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by more heat than light » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:30 am

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more heat than light wrote:I'm almost a year into Android now, and I wish I was still using my Windows Phone.
Is it Android or the specific phone you have?


Bit of both really, but I've always found Android a bit unwieldy. I guess you just get used to it eventually, but I miss the simplicity of Windows.

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by NickSCFC » Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:05 am

more heat than light wrote:I'm almost a year into Android now, and I wish I was still using my Windows Phone.


The only thing I really miss is that consistency with Windows on my laptop, things like the settings and email menus being different.

Oh and the browser address bar being at the bottom, other than that I'm not looking back. If it weren't for having so many logins linked to my email address I'd be moving over to a GMail account too.

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by Green Gecko » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:40 pm

You can just read any email address into gmail via POP or IMAP, forever, it's one of the best features. You don't have to change anything.

Hell I still read my aol email my dad set up when I was 12 via that.

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PostRe: Android Thread
by Drumstick » Sun May 06, 2018 9:40 pm

For some reason, something called Safe DNS is blocking certain sites loading on my phone. I mentioned in a different thread earlier today that the images in my signature aren't loading and look like broken links to me.

I just tried loading them in a couple of different browsers and receive this:

Site is Still Blocked
The i64.tinypic.com site is still blocked, because the settings do not take effect immediately. Please wait a minute and refresh this page. We recommend that you restart the browser to refresh its cache.

WTF is this?

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PostRe: Android Thread
by Johnny Ryall » Sun May 06, 2018 9:45 pm

Probably whatever WiFi you're connected to is using that DNS. Try changing your network settings on your phone to use 8.8.8.8 for DNS and see if that works better

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PostRe: Android Thread
by Drumstick » Sun May 06, 2018 9:50 pm

Johnny Ryall wrote:Probably whatever WiFi you're connected to is using that DNS. Try changing your network settings on your phone to use 8.8.8.8 for DNS and see if that works better

It's my home WiFi that I've not changed any settings on in months. My phone (OP3T) doesn't appear to allow me to change the DNS. I'd sooner disable the Safe DNS thing which has appeared out of nowhere but I can't find any trace of that on the device.

Edit: WTF. I had a look on my mobile data and then switched back to WiFi and poor! Problem solved. Bizarre.

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by Return_of_the_STAR » Mon May 07, 2018 7:21 pm

Has any got or any experience of the Nokia 8. I'm thinking of getting it, seems a good phone for around £299.

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PostRe: Android Thread
by SandyCoin » Tue May 08, 2018 2:43 pm

I have a question about whatsapp that hopefully someone can help me with. I've not used my UK number for a while now as I don't live there, but have the sim in my phone and just use Whatsapp. Giffgaff emailed me saying I need to use my phone or top up or my number will be taken from me.

So yeah, if they take my number from me, can I still technically use Whatsapp, and have my contacts on it? With other people obviously still able to contact me?

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by Curls » Tue May 08, 2018 2:58 pm

SandyCoin wrote:I have a question about whatsapp that hopefully someone can help me with. I've not used my UK number for a while now as I don't live there, but have the sim in my phone and just use Whatsapp. Giffgaff emailed me saying I need to use my phone or top up or my number will be taken from me.

So yeah, if they take my number from me, can I still technically use Whatsapp, and have my contacts on it? With other people obviously still able to contact me?


My advice. Request a PAC code from giff gaff and move your number to another PAYG british sim. Then continue as your doing?

Got anyone in the UK you can put your address as?

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by SandyCoin » Tue May 08, 2018 3:54 pm

Curls wrote:
SandyCoin wrote:I have a question about whatsapp that hopefully someone can help me with. I've not used my UK number for a while now as I don't live there, but have the sim in my phone and just use Whatsapp. Giffgaff emailed me saying I need to use my phone or top up or my number will be taken from me.

So yeah, if they take my number from me, can I still technically use Whatsapp, and have my contacts on it? With other people obviously still able to contact me?


My advice. Request a PAC code from giff gaff and move your number to another PAYG british sim. Then continue as your doing?

Got anyone in the UK you can put your address as?


As I'm totally useless at organising myself, I realised this was supposed to be done by tomorrow, so can't really sort all that out now. But that's an interesting idea, cheers. I just added a fiver goodybag, complained that it didn't work here, so they put it as "credit" to use. So I think that means I've kept my number and will use the credit whenever I'm back in England.

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PostRe: Android Thread
by Curls » Wed May 09, 2018 2:33 pm

I heard you lot talking about different operating systems?

Is there a better one touse for a galaxy S8? With an idiots guide on how to get it?

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PostRe: Android Thread
by NickSCFC » Wed May 09, 2018 4:01 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... mart-reply

When can I get it?
The open Android P beta kicked off on Tuesday, and unlike previous years limited to just Google’s Nexus or Pixel devices, third-party smartphones are invited.

Those with a Google Pixel or Pixel 2, Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21 or Essential PH-1 can head to the Android beta test page to enrol their devices. The OnePlus 6, which has yet to launch, will also be included in the Android P beta.

Will anyone else ever get it?
The problem with Android updates is it often takes as long as a year before third-party manufacturers push out major versions. Google is trying to solve this by giving early access to Qualcomm, which makes many of the smartphone processors, as well as third-party manufacturers.

Android P promises to be the fastest update to non-Google devices yet, but notable absentees to the initiative are the two biggest Android smartphone manufacturers, Samsung and Huawei.

Gesture navigation
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Following on from Apple’s introduction of gestures for navigating on the iPhone X, several Android smartphone manufacturers have introduced similar gesture options, including OnePlus.

