Here’s a little feature of the Play Store on Android devices that is starting to grow on me: the +1s from Google+ that show up when you’re looking at the details page for an app.
I know this feature has been around for some time, but I find lately I’m A) noticing it more often and B) finding it useful as an additional recommendation for a promising looking app.
I spend a lot of time on Google+, find it easily the most useful social network, and have found a lot of people whose opinions I respect on there.
So I count this as a definite +1 (or plus many really) point for the Google Play Store.
What do you all think of this feature?
I just got the new Nexus Wireless Charger a few days back. This is the new version of the charger that’s compatible with the 2013 Nexus 7 and the Nexus 5. Since I’m using both of those it’s a potentially very handy accessory to have around.
I have used last year’s version of the Nexus Wireless Charger too, and I have to say first impressions wise I much prefer this year’s new version. Here are a couple of quick reasons why:
– It’s flat, not odd shaped and angled like last year’s model. This makes it far easier to plop down a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 on it and have it in the perfect spot for charging right away. I just aim for roughly the middle of the device on the middle of the charger and the magnetic face does the rest and snaps the device into perfect position.
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ClipSync is an incredibly handy app that lets you copy and paste text back and forth between Android and Windows devices.
It’s one of those great little apps that just does one thing, but one very useful thing, and does it extremely well. This is what it does:
Ever wanted to copy paste text from Android to Windows, from Windows to Android or from Android to Android?
ClipSync does it all. ClipSync automatically synchronizes your Android clipboard with your Windows clipboard.
Copying text in Windows (CTRL+C) will automatically send the copied text to the clipboard of all you android devices on the same LAN over WIFI. Just long press any text input field and paste from the default context menu.
Copying text in Android will automatically update your Windows clipboard, and the clipboard of all other Android devices connected to the same LAN.
I just discovered the app a few days ago and have been using it a lot ever since. Though the app is still in beta it works like a charm – and is helping me be even more productive when working with a Windows latop and a Nexus 7.
You can grab ClipSync on the Google Play Store, where you’ll also find a link for its free companion app to be installed on your Windows machine.
I’ve only just recently started playing with lock screen widgets on my Nexus 5 – mostly prompted by the fact that the excellent Todoist app now supports them. When I first went to add a lock screen widget for Todoist it didn’t seem obvious how to do it.
It turns out lock screen widgets are not enabled by default in Android 4.4 KitKat. Happily, it’s super easy to get them enabled though. Here’s how:
– Open the Settings app
– Scroll down to the Personal section and tap on ‘Security’
– On the Security page, in the first section for Screen Security, tap the checkbox next to ‘Enable widgets’
– Then go out to the lock screen, swipe left, and tap on the + symbol. Then just choose which widget or widgets you want to use.
That’s it. Happy widgeting.