Android N and What You Should Know

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Know More About Android N

Android has been here several years now, but Google still finds ways to improve and enhance the OS. Some ways they are finding could have a substantial impact on how we use our tablet or phone. Later this summer we are expecting the full release of Android N, there are some important things you should know.

Graphics and Performance Boost

Due to many changes with Android N, you will notice a considerable boost with both everyday performance and gaming graphics. With the application program interface (API) of Vulkan 3D, game developers will now have the ability to take control of the GPU. Mobile game graphics now have a chance to become more amazing. According to Google, runtime speed is greatly improved as well.

Security Improvements

Your device with Android N will be improved significantly with security. This comes because of strengthened media framework and file-based encryption. You will notice security updates are now seamless.

There will be 2 system images in new devices which are built for the OS Android N, and latest updates will now be automatically downloaded and placed on the image which runs in the background. When the update is ready, your tablet or phone will then switch to the updated image and carry on. You are now protected against any new threats.

Split-Screens

It is time for split-screen capabilities to come to Android, with this already available on Samsung phones. You are able to use this with both phones and tablets and in both landscape and portrait orientation. The example in which Google showed was watching a recipe video on YouTube on one side, while the other had a shopping list where they were able to add items.

With Android N, picture-in-picture mode is coming to Android TV.

Recent Apps

Google has done research and learned most people have a tendency of returning to the last few apps they used recently. So, one of the changes you will notice with Android N is on your recent apps screen. Any apps in which you have not accessed for a while will be cleared automatically, making it simpler to locate games and other apps that you spend more time on.

Another enhancement coming with Android N is a long sought after button “clear all” for apps, which would be located in the top-right area of your screen. In addition, make multitasking faster and simpler than before by having the ability to switch to the last app used by double-tapping anywhere for the Recents button.

This is just a handful of the great features coming with Android N. Once the full release is available, you will truly see why Android is the best!

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Google Play Store Problems – 4 Easy Fixes

Fix Google Play Store Problems

When owning an android phone, it is likely many of your apps come from Google Play Store. But what can you do when it stops working? The majority of Android users have come upon issues with Google Play Store.  You might experience some of the error codes and messages. If an error code is encountered, many times the routine is the same, but different methods are needed at other times. When you encounter Google Play Store problems,  try these four methods one at a time until one works for you.

Stop App, Clear Data, and Cache

Processes running in the background is what Google Play Store relies on. When wiping Google Play Store, it is recommended to also wipe Google Framework Services and Google Services. After Wiping, restart the device and reattempt install or update. Some of these errors are able to be resolved by stopping the app and clearing its data or cache.

This is a fix that resolves the majority of issues.

Go to Settings > Apps > All. Next, you want to choose Google Play Services > Force Stop to stop the app. Now, choose Clear Cache or Clear Data, which the cache will also be cleared but requires re-logging into that service.

Change from Data Over to WiFi

Many apps will not install without a good internet connection, which often times those using mobile data have issues. Try to resolve the issue by switching over to WiFi from mobile data.

Google Play Store App Uninstall and Reinstall

If an Android user has root access, they have the ability to uninstall and reinstall Google Play Store. You are able to download an up-to-date copy of Google Play Store, a file manager is required to be used, such as Root Explorer.

Google Account Refreshed

It is a simple process to refresh, remove, and re-add a Google account. Keep in mind when doing so, all personal data, including messages, will be removed, and automatic syncing will be turned off.

Go to Settings, now choose Accounts. 

Choose which account that you are having issues with. If having problems with all accounts, you will need to remove them all. Select the menu option represented by three dots, which are at top-right of the screen. Next, select Remove Account. 

From the Accounts menu, you are able to re-add accounts. Prior to re-adding any of your accounts, it is recommended to restart your device, but not required.

The majority of error codes you come across require fixes already stated, with a few exceptions. Some errors mean your phone storage is full or too many application installed, unwanted apps would need to be uninstalled to continue.

Google Play Store Issues Resolved

It is no longer difficult to resolve Play Store problems. If these four fixes fail to work, you can look up a particular code for a resolution for almost any problem.

