat has a new feature: Data Saver. This feature allows for you to use less data while not connected to Wi-Fi.
To activate go to Settings > Connections > Data Usage > Data Saver. Once activated, you can choose which apps are allowed to use background data while all other can’t. However, these apps are not entirely prevented from using data services which are needed, but most background activity will be disabled.
In security settings, you will be able to enable a pinning feature. This feature allows other open apps to be hidden under a pinned app.
The multi-window view is one of the most anticipated parts of Android 7.0 Nougat. With an easy double tap, it will be possible to run side by side apps and switch between apps. This makes the user experience much better for many reasons. Watch a video on YouTube while at the same time, texting your friend. Or, read an online recipe while also scoping out your favorite social media sites.
Save Battery and RAM
In the majority of instances, unnecessary resources are used for background services. You can stop running these services by heading over to developer settings. Simply, restart the stopped app or your smartphone to restart background services.
Silent Alert Display
With this new feature, you will be able to mute notifications you receive from various apps. To set this feature, touch and hold an app’s notification and then select “Show notifications silently”. Go into setting to change and filter apps as you desire.
The setting menu with Android 7.0 Nougat has been also improved. The left margin is where the main menu is now hidden allowing you to access it quickly.
These features are just a few of the great improvement and new features await you with Android 7.0 Nougat. Enjoy!
With 2 phones, closely identical being announced for release, one of the first questions you ask: how are they different and which one is right for me? Sometimes a phones difference is easily noticeable, as with Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. However, this year’s release of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus have differences not so noticeable. After looking at these differences, deciding between the two will be much easier.
Of course, one of the things which are noticeable is a size difference between the two; with Galaxy S8 Plus is the larger of them at 6.2-inch display. S8 has an identical QHD+ resolution as S7 5.8-inch display. This leaves the pixel density to consider.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus has the larger screen area with 2,960 x 1,440-pixel resolution. This means the S8 Plus has a pixel density of 529 ppi, whereas S8 has 570 ppi. However, with such a small difference, only a naked eye would notice. Both the S8 Plus and S8 have an incredibly beautiful and crisp resolution and density.
What this means, when making the decision of the S8 Plus or S8, comes down to screen size preference and how big your hand can hold. Although, the fingerprint scanner may not be ideal for most where they would instead have to rely on face unlocking.
Weight & Battery
Neither Galaxy S8 have batteries that are especially huge. Even when considering the QHD+ resolution. While Galaxy S8 has 3,000 mAh battery for power, the S8 Plus has one slightly larger at 3,5000 mAh battery. Keep in mind, Galaxy S7 battery size is the same as the S8 and S7 Edge battery was somewhat bigger than the S8 Plus. This makes battery size not a big factor when considering your purchase.
The weight of the S8 Plus is a little more than the S8 due to the slight battery size difference. The Galaxy S8 weighs only 155 grams compared to S8 Plus at 173 grams. Not much, but if you are sensitive to carrying a heavier phone, you might want to opt away from the S8 Plus.
The biggest consideration you will make is the price difference. This is where most make the deciding factor. In the United States, the S8 goes for $750, whereas S8 Plus is $850. Both are quite pricey. Many people will see discounts from their carriers or programs for upgrading, but there is no mistake that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are expensive.
When deciding between the 2, you will consider the $100 difference.
Specs between the two are basically identical not including the three considerations just mentioned. No larger storage, or better camera, or screen difference. So, what one feels better for size and weight when holding and how much are you willing to spend is the most essential things to consider.
Smartphone’s operating on at least Android 6.0 Marshmallow have Google Assistant available to them. Utilizing Google Assistant can be helpful to you in your daily life. We’ve compiled some of the most helpful tips and tricks to optimize your use.
1. Read & Send Your Messages
Google Assistant is great at easily sending your messages. It also works to easily read your messages as well. Just ask Google Assistant something similar as “read my text messages from today”. Also, reply to one of your messages with the same conversation. What’s more, extend this feature to other messaging services, email service, and Whatsapp.
2. Unlock Your Android Device
Using Smart Unlock, you can unlock your Android by using simple voice commands. Just saying “OK Google” can now bring your phone to life. Go to Settings > Security > Smart Lock option. Next, you want to set up for Google to recognize your voice begin by toggling on Trusted Voice.
3. Take Control of Phone Settings
Google Assistant helps to control your Androids settings. While controlling setting for such things as Hotspot, Bluetooth, etc., has become easier with the introduction of Android Nougat; you can receive help from Google Assistant as well.
Toggling all setting is capable with Google Assistant. For example, you might say, “turn on flashlight” to assist you while in the darkens.
4. Control Your Music
Google Assistant can not only find music it also plays music. This is awesome for ones who listen to music often during their day. At this time, however, there are only a small number of apps which can take advantage of this. Default apps include YouTube and Google Play Music.
