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Android apps at Lifehacker
[February 21, 2016 – 04:01 am]
Android apps at Lifehacker

Android: If you’re a Google Wallet user (possible, if you’ve ever paid for something with Google Play), your app experience is about to get a little weirder. Google has released a second Google Wallet app to the Play Store. Though it probably won’t stay this way for long. Google Wallet’s new app—which is distinguished by a slightly different icon and the word “New” in the title—will likely replace the old Google Wallet app eventually. Instead of handling mobile payments like the old Google Wallet app did (and still does), this new version will only handle things like your Google…

Lifehacker best Android apps 2015
[February 18, 2016 – 04:30 pm]
Lifehacker best Android apps 2015

Every week, we ask interesting people how they work. This week we re answering our own questions about how people get it done. After all, don t ask a question you wouldn t feel comfortable answering yourself. Now it s my turn. Location: Lawrence, KS (Rock Chalk) Current Gig: Owner/Technician at DoctorDave Computer Repair, Weekend Writer at Lifehacker One word that best describes how you work: Always Current mobile device: iPhone 5s protected in an obnoxiously large case. People say It s so big Current computer: At my desk: Macbook Pro 13 , Mid 2012, Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo…

Lifehacker Top 10 Android apps
[February 15, 2016 – 02:40 am]
Lifehacker Top 10 Android apps

Batteries don’t last forever. All too soon, you’ll notice your laptop and/or smartphone don’t last as long as they used to. To maximize that (sometimes non-user-replaceable) battery’s lifespan and also get more juice out of it during the day, follow these top ten tips. 10. Use Your Laptop Manufacturer’s Battery Care Tools Laptop makers such as Lenovo and Sony sometimes offer battery maintenance tools that automatically prevent the battery from being stored at full charge, which can make the battery deteriorate faster. Look for a battery or power management utility on your laptop…

Lifehacker Android notes apps
[February 12, 2016 – 02:42 pm]
Lifehacker Android notes apps

There are tons of note apps with wildly different approaches to organizing your thoughts. For that perfect balance between quick notes and serious organization, Google Keep is our favorite. You can scribble something down easily, or go all-out with filtering, labels, color-coding, and more. Platform: Android Price: Free Download Page Features Stores text and list notes Attach a photo or voice recording to notes Label notes for easy filtering Color-code notes Search notes by text, type, color, label, or attachment Set time or location reminders on specific notes Share notes and…

Lifehacker Android app Lock
[February 12, 2016 – 12:55 am]
Lifehacker Android app Lock

Android: Android has plenty of ways to make your lock screen more functional and secure, but once that s bypassed, there s no built-in ability to lock individual apps. App Lock (Smart App Protector) is the best app I ve seen to fill this void. It packs an impressive list of features. You can lock apps by password (character or number), pattern or gesture, and use that to lock your whole phone too. There s also an option to set up multiple passwords and assign them to apps, so you can have different passwords for different apps. It s pretty easy to set up. One of the cool features…

Apps for Rooted Android Lifehacker
[February 8, 2016 – 08:28 am]
Apps for Rooted Android Lifehacker

Android is one of the most open, versatile, and customizable mobile operating systems out there. You may think you don t need to root your phone, but you d be surprised at how much more you can accomplish with a little work. Here are 10 reasons rooting your phone is worth the hassle. 10. Unlock Hidden Features and Install Incompatible Apps Sometimes, even Android isn t open enough to give you some of the features you want. Either an app is blocked by carriers, hacks into Android s system files, or otherwise isn t available. Luckily, rooting can help with that: you can install…

Lifehacker Android music app
[February 5, 2016 – 09:02 pm]
Lifehacker Android music app

Android has no shortage of great music apps, but if you re looking for something that ll play nearly any local file, has a powerful equalizer, a handy tag editor, and tons of customization options, look no further than PowerAMP. Platform: Android Price: $5.18 Features Plays tons of different music files, including mp3, mp4/m4a, alac, ogg, wma, flac, wav, ape, wv, and tta; also supports .cue files. 10 band equalizer with presets and separate bass and treble adjusters Crossfade and gapless playback support Browse and play songs either from specified folders on your device or the…

Lifehacker useful Android apps
[January 24, 2016 – 10:42 pm]
Lifehacker useful Android apps

