Jun 132014

Don’t know what to do with the QR Codes? Feel confused about the strong QR code? Here’s how to use the QR codes to make finding apps easier.


qr-codeWhat are QR Codes?

Find the QR barcodes you’d like to access (in a magazine ad, perhaps less so for QR codes now appearing on highway billboards). It’s like the one to the left. It’s used as a shortcut to link to content online or download an app using your phone’s camera (See best camera phones), saving you from typing lengthy addresses into your mobile browser.


How to Use QR Codes to download an app?


  •  A smart phone
  • Install a reader app on your Android device – like Barcode Reader


After the app is installed, launch Barcode Reader and you’ll see a red line across the screen. Move the phone forward to make the viewfinder zoom in on the QR code.

Then it will take you to the download section in the Android Market. It’s that simple. Then you can install your Android apps now.

Why does QR Code not work on your Phone?

Sometimes, a messages saying the app you want to download won’t work on your phone. Because different models of Android phones run different versions Android OS and because wireless carriers sometimes limit what apps can be installed the phones they offer, not all apps work on all Android phones.

Oct 172013

Looking for a new Android phone to replace your aging phone? Android phones come in a variety of forms and flavors. Here are the best smartphones running Google’s innovative mobile platform.



The HTC One is up there with the very best smartphones on the market today. It has superb performance, and excellent build quality spoiled only slightly by running hot in use. You can’t fault the feature set, and it matches the other high-end products in terms of price. In terms of audio and visual output it is unsurpassed. The interface might be an acquired taste for some, and we weren’t overly impressed with the camera. It’s not perfect, but alongside the Xperia Z and iPhone 5 this is about as good a phone as you can buy.


  •  Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) with HTC’s Sense user interface
  • 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • 4.7-inch Super LCD, Full HD, high-pixel-density (468ppi) display
  • 4MP rear camera
  • 2.1MP front camera
  • 32/64GB internal storage



LG has trumped the competition with the G2. The phone offers a combination of value for money with high-end features which we haven’t seen from rival flagship devices. A great specification combined with impressive design and handy software features mean there’s very little to dislike about this handset.


  • 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800
  • 5.2-inch LCD; 1,920×1080 pixels, 424ppi
  • 16GB, 32GB  internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13 megapixels, 2.1 front-facing camera

Samsung Galaxy S4


The Galaxy S4 is a great phone with outstanding hardware and performance. Improvements to the camera, sensors and battery more than prove the S4 to be a capable standalone upgrade to the S3.


  • Skinless Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2), which means the same experience as the Nexus
  • 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • 5-inch Super AMOLED high-pixel-density (441ppi) display
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • 16/32/64GB internal storage
  • MicroSD slot

Nexus 4


The pocket-rippingly large Nexus 4 is one of the grizzled veterans on this list of Androids, but its above average processor and unique features have kept it in the game with the young bloods.

We were able to get the Nexus 4 to go 14 hours before needing a recharge — something unheard of on the Android side of things. For some users, that might be reason enough to give it a shot.


  • Jelly Bean (Android 4.2)
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor
  • 4.7-inch WXGA IPS display
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • 8/16GB internal storage

Moto X


The coolest feature of Motorola’s first smartphone venture as a Google company is Touchless Control. Moto X will come alive to the soothing sounds of its owner’s voice.

The Moto X offers an incredible amount of user customization, with more than 2,000 color combinations to choose from, and its light, powerful features make it a definite contender in a very strong 2013 lineup.


  • Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.2)
  • Motorola X8 computing system, consisting of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core clocked at 1.7GHz, a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, and two low-power processors, one that is used for natural language and the other for contextual computing
  • 4.7-inch AMOLED HD 720p display
  • 10MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • NFC
  • Wireless charging

No matter which Android you will pick, you can use Android Data Recovery if you inadvertently lost your data on Android phone. It is a necessity since data loss is inevitable and will happen this time or later.

Sep 302013

Buy a new Samsung Galaxy phone? Nice, you can enjoy it at once. To get started, download interesting games and applications. Many of them are free.

But how do you install apps on Android? Here are instructions.

The Google Play

googl-playThe Google Play is pre-installed on your phone or tablet. Firstly, you should sign in with a Google account (actually, you did it when you first set up the phone). Haven’t done yet? Add a Google account to your phone (and even sign up for one at the same time): Go to Settings > accounts to do so.