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Micro SD Card for Android Device RAM Boost

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Quickly add more storage to your Android

Get More Storage Using a MicroSD Card

Android devices come with limited storage internally. The RAM is the memory that what affects how fast it runs. High-end android phones and tablets most likely have 2GB RAM or more. However, if your device is a cheaper model you may have 1GB or less of RAM. Many people believe RAM can’t be increased in your Android device like it can be in a PC, can it?  Let’s learn more about how to use a micro sd card to increase capabilities or your device.

Reasons for More RAM

If you have more storage, there is more room for video clips, photos, or MP3s, but additional RAM assists the processor to work faster, thereby helping with creation and playback of these files.

There are many times that internet is blamed for playback problems, when more RAM would of fixed the issue.

Rooted Device RAM Swap

With Android devices that are rooted, it is easy to increase RAM with ROEHSOFT RAM Expander (SWAP). This program is compatible with rooted tablets and phones.

With use of MemoryInfo & Swapfile Check, available at the google store, you can check to see if your device compatible with ROEHSOFT RAMEXPANDER.

Select Start RAMEXPANDER Test Here and choose the SD card you are checking, now Click for result. After seeing congratulations you are able to proceed to install the app.

RAM Expander Installer

With message displayed and root permissions applied, it is time for you to select your language.

Next, you will see a slider on a screen which is able to be adjusted to the amount of RAM you want on dedicated to the SWAP partition.

Tap optimal value if you are not sure what amount and the app decides for you. Check to be sure Autorun is enabled and then hit Swap Activ.

Micro SD to Increase Storage

Micro SD cards work for more than just RAM increase. You can use a Micro SD card to increase the capacity of your storage. This is great is you want to download more music, apps, takes more photos, or record more video clips.

First, insert a Micro SD card into it if there is a memory card slot available on your android device that is running out of space.

However, when purchasing a Micro SD card be sure to buy one that is more resilient. When checking the box be sure to get at least a class 4, which is what is recommended, but best is class 10.

Use this extra storage to install games and apps, move apps and games so you are able to increase the main device storage. If you run Android Lollipop, open Settings > Applications and use the button on apps Move to SD Card if available.

With Micro SD cards able to increase RAM and storage, be sure to always have one on hand!

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2015 Best New Android Apps

Everyday android developers publish a mountain of android apps in the Play Store. Only few are worth keeping for long-term use. Let’s turn our attention to some great apps released 2015. If you did not get a chance anmost of allytime during the year, take the time now to check them out.

AppChat

There are times people just want to connect with other people that are using same devices and apps, but should they be hunted down on social media or forums? No! All you need to do is use AppChat. It’s simple, it makes a chatroom for all apps on your tablet or phone. You log in, chat with users, you even have the option of sharing files. The best part is that its totally free!

Texpand

Keyboards for Androids are much improved in last couple years, but they still are not as fast as computer keyboards. First of all, Texpand saves a lot of tedious typing. Create custom shortcuts that you can use anywhere text is input. Make your own shortcut abbreviations by using the app that fills while text you choose when you type. For example, use Texpand to add your full address and have it inserted by using an abbreviation such as “adr”. It supports date, time, and current contents of clipboard. The first 10 phrases are free, after that you need to pay $2.99 for pro version.

Snapseed

Image editor app, Google’s Snapseed, received a complete v2.0 overhaul in 2015.  This app includes all basic editing tools, such as rotation, cropping, transformations, color levels, along with a great selection of effects and filters. If your phone takes RAW images, Snapseed handles it with enhanced editing. Most of all, Spapseed makes non-destructive edits.  Your original file is not touched and is left for you just in case you decide to go back to it later on. This is a great free app!

Manual Camera

Android 5.0 Lollipop added a new camera API. Apps now finally have full access to sensor data. This means that people that have certain devices can take greater photos than apps that only reprocess the JPEG that gets spit out by the system app. Developers released this app in 2015 to be able to full advantage of the API. Manual camera supports ISO, manual zoom, RAW capture, white balance, and much more. The user interface is fast and easy to use. This app is only $2.99!