How To’s

How To Write Your First Google Android Application

The Android Market is taking off. In March, over 9,000 applications hit the Android market, doubling the amount added the previous month, impressing Android users everywhere. Given the huge amount of new Android phones coming out this year, it doesn’t seem like things are going to level off anytime soon. Recently, Google announced that they are sending free Nexus One or Droid devices to developers with 3.5+ stars and 5,000+ downloads on their applications – making it that much more attractive to become a (good) Android developer. Read more…

How To Write Your First Android App with Eclipse

In this tutorial, you’ll develop a basic app for Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich. You’ll also learn how to modify the XML to add different types of buttons to your app. Finally, we’ll move onto something more complicated: creating a clock widget and altering the location where this widget appears on the home screen. To follow this tutorial, you’ll need to install some software. The great thing about developing for Android is that everything you need can be downloaded for free: Read more…

How to Cut Back Android Data Use

Learn how to reduce the amount of data usage on your Android phone. These tips will help you to stretch your data allowance further and reduce your chances of getting unexpected bills at the end of the month.If you are not on an unlimited data plan with your cell service provider, you could get hit with a huge monthly bill unless you get your data use under control. With some providers not even offering an unlimited plan, you will need to learn how to configure your Android phone to minimize data usage. There are many techniques you can employ and we’ll show you what to do by simply changing some settings on your phone. Read more…

A Simple Guide to Google Android Widgets

There are loads of great widgets for Google Android, but we’ve never offered a quick guide for how to actually add your installed widgets to your home screen. Here’s a step-by-step instructional guide. Read more…

How to Manage Your Contacts and Make Calls with Android

Want to know how to block calls or avoid speaking to people you’re avoiding? Interested in VOIP or backing up your contacts with a PIM app? Or do you simply plan to assign different ringtones to each of your contacts? The answers are all here… Read more…

How to Run Android Apps on Your PC

As the popularity of smartphones and tablets increases, so will our dependence on the myriad apps available for them. Whether the end result is a hot game, a handy price checker, or a useful contact manager, the constraints of smartphone and tablet designs and interfaces have forced app developers to find creative ways to present and access data.Unfortunately, most apps created for smartphones or tablets aren’t available for use on a PC. Some apps let you sync favorites or other personal data with a companion program or a somewhat equivalent application on a PC, but mobile apps and their PC counterparts are rarely the same. Read more…

Protecting Your Privacy on Android

If you’re concerned about people snooping your phone either in person or remotely, there are steps you can take to protect yourself…Retaining control of your privacy is an increasingly challenging task, with the possibility of your location and movements being tracked by apps and mobile phone manufacturers, the chance of unauthorized snoops reading your messages and the likelihood of receiving spam emails, text messages and unsolicited phone calls. Read more…

Customize Your Android Smartphone with Themes, Ringtones and More

Make your new Android smartphone your own by customizing the wallpaper, ringtones, theme, shortcuts and widgets. If you’ve been looking for great ways to personalize your Android phone then look no further. Read more…

Establish A Secure Wi-Fi Connection on Android

Knowing how to connect to a secure Wi-Fi with an Android is an easy and straightforward process. So let’s take a look at what you need to do whether you’re at home or out and about, and what you can do if you run into problems. Connecting to a secure wireless network allows users to save on data usage charges as well as being able to communicate with similar devices wirelessly. The process is simple to start and easy to complete. Let’s take a look at the first steps you should take, depending on which version of Android you are running. Read more…

Rooting Your Android Based T-Mobile G1: Part 1, Downgrading Your Radio

Enabling root access on your phone exploits a security flaw in an early version of your G1’s radio software. In order to enable root access, you must downgrade your radio temporarily to RC29. Read more…

Rooting Your Android Based T-Mobile G1: Part 2, Rooting & New Recovery Image

Now that you have downgraded your radio to RC29, you can exploit a security hole in the system to enable root access. This process is relatively straight forward, but requires careful typing on your G1 keyboard. By following these directions, you will be well on your way to a custom G1 ROM. Read more…

Rooting Your Android Based T-Mobile G1: Part 3, Upgrading the Radio, SPL, and ROM

Now that you have a rooted G1 with a custom recovery image, you can install anything from the latest official T-Mobile ROM to mods from people like Cyanogen, Jesusfreke or Haykuro. Most people install the Cyanogen mod, it contains more custom features than the other two. Read more…

A Simple Guide to DLNA Video Streaming on Android

This guide explains how to use your Android device for DLNA video streaming to certified products such as TV’s, media boxes and game consoles. We suggest the best apps and alternatives and provide step-by-step troubleshooting tips for getting everything to work properly! DLNA — which is short for Digital Living Network Alliance — is a powerful protocol for streaming media between certified devices. Read more…

Bootloaders and the Very Basics of Android Hacking

Android is the most open mobile phone platform out there. This principle is not always carried over to consumers by phone producers. We discuss the basics of Android customization and explain the role of the bootloader in this process. Read more…