How Google’s rift with Huawei could change Android and smartphones forever | PCWorld

A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services.

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The bombshell comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms that “pose a national security risk.” While the order didn’t single out Huawei, the Commerce Department simultaneously added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning the smartphone maker from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without explicit government approval. Together, the two moves make it extremely difficult for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.

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Google cuts off some business with Huawei, report says – CNET

If you own a Huawei phone, as I do, it appears we will no longer be getting any Android OS and security updates… Needless to say, “I am not a happy camper”…  Also, appears that any new phones distributed by Huawei will be cut off from the Google Play Store, as well.

Huawei is losing Android operating system updates, a source close to the matter told Reuters, and Huawei’s upcoming phones outside of China will no longer get access to apps and services like Gmail and Google Play. Google also will no longer offer technical support to Huawei, the source told Reuters.

Source: Google cuts off some business with Huawei, report says – CNET

Quick Tip: How To Find, Lock Or Erase A Stolen or Lost Android Device

There is nothing more distressful than losing your smartphone… If you own an Android device, such as a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook, you most likely performed the initial set up using a Google Account (i.e. Gmail account). As a result, you have a feature where you can remotely find, lock or erase the device in the event the phone is stolen or lost (Note: The phone must be turned “on” in order for this to work). You can even ring the phone and send information to the phone requesting that the phone be returned. You will need to go to a computer, log into your Google account, in order to make this work. Follow the steps below to put you on the road of recovery. You can go ahead and practice this…

  1. Open a browser, like Chrome Chrome. If you’re using someone else’s device, use private browsing mode.
  2. Open your Google Account.
  3. In the “Security” section, select Find a lost or stolen phone.
  4. Select the lost phone, tablet, or Chromebook.
  5. Follow the step-by-step suggestions to help find and secure the device.

ADDED TIP: Also, did you know, if you have a Google Account, and you are logged in, you can perform a Google Search, type in “Find My Phone” and Google (with a map) will find your phone within about 50 feet.

Android App: Fire and Police Scanner 

This is a nice fire and police scanner for your Android phone (or tablet)…

Listen to live audio from over 7,000 fire and police scanners, weather radios, amateur radio repeaters, air traffic and marine radios from around the world. Turn on notifications to receive alerts anytime a scanner has more than 3500 listeners (find out about major events as they’re breaking).

Scanner Radio – Fire and Police Scanner

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Source: Scanner Radio – Fire and Police Scanner – Apps on Google Play

Note: To install on your smartphone or tablet, look for the “Google Play” app. Open the app and search for the title of this application.

Quick Tip: How To Power “Off” and Power “On” Your Android Phone

How do I turn the darn thing off and on?  Typically your Android Smartphone and other Android devices (like your tablet) are made to remain “on” and will go to sleep after a prescribed amount of time; however, it is a good idea (every so often) to turn the phone “off”, then back “on”. This is good to refresh the memory, dump any cached files, etc… Couple other situations where you may need to turn the phone “off” is a situation where you do not want the phone to cause a disturbance (like in Church, at a funeral, at a wedding, a meeting, etc…) OR you may need to turn it “off” when the phone has locked up.

On most Android devices if you do the following, you can turn the device (phone or tablet) “off”:

Press and hold in on the power button. Typically an option will appear that will allow you to select power “off” the device.

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On most Android devices if you do the following, you can turn the device (phone or tablet) “on”:

Press and hold in on the power button. Be patient, it may take a bit of time for the boot screen to appear to indicate the device is powered “on”. Also, give the device a minute or more to fully boot up.

Quick Tip: Securing Your Android Phone

If you have ever lost or misplaced your Android phone there are two waves of panic that hit. Wave number one is just the fact of knowing you lost a valuable piece of property. Wave number two hits you when you realize everything you do on that phone (photos, personal data, passwords, social media, text messages, etc…) could be in the hands of someone else. Smartphones are a treasure trove of personal data that ultimately could compromise your life if you do not take the proper measures to secure your phone.

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Today’s tip is simply this… Secure your phone and do it now…

To do this (and each phone is slightly different), go into the “Settings” and look for a selection that will fall under the premise of “Security and Privacy”. In those “Security and Privacy” settings (and each phone is different) look for the options to secure your phone (via a lock screen). On today’s phones, depending on the model, you can protect access to the phone through passwords, swipe patterns, pin numbers, fingerprints, and face recognition. What do I use on my phone? I use face recognition, a pin number, and fingerprints in combo. What is the safest? I am going to say fingerprint; however, I am now reading that the crooks have ways to break that (one of the reasons I use a combination of access controls).

