Saturday, May 31, 2014

Reduce data usage on computer

Hello! This is going to be a wonderful thing for all of you who browse the net either on a laptop or a desktop. You need either Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser as your usual browser (so, most of you are kept care of!). So, how do I reduce data usage?

Download the User Agent Switcher add-on and install it from . Now right-click on empty space around address bar and click Customize. Scroll through the list of different icons and you will find a Default User Agent icon like this:


Drag the icon to anywhere beside the address bar. Now click this circle button. Select User Agent Switcher-> Options. Click New->New User Agent as shown here:

 A window like this will open.

Now clear all fields and enter WAP in Description box. In User Agent box, enter this:

Nokia6630/1.0 (2.3.129) SymbianOS/8.0 Series60/2.6 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1

Click OK. Close the previously opened box. Now click circle button and select WAP.

You are done. Now surf normally.

To change back to normal, select Default User Agent instead of WAP.

Open menu on toolbar.


Now select Tools-> Developer Tools. You will see a window like this:


Now click Settings icon. You will see something like this:


Now select Overrides tab and enable User Agent. Select Other in dropdown list. Enter this in text field:

Nokia6630/1.0 (2.3.129) SymbianOS/8.0 Series60/2.6 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1

Close Developer Window by clicking on grey X on top corner of small window.

You are done. Now surf normally.

To change back to normal, disable User Agent by unchecking box.

Click Settings gear icon. Click Preferences.

Click Show Develop Menu.


Now in toolbar click Develop->User Agent->Other and enter this in User Agent text field:

Nokia6630/1.0 (2.3.129) SymbianOS/8.0 Series60/2.6 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1

And give the profile a name like WAP.
To undo the setting, select Default in list.
Now you can surf while saving up to 90% on data usage

Friday, May 23, 2014

Nokia X2 - the successor of Nokia X

Hello! Here is something I have got for you people. Psssst.... this is a secret. (LOL!) OK, I am through with all my gags. Here is the news courtesy Chinese forum Baidu.

Nokia Corporation... *oops!* Microsoft Corporation has started working on the successor of Android-powered Nokia X, which is the Nokia X2. The phone has pretty impressive specs, although it still is not a quad-core. Don't be disappointed though. What I am able to gather about this rumoured phone are these specs:

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play - Chipset MSM8210 - Dual-core 1.2 GHz
GPU: Adreno 305
Internal Memory: 4 GB
microSD Card slot: Yes
Android 4.3 inside
Rear camera: 5 MP
Front camera: 0.3 MP
Screen size: 4.3 inch IPS LCD
Screen resolution: 800x480

Here are the leaked pics of the phone:

Nokia X2

Nokia X2 antutu score

Nokia X2 specs

See you guys later. If you like it, then comment me on how is it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Coming up: Android 4.5 Lollipop

Hello! I am going to tell you something that is red hot in the tech world. Everyone is just guessing. From what I feel, here is a short description of what Lollipop can be:
  • Clean, sleek, iOS 7-like icons with circular background
  • Instead of grey fading, faded colour becomes red when side-slide menus appear
  • Interface is slower, impacting performance very slightly
  • Dialler goes blue coloured
  • Instead of 4 icons below on home screen, three icons each on sides of app menu in bottom-center of home screen
  • Google Now implemented everywhere, for almost all apps
  • New GMail Hera interface - cleaner
  • Improved Google Maps location service
  • Hexagonal back button
Here are the images to make it more clear what exactly Lollipop OS can look like:

android 4.5 interface
android 4.5 icons
 android new dialler 
android 4.5

android-chrome integration
google now everywhere

gmail hera

google maps updated
hexa navbar

Hope I am right and you support me. Do not forget to comment on this.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Android and SD Card slot

Hello! Today I am going to give you my opinion about a very fierce debate topic: needs of SD Card slot in an Android device. I know some may disagree with my opinion, but that's the way it is. For once, try to understand why I am saying so.

Yes, SD Card slot is a advantage. But the million-dollar-question is: why?
  • Phones with large inbuilt memory are costlier than a card slot component ($15)
  • Phones with large inbuilt memory are costlier than a SD card (32 GB - $10)
  • Songs and videos stored in SD card can be played in another device that is not an Android device
  • Convenience of replacing corrupted SD card; you cannot swap inbuilt memor
  • Phones with large inbuilt memory increase weight as compared to card slot component + SD card (difference ~ 4 grams - concern for companies more than you)
  • No dependence on PC to copy stuff and backups after phone reset which can be annoying for anyone, especially developers who experiment with custom ROMs
  • Easy backup sync to SD card, no dependence on costly cloud backup services in case of inbuilt memory devices
  • Less cluttering of inbuilt memory keeps phone performance speedy
Explanation for first two points: Apple and Google (and many others) do this and take a lot of money for phones with larger inbuilt memory (difference between 8 GB and 16 GB models ~$40)

The only disadvantage: when an SD card corrupts, you lose all your data in it. So can a phone's inbuilt memory, which is also a flash memory, after all. Do you really think that your phone has some sort of computer-like mini hard disc with secure NTFS file system? Such a fool you are!

