Transitioning to the Android Platform from Other Phones

Are you trying to transfer your mobile life from another phone to the Android platform? Then you’re definitely in the right place. Now, we just did a guide on how to transfer your mobile life from the iPhone to the Android phone, but we don’t want anyone to think that we’re all about the iPhone and the iPhone only. You will need to make sure that you’re looking beyond that, and we would like to lead the way by making a guide that can cover other phones a swell. So if this guide seems a bit more general, then we apologize in advance. We’re trying to cover a few more platforms.

For example, you might have a BlackBerry. While a lot of people love their Blackberries, they want to check out Android as well. There’s no reason to feel like you can’t go from a BlackBerry to an Android.

From a general standpoint, there are only a few categories that you will need to focus on immediately.

Contacts

If there’s one thing that we reach for most frequently when it comes to our cell phones, it would have to be our contacts. If we don’t get our contacts, then we find that there’s really nothing that we can do with our phone. What’s the point of having a rocking camera if you don’t have anyone to take pictures with and send them to? Same with a full keyboard — who will you text?

If you can sync your contacts to your computer first, like you can with the iPhone and the BlackBerry, you will already be off to a great start. For GSM phones, there’s always using your SIM card over again in the new Android phone. If you’ve got AT&T or T-Mobile, then this is pretty much a snap to do — it’s all GSM over there.

Applications

The next stage in transitioning from your old phone to the Android phone you just picked up is to get your hands on a lot of applications and see how they work out for you. You don’t want to just get anything that looks good; that would quickly fill up all of the space on your new phone! You will instead want to make sure that you look at the apps that you loved on your old phone and see if you can find apps that match this purpose. That way you have a fast running phone and you can still get things done with applications.

When it comes to Android, the best place to get new apps is definitely the Android market. Don’t think that you won’t be able to find what you’re looking for just because it’s a big market — you’ll definitely find more than a few things to keep your interest.

User Flow

When you’re transitioning away from your old phone, one of the first things that people don’t really think about is definitely the way their phone “flows”. User flow is all about how you access the things on your phone. If you’re moving from an old phone to the new Android line of phones, you will need to spend some time working with your phone in a few different ways. Make sure that you can memorize how to get to things. This is also where your Android manual is going to be your friend. We could go general with this, but it’s better to get het skinny from the manual itself. Continue reading “Transitioning to the Android Platform from Other Phones”

Create A Video Playlist With Fuugo Video

Hate manually searching for your favourite videos? Make a playlist and have instant access

Creating a playlist can save you the time and effort of manually searching for different videos – you can have instant access to your clips, and even play them on a loop. There are plenty of apps on Google Play to do this, but none offer the depth and sheer range of Fuugo Video.

The app has access to several major sites, collating content from Youtube and Break. Fuugo even has a built-in video player, meaning you won’t need to view them on an external app, but will perhaps need to download a codec supplied by Fuugo. After creating your playlist, you can share it on your Twitter account, and a tweet will be sent to all your followers notifying them when you add a new video, Your followers can then subscribe to your playlist and receive regular updates.

In this tutorial well show you the basics of creating a playlist within the Fuugo app. as well as the process of selecting videos, and where your playlist will be stored.

1. OPEN FUUGO

After downloading and installing the app from Google Play, open it up in your app drawer. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the home screen and layout of the app before you move on to viewing.

2. ALTER THE SETTINGS

While on the home screen, press on the Settings tab located on the top of the page. This will now show you the various options you can alter. After making the changes you want to make, go back to the home screen.

3. EMPTY PLAYLIST

Swipe to the right on your Android device until you come across a part of the screen named Favourite Playlists. This will be the place you go to for quick access to your favourite videos. For now, it will be empty.

4. SELECT A VIDEO

On the home screen you’ll find a list of all the sites that Fuugo has access to (YouTube et al). Dress on any one of them and when you find a video you want to watch Press the favourites button to add it to the playlist. Continue reading “Create A Video Playlist With Fuugo Video”

The Rush of Ordering a New Android Phone Just Can’t Be Beat!

New to the Android platform? You’re not alone at all! A lot more people are coming to Android from BlackBerry or even iPhone, and that’s okay too. You’ll find a lot of features waiting for you on the Android platform, but what if you’re also coming into this after not owning a phone for a long time? This guide is designed to help you get up to speed quickly.

Believe it or not, not everyone in the world still has a cell phone. You might be coming into this as a new techie, and everyone loves newbies — at least, we do! There’s no crime in admitting that you don’t know something.