Anyhow, please lock down your phone before you experience the two waves of panic…

Quick Tip: Disable/Uninstall Unneeded Android Apps

Typically, with few exceptions, when you purchase an Android smartphone (or tablet), there are apps on the phone that are pre-installed and cannot be uninstalled (or removed) if you do not need them. Since you cannot uninstall (or remove) these apps, I suggest that you disable them to prevent them from running in the background. To do this (each phone is slightly different), go into the main system settings of the phone and look for the app list or menu. In that menu locate the app you want to disable and look for the option to disable it.

For example, below is an image of the where I disabled the “Gallery” app on my phone. This will save me space on the phone and will save on background memory.

 

Google Maps now lets you report live traffic slowdowns | Android Community

Even though technically they’re both owned by Google, there’s still a lot of differences between Google Maps and Waze. But one of the most requested features from users of the former is to adapt the incident reporting feature of the latter. Late that year they eventually did that but was limited to only two things: crash incident reports and speed trap reports. Now they’re adding another important thing that users can report: traffic slowdown. It is now rolling out only to selected countries so don’t be surprised if it’s not in your Maps yet.

Source: Google Maps now lets you report live traffic slowdowns – Android Community

You need this Fractions Calculator App for Android

I don’t know how I ever did without this calculator. How many times have you ever had to add fractions together? If, like me, not that often; but, when I do have to perform fraction calculations I find it a challenge. This calculator app, called Fractions Calculator, eliminates this problem; plus, it has taught me about fractions.

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Best and free offline fraction calculator ✌, supporting also decimals, percentages, and parentheses that shows a detailed solution for all calculations. 😊 At school 🏫 or home 🏠 need to solve simple or complex math fraction problems, convert fractions into decimals, or decimals into fractions? – this fraction calculator will do it ✅ and will show how it was done 😺 Perfect for students, parents, teachers, and woodworkers to solve or verify fraction everyday problems. Features of this fraction calculator free app ➕ ➖ ❌ ➗ 🍉 Supports combining decimal and fractional numbers. Automatically reduces fraction result to its simplest form. 🍇 Converts fractions into decimals and decimals into fractions. Calculated result is displayed using fractions. Equivalent value in decimals is also available. 🍌 Shows a detailed solution, step by step for all fraction problems and calculations. 🍎 History of previous calculations is available. 🍒 Besides basic math operations such as add, subtract, multiply and divide; fraction calculator allows calculating percentages for fractions. 🍅 Triple keypad available 🍍 Works with big numbers. No limits 😋 We have made this fraction calculator a

Source: Fractions Calculator – detailed solution available – Apps on Google Play

Check Out Drippler’s List of The Best FREE Android Apps of 2019

This list was compiled by Drippler (see source link below) and reflects a wide assortment of FREE apps for your Android devices (smartphones and tablets).

There are apps for everything, and many of them are completely free, meaning you’re just a few downloads away from supercharging your smartphone at no extra cost.

Admittedly, the huge quantity of apps doesn’t mean they’re all quality – far from it in fact, and finding the good ones can be tough.

Source: The best free Android apps of 2019 | Drippler – Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

Learn How to use copy and paste on your Android Phone or Tablet

We have been doing computers for years and the one function that I see that people still have not learned is how to copy and paste. Learning this function is so important toward increasing productivity and making your computing life much more bearable. To me, this is one of the most important functions to learn when it comes to using a computer. Anyhow, that is another story…

Today I came across an article by Android Central (see source link below) that will quickly teach you how to copy and paste on your Android Phone or Tablet.  Trust me, learn how to do this…

Typing on your Android phone or tablet can be a bit tedious at times, especially if you have to type a lot. And what if you want to share what you’ve typed with someone else? Don’t type it all out again, just copy and paste! Here’s how!

Source: How to use copy and paste on Android | Android Central

Vollynx – Great Android App To Manage The Volume Modes On Your Phone

Vollynx is a favorite Android app of mine that provides quick access and control to the volume modes on my phone (or tablet). I especially love the widget where I can quickly glance to determine what volume mode the device is in and from that same widget can change the modes quickly.