Once you’re logged in, you’ll be able to browse the browse apps, purchase apps, or download free apps and update apps. Purchasing apps is done a couple of ways. One is through Google checkout. You give it a credit card number, and it manages the transactions for you. Another way is through carrier billing. If you’re on Sprint, AT&T or T-Mobile you can charge apps to your phone bill.

It’s funny that you can download it onto as many phones as you have once you’ve purchased an application. Need more space on your phone? Uninstall an app and put it back on later if you need it again, at no additional charge.

To install from the Google Play on your phone


  1. Open Google Play app and choose an app.
  2. To install, tap “Free” (If it’s a paid app, you’ll tap “Purchase”).
  3. You’ll be asked to accept permissions — this shows you what the app can access on your phone. Hit yes, and the app will download and install.

Note: You can cancel a download when it’s happening. For paid apps, you can request a refund within 15 minutes.

To install apps from the Google Play on Web Browser

  1.  Go to https://play.google.com/store from a web browser.
  2. Pick an app. Hit the install button.
  3. You’ll be asked to accept permissions, and choose which device you want to install on (if you have more than one).
  4. Look over the permissions and hit the install button again. The app will magically be downloaded and installed on your phone.

The Amazon Appstore

amazon-appstoreA relative newcomer is the Amazon Appstore. You’ll have to have an account with Amazon to use it. Firstly, you need to download Amazon Appstore.

Once it’s on your phone, you can download apps directly from it or, like the Google Play, from a web portal. App downloaded through the Amazon Appstore will be updated through the Amazon Appstore.

How to install apps from the Amazon Appstore

  1.  Go to Amazon.com/apps to download the Amazon Appstore on your phone.
  2. Choose an app in the Appstore, and hit the install button.
  3. Same goes for the on-device Appstore app. Choose an app, and install.

The Appstore app remembers apps you’ve purchased, so you can install them again if need be.

Note that as of this writing, phones on AT&T cannot use the Amazon Appstore.


Android allows you to download apps from third-party app store. Installing an app from outside Google Play is known as “Sideloading.”

To sideload apps, you’ll first need to change an option in your phone’s settings menu to allow non-Market apps. Check the “Unknown sources” box, and to allow sideloading. Do note that while “experts” will tell you this potentially presents security concerns, you can turn it off and on at your leisure. So you can sideload an app and turn it right back on, no worries.

So how to sideload? If in a web browser you tap on a link that goes directly to an Android application (identified by the .apk suffix), it’ll automatically start to download the app, and then ask if you want to install it. Another way is if an app is e-mailed to you, which some developers do. Or you can install apps via the Android software development kit and the command line.

Oh, and because the Amazon Appstore is outside of the Google Play ecosystem, it, too is actually sideloading apps. Same goes for other publishers, such as GetJar and Gameloft. You download from them and then sideload onto your phone.

AT&T and the Sideload Wonder Machine

Android smartphones on AT&T do not have the option to allow non-Market apps to be installed.

There are a couple ways around this: One is to install via the Android SDK. But we’ve made things even easier. No command line. No SDK. Just a simple Windows (or Mac or Linux) program we’ve dubbed the Android Sideload Wonder Machine. It installs apps just as if you were doing so through the Android SDK, only it’s all packaged up nice and neat. It’s a must-have if you’re on AT&T.

Bonus Tips: Uninstalling apps

If you can install apps, you can uninstall apps. And there are a couple ways to do it.

From your phone’s applications manager

This works for all apps that you’ve downloaded. It will not apps that are loaded into your phone’s ROM.”

Go to Settings > Applications > Manage applications, then tap on the app you want to uninstall. Tap the Uninstall button, and follow the prompts.

You’ll need this method if you installed either via the Amazon Appstore or the Sideload Wonder Machine.

From the Google Play

Go to “My Apps” (Hit the menu button to find it). Tap on the app you want to uninstall, then tap the uninstall button.

Drag and uninstall

Some custom ROMs (and Android 3.0 on tablets) give you the ability to drag, drop and uninstall. Look for a trash can.

And that’s it, folks. You’ve now mastered the basics of installing and uninstalling Android applications. What if lost data on Android, you can resort to Android Data Recovery. It can recover contacts, photos, text messages, videos and call history on Android phone and tablet.