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How to enable System UI Tuner in Android Marshmallow (Video)

There is a neat hidden menu on your new Android Marshmallow phone or tablet that gives you a bit of control over your status bar and its pull-down menus — the System UI Tuner.

Once enabled, you can change the way your status bar and pull-down settings look and feel, giving your Android a more custom feel that would have previously required some rooting and flashing.

 

 

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Unlocked LG Google Nexus 5X 32GB, $25 B&H GC for $299 + free shipping w/code BHNEXUS5X

B&H Photo Video offers the Unlocked LG Google Nexus 5X 32GB Android Smartphone in White, model no. LGH790.A3US, bundled with a $25 B&H Gift Card for $349. Coupon code “BHNEXUS5X” drops the price to $299. With free shipping, and factoring the gift card, that’s $25 under our March mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen. (It’s a current low of $75.) Features include a 5.2″ 1920×1080 (1080p) IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass, ARM Cortex A57 1.82GHz quad-core and ARM Cortex A53 1.4GHz dual-core processors (Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core), 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 12.3-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2, and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

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Unlocked LG Google Nexus 5X 32GB, $25 B&H GC for $299 + free shipping w/code BHNEXUS5X

B&H Photo Video offers the Unlocked LG Google Nexus 5X 32GB Android Smartphone in White, model no. LGH790.A3US, bundled with a $25 B&H Gift Card for $349. Coupon code “BHNEXUS5X” drops the price to $299. With free shipping, and factoring the gift card, that’s $25 under our March mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen. (It’s a current low of $75.) Features include a 5.2″ 1920×1080 (1080p) IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass, ARM Cortex A57 1.82GHz quad-core and ARM Cortex A53 1.4GHz dual-core processors (Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core), 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 12.3-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2, and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

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Unlocked LG Google Nexus 5X 32GB, $25 B&H GC for $299 + free shipping w/code BHNEXUS5X

B&H Photo Video offers the Unlocked LG Google Nexus 5X 32GB Android Smartphone in White, model no. LGH790.A3US, bundled with a $25 B&H Gift Card for $349. Coupon code “BHNEXUS5X” drops the price to $299. With free shipping, and factoring the gift card, that’s $25 under our March mention and the lowest total price we’ve seen. (It’s a current low of $75.) Features include a 5.2″ 1920×1080 (1080p) IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass, ARM Cortex A57 1.82GHz quad-core and ARM Cortex A53 1.4GHz dual-core processors (Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core), 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 12.3-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2, and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

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How to Change the Keyboard on an Android Device

So it has occurred to me that a lot of people don’t realize the extent of which you can customize an Android device. From the home screen launcher, to the theme, to the phone dialer/messaging/email app, the list is endless. It’s one of the beauties of Android –total freedom to replace what you don’t like with some developer’s better attempt.

It’s the sheer number of people I’ve met that are still using TouchWiz and cursing at it that has brought me to think that it warrants a small series of videos here on the site (if not a PSA blasted across the country) on how to get the most out of the customization options of Android. So here goes.

To start this off, let’s begin with one of the first things I do when getting a new Android device –the keyboard. It’s the fastest way for me to get a sense of familiarity and it is the first thing that annoys me about a lot of manufacturer’s custom interfaces (just like how you’ve come to learn the layout of the keyboard for most computers, I’ve come to get used to a specific way I want my Android keyboard. Thanks, conditioning!).

If you type “keyboard” into the Play Store, you’ll be presented with a lot of interesting options for replacements. There’s ones that allow you to swipe the keys to form words, ones with unconventional keys with multiple letters per key that guess the letter you actually want, ones in crazy colors and styles, and most have a lot more customization options than the one your manufacturer thought you’d like.

Swapping out the keyboard is a lot like downloading any other app; find the keyboard you want from the Play Store and install it. The difference is that you need to set it up after downloading it. And although some will walk you through this process when you install the keyboard, not all do so it’s probably best to know how to do it manually regardless. Here’s how:

I. Download the New Keyboard

1. Open the Play Store.

2. Search for “keyboard”.

3. Choose a keyboard you want to try and install it.

II. Setup the New Keyboard

1. Go to Settings > Language and Input (this might be called something else depending on your device, but look for something that might contain keyboard settings).

2. Check the box next to the new keyboard name to enable it.

3. Tap on Default and then choose the new keyboard to set it as the default keyboard.

4. Open any app that has typing in it, and tap in the text field. The new keyboard should pop up.

Find any amazing keyboards? Share them in the comments below!

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Make Your Android Lollipop/Marshmallow Device Feel a Lot Faster

People have asked me why my Android phones look so snappy in some of my videos lately and wondering if I overclocked the phones. I haven’t, most of the time, and it’s actually something I immediately do when getting a new Android phone. It’s a quick little tip that anyone with a lollipop or newer Android phone can do.

How to Make Your Android Device Feel Faster

  1. On the phone, head to Settings by pulling down the notification shade and tapping the gear at the top right.
    Android Settings
  2. Then head to about phone and we’re going to enable developer options by tapping build number repeatedly until it tells you that you are a developer.
    Enable Developer Options
  3. Then tap back, then tap on the new developer options that just appeared.
    Developer Options
  4. Then scroll down until you see the Drawing section. In there you’ll see three options that we’re going to change. Window animation scale, transition animation scale, and animator duration scale. Tap each one and change the duration to anything less than one with the lower number being the fastest feeling.
    Animation Scale Settings
  5. Then you can hit the home button and open spots to test his it feels.

Essentially what each of these options does is control how long the device’s animations take between launching apps, loading screens, etc. We didn’t make the phone faster technically but you’ll see that it’ll feel faster since some of the animations take longer than the loading it the app and make it seem to be taking longer to load.

Set these options to 10x and you’ll see an exaggerated example of this.

And that’s it. To undo this simply set everything back to 1x.

It’s funny because after doing this to my phones, it becomes very hard to have to normal animation time again. So, you know, you have been warned.

Anyone find this useful? Let me know in the comments below!

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