Now you have a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S3, you’re probably going to want to accessorise a little bit.
Why not check out our best accessories for the Galaxy S3 and make the most of the Android beast’s capabilities?
With such a stunning screen, you don’t want the display all scratched up. The official Samsung Galaxy S3 flip case comes in a range of colours and attaches to your phone by replacing the battery cover.
It may be a little more expensive than cheap imitations, but it does the job perfectly, keeping the profile of the Galaxy S3 nice and slim, just as it should be.
Want to watch your video content on the big screen? Samsung’s HDMI adaptor allows you to watch all the content from your phone on your TV, whether you want to view YouTube content, a video you made with the camera, photos, documents, games or anything else.
You will need to buy an HDMI cable too, but you can pick one up for a little over £1 on Amazon.
The Globalgig Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to data roam in the US, UK and Australia for just £15 a month. The device will cost £79 upfront, but can save you hundreds, or even thousands of pounds if you’re a frequent traveller.
Although the device will only work in the US and Australia at the moment, it should be heading to Europe and other territories by the end of 2013. Just like a regular mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, it has its own data connection and connects to your phone as a Wi-Fi network.
Keep your Samsung Galaxy S3 juiced up at all times with this cover for it. Although it makes the S3 looks a little chunkier, it will give you an extra 2200mAh of battery power while on the move.
The case charges via your standard microUSB charger and when the battery on your phone gets low, just turn the case on and it’ll start transferring power from the case to your phone.
A bonus addition is a hidden kickstand, putting your Galaxy S3 at the perfect angle for watching TV or a film on your journey to and from work.
We’ve been big fans of Etymotic earphones for a while and the HF2s double up as a handsfree kit too.
The in-ear ‘phones come with a range of different sized flanges to fit in any ear canal size, but if you really want to splash the cash, go for the custom fit solution, which costs an extra £100, but is well worth it for the most amazing sound experience you’ve ever felt. Etymotic EF2s come in a range of colours too. We prefer the red.
Switching from an older Android requires a bit more prep, but it’s not impossible. Once you have a Google account, simply log in and sync accounts to receive your email and contacts. Some of your data, like photos and apps, will not transfer as easily, but there are a few ways to get around that.
The easiest way is to purchase the MyBackup Pro app. It’ll cost you $4, but the app backs up data and restores it to a new device.
If you’d rather start with a clean slate, without losing old photos, store all of your data in the cloud. Apps like Dropbox will back up data, but you can manually restore specific items to the new device.
Apps will need to be re-downloaded manually on a new device. Any apps purchased on a former Android will not need to be purchased again, but you will have to download those again, too.
The first thing to do before playing around with your new phone is to set up a Wi-Fi connection.
Hit the Menu button, and choose Settings. Then select Wireless Networks and connect to the proper Wi-Fi as you would anywhere with a computer.
You’ll also have the option to connect to mobile networks — those settings can be found in the same menu. Your phone runs on 3G or 4G mobile networks when there is not a Wi-Fi connection.
It’s important to connect your phone to Wi-Fi when it’s available, because running on mobile networks uses data. Each download will cost data, which can quickly run over when you first get a new phone and want to try new apps. Running over on data can be very expensive.
Now that you’re up and running, it’s time to dive into the Google Play Store and get the apps that will make your life easier and more efficient.
There are so many apps for every aspect of your life. It depends on whether you want something entertaining, educational, fun, informative, creative or navigational. Sifting through apps can feel overwhelming — trial and error is the best way to approach the task. You can always uninstall an app if you don’t want it.
If you plan on purchasing anything, you’ll need a credit card. Your information will be stored securely, so you’ll only need to enter this once. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend money — there are plenty of free apps that will help you just as effectively.
Your phone will already have built-in apps, which differ with every manufacturer. These are likely due for an update before you even log into the new device. You can update them all at once by opening the Play Store, tapping the Menu button and selecting “My Apps.”
The Google Play Store can be accessed and adjusted from your phone or a desktop when logged into your Google account. You can install, update or remove any app from your phone via the store.
