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How to add widgets to the home screen on android phones

How to add widgets to the home screen on android phones

Widgets are one of the key features of an android phone and particularly so the customization through a widget can tell what type of personality a person holds just by going through the widget collection he/she may potentially have on their android device. Through this particular tutorial we will look at the ways by which widget can be added to the home screen or desktop of an android phone. There are practically two methods of doing this (I) The desktop widget selection option Initially the first step is to install the widget of your choice through the market of whatever niche you may like or if you cannot find the app in the Market apps of your carrier then download an .APK file from a 3rd party source and run the setup through the root of the internal SD card. Once the application has been installed we can add it to our home screen. To practically add a widget a person may have to first press and hold its android capacitive touchscreen while you have your home desktop wallpaper open while this will enable the showcasing menu of a four rowed utility panel. This panel will have four to five options but as we are only concerned with the widgets we will tap the widgets icon. The tapped widget icon will open up another panel of options with all the installed widgets icons in it and whichever widget a person may like to add h/she may click on it and the widget would emerge on the phones home screen as a clickable icon. (II) The menu isolation method The menu isolation method is another key component through which a person can potentially add a widget to a home screen; the first step is t open the menu through the on screen menu button in any particular android phone. Scroll down to the widget you would like to  bring it to the home screen Isolate the icon of the widget by selecting it and pressing down the icon for more than three seconds. Once this is done you would automatically be taken to the home screen and if you release the icon it would place it automatically to the desktop home screen of your android. Through this method you can also practically arrange all icons on the home screen as isolation practically gives you the full 360 movement control of the widget...

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A guide to the Android market

A guide to the Android market

Android phones also known as self-intelligent devices which come predetermined with a Google based application known as Market. Market is a platform through which a person can download free as well as priced applications that may be installed on the android phone so that the phone gives more capability and enhances the functionality for its users. To run the Market a user must initially sync his/her android phone to a Gmail account through which the market would recognize the device that is practically running the android operating system. Once this is successfully done all a person needs to do is tap the market icon in his menu and Walla! You’re up and running with the android market feature. The android market with the most recent update showcases as a four page application with the first being a promotional page offering he most hyped up application that is market campaigning with the Google industry. This most probably is a targeted niche application which would be a seasonal app like for instance if the season is near Christmas then the app promoted could be Santa Clause games or stuff related to Christmas and other events in tandem with it. People usually skip this page as it has a seasonal offer to give so in the long run that application is pretty much useless but if you are a person who has a changing personality this page is practically just the right page for you then. The next page offers applications that are priced i.e. these are those applications that need to be paid for in order to use them. They can be of any genre for example games, browsers, antiviruses and many other niched apps. Preceding this page is the free applications page and if you use this feature than every application showcased here will have all the apps that can be downloaded at will by any android user all you need to have is a synced Gmail account. The last page offers a favorite’s page which has all the applications that matches your interests and is based on the choices you have made in the android market previously. If you are probably using the Android market for the first time this page would practically be empty or would only highlight those applications that straight up necessary for any standard issue android phone. The Market also lets you install and update applications as if you hit the any application in the android market then it takes you to another app page where there are two more options, one being the ‘install’ one and the other being ‘cancel’. Obviously we would want to hit the install button...

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How to install applications on android phones

