Showing posts with label Mobile Phones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mobile Phones. Show all posts

Friday, June 12, 2015

Googles New Tool Can Help you Decide Which Phone to Buy

The American Giant Google has recently launched a new tool to help you buy/decide a phone for yourself or any one based on your preferneces. Its a Great intiative for people who are always confused to decide which phone to buy and which phone to not.

https://whichphone.withgoogle.com/#




Headphone Not connected but shows Headphone Icon and cant use phone w/o head set

Problem : My Mi3 Phone always shows headphone connected icon. Cant hear music, etc  and cant speak without headphone over Speakers. Any number of factory reset is not helping.


Solution: It is because of some dust like cotton fibres, etc gone inside the headphone slot. After sucking air from the headphone slot twice or thrice - remember not blowing inside - the icon went away. And the thing is, as seen from the google search, there are so many persons owning all brands of Phone affected like this.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

[Solved] Data in my Pen Drive exists but does not show up in My Computer

Hello Friends, Last night i ran in to a Problem where my 32 GB pen drive which was almost full with very important data was not showing up in my computer.
Irony of the situation was it was showing up in my TV. I could play all the videos and Images but when i connect it to my computer it showed nothing.
Was worried as i didn't had backup of it,

After searching a lot on net i found out a command to run which fixed it like a charm.


Steps:

1) Go to RUN
2) Type CMD
3) Enter the following command and press ENTER

attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.*


Where g which is highlighted in Yellow is my drive letter.
Go to my computer and see the drive letter of your pen drive or drive which is not showing up files.


It took 30 seconds and it started showing me all the files and folders.

Hope it helps you and others.
So please keep sharing,


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mi Phone Manager : (English) for PC for new Mi 3 buyers in India and English Supported Countries

Mi Phone Manager : (English) for PC for new Mi 3 buyers in India and English Supported Countries
Steps to install:

1. Download resorces below

2. Read Eng Trans.txt file
3. follow the steps thats it














Copy and replace these files in C:\Users\{YOUR PC USER NAME}\AppData\Local\MiPhoneManager\main folder.
Note 1: AppData folder is a hidden folder in Windows.
Note 2: If you get a “file in use” error, try terminating all the MiPhoneManager processes on the Task Manager, and do the copy and replace again.
Note 3: I’ve only tested the following path on a Windows 7 and 8.1 computers.
Now, you can launch the MiPhone Manager to confirm it’s in English.


NOTE: PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR LATEST VERSION 

http://being-imran.blogspot.in/2014/10/latest-mi-phone-manager-english-for-pc.html#.VEdS2_mUeuI



Friday, January 17, 2014

[How to Install] Update Galaxy S Advance I9070 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Galaxy S Advance I9070 users can now enjoy the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat features in a stable build, thanks to Mcclaw's release of CyanogenMod 11 (CM11) ROM Build 4 at Mcclaw Studio. The ROM is the result of a successful CM11 port from Galaxy Ace 2 to the older S Advance I9070.


Android 4.4.2 CyanogenMod 11 Build 4 Features

Here is the complete list of features ported into this ROM:

2D/3D HW Acceleration
audio (both speakers/headphones/microphone)
GPS and A-GPS – fast fix getting
Glonass navigation
compass
sensors
Wi-fi
Bluetooth 4.0 with LE support A2DP
all native tethers (Wifi/BT/USB)
Google Play
CM11 functionallity
CPU sleep mode
MTP
ADB
no tearing
tripple buffering
YouTube HQ
Wifi direct
external storage
camera
video playing
SELinux (temporary disabled)
BLN (backlight notifications) support
offline charging
auto EFS backup
New BT/GPS/offline charging/sensors drivers – no longer buggy Samsung's ones!
built using Linaro toolchain
also flashable via Odin
Some key bug fixes and improvements ported into this ROM are as follows:

All video players, including Twitch are working correctly
Phone (Dialer app) works very fast with this build
More changes expected from latest S3 Mini releases
Interested users can go ahead and install Android 4.4.2 KitKat update on their Galaxy S Advance using our step-by-step guide given below. IBTimes UKwill not be held liable for any device damage during or after the firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.

