Dec 072014
 

The Nexus 7 Media Importer App allows connecting to USB memory sticks and SD cards without having to Root your Tablet first

The Nexus 7 is an amazing bit of kit but one thing missing is an SD slot or capability to connect directly to a USB stick, Google made the design decision to promote their Cloud-based service ‘Google drive’ where customers are given 5gb of space for free and then charged for any extra space, I know 16GB might be enough for downloading apps, surfing the net and keeping a small music collection, but for audiophiles or movie buffs who want to stack up 1000’s of media files on their N7  then it can become expensive.

That’s where USB drives and SD cards come in handy and now with the Nexus USB Importer App, there’s no need to root your Nexus 7 first, and enables you to stream music and movies straight from your portable memory to the Nexus7 Instructions as follows You can download the android app from Google play here What you need is An on the go Micro USB to USB cable, This one here is ideal for the purpose of connecting a memory stick to the nexus 7.

  1. If you are using an SD card reader, put the card in the reader first.
  2. Attach the OTG cable to the Nexus or other device.
  3. Attach your USB device to the OTG cable.
  4. The application will launch automatically.
  5. Select the file. The selected file’s path appears in the preview window (currently only photos show preview).
  6. Click the play icon to stream or the save (disk) icon
  7. If save is successful, you can click the download notification to view it or see it in the Downloads app.
Dec 072014
 

Logitech Boombox – One of the best wireless speakers available for the Nexus 7

I can confirm Logitech Wireless Speakers work amazingly well on the Nexus 7 and for the sound quality you will be lucky to find a better product for this cheap price.

The Good Overall decent sound quality Bluetooth connected quickly with no issues

The Bad Lack of tone controls – voices may seem to have to much bass occasionally At close to half a metre in length it’s not as portable as other wireless speakers – Perfect for around the house On low battery the sound quality decreases slightly

Features

  • Portable weight = 1.8kg, length = 45cm
  • Works within a 10 metre (33 foot) radius
  • Internal Rechargable battery lasts for up to 6 hours straight
  • 8 Custom  drivers to separate sound frequencies – Ensures you have optimum listening experience with clear, rich notes and deep bass

The Boombox is equipped with 6 speakers at the front and 2 bass speakers at the rear given excellent sound quality to all genres of music I’ve thrown at it, only issue is the bass can seem to much occassionally.

The controls are basic – Power on/off button, volume up/down button and bluetooth pairing button.

The speakers are very easy to operate any tech novice could use without much trouble.  Simply turn the power on, turn bluetooth on your tablet and then press the bluetooth pair button on the speakers, they should pair in less than a minute Are there any niggles?

Well yes. The plug to recharge the batteries can either be used in the UK or EU with the 2 pin adaptors by sliding the desired pin assembly in the plug, it feels weak and I would rather have a dedicated plug.

There are no controls to alter any frequencies or speakers (like bass, treble etc) just the factory set sound which is fine for 90% of the time. The battery will need replacing after a certain number of charge cycles (the battery is easy to get to under the stand, it looks like 3 AA batteries arranged in a triangle stack taped together and wires connecting them – probably an easy homemade replacement with more powerful charge batteries could be done later).

I can see through the small niggles to see a great little boom box. I have been using it for a while now and am loving it more and more each time. I recommend this items for anyone who wants to listen to their MP3 collection through speakers rather than the usual headphones. A good price and good quality means an easy choice.

Includes a 3.5mm out socket so can be connected to non bluetooth enabled devices as well. Logitech Wireless Boombox If your serious about music and happy to spend that bit more than you might want to check out Bose SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speakergoogle tablet nexus 7 wireless speakers bluetooth android tablet

Dec 072014
 

Reduce reflections from sunlight and protect your display from scratches with an Anti-glare screen protector sold in the UK,

These protectors are a bargain at just under 5 pounds for a triple pack and like with many screen guards may be difficult to install, however once on should provide the protection you require, Fosmon pack includes:

  • 3 Guard’s
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Cleaning cloth
  • An Applicator card

Some owners of this protecter are complaining of a slightly fuzzy screen once installed due to the anti-glare properties, however most are pleased with the performance and finger smudges are a lot less noticeable once display is covered. Post Update: My Amazon Review

Does almost everything it says on the tin, 19 Sep 2012 What you get is a lot for the price, it’s £5 for 3 protectors, You can’t get better than that! They work well enough, once all the bubbles and dust is removed from underneath. This took me a while to do in order to make it completely free but should be expected with any protector installation so nothing to do with the product, dust is annoyingly attracted to the screen.

Once installed I have to admit I am pleasantly surprised with the quality and anti-glare property appears to work particularly well. Even though the description states ‘crystal clear film’ I have to disagree as there is a slight fuzziness to the screen. Some may be put off by this, however it’s really not a big deal or annoying to me, everything still looks great quality from the high res screen. Also another plus is the smooth feel when you touch the protector, your finger slides across a lot better than on the bare screen itself.

Everything you need to install the screen comes with it, a card to remove air bubbles, lint free cloth to remove dust, straight forward instructions and installation tags to make film covers easy to remove. Tip: for removing Dust that sticks to the screen protector use cellar tape and stick onto the dust stuck to the inside of the protector and it will be removed.

Fosmon Anti-Glare (Matte) Screen Protector Shield buy from here

Check out my tutorial for installing these screen-protectors

Dec 072014
 

Simple instructions for Google’s Tablet owners – Reset your tablet to Factory default settings

There are a number of reasons why you may need to do this, it could be due to a virus causing problems, or maybe you just downloaded so much stuff the performance is effected or maybe a problem occurred when flashing a Rom and stopped your N7 working properly

Warning: The reset will wipe your hard drive, so please make sure you back up all important documents, media and apps, Google drive can be used to backup documents, media.  Your apps are automatically saved their anyway.

