SOLVED: The Complete Guide To Icons on Android Devices

Android cell phones, tablets and Chromebooks are now fully featured devices and they have a substantial number of sometimes confusing notification icons. We regularly receive requests from visitors about what the icons on their various Android devices mean so we invested a day researching all of the current Android icons we could track down. For beginners, the single graphic below will explain most of the common icons. However, there are a myriad of other Android…

VIDEO: SOLVED: How To Avoid Losing Contacts When Changing Cell Phones

In this short video we explain that your Android cell may have contacts stored in several locations and if you change cell phones, you are likely to loose contacts unless you migrate them first. Open CONTACTS Click the SETTING icon (top left 3 bars) Click MOVE CONTACTS Select the FROM and click DONE Select the TO Move Now when you install your apps on your new phone those contacts that were stored on your phone…

VIDEO: Oculus Go Unboxing, Competitors, Setup & Review

After unboxing the Oculus Go, we explain the competitors of the Go as the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and more.  We then: set it up show how to create the Oculus account mirror the Go onto a PC using TeamViewer and Oculus app on a Android Samsung S9 explore the app settings explore the Go interface install Netflix and Discovery Channel VR discuss the pro’s and cons If you want…

SOLVED: Need Admin Approval For Office365 Email

If you are setting your Office 365 email on a tablet, iphone, Android cell or any device that is not part of your corporate network you may see: “Need admin approval Email Email needs permission to access resources in your organization that only an admin can grant.  Please ask an admin to grant permissions to this app before you can use it. Have and admin account?  Sign in with that account Return to the application…

SOLVED: What is the Orange N on my Samsung Cell Phone Messaging App?

If you have an Android cell phone or more specifically and Samsung cell phone, you will likely see an white ‘N’ in an Orange circle on the 3 dot settings icon of your MESSAGES app.  The ‘N’ is an indication there is something NEW for you to look at. Today that is likely trying to get you to enable the new and awesome feature named Chat.  Chat is what consumers will call Rich Communication Services…

SOLVED: The Top 10 Things You Need To Know About RCS/Chat

In the most direct terms, Rich Communications Services (RCS) is a Google developed, global standard for enhanced texting. We were recently asked “What is RCS Rich Communication Services” so we decided to write up this very quick ‘top 10’ of what everyone should know about it: RCS is designed to compete with What’sApp, WeChat, iMessenger, Telegram and other add on apps that chew up your data plan.  RCS/Chat is not supposed to cost extra or…

SOLVED: What Companies Support RCS (Rich Communication Service)/Chat

As of spring 2018, the following telco’s has signed on to support RCS (Rich Communication Service). If you want to very quickly get up to speed on RCS, click HERE for our Top 10 Things Everyone Should Know About RCS. Advanced Info Service (AIS) – Thailand Airtel – India América Móvil – Mexico AT&T – USA Axiata – Malaysia Beeline – Russia Bell Mobility – Canada China Mobile – China China Telecom – China China…

The Future of Android is Harmony

If you have not heard of Harmony it is a renaming of Huawei’s Linux based operating system that will replace Android on Chinese made products to comply with both the Chinese Government demands and US President Trumps banning of the export of Android. In previous internal iterations Harmony was named Hongmeng or Ark OS, but now they have settled on a decidedly less Chinese sounding brand name. In our sister site’s article titled The Future…

How To Remove Google Lens and Restore Voice Search in the Google Widget

A recent update to Google Widget search bar changes the voice search mic icon to a Google Lens four cornerned icon.  When you click that icon, Google Lens appears instead of the expected voice search.  Google Lens (which turns your camera on and performs searches for things it sees) is a fine product but we seldom want to use it and we want Voice Search back. Unfortunately, once you have approved the change there is…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Enable and Disable Developer Mode on a Samsung S8 S9 S10 Android Device

This video and the instructions below it show you how to enable and disable Developer Mode on an Android based Samsung S8 S9 or S10 . Enable Developer Mode Swipe down from the top Click the SETTINGS cog Scroll to the bottom and click ABOUT PHONE Click SOFTWARE INFORMATION Click the BUILD NUMBER 7 times Disable Developer Mode Swipe down from the top Click the SETTINGS cog Scroll to the bottom and click DEVELOPER SETTINGS…

SOLVED: 5G vs 4G Simplified

On our sister site PartisanIssues.com we recently wrote The Rational Case Against Huawei .  We provided a simplified explanation of the different generations of networks: While 5G (meaning 5th Generation) is technically nothing more than the next iteration on 4G (4th Generation) cellular networks, it is in fact quite transformative.  As you can see in the chart to the right: 1G is basic cellular connectivity for voice calls 2G added texting 3G added basic internet data 4G…

How To Stop The Samsung S9/S10 Bixby Button From Activating

Samsung Bixby is a personal assistant that I would get to like if it did not jump in my face so frequently.  Bixby starts most often when I accidentally click the Bixby button on the left of my S9 near the volume buttons.  There was no easy way to block this in the past without getting an app which usually adds junk to your phone. Android 9, released a few months ago, has a new…

SOLVED: How To Disable Gestures – Android Samsung S9/S10 From Dialing Automatically

Gestures can be really useful, especially for those that embrace them and learn to get around the qwerks.  They can be particularly useful to someone with a disability, but for others gestures can be exceptionally annoying. Android 9 wants to dial when you swing my phone, if there is a number on the screen.  Specifically if you have a text message or contact open and you swing your phone (to your pocket, or head, to…