Other apps include Spotify and Pandora and more are being added.
5. Photos Grabbing
Have Google Assistant easily grab photos for you, even ones saved from years ago. Other Google apps are integrated which helps make this feature work wonderfully. It can even grab pictures from a specific place or of specific people. However, be sure to label people in your Google Photos app.
An example you can say, “show pictures from 2015” or “show picture of mom”.
5. Get Latest News
You can get the latest news from around you and across the globe with Google Assistant. Get the latest weather also. You might want to ask “do I need an umbrella today?”. Or, ask for weather anywhere in the world. There are no limits.
6. Play Games
You can play some fun, time passing games with Google Assistant. One of these games, where people never bored from, is Emoji Movies.
You’re able to do so much with Google Assistant such as asking for jokes, or its likes and dislikes. Note, unlike most other assistances, this one is available when you have no internet access.
Your smartphone’s internal memory can be extended with a MicroSD card. This helps create more space for you to store photos music, video, and other important files. However, if your MicroSD card stops functioning suddenly, what would happen? Or, if a file is deleted on accident?
Your files should be backed up regularly. By doing so, repairing your MicroSD card might not be necessary if something unexpectedly should happen. You would already have backed up file copies to replace what is lost.
The following are ways for you to save your data from a broken MicroSD card on Android devices:
- Repair your card and backup your data by using Microsoft Windows.
- Turn off the phone.
- Remove your MicroSD card.
- Plug into Microsoft Windows PC.
If the card is recognized by your PC, you want to right-click and select Properties. Next, make your way to the Tools tab and in the Error Check area, select Check Now.
The MicroSD card should be repaired once the initial check is complete. If successful, you will again have access to your data.
However, if your card is not recognized by Windows, open System Manager and selects Disk Management from the left list. From the right-hand view, if you see your card, right-click and change both the path and drive letter. When the new window appears, select Add and choose a drive letter for your card. Once done, your card should be visible within Windows Explorer. This should repair your card as already described above.
If Microsoft Windows didn’t fix your problem, DiskDigger might help. During their test period, you can utilize the program for free or $14.99 for a single user license for your PC.
After downloading and installing DiskDigger, open the program and choose your card. Now select the Next tab 3 times for DiskDigger to begin scanning your card. Keep in mind, this process can take a while. Once finished, retrieved files will be shown. Choose the files you wish to save and select Recover selected files.
For MicroSD card repair directly from a rooted smartphone, there is a DiskDigger version available for Android at the Google Play Store. With the DiskDigger free version, you can restore videos (3GP and MP4) and images (PNG and JPG). If you wish to repair other files as well, their Pro version can help you.
Mac OS X
If you are a Mac user, Data Recovery Wizard can help restore your data to the MicroSD card. This is available for free from Data Recovery Wizard website.
Once you are finished downloading and installing the program, insert your card and begin the program on your Mac. Follow on-screen instructions. Choose the card and data types you wish to restore and when finished scanning, you will see what can still be retrieved. Finally, choose where you want the file saved.
Before thinking you lost all your stored data, try the above programs or contact IQ Android Services to help salvage them.
Right now, the Android high-end 5.5 inch available are Google Pixel XL and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. At first glance, these phones appear to compare. Both have 12 MP cameras, Quad HD panels, and high-end processors. Price for them is also close to comparison. However, when looking at performance, software, and design, they differ. When compared to Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, we are here to tell you the Google Pixel XL pros and cons.
Similar build materials are featured with both smartphones, but the look and feel of them are quite different. The Google Pixel XL has a construction which is full metal unibody, without considering the glass window located on the back. With this great look, Pixel has the look of an iPhone.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is best in design with its sweeping curves and streamlined chassis. The aesthetics are greater with Samsung when compared to any smartphone available today.
In addition to the beauty, Samsung is water resistant, which means it will remain safe if accidently dropped in a puddle, pool, or sink. Unfortunately, in similar water accidents, the Pixel would have a fatal end.
Technology for display with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge surpasses Google Pixel XL, particularly with AMOLED. Both smartphones have Quad HD resolutions with 5.5-inch displays and 1440 x 2560 pixels’ resolution that has a look which is both vibrant and sharp with great color, contrast, and brightness. Also, the displays on both have no issues for viewing outdoors.
The main difference when considering display is Samsung’s curved display and Googles flat screen. With AMOLED screen, Samsung comes out on top with the Always On display. This feature can display notifications, a calendar, and a clock. Although Google does not have this feature, you will receive ambient notifications.
The Samsung and Pixel both come with fingerprint scanners which are placed in different locations. Samsung is located on the front of case embedded into the home button, while the Pixel has it located on the back of the case. Depending on preferences, there are pros and cons for both placements. The fingerprint scanners for both smartphones are quick and accurate.
