Teofilo.net

-->

Category Archives: Android

0

New Android Phone: 7 Ways To Transfer Data

Orestes Papanastassiou November 22, 2017

Upgrading to a new Android phone is a refreshing experience. It brings the joy of using new hardware, getting adjusted to a new user interface, as well as trying out a new set of specs. Though, transferring your data and apps from the old phone to its successor can be quite the ordeal – especially if this is your first time.

Well, rest assured, as we are about to go through the easiest, quickest and most budget-friendly options available that ensure a peaceful transition.

Access to a computer won’t be necessary, though your old smartphone must be able to connect to the internet via WiFi or via data, or have a properly functioning USB import.

We will give you 7 options in this article, and you can jump directly below using these links:

  1. Samsung users should look at Samsung’s SmartSwitch
  2. Huawei phone owners can use Huawei’s Phone Clone
  3. LG users should try LG Mobile Switch
  4. Any Android user can try Google’s cloud backup to move app data and photos
  5. The Copy My Data app can move your information for you
  6. Copy with the Clone It app
  7. Move with SendAnywhere

Google

Let’s kick things off with the most mainstream way of transferring data between two Android devices; Google’s very own backup and restore service. In a nutshell, what the user has to do is backup the old phone’s data via Google Drive, and then, while setting up the new phone, restore it in the same way.

Backup your data on the old phone

For those unfamiliar, Drive is Google’s cloud storage system, where all your data is stored, for when you need to restore it to the new phone. Google offers to each user 15GB of free Drive storage, so do occasionally check how much of the 15 gigs you’ve got left, by heading over to Drive.Google.com.

Fire up your old phone, connect it to the internet either via WiFi or data. After that’s been taken care of, go to Settings > Backup and reset and enable automatic restore. Make sure your Google account is being used as the backup account – see the “Backup account” tab for that.

Tap “Backup my data”. We would advise against using the phone until the backing up process is completed. If you turn on automatic backup, device and app data will be periodically saved remotely.

The above will cover:

  • Google Calendar settings
  • Wi-Fi networks and passwords
  • Home screen wallpapers
  • Gmail settings
  • AppsDisplay settings (brightness and sleep)
  • Date and time
  • Third-party app settings and data (varies by app).

Any phone running Lollipop and above has an equivalent of the Backup and reset option in its Settings app. The menu varies by each manufacturer’s user interface.

To save photos and videos through Google, you will have to use Google Photos.

 

In most cases it is already pre-installed to your phone. If it isn’t, the app can be downloaded from the Play Store for free. The app should automatically connect to your Google account and periodically upload your latest photos and videos to Drive.

A similar procedure is in place when backing up your music. Much like Google Photos, Google Music comes with your phone straight out of the box.

 

Once the user connects the phone to his Google account, the app automatically fetches all the .mp3 files downloaded on the device.

Restore your data to the new phone

While setting up the new phone, you will be asked to sign in to your Google account. If you have multiple, fill in the one used as your backup account.

Select the device whose data you want to restore to the new phone. If you wish to restore all apps and settings, then hit Restore. The particular option is solely available when you are setting up your phone for the first time, or after a factory reset.

Though, to restore specific apps, tap on the arrow next to Restore all. After selecting the apps, hit the Restore button.

Apps

Understandably, though, some people might not feel entirely comfortable with the Google gateway. For these folks, we scanned the Play Store and found three third-party applications that can get the job done equally well.

Copy My Data (Android 2.3.3+)

Copy My Data is the simplest and most straight-forward data transferring app of all that we tested. Download and open the app on both devices (it’s free) and connect them to the same WiFi. From your new phone, tap on the “To or from another device over WiFi” and then wait a few seconds for the app to detect the other handset.

Once it does, click on the device’s name and then hit “Copy data from selected device”. A security PIN will then show up on the old device. Enter the 4-digit PIN on the new device and you’ll be good to go.

The app seamlessly allows you to transfer contacts, calendar info, photos, and videos. It takes a few minutes for the process to be completed – it depends on the size of the data one is transferring.

