Carl Parker(351 posts)

We're all multi-talented and multi-faceted here, but, perhaps, Carl is the most multi-faceted in the bunch. Among Carl's many interests, Android holds a special place. He's particularly fond of reviewing Android apps and writing step-by-step guides for fellow Android fans.

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Best Android apps for Bible study

by: Carl ParkerMarch 14, 2015
One of the earliest uses for Android devices was the ability to read the Bible. Using these great apps, you can do your Bible study anywhere you need to!
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How to extend your Android’s battery life

by: Carl ParkerApril 15, 2013

Android devices are smart mobile devices. They’re actually mini computers more portable than netbooks or laptops. But, their power requirements aren’t as mini as we’d hoped them to be. Many Android users frequently bewail the battery life of many Android devices.

Yet, used in moderation — and, with energy-saving habits practiced by the user — an Android tablet’s or phone’s battery life can last longer than originally intended. How do you make your battery last longer so you can use your device longer?

In this article, read about tips and tricks to increase Android battery life for your phone or tablet.  (You may also [...]

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How to recover your Android phone

by: Carl ParkerMarch 25, 2013

The term “loved ones” refers to different things to different people. To some, it includes family and close friends. To others, it includes lovers, boyfriends, and girlfriends. And, to many others, it can even include favorite gadgets, such as their Android phones. Regardless of the term’s scope, no one ever wants to lose a loved one.

But, accidents happen. We lose some, we win some. The loss of a beloved Android phone — either through negligence or through theft — can not only be a sad moment but also a dangerous moment, especially if you keep a lot of sensitive, personal information on your phone. So many questions can run through [...]

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How to use Instagram on Android

by: Carl ParkerMarch 13, 2013

One of the most popular camera and photo sharing apps for Android is Instagram — downloaded more than a million times in less than a day when it was launched in April last year. Already a big hit on iOS, Instagram for Android has created a huge ripple among Android users.

Although the app sports simple controls and settings, many users still scratch their heads in wonder as to how the app works and what wonders it can provide.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to use Instagram on Android. It is very easy to set up and it won’t take you long to realize how much of a joy it is to use.

Feel free to skip the post for now, if you like, and [...]

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How to use S Beam

by: Carl ParkerMarch 11, 2013

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct are two of today’s most popular means to share files and data between two mobile devices. The downside to these methods, however, is that they require some setting up before you can use them.

But, with the help of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, you can skip the setting up part and, in its place, will only need tapping devices against each other. (For more info about NFC, see “How to use NFC on Android” and “How it works: NFC (Near Field Communication)“.)

NFC and Android Beam work hand in hand to share data to other NFC-capable devices over a Bluetooth connection. These could be contact [...]

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How to use NFC on Android

by: Carl ParkerMarch 4, 2013

Since its introduction, Near Field Communication (NFC) is better known for wireless payments. Its commercial application has since expanded to the transportation and retail industries in several places around the world. Some companies use the technology for secure keycards, business cards, and even for employee use in buying pantry food.

NFC technology use in the mobile industry is also fast growing. All major manufacturers of Android smartphones and tablets have at least one NFC-bearing product. Most recent high-end releases from mobile device makers usually include NFC functionality.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to use NFC on Android, you’ll [...]

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7 sizzling new Android apps of the week (February 22 issue)

by: Carl ParkerFebruary 22, 2013

Endings are usually accompanied by sadness, but there’s one kind of ending that provokes a smile — the weekend — not only because weekends signal the end of the work week but also because it’s time for our weekly roundup of the week’s newest Android apps.

Of the hundreds of newly published apps on the Google Play Store this week, we picked 7 that we thought might be of use or of great interest to you as they were to us. So, here are 7 freshly baked Android apps straight from the developers’ kitchens this week.


Find where to park faster with ParkMe’s self-named app, ParkMe. This smart app checks your [...]

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9 new irresistible games of February (1/2)

by: Carl ParkerFebruary 15, 2013

Whether you love or you hate Valentine’s Day, you can’t deny that there’s just no escaping it. Thankfully, it’s over for this year and we can put away our sappiness for another twelve months. Now that the week has come to a close and we only have half a month more to go for February, it’s time to treat yourself (and your significant other) to 9 new irresistible games from the Google Play Store.

In this edition of our list of new Android games for the first half of February, get ready to:

engage in a battle of shapes where you need to defeat waves of cubes with spheres; play as a powerful mage or a strong warrior in beautiful 3D [...]
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7 sizzling new Android apps of the week (February 15 issue)

by: Carl ParkerFebruary 15, 2013

Fly Day, Swing Day, Date Night, or Party Time — whatever you call Friday, we call it Sizzling Evening here in Android Authority with all these hot apps ready for you to take home. This week, our sizzling offerings gear up for your creative and adventurous side as we give you a quick review of our hot seven.

Don’t let me keep you folks waiting. Here are our hot picks.


Travel enthusiasts and bloggers will definitely love Trekea Mobile’s LiveTrekker, a live traveling blog that tracks your movement via GPS and outlines your journey on a map. The app lets you add a photo, video, comment, or voice recording to a particular spot [...]

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Best Android apps for Valentine’s Day

by: Carl ParkerFebruary 6, 2013

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we can already feel the love in the air. If you’re planning to make things really special for your loved one on February 14, then you’re no doubt already combing magazines, books, TV shows, and maybe even movies for some ideas. We understand how important it is to impress the one you love, so we’ve put together a list of 15 of the best Android apps for Valentine’s Day.

Whether you have a partner, or you’re still looking for one, we’ve covered everything from funny and flirty pick-up lines, love quotes to set the romantic mood, and even some ideas on how to spend that special [...]

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