» Android Tricks http://androinica.com Google Android phones, news and apps Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:41:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Google Now hack enables use on rooted devices with AOSP ROM’s (US English only) http://androinica.com/2012/07/google-now-hack-enables-use-on-rooted-devices-with-aosp-roms-us-english-only/ http://androinica.com/2012/07/google-now-hack-enables-use-on-rooted-devices-with-aosp-roms-us-english-only/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 21:15:55 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=44202

I have a love affair going on with Google Now. Though the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean as a whole got all the headlines at I/O last week, Google’s new voice search and command feature has easily become my favorite…

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I have a love affair going on with Google Now. Though the Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean as a whole got all the headlines at I/O last week, Google’s new voice search and command feature has easily become my favorite announcement to emerge from I/O. (Expect to read more on that in a day or two.)

Now, I’m happy to see that more people will get to experience it even if they don’t yet have Jelly Bean. Android users who are among the elite with access to a rooted Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP ROM can load up Google Now by making a few adjustments. Yes, there are already Jelly Bean ROM’s available to flash now, but not everyone is ready to switch from their current stable software of choice. If you just want to try out JB’s best feature, the folks over at XDA have managed to deliver it with some build prop editing.

XDA developer febycv found a way to load Google Now on a rooted ICS ROM by taking the following steps:

  • Open Root Explorer & navigate to /system
  • Now Open build.prop in Text Editor.
  • Edit ro.build.version.sdk = 16 & save.
  • Now go to /system/app & Rename GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk to GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk1
  • Now reboot & install the app from the download link.
  • Now edit build.prop & change ro.build.version.sdk = 15 & reboot.

If that all sound like gibberish to you, you probably aren’t rooted and need to start at the basics for your particular device. But if you understood that procedure, visit the XDA thread to get the required files and get started.

Please keep in mind that this works only with AOSP ROM’s – do not load this if you do not have an AOSP-based ROM. Also remember that Google Now works only for US English, so it will be of little value to non-English speakers.

[XDA] via AndroidPipe Thanks, Erwin!

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MultiPicture Live Wallpaper is a great way to spice up your phone http://androinica.com/2012/04/multipicture-live-wallpaper-is-a-great-way-to-spice-up-your-phone/ http://androinica.com/2012/04/multipicture-live-wallpaper-is-a-great-way-to-spice-up-your-phone/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:05:10 +0000 michaelian http://androinica.com/?p=41926

Attention all chronic themers and phone hackers! You know who you are. You venture the deepest recess of the internet to find that single wallpaper that will make your lockscreen look spiffy. You change wallpapers more than you change your…

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Attention all chronic themers and phone hackers! You know who you are. You venture the deepest recess of the internet to find that single wallpaper that will make your lockscreen look spiffy. You change wallpapers more than you change your outfit, and your phone rings to your favorite song. With an OS that allows you to change small and intricate details, there’s bound to be an overload. Thanks to an app called MultiPicture Live Wallpaper however, you can quell your chronic wallpaper changing behavior.

With popular apps like Zedge, Flikie Wallpapers HD, the number of wallpapers stored in your phone will eventually double and even triple in numbers. Changing them daily can be pain as it can takes a number of steps consisting of taps, crops and pinches before you can actually apply the image. There are times it may not even look as you hoped, forcing you to repeat the steps all over. With MultiPicture Live Wallpaper however, you can dump all the images in one folder and watch as your background scrolls between them.

One of the greatest things that the live wallpaper brings is smart cropping. Tablet users are in for a luck. As any Honeycomb or Ice cream Sandwich users know, changing a wallpaper on the tablets lead to some undesired cropping. The OS treats the app drawer as an extension of the wallpaper similar to swiping left and right on the home screen, and this leads to a weird size requirement that more often than not, produce blurry images. With MultiPicture Live Wallpaper, it forces the desired wallpaper to fit the tablets size and prevents cropping.

Another visual treat the app carries is allowing users to set different images for different screens. On one screen you may be able to dedicate the space for all your music needs – widgets and apps with an appropriate music background for a wallpaper. Scroll right and the background image changes to your favorite movie wallpaper – complete with dedicated movie widgets and apps. You can do this to a number of screens with different images. If you’ve never seen this in motion, it’s quite nice to look at.

