The Power of Apps on “IOS” or “ANDROID” Phones

Apps IOS

What is an App?

“Apps” enable you to do things quicker on your Phone and access Programs in a shorter time period without going through a number of additional steps to open a program.

“App” is short for Application and is a program you install on your phone to perform a specific task.

Some Apps come pre-installed on your phone, such as calendar, alarms, emails apps.  However, most Apps you may want to use will have to be downloaded from an App Store.  There is a separate store for Apple Apps and Android Apps, due to the fact they are two separate operating systems.

Apps for IPHONES and iPads

On either of these devices there will be an “App Icon”.  Tap on the App Icon store and you will be taken to the store and a reasonably easy to follow means of selecting what you require.

Your main source of finding preferred Apps will be the search button.  When you search for an APP to address a challenge you may have, then frequently there may be a choice of Apps.  Details will be provided for each App and often a rating system.  However many applications have a single unique App i.e. say a Banking Service.

Once you have decided on an App you want , tap “Get” to download it (or the price in the event it is a paid for App).  If it is a paid App you will have to enter your Apple ID password or use “finger print recognition” as ID.  When the App is fully downloaded you will be able to see the App on the screen.  When you tap on it it will Open and you will be able to use the features provided.

Apps for ANDROID PHONES and Tablets

To get an Android App you will need to go to the App for “Google Play Store” on your Home Screen or your App Drawer.  At the bottom of the screen select Apps and this will enable you to see the featured Apps or do a search using the “search bar” at the top of the App Screen.

To download the App tap “Install” if the App is Free or Price if a paid App.  If a paid App your will have to enter your Google Account details or use your finger print if this is set up on your machine.  When the App is installed tap Open or go to the App Drawer to access it.

Apps Android

Some Popular Apps to Try (most of which are Free)

Translation Services

Radio Apps – most radio stations have their own App.

Skype – make telephone calls.

Zoom – for video calls.

What’s App – for group communication mostly by text but also video.

Satnav – Google Maps can be downloaded and use for mapping journeys etc in real time.

Banking and Credit Card Apps for the Accounts you have with the relevant Banks.

There are literally thousands of Apps both free and paid.

Happy searching and using!

Can you match Apple or Samsung Technology with Belkin’s New Speaker/Charger?

Belkin Speaker Charger

Belkin provides a range of iPhone accessories that include wireless chargers

A latest product pairs wireless charging functionality with a home speaker.

The SoundForm Elite Smart Speaker and Wireless Charger, which is priced at $300, was released in May.  It is a niche product because of its price point, it may fill a void for those who are looking for devices that have a range of functions.

It has a rounded body shape with an angled top area that’s designed to fit a smartphone for wireless charging purposes. Any size ‌iPhone‌ will fit and work here.

There was concern that the speaker would look unfinished without a smartphone charging on it, but the angled smartphone charging platform looks like a deliberate design decision. The speaker is covered in a mesh fabric, but it’s clothlike and has give, so it almost feels more like a sleeve than a part of the speaker.

The speaker is available in either black or white.  There are touch controls on the top for activating Bluetooth, changing the volume, playing/pausing music, or turning off the microphone (and thus preventing Google Assistant from listening). The icons are also a little bit light in colour.

A small light on the wireless charging pad lets you know when your smartphone is charging, and there are a series of LEDs on the front that shine through the fabric cover to give you a visual on when Google Assistant is interacting with you.

This is a smart speaker, and setting it up requires the Google Home app on an ‌iPhone‌ or Android smartphone. If you are not a Google user (i.e. your kit is Apple and Apps are from the Apple Store) then this will be a problem.  You need to ne aware of this issue as it is likely to prove problematic unless you are persistent and have technical “know how”.

With Google Assistant, the speaker can play on request  when asked from these linked services: YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer, with a default able to be set in the Google Home app. You will note Apple Music is not on this list.  If you are an Apple Music user then check out the possibilities and challenges of connecting to this.

Google Assistant  in addition to playing music, provides services such as answering queries, translating, providing weather information, adjusting volume, controlling linked smart home products, providing daily news, setting timers, setting up music routines, broadcasting voice messages, and more.

The quality of the output from the SoundForm Elite is of high quality and unless you are very “sound sensitive” most listeners will be pleased with the sound quality.  The sound is loud enough that it’s able to fill a normal sized room with high quality sound even at high volume.

Bottom Line

If you’re in Apple’s ecosystem and use ‌Apple Music‌ and Siri, the Belkin SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker and Wireless Charger isn’t going to be worth the purchase because it’s just not set up for Apple’s devices and services. It doesn’t work with ‌Apple Music‌ except over Bluetooth, there is no ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support, and it isn’t HomeKit compatible.

If you have a mix of Apple and Android devices and also have a Google Home setup, it’s a different story. In that situation, it’s a solid speaker that offers high-quality Devialet sound at a reasonable price, and provides all the bells and whistles you get with Google Assistant integration. And to top it all off, there’s a handy wireless charger, making the speaker a versatile and useful desktop companion.

Note: Information above is an extract of an Article on MacRumors.com

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