5 New Features of the Android Pie

    Android Pie represents a major overhaul for the OS. Android users will really notice a difference when it comes to the system’s new gesture navigation system and new user interface features. Android Pie will slowly make its way out to eligible phones. It’s currently available for Pixel devices but will be coming soon to others. Many older phones will likely never see the update, but most recently made phones should eventually get the new features. While Android Pie offers a host of improvements, I have picked out five to talk about. Just keep in mind these features may not be available on all Pie-running phones right away. A new home button The little icons at the bottom of your Android screen are getting a major makeover. With Android Pie, you will see an elongated, pill-shaped icon in the bottom center that acts a new, fancier version of the home button. Swipe up from the bottom to view your recent apps. To switch apps, just swipe right on the home button. With Android Pie, users will have the option to use only one button by enabling new gesture navigation. The home button now acts as an area where you use gestures to view recently used apps, quickly switch between them and open the app drawer. Revamped screenshots A small, but smart upgrade you will find in Android Pie. The normal method for taking a screenshot involves holding down the power button and the volume-down button at the same time, which requires some dexterity and effort. With Android Pie, you just hold down the power button and tap on...

5 new features in Android Oreo 8.0

The first new feature in Oreo is that Google has changed the way settings is displayed.  When going into settings Google has consolidated a lot of different options to make it easier to navigate and find what you're looking for.  For example, when you go into display setting it’s going to give the options to click brightness, night light, adaptive brightness and wallpaper.  These are the options a basic user would look for. On the other hand, if you need more options you can always go into advanced options.   Also, when swiping down from the top of the phone to get the quick settings, this is where  you find different toggle switches that can be rearranged.  At the bottom of the quick settings menu you have access to the settings menu icon, quick settings edit button and profile button.   Another interesting fact about Oreos UI is that when receiving notifications a dot will appear on different application icons.  To preview the content of message, you long press that icon.  If the message is of interest you can go into the app, if not you can dismiss it. Picture and Picture The second feature of Oreo is called picture and picture. This is a great multitasking feature that lets you do more than one task at the same time. For example, say you want to watch a Youtube video as you’re going through your emails, this will allow you to do it.  To launch PIP all you have to do is tap the home button while your watching a video.  Just to let you know, not all applications...

How to Root an Android Phone

Rooting an android phone can allow you to open your phone to endless possibilities and gives you full control of your device. Rooting allows you to change key elements of your phone that the stock operating system would not allow you to do. Rooting can allow you to improve battery life, customize the look of your phone, and use services to improve the usability of your device. Rooting today is safe just if you don’t allow every third-party app to allow root access on to your phone. Allowing every app to gain access to full control of your device is not safe but the rooting option we will use will prevent this. Rooting could also cause problems with payment apps not allowing you to use these services. The rooting method we will be using solves this problem. The rooting method that I suggest is Magisk Manager. Magisk is the safest most hassle-free root method available and solves the problems that comes to rooting. Magisk Manager allows you to “hide root” from applications on your device so they work properly. Magisk also prompts you before using an application if you would like to give the app access to root permissions. This is good because then you are in control of what apps can gain root access. Make sure to check online if your device can be rooted before proceeding. Rooting your device will void its warranty, so root at your own risk! I am not responsible for any issues that you may have caused. Here are the steps to rooting your android device: On your device go to Settings>System>About phone....

5 New Features In Android 8.0 Oreo

The new version of android, 8.0 Oreo packs many new features under the hood to help improve your android experience. This new update not only refines the system even more but helps the user to accomplish daily tasks quicker. These 5 new features in android Oreo 8.0 will surly help your effectiveness when operating your mobile device. The first new feature brand new to android is the auto fill framework. One of the annoyances when setting up a new android phone is logging back into all your apps. With the auto fill framework the system takes your saved passwords form google and will automatically auto fill the password fields for easy log in. This not only works for apps but web pages in your mobile browser. Google will also save new passwords for new app logins for the future. Another new feature to android 8.0 is a new reworked background execution limit. This feature will stop pesky apps from leaching on to your battery when they are not in use. Apps that need to run in the background will still work but will be less aggressive to save battery. This is baked right into the system and applies to all applications. Next up, picture in picture mode finally comes to our mobile devices! Picture in picture mode provides a better split screen alternative especially for video. When exiting an app like YouTube the video being viewed will continue to play in a small window at the bottom of the screen. Google maps is supported for picture in picture mode and allows the user to leave the maps app while...

How to Troubleshoot Battery Life Issues on Mobile Devices

One issue that is universal with all mobile devices is battery life. No matter how new the device is users always ask the same question, “How can I improve my battery life?”. Battery life is mostly dependent on how well the software can handle all the processes that the device can do but the user can always help with aiding the system to save battery. First thing that users can do is turn off unnecessary features. Things like Bluetooth and NFC should be turned off if they are not in use. GPS can be a big factor in battery life. Leaving GPS on high accuracy mode will use unnecessary resources especially if you do not need GPS on. This can come into effect with applications that use location for it’s service. If your device is connected to WIFI the GPS does not need to be used since it can predict your location through the WIFI signal. If you allow applications to access the GPS all the time it will continue to update more frequently which in return will use up more battery. Your phone screen brightness is also a big contributing factor. Keeping your phone brightness on auto will cause battery drain. The phone uses sensors to detect the amount of light in your area to control your phone brightness which will result battery drain so turn this feature off. Power hungry apps are pesky can cause majority of battery issues on mobile devices. Going into your battery settings should show what apps are draining your battery the most. Check to see if these apps have alternative applications in...