Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The first things you are to do with your new Android phone

First of all, there’s a special type of geekish delight that comes with a new Android phone. While it may sound fresh to you, your options for phones are truly better than ever, and so thanks to a new phone from Google and solid updates to other models. It’s also less hassle than ever to switch from the iPhone or an older Android phone. Yet we still have some insider tips to pass along, as you can’t have enough knowledge when it comes to setting up the optimal smartphone experience.
Switch smarter: One shining example here is the Pixel, which comes with a Quick Switch Adapter to help you move everything over. It does an admirable job no matter which platform you’re currently on. So in this regard, I recommend using it if you want to keep your text messages and automatically download your existing apps. As for me, I’ve tried several backup systems, and none of them has performed as well as what Google built here. If your phone is made by another manufacturer, there’s likely to be some additional services or cloud solutions offered as part of your setup. Samsung offers its own cloud and data transfer tools, and there’s always the useless Verizon Cloud. Don’t get sucked into these, as Google’s integration is the way to go. If you start fresh, make sure you sign in with a Google account (or create a new one if you’re starting really fresh) because you’ll need this and a credit card for Play Store purchases. And now, as a part of startup you should also activate fingerprint sign-on (if your phone has one) or at the very least a PIN. Your phone has an incredible amount of personal data that you don’t want to fall into the wrong hands. Speaking of fingerprints, if you have a Pixel go to Settings > Moves and check out what you can do. You have the ability to swipe on your sensor for notifications as well as other hardware tricks like double-pressing the power button to launch the camera. These tools are essential and are among the first things I think you’ll want to get to know.
Get your Google On: This is Android, so to this regard I believe you’ll want to take advantage of all that built-in Google integration. So on this note, the first stop here is to make sure that Google is listening to you. And to get that done, open the Google app, then go to Settings, then Voice. Then choose OK Google detection so you can say, “OK Google” to perform a voice inquiry. If you have a Pixel, there’s an extra treat waiting for you with the Google Assistant. That’s because Google’s artificial intelligence powers are ready to answer numerous natural language questions and control smart home products. If you have another phone, you can still get some of the Assistant’s smarts inside of the Allo messaging app. But in any case, the real power won’t be realized until it becomes widely available on other phones outside of the Pixel. Also, you’ll want to explore the service formerly known as Google Now on Tap. When you hold the home button, Google will scan what is showing on our phone's display and offer you contextual searches. It’s slowly improved over time to where it's a pretty handy aide. Finally on this note, I use it primarily when I’m reading an article and would like to know more about the topic or want to quickly get a read on a restaurant or another venue a friend is talking about in a text message.
Pick the right app: Here, two of the most important things you should do with your smartphone is to use it for photography and communication. So you should select the default apps and set up any cloud backup so you don’t skip a beat when using these tools. Google’s Messenger app is a great option for basis SMS testing, and it’s likely to be even more important as carriers adopt RCS Messaging. But when it comes to photo backup, you can’t beat Google Photos. Finally, if you have a Pixel you need to be sure that you use it since you get it free, unlimited backup at full resolution of all pictures you take. But regardless of this, there are still plenty of other choices. So if you backup your images to Dropbox or prefer something like Textra for SMS, then be sure to download those or fire them up if you did an app transfer. Getting those core apps you use numerous times a day is one critical step to take.
Put a case on it: Beyond doubt, it's appealing to going native with your phone. You get to see and feel it as the design team intended, without the extra bulk. However, most people I encounter who subscribe to this philosophy have one thing in common: "a cracked screen" So to this regard, You really need to put a case on it.
Updates galore: At this point, the last thing you should do is familiarize yourself with the world of Android updates, particularly if you’ve switched over from iPhone. If you have a Pixel or perhaps a gently-used Nexus device, you’re in the best possible situation since updates will come directly from Google. And once you unwrap your phone, you’ll have an update waiting thanks to development work that’s gone on since the hardware went on sale. Thanks for reading...........

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