Monthly Archives: June 2012

Reviewing Android 4.1 Jellybean


Only a few days ago, Google released the latest addition in the Android family, The jellybean version 4.1 and techies are onto it in a flash.The people @thinkdigit.com posted a great article reviewing the Jellybean.Here it is.

Google introduced the latest version of the Android operating system at its I/O developer event last night, called Jelly Bean, which will be available for platform lead devices by mid-July, along with the source code. Of course, we’ll have to wait a while for manufacturer-customized devices to get their own updates.

Android 4.1 Jellybean is an incremental update to ICS (not Android 5.0 as had been expected), which is aimed to make ICS “smoother, faster and more fluid”. It mostly brings UI changes ranging from improved notifications and onscreen keyboard, to widget control, voice typing and the native camera app. Most importantly however, are the host of developer changes (full list available on the Android Developers site) it brings, which promise to give app creators greater flexibility and control.

Project Butter
First up, in the list of changes to Jelly Bean, is Project Butter – which uses vsync timing and triple buffering to make the touch responsiveness of Jelly Bean devices as smooth as butter. All animation, display refreshes will be locked to a 16 millisecond vsync heartbeat. Google says touch responsiveness has been further improved by predicting where the next touch will be, and in case of a time-out, will use a CPU input boost to ensure minimal latency.

Widget Control
Google has improved the widget-adding experience with Jelly Bean. App widgets can now be automatically resized, depending on where the user drops them on the homescreen, the size to which the user expands them, and the space currently available on the homescreen. Developers will now also have control to reorient the interface of the widget, depending on the size.

Widgets

Notifications

Notifications
One of the biggest changes to Ice Cream Sandwich is the new Notifications menu in Jelly Bean. Essentially, notifications will be more than just pieces of information, but now, will be interactive, and can be expanded or collapsed to show more information, access features, etc, without opening the relevant app. Notifications will now support image content, feature up to three preset actions (such as sharing, or +1-ing), and, display priority is now user-configurable.

Voice Typing and Search
Google has introduced Offline Voice Typing to Jelly Bean, placing the previously-cloud-accessed Google Speech Recognizer on the device itself. For now, it only supports U.S. English, but more languages are due to be added later. Google has also improved voice search, with faster response times, increased accuracy, and a more natural sounding voice. Relevantly, Google also announced it would be supporting more languages soon, with 18 new languages, including Persian, due soon.

Camera and Gallery
Google has made improvements to the native Ice Cream Sandwich camera and gallery apps as well, with the new Jelly Bean version supporting such features as an undo button, simple deletion UI, and a film strip mode.

Google Now
Lastly, Google has finally introduced a Siri-competitor, called Google Now, which will use the Card UI and voice to provide search information, before you search it – something Google has been advocating for years now. It will automatically check things like traffic and public transport information, and update the user. It can also remind users about the events, etc. We’ll have to wait and see just how it works to get a better idea, though you could check out the video below for a glimpse.

So,this will indeed be a good addition to the Android family and all the android lovers out there like me are waiting to get our hands on it ASAP..!!!!

Root almost all Android devices using Unlock Root


What exactly is “rooting”?

Android is based on Linux. On Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, the root user is equivalent to the Administrator user on Windows. The root user has access to the entire operating system and can do anything. By default, you don’t have root access to your Android device, and certain apps won’t function without root access.

With root access, you can disable the bloatware that comes with your phone, manually deny app permissions, run a firewall, access the entire file system, or tether your device, even if tethering functionality has been disabled. You’ll find many apps that require root access in the Google Play store (formerly known as the Android Market), although they won’t function until you root your device.

Unlock Root and how to root your device using it

Rooting, the word that sends a chill down the spines of noobs but now there is nothing to worry about folks because this is just the right thing you need, Unlock Root.Simple to use or rather the simplest way to root your android device out there.Unlock Root is a tool that can successfully root and unlock not just one or a handful of Android devices from the same manufacturer but many from different manufacturers. Currently, Unlock Root can root about 250 different handsets from major handset manufacturers such as HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Asus, Acer, Huawei, Dell, and Samsung, as well as from other less-known manufacturers.So, there are 99.9% chances that you’re device is in that bagful of supported devices.The only problem is that it currently supports only Android 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 but support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is also fast gaining ground.

So,get going now and read the instructions given below to successfully root your beast, your android device and unleash its full capabilities.

Requirements

1.First and foremost you need to install the USB drivers of your device on your computer.These are available on your manufacturer’s website and can be downloaded.

2.Unlock Root works only on WINDOWS  (sorry,linux and mac users).So, your computer must be running XP/Vista/7.