Pros:

  • No in-app purchases
  • Quick
  • User friendly

Cons:

  • Limited amount of transferring options
  • It doesn’t allow the user to select specific items. Instead, it transfers all the data from each category.

Send Anywhere

Send Anywhere has quickly gained a good reputation for its user-friendliness and reliability. Unlike the previous app, Send Anywhere allows the user to pick specific items from each data category. It also offers a wider range of data types that can be transferred; including audio, apps and document file format (PDF, .doc etc.).

The transferring process is similar to the one used in  Copy My Data; pick the files you want to send from the old phone to the new one, enter the 6-digit code on the new phone and the rest is history.

You can also upload files to Send Anywhere’s website directly from the app itself and download them later on. After uploading the files, the app generates a download-link that will expire after 48 hours.

Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that Send Anywhere also functions as a file management tool, allowing you to delete, move and copy files.

Pros:

  • Free
  • A lot of options to transfer or manage your files
  • WiFi Direct is available

Cons:

  • SMS, MMS, phone call log transfer unsupported
  • Requires Android 4.0.3 and up.

Clone It (Android 2.2+)

Clone It has been around for quite a long time and is as easy to use as the other two. While its current version (2.0.18_ww) has been reported to come with a few bugs, Clone It features SMS, MMS and Calls Log data transfer, all three of which are not usually supported by most data transferring apps. You can even move some of your system’s settings.

As far as the procedure is concerned, select receiver on the new phone and sender on the old one and then pair the devices – make sure both are connected to the same WiFi.

You can either transfer all files of each data category by clicking on its respective icon or hit “Click here to choose details” in order to move specific items. Once you’re ready, click start.

As aforementioned, many users have pointed out several bugs with the latest version. We too came across some issues, as the app kept turning off the WiFi on the sender, making it impossible to complete the transfer. The company has acknowledged the existence of such bugs and says it will be releasing an update soon.

Pros:

  • Free
  • User-friendly UI
  • Covers most types of data

Cons:

  • Too many ads
  • Current version has some very frustrating bugs

Manufacturer options

If your new smartphone is made by Samsung or Huawei or LG, then look no further. All three of them have their own home-brewed data transferring app.

Samsung’s Smart Switch (Android 4.0+)

Smart Switch was launched by Samsung a couple of years ago and since then has served millions of users that chose a Galaxy as their new phone.

Like most apps of its kind, Smart Switch is quite user-friendly, featuring an elegant and minimalistic UI. The app is capable of transferring all types of data; including contacts, calendar, SMS and MMS, call logs, apps, photos and videos, music , alarms, saved WiFi connections, wallpapers and document file format.

If your old device is a Galaxy, then you will also be able to transfer app data and home layouts. Furthermore, Smart Switch offers the option of transferring your data via USB cable, which can be a life-saver in case your old device’s WiFi antenna is broken.

The wireless data transferring process is pretty ordinary; select your old device as the sender and the new one as the receiver, pair the devices, select the items you want to send and then click send.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Supports all types of data
  • Data transfer via USB is available

Cons:

  • Multiple incidents of the data transferring process being frozen midway

Huawei’s Phone Clone

In the last few years, Huawei has managed to become the second biggest player in the Android business. Therefore it was quite predictable for them to launch their very own data transferring app.

Phone Clone works in a pretty straight-forward manner as well; download the app on your new Huawei device and on the old phone, establish a connection between the two devices either automatically via a QR Code or manually, select the types of data you wish to transfer and then tap next.

Compared to Smart Switch, Phone Clone selection of supported data is limited, as it can only transfer your contacts, SMS and call logs, photos and videos, and audio. In addition to shortcomings, the user cannot select specific items. So you would have to transfer the entire data file, even if you need just one item from the particular category.

Pros:

  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Limited amount of supported data
  • The current version (8.0.0.305_OVE) of the app does have a lot of bugs
  • Users can’t transfer specific items, only the entirety of each category.

Requires Android 4.0 and up.

LG’s Mobile Switch (Android 4.1+)

Mobile Swicth works pretty seamlessly and offers three ways of transferring your data; wirelessly, via USB, or via microSD card.