Google is adding the option into Android P to replace the familiar on-screen back, home and overview buttons with just a back and home button. Tapping the home button goes to the home page of the launcher, but swiping up once from it activates overview, while two swipes opens the app drawer.

Notch support
Displays with so-called “notches” are quickly becoming common, with several smartphones such as the Huawei P20 Pro already available with the cutouts at the top housing front-facing cameras, sensors and speakers. Android P will introduce full support for notches optimising how content, notifications and status icons are shown around them.

Time on the left
One of the smallest but most noticeable changes is the shifting of the clock to the left from the right. The left used to show the mobile network signal quality and notifications from apps. But now the time is in the left corner and the signal meter has been moved to the right side.

App actions and AI predictions
Android P is going to try and predict what you want when you want it, whether that’s an app or a particular task within an app.
Android P is going to try and predict what you want when you want it, whether that’s an app or a particular task within an app. Photograph: Google
Google is using machine learning to try to predict what users want all over Android. Within the new horizontal multitasking page, Android P will try to guess which app you want next. The new App actions feature goes one stage further, attempting to predict the task you are trying to perform, showing a shortcut to take you straight to the section of a particular app that deals with it.

Smart replies for notifications
Having debuted within the Gmail app, and then a dedicated Smart Reply app, Google is bringing AI-powered reply suggestions straight into the notification area. With Android P, you will no longer have to think or write anything back to the dozens of inane messages you get – just tap a button and be done with it.

Slices
Slices will surface content and functions from within apps in-line with search results.
A bit like the way Google surfaces information within search on the web using boxes to display snippets of sites within the results, Slices displays information from apps directly within the Google search app.

One of the demonstrations shows pictures from Google photos for place searches. The feature requires app developers to build in the capability, but this is Google attempting to make search more relevant within the current app-siloed paradigm.

Adaptive Battery
Google’s assault on battery-hogging apps continues with Android P in the shape of Adaptive Battery. Developed by Alphabet’s AI-outfit DeepMind, Adaptive Battery learns an individual’s usage patterns and directs the power to only the apps you need at the time you need them for more predictable day-to-day battery life.
Android P also has a new way of categorising apps called App Standby Buckets that separates the apps you use from those you don’t, restricting those you don’t actively use or have installed but never launched from draining the battery. Third-party manufacturers, including Huawei, have long had similar services on their phones, but it is good to see Google backing the technology in Android.

Adaptive Brightness
Automatic brightness adjustment using an ambient light sensor has been built into Android for years. Now Google is integrating AI into the feature so that it will actually learn from your manual adjustments to automatically tailor screen brightness to levels better suited to the individual user.

A cure for phone addiction?
Google’s various tools will roll out later this year.
Google also showed off tools focused on “digital wellbeing”, designed to prevent smartphone addiction. These include an app dashboard, which shows how much time you’ve spent on your phone and what you’ve been doing with it. An app timer allows you to set limits on certain apps, nudging you when getting close to your allotted time and greying out the app once the timer is up.

Finally, the Wind Down feature will automatically enable Night Light, which cuts down on blue light emitted by the screen, turns on the Do Not Disturb mode and changes the screen to greyscale at your set bedtime.

Enhanced privacy
Google is revamping the way Android handles background apps to better protect user privacy. Starting with Android P, apps given permission for location, the microphone, camera and network status will no longer be able to access them when idle in the background. As such, it will be harder for rogue apps to spy on users without their knowledge.

The changes follow a recent tightening of control over how and when apps run that were made with Android Nougat and Android Oreo, primarily to prolong battery life and performance.

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by Errkal » Wed May 09, 2018 4:06 pm

Saw some of the tweets coming out during the announcement. Adaptive battery sounds cool and the app switching looks very cool.

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PostRe: Android Thread
by Curls » Fri May 11, 2018 10:49 am

Does the Nintendo switch dock work as a DEX for S8?

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by Errkal » Fri May 11, 2018 10:50 am

Curls wrote:Does the Nintendo switch dock work as a DEX for S8?


I very much doubt it.

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by lex-man » Sat May 12, 2018 11:24 am

I got a Pixel 2 last week as my Nexus 5x broke. Personally I not actually that bothered by the upgrade. The only improvements I've noticed is that it shows the battery from my blutooth headphones, having the time on the lock screen all the time and the extra storage space. I guess I'm not really a huge phone user.

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by Alvin Flummux » Sat May 12, 2018 1:06 pm

I think my Moto G4 is finally dying, after 2 years of service - my social media apps keep failing to open (necessitating a reboot & reinstall), nothing will download from the Play Store (I've tried everything), I've had several warnings that my MicroSD card is missing, had issues finding service. I have my Nokia 6 to move to, but I haven't set up my account with T-Mobile yet.

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by Errkal » Sun May 13, 2018 8:14 am

Factory reset it.

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by Dual » Sun May 13, 2018 8:30 am

lex-man wrote:I got a Pixel 2 last week as my Nexus 5x broke. Personally I not actually that bothered by the upgrade. The only improvements I've noticed is that it shows the battery from my blutooth headphones, having the time on the lock screen all the time and the extra storage space. I guess I'm not really a huge phone user.


How is the camera?

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by lex-man » Sun May 13, 2018 11:49 am

Dual wrote:
lex-man wrote:I got a Pixel 2 last week as my Nexus 5x broke. Personally I not actually that bothered by the upgrade. The only improvements I've noticed is that it shows the battery from my blutooth headphones, having the time on the lock screen all the time and the extra storage space. I guess I'm not really a huge phone user.


How is the camera?


It's really nice although I didn't think the 5x one was all that bad.


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