Free Android Tricks

Monday

Probably if you have landed on this post, probabilities are high that you have just Rooted your Android device, and looking for things you need too do just after you Root Your Android Smartphone. Well on a lighter note, first update a Facebook Staus ;). Just kidding, though it is good measure. SO this post has some steps and things you need to do just after your root your Android Smartphone.
Things to do after Rooting your Android Smartphone

Check Root:

Yes, this is definitely the first, in case you have actually rooted your Android Smartphone. So in the things you need to do after you root your smartphone, the first one is, make sure that you have actually rooted your Android Smartphone. You can do that by a number of ways, there are plenty of root checker apps that available in the Play Store.

Install CWM :

CWM is abbreviated form of Clockworksmod Recovery. Now this recovery is a custom recovery and it would replace the stock recovery that is pre-installed on your Android Device. A Custom Recovery would allow you do various tasks and really make your life simple. It allows you to flash “Zips” right from the phone itself, there would be no need to use a PC Tool to do that in case. Wipe and manage cache partitions and also it allows to manage NAndroid Backups. Soinstalling a CWM recovery on your Android Smartphone stands second, in the list of things to do after you root your Android Smaertphone.

Flash Custom ROMs:

Being able to install and flash custom ROMs is one of the biggest reason that today so many people are rooting their Android Smartphones. Why stick to the old and monotonous interface of the device, when you can get much more interactive looks as well as much more great tweaks with custom ROMs. You can flash custom ROMs and just sit back and enjoy the interface on your Android Smartphone. Actually that is one of the most entertaining advantage of rooting an Andriod Smartphone.

Play HD Games:

Yes no matter what handset you got, when you root your device, there are many advantages and things to do with android after rooting, it and one of them is enjoy HD and heavy games on your Android device, even if it low end smartphone. By rooting you can play some heavy games on your android smartphone even if you smartphone did not support them before you rooted it. Just a few tweaks and that heavy game which did not run first, would run smoothly on the device.

Increase RAM of Android Device:

Yes with Android Smartphone you can do a number of tweaks, and one of them is you can increase the RAM of your Android Smartphone. There are many ways and apps with the help of which you can increase the RAM of your rooted Android Smartphone. As you increase the RAM you can speed up your Android Smartphone. Some methods include using apps, other include partitioning your SD card, and then make your phone use that partition as  your phone’s additional RAM which in turn speed up the device. So if you have a slow android smartphone, increasing the RAM is definitely a must thing to do after your root your Android Smartphone.

Increase Internal Memory:

Also some Android Smartphones have really low internal memory like some low end smartphones from Smasung, HTC Etc, which only have around 300 MB of internal memory, and in that case installing apps becomes a pain in your arse. As after installing the most required apps like, Facebook, Whatsapp, etc the memory is almost full and it won’t allow you to install any further app. But do no worry, if you have rooted your Android Smartphone, there is no problem. You can simply increase the internal memory of your Android Smartphone, and it definitely a must thing to do after you root android smartphone, if you specifically have a smartphone with very low memory.

Overclocking:

Overclocking your Android Smartphone is another great thing to do after you root your Android Smartphone. Overclocking is a process by which you just increase the clocking speed of the processor in your Android Smartphone. And in turn the processing speed of the phone will increase and then the phone will perform much faster. But this is not a thing which you must do right after you root your Android Smartphone. As overclocking is not for beginners, and I would suggest if you new to the rooting arena, you should skip this thing as off now. You can get back later when you have enough knowledge about what is really is. As overclocking your android smartphone requires skill, and you should have full knowledge about what you are doing. overclocking can give rise to many issues like heating defects, and also it can decrease the life of your processor, and even brick your device if not done properly. So if you’re a beginner stay from this overclocking thing.

Install themes for Android Smartphone:

Android themes are one great way to increase the productivity and enhace the looks of your Android Smartphone. You can make personalized changes that suit you the best and also change the looks according to you. Just with a few taps, and this is another cool thing to do after rooting android smartphone. Themes are basically free, but some are paid too. You can get the KitKat look, iOS look just by installing the theme on your Android Smartphone.

