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Quick Settings Android App Review

icon There are a number of various connectivity and functionality options available in Android devices. But that also gives to the user the not-so-easy task of having to manage them all. For example, toggling with WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth might become an essential task while using it, but it requires you to dig deep into the phone settings repeatedly. Quick Settings app attempts to alleviate your troubles when it comes to toggling between multiple functionalities of your Android gadget. You’re no more required to clog up your home screen with shortcuts to multiple functionalities on your phone. The app is free.


  • Quick access to most system settings
  • Customizable to fit usage and workflow
  • Easy overview of battery and system memory
  • Low/No memory use when in tray
  • Replaces numerous apps (all-in-one)


  • LED flashlight limited to Motorola Droid
  • Theme doesn’t match stock Android UI fully

User Review

By Corey

Great app. All needed settings in one condensed area. LED returned two updates ago but the most recent update again kills it on the DX
By WinFirewall

Good App. Would be nice to toggle easier for 3G/Edge. This App seems to change my screen brightness settings for some unknown reason. Please fix. SGS

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124012 The main page of this app is very customizable, allowing you to add the settings you need to change most often while removing those you do not (Menu > Customize).  All of your settings are now located in one location and are accessed with just one click.  Everyone knows that when changing your settings (i.e. enabling WiFi or GPS), you want to get there as fast as possible.  Nothing is more frustrating than clicking through 5 pages of options to get to what you want.

Additionally, the app offers you information about the free space left on your phone as well as your SD card.  It also displays your current battery percentage if you’re worried about your phone dying too soon.  Great to have this information conveniently displayed along with your settings options.

A couple more great features of this app are located in the Menu > Preference page.  For even faster access to your own settings, you can choose to add a status bar shortcut.  You can choose an icon that is permanently displayed, or if you’re like us, you can add an icon that only shows up when you pull down the notification window.  The streamlined design really makes this app extremely user friendly

This handy app allows access to almost every possible setting you would need to change, all from the status bar. No need to switch to your desktop to change the screen timeout or notification volume. A quick swipe of the finger from inside almost any app will bring up a dashboard giving you full control over your device.

There are already a number of “toggle” programs available on the Market to accomplish this same feat. Most are limited to desktop widgets, buttons that take up space, or static menus that do not match your workflow. Quick Settings rectifies these problems and more.

You can easily customize which settings are available to toggle and in what order. A quick tap on any setting, rather than the toggle button itself, jumps you straight to the system menu for easy and in-depth changes. It also provides a quick overview of your phone and SD Card’s available memory, your battery statistics and settings, and a flashlight.

The developer is very responsive to suggestions and questions, and has some small upgrades in store for the app. One of the upcoming features is a small battery widget that allows access to the Quick Settings dialog.

Overall, Quick Settings rivals Toggle Settings because of it’s polished look, 1 click settings adjustments, and customizability.  Unfortunately, there aren’t any saved settings profiles, but this app is so easy to use it’s a moot point.  We highly suggest you try this one out!  Scan the QR code with Barcode Scanner or click the QR code (if you’re on your Android phone) for the direct link to Quick Settings in the Android Market.


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More HTC Pyramid images leaked – detailed and clear

pyramid3-740x1024-361x500 We caught a glimpse of the HTC Pyramid a few days back from, and now a tipster sent in some nice, CLEAR images of the Pyramid in all its glory…ok, maybe not ALL its glory, but close right? At least these images show more than the body in a blurred state of confusion.

As reported earlier, this bad boy will be 4.3 inches in display size, under the hood comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Processor, 8 megapixel camera on the rear, 1.3 on the front, Android 2.3.2 to start with at launch, and HTC Sense UI. We still don’t have pricing or a launch date yet, but rest assured we’ll find it…if I have to tear this universe another black hole, I’m going to find it….I’VE GOT TO MISTER!” [via xda-developers]



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Google tightening the reins on Android

thumb_550_google-squeeze Google apparently has changed its approval process for devices to use its software (that’d be Android), cracking down on the way the software is changed and how third-party partnerships will be handled, according to the folks at Bloomberg.  Now, companies that want access to the latest version of Android will need approval of the things they want to do to it. And that approval will come from none other than Andy Rubin.

Google says it is going to tighten and enforce "non-fragmentation clauses," that intend to limit things like customization of the interface, and how manufacturers can partner with other services like Facebook or Microsoft.  Bloomberg tells us that things have already gotten heated, with complaints to the U.S. Justice Department being lodged.  There’s also mention that Google has tried to hold back the release of devices on Verizon because they make use of the Bing services. Hello, HTC Merge, maybe that’s why you disappeared for a while.

