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One of the reasons smartphones have become so desirable is their ability to serve a number of functions. The screens are of such a high quality now that they can easily bring you TV shows or movies and there’s no need for a separate digital media player when you have an Android phone. You can carry around a great library of music, TV and movies on your phone so that you’re never caught out with nothing to do.
The entertainment possibilities don’t end there, because there are also some great streaming options among the Android apps on the market. You can stream video or music from another device or enjoy radio streaming direct to your phone. You can even set up your smartphone to act as a remote control. Find out all about how to transform your Android phone into an awesome media player as we take a look at some handy round ups, guides and reviews.
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To begin with, we take a look at some of your best options for a media player app to extend the functionality and format support of your phone. We also explore some great syncing possibilities. The first option is an excellent service called DoubleTwist which can provide you with a versatile alternative to iTunes on the Android platform. It keeps your music and video files synced on your phone and computer and allows you to add and remove content with ease. We also take a look at a few other options that will allow you to plug in to your media server and stream the content you want.
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Wired for Sound
Smartphones have completely done away with the need to carry an MP3 player. They are ideal for listening to music and there is an impressive array of apps on the market that can help with every aspect of enjoying audio on your Android device. We take a look at your syncing options to help keep your collection up to date. We also examine a number of different apps that provide all sorts of music services from Internet radio streams to identifying songs.
You’ll find help to edit the MP3 tags on your tracks, reviews of a couple of big streaming cloud services and a host of individual apps that might offer the functionality you desire. You never need to be without tunes when you have an Android.
- A Complete and Comprehensive Guide to Syncing Music on Android
- Best Music Applications for Android
- Round Up of the Best Music Players with an Equalizer on Android
- What's the Best Music Player for Android Phones?
- Android as MP3 Player
- Edit MP3 File Tags on Android
- Winamp for Android
- Google Gets Down with the Boogie - Google Music Review
- Audiogalaxy for Android
- Review of the Napster Android App
- Streaming Music on Android Phones from Amazon
- Music Streaming on Android with We7 App
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The Spoken Word
You won’t always want to listen to music on your phone, sometimes you might prefer to catch up with the latest podcasts from your favorite sites or perhaps enjoy an audiobook. You’ll find handy round-ups of apps for both right here, along with a look at some super handy widgets for podcasts and a full review of one of the best options.
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Radio Ga Ga
The majority of Android phones support FM radio and it’s pretty easy to use, but there are also plenty of apps that can help you to tune in to the stations you want, or enjoy Internet radio. First off we take a look at why it is not possible to transmit FM on Android and what your best alternative is. We then highlight some great radio apps before reviewing an app that’s perfect for finding old style radio shows and serials.
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What’s on TV?
Are you a TV addict? Never miss your favorite show again because your Android smartphone is always on you and there are ways to get those shows on it. Learn exactly what your options are for watching TV and how you can set it up easily. You’ll also find details of a couple of great apps you can use and tips on where to find the shows you want.
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The Magic of the Movies
Everyone loves movies. There’s no denying the big screen is the ultimate way to enjoy a film, but as Android smartphones grow ever larger they can make a great portable alternative. These articles will teach you everything you need to know about watching movies on Android. Find out exactly how to do it, how to find free content and premium content, and how to save your favorite videos.
We also take a look at using DLNA to stream video from your phone to a big screen. If you intend to watch the video on your Android then you’ll find all the best players highlighted here. Our final review takes a look at a handy app that can help you to avoid missing the best bits in your favorite films.
- Can You Really Watch Movies on Android for Free?
- How to Watch Movies on Android
- A Simple Guide to DLNA Video Streaming on Android
- Choosing a WMV Player for Android
- Guide to Downloading and Watching MP4 Videos on an Android Phone
- Best Android Tube Downloaders
- How to Save YouTube/FLV Clips on Android
- Watch and Stream Videos with an Android Video Application
- Netflix Android App Review: Streaming, Most of the Time
- MoboPlayer: Video on Android
- Don't Miss Any of the Action with RunPee for Android
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Where’s the Remote Control?
Many of us now have our music or movie collection on the PC and one of the hassles with this setup is that most PCs don’t come with a remote control. Well guess what? You can use your Android smartphone as a remote control for all your media on a computer or laptop. You’ll find a range of great app options and tips for getting everything ready right here. The best part is that you always have your phone on you anyway so this is an excellent alternative use for it.
- Your Droid Can Double As Your Remote
- What's the Best Remote Desktop App for Android?
- Remote Control Your Desktop from Your Android Phone
- Media Center Control Review: Android
- Leanback with YouTube Remote App
Hopefully you are now armed with all the info you need to stay entertained with Android. If you have any suggestions for apps or any tips of your own then please post a comment.