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How to record your phone screen, best Nexus 7 (2013) case, fixing Android notifications, and more - Android Q&A

This week on Android Q&A, we talk about how to record your phone screen, the best Nexus 7 case, fixing notifications, and more.
January 16, 2014

Welcome to this week’s edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. This week, we talk about how to record your phone screen, the best case for your Nexus 7 (2013), and how to fix notifications on your Android device. Let’s get started!

Question 1

What is the best way to record your phone screen on Android (Free)? – Vinay Bhopale


Unfortunately, all screen recording options require that your device is rooted. While there are some screen recorder apps available on the Google Play Store, they’ve all received mixed reviews, with varying degrees of success for different users. For now, if you’re comfortable with rooting your device and installing custom ROMs, the best option is to install CyanogenMod. By simultaneously pressing the volume up and power button, users will be able to record the screen of their devices, and also features support for audio as well. You can find out more about this feature, and check out a video demo here.

Question 2

I wanted to ask you, which in your opinion is the best case for the Nexus 7 2013 edition, without it being bulky but practical? Currently, I have a “flip type of case” but it isn’t raised to protect the screen if it lands on its face, and I have noticed that most covers are like this. Can you help me out? – Christian Reyes


If you’re looking for protection for the display without adding too much bulk to the device, we recommend flip cases the feature hardened corners, like the official Nexus 7 (2013) flip case that is available on the Google Play Store (check out our review here). With the protected corners, most of the time, the corners will protect the front of the device from direct contact. If this isn’t enough, you can find more options in our Nexus 7 (2013) Accessories Buying Guide, that include cases with slightly raised bezels to ensure display protection, such as the SUPCASE Folio Case and the Snugg Leather Case.

Question 3

I have a problem with my Galaxy S3 running Android 4.1.2. I don’t receive notifications even though the notifications option is enabled on all my apps. Can you tell me what the solution is? – Hamza Kaddouri


You’ll have to check whether Blocking Mode is enabled on your device. You can do this by going to Settings – Blocking Mode, and disable it.

Question 4

I’m ready to replace my laptop, but I don’t feel like Android has a product to replace a full laptop (I do some gaming) and prefer a hard drive over a cloud drive. Am I mistaken in this assessment? Secondly, if I need to stick with a full PC, is there a way to get something that is part Android and part Microsoft? And, is it worth it?


The all-in-one solution is slowly coming to the forefront, with ASUS leading the way in this market. ASUS released the Transformer Book Trio last year, and followed that up with a 4-in-1 solution that was introduced at CES 2014 last week, the Transformer Book Duet. With a 4 second transition time required to switch between Android and Windows 8, the Duet is the best option for you right now if you’re looking for an all-in-one option. Unfortunately, pricing information and even the release date isn’t available yet, so we’ll have to wait to find out whether it’s worth it.

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