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Alarm clock utilities for Android are a dime-a-dozen, and ultimately choosing the best one comes down to the features you need. Even so, after testing several of the more popular ones on in the Android App Market, we think that Alarm Clock XTreme is the most feature-rich and useful alarm clock available for Android, thanks to its display customization features, unique alarm settings, and more.
CyanogenMod is to Android, what Shelby is to Ford. CyanogenMod is easily the most popular AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ROM out there today, with MIUI catching up quite fast. While both ROMs are appealing in their own manner, MIUI ROM is based on CyanogenMod, and that alone is a testament to its awesomeness. How did the ROM start out, and when?
We love Android, but rooting your phone can give you the opportunity to do so much more than your phone can do out of the box—whether its wireless tethering, speeding it up with overclocking, or customizing the look of your phone with themes. Here's how to root some of the most popular phones with minimal effort. Rooting, for those of you that don't know, means giving yourself root permissions on your phone. It's similar running programs as administrators in Windows, or running a command with sudo in Linux. With a rooted phone, you can run more apps (like backup or tethering apps ), as well as flash custom ROMs to your phone, which add all sorts of extra features. If you're on the fence about rooting, check out our top 10 root-only apps that make it worth the hassle .
Whether you're an faithful Android user or you've just unboxed your first Android phone, there's a wealth of free and cheap apps in the Android Market that can turn your device into a mobile powerhouse. Our second annual Lifehacker Pack for Android is stuffed full of apps to keep you connected to home, office and friends, or just help you stay entertained on the go. The Lifehacker Pack is a yearly snapshot of our favorite, must-have applications for each of our favorite platforms. If you're curious to see how things have changed this year, here's last year's Lifehacker Pack for Android . Want to skip to a specific category?
Super Evo Battery Tips and Explanations **Updated 1-22-11** Over the months I have been an Evo user, I have collected some valuable information that all users should probably know in regards to maximizing battery life. Besides the stuff about 4G and a few specific options, these steps apply to pretty much any other android phone running 2.2, and a lot of them apply to versions below Froyo. General Lithium Ion Battery Information ^^This link includes stuff about charging, including trickle charging aka SBC (Why NOT to use it, or at your own peril) My tips for good battery life: Tips for Non-Rooted users:
I decided to write this to clarify a lot of the misconceptions around here. This is also good information for people who are new to modding their phones, the Evo in particular. I see a lot of the same questions being asked over and over so here is some information that some may find useful. I will also warn people if I know that what they are doing can potentially destroy their phone or cause it to stop working properly. RADIO/WIMAX/PRI/NV UPDATES: I see a lot of questions concerning this. Like, "Oh wow, the new HTC build # 3.29.651.5 is out.
[GUIDE] ¤‡¤‡¤ Kernel starter guide and other information ¤‡¤‡¤ Here is some information regarding kernels that I've collected from people off of this forum and the internet. This work is mine, but I just reworded it to make it work. I thought I'd compile it for future users that have questions. Now updated with some of the more popular kernels at the bottom. Make sure you select the one that corresponds with your kernel style. ( i.e.
In an ideal world, your Android's apps, their settings, and your system settings would automatically back up to the cloud so that if you lost your phone, bought a new one, or installed a new custom ROM , setting up a fresh device with everything in place would be a piece of cake. The good news: This utopian Android backup actually is possible. Here's how to set it up. We back up our computers religiously, but our phones are often neglected. There are tons of situations in which you may want to have your phone backed up. Perhaps you uninstalled an app and deleted its settings, only to decide that you want it back.
Your Android is supposed to keep you instantly connected to your digital life. It can do that, but it needs some help. These best-of-class applications make sending files, syncing music, swapping web sites, and other phone-computer hook-ups so much easier. Two-Way Tools: Android to Desktop to Android
We asked , and, boy, do our readers have some issues with their Android phones. Here's a few of the biggest sticking points, how to fix them, and a few tiny-but-aggravating issues our commenters figured out on their own. Phone Occasionally Lags or Freezes, Especially Heading Back to Home Screen Our own Whitson Gordon has essentially written a novella on the alternative home screen launchers available to aggravated Android owners. Right now, he's digging on Zeam , a fast alternative launcher that also offers multi-finger gestures and a few customization tools.
Digital media isn't as young as it once was, and your media collection has likely grown well beyond what most portable devices can handle. With the right tools, you can stream anything from your spacious hard drive to any device. Photo by William Hook . If your media library has gotten too big for its britches and no longer fits on your portable device, it's time to explore options beyond physically syncing your media to your device's hard drive.
Web site Geekaphone lets you check off the platform, price range, and features you want from a smartphone and tells you which phones match your criteria. Geekaphone acts like most other "power search" functions you'd find on shopping sites, only it focuses on smartphone features and is incredibly easy to use. Just tell it what platform you want to use (Android, iOS, etc.), let it know your price range, and it will spit out a list of phones.
Got an Android or iPhone? Want to do more with it? Here are a bunch of little things you can do this weekend to supercharge your smartphone so it can do almost anything you want. First Things First: Root/Jailbreak You may have a great phone, but it can be a better phone when the possibilities are unlimited. If you're on Android, you just have to root your device and on iPhone you have to jailbreak .
Android has a ton of really, really great calendar apps. Business Calendar's ease of use, however, blows the pants off every other app, so it's what we recommend to most users. Smooth scrolling calendar Zoom into multi-day (1-14 days) views with a tap and drag Month, agenda, day, and event views Quickly fade certain calendars in and out with one tap Search through events Customizable widgets for month, week, day, and agenda views Tap a day to see a popup of that day's events Many options for recurring events Drag and drop in multi-day view to copy events (Pro only) Link contacts to an event (Pro only) Change font sizes (Pro only) Select individual calendars for each widget (Pro only) Business Calendar is not the most advanced calendar on the Market, though it should be enough for almost everybody, and its incredible interface is worth losing one or two features to the competition.
If you like your wallet, by all means, hold onto it. But if you'd like to travel lighter and worry about one less thing to remember, you can put replace most of your wallet's functionality with your phone. Here's how to switch over everything except your cash, and maybe one card. Image via visualpun.ch . There are already great, convenient things your phone can do to stand in for your wallet, but the future looks even better. Near Field Communication technology (NFC) , built into at least one Android phone and more to come, will eventually allow your phone to handle wallet replacement even better.