Google’s native apps should already be built in the device. If you can’t function without these tools — which is likely why you went with Android — you won’t be disappointed with the mobile versions.
If you juggle more than one email address, Gmail will access multiple accounts in one device.
Google Maps is a seamless GPS system, plus the updated app gives offline maps, indoor navigation and recommendations for nearby places.
Facebook’s native app favors Android devices. The app closely mirrors what you’d see on a desktop, making it easy to navigate. Like any other app, it has pre-fixed settings, so you might need to adjust, depending on your preferences.
After downloading and logging in to your account, hit the Menu button and select Settings. If you don’t want to use Facebook Chat from your phone, make sure Chat Availability is off. You can also adjust notifications so they only push the updates most important to you.
If you choose to sync your Facebook friends, they will automatically appear in your contact list if they share their phone number. When you agree to use the Facebook app, it shows your phone number on your profile. If you don’t want to share your number with friends, be sure to edit your contact info so that information is only available to you. The easiest way to do so is from a desktop.
Setup for Twitter is pretty straightforward. You can adjust syncing and push notifications, just like you did for Facebook, by going to Settings from the Menu button.
There are a couple options for Twitter aside from the native app. If you’re a list person, TweetDeck or Hootsuite might be better experiences.
If there is one good thing about Google+, it’s the syncing features that come with an Android device. If you don’t use the network as a social place, it can function as an automatic storage space. For example, if you take a photo with your phone, it will save to your Google+ account, even if you delete the photo from your device.
Of course, there are plenty of other social networks, so test them out and judge for yourself. If you don’t like one (or any app, for that matter) you can always uninstall it from the Google Play Store, just as you would update it.
Your new Android replaces the need to carry multiple devices, including an MP3 player. If you’re gung-ho Google, the native Music app stores all of your files in the cloud, so you can easily switch from device to computer.
There is no native iTunes app, but that’s nothing a little hack can’t work around. DoubleTwist is worth the $5 pricetag if you cannot live without your iPod. Also, your iTunes library syncs over Wi-Fi — no wires required.
There are other great apps for music lovers on the go. Spotify is the best service for sharing and discovering music. You can send friends songs, albums and playlists. The free service features a nearly limitless music library, or you can upgrade to premium for an unlimited, ad-free experience.
Are you and Android user? Share any advice for first-timers in the comments below.
Article source: http://mashable.com/2012/12/28/android-setup/
If you got a new Android phone or tablet for Christmas, then get your downloading finger ready: Google has announced its picks for the best Android apps of 2012.
On a brief post on the Google Play blog, Google merchandising manager Tavares Ford introduced the company’s top 12 picks of 2012. We’ve got the list below, along with download links. Enjoy!
You can view the entire list here, and for more of Google’s favorite movies, music, books and apps of the year, click here. And for HuffPost’s guide to making your Android phone run longer, check out the gallery below.
You like to shine, I know. But if you want to save battery, you have to turn it down a notch.
Your super-bright Super AMOLED display might look pretty, but if the brightness is turned way up, you’re probably eating a lot of battery. Either turn on Automatic brightness, so that the screen dims in bright rooms when you don’t need a highly-illuminated display, or else slide your scale to the left to dim it manually.
You’ll have to shine a different way — a good hair conditioner helps — if you want to save battery.
emOn the GS3/em: Go into Settings, then Display, then Brightness.
Head into the Google Play Store and pick up one of many battery-saving apps. JuiceDefender (at left) is a particularly popular, if ugly, one. You can try out a free version and, if you like it, upgrade to the paid app later. That gives you more control over the ways in which JuiceDefender can conserve power.
Another popular option is the aptly-named Easy Battery Saver, a href=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.easy.battery.saverfeature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5lYXN5LmJhdHRlcnkuc2F2ZXIiXQ..”which you can download here/a.
