We reluctantly opted to download 'Android file transfer' from the Android website, which then put us in a position to copy some media to the device. We sent over several MP3's to the internal storage of the device, which could have been done via Bluetooth, but we decided not to on this occasion. It was then just a case of opening the default Music app to access the files we just sent over. The 'Play Music' app from Google does an amazing job as usual of organizing and playing your content on the Idol X, which in our opinion is a more visually pleasing and generally more pleasant experience.
Each app has it's own strengths, the default apps being its built in integration within the device. Music played from here could not be controlled in the lock screen and there wasn't an obvious way to change this.
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However, the music controls were present in the notification page once swiped down from the top of the screen and also via the dedicated widget on the widget wall. Even when music app is closed or quit on the Idol X the music still continues to play in the background, this means that you have to go back into the app to stop the music from continuing to play.
The Google music app was smoother to use, easier to navigate, and had benefits from 'Listen Now', which makes it easier to figure out what to play next. On top of all of this, the app from Google will allow you to access any of the 20, songs your allowed to upload to the companies cloud for free. There are also an 'Instant Mixes' option that will continue to play music forever, choosing songs based on the data embedded in you favourite tracks.
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Both apps make it easy to listen to the music you want with playlists, and filters for artists, genres and albums, so you will be spoilt for choice when you come to choose your music playing app. Almost every piece of technology in todays world is digital, and the inclusion of this analogue technology is not very forward thinking, but nether the less we were happy for it to be included and it does the job. You need to plug in a pair of headphones to act as an antenna, but once up and running you'll have the option to save radio stations frequencies in your favourites list.
There are three dots located at the top right hand side of the screen which opens up options including; Save Channel, Audio Mode for switching between earphones and the Idol X's rear speaker, Delete, RDS Settings for channel information and alternative frequencies and finally Record FM, which allows for live recording of any radio station that you can tune into. We found that even though we were in central London the chance of picking up a strong signal was slightly hit or miss. However, we managed to pick up all the stations we looked for on this handy app.
The built in video app on the Alcatel One Touch Idol X is rather underwhelming, but it manages to do the basics. With no option to change the frame rate, most video's stutter upon playback - especially large files like TV shows or films. For video on the Idol X you only have one option by default installed on the device, the 'Video player' app. The Video player app opens up to show you all available footage on the device from the videos made with the camera app, to any other footage you have decided to transfer over to the Idol X.
The app is simple to use, and rather similar to YouTube in terms of video control. A soft reset deletes any temporary files that may be causing the issue. Press and hold the Power key for 15 seconds.
The device will power off and restart. Clear application cache. Each application has a cache of temporary files that may be taking up memory. Try clearing the application cache from your larger applications to free up space. Continue to clear the cache on the rest of your apps. You may not be able to clear the cache for every application.
Rarely, an application may not function as expected afterward. Try clearing your application cache first and test to see if that resolves your issue. If you clear the application cache , you don't remove your personal settings or information. If you clear the application data , you remove your personal settings and info such as login information and high scores.
From the home screen, tap the All Apps icon.
Scroll to and tap Settings. Tap Apps. Swipe to the ALL tab.
Tap the Menu icon and then tap Sort by size to find the largest apps. Scroll to and tap the application. Clear application data. Tap OK.