Instructions

  1. Download the Unlock Root software. Get it straight from the developer’s website.
  2. Enable USB Debugging mode on your device. You can do this by going to Settings > Applications > Development on your device.
  3. Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  4. Run “UnlockRoot.exe”. Wait for your handset to be automatically detected.
  5. Choose your device from the list of autodetected devices.
  6. Click the Root button to start the rooting process.
  7. Wait for it to complete the installation, after which you’ll be greeted with a message saying your device has been successfully rooted.Do not unplug your device before that.
  8. After the rooting process, simply reboot your device for the changes to take effect.

Voila!Your device is rooted successfully.To test it download any app that requires root permissions like titanium backup or link2SD.

And yes, do tell me whether it worked for your handset or not and comment if you are having any sort of problems.

Make your MS-Office 2010 genuine.


MS-Office,a software that you have got to have if you are a Windows user and most importantly you have got to have a genuine copy of it or else you will get those annoying activation messages by Microsoft.So,stop looking for those serial keys and trying them one after other.Here is the best way to make your Office10 genuine.

  1. Go here and download KMS activator for office 2010.
  2. First Disable your all kind of Anti-Virus/Security Software. (Recommended)
  3. Run KMS Activator Software.
  4. Click on Install/Uninstall KMService Tab.
  5. Then Click on Activation Office 2010 VL.
  6. Follow the instruction inside the window.
  7. And voila!Your Microsoft Office 2010 is genuine now.
  8. Check the status of your Ms. Office 2010 by click on Activation Check Office 2010.

Enjoy 🙂

And yes, do tell me whether it did work for you or not…

How to install Clockworkmod Recovery on Galaxy Mini/Pop GT-S5570



Clockworkmod recovery is an alternate recovery that has many added options such as backup and restore your roms i.e,make a nandroid backup of your ROM along with all its apps and setting, wipe dalvik cache, partition sdcard memory and many more handy options. So,here is the process of installing/flashing clockworkmod recovery on your galaxy mini.
So, first of all if you want to flash clockwork mod recovery then you need to have gingerbread operating system on your Samsung galaxy Pop/Mini gts5570 smart phone because CWM recovery is not compatible with Froyo rom on galaxy pop phone.. Once you are done please follow the instruction below carefully to successfully flash CWM recovery in your galaxy pop/mini smart phone.And as always iam not responsible if this bricks your phone but be free to comment and clear your problems if you have any.
Before you begin please make sure your battery has at least 70% of charge.
 2. Run Odin Multi downloader v4.38 and select the Tass_v1.ops by clicking OPS button.
3. Select One Package Option and Click One Package button and select the tass-recovery-cwm.tar file you downloaded.
 Leave other settings to default (i.e. don’t change any other options/settings)
4. When you are done reboot your phone in download mode (Press Volume Down + Home + Power button to go to download mode)
5. Connect your phone in download mode to your computer via USB Cable.
6. When Odin detects your phone (If you see a com port number written in yellow background at the top left, then your phone is detected.), click Start button.
7. Wait till Odin finishes the job (approx. 3-5 minutes) and when it reports ‘PASS’, you can disconnect your phone.
Go to the recovery mode (Press Home + Power button) and see your new recovery with tons of useful options. Now that you have CWM recovery you will be able to do just more than nandroid backups. You can also partition your sdcard as well as flash a custom rom on your galaxy pop and the best part of it all is that it is now even available in the touch version.So,go ahead and experiment with various options. But, be very careful while doing this as this indeed very risky but once done it is going to be invaluable for you.

Top Apps for Android (Messengers)


Messengers are apps that you got to have in your Android device.Be it for sending IM or sending pictures,files and even calling .So here is a list for top messengers for Android.

1.Whatsapp

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You ought to have heard this name.It is one of the best messengers present out there.Messages, pictures and audios are sent in a jiffy and the best part of it, it is cross platform supporting ios, Android, Symbian,Windows and Blackberry devices and that’s what earns it the title of one of the best IM app because more the platforms supported, more friends you find.It’s major disadvantage is that it is not completely free and after a year you have got top buy it but it costs you only 1$ to do so.So what are you waiting for? Get it now from here and make your symbian and blackberry friends download it as well.

2.Nimbuzz messenger

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It gives you the luxury of connecting your Facebook, gmail and other accounts along with your Nimbuzz account .It also allows you to make calls like you do in Skype and calls are free if you do so to another Nimbuzz user who is in your contact list.It is also cross platform but the only disadvantage is that messages are not sent as quick as they are in Whatsapp.Download it now here.

3.IM plus pro

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One if the better apps out there for Facebook gmail, Yahoo,My Space , Linked IN and other chat accounts .The interface is simple and easy to use.Messages are sent quickly and the best feature is that it has a push mode feature that keeps it running in background,saves your battery and still displays incoming messages and keeps you online.It’s major disadvantage is the fact that it is not free.To download it go here.