Vollynx is an application that intelligently controls the volume of the speakers and the headphones. And you don’t need to hassle changing the 4 volume-modes like the normal mode, the manner mode, the silent mode any more.

Source: Volume control – Vollynx – Apps on Google Play

Here is “How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet” | Digital Trends

This article provides “step-by-step” instructions on how to use “Google Cloud Print” and how to use a built-in feature in some printers that allows you to email a document to the printer for printing.

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These days, you don’t need a computer to print a document or photo — you can easily print them straight from your smartphone or tablet. There are a few ways to do so, but once you’re set up, it should be easy. Our how-to guide will walk you through all the steps and have you printing wirelessly in no time.

Source: How to Print From an Android Smartphone or Tablet | Digital Trends

Android Authority on “How to set up a new Google account on your Android device”

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Head into the Settings of your device.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the “Accounts” option.
  3. Tap on the “Add account” option at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Select “Google”.
  5. Choose “More options”.
  6. Tap on “Create account”.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions by entering your personal info, selecting a username, etc.
  8. Tap the “I Agree” button to create your Google account.

Read More @ Android Authority

Malwarebytes for Chromebook is an Android app engineered specifically to protect your Chromebook

Own a Chromebook? Here is a version of Malwarebytes that has been engineered to work on your Chromebook. In order to get this, your Chromebook must be able to run Android apps so that you can download and install from the Google Play Store. Malwarebytes for Chromebook is an Android app engineered specifically to protect your Chromebook. Google Play automatically detect your Chromebook and will install the appropriate Malwarebytes product. I am currently running this (and testing) on my Chromebook… I am a firm supporter of Malwarebytes on all platforms (Windows, Android, etc…).

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Malwarebytes for Android or Malwarebytes for Chromebook free download comes for a limited time with an extended 90-day trial of the Premium version, if you sign up for a free Malwarebytes account. No commitment to buy required. When the 90-day trial is ended, Malwarebytes will only detect and clean, but not prevent, infections. It’s ad-free, forever.

Source: Malwarebytes Security: Virus Cleaner, Anti-Malware – Apps on Google Play

From Gizmodo: These 22 Malware-Riddled Android Apps Might Be Draining Your Phone’s Battery

Malware is finding its’ way on people’s Android devices through apps that are downloaded from the Google Play Store. Google does a pretty good job of tracking these apps down, but sometimes it is to late and the app has already made its mark. Many of these apps had strong reviews. The battery draw occurs due to the app being on a constant run time of reporting back with information and possible grabs of your data.

On Thursday, anti-virus provider Sophos published a report describing its discovery of 22 Android apps that contained a variety of malware the company has named “Andr/Clickr-ad.” The apps come from a variety of small developers, and Sophos said that Google removed them from its Play store at the end of November. One of the offending apps, Sparkle Flashlight, had been downloaded more than a million times and many of them had strong reviews, according to Sophos.

Read More @ Gizmodo

Did you know that “500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer”?

Malware on our Android devices is typically introduced by means such as portrayed in this article, with one goal in mind; and, that is to steal your data. Think about it, your smartphone contains a profile of YOU; where sensitive data could be used to compromise YOU on a personal and a financial basis. I tell people, treat your smartphone as if it is your wallet…

The malware was disguised as various games, and didn’t have any legitimate function; rather, they crashed every time they were launched. Now for the worst part: Stefanko said that before Google removed the apps, two of them were featured in the store’s trending section.

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Source: 500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer

Here are “15 Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android In 2018”

One of the (many) uses for your smartphone is turning it into an alarm clock. The alarm clock apps in this article (see source link below) are all very good…

Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android 2018

Of course, there are many apps with these functions, as you just have to search for them. But we have searched for you and here we leave you our recommendations regarding this topic. Hence, today in this article we will present our selection of the best Android alarm clocks.

Source: 15 Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android In 2018

Get ’em while they are FREE: 39 temporarily free and 86 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Sample below… My favorite is the Voice Recorder Pro… Get ’em while they are FREE… Visit the source link below to see more at the Android Police.


