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Google finally fixes odd networking bug after two and a half years

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Do you remember 2010? Android 2.1 was all the rage and the HTC Desire was the phone to own. Joonas Lehtolahti remembers it too. He had a problem with the Wi-Fi network at his university. Because it was an open, un-encrypted network students could connect without needing a password, but to get out onto the Internet you needed to login via a special server. Without getting technical the redirect to this login server used just the hostname “joynet” rather than its full domain name “joynet.joensuu.fi”. OK, so what? Well the problem is that with Android that meant that the name couldn’t be resolved. The result was that students at the university couldn’t access the Internet from an Android device.

Android smartphone users don’t download much on cellular

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Hot on the heels of a report about Americans spending more every year on their smartphones and data plans, we bring news that may make carriers a little less happy. It seems downloads over Wi-Fi amount to more than double the cellular average at nearly 2.5GB monthly. The average Android smartphone user downloads around 870MB over cellular a month.

WiFi Shoot: Sharing files over Wi-Fi Direct

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As the capabilities of Android devices have improved, so did the speed of transferring files from one device to another. Gone are the days that you have to steadily hold two phones near each other and wait until your files are sent via infrared. One of the new ways of sharing files faster is via Wi-Fi Direct. Wi-Fi Direct is a feature that allows two Wi-Fi-capable devices to connect without the need to go through a wireless access point, which allows the phone to transfer files much faster. In layperson’s terms, Wi-Fi Direct is like directly connecting two devices together…

Better Wifi On/Off: Rule-based Wi-Fi manager for Android

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There are a variety of Android apps on the Google Play Store that allow you to lessen battery consumption. There are apps that prevent apps from running in the background, apps that clear your phone’s RAM, and an app that controls your Wi-Fi connections. If you have read our article about the Sentry app, you’re familiar that these kind of apps can save your battery power by controlling your Wi-Fi connection. Doing so will prevent apps from automatically updating or syncing data in the background, and thus lessen power consumption. Another app has also surfaced and aims to help you…