JuiceDefender, meanwhile, a href=”http://www.juicedefender.com/”has an official website here/a, and you can a href=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.latedroid.juicedefenderreferrer=utm_source%3Dws%26utm_medium%3Dfwd%26utm_campaign%3Djd”download the freebie version here/a. WARNING: It will not prevent thieves from stealing your actual cups of juice (grape, orange, pineapple, etc.)
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are like the Stockton and Malone of connectivity options that deplete your battery life when you’re not even using them. Switch both off if you’re somewhere you know you won’t need either; you can probably go ahead and turn off Bluetooth for good, unless you’re using it daily.
emOn the GS3/em: Hit the Settings app, switch Wi-Fi and Bluetooth into the “Off” position. You can also toggle these options from the Notifications menu, which you swipe down from the top of the screen.
Several of your Android apps, including your almighty Google Maps, use Location Services to pinpoint your position with precision. Turning these off might make your mapping experience a tad less accurate, but at least you’re not using Apple Maps. Am I right??
emOn the GS3/em: Go to Settings, then Location Services, and uncheck at least the first and third box if you want to save battery life.
If your phone’s screen is on, but you aren’t around to use the phone, does it still drain your battery?
Uh, yes, it does. Minimize your screen timeout as far down as you can take it to stop needlessly wasting power on illuminating a display you aren’t using. You should also make sure to manually lock your screen when you place your phone into your bag or pocket to ensure that you aren’t accidentally pushing buttons and butt-dialing your friends/ex-lovers when you don’t mean to.
emOn the GS3/em: Go to Settings, then Display, then Screen Timeout. Mine is set for 30 seconds.
The Android Live Wallpapers might be hypnotizing — and fun to show off to your iPhone-toting friends — but if you need to squeeze all you can out of your phone’s battery, it’s best to disable the Live Wallpaper. Choose a photo of your wife/kid/dog/favorite hamburger from your photo Gallery instead.
On the GS3: Go to Settings, Wallpaper, and choose something from Gallery or static Wallpapers.
a href=”http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2367542,00.asp”Via PCMag comes this analytical method/a: Android allows you to view the breakdown of which apps and processes are draining your battery, by percentages. You might be housing a power-sucking app without even realizing it, something running in the background without your knowledge. If you find that naughty little app, boot it off your phone and reap the rewards.
emOn the GS3/em: Go to Settings, then Battery.
This isn’t available on all Android smartphones, but if yours has it, Power Saving mode represents a super-quick way to toggle a bunch of settings that can conserve battery life.
On the GS3: Go to Settings, and the Power Saving mode toggle is in between “Motion” and “Storage.” You can also individually change the settings, at left.
a href=”http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2367542,00.asp”Also via PCMag/a: Your phone probably comes pre-loaded with a bunch of widgets that you never use; some of them contain animations and some automatically update throughout the day. If you’re not using your Yellow Pages search bar or app suggestion grid (at left), cut it free. There are better things to put on your homescreen, anyway.
emOn the GS3/em: Long-touch the widget you want to remove and then drag it to the trashcan at the bottom right.
By default, some of your downloaded apps will update automatically when a newer version is available. This can sap power and eat up your data plan without your knowledge, which I think we can agree is a bummer. Turn off auto-updating apps — you can do it manually in the Google Play Store — and choose to update over Wi-Fi only so that you can use data where it counts.
emOn the GS3/em: Enter the Google Play Store, then press the “Menu” soft key next to the home button.
If your phone is only getting a bar or two of signal, and you don’t expect to be making or receiving any pressing calls or texts, turn on Airplane Mode. When a phone’s signal is straining to connect to a network, a href=”http://gigaom.com/mobile/when-will-lte-stop-sucking-your-battery/”especially 4G LTE/a, it uses up a lot of power. So if you find that your signal is weak in a given location and you need to conserve power, switching to Airplane Mode — which ends all connectivity — can save battery.
emOn the GS3/em: Go to Settings, then under “Wireless and Network” touch “More Settings.” Airplane Mode is the first option. You can also pull down the Notifications bar and find Airplane Mode on that topmost strip of icons, all the way to the right.