Install must try apps for rooted phone:

There are many apps that are must try after you root your Android Smartphone. Like there are many apps that you weren’t able to install previously on your Smartphone, as it was not rooted then. Like activating the LED Notification lights after rooting your Android Smartphone, off course your handset needs to support that feature firstly. There are many apps that you must try, and we have made a list of those apps, you can read it from the link below.

Delete Bloatware:

Cleanup all the bloatware from the device. Bloatware means the unwanted stock apps that come pre-installed on the device, and then they cannot be deleted without root. You can delete these kind of apps using various app from the Play Store like the “Root Explorer” or “Uninstall Master”. Also deleting the bloatware from the phone, speeds it up, so it is must thing to do after you root your android smartphone.

Unroot your Android Smartphone:

Well this one is pretty unorthodox. yes you unrooting your Android Smartphone is one of the things that you should do after rooting your Android Smartphone. Sounds funny but yeah, I’m pretty sure on that. Well that actually depends on you. Everything comes with a price, like when you root your android smartphone, you will actually end up voiding your smartphone’s warranty. And there are many more disadvantages after you root your Android Smartphone, but yes there are many advantages too. So if in your case the unadvantages seem to have more impact, may be you should unroot your Android Smartphone. To decide between the facts, Read:
So this was a short post including some things that you should do after rooting your Android Smartphone. I hope this would help you. ;)
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Sunday

This build is based on sources directly from Code Aurora which is AOSP plus all Qualcomm specific enhancements and optimizations.

This build is based on Code Aurora branch jb_rel_2.0.3.

All sources for building for Nokia X can be found here: https://github.com/dhacker29?tab=repositories

A quick start guide for building this can be found at: https://github.com/dhacker29/android_local_normandy


Remember this is a AOSP stock android build so if you want root you need to flash the Super{User/SU} of your choice.
Also, There is no backup script so gapps and su need to be reflashed with each update.
Easy WAY to ROOT and UNROOT and ANDROID MOBILE HERE

Known isssues: FM radio output only works on speaker not on wired headset.

Known Working: Phone Calls (Audio issues fixed), Bluetooth, Camera, CamCorder, FM, GPS, MultiSim, Media playback, MTP, sensors (proximity, rotation, brightness, etc), incall audio (mic)


Downloads:
No Software Navigatoin Bar: msm8625-ota-eng.dhacker29-20140412.zip

Since the Nokia X only has a back key it's hard to navigate normal android so I made a seperate build with on screen navbar.
With Software Navigation Bar: msm8625-ota-eng.dhacker29-navbar-20140415.zip

Gapps: gapps-jb-20121011-signed.zip

Enjoy!


Contributors
ROM OS Version: 4.1.x Jelly Bean
ROM Kernel: Linux 3.4.x
ROM Firmware Required: Nokia X software platform 1.1
Based On: AOSP/Code Aurora

Version Information
Status: Stable
Current Stable Version: msm8625-20140412
Stable Release Date: 2014-04-12

Created 2014-04-08
Last Updated 2014-04-17
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Friday

7 reasons why now is the time to buy a Windows Phone

Why Windows Phone deserves a second look

For a long time, the biggest decision to make when weighing up a new smartphone has been whether to plump for iOS or Android.
With BlackBerry retreating back to the services and keyboard-toting handsets that made it successful, and Windows Phone scraping by on a sliver of market share, few users have taken the time to look beyond what Apple and Google (and its hardware partners) have had to offer.
Yet there's change in the air. Microsoft has a new CEO at the top of the tree, fresh ideas about how the company's different properties should slot together - and most importantly, a massive redesign of its phone OS hidden in a '0.1' update.
While the global market share of Windows Phone continues to be tiny (up to 3.2 percent in 2013 from 2.5 percent in 2012), it is making significant gains in some areas. It's now the fastest growing phone OS in Europe, accounting for 10.1 percent of the market, for instance, and outsells the iPhone in some developing nations.
What's more, Windows Phone 8.1 is about to be pushed out to users, bringing with it an improved interface, better apps and a digital assistant to take on Siri and Google Now.
With WP8.1 bringing some significant extra functionality to the table, Microsoft's app store growing in scope and quality, and Nokia still producing top-notch hardware, the time is right to upgrade to Microsoft's OS - or so we think.
Don't believe us? Check out these reasons below to see how Microsoft has leapt forward with its OS.

