The launch of BBM for iPhone and Android has gotten many former BlackBerry users excited, allowing them to benefit from the popular chat program that was a major feature of BB phones.
While a number of chat tools have come onto the market for iPhone and Android phones, BBM was in its hay day a very unique, feature-rich platform. Messages were sent using BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) rather than data, which made messages free to send and receive too.
If you are one of those who misses being able to keep up with your BlackBerry contacts, here are some tips for installing BBM on iPhone or Android phones.
If you’re one of those Android smartphone users who loves nothing more than shopping for Google Play apps, you may find that it gets a bit frustrating trying to keep things organised.
Let’s face it – there is something satisfying about browsing the week’s Top Picks in search of an app that will help you take better pictures/entertain your bored three year old/plan that holiday. And with so many free apps out there, the best part is that you don’t always have to spend a thing either. On the downside, having so much to choose from also means a lot to look through. It’s all too easy to end up having to scroll up and down again and again.
Luckily however, there are a few simple tricks that you can do to make things far easier to find just that app you’re searching for (without having to spend ages sifting through the useless stuff).
Organising Android Apps on Play Store (And Your Phone)
There are three settings that will help you organise your Android apps on the Play Store, simply and quickly. These are as follows:
iMessage is a great messaging tool that is unique to iPhone devices, including the iPad, iPod touch and Mac. Working with your SMS and MMS, it acts as a free way to send text messages, videos and photos with your device’s wireless or 3G connection.
Rather than similar tools such as WhatsApp that uses your phone number, or BBM that uses your phone’s PIN, iMessage uses your Apple email address. This messaging tool only works with other Apple devices so can’t be used if you want to get in touch with someone who has another type of phone or tablet.
Google Now is an application for Android smartphones that works on voice commands. As an evolved version of Search, this app is a bit like Siri for iPhone, with a few cool twists that Android fans will adore.
If you have a Google Account, you may well find that you already have Google Now on your phone without you even knowing that it’s there. If you go into your phone’s search bar, you will see a little microphone icon – click that icon and then use your voice to get started.
Wondering what sort of commands you can use?
Google Now Voice Actions for Android Phones
There are many different things that you can do with Google Now for Android phones, from asking questions such as ‘how hot is the sun?’ to setting an alarm, checking the weather or making a call. Some of the most common actions to try include the following:
Shortcuts are a great way to use your BlackBerry smartphone more effectively, saving you time and effort too.
But of course, it helps to know which shortcuts there are out there before you can start using them. Whether you want to access certain applications more quickly, or you want to cut down time when using messaging, these handy tricks will turn your phone into a lean, mean communication machine in no time at all.
Guide to BlackBerry Shortcuts
There are almost too many shortcuts for BlackBerry to mention. For simplicity’s sake, we have divided them into basic, phone and messaging shortcuts. You may need to print out the list if you want to refer back again – otherwise keep practicing and you will soon get the hang of them. Top shortcuts include the following:
1. Basic Shortcuts
These are some of the most common simple shortcuts that can be used on the majority of apps:
- Exit a screen or move back on browser page: Escape key
- Select or clear a check box: Space key
- Switch applications: hold Alt key and press Escape; keep Alt key down and select app, then release Alt key
- Return to Home: End key
2. Phone Shortcuts
These options are used when on a call or on the Phone screen:
- Answer call: Send key
- View call log: hit Send key from any screen
- Add plus sign to number: letter O key
- Add letter to number field: Alt key plus letter
- Add extension to number: Alt key, X key plus extension number
- Assign speed dial number to key: hold key and type number
- Move to top of Phone screen: Space key
- Shift between headset, speaker and handset: Menu and option or $ key (turns speakerphone on and off in calls)
- Navigate to Home screen during call: Escape key plus OK option
3. Message Shortcuts
Composing/replying to messages:
- R – Reply To Message
- L – Reply To All
- F – Forward Message
- I – File Highlighted Message
- Q – View Contact Email Address (highlight contact first)
- C – Compose Message
- ALT+U – Mark Message Opened/Unopened
- ALT+I – View Inbox
- ALT+O – View Outbox
- ALT+V – View Voicemail
- ALT+S – View SMS
- ALT+P – View Call Log
- Escape – View messages
- SHIFT+SPACE – Move to the top of a screen
- SPACE – Move to the bottom of a screen
- T – Top of a message
- B – Bottom of a message
- N – Next date
- P – Previous date
- U – Next unopened item
- J – Next related item
- K – Previous related item
- F – Search in attachment or web page
- G – Last cursor position after accessing attachment
4. Typing Shortcuts
These are some useful BlackBerry shortcuts for the keyboard and typing in general:
- Add full stop: hit Space key twice (next letter is capitalised)
- Capitalise letter: hold letter until the capitalised letter is displayed
- NUM Lock: Alt plus Left Shift
- CAPS Lock: Alt plus Right Shift
- Turn off NUM / CAP lock: Shift key
- Add ‘at’ sign (@) or full stop in email address: Space key
- Highlight text: Shift key plus trackball roll
- Cancel text selection: Escape key
- Cut highlighted text: Shift plus Backspace/Delete
- Copy highlighted text: Alt key plus trackball click
- Paste highlighted text: Shift key plus trackball click
There you have it folks – a nice list of BlackBerry shortcuts to make using your phone simpler and easier all round!
Many smartphone users believe that rooting or jailbreaking is required to customise an Android phone to preference – luckily however, there are a few cool apps and widgets that make it far easier than you may have thought to give your home a makeover.
Despite the huge range of features that smartphones have to offer, it would be virtually impossible for every single device to have every single feature that every single user wants to see. This is where app developers come in to provide a very important service – helping users to personalise devices with a wide selection of nifty tools.
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