After launching budget feature phones earlier this year, Videocon has now forayed into the budget Android market with two new smartphones, the A20 and A30. The A20 is priced at Rs. 4,999 while the A30 costs Rs. 7,299.
The A20 runs on Android 2.3 and sports a 3.5-inch HVGA display and features a 3-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera. It is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor underneath with 256MB RAM. It comes with a 1350mAh battery. The smartphone has 512MB of on-board storage with external expansion options upto 32GB via microSD card.
The A30 on the other hand comes with beefed up specs in comparison to the A20. The device runs on Android 4.0 and has a 4-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera. Under the hood, it features a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512MB RAM and comes with 4GB internal storage (expandable upto 32GB). It has a 1500mAh battery.
Connectivity options on these dual-SIM smartphones include 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. Both devices also come with various pre-installed apps including Facebook, History Eraser and more.
Current mobile offerings from Videocon in the feature phone segment include V1528, V1531+, V1542, V1544, V1548 and V1580 ranging from Rs. 1,799 to Rs. 2,999.
Videocon A20 Specifications
Videocon A30 Specifications
If you got a new 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet for the holidays, you’re in for a treat as you now are in possession of an extremely useful tool for things like reading, gaming and video watching. If you don’t know what to do after you get the Nexus 7 out of the box, we’re here to show you how to set up your new tablet and get it ready to go for the days to come.
Here, we’ll walk you through setting up the Nexus 7 and tell you how to turning on security and parental controls, offer some tips on using the Nexus 7 and show you some apps that will help get you started.
The Nexus 7 set up process should only take 15 to 30 minutes, so those that are fortunate enough to have received the Nexus 7 will be able get it set up and ready to go before traveling this holiday season.
In addition to setting up the Nexus 7, we suggest taking a look at some of the great Nexus 7 cases out there to help protect your new device. Some of them will even act as a stand for the tablet which will ensure a fantastic video watching experience with an app like Netflix or content found through the Google Play Store.
When you turn your Nexus 7 on for the first time, the device will take you to a Welcome screen where you’ll want to change to your language of choice. This is an option that you can change later but unless you’re master of several languages, you’ll just want to choose a default one right off the bat.
The device will then ask you for Google account information. If you already have a Gmail account, you’ll simply want to enter in your information. If you don’t have an account, this is a great time to set one up.
The Nexus 7 will ask if you want to backup your device to Google’s servers. We highly recommend this as it will make restoring app data, bookmarks, WiFi passwords, and other settings to the Nexus 7 easier if you reset it or switch to a new device down the road.
Next, it will ask if you want to enable Location Services. By turning it on, it will enable Google Location Services and Standalone GPS Services to let the Nexus 7 deliver location-based results for Google Now and for Google searches.
Finally, you’ll want to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Connect to a WiFi network when prompted and the device will scan for your home network. At that point, simply enter the password, if you have one, and the device will be Wi-Fi-enabled.
Now is a fantastic time to take some steps to protect your Nexus 7 tablet. This way, others won’t be able to use your personal information or the apps and content that you’ve downloaded to your tablet device.
With Android, Google gives you several options that will allow you to protect your Nexus 7 and your data from harm. In order to change security settings, you’ll want to head into the Nexus 7′s Settings, scroll down and tap Security under the Personal section. Here, you’ll be presented with five possible security options to protect your device from others.
Slide provides no security and allows users to simply slide to unlock. The second is Face Unlock which allows you to unlock the phone with your face. It’s not a fool-proof system though so we don’t recommend it. The other three options are the recommended.
The first, pattern, allows you to set up a swiping pattern to protect your device. You will have to connect at least four dots and once that’s done, you’ll repeat the pattern and the device will be locked and will only be able to be opened by using that pattern.
The update is clocking in at more than 300 MB, so it’s recommended that you upgrade over Wi-Fi only, unless you’ve got a high or non-existent mobile data cap. Many people are reporting in the Android Central forums that their updates are failing to complete install on first try, too.