MultiPicture Live Wallpaper also hosts a number of customization. From transition, double tap to scroll through your wallpapers, and even pull photos from Picasa Web Album. If you’ve been looking for ways to spice up your Android smartphone, consider downloading the app. Best of all, it’s free.

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Instagram fixes import and camera crashes, custom camera apps can improve experience [TIPS] http://androinica.com/2012/04/instagram-fixes-import-and-camera-crashes-custom-camera-apps-can-improve-experience-tips/ http://androinica.com/2012/04/instagram-fixes-import-and-camera-crashes-custom-camera-apps-can-improve-experience-tips/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:57:24 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=41693

The Instagram Android app debuted only three days ago and it’s already been updated twice. The latest update is an important one that addresses two of the biggest complaints

The Instagram Android app debuted only three days ago and it’s already been updated twice. The latest update is an important one that addresses two of the biggest complaints I brought up in the review: camera crashes and failure to import.

Instagram previously crashed whenever I attempted to import from cloud services like Picasa, and some users even reported crashes when importing local files from the Gallery app. Instagram is now able to import those photos. It also doesn’t crash nearly as much when trying to start the camera. Some devices may still mess up, but the list of problem phones is falling thanks to this and a couple of other bug fixes.

One thing Instagram hasn’t been able to address is that a number of Android users have grown fond of the customization options available in other apps. The improved import feature enables more people to use another app and then post to Instagram. However, there’s a way to interact directly with your camera app of choice depending on which app you use.

  1. Open Instagram and go to the Settings menu
    (Tap the right button > tap the buttons in the top right on the next screen)
  2. Select ‘Camera settings’
  3. Disable ‘Use Instagram advanced camera’
  4. Go to take a picture and select Camera
  5. Choose the camera app you prefer

Not all apps will work, but I managed to get this to work with the default camera, Lightbox, and Vignette. Download the latest version of Instagram from Google Play to get these bug fixes and see if your app works.

ATTENTION

Once you’ve got your beautiful image, be sure to tag your Instagram photo with #canvaspoplovesAndroid and you could win a free 12 x 12 canvas of your favorite image. Get more details here.

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How to turn your Windows 7 desktop into an Ice Cream Sandwich treat in ten (not so) simple steps http://androinica.com/2012/01/how-to-turn-your-windows-7-desktop-into-an-ice-cream-sandwich-treat-in-ten-not-so-simple-steps/ http://androinica.com/2012/01/how-to-turn-your-windows-7-desktop-into-an-ice-cream-sandwich-treat-in-ten-not-so-simple-steps/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:05:24 +0000 Adrian Diaconescu http://androinica.com/?p=38109

Ever since we first laid eyes on Android Ice Cream Sandwich’s look, we fell in love hopeless and completely, which is why we are craving for an Android 4.0 gadget of our own. But what if you could have that…

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Ever since we first laid eyes on Android Ice Cream Sandwich’s look, we fell in love hopeless and completely, which is why we are craving for an Android 4.0 gadget of our own. But what if you could have that simple and elegant ICS look on your Windows 7 desktop right now, without the need to purchasing the Asus Transformer Prime or a device of its kind?

I know it sounds impossible in theory, but with the help of Flickr user David Molina and the guys at Lifehacker.com, you can now do just that pretty easy. Well, it’s not exactly easy, as you will need no less than ten apps and components to get to the final cool look that you can see below, but it’s doable nevertheless.

The first thing you need is an Ice Cream Sandwich wallpaper, which can be downloaded from WallBase. Secondly, you will have to tweak the taskbar with the APPOWS2010 theme for Windows 7 from DeviantArt, and then you are only eight steps away from mixing the Android 4.0 simplicity with the Win7 functionality.

I’m not going to walk you through every step of this delicate operation, but if you are interested and/or intrigued by the pic below, you can hit this article’s source link and get all the instructions you need.

I myself don’t think I’m going to go through with this whole process and operation, even though I am a big fan of ICS’s look, for one simple reason. I’m lazy as heck and don’t want to install and download ten different apps and components!