While I’m all for keeping crappy software away from hot, new devices like the Evo 3D, I’m certain that this doesn’t mean the end of manufacturer skins.  And it shouldn’t – many enjoy the extras that come with manufacturer enhanced user interfaces, and a bit of curation by Google should make for an easier upgrade path.  But I fear this is going to greatly affect the release cycle of the source code for the AOSP project, and not for the better.  We’ll just have to wait and see how this develops. [Bloomberg BusinessWeek] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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Exclusive: HTC Pyramid Photos

An anonymous tipster has sent us several pictures of HTC’s presumed upcoming flagship phone, the HTC Pyramid. According to these shots, the powerhouse Pyramid is confirmed to have a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 768MB of RAM. It will come running on Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread with the latest Sense 3.0. The screen looks to be 4.3″, and is qHD 960×540 resolution. On the back there is an 8MP camera which probably can record in 1080p, plus a front-facing camera that can do VGA shots. If this phone so far seems like the HTC EVO 3D but without the 3D, you’re right. Click on to see more pictures of the HTC Pyramid!


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MasterCard certifies Gemalto’s NFC payment solution(New use for Smartphone)

The ability to use your phone for NFC mobile payments across borders just became a reality. Gemalto announced that it has developed the first UICC-embedded software application that is approved by Mastercard’s mobile payment specification for NFC. Gemalto’s software provides a number of features, including the Trusted Service Management interface for PayPass payments, and the ability to manage and view your mobile transaction history. Your SIM, and ultimately your phone, can be linked to debit, credit, and prepaid accounts — users can even top up their prepaid cards using Gemalto’s software. You’ll also be able to set your account PIN directly from your phone. When we interviewed MasterCard’s vice president of mobile, James Anderson, last week, he said that the key to NFC was that it has to work wherever you are — whether you’re at home or away on vacation. That’s now possible. “Leveraging the interoperability of MasterCard PayPass, Gemalto’s effort will enable cross-border mobile NFC payment, adding ease to the fast-paced lifestyles of more and more consumers across the world,” Anderson said.  It’s unclear when Gemalto’s solution will land in the hands of consumers, but the company says it is already working with a first-tier financial institution and a major global carrier for a UK roll-out. Hit the jump for the full release.


Gemalto Mobile NFC Payment Application First in the World Certified by MasterCard

Newly certified payment application set to trigger commercial rollouts of mobile contactless ecosystem

CARTES in Asia, Hong Kong , Mar 29, 2011 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces the world’s first UICC-embedded software application compliant with Mobile MasterCard® PayPass™ M/Chip 4, the brand new MasterCard payment specification designed for mobile near field communications (NFC). The software application and the UICC have both successfully achieved the compliance assessment and security testing certification in accordance with MasterCard’s highest chip security requirements.

This major breakthrough paves the way for mass commercial rollouts of NFC payment across the world. In the UK, Gemalto is already partnering with a global, first-tier financial institution and a world leading mobile operator, to implement the new MasterCard certified mobile payment application and carry out the solution’s first mass commercial roll out.

Gemalto’s software application embeds the Trusted Service Management interface for PayPass. This feature enables mobile account issuance and over-the-air management. Its user-friendly handset interface makes mobile NFC payment extremely convenient, for example enabling consumers to easily manage the new payment means and check transaction history. It also allows consumers to define their mobile Personal Identification Number (PIN), a code of their choice, through their phone. The mobile PIN is a new cardholder verification method used notably to secure operations such as account top-up from the mobile phone.

The Gemalto mobile NFC payment application can be configured so as to cover all card portfolios including debit, credit and prepaid. In the latter case, the software application enables consumers to top-up their prepaid accounts directly from their mobile phone – the utmost convenience for prepaid customers.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Gemalto to broadly expand the use of mobile payment services,” commented James Anderson, vice president, Mobile, MasterCard Worldwide. “Leveraging the interoperability of MasterCard PayPass, Gemalto’s effort will enable cross-border mobile NFC payment, adding ease to the fast-paced lifestyles of more and more consumers across the world.”

“This new certification from MasterCard makes Gemalto the first on the market for this mobile product and will enable banks and wireless operators to offer a secure, innovative and convenient payment means to their entire customer base,” added Jean-Claude Deturche, senior vice-president of mobile financial solutions at Gemalto. “Gemalto is committed to supporting its customers in their large scale deployments of mobile NFC payment, with a complete mobile contactless offer.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with revenues of €1.9 billion in 2010, and over 10 thousand employees operating out of 87 offices and 13 Research & Development centers in 45 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work-anytime, anywhere-has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports and USB tokens for online identity protection. Moreover Gemalto delivers on emerging applications related to the ‘Internet of things’ by supplying wireless modules and machine identification modules (MIM) for machine-to-machine communication. To complete these solutions we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

For more information visit,, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.