Method #1 This is the method to use if you can still load up nexus 7 operating system menus, people may use this to wipe all the saved data to start fresh again or if the nexus 7 is infected with a virus and antivirus apps are not able to remove it,

1. Open up your apps list and go to Settings > Backup & Reset which is under the Personal section

2. Press Factory Data Reset

3. Press Reset Tablet

4. If the device is password protected, it will prompt you to enter your password, pin, or pattern, etc. Press Erase Everything to finish

Method #2 So your nexus 7 is not loading at all, not to worry a hard reset is still possible in this state, follow the instructions below,

1. Turn off the device if it is turned on

2. Press and hold the Volume Up, Volume Down, and the Power Button at the same time for about three to four seconds to turn the device on, if done correctly you’ll see an Android lying on its back

3. Use the volume buttons to navigate to the Recovery Mode option, and press the Power Button to confirm your choice

4. The device will restart, and after a few minutes the device should boot to a screen showing an Android with a red triangle, press and hold the Power Button and Volume Up on this screen

5. Use the volume buttons to navigate to Wipe Data / Factory Reset and press the Power Button to confirm your choice

6. Use the volume buttons to navigate to Yes and click and wait for reboot.  Job done!

Dec 072014
 

List of android apps that should have been pre-installed on the Nexus 7

Sadly the Nexus 7 lacking in quantity of stock apps preinstalled on purchase, the ones that were installed are decent enough but there just was not enough.  Click here for the list of apps pre-installed

1.Front camera launcher

This very simple application adds a launcher icon for the Camera application.This allows you to use the Camera and Video Camera on Nexus 7 – Download link

2. Front Mirror

Simple app that allows you to use the front camera as a mirror - Download link

2. Dictionary – Mirriam Webster

A good offline dictionary – Download link

3. ES or Astro File manager

Makes searching for file types easy! Download Link

4. Quick system pro

Monitor your Nexus 7 apps, wifi traffic, CPU with ease – Download link

5. Tablet Talk

Use your mobile number to send and receive text messages on your Nexus 7 – Download Link

6.  Printer Share

Print straight from your Nexus 7 to your printer of choice – Download Link

7. Battery Widget

See exactly how much battery charge you have on you nexus 7 front screen -Download link

Dec 072014
 

How to use PS3 controller for android, nexus 7

There are three methods for doing this, one is connecting the PS3 controller via this cable to Nexus 7’s micro USB port this method only works with certain games that support controllers, simply plugin and play.

How to Use a Playstation 3 Controller on Nexus 7 to play Dead Trigger [ PS3 Wired via OTG ]

The second method is more difficult and requires you to root your nexus7 first – The tutorial I posted here should help you do that, the second method allows you to play any game with your PS3 controls and wireless through bluetooth. Full instructions are here

Sixaxis controller setup nexus 7 android

The second method you will need the Sixaxis app from google play, this app allows for mapping PS3 controllers – setting profiles to make games work the way you want with your gamepad.

Sixaxis controller setup guide

Sixaxis controller setup nexus 7 android

 Summary of what you need

A Game controller, PS3 is recommended but people are using Xbox 360 too. You can pick an Official Sony DualShock 3 Controller (PS3) from the link.  There are cheaper controllers that work but if your serious about playing games then go for quality. Download sixaxis app from the play store to sync it up.

Dec 022014
 

AV-test.org in response to the rising threats of harmful apps carried out a comprehensive test on android based antivirus software to find the best and worst of the bunch,

not to worry anyone but I was surprised to the amount of threats for android users, Phishing, Banking trojans, spyware, bots, root exploits, fake installers, sms fraud and download trojans that are hard to detect by google play due to the fact the trojan downloads after app installation. So what did AV-test conclude for testing against these types of threats?

The best of the bunch with a 90%+ detection rate include..

  • Avast – Free mobile suite
  • Dr. Web – antivirus light
  • F-Secure – mobile security
  • Ikarus – mobile security lite
  • Kaspersky – mobile security
  • Lookout – security and antivirus
  • McAfee – mobile security
  • MYAndroid Protection
  • NQ Mobile security
  • Zoner antivirus free

The worst of the bunch with 40% or less include..

  • CMC Mobile Security
  • Fastscan Anti-Virus Free
  • GuardX Antivirus
  • MobiShield Mobile Security
  • MT Antivirus
  • Privateer LITE
  • Snap Secure
  • TrustGo Mobile Security
  • LabMSF Antivirus beta
  • MobileBot Antivirus

If you have the worst according to AV’s Report then i would consider changing your software to one of the best. Full AV-test report can be found here for your information

Dec 022014
 

This android security suite is both and antivirus and backup utility,
FREE FEATURES ARE Security: * Antivirus: Block malware, spyware, and trojans * Scan each app you download to make sure it is safe * Schedule daily or weekly antivirus scans.

Get automatic, over-the-air, protection against the latest threats * File System Monitoring: Scans new files on your SD card to protect against malware Backup & Restore: * Securely backup your contacts to mylookout.com * Restore them to an existing mobile device Premium version has extra protection features but the free version is decent enough.

Googleplay link

Dec 022014
 
Introducing Pocket for Android

Pocket allows you to simply save website articles, videos, pictures to your Nexus 7 for viewing offline later on.

What makes this application worth having is

  • it’s clear layout when viewing saved files,
  • Ease to download files – select share on your browser or application and select pocket,
  • Compatibility with most browsers and many apps with share options.

If you go for periods of time with no wifi connection this is a must have. You can download Pocket from googleplay here