Android has a do not disturb mode that you can enable to block out all unimportant alerts. The feature was introduced in Android 6 along with Quick Settings in the Notifications shade. This shade includes a toggle for enabling and disabling do not disturb. The shade can be accessed from any and all screens which means you can enable and disable do not disturb from any screen. If the shade isn’t the easiest for you to access, Android 7 has an option to include a Do Not Disturb toggle in the volume controls. When you press either of the two physical volume keys on your device, a slider appears on your screen for managing the volume. As of Android 7, you can add a Do Not Disturb switch to this on-screen slider. Here’s how.
The slider is added through the System UI Tuner. It’s a set of hidden experimental features in Android. It must be enabled first. To do so, make sure you have developer options enabled. Pull down the notifications shade all the way so that the Quick Settings are visible.
In the status bar, you will see a little cog wheel button next to the profile button. Tap and hold it until it starts to spin and then release it to enable System UI Tuner.
Open the Settings app and scroll to the very bottom. You will see a new preference called ‘System UI Tuner’. Tap it and tap ‘Do Not Disturb’.
Turn on the ‘Show with volume controls’ switch. When you increase or decrease the volume of your device using the physical volume buttons, the on-screen volume control will have a Do not disturb toggle button under it.
This was added in Android 7.1.1 which is still in beta unless you own a Google Pixel phone. You won’t see it just now but the beta is going to be rolled out to the stable channel soon so there isn’t much of a wait left.
Google is slowly rolling out a new little feature that syncs events from Google Calendar to Google Maps. The events are listed inside the app but not in the map view. Upcoming events appear in the ‘Your Places’ tab in Google Maps in a tab called ‘Upcoming’. Of course, all events aren’t going to automatically sync to the Google Maps app. In order for an event to appear in Google Maps it must have a location added to it. All other events i.e. those that do not have a location associated with it such as a birthday will not appear in the Maps app. Here’s how to add a location to a Google Calendar event and get it to show up in Google Maps.
You must be signed into Google Calendar and Google Maps using the same account. Open Google Calendar and create a new event or edit an existing.
Each event has an option to include a location. Tap the ‘Add location’ field and search for the location where the event will be held. The Calendar app lets you look up the location without having to switch to the Maps app. Once a location has been added, tap ‘Save’.
To view the event inside Google Maps, tap the hamburger button at the top left and select ‘Your Places’ from the side panel. The ‘Your Places’ screen is divided into five tabs one of which is called ‘Upcoming’. It is inside this tab that all events with a duly added location will appear.
The feature seems to be rolling out slowly to users. You might already be seeing the ‘Upcoming’ tab in the Google Maps app but the events themselves will take a little time to appear if the feature hasn’t been enabled for your account by Google. The feature so far is only available to Android users though it will likely be made available for the iOS platform.
Enjoy listening to your music library on your Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The device will support any non-DRMÂ AAC, AAC+, eAAC+,Â MP3, WMA, 3GP, MP4, and M4A music files. Follow these steps to transfer the music files from your PC to the device.
- Connect the Note 5 to your computer using the includedÂ micro-USB cable.
- Swipe down the status bar, then select “Connected as an installer“.
- Select “Media device (MTP)“.
- Open “Windows File Explorer“.
- Under “This PC” your Galaxy Note 5 will be listed. Open it.
- Open the “Phone“, “Samsung“, then “Music” folder.
- Drag and drop any music files over to the “Music” folder on theÂ device.
Windows Media Player users can select the “Sync”Â tab and drag music over to the sync list. Selecting “Start sync”Â will automatically copy music in the list to the device.
Once your music files have transferred to the Galaxy Note 5,Â be sure to properly eject the device from your computer properly.
Mac OS X
- DownloadÂ Android File Transfer.
- Once downloaded, open the “androidfiletransfer.dmg” file.
- Drag “Android File Transfer” to the “Applications” folder.
- Connect your Note 5 to your Mac using the included USB cable.
- Open the “Android File Transfer” application.
- The application will show the items on your device. Open the “Music” folder.
- Drag and drop any music files over to the “Music” folder on theÂ device.
You’re now ready to use the Music app to listen to your favorite tunes while on the go. You can use the “Play Music” or “Milk” app to listen to your music.
There is another option for Galaxy Note 5 users for playing music. You can upload your music to Google Play and play your music over the Internet. This does use tremendous amounts of data though.
This post applies to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 modelÂ SM-N920.
Google has just released version 54 of Chrome in the beta channel. Among the new features is the ability to run YouTube videos in the background. In this way, you can still hear the audio from a video, like a music video, while still browsing. When you return to the Home screen or exchange app, the video ends up being paused. But just pull the notifications screen and touch play the audio back to play.
Interest would be if Google also adds another control buttons to move to another video in a playlist, for example. Anyway, it’s a breakthrough could have this control without continuing to open Chrome tab running video in the foreground.
Also new is the greater integration with Google Now. Now you will get direct materials suggestions from the Chrome home page. Are the same suggestions you get from the Google Now screen side in the Google launcher, which ends up leaving a bit redundant functionality.
Version 54 beta can now be downloaded directly from the Play Store. For those with Android Nougat, it is recommended to perform a manual installation with the APK file.
Those who choose to run Android on your laptop or desktop should know tools that allow this installation on machines with Intel or AMD processor, and one of them is the Android x86. On Tuesday, 13, was released one stable version to bring Android 6.0 Marshmallow the project. This compilation is based on Marshmallow MR2 (6.0.1_r66) of AOSP, and also brings all the security patches.
These are the main features of this version, which come in addition to the features found in RC2:
- 4.4.20 kernel update with more AOSP patches.
- Update Table (graphics library) to 12.0.2.
- Preliminary support for HDMI audio.
- Added support F2FS.
- Amended circle cursor trackpad to the normal mouse pointer
- Improvement in problem suspends / resume caused by wi-fi drivers.
- The stable version can be found on the project site, with images for both 32-bit and 64-bit processors. These images can either be initialized by the BIOS and the UEFI firmware. You can also upload images to create bootable USB drives.
There are some known issues with this release. Specifically, the GPU Skylake may have rendering problems in the browser app. Also, functions to suspend and resume do not work on some devices.
If you are interested in having Android on a desktop, Android x86 presents a good option, and now you can do it with the marshmallow on a stable format and with the updated security patches. The download can be done through the official website.