How to: Turning on and off multi window feature on Android / Samsung Galaxy S3

The new Multi Window feature became available in the recent Android update for Samsung Galaxy S3. You can enable / disable it from the top menu. Drag your finger from the top of the screen and down, then drag your finger to the left in the top menu you get, until you find the “Multi Window” button. Pressing it will enable or disable the feature :)

Twitter on Android: Clearing search history

It is a bit irritating to get old search queries up when typing search terms in the Twitter for Android app. It is a bit hidden away, but you can clear out the search history pretty easy.

Note that doing this also resets settings for the application, but it does not log your account off.

On your phone, go to App Drawer, Settings, Applications Manager,  Twitter. Then click the “Clear data” button.

Samsung Galaxy S III: How to add shortcuts to the home screen

So i just got my new phone, a juicy Galaxy S III. But i quickly noticed that i did not quickly notice how i could add shortcuts to the home screen. (On HTC, it was simply to select add -> shortcut -> select shortcut).

This is how to add shortcuts on the S3:

  1. Long click a empty space on the home screen
  2. Choose “Add to home screen”
  3. Choose Apps
  4. Choose Widgets at the top right
  5. Find the app with the related shortcuts
  6. Place it on the home screen
  7. Voila, you should now be able to choose a relevant shortcut.

Cant download large apps from Android Market

If you are running a rooted Android phone and have problems with downloading large apps from the Android market, one fix can be to move the market download folder over to the SD-card, install a terminal emulator and perform the following (on your own risk of course):

mkdir /mnt/sdcard/market-download-cache
su
cd /cache
mv download download.bak
ln -s /mnt/sdcard/market-download-cache download
ls -ahl

Then try again and see if it wont work better to download large apps, like Google Maps :)

Will Android Gingerbread get released this week?

According to a tweet from a leader in the Open Handset Alliance. Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez, the next Android release named Gingerbread is getting very close to release. Apparently developers will be getting access to the Gingerbread already this week, with Google`s Nexus One getting it shortly afterwards.

Hopefully HTC will not wait too long with rolling it out to its phones(Hero, Desire etc) :)

Android still more popular than iOS on mobile devices

Gartner foretold last year that Android would become the worlds No.2 operating system on mobile devices, but it looks like christmas came early this year. Android has now climbed up to a 2.place already, way ahead of Apple`s iOS.

The rankings now is:

1: Symbian (36.6%)
2: Android ( 25.5%)
3: iOS (13.48%)

You can check the complete list at Gartner.

Opera 10.1 beta for Android released

Opera has finally released a new version of it`s browser for the Android platform. Another version of the browser has been on Android Market for quite some time, but this has lacked features that even the default browser has had, and therefore making it not to tempting to use. But it looks like this has changed! :)

The new version has these features:

–  Opera Turbo taking care of speeding up content loaded
– Ability to zoom and pan(finally!)
– Speed Dial
Visual tabs
– Geo location support
– Ability to sync bookmarks across devices
– SVG support

I have still not had the time to test this version but the ability to zoom/tan alone is enough to make me give it a new try :)

Opera Mobile is available for Android users in the following 18 versions: Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

TMobile G2 (Aka HTC Vanguard) to launch in September(?)

The Android powered HTC Vanguard is going to become TMobile`s G2 phone.

TMobile USA has now launched a teaser page about the phone that is to compete against the 4G-network by using the HSDPA+ network,  which is pretty much the same as 4G when it comes to speed.

The specs are still not completely verified, by the rumors so far mentions:

HSPA+ speed
QWERTY Keyboard
Android 2.2 Froyo

And it will (hopefully) be launched in September.

TMobile’s official announcement:

The T-Mobile® G1® was the world’s first Android™ -powered phone. Launched nearly two years ago, it created an entirely new class of mobile phones and apps. Its successor, the T-Mobile G2™ with Google™, will continue the revolution.

The T-Mobile G2 will deliver tight integration with Google services and break new ground as the first smartphone designed to run at 4G speeds on our new HSPA+ network. In the coming weeks, we’ll share more details about the G2 and offer exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers.

HTC Desire battery usage: 3G/HSPA vs Wi-Fi

This depends on your usage (and other variables like connection strength etc).  For example: if you are often without Wi-Fi-connection, the phone will continuously look for a access point to connect to, thus using more power.

With my usage, i need both 3G and Wireless during a normal day. And my battery usage indicator tells me that both “Cell standby” and Wireless uses the same amount of power(31%). So it looks that i would be able to save some more battery if i turned off either 3G or wireless.

So the answer is: Check what`s using the most power on your phone(Settings -> About Phone -> Battery -> Battery use) and change your settings/preferences after that :)

Getting the most of your HTC Desire battery

Last updated: 30.july 2010 @ 19:20 GMT

There is a lot of frustration out there when it comes to the battery life of HTC Desire, i myself don’t see it as a issue since i have no problem in getting my battery to last for around three days. (While others again barely lasts two hours) So here i have gathered up my tips on how to increase the battery life of the HTC Desire. (These tips should also work for any other Android phone)

1) Use the sleep mode
As long as the display is turned off, the phone is in “sleep mode”, thus using less power. (You will still receive SMS and phone calls in sleep mode)

2) Turn down the screen timeout
Screen timeout decides how long the phone should be idle before the display is turned off and the phone goes to sleep. I myself have set this to 15-30 seconds. You can change this under settings -> Sound & Display

3) Turn down the LED back light
No reason to keep the back light on full power now is it?  Under Settings -> Sound & Display -> Brightness you can choose to either use automatic brightness control or set it to a standard strengt yourself.

4) Install Advanced Task Killer
When you leave a program in Android, the program still runs in the background. Which is not a good idea for some apps that like to run regular updates etc while running. So use Advanced Task Killer to get rid of those resource hoggers.

5) Deactivate wireless/GPS/Bluethooth/etc
If you dont use some of those features, simply turn them off. For example the wireless system will scan for networks pretty often and will that way hog quite a bit of power.

6) Check out the Battery info
Under Settings -> About Phone -> Battery -> Battery use, you get information about what apps that uses the most power. On my phone it`s the android system itself.

7) Set Wi-fi to automaticly turn off
There is a “hidden” feature called Wi-Fi sleep policy, where you can deside when the Wi-FI should go to sleep. (As you might know, Wi-fi is one of the things that eats the most battery). You can change this under Settings -> Wireless & networks -> Wi-Fi Settings -> pressing the menu button -> advanced -> Wi-Fi Sleep policy

8 ) Disable / Change auto sync of apps
Under Settings > Accounts & sync, you have the ability to either disable all syncing of apps, or even changing them on a per app level. Do you really need to update stocks/weather each hour?

9) Consider emptying your battery
I have gotten some reports that using your phone all the way until the phone dies (aka: the battery has been emptied), then recharing it, can have a rather extreme effect on how long the battery can hold.

10) Use a dark background
The desire uses a OLED screen. OLED uses more power to display bright colors, so you can save some powers by using a dark background.


Got any other tips? Feel free to share them here, and i will add them to the list :)