1. Live tiles and customisation

Live tile Windows Phone
iOS has its icons and folders, Android has its widgets, but Windows Phone's live tiles beat them both in terms of flexibility and customisation options.
From the home screen, you can get a smooth, animated overview of your life - photos of your contacts, emails in your inbox, recent shows on iPlayer, upcoming appointments, ebooks, websites - it's all in front of you straight away.
WP8.1 adds in the ability to add wallpapers that fuse with the live tiles as well as adjust the colours. The lock screen notifications are useful as well, particularly if your phone's sat on the desk or the arm of a chair.

2. The new Action Centre

Windows phone action centre
The Action Centre that's arriving with Windows Phone 8.1 brings the mobile platform's notifications up to speed with Android and iOS.
While Microsoft may be so late to the party that the caterers have gone home, it has certainly learnt from the best (and worst) of the features offered on iOS and Android.
You can set up custom shortcuts within the Action Centre for everything from Bluetooth to the camera app and certain alerts can be easily previewed without opening the app in question.
It doesn't have the flexibility and ability to launch actions that the Android equivalent has, but it brings Windows Phone right up to date in the notification stakes.

3. Cortana

Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana
Microsoft has only just got into the 'digital assistant' game, but the early signs point towards Cortana being more than a match for Google Now and Siri.
Scheduling appointments, checking flight times, giving directions and tracking news stories - all of these are within Cortana's capabilities right from the off. Not only that, but she gets cleverer as you spend more time together.
Bing powers everything of course, and it's accessible from everywhere. In many ways, Cortana helps to paper over the cracks in Windows Phone's multitasking capabilities.

4. Outlook, Office and universal apps

Outlook and office windows phone apps
You can access your Outlook emails and Office documents on non-Microsoft platforms quite easily; in fact there are a choice of methods and apps you can use.
However, these titans of productivity are built in and work nicely on Windows Phone as soon as you provide your Microsoft account credentials.
If you're already heavily invested in the Microsoft ecosystem, then the company's mobile OS is a natural next step; as apps become universal across phones, tablets, Windows computers and the Xbox then Windows Phone could make even more sense.
Office is on the iPad now, but when the chips are down and you need instant access to your pivot tables, Windows Phone is still the best bet - although it's still not quite cracked it in the tablet market.

5. A consistent look

Consisten windows phone design
It's easy to spot a Windows Phone app from some distance. The same chunky buttons, elegant lettering and design aesthetic cover everything from Spotify to Facebook.
When compared to the weird and wonderful interfaces that pop up across iOS and Android it is a welcome change to dive into a mobile platform that's consistent and recognisable.
Even if it's not to your taste, you have to accept that Windows Phone has succeeded in bringing a unified look to its apps and menus.

6. OneDrive

OnDrive
The cloud storage platform (formerly known as SkyDrive) is in direct competition with iCloud and Google Drive, and has plenty to offer.
It combines file backup, photo management and document editing, and of course it's baked into Windows 8.1 too.
There's even a Mac client, giving it a Dropbox level of ubiquity across computers, tablets, mobiles and the Web.
Its rivals all have their own key features and advantages as well, but OneDrive is a maturing platform that's all set to go as soon as you sign into your phone.

7. Camera technology

Camera tech Windows Phone
This is more down to Nokia's engineering than anything Windows Phone does, but there's no doubt that many of the current Lumia handsets take dazzling pictures.
The dedicated hardware button helps, as does the Nokia Pro Cam app, and the Windows Phone experience is proof that you don't have to settle for average snaps from your mobile.
And that's not the end of it, as there are other features in WP8.1 that we haven't had time to mention too, such as the Battery Saver and Wi-Fi Sense apps that help you get more juice from your handset and connect to open networks more easily.

And two big reasons why it shouldn't...

