Alvin Ybañez(267 posts)

Android is arguably the most flexible mobile operating system. Period. I'm extremely passionate about helping Android users around world get the most out of their Android devices by writing how-to guides and tutorials.




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AirDroid: Remotely manage your Android from a Web browser

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 16, 2013

Most people these days use Android phones and/or tablets often out of necessity rather than as a luxury or as fashion accessories. Android devices do lift a heavy burden off your shoulder, especially for those who are on the go and/or who multitask a lot.

Your Android lets you do multiple tasks on just a very small electronic device — communicate with contacts, organize your contact lists, manage apps, manipulate files, and more. Yet, managing your Android device can also easily get in the way of productivity or efficiency if, for example, you are working at your desktop computer and you need to frequently pick up your phone or tablet to reply to text [...]

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HTC One: How to master BlinkFeed

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 21, 2013

The HTC One is an amazing phone; it has a sexy body, shows stunning visuals on an eye- popping display, and is jampacked with a lot of features — one of which is HTC’s BlinkFeed.

What is BlinkFeed and how can you use it to its full potential? In this article, discover how to master BlinkFeed. You’ll find several tips and tricks on using BlinkFeed, including hiding it from your phone’s homescreen. (You can also skip to our video guide at the end of this article.)

What is BlinkFeed?

BlinkFeed is an HTC exclusive feature that packs all your favorite content on your homescreen. Very simply, it brings together your online feeds into [...]

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How to take screenshots on the HTC One

by: Alvin YbañezJuly 21, 2013

The HTC One is a piece of art with its alluring body plus its amazing hardware. On top of that, the HTC One packs a stunning, crystal clear display. Many often want to take screenshots of whatever is showing on the screen. Users capture Android screenshots for various reasons — perhaps to share to others how the screen looks like, or maybe to show off one’s high score in a game, or maybe to save a snapshot of the screen for later use.

Update: Click here to see how to take a screenshot with the HTC One (M8)

Whichever your reason is, this article will teach you how to take screenshots on the HTC One. For a visual guide, jump to our video tutorial at [...]

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How to transfer music from iTunes to Android

by: Alvin YbañezJune 18, 2013

With modern technology, access to music has become quicker, easier, and nearly instantaneous especially with music-capable portable devices such as phones, laptops, and media players that allows people to carry around thousands of music files in just one small device.

Music organizer software such as Apple’s iTunes allows music lovers to sync their music with their various mobile devices. iTunes, in particular, makes it very easy for you to sync your media files to your other Apple devices. You can also transfer your iTunes music to your Android phone if you need to.

In this guide, learn how to transfer music from iTunes to your Android phone. For our [...]

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How to transfer your contacts from iPhone to Android

by: Alvin YbañezApril 9, 2013
In this guide, you'll learn how to transfer your contacts from iPhone to Android. For a visual walkthrough, check out our video guide at the end of this post.
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How to take screenshots on Android

by: Alvin YbañezMarch 28, 2013

There are times when you really need to share to others what’s on your Android device’s screen. At such moments, you’ll need to capture screenshots, which are nothing more than snapshots of whatever is currently showing on your screen. App developers take lots of screenshots to document their apps. Writers take screenshots to complement their online posts. Some gamers take screenshots of their game sessions. There are varied reasons for needing screenshots.

Related: how to take a screenshot on an iPad.

The good news is that taking screenshots on Android is a very easy task. You can do it blindfolded. Do you know how?

In this guide, learn [...]

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How to use HDR on your Android device

by: Alvin YbañezMarch 18, 2013

Of the many ordinary and extraordinary things that I can do on my Android device, mobile photography is one of my well-loved activities. Taking panoramic images is a walk in the park on my Android phone. I can even create 360-degree photos of my surroundings with the Photo Sphere mode of the Android 4.2 Camera. Yet, there’s a very nifty camera mode that’s not much talked about — High Dynamic Range mode, better known as HDR.

Used appropriately, HDR Mode can produce really awesome photos.  On the Web I have seen stunning HDR images that were taken using a DSLR camera and merged through an HDR photo editing tool. Can the HDR feature on Android devices [...]

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How to set an MP3 file as custom ringtone or notification sound on Android

by: Alvin YbañezMarch 7, 2013

There are times when I just want to use a specific MP3 music track either as ringtone or as notification alert. On Android generally, this isn’t a hard thing to accomplish. But, on several of Samsung’s recent high-end releases, it’s nearly a walk in the park.

Samsung’s much-celebrated smartphones do have a long list of default ringtones and notification alerts to choose from. You can choose any one of them until you grow weary of it — and when you do, and when you’ve run through all tones on the list, what else do you have left to do? You add your own MP3 to the list, of course.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to set an [...]

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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Sony Xperia V

by: Alvin YbañezFebruary 14, 2013

We’ve seen a lot of new letters in the Xperia alphabet lately. We previously reviewed some of them, such as the Sony Xperia J, Xperia T, and the Xperia TX. Recently, the Sony Xperia V LT25i came along to join the group. The Xperia V does more than improve Sony’s alphabet letter count. This exciting edition is Sony’s 4G LTE-capable, dust-proof, and water-resistant phone.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 continues to sit in the clouds as one of the most popular Android smartphones, reaching 20 million in global sales just a hundred days after initial release. Its current sales have topped 40 million despite the ongoing patent [...]

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Android 4.2 Jelly Bean vs Apple iOS 6.1 — Which is the sweeter treat?

by: Alvin YbañezFebruary 6, 2013

iOS versus Android debates have sparked many conversations, arguments, and may even have ended friendships. It is one of those topics we forbid at dinner tables mainly because it turns the food sour. But, at Android Authority, we allow healthy and constructive debates of this kind.

We love Android, but we can’t also deny the fact that Android and iOS each has its own set of features that make one better than the other.

We compared Google Android 4.2.1 (running on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10) with iOS 6.1 (running on the iPhone 5 and the iPad 4) to check just how different these two operating systems are. So, how different are they? In what ways are they [...]

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