Android Now Most Popular Operating System (in terms of internet usage)

April 3, 2017

I may need to change my site name from What’s On My PC to What’s On My Android Device…

Google’s Android has overtaken Microsoft Windows for the first time as the world’s most popular operating system (OS) in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined…

Source: StatCounter GlobalStats


An Option To Fix Google Assistant On Your Android Phone

March 28, 2017

Google Assistant is Google’s new artificial intelligence personal assistant that allows you to ask Google questions (or give commands) and engage in a two-way conversation with Google. I have been playing around with it and it is very cool. I especially like that I can do hand’s free texting using Google Assistant when driving or I can ask Google about my day or any question for that matter. To determine if it is on your phone, simply hold down the “Home” button on your phone and you should be greeted with the “Hi, How can I help?”. In my case, I was waiting patiently for the Google Assistant to download to my Android phone and when it finally did, I ran into an unusual problem. I decided to do a blog post on this describing the problem I ran into and how the problem was resolved.

Google Assistant

The problem I ran into (in short summary) is that after I had determined Google Assistant was on my phone, by checking the version numbers of the Google App, it simply was not working correctly. When I held down the home button nothing would happen. If I tapped the home button it took me to the old Google Now screen.  At the Google Now Screen when I went into the settings, I noticed that it was the settings for Google Assistant (and not for Google Now). At first I thought that my phone being a mid-ranged phone wouldn’t support all of the Google Assistant settings; therefore, I only was entitled to maybe a lite version of Google Assistance.

Finally, after suspecting there was a software (or app) conflict and after searching the internet for a solution (with no luck), I found the Google Search and Assistant Help ForumForum’s are great for troubleshooting problems. After searching and browsing the forum I was unable to find a solution that matched the problem I was experiencing; therefore, I had to join the forum and describe the problem with hope that someone may be able to help. Part of the problem, when describing an issue, is finding the right words. When it comes to computers, electronics, smartphones, etc…; they all have a language of their own.

In this instance, I described the problem as follows:

Why is it when I launch Google Assistant it appears to launch Google Now?

When I launch Google Assistant via the home button it appears to launch Google Now.  I am not seeing the Google Assistant launch screen “how can I help”…  I also noticed that some of the Google Assistant features work and some do not.  For example, if I say “OK Google” , “read me the news” (from my customized list), it takes me to Google Play and plays a song from “the news”...

Within 24 hours a “Community Specialist” in the forum (named Lucas) came back at me with some things to try:

Lucas – Community Specialist said:

Hi Ramblinrick,

Welcome to the Google Search and Assistant Help Forum!

Just to confirm, is your Google app updated to the latest version? To check, visit Play Store and go to the Google App page. If you see update button, try updating the app that may help resolve this issue.

If that doesn’t help, try to reset the app and then try to update again. To reset go to device Settings > Apps / Application manager > Google > Storage > Clear Cache and tap on Manage Space > Clear Data. This step will reset the app to factory condition and all the personalization and preferences will be reset to original.

Please let me know how that works.

Best,

Lucas

The solution:

I followed the instructions and found that by doing a reset of the app was the solution (Settings > Apps / Application manager > Google > Storage > Clear Cache and tap on Manage Space > Clear Data).  Google Assistant is now performing flawlessly and we are now having conversations with each other on a daily basis. A big thanks to Lucas, whoever and wherever you are, for your assistance.


Update to Vudu App Converts DVD/Blu-Ray Movies To Digital (for $2 each) – TechSpot

March 25, 2017

Found this over at TechSpot; an article about an app that allows you to convert your physical movies (i.e. DVDs) to digital for $2 each…

Walmart’ streaming movie service, Vudu, is expanding its disc-to-digital program with an update to its mobile app that will allow users to scan the film’s barcode for converting into digital movies you can watch anywhere.

Source: Walmart’s Vudu app converts your physical movies to digital for $2 each – TechSpot


Set Digital Ground Rules For Your Kids Using Google’s Family Link

March 17, 2017

Google’s Family Link app lets you create a Google Account for your kids that helps you set certain digital ground rules, such as; managing the apps for your kids, keeping an eye on their screen time, and even setting a bedtime on their device.

Family Link is available by invitation only
to parents of kids under 13 years old.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • To create a Google Account for your kid through Family Link.
  • A compatible Android device for your kid*.
  • Your own Android device.
  • Your own Google Account.
  • To be in the U.S.

Source: Google Family Link – Home


What Is Google Chromecast? | Tom’s Guide

March 17, 2017

I encourage you to visit Tom’s Guide (see source link below) for FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) when it comes to the Google Chromecast. I own several of these and especially love that I can mirror my android smartphone screen to the TV in addition to all the apps (such as YouTube) that can be cast to the big screen. The Chromecast is an inexpensive way to turn an older TV into a Smart TV…

The Google Chromecast is a cheap, simple way to stream video content right to your TV. Competing with the likes of Roku and Apple TV, the $35 Chromecast plugs into your TV and grants easy access to multiple streaming services, from Netflix and YouTube to Hulu and Google Play. You can even throw content from your Chrome browser to the big screen. Use this FAQ to get up to speed on the Chromecast and decide if it’s right for you.

Chromecast plugs into your TV and grants easy access to multiple streaming services, from Netflix and YouTube to Hulu and Google Play.

Source: What Is Google Chromecast? – How Chromecast Works – Tom’s Guide


Did You Know You Can Send and Receive Money With Gmail?

March 14, 2017

I’ve been seeing article’s today to indicate that you can now send and receive money with Gmail for Android AND that this feature has been available on the web version of Gmail for some time.

I did not know, until today, that there was an option in Gmail to transfer money. From what I understand, a Google Wallet account is required.

On the web version, to send money to another recipient, see the following steps. For other options, such as receiving money, click on the source link below for further instructions.

Send money with Gmail

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click the Compose button.
  3. Enter the email address of the person you want to send money to.
  4. Add a subject and message text (optional).
  5. Click the $ icon (£ for UK users).
  6. Enter the amount you want to send and choose a payment method or add a new one.
  7. Click Review.
  8. Click Attach.
  9. Look over your message one more time and click Send.

To learn more about sending & receiving money using Gmail, click on the source link below…

Source: Send & receive money with Gmail – Computer – Gmail Help

To learn more about sending money using the Android version of Gmail — CLICK HERE  …


Reverb Brings Amazon’s Alexa To Your Phone

March 3, 2017

Love Amazon’s Alexa???  If so, you may be interested in taking a look at Reverb. This app is currently in development and will only continue to improve. Simply install, log in to your Amazon account, and ask Alexa questions or give commands by holding down the microphone on the screen.

Reverb currently does not support the music component that Alexa supports. The app can be a little buggy at times and on my phone appears to conflict a little with “Google OK”, however, I was very impressed and expect that this app will only improve (and become quite popular).

If you need to learn more about Alexa’s commands, check this out “The complete list of Alexa commands so far“…

Reverb allows you to interact with Alexa from anywhere. Via Alexa, Reverb answers questions, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service.

Source: Reverb for Amazon Alexa – Android Apps on Google Play