  1. Night Light Pro: Blue Light Filter, Night Mode $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 9 hours
  2. Secure Note $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 9 hours
  3. Harley OEM Parts Stream App $5.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  4. Step By Step Shoe Lacing Guide Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  5. Ekveer Dictionary $13.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  6. Running Calculator: Pace, Predictions, Race Splits $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  7. B-MAN: Sound Recorder $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  8. Home Workouts Gym Pro (No ad) $2.59 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  9. Timestamp – GPS Camera PRO $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  10. Private Browser Pro incognito anonymous browsing $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  11. NoteLynX Pro Outliner Mindmap Wiki $2.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  12. Voice Recorder Pro $3.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  13. voice recorder pro $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  14. Formula Solver $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  15. QR/Barcode Scanner Pro $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days


Source: 39 temporarily free and 86 on-sale apps and games to start the week

The Best Android Apps for Chromebook – Make Tech Easier

I love my Chromebook and always on the hunt for good Android apps that will run on it. Here is a good “recent” listing that I can vouch for being good apps that will run perfectly on your Chromebook (that supports the Android platform.

Chrome OS now comes with support for Android apps, but which Android apps for Chromebook should you use? Here are some of the best apps you should use.

Source: The Best Android Apps for Chromebook – Make Tech Easier

You Will Love This Virtual Note Board App

You will love this virtual note board app, called “Note Board” that will help you remember tasks, write sticky notes, save web content, post pictures, etc… “Note Board” allows you to save content you come across with the Chrome or Firefox browser extensions; AND, is available as an Android or iOS app.

Note Board, productivity app

Organize notes: move your sticky notes to the board you want and drag the bottom right corner to resize.

Multiple boards: organize notes in boards, use textures to change the look of the board, move notes between boards.

Publish boards: when board’s visibility is set to public, it is viewable by anyone, but nobody will be able to change the contents of the board except yourself. Visit the gallery to see examples.

Share boards: share boards with friends and let them have writing access rights or read-only.

Save web content: if you install the Chrome or Firefox extension right click the website you are viewing to store a note, a selection of text, an image, a link or the URL of the page.

Source: Note Board App

An Android File Manager That Works Seamslessly On The Chromebook

If you have a Chromebook that has the ability to run Android Apps, I highly recommend “Solid File Manager” as a substitute for the default file manager that is built into the Chrome OS. This app, when installed, will give you 14 days to play around with it then you will have to buy it. It was well worth the $1.99 that I paid (at a discounted price from $2.99). This “dual panel” Android file manager is the first one I have come across that can actually access the SD card (drive) on my Chromebook; plus, the network shares on my main computer. I also like that Solid File Manager allows me to encrypt files and the ability to easily access my online files from Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, etc… This Android file manager is the first file manager that I installed on my Chromebook that works seamlessly with the Chrome OS.

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Below is the features of this file manager.

Features: – Material Design! – Two independent panels serving as file browsers – Rich customization options: icons sets, color schemes, themes – Drag and Drop inside and between panels – FTP, SFTP, WebDav, SMB/CIFS clients – Ability to read and extract ZIP, 7ZIP, RAR and TAR archives, even encrypted – Ability to create password protected ZIP and 7ZIP archives – Cloud file manager: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync, Copy, Mediafire, Owncloud, Yandex – Root access makes Solid Explorer a fully functional root explorer – Extensibility: more features in separate plugins available in Google Play – Indexed search finds your files in a couple of seconds – Detailed file information with storage usage statistics – Batch rename: change names of multiple files at once using regular expressions and variables – Useful tools: hiding unwanted folders, FTP Server (plugin), bookmarks, Chromecast support, media browser

Source: Solid Explorer File Manager – Apps on Google Play

Try this Android Compass called “Compass Steel 3D”

Nice 3D compass app for your Android phone… Smooth and Elegant!

FEATURES: • Ad-free digital compass • Choose from multiple color themes • Choose between 2 heading modes – True heading (based on True north) and Magnetic heading (based on Magnetic north). • Sun direction indicator • Moon direction indicator • Sunrise and sunset times • Moonrise and moonset times • Self-calibrates as you use • Marine-style compass

Source: Compass Steel 3D – Apps on Google Play

Quick Reminders (Notification Notes)

There are thousands of Android apps on Google Play to the point that you can miss out on some really good ones. Today I happened across a new “Reminders” app (called Quick Reminders) that you may want to take a look at (features summarized below). Currently the app is FREE (for a limited time). Developer did a nice job with this.