What about you, are you tempted to go through with it (and diligent enough?) or aren’t you as impressed as I am with the desktop combining Android 4.0 and Windows 7 shown below?

Via LifeHacker.com

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Kindle Fire gets Android Market, Nook Tablet gets Amazon Appstore http://androinica.com/2011/11/kindle-fire-gets-android-market-nook-tablet-gets-amazon-appstore/ http://androinica.com/2011/11/kindle-fire-gets-android-market-nook-tablet-gets-amazon-appstore/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:24:17 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=34878

The entire reason that Amazon and Barnes & Noble sell their Android tablets for such low prices is because the companies intend to lock buyers into their systems and sell content. But because Android users aren’t much for being locked…

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The entire reason that Amazon and Barnes & Noble sell their Android tablets for such low prices is because the companies intend to lock buyers into their systems and sell content. But because Android users aren’t much for being locked in, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that someone would find a way to get content beyond the gardens of Amazon and B&N.

The Amazon Kindle Fire can actually install the Android Market. A rooted Fire can sideload apps, including the Vending.apk file that serves as the Market. BriefMobile has a guide explaining the process of getting Vending.apk onto a device, so follow the instructions here. Keep in mind that the full weight of the Android Market may not be available to you, but this could be a nice workaround for getting apps not in Amazon’s store or downloading the apps you already purchased on another Android device.

On the Nook Tablet side of things, you can also sideload apps, including the Amazon Appstore. Members at XDA discovered that the Nook supports downloading apps through the web, so users can download an .apk and enable “Unknown sources” for installation. Since the Amazon Appstore is an .apk, that means you can actually put that on the Nook Tablet. (I’m guessing you can try to get the Market on there as well but I’d wait for confirmation before trying.) The Digital Reader has a step-by-step guide with instructions here.

I can’t help but wonder if companies expected this or will try to proactively block this from happening with updates. Amazon and B&N don’t make money by selling the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet, but they do make money when you buy apps, books, magazines, and videos. The root community should be a small enough audience for them not to hurt too much, but you never know. Either way, enjoy your new device that’s suddenly become a lot more powerful.

 

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How to disable ads in the Android notifications menu http://androinica.com/2011/06/how-to-disable-ads-in-the-android-notifications-menu/ http://androinica.com/2011/06/how-to-disable-ads-in-the-android-notifications-menu/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 14:07:16 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=27591

UPDATE: This article was written when only one company was putting ads in the notification area. There are now multiple companies doing so, so use a tool like Lookout Ad Detector to get more information on opting out.

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UPDATE: This article was written when only one company was putting ads in the notification area. There are now multiple companies doing so, so use a tool like Lookout Ad Detector to get more information on opting out.

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A slowly growing number of Android app developers  have chosen to adopt AirPush, an advertising system that places ads in the Android notification window. I won’t get into a long-winded argument about the pros-and-cons of doing this or how tough it is for developers to make money. The bottom line is that users don’t want it and they want a way to get rid of it.

Android users can get rid of AirPush notifications in a few ways. The most obvious is to remove the offending app, something that most people have done. If an app you like begins sending ads to your notification area, simply uninstall it and let the developer know. That’s the most effective way of getting the message across. However, this may present a problem if you install several apps and can’t figure out which is pushing the ads. AirPush Detector searches a device’s installed apps list and points out which apps have the advertising system built-in. From there, the user can easily tap to uninstall.

What about the middle ground? You may despise AirPush but want to continue using the apps that feature it. AirPush Permanent Opt-out is a simple app to place on the phone and not have to worry about further notification ads. The app installs on a device and then prevents any Airpush ad from loading. It’s as easy as those set it and forget it commercials.

Editor’s Note: I’d like to take the time to remind people that AirPush exists because it pays developers more for advertising than they earn from their in-app ads that pay far less and practically no one clicks on purpose. Don’t be afraid to reward developers who release quality apps by purchasing premium or donate versions of worthwhile apps.