Download and open the app on both devices and select one of the three transferring methods. The devices will pair automatically. Choose the items that you want to transfer and then hit next.

Photos, videos, audio, documents, call log, contacts, SMS, MMS, calendar info, apps and voice memos can be transferred by Mobile Switch.

Despite having a very user friendly UI, LG last updated the app in July, and therefore left a lot of technical issues unresolved since then. Multiple users have reported that the app freezes while the data transferring process is ongoing. Others have said that it randomly crashes. So keep in mind that it could take some time until the app gets the job done.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Data transfer via USB and microSD is available
  • Covers most types of data

Cons:

  • The ridiculous amount of bugs could make it impossible to get all your data transferred

If you encounter any problems while trying out any of the above or have a recommendation to make, feel free to shoot a comment down below.

New Android Phone: 7 Ways To Transfer Data , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

0

You Can Now Request To Join A Friend’s Instagram Live

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

Last month Instagram announced a new feature in which it allowed users to invite their friends to join them on their Instagram Live video. However the invite only went one way, meaning that you could invite a friend, but they couldn’t make a request to join you, but that has changed as Instagram has since enabled the feature.

According to Instagram, “When watching a friend’s live video, simply tap the ‘Request’ button in the comments section. You’ll see a confirmation that your friend has accepted your request, and you’ll have a moment to prepare. Once you’re live, the screen will split in half so you can hang out live with your friend. You can leave your friend’s live video at any time, making it easy to join for a quick hello or a longer chat.”

This means that now friends can invite you to join their live sessions, and you can request to join them as well. So for example if you see a friend who’s live and want to pop in for a quick hello, you’ll be able to do so. As Instagram notes, apart from being able to hop onto a friend’s Live video, this will still be treated like a regular Live video where users can choose to share it to their Stories or Discard it when they’re done.

According to Instagram, this changes are now live and are part of Instagram version 24 and should be available for download via the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

You Can Now Request To Join A Friend’s Instagram Live , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

0

Google Collecting Location Data Even Location Services Is Disabled

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

Imagine your house has a light switch that you can turn on and off, and on the surface it appears to work. However secretly even when your switch is set to off, it is secretly on anyway and racking up a huge electricity bill for you. That’s pretty much what is happening for Android users right now with Location Services.

According to a report from Quartz, it has been discovered that even with Android’s Location Services disabled, it seems that Google is tracking your location anyway. Granted it doesn’t track you using GPS, but rather it tracks you by pinging nearby cellular towers, which means that Google still has a fix on your location, albeit done in a different way.

Google has confirmed this practice to Quartz, but claim that they will be ending it by the end of the month. Google also claims that this was done to improve certain aspects of Android. In a statement email to Quartz, a spokesperson said, “In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery. However, we never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded, and we updated it to no longer request Cell ID.”

While the data collected is encrypted, it has been pointed out that if the user’s phone had been compromised, it could have been intercepted or sent to a third-party, and those are just unnecessary risks.

Google Collecting Location Data Even Location Services Is Disabled , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

0

Current OnePlus Devices Won’t Support Google’s Project Treble

Tyler Lee November 21, 2017

The problem with Android is timely updates, where unless you own a Pixel handset, chances are you’ll have to wait months before the next major update finds its way onto your phone, and for those who own devices that are 2-3 years old, there might even be a chance that your OEM could skip on updating your device to the latest version of Android.

This is where Google’s Project Treble comes in, where it is an effort by Google at trying to minimize the delays when it comes to updates. You would think that this is something that many OEMs would be jumping on to, but unfortunately for OnePlus users, that is not the case for the company. During a recent AMA held by the company, OnePlus has confirmed that they are currently not supporting Project Treble on any of their devices, and it doesn’t seem like they plan to.

OnePlus does not provide a reason why they aren’t supporting Project Treble, but it is rather unfortunate. For those unfamiliar with how the update process works, basically Google releases the source code, and from there chipmakers like Qualcomm will then release updated drivers for their hardware and passes that onto the hardware makers, like LG, HTC, Samsung, and so on.

