7 Tips to care for your Android phone and make it as good as new

There are a handful of thousands of Android phones on the market right now, ranging to the very affordable to the dreamy. It is quite understandable then if one says not all phones can perform as well as the market leaders and flagship models such as Samsung’s Note and SIII or HTC’s One.

Perhaps you spent a fortune on your Android phone and want it to work flawlessly; or perhaps you did not spend much and still want it to perform just as well. Whichever boat you are on, the best thing about Android is that there are simple practices you can follow and soon have your GALAXY Y performing like an Optimus, your Optimus like a Wildfire, you Wildfire like an Ace, your Ace like a Desire, your Desire like an XPeria, your XPeria like a GALAXY S, your S like a top of the line GALAXY Note or SIII.

So you probably get the point by now. The argument is how you can make your phone a better performer (it is surprising how many are unaware of this.) Here are seven simple steps that can have a great impact on your great (or not so great) Android phone and, who can say, perhaps they will even leave you with a butter smooth feel like the phones at the top end?

[All image screenshots taken on an international GALAXY Note. Screenshots may not be reproduced without permission.]

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 1.  Get rid of old app footprints

Arguably the biggest obstacles to a smooth Android phone are old, uninstalled or moved app footprints. Continue reading

The New Google and Google+

On June the 28th some lucky ones—including me—may have noticed a small tweak in Google’s homepage and most of its services save Gmail. And on Wednesday, this trial feature was formally launched for a larger groups, but still a limited one, of users around the world. Perhaps the most noticeable of these—at least the one that caught my eye—was the black bar at the very top of the page.

“We’re working on a project to bring you a new and improved Google experience, and over the next few months, you’ll continue to see more updates to our look and feel,” said Google’s digital creative director, Chris Wiggins.

Before I explain what Google hopes to achieve from this new look, let’s take a look at Google back in ‘97:


The main difference is that the colourful Google logo has been reduced in size, the search box has been made more prominent and two sets of links have been moved to the top and bottom of the page giving your browser what Wiggins described as a cleaner look.

While this goes quite the extent in making an already minimalist, clean page unnecessarily cleaner, the changes in other parts of Google do have an underlying utilitarian face to them. Wiggins describes these broadly as focus, elasticity and effortlessness.

Focus is perhaps what ought to be—and rightly is—on top of Google’s priority. No matter what they are doing on any of their services, the user’s concentration must effortlessly be able to put its entire self to what it is doing at present. Continue reading