To check if you’ve got the update, go to Settings, About Phone, and then System Update.
The update comes follows on the heels of the Droid Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD getting their update to Jelly Bean at the beginning of December, and keeps Motorola’s promise to update their phones more frequently.
There’s no word yet on whether the original Razr or Razr Maxx will see Android 4.2.
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A Brazilian company has begun selling smartphones in Brazil with the iPhone brand after winning the legal right to use the name in Latin America’s biggest country. Adding insult to Apple’s injury, the phone runs on the Android operating system from archrival Google (GOOG).
Gradiente said in a statement that it filed its request to use the iPhone brand in 2000 when it realized “there would be a technological revolution in the world of cellphones with the convergence of voice and data transmission and reception via mobile Internet.”
In 2008, Brazil’s government gave Gradiente the right to use the brand on its cellphones.
Brazilian trademark office spokeswoman Maratan Marques said Gradiente requested permission to use the brand before Apple did and has the exclusive right to use it through 2018.
Brazil Apple spokeswoman Maria Parra Rodriguez said the company had no immediate comment. Phone calls and emails to Apple’s headquarters in California went unanswered.
Gradiente said on its website that it started selling its iPhone on Tuesday for $300. It runs the relatively
old 2.3 version of Android and its features include a 3.7-inch touch-sensitive screen, Bluetooth, dual chip capability, 3G, Wi-Fi and camera. Its appearance is similar to that of Apple’s iPhone.
The Brazilian company said it did not use the iPhone name until now because its “priority was to conclude a corporate restructuring process that ended earlier this year.”
“In Brazil, Gradiente has the exclusive right to use the iPhone brand,” the statement said. “This company will adopt all the measures used by companies around the world to preserve its intellectual property rights.”
A company official said Apple had not contacted Gradiente and she didn’t know of any attempt by Apple to contest Gradiente’s use of the iPhone name.
The executive, who insisted on speaking anonymously because she was not authorized to speak to the press, added that she did not know if Gradiente would try to stop Apple iPhone sales in Brazil.
Major cellphone operators and retail outlets advertised Apple iPhones on their websites Wednesday.
Is this a new Polaroid camera? That’s what Photorumors is reporting, backed up by a leak from Russian social networking site VK. The camera is a mirrorless interchangeable lens system, which marks a considerable departure from the company’s flagship instant film-based models, which were finally discontinued a few years back.
Polaroid has actually run into a couple different bankruptcy situations, but in 2009 signed an agreement with Summit Global Group to produce Polaroid-branded digital still cameras. It’s possible this is the product of that ongoing partnership, but the origin of these rumors suggest exercising caution before putting too much stock in them.
The original leak detailed an Android 4-powered device with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 18.1 MP sensor, pop-up flash, Wi-Fi and HDMI/headphone out. It features a rounded edge design that looks strikingly similar to the Nikon 1 J2 mirrorless camera. Later, a “press release” from VK provided more detail to Photorumors, including the additional information that it would use MicroSD for storage.
We’ve already seen an Android-based camera from Samsung, so it isn’t a completely crazy idea. But Polaroid would be joining a crowded field in the mirrorless compact space, with strong offerings from companies with a lot more experience. Still, in terms of relevance, it’s hard to match the mirrorless space, which offers consumers cameras that aren’t as large as DSLRs without sacrificing too much in terms of image quality.
Even still, I wouldn’t put too much faith in this being legit just yet.
What would a full HD display on a smartphone look like? When will the wait for affordable 1TB solid state drives come to an end? How about a super zoom camera in a smartphone, or the other way around? Such are the topics that we often discuss while we are sipping on steaming hot chai at the stall right outside our office, so it wasn’t all that surprising to see Samsung come out with the Galaxy Camera. On the day it arrived in our test lab, I couldn’t wait to unpack it and try all the features.