Those companies will then add their own tweaks to the software to customize the UI to their own brand, and sometimes it is then passed onto carriers who then add their own changes, before it is released to users. Safe to say that these are a lot of steps which is why sometimes it takes so long for an update to find its way to users.

With Project Treble, Google wants to cut down on complications when it comes to updating, such as working with chipmakers to ensure their hardware is forwards compatible, thus removing the additional step of waiting for driver updates. Of course this doesn’t necessarily guarantee that updates will be released timely, it does reduce the complications which should in theory make it faster.

That being said, it is rather unfortunate that the current OnePlus phones will not support Project Treble, but who knows, maybe the OnePlus 6 will.

Current OnePlus Devices Won’t Support Google’s Project Treble , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

0

Nokia 2 Will Be Coming To The US Soon

Tyler Lee November 19, 2017

Last month HMD Global took the wraps off their latest entry-level smartphone in the form of the Nokia 2. Typically with such entry-level devices, we see them being targeted at emerging markets, but the good news is that if you’re after something cheap and has a sizeable battery to boot, the Nokia 2 could soon be arriving stateside.

According to a report from Pocketnow, it appears that the Nokia 2 is finding its way to several US retailers, or at least it has been listed. For example B&H is now accepting pre-orders for the handset where it is priced at $100. Both Best Buy and Amazon have also listed the phones, but neither retailer is taking pre-orders and have simply stated that it will be coming soon.

Unfortunately none of the retailers have mentioned when the phone will be released, so those who are interested will simply have to wait. For those who need a refresher on the Nokia 2, the handset will come with a 5-inch 720p HD display and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 chipset.

It will also come with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and Android  7.1.1 Nougat (HMD had previously promised all of its phones would be updated to Oreo by the end of the year). One of its key features is its battery which is of the 4,100mAh battery that promises about 2 days worth of usage.

Nokia 2 Will Be Coming To The US Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

0

Lenovo Tab 7, Tab 7 Essential Tablets Launched

Tyler Lee November 19, 2017

If you’re in the market for a new Android tablet and don’t want to spend too much money, you might be interested to learn that Lenovo has recently taken the wraps off two new Android tablets. This comes in the form of the Lenovo Tab 7 and the Tab 7 Essential, with both models coming under under $100.

Starting with the Tab 7, the tablet will feature a 7-inch display with a 1280×720 resolution. Under the hood we are looking at a 1.3GHz MediaTek chipset, where the device will also be accompanied by 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and also a 2MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera.

As for the Tab 7 Essential, this tablet will feature a same-sized display but will sport a lower resolution off 1024×600. It will also be clocked at 1.3GHz but will use a MediaTek MT8167D processor versus the MT8161 found in the Tab 7. It will also be accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

As for pricing, like we said they both come in under $100. The Lenovo Tab 7 will be priced at $99.99 while the Tab 7 Essential will go for $79.99. These are probably not the most powerful tablets available in the market right now, but if you’re on a budget or just want a tablet for the sake of it, these should do in a pinch.

Lenovo Tab 7, Tab 7 Essential Tablets Launched , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

0

YouTube Android APK Teardown Reveals Possible Dark Mode

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Image credit – Android Police

Nowadays it seems that developers are adding “dark mode” as an option to their websites, apps, and so on. In fact earlier this year YouTube launched a dark mode for its desktop website, but for those wondering about whether or not it will be applied to the mobile app, you could be in luck.

According to a report from Android Police, it seems that an APK teardown of YouTube for Android, some evidence has been found to indicate that YouTube could be bringing dark mode to its mobile app. The feature is called “Dark watch” (or at least for now) and the description reads, “Use dark theme in the watch panel”.

However as you see in the screenshots above, the feature might not be complete yet. Basically it turns the top part of the app dark, but like we said, it doesn’t seem to be complete yet as icons and text have been obscured as a result of this. Presumably this will change at a later date, and possibly even the bottom part will go dark as well.

