The 404 co-host and known iPhone user Wilson Tang joins us this week and gives us Android guys a fresh perspective on this week's Android news. Speaking of the news, getting around your carrier's tethering restrictions just got a bit harder with carriers blocking tethering apps in the Android Market; Amazon and Barnes & Noble prepare to go head-to-head in the next round of the tablet/e-reader war; and we get news of a whole slew of upcoming Android phones, including a massive 4.5-inch model and the first Android phone targeted specifically at women. All of that, plus the answers to your emails, on this week's episode of Android Atlas Weekly with Antuan Goodwin and Justin Eckhouse. … Read more
Downloading new apps is a great and fun way to experience new content from the Android Market. However, there might be times when one of the apps you've downloaded is less than desirable. If no Internet connection is present or you don't want to wait for the Android Market to load, here are a few quick steps for uninstalling these apps:
1. Open the Settings menu and choose Applications from the list.
2. Choose Manage applications from the next menu.
3. Look for and select the app you'd like to uninstall in the list. If … Read more
Google Tasks is a nice and simple task list manager that's integrated into Gmail. Unfortunately, Google Tasks is unavailable as an Android app. To use Google Tasks in Android, you'll need to use the mobile Web browser on your phone. Here's how:To access Google Tasks on your Android phone, you'll need to open up your favorite mobile browser and go to google.com/tasks. From your Android phone, you can perform most of the functions available on the desktop version, except for printing and e-mailing lists. Keep in mind that … Read more
Google does search like nobody else and, with a few tweaks, your Android search tool can help you easily keep track of all the bits and pieces of your life. With a quick run through your settings and one fairly simple change of habit, you can save yourself plenty of time and get personalized hits you might otherwise have missed.
To get started, just click the menu button, then "Settings," then "Search." Click "Google search" to look at the big picture. If your search results are cluttered, try disabling one or more of the … Read more
NEW YORK--We haven't heard a peep about the Samsung Infuse 4G since it was first introduced at CES 2011, and frankly, we were beginning to wonder if the Android smartphone would ever see the light of day, but it looks like its day has finally come.
At a special event in New York today, AT&T and Samsung announced that the Infuse 4G would be available starting May 15 for $199.99 with a two-year contract (no mail-in rebates).
Phones that can browse the Web, e-mail, and check Twitter usually include a music player. And what better to listen to on your phone than your own music? Here's an easy guide to help add some tunes to your phone's library without any third-party software.
Step 1: Locate the music files on your computer.
Step 2: Connect the phone via USB cable and select "Turn on USB storage," which will allow you to mount the SD card to add music. If no prompt appears, there will be a USB icon in the notification shade (at top) … Read more
The built-in speakers on most Android smartphones are OK in a pinch, but a nice pair of earphones always sounds better. Now, you can automatically launch TuneIn Radio, Slacker, Winamp, or any other audio app when you plug your earphones into your Android phone. Here's how:
First, search the Android market for Plug In Launcher and install it.
When you start Plug In Launcher, it'll go straight to the Headset tab and display four options. To select your favorite music app to launch, touch the area where it says, "Click Here to Assign," marked here with … Read more
Good news, America. The Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-I9100T) recently cleared the FCC. Although there's been no official word yet from either Samsung or AT&T, it's suspected that AT&T may be the carrier to bring this top-notch Android smartphone home. Testing suggests that the Galaxy S II will support AT&T's 850/1900MHz 3G bands, though at CNET we've been using an unlocked version with an AT&T SIM card and receiving HSPA+ speeds (review on its way--check back soon!)
The Galaxy S II has a lot going for it, … Read more
Wireless routers have quickly become an essential appliance in the modern home. Here's how to use the Android app, Wifi Analyzer, to optimize your WiFi network.Wireless channel
Wireless networks use specific channels within the wireless spectrum. An overcrowded wireless channel results in decreased bandwidth and/or connectivity issues for your network. Use Wifi Analyzer to see what channels are in use and to identify the best channel to set on your router.
Step 1: The first time Wifi Analyzer is launched, it goes straight into the Channel graph view. To switch to Channel rating view, press the Menu … Read more
Recently I finished a three-month trial of SiriusXM Radio. And despite a relentless onslaught of calls and e-mails from the company, I elected not to continue my subscription. The only channels I really wanted were the comedy ones, which, frankly, weren't that great.
Pandora to the rescue! Yesterday, the incomparably awesome Internet-radio service introduced comedy stations. My first thought: "Please let them be available in the mobile apps. Please let them be available in the mobile apps." Because I figured that such an incomparably awesome addition to the service must come with a catch.
Huzzah! Turns out I can enjoy the likes of Daniel Tosh, Bill Cosby, Steven Wright, and Mitch Hedberg on my iPad, iPhone, Android phone, and so on--wherever there's a Pandora app. And make no mistake: Pandora's comedy stations are infinitely better than the ones on SiriusXM, if only because the mix caters directly to my tastes.… Read more