Hangouts, Voice & Dialing!

So Google has at last merged it’s antiquated Voice app with it’s Hangouts app. Seamlessly utilize Voice and Hangout messages in one conversation (as many of you have been doing with your SMS). This is welcome news, as it also brings a refreshing interface change to the Hangouts app.

That said, the real change was the inclusion of the Hangouts Dialer! Not that surprising in itself if you’ve been aware of Google’s persecution of all apps utilizing the Voice service to deliver free phone calls. With a mandate that all 3rd party apps cease this usage several months ago, it’s nice to have an official interface at last. That said, the call service itself appears to be spotty when using Hangouts Dialer, at least for me. I, myself have retained one of the aforementioned blacklisted apps in its unmodified form, and it still delivers flawless digital voice calls. Unfortunately, the Dialer functionality is virtually unusable at the moment, hopefully Google will improve this shortly!


Amazon Instant Video (For Android!)

Are you an Android user? Not a Kindle Fire user? Jealous that even IOS users have access to all instant video services, but only proprietary Amazon hardware users get access to Amazon Instant Video?
Fret no more! The day of reckoning has come! Amazon at last has graced us with their services! If you’re reading this post, then chances are high that you’re already familiar with this particular streaming service. That said, I will not elaborate on how it works, but will instead simply explain how to get it:

  1. You must already have the Amazon App Store installed on your device. This is the only store that offers the video app for download.
  2. Download Amazon Instant Video from the Amazon App Store.
  3. If you don’t already have it, you will be prompted to download the Amazon app. This will serve as the front-end for your video consumption purposes.

That will do it. You can now begin streaming. Enjoy! Check out other recommended apps on my growing list page.

RandomKing these days…

Hello everybody(if there is still anybody)!
I have not died, nor abandoned the cause. In fact, I have shared everything so far. With a wife, a 2 year old, summer yard management, new job, home car repairs, etc., I haven’t been up to much. I’ve been inactive enough on XDA, that they’ve revoked my Developer Status. The good news, as I see it, is that I haven’t had to be active. Everything I fought to have on my first Android phone and tablet (battery life, features, speed, etc.) is now becoming standard. In fact, I’m curious as to the next revolutionary thing the phone companies will attempt.

That said, I still root every device I own, which is currently an LG G2, Note 10.1, and my Galaxy SIII (relegated to Airplane mode). If you’re a fellow G2 owner, you’ll know that the development is slow, but promising. I’ve just recently updated to Kitkat on my G2 and rooted it once more. My goal now is to package up a custom rom for my Galaxy SIII and update that from 4.3 to 4,4 at last! It’s been feeling a little sluggish… I think it’s time!


GS3 Battery Recommendations

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Many people continuously ask me how I manage to get the battery life that I do. While some of it is in the modifications I’ve made in my own roms, a fair portion of the savings are in how I use my phone.

Recently, I’ve adopted a new program into my regime. Greenify.

You likely know that Samsung has a “Task Manager” built in that allows you to forcibly close most things. But even then, many services may still be left running. For this reason, I have continued to use Advanced Task Manager. I disable any auto-killing, as that uses up more background battery than it saves. Instead, I place it’s widget on my home page and tap it before locking my phone each time.

Now, there are several services that run in the background that are necessary for Android to run. And there are some that are necessary for certain apps to receive their data and give you notifications. But there are PLENTY of others that don’t need to run.

Now, you have to put some thought in, but basically, the task killer will kill everything, for the moment. Anything that comes back that’s unwanted can be ‘hibernated’ by Greenify. These apps will function perfectly fine when you open them, but Greenify and Advanced Task Manager will ensure that they can’t run in the background continuously.


Adaway Issues!

Gather ’round and I’ll tell you a tale! The tale, of Adaway…

Once upon a time there was a fantastic Android application called Adaway. This program let you forcibly block intrusive data consuming and obnoxious advertisements in both apps and webpages alike! But then, the evil overlord Google kicked it out of the kingdom for interfering with their taxes!

…Anyway! I found that the last released version of the app was no longer connecting quite properly and I tracked down its creators. It turns out that there is a later version on unofficial Android stores, and I got my fingers on it. Unfortunately, it seems that, although it works flawlessly, the newer version DESPISES the older version. Forcibly installed by my rom, you may now find that you have no Adaway at all. Well, you do. You’ll find the app under /data/app using ES File explorer. Copy, DO NOT move it, to your sd card. Then, using ES File Explorers App Manager, uninstall it. NOW you can reinstall it using the copy you just made and it will run fine.