That being said, there is no word or guarantee as to whether or not this feature will be implemented. Companies like YouTube do test out features from time to time, and as we have seen previously where Google was testing a dark mode for Android, sometimes these features don’t necessarily make the final cut.

YouTube Android APK Teardown Reveals Possible Dark Mode , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

0

OnePlus 5T To Get Android 8.0 Update Early 2018

Tyler Lee November 17, 2017

Despite having been launched months after Google made Android 8.0 Oreo available to the public, the OnePlus 5T was launched with Android Nougat instead. It is a tad disappointing, but the good news is that OnePlus 5T owners won’t have to wait too long for the update, assuming that OnePlus can get it out in time.

During the company’s OnePlus 5T announcement, they revealed the roadmap for the Oreo update and according to them, they will be kicking off a beta for the Oreo update later this month for OnePlus 5 owners, and OnePlus 5T owners can expect their beta to begin in December, with plans to release the final OTA build of the Oreo update in “early 2018”.

No specific dates were mentioned, but presumably this will depend on how the beta testing goes. If all goes well then there shouldn’t be any delays. So far OEMs have been slightly slow on the Oreo update release for their phones, although HTC seems to be making some progress by releasing the update for the HTC U11 in Taiwan, and we can only assume that it will eventually make its way to other parts of the world as well.

In any case we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information regarding the beta program and the release, so check back with us in the future for more updates.

OnePlus 5T To Get Android 8.0 Update Early 2018 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

0

Twitter’s Tweetstorm Feature Starts Showing Up In The Android App

Tyler Lee November 17, 2017

twitter logoWhile Twitter is allowing users to tweet out longer tweets by expanding the character limit, sometimes there are certain things you can’t say in 280-characters. This is where “tweetstorming” comes in, where basically users tweet out multiple tweets that when put together reads like a blog post of sorts.

However for the most part tweetstorming is an unofficial feature, although we heard a couple of months ago that Twitter was testing out a feature that made it official. The good news is that if you do send out tweetstorms every now and then, or would at least like the option to, Twitter seems to be rolling out the feature to its Android app.

Twitter has yet to officially announce the roll out, but a report from Android Police has revealed that the feature is being pushed out to some users already, so it is possible that it is being enabled server side and that users won’t have to do anything on their part. What this feature does is that it allows users to compose multiple tweets at once and queue them up in the correct order before posting.

If anything it just makes things a bit neater and more efficient, when in the past users had to compose these tweets individually. No word on whether it is being pushed out to iOS but for now it seems to be Android-only.

Twitter’s Tweetstorm Feature Starts Showing Up In The Android App , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

0

Report Claims Android Is The Most Targeted By Malware

Tyler Lee November 16, 2017

Malware, viruses, hacks; those are security issues that aren’t exactly new, but unfortunately it seems that some platforms are more affected than most. According to Nokia’s latest Threat Intelligence Report, it seems that they have discovered that Google’s Android platform is by far the most targeted by malware.

As you can see in the pie chart above, it shows the device breakdown for 2017 and based on that, Nokia’s report suggests that Android commands a whopping 68.5% of the chart when it comes to malware infections. The next biggest platform goes to Windows/PCs for 27.96%, while the rest goes to remaining devices such as the iPhone and presumably other platforms like Linux, Unix, Mac, etc.

According to Nokia, they believe Android is easily targeted due to the fact that apps can be easily side-loaded from third-party websites that don’t necessarily have the security measures in place that Google has for the Play Store.

“The main reason that the Android platform is targeted, is the fact that, once side-loading is enabled, Android applications can be downloaded from just about anywhere. Despite the very successful efforts by Google to ensure that the Play Store is malware free, Android users can continue to install apps by clicking on links in text messages and e-mail. In addition, in many regions third-party app stores have become the norm.”

Nokia’s findings seem to be in line with a recent report from Google themselves, who found that Google accounts tend to be hijacked most commonly through phishing. Unfortunately malware is something that will continue to exist, but being aware of what could get you infected probably goes a long way in preventing that.

Report Claims Android Is The Most Targeted By Malware , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.