It's not all peaches and cream on the Windows Phone farm of course - we're still talking about an OS that fewer than one in 20 people are using worldwide.
So if our reasoning above has you charging out the door to your local phone emporium to buy the latest Lumia, think about these two points before you grab your coat:

1. Moving will be a pain

Unless you're starting from scratch with Windows Phone (if you're 12 years old, perhaps) or you're already heavily invested in Microsoft's other products then transferring your information (emails, photos, contacts) from iCloud/Google can be a bind.
Unfortunately, it looks like that system is here to stay, as none of the big players want to make it easy for users to jump ship.
Hopefully Office for iPad is a sign of an interoperable future, but we would dearly love to see an official Gmail client, for example.
97% of smartphone users aren't on Windows Phone (yet), and the process of switching needs to be made easier. Unfortunately that means Google and Apple need to put in the effort as well as Microsoft.

2. The apps still ain't right

Talk to anyone at Microsoft and they'll be predictably bullish on how many apps are landing in the Windows Phone Store every day. And to be fair, it is a decent number: 200,000 at the end of 2013, and that's still growing.
Add to that the fact that the interoperability within Windows Phone is strong, and you could make a compelling case for purchase.
But despite some of the bigger names still committing to the platform, the quality still isn't there compared to iOS and Android. Use the likes of Spotify, Facebook or Instagram and you'll see a distinctly lower performance, be it through features or general design, which is something that should definitely play into the thoughts of anyone that relies on their mobile for social networking.
There are exceptions to the rule - Adidas MiCoach has a superior design on Windows Phone compared to its iOS and Android counterparts, for instance - so things may change in the future, but for now you'll need to be pretty cool with an undulating app experience if you're going to get on the WP train.
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Sunday

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKatEXPAND
After what feels like a long time since we saw the L Preview first appear, Google is now rolling out the final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop to its existing Nexus devices, and it also appears on the brand new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 gadgets. Get to know the best version of Android yet by working through this selection of tips and tricks, covering all of the new features, major and minor, that are built into the operating system.

1. Tap and go

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat
When you're setting up your new Lollipop device for the first time, you'll be presented with the option to "tap and go." This NFC-and-Bluetooth-powered data transfer lets you move all of your Google Account details, configuration settings, data and apps over to a new device just by placing your old phone or tablet against it. Widgets and wallpaper are swapped over as well.

2. Use the flashlight

Flashlight apps have always been popular on Android, so Google has decided to roll one into Lollipop to save you the trouble of having download a third-party one. Pull down the notification drawer then tap the top bar to reveal the flashlight app alongside other options like airplane mode. The app will only appear if your device has an LED flash alongside its camera.

3. Prioritize your apps

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat
Android 5.0 Lollipop lets you set up a list of important apps that are allowed to disturb you even when most aren't. Head to Settings -> Sound & notification -> App notificationsand you can choose to block each app or mark it as a priority one. Tap the volume slider on your device to activate priority mode indefinitely or for one hour (a star will appear in the status bar).

4. Deal with notifications from the lock screen

In Lollipop all of your app notifications appear on the lock screen ready for viewing. Not only that, but you can interact with them as well. Swipe to dismiss, tap to reply and so on, depending on the app in question. A double-tap gets you into the relevant app. Head to Settings ->Sound & notification -> When device is locked if you want to hide sensitive alerts.

5. Pin apps

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat
If you want to hand over your device to one of your kids or a friend, you can "pin" them inside one single app. First, activate the feature via Settings -> Security -> Screen pinning. Then, when you activate the multitasking screen via the square Overview button, you'll see a pin icon appear in the lower right-hand corner of the bottom app (drag it up if you can't see it).
Holding down the Back and Overview buttons is enough to exit the pinned mode and get back to other apps. When you activate the pin, you'll be asked if you want to use a code or pattern to unlock it. This is tied to the same protection applied to your device, so if your lock screen isn't protected by a code or pattern then the option won't appear when you're pinning apps.

6. Jump to app settings

The lock screen really has been given a major overhaul with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and the improvements include the ability to jump straight to an app's settings or information panel right from the lock screen. Long-press on any notification and (depending on the app) you'll see a cog icon (the app settings shortcut) and an info icon (the app notification settings shortcut).

7. Predict battery life

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat
New to Android 5.0 Lollipop is the ability to see how much time is left before the battery runs out of juice, or how long you need to wait before your device is fully charged up. Tap on the battery icon in the notification drawer to see either reading (the time-until-charged information also appears on the lock screen a few minutes after you've connected your device to a power source).

