Android 101 Program

Whether you have never touched an Android device before or you're a veteran and are curious about a particular topic. The Android 101 program can help you to learn the mobile operating system from the ground up. It can also help you dive deep into the more complex aspects of the platform as well.

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Cache Partition Explained

What is the Cache Partition? And How Does it Work?

A well-known troubleshooting suggestion within the Android community is to wipe the device’s cache partition. This is recommended to fix all sorts of random issues that people experience (especially after an OTA update). However, not many people know what the cache partition is, how it works, or that it isn’t even used in newer versions of Android. If …

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What are App Shortcuts?

What are App Shortcuts?

Over the last few years, major Android updates have focused on hardened security and improving the overall user experience. Android 7 Nougat went public in August of 2016 and was quickly updated just two months later. However, it was the third Nougat update that introduced App Shortcuts so I want to explain this is and how it can …

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What is a Custom Launcher

What is a Custom Launcher?

Android is unique to almost every other mobile operating system in how much of it is customizable by the user. One way the user can change up the software is by customizing the Home Screen. Most stock Home Screen apps don’t have very many customization options though and that is exactly where the Custom Launcher comes into play. …

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What is the Status Bar

What is the Status Bar?

The Status Bar of Android is used for a number of different things but its main goal is to convey some information to you. The user experience is best when this is possible with a simple glance (thanks to distinctive icons). But there are other ways too so let me discuss the purpose of the Status Bar with …

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What is a Custom Launcher

What is the Android App Drawer?

Android’s Application Drawer, which is also known as the App Drawer, is actually a very small feature. The feature itself isn’t anything spectacular or out of this world. However, it has been something that has defined the operating system for years and I would like to explain its origin, functionality, and how it has evolved throughout the years. …

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Deep Press Explained

What is Deep Press?

There are a number of ways to interact with UI elements on an Android device. The most common ones are tapping, swiping and long pressing but some smartphones have more. Apple made this feature popular on iOS and called it Force Touch (or 3D Touch) but Deep Press is the official name of the feature on Android. Apple …

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Scoped Storage Explained

What is Scoped Storage?

Securing data as well as your privacy seems to be a theme with the upcoming release (as of writing this) of Android 10. Restricting your location data is one way Google is doing this and securing your stored data is another. The company is calling this Scoped Storage and this is what will be changing in the future. …

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OnePlus 7 Root

What is Magisk?

There are a number of consumer products on the market that have computers in them. They run an operating system but it’s set up in a way that limits what the user can do. Bypassing these limits is commonly referred to as “gaining root access,” and one of the most popular methods for Android right now is Magisk. …

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What is Google Stadia Explained

What is Google Stadia?

We’ve seen many rumors about Google wanting to get into the video game market. Outside of the company, no one knew what their plan was. This week though, the company has officially announced its vision for the future of video games. The company is calling it Stadia and it is based on streaming games from the cloud. This …

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What is AOSP

What is AOSP?

You may have come across the letters AOSP as you have read through Android news articles, browsing XDA’s custom ROM threads, or are just doing research into the mobile operating system known as Android. The term AOSP can mean something different to certain people but in this article I will be explaining exactly what is AOSP. An acronym. …

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Google Discover

What is Google Discover?

The goal of Google is to keep you using its services as much as possible. In some parts of the world that means they just want to keep you online as much as possible. This means that you’re bound to use at least one of their services and that’s the basis for Google Discover. Google may have started …

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