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
 

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 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  

Dec 012014
 

You can download and use the new Swype keyboard just go to this link, register and follow the instructions. Personally i love swype on mobile phones and although it does the job i found the tablet size made swyping the keys that much more difficult due to the distance my finger has to travel.  

Nov 282014
 

Out of the box installed Apps on the Nexus 7

Chrome Internet Browser - Fast and simple to use optimised for the 7″ screen. Lacking flash support at present.

Google+ – The new social platform by Google to contend with Twitter, facebook websites. Google plus can be said to be reading about other people in your ‘circles’ rather than writing about yourself. It promotes discussions. Also features video based chatting an ideal opportunity to put the Nexus front camera to use!

Gmail – If you have the Nexus7 then you really should have a Googlemail account. Gmail allows you to access your email account with ease.

Maps – Google Maps turns your tablet into a Navigator with the ability to install road maps and built in GPS to navigate offline. Satellite, street views are available and traffic alerts now are provided to help plan journeys.

Google Talk – Talk to others with this live chat connected to your google account.

People – Similar to contacts on mobile phones and gives you quick access to talk to other through google voice, talk and messaging.

YouTube – Browse and watch YouTube. Use fullscreen HD mode for optimum experience.

Calendar – Ideal for planning future dates such as birthdays, set reminder alarms beforehand to remember to buy presents.

Google Currents - Streams newspaper and magazine articles of your choice to a easy to navigate tablet format index.

Google Earth - An amazing application allowing you to view the globe in 3D zoom in and find rendered satellite photos of different places.

Google playThe Official Android market place with Apps, Games, Movies, Music for download can be found here.

Play Music – Googles Music player with built in equalizer, bass boost and 3D effects.

Others: Clock with alarm, calculator

Nov 282014
 
Aptoide is a large and independent android market app where one can download paid android apps and games for free, it works similar to google play however allows you to upload your own apps and games. This is why some people call it android black market because users can upload paid apps and games for other members to download.
Download all apps for free on Android – Aptoide