How to install applications on android phones

Applications are the main aspects of the Android phones ever since they were invented while; practically as android phones are high end user phones they potentially require many open source programs to run efficiently and as such in this particular review we will look at some of the ways and methods through which a person may be able to install apps in his/her Android phone. Technically speaking there are two methods of installing an application in an Android phone. Installing applications through android market on android Phones The first initial method is the easy straight forward method using Android Market 1)      You will need to sync a Gmail account with your particular Android phone, by doing so you will enable the market installation feature that is predefined in the phone itself. The first thing your phone will do if you sync up a Gmail account is that it will determine your device and then showcase only those applications in the market that are perfectly compatible with the architecture of the phone. The Android market is a very user friendly application and gives download guide that helps pick a user which ever applications h/she may like to use in their phones and offer both free as well as premier paid software. 2)      You need to make sure you are connected to internet (either through WiFi, 3g or GPRS). After being connected to internet simply open android market from your phone and select the application you want to download. 3)      Once you have practically made the purchase or selected free app to install, just hit the blue/green install button just adjacent to the application heading and it will automatically install into the internal SD card if available. Installing applications through APK files Another method to install apps in android phones is by checking the option of installing 3rd party driver from the menu and installing through a manual .apk file. A (dot).apk file is the setup file for any applications for an Android phone. Follow these simple steps 1)      First you need to download desired app in your computer, the app will be in the form of .apk file . 2)      Download ‘file manager’ from android market in your phone,  for this simply go to android market search “File manager “and download it. There are other alternatives of file manager available like apps installer but we recommend file manager 3)      Connect your phone to the computer through the data cable and make sure the memory card in inserted in the phone. The phone will ask you to put it on mass storage or debugging mode, select mass storage. 4)      Copy the .apk file in the memory...

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How to make customized lock screen on Android

How to make customized lock screen on Android

Customizing a lock screen for an android is one of the more technical procedures that are particularly associated with the phone. To sneak peek into the android standard issue lock screen, every android phone usually or generally uses the wallpaper of the phone as the lock screen back ground and while there are two slide bars with one issuing an open lock option, sliding to the right and the other making the phone go silent, sliding to the left. As android phones are practically high end mobile devices with similar capabilities of a computer these phones can on most occasions be customized at will to the demand of their users and like every computer the android phones have very variable functioning display themes and characteristics that enhance the User interface of the phone itself. In this particular review we will closely look upon the ways and methods of as to how a lock screen of an android can be customized into something a user demands at will and how through this lock can other features be connected to the phone’s user interface. To start off we might like to know that there are practically two methods of doing this effectively, the first method is a detailed explanation of as to how can a user change the lock screen: pattern, back ground, finger swipe, everything while the second methods would showcase an innovative method to a much easier process but with increasingly more limitations. (I) The first method The first method would initially require a user to root his/her phone so that h/she may attain super user capabilities for the android operating system. Mind you rooting a phone is not as same as unlocking it, when unlocking a phone a person may change the carrier of the phone but cannot install 3rd party zip files but after rooting a person may change the operating system of the android to any 3rd party zip that h/she would like and customize the user interface at will. After rooting the phone there are firstly three things a person would need: 1st the Super user application that enables a person to allow permission to anyone who wants to flash a ROM through a third party zip file, there are many other methods to do that but in this review we will potentially stick to this one. Next is the root explorer, this particular android application is used to showcase all the root files of the android phone and with this only we would be able to interchange between our current installed lock screen and the one we have to map on our ROM. The third and final aspect of...

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How to backup contacts on android

How to backup contacts on android

Contacts are an important feat for any particular phone and if for one you misplace even a few of them, the notion could land you in the most miserable state possible. Android phones luckily come up with built in features that specifically are created to back up the contact details of any particular user and fundamentally there are two possible methods to do so. The first and the foremost easiest process are by saving all the contact details on the SD memory card in the android phone. By doing such a process a user potentially can save his/her contacts if the phone’s internal memory is corrupted. This can easily be done if you tap the menu button on the android screen and press and hold it when the contacts page open. Once when this is particularly showcasing there would be a couple of options at offer, the first being import contacts and the other one back up contacts or the export contact feature. Hit the backup/export contact button and send the data to SD card which would pop up after you accept to export all your contacts. There! You are done saving all your contacts and favorite details in your readable memory card and can be used in any other android phone.   Another method is to folder sync your android phone to the Gmail account and hence any contact saving activity done would be safely transported to the user’s Gmail account and hence h/she could easily access them whenever they want. Usually whenever an android phone is open or purchased for the first time the phone asks for a Gmail account login through which you can access many other applications of the phone for instance the market, Youtube.com and many other Google supported applications. Vice versa you can hence also back up your data to the Gmail account and therefore a backup of your contacts would be created if you sync the phone with a Gmail account.   The third method lies with downloading special apps for to backing up the internal memory of the Android phones. Sqlite and Myback up are some of the apps available in the market that may potentially and successfully create back up text files for all your contacts and send those to you Gmail account on a regular...

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