DISCLAIMER: This post is an unorganised mind-dump and contains a lot of corny time/space/maths related puns so I sincerely apologise in advance for my terrible attempts at making jokes. There are just so many puns and so little time (Sorry…)
You are reading this sentence now. OR ARE YOU? What is “now”? By the time you answer the question, “now” will be in the past and will no longer be “now”. The future will become the present which will become the past. Every tiny moment in the entire universe is infinitesimally small and completely impossible to measure.
But then, you might argue, “now” is simply the Present. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that. The simple truth of the matter is this: TIME DOES NOT EXIST Continue reading
Did you know there’s a secret Labs menu in Nova Launcher? I honestly can’t believe I’ve had Nova Launcher on my phone for months and only found out about this feature today by accident. There are tonnes of cool features in the Labs menu. The one I’m most excited about is the option of putting any size widget in the dock. I’ve always envied iOS’s ability to have a Music widget in the dock. After unlocking the secret menu, I can put pretty much any sized widget I want in the dock. Unlocking the menu is stupidly simple:
Today’s date is 12/12/12, not 12/12/12. Stupid Americans…
According to Google, unless you’re a developer, there’s not really much reason you’d mess with the appropriately named Developer Options. Consequently, Google’s hidden it from Settings so that “normal” users will not accidentally mess up their phones, throw a tantrum, break down completely and just sit and cry in the corner of their room, mourning the loss of yet another Android phone.
However, if you enjoy that sort of thing, here’s how to get the Developer Options back. It’s really quite easy; I actually unlocked it by accident since I randomly tap things in the hope of discovering Easter Eggs.
The notification bar (AKA The “Notification Shade” ) hasn’t changed much, but the new “Quick Settings” is not as useful as the drop down bars in HTC’s Sense UI or Samsung’s TouchWiz. While it does give you access to your most used settings, they don’t act as toggles. They’re more or less shortcuts to the actual settings page. The only real toggle is Airplane mode. The Brightness one is a wannabe toggle and sends you to another toggle to adjust brightness. The Bluetooth option is even worse since it will just direct you to the Bluetooth Settings page, which is pretty annoying: why can’t I just turn Bluetooth on from the toggle like other phones let me do?
With Android 4.2 comes “Daydream”, Google’s idea of a screensaver for your phone. There are quite a few different options for you to choose from and there’s also a hidden Easter Egg. A screensaver for your phone is an interesting idea but let’s face it, who’s really going to use it that often?
The biggest improvement to the JellyBean keyboard is Gesture Typing. Simply slide from letter to letter to type a word. I previously used to use Swype but after the 4.2 update, I switched to the stock keyboard. It’s just so much faster, fluid, and generally easier to use.
You can do it one-handed and it even supports two finger gesture typing. It saves time, energy and you don’t even need to bother spelling words properly since Android auto-corrects words easily. The word prediction software is intuitive too and the voice-to-text is spot on. It even works offline, supports hundreds of languages and hardly ever gets any words wrong. Impressive stuff.