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Microsoft’s ‘NoDo’ Windows Phone update still days, even weeks away


Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that its first major Windows Phone update — dubbed NoDo — is being pushed to users’ handsets. Sixteen Windows Phone devices from over a dozen countries have, or will have, the update — which finally brings copy & paste functionality — in the coming days. Users in the United States, however, still have a bit of waiting to do. According to a new status page setup by the company, T-Mobile’s pair of Windows Phones — the Dell Venue Pro and HTC HD7 — are currently in the “scheduling” phase. This procedure typically takes “10 days or less,” according to Microsoft, at which point the update will begin rolling out to handsets. AT&T’s trio of Windows Phones — the Samsung Focus, the LG Quantum, and HTC Surround — are currently in the “testing” stage. Microsoft explains that phones with this distinction are “undergoing mobile operator network and quality tests,” but does not provide an estimated time of completion for this step. Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, at one point championed the fact that updates to the Windows Phone operating system would be delivered by his company, not wireless carriers. While Microsoft may be the one delivering the bits, it looks like U.S. mobile operators are still finding ways to slow things down.

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HTC Pyramid 4G: Running Android 2.4 – Ice Cream in June?

Since we first heard about the HTC Pyramid smartphone, a 4G dual-core processor phone, rumored to be coming to T-Mobile, we’ve been getting quite excited. This sounds like a great phone but one of the things we’d heard that was rather baffling to us was that it would be running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

This sounded rather unlikely to us and we felt it was more likely to have Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense, as Honeycomb was an operating system specifically designed for tablets. We recently supplied you with more specs and then some pictures of this handset and also speculated about how much you’d be willing to pay for the Pyramid. Now we’ve heard a little more news about the operating system.

According to Adam Mills over on GottaBeMobile, sourced from TMO, the HTC Pyramid will be running on Android 2.4. Hang on though, that OS is not actually out yet. We previously heard the likely release date for the HTC Pyramid was May although GottaBeMobile are saying it could be June and by that time of course, Android 2.4 could be available. (We were expecting to see Android 2.4 announced at Google I/O on May 10 & 11. It’s possible then, that the HTC Pyramid could be the first to feature Android 2.4, which we previously speculated could be dubbed Ice Cream.


Apparently the HTC Pyramid is sleeker and lighter than the Thunderbolt on Verizon. We’ve already heard about the 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera so the fact that it looks as though it will have Android 2.4 as well makes it one that will be at the top of many people’s lists. The fact that TMO states the information comes from a “solid source” sounds promising so for now we’re prepared to hope it could be accurate.

GSM Arena also reports on the HTC Pyramid running on Android 2.4 and although of course this could be merely a minor update to 2.3 Gingerbread it could be a completely updated operating system. It could even be a mixture of Gingerbread and Honeycomb as previously hinted. You may also be interested in our look at the Motorola Droid Bionic vs. the HTC Pyramid. What are your thoughts on the HTC Pyramid and the likelihood of it being shipped running on Android 2.4? Let us know with your comments


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Samsung Epic, Galaxy Tab, and Transform OTA’s coming from Sprint March 21

Sprint’s Epic 4G, Galaxy Tab, and Samsung Transform will all be receiving OTA updates starting March 21 according to documents leaked to us by an anonymous tipster(s).  The above picture was sent to us, as well as the full text by a duo of tipsters, so we’re almost certain this will pan out.


The Epic 4G will be updated OTA to EC05, which is Android 2.2.1 (Froyo), and according to the docs will add Sprint ID.

The Galaxy Tab will be updated to EB28 which is also Android 2.2.  This update will add Sprint ID and the ability to check usage numbers.

The Samsung Transform will also be updated to EB28 which will add Swype, upgrade the Sprint Zone to version 2.5, and provide various bug fixes in search, mobile hotspot, and Google sync issues.

These updates are all scheduled to begin Monday, and it may take up to four days to complete the rollout.  Thanks to both of our tipsters!

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HTC ThunderBolt commerical looks good, lacks release date

In your daily dose of "Nope, no release date for the HTC ThunderBolt just yet," we bring you a commercial that’s been floating around. And it’s pretty darn good, as you’d expect from HTC and/or Verizon. And, nope, there’s still no release date. [Android Central Forums]

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Gingerbread (Android 2.3.2) leaked for the Galaxy S i9000

Gingerbread (the Android 2.3.2 version) has been leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S i9000.  Users at XDA Developers are saying that it includes Touchwiz 4, and download mode is still available.  It also looks like Samsung is now using the ext4 file system, which should bring performance boosts much like the ones on the Nexus S.


Not every Galaxy S user around the globe even has Froyo yet — but Samsung’s ready to move on, it seems, crafting a ROM based on Android 2.3.2 (in other words, quite recently) for the i9000 model that just leaked across the giant faucet better known as the internet. The darned thing is nearly a quarter gigabyte in size, so Samsung’s not playing here, but users haven’t fleshed out everything that’s changed just yet. Of course, if you’re using one of the millions of Galaxy S devices that aren’t an i9000, you’ve got more waiting to do… but we’re certain hackers are already well underway tearing this bad boy apart and crafting custom ROMs for various SKUs. Hang tight! [XDA-Developers]

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