Batteries for both are similar with 3450 mAh and 3600 mAh, giving them the ability to last all day. Also, Galaxy allows for wireless charging while Pixel does not have this option.
Expandable storage with Samsung allows for up to an additional 256 GB via microSD while Google users must rely on the cloud or opt for a premium to get a storage option of 128 GB.
Both smartphones have 4 GB RAM. Samsung has Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor while Pixel has Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. Pixel outdoes Samsung as well as any other Android smartphones in performance.
It is our opinion that Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has the lead due to these along with other features compared.
Browse at Lightening Speed
Today, the internet is available to us at all times after a few clicks of our fingertips. However, browsing is not always as fast as we would like it. So, with the utilization of these following useful tips, you can speed up your browsing on many of the popular Android browsers.
Chosen first by most users, Chrome is the default browser installed on the majority of Android smartphones. A fast browser distinctively, you have the ability to browse quicker and smoother with a little customization.
Decrease Data Usage
By decreasing data usage, not only do you save on your data usage, browsing Chrome will become faster. Go to Chrome settings > Data Saver > toggle to On. With this setting, you will also notice a difference in Chrome’s efficiency.
Sync Bookmarks and Tabs
Syncing bookmarks and tabs with your other devices are useful to speed up browsing. Go to Chrome settings and choose your account. Next, turn on this feature by tapping on Sync. Finally, choose which items and apps to sync.
Favorites Saved to Homescreen
Quickly get to your favorite web pages by simply adding them to the homescreen on your Android device. Go to the website which you want to be saved then open the options menu. Next, press Add to Homescreen and edit the description. Finally, press Add to save this page to your homescreen.
Manage Tabs from Browser
To manage your Chrome tabs from only within the browser, go to Settings > Merge tabs and apps > toggle On. Now your tabs will no long over cross over in the recent apps list.
The next best browser for Android is Firefox. Utilize the following tips on your Android device to make Firefox browsing faster.
Customize your homescreen by going to Firefox settings > General > Home. Here you have the ability to change different aspects on the homescreen, such as hiding a particular item you no longer wish to show.
Browse faster with Firefox by syncing much of your content such as bookmarks, tabs, and passwords with your other devices. Go to Firefox Settings > Sync to turn on.
Manage Downloaded Files
Downloaded files seem to disappear again easily on your Android device after you find them. Unfortunately, File Manager is not available on your Android device, but with the help from Firefox’s download manager, you can find your files quickly. To manage your downloads with Firefox, begin by opening the browser. Next, press menu followed by tools. Finally, go into your downloads to manage.
By following these useful tips, you can browse faster making your experience on the web much more desirable.
Smartphones have become more intelligent than ever. They are full of incredible features, some hidden, which allow you to simplify your daily life.
Contact Information Placed on Lock Screen
Unfortunately, there is always a danger of your smartphone becoming misplaced or lost. If this happens, how will the person who finds it know who the phone belongs to? Simple, place your contact information on the lock screen by editing the wallpaper for Windows Phone, Health on Apple OS, and setting for Android.
Use Your Voice to Turn Off Wi-Fi
With your voice, you can now turn off Wi-Fi thanks to Cortana, Google Now, and Siri. Simply say “turn off Wi-Fi” after opening the app of your choice.
Digital Documents Quickly
Now, with the use of Google Drive, Evernote, and Cam Scanner, as well as many other apps, you can quickly and safely send all your files to the cloud without the need of a scanner.
Use Your Phone to Control Your Computer
There is remote control functionality built into many apps, such as YouTube and Spotify. Check out Alfred and Unified Remote to gain overall control of your desktop of laptop computer.
Set Alarm to Increase Sound While in Use on Android
Do you prefer getting woke up slowly? With Android, you can have the sound gradually increase on your alarm. Go to Android Clock > Menu and enable Gradually Increase Volume.
Access Safe Mode on Android
Just as Windows has a hidden safe mode, so does Android. This is where apps from a third-party are disabled. This comes in handy when troubleshooting. Go to the Power Off menu by using the power button and long press.
Android System UI Tuner Unlocked
To mess around with the Quick Settings pane, a hidden System UI tuner has been included with Android Marshmallow. To enable: go to the top of Quick Settings and locate the cog. Now, press and hold, and then find it in the app’s settings.
Screencasts Recording on Your Smartphone
You can easily record screencasts on your Android smartphone with the use of the YouTube Gaming app.
Setting Search for Android
Your Android smartphone has a search option to help you locate settings for your phone. In the Settings app, look for a search on the top to find the setting you are looking for.
Charge Phone While on Airplane Mode
Nobody likes waiting for their smartphone to charge. Quicken up the process by charging while having the Airplane mode enables. This uses much less battery power, therefore, it will charge faster.
These tips and tricks offer just a handful of all the amazing things your smartphone is able to do.