Tips & Tricks
It was only a matter of time right? Soon after the Nexus Player was released, Chainfire had working root on it (probably just for proof of concept), and now, thanks to developer dhacker29 (famous for keeping Motorola devices alive and functioning) we have a working custom recovery for the premier Android TV player.
MultiRom used to be a root tweak that was at the top of everyone’s mind, but as of late, it hasn’t been receiving much traction. The last major phones that were supported were the Nexus 5, HTC One M8, and the Galaxy S4. However, with this latest update, the tweak that allows you to run multiple ROMs is getting a breath of new life thanks to its added support for our favorite whale, Shamu.
Usually we have to wait until after a phone is released, it could be months (Moto! ಠ_ಠ) or it could be day one (Nexus praise!), but eventually it seems like the majority of Android phones (especially popular ones), get rooted. The process to achieve root though, could be daunting, that’s where Chainfire comes in.
Google Now updates and additions have been rolling out quicker than I can say “OK Google” — I don’t know what’s going on over there in Mountain View but I like it. We’ve been treated to health questions, NCAA stats, increased movie details, and a lot of other useful information. I’m honestly starting to become convinced that Google Now will one day become all we need on our phones.
Don’t believe me? You will after you let Google get you drunk with their latest feature.
Users are becoming increasingly more vigilant about protecting their devices, and while there are many forms of security when it comes to your Android device, what you are trying to protect and how far you’re willing to go to protect it will determine the right steps for you. I’m going to outline a few of those steps in order to give you a better idea of what options you have when it comes to protecting your device. Some are extremely easy to implement and bring peace of mind, while others are tedious and quite bothersome, but also offer more security.
Whether you’re a casual user or power user, one thing is for certain — you’re going to be downloading apps. You may have noticed that every new app you download receives a nice little shortcut icon on your home screen. That might not be a big deal for some of you, but for others (especially you app hoarders out there) having dozens of app icons automatically added to your home screen can be unnecessary and make for quite the cluttered home screen.