First and foremost, make sure that you have assigned up with a carrier that’s offering you a good deal. if you don’t have any outstanding balance with any company, you really need to make sure that you get a really good deal. You can literally go anywhere, and the handset carriers know it. A 2 year agreement is pretty much the standard, and you will need to make sure that if you’re going to sign one of those that you try to pay as little as possible.

If you sign up on the phone, they’re going to try to offer you a lot of different extras, like accessories at a discount. make sure that you turn away the accessories unless you’re really prepared to buy them over the phone. Sometimes you can find better deals online, especially if you’re not afraid of used technology.

You should be able to catch a deal to get the activation fee waived, which is always a good thing. If you can’t get it waived, you should at least have it put on your first bill. This is standard cell phone carrier practice, at least as far as know.

Speaking purely from the Android side of things now, you are going to love your phone! The nice part about Android is that it’s as easy or as technical as you want to make it. Yes, you can get technical and “root” your Android to get more control over it, but that’s not necessary. If you don’t want to mess with any of the bells and whistles inside of the phone, you can leave things alone as you see fit. Continue reading “The Rush of Ordering a New Android Phone Just Can’t Be Beat!”

Why Yes, Business Owners Can Use the Android Phone!

Running a business? Here’s some good news; you’re definitely in good company. A lot of people are deciding to take life into their own hands and run their own business, but they don’t always realize how much work goes into staying organized. When you feel like you’re always on the go, you need an assistant that can keep up with you and grow as your business does.

You might think that that means that you will need to hire an assistant, which could be something that’s just out of your business’s budget at the moment. Here’s the next best thing: an Android phone? What’s that? You thought that only a BlackBerry could keep up with your business needs? You’re in for a good surprise: the Android can do just about everything the Blackberry can do…and more.

Let’s stop and look at the common BlackBerry phone, shall we? The BlackBerry line is proprietary — Research and Motion owns the platform, which means that they control the code. There is an applications market, but it’s filled with applications that are source code protected as well. There aren’t that many developers that are willing to reveal the code for their applications, which means that the community at large cannot fix them and make them better. This in turn means that you don’t get as much choice, and you certainly don’t get as much freedom.

Now, let’s swing to your common Android phone. For starters, the phones are designed to be customizable with software. You can sit down and write code for the platform, if you knew the principles of mobile application development. The applications available for the Android phone are designed to do jut about anything that you really want to do with them. What will you create on the platform? Well, that’s up to you. Continue reading “Why Yes, Business Owners Can Use the Android Phone!”

A Closer Look at the Motorola Photon Q 4G

Android phones are definitely here to stay, and the average Android customer actually has a wealth of options to choose from. So we wanted to step back and cover the Motorola Photon Q 4G, a phone that came out just recently.

Before you purchase any smartphone, you should be looking up reviews. What someone finds amazing might not be your cup of tea, but how will you know if you never read anything? With the cost of smartphones on the rise, it pays to be as well informed as possible.

One thing that automatically jumped out at us with the Photon Q 4G was the QWERTY keyboard as a hardware default. Even though a lot of people are happy with touchscreens, there is something special about being able to type out long messages on your phone without having to hunt and peck around the screen. If you’re used to QWERTY, then this is definitely a good phone for you.

Performance isn’t going to be a problem either — you’re getting a 1.5Ghz Qualcomm S4 CPU (top of the line in terms of processors right now), along with a whole gig of RAM. The phone runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, so you have a leading Android line that will serve your needs well. This Qualcomm Snapdragon fourth generation CPU with Adreno 225 graphics makes this phone very zippy. How zippy? The Photon Q 4G LTE scored 5015 on Quadrant, putting it up there with the EVO 4G LTE and even the Samsung Galaxy S III.  There’s been some rumor that the Photon Q is going to get Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), but nothing has come of it yet.

Not only are you getting a full gig of RAM, but you get 8GB of internal storage along with that microSD slot.

This is not a phone that would be called thin even by the most apologetic Android fan. It’s a thick phone and it needs to be treated that way. The QWERTY form factor means that there needs to be some added weight. So if weight is an issue for you, then you might want to look elsewhere.

Motorola made sure to ship this phone with very few “extras” clogging up space on your phone, which is something that we can appreciate. The Photon Q has a decent battery that comes with it, running at 1785 mAh.

Motorola Photon Q 4G

There are a few goodies available as well, including NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a very nice 8MP camera. There’s also micro HDMI and micro USB ports. In theory, you could use the micro HDMI to connect video to another device, which is sort of cool. Continue reading “A Closer Look at the Motorola Photon Q 4G”