Simply put, it’s the Samsung Galaxy S III with a huge lens popped in, minus support for making calls
I clearly remember Shayne’s expression when I asked him how he found the Galaxy Camera after he had come back from the launch event. “It’s oversized,” he insisted. At that time, I thought he was exaggerating, but on unpacking it, I felt even that was an understatement. At 129 x 71 cm, it’s a lot broader and taller than most travel zoom digital cameras or even compact mirrorless cameras. And on top of that, the massive 21x zoom lens that sticks out about half an inch from the body reduces portability even further. In no way is it designed to be carried in the pocket! Samsung should have provided eyelets on the sides to attach a neck strap, but that too is missing. A 4-inch display (Super AMOLED would have been nice to have) and a completely retracting lens would have gone a long way in shrinking the design and making it pocketable. But then, it would be challenging to offer a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, graphics processor, 8GB of on-board storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G capabilities along with the guts of a super-zoom camera in a compact package.
Still, I imagined that there would be limitless possibilities with such a lavish feature set. It’s clear that Samsung wants to offer a camera that goes beyond just allowing you to share your photos wirelessly and upload them on social networks—something that doesn’t require the specifications of such a high-end smartphone. To me, the Galaxy Camera comes across as a super-zoom camera jammed into the body of the Galaxy S III. The functionalities of the camera are delivered by the camera app, which when run is supposed to give users the feel of a high-end camera. Instead, it actually feels like a high-end smartphone running a camera app, even if the user interface of the camera is top notch.
Virtual dials in the manual and semi-manual modes
Now, at Rs 29,900, for which you could buy a DSLR or an enthusiast-class super-zoom (such as the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS), it’s fair to expect stellar photo quality. But sadly, the Galaxy Camera doesn’t deliver on its core functionality—the quality of photos it takes isn’t impressive at all. It’s incredible as a mobile Internet device and portable media player—I feel the latter should have been the secondary aspect and not the other way around. If you ask me which device comes closest to or is better than the Galaxy Camera, I’d say it’s the Nokia PureView 808. It takes much better photos, and more importantly, it fits in the pocket!
From a technological standpoint, the Galaxy Camera is by far the smartest camera available. It was only possible for Samsung to conjure it up because it knows how to build high-end smartphones and digital cameras—it’s just a matter of converging technologies. It’s an over-enthusiastic concept, and the need to go in for it isn’t justified unless you’re a social networking or a photo sharing buff—it’s certainly not for enthusiasts, or for that matter, even amateurs. Things would have been different had the price been under Rs 20,000 or if the quality of photos was DSLR-like. For me, a better balance would have been a compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with some of the features of Galaxy Camera (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G support, GPS, social networking and at least 8GB of built-in storage), all built around a regular camera interface. Rather than the awkward Galaxy Camera, this fantasy device could make waves in the market.
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Possible price tag for the dock is about, $US40, which reports said should be reasonable enough despite the absence of HDMI connectivity.
The Google tablet has been gaining considerable attention as more telcos around the world started picking up the slate, further pushing down its already affordable price, which the internet giant paired with top-notch hardware specs and a stock version of JellyBean.
Last week, UK’s first 4G network EE added the 7-inch tablet to its growing stable of gadgets. Thanks to this Orange and T-Mobile consortium, the powerful device can be had for a one-off payment of between £30 and £50 plus monthly charges that will be determined by monthly data allowance.
Note that the Nexus 7, along with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, are not LTE-capable but thanks to EE’s LTE dongle, the device will be able to access super fast internet connection via Wi-Fi connectivity.
As proof to global consumers’ growing interest with the tablet, BGR News reported last week that Nexus 7′s shipment is expected to exceed three million units by the end of December 2012, citing data from DigiTimes.
By the end of the current month alone, Asus would have shifted over one million of the tablet, easily surpassing its November total shipment of around 900,000.
Judging from tech experts’ generally positive assessment so far and the sales numbers it has been generating since it was launched by Google, the Nexus 7 continues to reinforce its reputation as the most popular Android tablet, at least in the 7x-inch class.
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