8. Search settings and networks

Google's search bar is getting more ubiquitous with each passing version of Android, and in Lollipop it's made it into the Settings app. Tap the magnifying glass icon to use it. It can be a quick way of finding a particular option you're looking for, especially if you don't already know what menu or heading it's under. You can use the same feature to bring up saved Wi-Fi networks too.

9. Enter Guest Mode

Sharing devices with other people (friends, colleagues, family members, distracted children) can be a real pain, but Lollipop's new Guest Mode eases it somewhat. You can access Guest Mode by dragging down the notification drawer, tapping on your user account avatar, and then selectingAdd guest from the menu (or just Guest if you've been through the process before).

10. Improve text legibility

If you were wondering if the Accessibility menu within Settings would get overlooked in the Android 5.0 upgrade, there's a new experimental feature here called High contrast text. Essentially, it gives white or difficult-to-read text a black outline when it's being viewed on a light background. It's applied to the "OK Google" text inside the home screen search bar, for example.

11. Chromecast more quickly

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There's an official Chromecast app from Google that lets you screencast from any device running Android 4.4.2 or higher, but the functionality is built right into Android 5.0, which is great news for anyone with one of the compact streaming dongles to hand. It's right in the notification drawer—tap on the Cast screen icon to locate your Chromecast and begin screencasting.

12. Add trusted devices

A trusted device is a specified Bluetooth or NFC-enabled gadget that will automatically disable the security code or pattern on your your Android phone or tablet when it's in range. This means you don't have to fiddle around unlocking the Lollipop device when you're at home or in the car, for example. Head to Settings -> Security -> Smart Lock to set up the feature.

13. Hang a 'do not disturb' sign

16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat
This works a little bit like the priority app notifications we mentioned earlier, but it's based around times and days more than apps. Go to Settings -> Sound & notification ->Interruptions to set it up—it's perhaps best used overnight when you don't want to be disturbed, but there is the option to let certain contacts through as well as messages and alarms, if necessary.

14. Get back to your apps after a reboot

If you reboot your device in any version of Android before 5.0, all of your recently opened apps will disappear. In Lollipop, they're still present on the Overview screen, so you can quickly get back to a previous conversation or website if you need to (not all apps will remember exactly where you were in the app). To remove a card from the list, swipe it away to the left or right.

15. Play Google's Flappy Bird clone

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Like earlier versions of Android, Lollipop has an Easter egg to unlock. Go to Settings ->About phone then tap quickly four times on the Android version entry. Once the Lollipop graphic appears, tap quickly on it several times then finish with a long press to launch a clone of Flappy Bird with an Android robot in place of the bird. It's just as frustrating to play as the original too.

16. Save the battery

Android 5.0 Lollipop includes a built-in battery saver mode that you can get to kick in at 15 percent battery, 5 percent battery or never (you can also switch it on and off manually). It cuts off some background syncing and vibrations and makes various other tweaks as well. If you select Battery from the Settings app you'll find the battery saver on the menu behind the three vertical dots.
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Monday

Clockworkmod recovery for your Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 (SM-G7102)

Download: 
CWM-Beta https://mega.co.nz/#!dUA2EDhK!98vjET...qJVfwp6sYXv63s
CWM for NG4 (4.4) https://mega.co.nz/#!UR5j1AAQ!RHCy_MudMz48TJ3S1-jkfVQgeUDUBr-Io-sIBhG5EOc ----- Mirror
Odin http://shabbypenguin.com/?developer=Tools

1) Install whatever drivers make you happy and make your device connect (i would suggest samsung ones).
2) Reboot your device in download mode you can use adb reboot download or the hardware key combo for your device.
3) Load up Odin and uncheck auto-reboot.
4) Click PDA and select the CWM tar you downloaded.
5) Connect your device in download mode.
6) Click start.
7) When its finished disconnect your device, pull the battery out.
8) Reinsert the battery and use the hardware keys for your device to power directly into recovery mode (this will bypass install-recovery.sh if you are stock).
9) Enjoy having a custom recovery.


To root simply grab this zip file http://download.chainfire.eu/supersu copy it to your device and flash it in recovery. Reboto and load up supersu, have it disable knox then reboot into recovery and reflash supersu and youll be rooted. 
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