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Basic Android Troubleshooting Tips

It is a well-known fact that all phones face problems regardless of their operating system. Unlike the popular iPhone, there are a number of phones that run on the free Android operating system and each one of them have their own hardware quirks. In other words, any phone that runs on an Android OS might not have the same solution if the problem is a hardware related issue. This post basically highlights the common problems that you might face on your Android phone.

Your first step is to identify, diagnose and fix common problems. Obviously, the solution depends on the nature of your problem. Unless you diagnose the symptom, you will not be in a position to troubleshoot your Android device right way. While there are certain issues that can be resolved rather easily, there are ones that can be quite tough. For instance, you might not be too impressed with the default Android keyboard but you can easily tweak or replace this.

The next step is to be prepared for any quirks while installing Apps. This is one of the most common problems that many Android users face. Although installing and removing of apps are rather simple and straightforward, you should also be aware on how to safely use the market.

Another common problems faced by most Android devices is with its battery. The best way to manage better battery consumption is to disable unused internet connections and other unwanted elements in the user interface. This will help you prevent battery drainage and also considerably save power usage.

Most Droid device problem can be resolved with a simple troubleshooting tip and that is by simply turning the phone off and then turning it back on after a minute. This is very easy and this should be the first step you ought to try when faced with a problem. My guess is that a lot of Droid problems can be resolved this way.

If your Android device is still not responding to the switch off and on method, then try the crash recovery process. This is also a simple and uncomplicated process. All you have to do is to switch off your Android device, slide the back cover, and remove the battery. Reinstall it after a minute. Most common problems can be resolved using this method. Instructions for removing the battery cover and battery can be found in the user manual.

Your last ditch effort should be to reset your Droid’s settings. You must remember that resetting the phone will remove and erase all your personal data that has been stored on the phone. You can use the factory data reset button thereby restoring your phone settings to the default factory mode. However, this should be used only as a last option. This is similar to a system restore that is done on your PC, when your PC runs into unexpected trouble.

Finally, if none of these options seem to work, contact customer support.

This is a guest post by Jem Larson of buyVerizon.com, a site that offers savings and current information on Verizon FiOS, as well as Verizon.com.

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RIM says first new device won’t have keyboard

The first BlackBerry device running Research In Motion Ltd.’s new operating software will not have a physical keyboard, only a touch-screen one.

The BlackBerry 10 software will be offered on devices with physical keyboards in the future, but RIM spokeswomen Rebecca Freiburger declined to say when. RIM is expected to start selling BlackBerry 10 touch-screen devices this year.

Top-selling smartphones these days, including Apple Inc.’s iPhone and several running Google’s Android software, also lack physical keyboards. But RIM’s attempts in the past to offer touch-only phones have largely flopped.

Many corporate users have stuck with the BlackBerry solely because of its physical keyboard, given a perception that it’s harder to type emails on a touch screen. The BlackBerry 10 system has already been delayed about a year, and with additional delays to get a physical keyboard, those people may not be willing to wait any longer, especially as the iPhone makes greater in-roads in corporate settings. Those users may simply get the new iPhone expected this fall.

RIM’s hopes hang on the BlackBerry 10 system, which is meant to offer the multimedia, Internet browsing and apps experience customers now demand. The Canadian company is preparing to launch the new software later this year, just as North Americans are abandoning BlackBerrys for iPhones and Android devices.

Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Financial, called it puzzling that RIM isn’t leading with its strength by releasing a keyboard BlackBerry first.

“The physical keyboard is the most dominant item that separates out Research In Motion from its competitors,” Gillis said. “If you are not playing to your historical strengths you may find it more difficult to get traction.”

Gillis said there is a spot in the market for RIM but the company “just got to get it together.”

But Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said BlackBerry 10 is all about touch and closing the gap with Apple, so people should not be surprised that the initial model will have only a touch screen.

“They are going to build a BlackBerry device with a keyboard, but it’s just going to take longer,” Misek said. “Maybe it will come a month or two after, but frankly it might be already too late.”

RIM once dominated the corporate smartphone market but failed to adapt to the emerging “bring your own device” trend, in which employees use their personal iPhones or Android devices for work instead of relying on BlackBerrys issued by their employers. As the movement caught on, the iPhone made the BlackBerry look ancient.

RIM’s future is far from certain as its flagship devices rapidly lose market share to flashier phones. With more than $2 billion in cash, bankruptcy seems unlikely in the near term. But RIM’s U.S. share of the smartphone market fell sharply from 44 percent in 2009 to 10 percent in 2011 according to market researcher NPD Group.

RIM said Wednesday it has started laying off employees as part of a restructuring plan aimed at saving about $1 billion this year.

RIM’s stock fell 25 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $10.08 in midday trading Thursday.

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