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“phandroid” : 8 cool tricks every Android phone user should know

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Rubin, creator of the Android operating system, is planning to marry his background in software with artificial intelligence in a risky business: consumer hardware.
Just over two years after leaving Google, Andy Rubin is preparing to take on the smartphone industry he helped create.
The latter, known as Foxconn, is in talks to manufacture Rubin’s new smartphone, according to people familiar with the matter.
In late 2016, the company registered “Essential” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, listing smartphones, tablets, accessories and “computer operating software for mobile phones” among its goods and services.
Armed with about a 40-person team, filled with recruits from Apple and Google, Rubin is preparing to announce a new company called Essential and serve as its CEO, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Hide lock screen notifications from prying eyesIf you’re a smart smartphone user, you have some type of lock screen security.
A couple of years ago, we wrote 7 cool tricks every Android user should know.
Jump to App Info from the Recent AppsEvery Android app has an “App Info” page in the Settings.
Create custom Quick TilesOne of the best new Android features you may not be aware of is custom Quick Settings Tiles.
That should keep people from getting into your phone, but what about the stuff they can see on your lock screen?
Android creator nears comeback with 'essential' phone

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If you have an Apple or Android phone

 

Although there are paid VPN’s, there are some pretty good free ones, and one I like is called Betternet VPN.
Regardless, it’s a good idea to get a VPN for your phone and your home computer.
One of the blessings of YouTube is that it shows videos of cool stuff for your phone — apps which are not generally available through Google Play.
In most videos of “banned apps” (they’re not really banned, just hard to find) there is an installation link below the video.
You can find them on YouTube and also a Google search will turn up hundreds of “banned” apps.

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