4.E buddy

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One of the first IM apps and it is still as good as ever.Providing chats for almost all accounts, it is easy to use.It is completely free and works fine.But its disadvantage is that it its not as good looking as other IM clients and it is now receiving stiff competition from the newer and better apps.But still if you are one of those who believes that OLD IS GOLD ,you can download it here.

5.Skype

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How can you forget Skype when it comes to IM.The PC IM and web calling giant is now available on  Android  and is tasting the same success here.Messages are sent quickly along with pics and other stuffs.Video calling works great  over wifi and 3G and the interface is similar to the PC version.If you are a constant user and have a lot of contacts in skype then this is a must have for your android device and if you have not downloaded it till now you are truly missing out on an awesome IM app.Its main disadvantage is that it is not much of a use if you don’t have a good front camera because there are better audio and image messaging apps than this and it takes a lot of memory and space too.Download it right away here.

P.S

While all others are free , IM + pro costs you some money. So , to get it for free go here.Enjoy 🙂

Top Apps for Android (Browsers)


Hey Androidians !!

The apps at hand are something that are very common and are needed in everyday life.We are talking about Web browsers and here is my list of some of the top browsers for Android.

1.Opera mini

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The most common name when it comes to mobile browsers.One of the oldest and most reputable browser of recent times.It is ideal for daily use as the pages load very quickly and it is very smooth indeed.The interface is simple to use and features such as opera link make it even better.So, hurry up and get it now from google play.

2.UC browser

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So if you are one of those who uses his mobile as a «downloading machine» then this is just the kind of browser for you.It gives you great downloading speeds.Much more than any other browser out there.But the major drawback is that its browsing smoothness and appearance is not that good enough.So just like i stated before if you need a browser for downloading files then is the perfect browser for you.Download it right away from the link.

3.Dolphin Browser HD

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As the name suggests its high definition! So if you have a high priced Android device with good graphics then you ought to have this.Another major feature of it being the gesture support.The gesture support includes gestures for everything.From new tab to previous page.But its major disadvantage is that if have a budget Android phone it will look really dull and even slow down your system.Even then its a must have for you of have got a phone on which you spent big bucks.Download it here.

So get going now and download your favorite browser from the three listed above and try them out but as always you are free to explore more and more and more.Happy browsing folks !!!

Top Apps for Android ( Launchers)


Hey Androidians !!!

Here are some launchers that are a must have for you because they are the real looks, the real feature and the real beauty of your Android device.
Let’s begin.

1.Go launcher EX :

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It is one of the best out there.

Why?

Cause its got everything you need.From themes to widgets, from lockers to notifications and the best part of them all ITS FREE!!
Hundreds and thousands of awesome themes are available which just give your phone a completely new look altogether . Widgets that help you in all your daily uses be it Facebook widget, the calendar widget or the task manager .It has also got gesture support , some really cool animations and docks.
The only major con i found in it is that it gets a bit slow but that is something you have got to deal with when your having loads of animations,gestures and docks.So, get it right now , free from google play.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gau.go.launcherex&hl=en

2.ADW launcher ex

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So you need something fast, something that has all the features but doesn’t slow down your budget Android phone.Then this is what you are looking for.The speed and efficiency of this launcher is best proved by the fact that custom ROMs like cyanogen mod use this as their default launcher.But one of the major cons is that it is not free and has a bit less customization as compared to go launcher.But in spite of this its a must use.Download it from the link below :

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.adwfreak.launcher&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsIm9yZy5hZHdmcmVhay5sYXVuY2hlciJd

3.Nova launcher prime

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If You have a high priced Android device running on ice cream sandwich then you might want to consider this launcher.It has been made exclusively for ics running devices and mark my words it is indeed very good.It has a load of features and works smoothly.The major cons are that it works only in ics and that it is not free.But still if you have a high performance device this is the real deal.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS50ZXNsYWNvaWxzdy5sYXVuY2hlci5wcmltZSJd

So these are my top 3 launchers and these would truly redefine your Android device.You absolutely need to have one of these and i hope this blog would help you to make the right choice.But still in this ever growing world of Android apps you have all the freedom in the world to explore more and to play more with your ANDROID.

P.S { IMPORTANT }

Its the modern age folks and almost everything can be found free on the net.So,here are the links for the APKs for ADW launcher EX and Nova Prime so that you don’t have to spend extra bucks to get them.

ADW launcher – http://www.4shared.com/file/VfM_gjYk/adwlauncher_ex_v13356.html

Nova Prime – http://www.apkfullapps.com/2012/04/nova-launcher-prime-v112-apk-app.html