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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Quick Tip: How to Change the Default Zoom in Your Android Browser

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Talk" @ 10:30 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5834312/chang...ooms-in-android

"You probably know you can double tap on the screen to zoom in on some text, but if you want to change how far you zoom in, you can tweak the zoom level in your browser's settings."

The default never bothered me but I didn't know it could be changed. If you hit your <Menu> button and then go to "More" and then "Settings" you'll see an option for "Default Zoom". This will control how far your browser will zoom in when you double tap on a web page. The default is "Medium". You can make it "Far" if think the default zooms in too much or "Close" if you don't think it's goes in enough. This works using the built-in browser on my Droid X with Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3). After trying the other two options I think I'm going to go with "Far" for now. Text is still legible but it does fit a lot more of the page on my screen at one time. Let us know what you think!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Quick Tip: Removing Your Keyboard Without Using the Back Button

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Software" @ 07:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5801126/close...a-swipe-gesture

"Android: If you're ever in a situation where you need to get out of the Android keyboard, a somewhat hidden shortcut will close it right up: just swipe from the top of the keyboard to the bottom."

Here's a quick tip to use the next time your keyboard annoys you! Just swipe your keyboard from top to bottom and it will disappear. Works on most phones that run Gingerbread and Froyo but will not work on HTC phones. A quick and easy way to get rid of that keyboard, especially if you just don't want to spend those few extra seconds moving your thumb to the back button!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Remove Unsightly Media With These Simple Steps

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile...ndroid-gallery/

"The quick and smooth loading of your picture Gallery lasts only while your Android device is new or freshly wiped. After you've filled your device with apps, music and picture albums to your heart's content, it begins to take more than its due share of time to scan your SD card for images, loading everything from pictures taken from the camera to wallpapers, album art and extracted icon packs."

This is something I run into quite often on my device. Install that new game and all of a sudden you have tons of extra pictures in your photo gallery or worse yet hundreds of sound effect files littering your music library. Gunfire and explosions aren't really something you want to hear when you hit shuffle all. I personally, have a folder full of ringtones that I really don't want showing up in the music player. The good news is that there is a very simple fix. All you need to do is drop a ".nomedia" file into any directory that contains the stuff you don't want showing up. It's that simple. The instructions in the linked article tell you how to crate one of these files but odds are that you probably already have a few on your SD card. Many other Android apps use these files to hide their media data, the Weather Channel app for instance. I just dig through a few folders until I find one then copy that file to the folder I want to hide. It is also worth noting that media from folders that begin with a "." is also ignored. I wouldn't rename any of your app folders, that will break the app, but if you have some images or audio/video files stored on your card that you don't want to see you can simply rename the folder to ".ringtones" for example. Happy media hiding all!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Battery Leaking After Installing A Custom Rom? Here's How To Fix It.

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile...-android-device

"On several Android forums around the web, Android users have been regularly reporting rapidly draining batteries after flashing custom ROMs (such as Cyanogenmod 7) to their devices. In what follows, we will provide you with a step-by-step solution to said problem."

I've not run across this myself but I don't flash devices very often. If you have flashed your device or frequently flash your device and are having a few battery live woes perhaps this quick little fix will get you up and running again. You pretty much charge your device, reboot into recovery mode and use ClockworkMod Recovery to wipe the stored battery statistics file. Any of you flashers (rom flashers... geez, people) out there having serious battery drain issues?


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