Install app

Airpush Permanent Opt-Out

 

Install appAirpush Detector

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Notification Toggle adds settings switch in Android notification window [App Reviews] http://androinica.com/2011/04/notification-toggle-android-app-reviews/ http://androinica.com/2011/04/notification-toggle-android-app-reviews/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:12:44 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=26383

One of the features that most has me excited about HTC Sense 3.0 is the ability to turn Wi-Fi and other features on or off from the Notification drop-down menu. Of course, I’ve already done this on Samsung Touchwiz phones…

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One of the features that most has me excited about HTC Sense 3.0 is the ability to turn Wi-Fi and other features on or off from the Notification drop-down menu. Of course, I’ve already done this on Samsung Touchwiz phones I’ve briefly used and it’s a feature built into many custom ROM’s, including CyanogenMod.

But what if you want to toggle settings without rooting your phone? Well, that’s when you download an app called Notification Toggle. As the name implies, this allows you to toggle (turn on or off) common Android phone settings like Bluetooth, Brightness, Flashlight, Flight Mode, Rotation, Sound/Silent/Vibration, and Wi-Fi. Rather than press Menu > Settings from the home screen and dig through the list of options, Notification Toggle provides a one-tap solution to flip the switch on certain features.

Sadly, other features like 4G and GPS cannot be toggled directly; however, you will get shortcuts to the settings page. While Sense, Touchwiz, and CM allow you to see 4 or more icons that can quickly be tapped, Notification Toggle has a long list of shortcuts that need to be scrolled to access them all. There is a way to set-up a horizontal group of shortcuts using the “All in one” option, but the large icons are ugly and take up space.

Notification Toggle isn’t a perfect solution for anyone looking to get quick access to their settings. However, it can be exactly what the user ordered if someone needs only to quickly get to one or two common functions like Wi-Fi and screen rotation. Most importantly, it does not require the phone to be rooted. Download the app for free and see if this app turns you on or off as well as it does functions.

Install app

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LauncherPro Plus widget skins are beautiful. Here’s how to set them up. http://androinica.com/2011/04/launcherpro-plus-widget-skins-are-beautiful-heres-how-to-set-them-up/ http://androinica.com/2011/04/launcherpro-plus-widget-skins-are-beautiful-heres-how-to-set-them-up/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 17:01:26 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=26322

Launcher Pro Plus recently added the ability to “skin” its widgets. The popular Android homescreen replacement app was already great because it allowed users to customize their dock icons and background, but now they gain even more control over the…

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Launcher Pro Plus recently added the ability to “skin” its widgets. The popular Android homescreen replacement app was already great because it allowed users to customize their dock icons and background, but now they gain even more control over the way widgets look.

Before the current version of LPP allowed skinning, modders would alter the app’s graphics and have users manually install the custom version of LauncherPro Plus to replace the Market version. This was great for customizing, but less than good because it required users to wait for those modders to re-skin the app every time an update was released by its official developer, Federico Carnales.

Re-flash and wait no more. Launcher Pro Plus allows users to change their homescreen’s look by taking the following steps. (Note: You must install LauncherPro and unlock the Plus features through the paid Android Market app or the old PayPal method for this week).

  1. Download themes from the Android Market
  2. From LauncherPro Plus, press Menu > Preferences
  3. Tap LP Widget Settings > People Widget (or any widget you wish to change)
  4. Tap Select Skin and choose a theme

A restart of LauncherPro is required to see the change, so press “Yes” if you only have one widget to change. Press “No” and repeat the process until you have changed multiple widgets. Changing one widget at a time is tedious and less than ideal, but it can be a good option for people who want to combine skins and have a different look for different screens.

The widgets that ship with Launcher Pro were obviously inspired by HTC’s Sense UI, but what if you want those widgets to shamelessly rip off HTC’s work? Well, now you can by purchasing the LauncherPro Sense skin developed by a third-party. However, I’d suggest that you’re probably better off using one of the more creative themes offered by by people like CLe or signals23. Here’s a look at a few options that have launched this week. Click the image to be taken to its Android Market or search the Market for other options.

P.S. Practically every review I’ve done the past month has asked me what launcher I’m using. The answer is LauncherPro Plus 99% of the time. Here’s more info on the particular set-up that I’ve used recently.