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Quick reminders is a simple & light-weight (1.5MB) application that allows you to add Notes & Reminders to a persistent notification in your system pull-down.Key features:* Create a pinned note in your notification shade/pull-down.* Add an always visible title with collapsible contents.* All Quick Reminders are persistent across reboot & wont be lost.* Choose to show the status bar icon or not, this will also affect how much the notification can be collapsed.* Randomise the notification highlight colour.* Choose a custom highlight colour if random is unchecked.* Dismiss, edit or create a new note directly from your existing Quick Reminders.* Share the note/reminder with any other application.* Send text from any other application to Quick Reminders.* Expand and collapse your Quick Reminders so they take up less space.* Accessible from the Quick Settings Pull-down (Android 7+).

Source: Quick Reminders (Notification Notes) – Apps on Google Play

Android Authority Reporting New Integrated Service For Android and Chrome OS To Be Unveiled

Perhaps as early as next week, Google will unveil a new service called “Better Together” that will give your Android device and your Chrome OS device the power to work as a team.

Some things you will see come out of this are:

  • SMS Connect, which will let you read and respond to text messages within Chrome OS. This will likely be different and probably more robust than the recently-unveiled Android Messages for the web.
  • Instant Tethering, which will allow you to use your phone as a hotspot and then connect to the internet on your Chromebook instantly. You can currently do this with any laptop, but it will now be “instant” with Better Together.
  • Smart Unlock, which will help you avoid typing your password into your Chromebook over and over again. Instead, if your phone is nearby, your laptop will automatically unlock.

Source: ‘Better Together’ will integrate Android and Chrome OS devices

Dark Sky – Nice Weather Forecasting and Visualization App

Really like this Weather application… No ads; plus, very accurate. Available at the source link below and as an app on your Android and iOS devices…

Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information: with down-to-the-minute forecasts for your exact location, you’ll never get caught in the rain again. (It’s like magic!)

Source: Dark Sky

Nice Listing Of Chromebook Apps

If you are a Chromebook user, you are probably looking for apps to install; especially, if your Chromebook can handle Android Apps. After some research, I found the following article at Computerworld (from 2017) that is still very relevant and current in the recommendations. Many of these apps I have installed on my Chromebook and  I am very satisfied.

Turn your Chromebook into a uniquely versatile modern computing machine with these Chrome-OS-enhancing apps.

Source: Android apps for Chromebooks: The essentials | Computerworld

Here’s everything we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 | Digital Trends

Tablets are becoming a rare breed; however, Samsung still continues to produce… The Galaxy Tab S4 appears to be latest in their lineup. Read more at Digital Trends

Last year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S3. Rumors are now surfacing about its successor — the Galaxy Tab S4. While there aren’t too many details, various reports and rumored specs have helped us gather information on Samsung’s latest tablet. Here’s everything we know.

Source: Here’s everything we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4 | Digital Trends

Hey Android Users… Here are the Google Play Awards 2018 winners as revealed by Android Authority…

Android Authority, one of my favorite “go to” Android news sites, has published the winners for the 2018 running of the Google Play Awards.

Here is the full list of winners, along with their Play Store links:


Source: Google Play Awards 2018 winners revealed: who stood out from the pack?

How To Use Specialized Software To Recover Lost Data From Android Phones | EaseUS

Most Android data recovery processes require connecting your phone to a Windows based computer and using specialized software installed on the computer to initiate the recovery process. EaseUS MobiSaver is an example (see source link below to learn more).

Connect Android phone to PC and run EaseUS online data recovery software for Android

 

How to recover lost data from Android phones? This article introduces you a powerful Android data recovery tool which you can use to recover lost photos, messages, contacts and more.

Source: Android Data Recovery Tool – EaseUS

A Promising NEW Android App Called Radiogram

Radiogram is currently designated as being “unreleased”; however, you can download and try it. In other words, it is in “beta testing” and could be unstable; but, don’t let that stop you. I have installed it on my Android phone and so far I have found it to be quite stable. Radiogram is a FREE app (no ads) that gives you the ability to listen to thousands of radio stations (music, news, sports, etc…). Find your station of interest and simply tap on it to start playing. Nice app that is already good and will only get better…

Source: Google Play Store – Radiogram

 

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