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5 Apps and Games to download for your new Android device

You may have just got a new Android smartphone or tablet and be wondering exactly where to start in the minefield of apps and games that is the Google Play Store. We've compiled some of the best apps and games to get you started. Google Keyboard is one of the first apps I install to overwrite the stock system keyboard on Android devices. It is one of the best keyboards on offer and is super easy to use. Next up is Nova Launcher - the second app that usually gets installed to override the stock launcher that…

How to free up space on the Galaxy S8 by clearing the cache

As you use apps and games on your Galaxy S8 temporary files are saved to your storage in the cache to help the game or app with many different functions, that could include accessing files quicker than having to download game assets for example. Over time these cached files can increase in size and do not get cleared out even when you uninstall an app. The result means that you could find yourself running out of precious space on your Galaxy S8 without really understanding the cause of it. There are two types of caches…

Improve the Essential Phone’s image quality with the Google camera APK

The Essential Phone is finally being shipped to those who have pre-ordered the device and the reviews are beginning to role in. One thing that is consistent is the relatively mediocre quality of the images captured by the camera. It seems that the resultant quality of the images isn't the result of poor hardware but instead poor software. What that means is that it's relatively simple to significantly improve the quality of the camera by installing a modified APK. The Google Camera APK that has been modified to work on…

Best apps to disable system apps on your Samsung Galaxy S8 without root

Previously the way to disable system apps that come bundled as bloatware with Android devices was using methods that required root access. While you can still root Samsung devices to disable apps, you'll be tripping KNOX in the process and therefore voiding your warranty with no way to undo it. There's still a way to disable system apps and services that you don't want without root. Don't Miss: Improve the audio on the Samsung Galaxy S8 with SoundAssistant The two apps that you can use to disable unnecessary packages…

How to remap the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ using root

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ came with a dedicated Bixby button to launch the virtual assistant but the service wasn't fully for launch. Many apps now exist to remap this button to something more useful but what about if you have root access and don't want to install an app? Simply use this procedure to remap the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with root access. 1. Go with any root Explorer (I'm using Solid Explorer) to /system/usr/keylayout 2. Rename the Generic.kl to Generic.txt 3. Open this file…

Save battery on your Galaxy S8 by disabling this feature

Some of the few complaints around the new Samsung Galaxy S8 have been the disappointment Samsung didn't put a bigger battery in the device. While the battery will easily last up to a day with normal use, here's a little trick to get a bit extra from the device. Samsung include a feature on the Galaxy S8 called Nearby Device Scanning and it's switched on my default. The feature uses Bluetooth Low Energy to scan for nearby devices but still works even when Bluetooth is turned off. With the device constantly scanning for…