So, if you challenge me with an argument on this topic, then I am ready with these six points to face you. Do comment on this.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Root and boost your Android device

Hello! I am going to show you how to boost your Android phone performance. I know that by reading the title, you would imagine all sorts of stuff about rooting your phone. Some would even think that all of this is there on Google. Some would even think that hey, I have read stuff about rooting, so why this? The reason is that most of the tech geeks do not write stuff properly, or just miss the vital tips you need.

So, here is what you need to boost your phone and show off in front of your friends' sluggish phones:
  • An Android device (LOL!)
  • Device with atleast Android 4.0 or above (LOL!)
  • CCleaner for Android (yes, the computer one!)
  • Framaroot APK file
  • Superuser ZIP file
  • SetCPU APK file
  • A computer with SuperOneClick and your device's drivers installed
  • UnrEVOked for HTC devices with NAND lock
So, let's start off with the tips with which you can speedup your Android phone without rooting.
  • Uninstall any apps that you don't require.
  • If you feel that you might need apps in the near future, then go to Settings->Apps->ALL and open apps settings one by one and touch the Disable button. This will cause them to go to some sort of hibernation mode, just like bears do.
  • After using above tips, tap RUNNING in Settings->Apps and you will see a number of MBs used with the amount of time they have run. See for apps that use a lot of MBs. These are your culprits that hog your device.
  • Now remove widgets from your home screens because you rarely use them. Keep minimum number of widgets on your home screens.
  • Keep a maximum of 3 home screens. Try cramming all or most of your shortcuts into a folder.
  • Set a wallpaper that is not a Live Wallpaper and a Full HD wallpaper. Try setting a wallpaper that is mostly black and least white. This will mean that your phone is working less to luminate your screen, and using lesser battery, and further, leaving more processing power for other important tasks.
  • Now run CCleaner and tap Analyse. Clean cache for all your apps and keep SMSs that you want.
All this is enough to get your device in proper condition. If this doesn't work, you might need to backup apps, SMSs and contacts to SD card selectively and factory reset the device. THIS WILL NOT RESET YOUR ANDROID VERSION TO THE ONE WHICH IT CAME WITH FROM THE FACTORY. But it will remove all your customisations, SMSs and settings and all that resided in your internal memory (downloads!). Titanium Backup comes at a cost and if you notice the backup facility that is already preloaded into Android, you won't feel the need to buy the app. It only gives you the facility to backup all the special settings you saved for each app, and that is where Android makers fail to deliver.

Now to rooting. So, why is rooting so beneficial for your device? Is it just that the developers have made a big deal out of it? No. But it does help in saving the battery and boosting the performance. Basically it helps you set priorities for your phone.
So what are the disadvantages of rooting? It WILL void the warranty of your device. BUT YOU CAN UNROOT YOUR DEVICE. DO SO BEFORE TAKING YOUR DEVICE TO COMPANY'S SERVICE CENTER. 

Framaroot works with most devices. Open app and select Boromir method. It works best. These methods are somewhat like soft and hard root. Install SuperSU. Unroot them when required (as told above).

For idiotic devices like:
  • Sprint EVO 4G (HTC Supersonic)
  • Droid Incredible (HTC Incredible)
  • HTC Desire GSM
  • HTC Desire CDMA (HTC BravoC)
  • HTC Aria
  • Droid Eris (HTC DesireC)
  • HTC Wildfire (HTC Buzz)

SuperOneClick can only Shell Root your device. But if you really want to unlock the root potential, then use UnrEVOked to fully root your device. Then extract Superuser ZIP and go to system/app/ and install Superuser.
Now buy SetCPU for a mere $2. Install app and give it superuser permission. Open the app. Read specific warnings for HTC and Galaxy S phones. If you have NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset, select Custom Setup and then select Nvidia Tegra 2. Else simply select Continue Recommended. If you get a message that root access is not obtained then check for your weird device that is not working with either SuperOneClick or UnrEVOked, because the only thing that prevents devices from being rooted is the NAND lock that prevents writing on the /system folder.
If you haven't encountered any such root warning, then swipe to open the Profiles page. On the below, checkbox Enable Profiles and on the top of the screen, tap (+) button. Create a profile for the situation when:
  • Your battery is above 80% or the like - Governor: Performance, Max available frequency, Priority 97
  • Your battery is above 60% or the like - Governor: Powersave, Max available frequency around 1000 MHz, Priority 98
  • Your battery is around 30% - Governor: Powersave, Max frequency around 700 MHz, Priority 99
  • Your battery and CPU temperature is >=50 deg C - Governor: hotplug, Max frequency around 500 MHz, Priority 100
You can set other profiles as you wish but these are the best settings you can set.

These measures will help you save on battery and give performance when needed. You might find other alternatives for SetCPU, like No-frills CPU Control (which does not have profile options) or ROM Toolbox (which has many other options), but this is the most complete barebones tool you NEED. ROM Toolbox might give you the option of customising boot animations and other things, but this will make the device unstable. So do only this much with your device to prevent damage to factory firmware or it may void the warranty of your device.

I will be back soon.

My followers, I am really sorry. I will be back in a day or two due to some problems with the only computer with which I work. I had no device to work on, so my posts got delayed. The next few posts will be focusing on making your Android device real powerful.