Just like any other operating systems (OS) out there, the Android OS is not without its setbacks.
While there isn't any perfect device or system available, there are usually tips and tricks to mitigate the grievances.
The following are three common gripes about Android devices and tips on overcoming them.
How to remove Picasa/Google+ pictures from your Android gallery
The Android OS easily backs your data up, which can be really convenient and life-saving, but it can also be quite a headache.
Take Google+'s photo backup as an example. The app can be set to automatically back up the photos that you take from your Android device and store it in a private folder in your Google+ account. This folder will only be accessible to the owner of that Google+ account unless it is shared.
What many people aren't aware about this feature is that it will lead to the backed up pictures appearing in any of their Android device's gallery as long as they link their device with their Google account.
I have heard many horror stories from friends of unwanted pictures appearing in the gallery of their Android smartphone. The worst thing is that there's no straightforward method to remove the pictures. There isn't even an option to delete the unwanted pictures from the gallery.
To get rid of Google's cloud albums from appearing in your gallery, you should first access your device's settings, and then select "Google" under the Accounts header.
After you've selected your Google account that's linked with the Google+ or Picasa photos that are appearing, you will see a list of checkboxes. Uncheck both "Sync Google Photos" and "Sync Picasa Web Albums".
Next, head back to your settings and select "Application manager". From there, search for "Gallery", open it, and tap on "Clear data".
Once all the above steps are done, the pictures should no longer appear in your device's photo gallery.
Testing if your battery is being charged at the expected level
The usage of smartphones may differ from one user to another, but one thing that is completely unavoidable is the need to regularly charge the device's battery in order to use it.
I have been hearing many complaints from friends that over time, their smartphone battery will require a much longer time to achieve a full charge. Sometimes it can take a ridiculously long period to charge, with the battery percentage not increasing even after a few hours of being connected to an AC charger.
In such situations, the first step is to identify the cause of the problem. The most likely suspect will be the charging cable, which is fairly cheap to replace. Other causes could be the device's charging port or the battery itself, which are both going to cost you quite a bit to replace.
So how do you identify what is the actual cause of the problem? Before sending your device to a shop or service centre for repair, there is a method of checking to see if it is your charging cable that is problematic. Best of all, it doesn't involve the hassle of trying out different cables.
Enter the Galaxy Charging Current (bit.ly/1bx8czD), a simple but useful app by abmantis that can be found on the Google Play Store.