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Honeycomb for Launcher Pro +

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LauncherPro Minimal White Skin

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LauncherPro Plus s23 GTX

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Amazon App Store workaround discovered for non-U.S. Android users http://androinica.com/2011/03/amazon-app-store-used-outside-the-united-states/ http://androinica.com/2011/03/amazon-app-store-used-outside-the-united-states/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:12:36 +0000 Andrew Kameka http://androinica.com/?p=25721

The Amazon App Store has introduced some features that make it better than the Android Market, but only U.S. Android users have so far been able to access them. This doesn’t sit well with many of our British, Canadian, and…

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The Amazon App Store has introduced some features that make it better than the Android Market, but only U.S. Android users have so far been able to access them. This doesn’t sit well with many of our British, Canadian, and other international readers.

Good news, Android users of the world! It turns out that the Amazon store is “U.S. only” in a very limited sense. XDA users in Canada, Norway, and the United Kingdom have reported that they managed to browse the Amazon App Store through telling a few web-based lies to Amazon’s account registry.

That’s because the Amazon App Store doesn’t actually check your location when signing-up; it checks the home address and credit card number associated with your Amazon account. That means entering a fake U.S. address and credit card number should open up the App Store to anyone in the world. This “hack” will not allow you to purchase apps, but you will be able to download the free Amazon exclusive apps, as well as the Free Android App of the Day that has been available to U.S. Android phones since the App Store launched earlier this week.

Here’s how to do it yourself, courtesy of About Everything.

1. Register for an e-mail address or use a throw-away account. DO NOT USE your current email address tied to Amazon because entering fake information is grounds to have your account suspended.

2. Register for a new account on Amazon using the disposable email address. Again, DO NOT use your regular Amazon account or email address.

3. Enter information as if you were based in the U.S. Go to www.fakenamegenerator.com for help in this regard. Enter the name, address, phone number, and credit card number (Amex, Mastercard, Visa ).

4. Download the Amazon App Store apk to your phone. Follow this tutorial for help in getting it on your phone.

5. Browse the Amazon App Store from your phone! You will not be able to access paid apps, but you can at least get the free apps that are exclusive to Amazon.I’ve double-checked with a staff member based in Europe and it worked, so good luck.

About Everything via XDA Developers

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How to manage the files on your phone from your PC with your favorite FTP client http://androinica.com/2011/02/how-to-manage-the-files-on-your-phone-from-your-pc-with-your-favorite-ftp-client/ http://androinica.com/2011/02/how-to-manage-the-files-on-your-phone-from-your-pc-with-your-favorite-ftp-client/#comments Thu, 17 Feb 2011 17:09:28 +0000 Lars Aronsson http://androinica.com/?p=24327

My favorite feature of the custom Android ROM MIUI is its native file manger that can turn your SD card into an FTP server over Wi-Fi with the press of a button.

In early 2011, I started using vanilla Gingerbread…

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My favorite feature of the custom Android ROM MIUI is its native file manger that can turn your SD card into an FTP server over Wi-Fi with the press of a button.

In early 2011, I started using vanilla Gingerbread instead and I really missed the wireless, hassle-free file transfers that didn’t require a USB-cable.

I decided to find an alternative, and I luckily discovered the app SwiFTP FTP Server. It’s not as slick as the MIUI counterpart, but it has even more functionality.

Here’s how you can manage the files on your phone from your PC with any FTP client.

  1. Head to the Android Market and download SwiFTP.
  2. Start the app, and you’ll see a setup screen. Enter the username and password of your choice, and tap Save. You can ignore the other fields if you want.
  3. The next screen will show three buttons: Start, Instructions and Setup. You just have to press the Start button, and the FTP server will be launched. You need to have a Wi-Fi connection on your phone before doing this.
  4. On your PC, launch your favorite FTP client. If you don’t have one, I recommend FileZilla. It’s both open-source and awesome.
  5. With your FTP client, connect to the server listed in SwiFTP on your phone under Wifi URL. The default IP address is 192.168.1.64, and the port is 2121.
  6. You should now see your phone’s contents in your PC FTP client: files can be copied, moved and deleted. No more USB-cables for file transfers!
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