Way back in 2013, Google quietly added the “Google Settings” app to Android (not to be confused with Android’s normal “Settings” app). At first it didn’t have much, but over the years, it’s added a ton of useful features, especially for the privacy-conscious. If you haven’t checked it in awhile, it’s worth a second look. Disable a Ton of Activity Tracking in Account History Under Account History, the first section in the app, you’ll find options to disable a whole host of Google tracking. Some of the sections only allow you to disable tracking, but others will actually allow…

Lifehacker Android apps Essential
[January 21, 2016 – 12:39 am]
Lifehacker Android apps Essential

Your phone is probably the most personal device you own. You carry it with you at all times, and it can access a large chunk of your most sensitive data. Here s how to keep it secure using just the basic tools provided by Google. The following features and services are available to nearly every Android device without third-party software or services. As we mentioned in our Lifehacker Pack, Lookout is a great security suite on top of what s already built in, but even if you don t want to install extra software, the following are the most basic security measures everyone can (and…

Lifehacker Top Android apps 2013
[January 20, 2016 – 10:55 am]
Lifehacker Top Android apps 2013

We share an awful lot of tips every day at Lifehacker, so it s easy to miss a few. Luckily, we regularly round up our favorite tips in every category in our weekly Top 10 series. Here were the most popular top 10 lists in 2013. This year we hacked electronics, learned some MacGyver tricks, geeked out with our computers, printed a lot of infographics, and more. Rule #1 of DIY: Never settle for what you re given. You can upgrade and improve just about anything with a little knowledge and elbow grease, especially if you know a little about electronics. Here are 10 things in your…

Lifehacker best Twitter apps for Android
[January 18, 2016 – 09:04 am]
Lifehacker best Twitter apps for Android

Android (4.0+): Not to be confused with the backup utility with the same name, this Carbon is a brand new Twitter client that sports a simple UI, and expands photos and media for easy viewing. The app is available for Android now, and brings tons of one-handed gestures with it to make reading, replying to, and posting tweets easy. Carbon is free, and WebOS users may remember it—it s been plagued by development delays, but it s here now. The app supports multiple Twitter accounts, and it doesn t clutter your stream with too much information. Photos and video screencaps are automatically…

Lifehacker best note app Android
[January 15, 2016 – 11:20 pm]
Lifehacker best note app Android

Dear Lifehacker, There are tons and tons of apps for syncing notes and I m not sure what to choose. Some are simple, some are feature rich. Some sync well across all platforms, some don t. How do I figure out what s best for my needs, and what works best overall? Sincerely, Writer s (App) Block Dear WAB, Every platform has various options for syncing notes (we ve picked our favorites for each before), but our needs may not mirror yours. Basically, there is no best way for everybody. We like syncing plain text with simple apps that do their one task well. Others, however, favor…

Lifehacker best productivity apps for Android
[January 13, 2016 – 07:20 am]
Lifehacker best productivity apps for Android

For years, I kept hearing how awesome Evernote was: how it could store everything you possibly needed, make it available everywhere, and how scores of people couldn’t live without it. I tried it multiple times, and never saw the appeal until now. Here’s what I was missing. [jump] Any time we talk about Evernote, a good number of you say the same thing: you’ve tried it time and time again, but you could never really “get into it.” I was in the same camp, but after reading the other side’s experiences in this article and its comments, I decided to give it another shot. If you’re…

Lifehacker Apple to Android
[January 11, 2016 – 04:36 am]
Lifehacker Apple to Android

IOS/Android/WP8: Previously mentioned personal assistant Indigo organizes your appointments, sets reminders and alerts, supports voice commands, and more, and keeps everything in sync across all of your devices, including Android and Windows Phone, and now, thanks to a new release, iOS. When we discussed Indigo before, we noted how well it synced with Google Calendar (or your device s local calendar, if you prefer), how easy it is to set up appointments and reminders and then get them when you select, update Twitter or Facebook by voice, show you business listings in Yelp or…

Best Android app Lifehacker
[December 27, 2015 – 02:26 pm]
Best Android app Lifehacker

Despite its unassuming name and interface, Business Calendar is—by a good margin—our favorite calendar app on Android, due to its flexibility and ease of use. Platform: Android Price: Free ($4.99 Pro) Features Smooth scrolling calendar Zoom into multi-day (1-14 days) views with a tap and drag Choose between a graphical view (with colored boxes) or a text view (with the names of your actual events) Month, agenda, day, and event views Quickly fade certain calendars in and out with one tap shortcuts along the bottom Search through events Customizable widgets for month, week, day…