Link your Twitter Android app to your Twitter Account

Create a Twitter application to link your Android Twitter app with your Twitter account, enabling the posting of tweets from your Android phone or tablet.

Most of the Android Twitter apps make use of their own Twitter application by default.

Whilst this makes the configuration of the app easy, Twitter imposes a limit on the number of clients using a given application. A number of these clients have previously reached their client limit.

With your own Twitter application you are not reliant upon the configuration and maintenance of details by someone else.

Also the security keys which you use are unique to your application – much safer. And as many of the Twitter Android apps are at, or near the limit imposed by Twitter using your app allows someone else to make use of the default.

Create your own Twitter application, linking your Twitter Android app. Its easy to do and avoids any potential issues from using the default application associated with one of the Android apps.

The Twitter application provides two encrypted keys to enter in the Twitter app.

In this example I used Twidere, of coarse other apps are available.

In the Twidere app slide in from the left edge of the screen to show the configuration options.

From the settings select network, then scroll down to select default API settings.

On this page it is the consumer key and consumer secret which we shall be entering from our Twitter application.

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Rather than the usual Twitter public website, we’ll start from is the development website dev.twitter.com

At the top of the page click on my apps in the navigation at the top. This goes to https://apps.twitter.com/. No doubt you have a Twitter account – sign in with the details..

Create Twitter Application: Login

After logging in the shown page has a list of your existing Twitter apps.

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Click on Create New App button

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Enter the relevant details. It’s worth describing your app properly in the description, in case you wonder what it is in 6 months time. Ensure that your website link contains the full reference, including the http://

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Select the tab for Keys and Access tokens

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The consumer key and consumer secret values and shown.

Create Twitter application: Keys and Access Token

Whilst not needed at the moment I often create the access tokens at this time. Click on the button Create my access token to populate the values of the token and token secret.

Copy the application setting values of consumer key (API key) and  consumer secret (API secret) into the Twitter Android app. In our example we are using Twidere. Click OK to save.

Create Twitter Application: Twidere Android Client API Authorisation Settings

Your Android Twitter client app should now be good to go. Return to the list of tweets and try adding a new one.

Taking a Screenshot on an Android Phone

Preparing the article about making a DNN skin responsive I wanted to take a screenshot of the browser vote on an Android phone.

I found reported that for Android 4 and above the key combination of power and volume down buttons held together would take a screenshot on an Android phone.

Initial attempts either popped up the power of confirmation message out the volume control showed and actioned, reducing the volume level.

To be sure that I had the correct key combination I also tried power with volume up and the home virtual button with each of the volume keys.

Trying three power key and volume down key once more it all worked, no popup messages!

I held the keys for about 1 second and a screenshot was taken, disappearing from view, but adding an icon at the to left of the notification bar.

Clicking on this icon showed the screenshot with the option to share. From here it was ready to send meteor the image as an email attachment.

For the second screenshot showing the responsive website after looking at the image I wished to view it once again. The icon had now disappeared from the notification bar.

To view screenshots navigate to the gallery top level. All the screenshots are shown in their own grouping.

Change Android KitKat Keyboard Colour Scheme

The new Android Kit Kat keyboard is white, looks washed out, without the distinction between the ‘keys’.

I prefer the old black Android keyboard. The keys were much clearer and there was a distinction between the keyboard and the content above.

I chose to review the settings to search for an alternative keyboard styling.

I began by clicking on the Apps list and selecting Settings.

On the Settings page under the section Personal, there is the option Language & Input.

On the page Language & Inputs click on Google Keyboard to show the associated customisations. I then clicked on Appearance & Layouts.

The Theme, in use, was Material Light. The list of keyboard themes available were:

  • Material Light
  • Material Dark
  • Holo White
  • Holo Blue

To implement the chosen theme click on the arrow to the left of Theme in the top bar.

Having looked at each I found that I preferred Holo Blue, with its clear border, creating the look of keys and the distinction between the keyboard and the content above.

 

Android KitKat add a new Screen

Android 4.4 KitKat controls the visibility of screens with the apps. To exist a screen needs an app assigned to it.

To add a new screen on Android KitKat move one of the home screen apps to create a new screen

  1. long press on an app icon to select it
  2. slide it to the right edge of the screen
  3. a white bar shows at the right edge of the screen
  4. continue to apply pressure to the edge of the screen
  5. a new empty screen is created
  6. at the bottom of the screen an extra dot is shown above the set of common action apps (phone, chrome browser etc.)

To remove a screen simply delete all the app icons or slide them to one of the adjacent screens.

I found that I was able to add a new screen to the right, but not to the left.

To make the home screen the centre one I moved one across from the right to the left hand side.

To more a screen:

  1. long press on the screen to show a smaller version of the screen, with its neighbours to left and right. Below are icons for wallpapers and widgets.
  2. slide the view of the screens from left to right to review all.
  3. long press on the screen to be moved
  4. once selected drag it to its new location, this can be at the far left or right, or in between two existing screens
  5. click outside of the strip of screens to exit the edit mode

I Found that moving a screen to the left of the current home screen worked until the phone was turned off and thence restarted. The home screen was then once again the left most of the screens. The home screen had changed.

Bluetooth Pairing Plantronics Earpiece with Android Phone

A Bluetooth ear piece can allow you to talk hands free. Particularly useful if you want to type at the same time, or just to save holding the unwieldy shape of a smart phone to your ear.

5 simple steps to pairing one of the Plantronics ear pieces and an Android smart phone.

  1. On the Android phone navigate to
    Settings / Wireless & network settings > Bluetooth settings
  2. Ensure that Bluetooth is on.
  3. On the Plantronics ear piece push and hold the central button
  4. Now on the phone click on Scan for devices
  5. Once the ear piece has been found click on it to pair.

If later on you find that the earpiece isn’t working with the phone ensure that you have Bluetooth turned on and that its not paired with another phone instead.

Android WiFi Turns off When Screen Shuts Off

My Android phone was turning the Wi-Fi off when the screen was sleeping, ie  turned off.

Looking at the network icons at the top right of the display, when clicking the phone back on from sleep, I observed the 3G icon on and no Wi-Fi icon. This was indicating that whilst the screen was in sleep mode although the Wi-Fi was available it was switching to 3G mode, turning off the Wi-Fi.

The network consumption of the phone was also reflecting the Wi-Fi.

A setting change can correct the issue, ensuring that the Wi-Fi stays on whilst the screen is in sleep mode.

  • Open the Android settings page
  • Click on Wireless & networks
  • Click on Wi-Fi settings
  • Press the Menu key. This is one of the three dedicated keys, or a software equivalent.
  • Select Advanced
  • Click on Wi-Fi sleep policy
  • A pop-up window will show 3 options. Select either never or Never when plugged in.