Archive for the ‘Android News’ Category

Apr 30

Surely you heard of Xiaomi. If not, you should know it’s one of the best known Chinese manufacturers of devices, including smartphones and software. Their Android interface known as MIUI, was translated and adapted for many phones and there are entire communities working solely for that purpose. MIUI is fast, looks great and offers extensive personalization options. For not use a ROM that is not available on all phone models, the community decided to talk more about MIUI. Let’s see what it gives.

For MIUI interface was chosen a solution similar to that provided by iOS. That means we have all homescreen icons arranged on different sites, without being able to access a separate menu for launching applications. Each icon has a background, which further strengthens the feeling of Apple experience. The similarities stop here because we can add widgets and homescreen and we can define the number of sites. Launcher comes with a number of widgets you can use very attractive but very easy on the personal. Very interesting is the lockscreen also integrated, providing quick access to four functions such as camera or SMS. We can define transition effects, background, sound effects and vibration.

The real piece of resistance of MIUI, which we will find either in the menu or by clicking the icon located on the homescreen dedicated, are themes. Community has worked avidly in recent years to make available an impressive amount of customization options. Themes are available for both the lockscreen and homescreen or we can choose solutions that change the whole look. We can still download backgrounds or icons through this service. It should be noted that we’re working with servers in China so that the interface has a slower download, but it worth.

MIUI is a good solution. The application which I propose, MI-Home is not exempt from problems specific to a BETA version, but the behavior differs from a phone model to another. You will make a very good idea of what Xiaomi offers and who knows, you might want to try a ROM.

Apr 29

SwipePad is an ingenious solution to have available a series of defined shortcuts to applications, contacts and more. The true innovation is the availability of these shortcuts from any application with a simple gesture on the screen in a predefined area.

SwipePad is very easy to configure. The menu settings define application behavior, vibration, sound and light. On the following tab, define the most important action, the application or operating areas. They can be located anywhere and they differ from launching applications through shortcuts on recent contacts menu or recently accessed applications. We will first talk about the free app, which subsequently define an area, provides access to a number of twelve shortcuts. These can be shortcuts or applications. To access them, all you need to do is press the predefined area and the menu appears to the application you want to access. To redefine a box, turn ring to it and keep it there until it becomes yellow. Also you can be happy to hear that SwipePad offers addons, all paid. These, four at number, are drastically expanding functionality:

– MoreSpace – offers a greater number of houses, over the twelve as standard;
– Dynamic Pads – for access the contacts and recent applications;
– WidgetPad – all favorite widgets available from any application;
– AppLauncher – assign a box and you can launch any application while running other application.

Apr 28

We can attach a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to our smartphones. But not every device is compatible. We use the MHL or HDMI cable to connect to large screen (PC). And this function is only available on new-generation terminals. Or we can use AirDroid and access without limits or other instruments, the full functionality of the Smartphone.

To use AirDroid must be connected to the same wireless network and the connected PC. This is the only rule. Then we have full control over the phone. Once downloaded from the store, run the application on your Smartphone. After you press Start, on the screen is displayed an address and a password. Enter into any browser on PC and we authenticate using that password. That’s all, we are greeted with a nice interface and available options. We have real time information about the device, such as battery level and GSM or wi-fi, space, etc. It even appears unread or missed calls and can respond to SMS using AirDroid and keyboard interface. We have call log and we can also modify, delete or insert new contacts. In the media, you can play all your music collection, download and edit photos and change various ringtones, notifications and alarms. Management of files is complete, we have unlimited data transfers!

The control is provided on applications, there is the possibility to uninstall, install or export APK files. It provides a link to Play Store.

AirDroid is still beta, but I had no problems while I was running it. However being patient is recommended, especially when copying large amounts of data. You must keep in mind that it’s done with a wireless connection. I don’t know if it applies only for the test, but the application is offered free of charge and you don’t need an account to use it. AirDroid is an incredibly useful application! Enjoy it.

Apr 23

We all know how important it is to manage our financial resources properly. And as personal Android device is almost always present in the pocket all day, ideally would be to put it to work. We have available an amount of money on store management applications, but most are either too expensive or have a difficult interface.

I found Money Tab in one of my sessions to store searches and it took me about 10 seconds to decide to push the button “Buy”. I knew from the start that we are dealing with a special application. Money Tab amazed me the first time. The interface is designed bright, large buttons, menus easily accessible and a guide welcomes you first start, although it is hard to believe that you can confuse the menus. Begin using the type of success, and then choosing the main categories of expenditure. Each category includes an icon and a simple description and, if necessary, we can easily create their own categories. In the main we have three that we define shortcuts to quickly mark the cost of expenses that repeat frequently. Adding a transaction is very easy, just define the amount displayed by pressing the number buttons, then select the date and we can add an informative note. Then we can create templates for recurring income or monthly bills.

With the “History” menu we see a smooth transaction and in “Statistics” is shown a graph of income and expenses. Get to where we can set preferences menu categories, recurring transactions, currency symbol (not available at the USD but you can choose to not use any), with what day begins the week, etc. The application allows export in CSV (Excel) of all transactions to be viewed on PC.

Money Tab was recently placed on the Store and for this reason is given at much lower price than that which would normally be sold. I recommend to not hesitate!

Apr 21

With the release of Android 4.0, iOS users can no longer boast of supremacy in the appearance and functionality. Many developers have started to adopt the style of Ice Cream Sandwich and transform applications into true splendor. Applications that I will present here you won’t be found in store. At least not yet.

Holo Pad
is an application for quick notes. It was designed to be noticed because of its simplicity. You will not find hidden menus, in fact you will not find menus, just the setting that provides updates and a link to the XDA Developers dedicated topic. Since Holo Pad Store is not available, you can update using the dedicated only. Otherwise, you have the button to add a note after you complete the fields you can press back to see the note automatically saved.

Holo Music is an application to acoustic play, with a very attractive interface and options that I would like to see on more such alternatives. Working with the music player is a pleasure, everything is arranged using a system of tabs that you access with ease. The application uses integrated musical effects in Android 4.0 to give a 3D equalizer options and Bass Boost effects. The main screen displays album art in large format and provides quick shortcuts playback modes. Very interesting is the option to share the name of any song you listen through social networking. Settings reveals the power of these applications. We can customize gestures to change tracks and when your screen is turned down, music is automatically stopped. We provide a menu of topics, but they have not been finalized yet. Then we customize the interface and animations, or set the album cover as wallpaper on the main screen.