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Android Universal Search Application for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 2

vtap universal search

A few days ago, I was assisting someone who was set on returning their newly purchased Samsung Galaxy S3, because despite all of its bells and whistles, still managed to lack one feature in particular – a universal search function.  This happened to be a deal breaker for him, so he was ready to pay a restocking fee and reactivate his prehistoric blackberry back onto his phone number.  Apparently dealing with its slower than slow browser capabilities were more than worth it if he was able to search his entire phone contents with a couple clicks of his qwerty keyboard.  For some reason, this didn’t sit well with me.  I mean to each their own, but his new phone was light years ahead of what he was about to go back to.  It’s like he had a Maserati for a day, but was about to turn the keys in and pull out of the lot with his Ford Tempo that he traded in only a day earlier.

I was not about to let the sheer awesomeness of this device slip through this guy’s hands, all because of one measly little universal search function.  No.  Not happening on my watch.

When the S3 came out, it actually did have this function built into the operating system, but because of Apple’s lawsuit regarding infringement Samsung removed this ability from the phone, essentially “dumbing down” its flagship device.  Don’t even get me started with this, cause I would like to keep this post to a relatively easy read.  That being said…

I had about 2 minutes while I was processing the return, to save this guy from making a huge mistake.  Thank you 4GLTE, because within no time I was able to search the Google Play store and find  and download Vtap by Veveo onto my own phone to test it out.  It’s a 3rd party universal search function, and within seconds I was hooked, and I was sure the guy standing across from me would be too as soon as I showed him this needle in a haystack.  Seriously, I felt like Christopher Columbus, except for the fact that Vtap isn’t exactly America.  After the initial setup it worked flawlessly!  I was able to find contacts, apps, music, text messages, emails, utilities and other essential things on my phone quickly and easily.  For a full description of what the app is capable of, click on the link above, which will take you to Google Play Store.

As if this awesome app isn’t enough…wait for it…

vtap universal search by veveo

After, you download the application, you can go into your widgets and you now have a Vtap universal search widget that you can put on one of your customizable screens.  It’s the little things that make me happy.  I swear.

Long story short, remember the gentlemen I was talking about earlier, well after I showed him Vtap, he kept the Maserati = )

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How to Disable Google Voice Dialer on DROID RAZR Series

How to Disable Google Voice Dialer

After, the Android 4.1.2 Jellybean update, you may have noticed a new “Google Now” tool bar popping up on your smartphone screen.  With this change, the normal “Voice Actions” that you have gotten to know and love have been replaced with Google Voice actions.  So, if you find yourself saying, “Oh my original Voice Actions, where art though?” and miss seeing this screen:

How to Disable Google Voice Dialer

Then, this post is for you.  Yes you.

The reason I decided to write this post, is because I have been hearing a lot of people complaining about Google’s Voice dialer mainly from users of Motorola Series’ phones (RAZR, RAZR MAXX, RAZR MAXX HD, RAZR M).  Many times, it gets the name wrong, doesn’t recognize what you are saying, doesn’t ask for confirmation before placing a call, and then winds up calling the wrong person.  A lot of people have asked me, “How can I get the original voice actions back that came with the phone before this latest OS update?”  So in response, I played around with the phone a tad and have come up with this TEMPORARY solution.  I say temporary, because this “fix” will also disable other voice functions on your device in other apps.

1.  Go to Settings.

2.  Go to Apps or Application Manager.  Then scroll over to ALL apps.

3.  Find Google Search and Disable it.

After performing these steps, your original voice actions should be restored.  Do keep in mind that you may have issues with certain apps, for example Google Navigation, when trying to use the google voice search with it.  So, you will have to weigh what is more important to you if you run into this issue and decide what you are willing to give up in order to have your old tried and true voice actions back.  I am hoping that there will be an update to Google Voice dialer released soon that will address the glitches associated with it.  Also, if you decide to re-enable Google Voice dialer, you can follow the same pathing as in the steps above, except this time when under the ALL Apps section, disabled apps will appear at the bottom of the list and not in alphabetical order.  Simply find Google Search and Enable it.

Motorola DROID RAZR Factory Reset

Photo Borrowed from http://computimesinc.com

Photo Borrowed from http://computimesinc.com

So it has come to this.  You have exhausted all other options and have ultimately decided the only way to fix what has gone catastrophically wrong with your Droid is the dreaded Factory Reset, also known as cell phone “spring cleaning.”  Without further ado, this is the mapping of where to go in your device’s menu options to get the job done right.

Preferred Method (Able to access hard reset menu on device)

  1. From a Home screen, select Apps (located in the lower center).
  2. Select Settings.
    Note If the application icon is missing, select App menu filter (located at the top) then select All apps.
  3. Select Privacy.
  4. Select Factory Data Reset.
  5. Select Reset phone.
    Note If presented, enter the current lock code or draw the unlock pattern.
  6. Select Erase Everything.
    Note Allow up to 10 minutes for the Factory Data Reset and reboot processes to complete.

Alternate Method

  1. Power the device off.
    Note Press the Power button then select Power off.
    Note If the device doesn’t respond, press and hold the Volume Up/Down then press and hold Power button. When the device screen goes blank release the Power button while continuing to hold Volume Up/Down, proceed with step 3.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up/Down then press the Power button.
  3. When presented with the Boot Mode Selection Menu release all buttons.
  4. Press Volume Down to select Recovery then press Volume Up.
  5. From the Droid triage screen, simultaneously press Volume Up/Down.
  6. Select wipe data /Factory Reset then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.
  7. Select Yes — delete all user data then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.
    Note Data wipe may take several moments.
  8. Select reboot system now then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.

*This will also work for the Razr Maxx and all other versions of the device.

* Backup your text messages, contacts, and apps (coming soon).