Pre-requisites

The Android 4.4.2 official AOKP ROM and the instructions given in this guide are meant for the Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070 model only. Verify device model number by navigating to Settings > About Tablet.
Verify that your phone has access to the latest custom recovery tools such as TWRP v2.6.3.0 and higher or CWM v6.0.4.5 and above.
Back up data and settings using a recommended custom recovery tool, like ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing tablet setup. In Recovery, choose Backup and Restore and tap Backup.
Verify correct USB drivers for the phone are installed on the computer (download Galaxy S Advance I9070 USB drivers) from https://rapidshare.com/files/416304166/SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones.exe

Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on the phone, by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (NOTE: Tap the device's Build Number seven times to unlock or reveal the hidden Developer Options under Settings.) Then select the checkbox to enable USB debugging mode under Settings > Developer Options.
Make sure the device has at least 80% battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing the ROM.

We are not responsible for any damage to your phone or data. Please take backup of your device prior to this update.

Ensure the phone is unlocked (not locked to a specific carrier) and rooted with the latest ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery (v6.0.4.5) installed.

If not installed please follow these steps to install custom recovery mode (CWM or TWRP)


*** Sometimes after temp cwm you are nt able to access the Mem card which leaves you with 2  options.

1)Factory reset by going back on main screen of cwm and then look for sd card again 

2)Choose it from Internal Memory.
  • Place all 3(or 2 if you're rooted) zip files in your external SD card
  • Power off. Boot into recovery by holding Vol.Up+Home+Power.
  • By navigating via volume buttons, choose install zip from external sd card, and install root.zip... shouldn't take long.
  • In the same way install update.zip. Now in a few seconds, you will get a different screen, this is Clockworkmod recovery, albeit a temporary one..
  • In this recovery, go to install zip, then install zip from external sd, and choose CoCore+TWRP. After installation, keep going back until the main cwm screen, and hit reboot.
  • NOW, Everytime you boot into recovery (which is the way to backing up and installing custom ROMs) you will get TWRP.

Now, you are rooted, with a custom kernel, and TWRP ( a custom recovery). You can either stay on stock Samsung firmware, or continue through section C, and get yourself a custom ROM.


Downloads Required
Update 3: Download Latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat CyanogenMod 11 ROM 
http://get.novafusion.pl/?id=833

Android 4.4.2 KitKat CyanogenMod 11 ROM Build 4 (dated 2014-01-12)
https://mega.co.nz/#!Fh0yAbAZ!fDQR8EkErxMmLj8F7b2eJXgOkrxuwRA0ZHolhoB3t9I

Use this Rather than above for Wifi Fix
Updated KitKat 4.4.2 (CyanogenMod 11.0) 20140211 -  http://get.maclaw.pl/?id=656


Google Apps for Android 4.4.2 (dated 26-11-2013)
http://get.maclaw.pl/?id=164

OR

Update 3:  Latest Google Appsfile  : http://get.novafusion.pl/?id=581



Please Watch the Video in order to follow step by step process:



Steps to Install Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update on Galaxy S Advance I9070 with CyanogenMod 11 ROM

Step-1: Download Android 4.4.2 CyanogenMod 11 Build 4 for Galaxy S Advance to computer

Step-2: Download Google Apps package

Step-3: Connect the Galaxy S Advance to computer via USB cable. Without extracting, copy the downloaded firmware zip and Google Apps zip files to the root folder of phone.

The Android 4.4.2 CM11 ROM can be installed on the Galaxy S Advance I9070 using either CWM or TWRP recovery. Follow any method based on the recovery mode installed on your device.

How to Install Android 4.4.2 CyanogenMod 11 ROM via ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery

Power off the phone and wait for 6 to 7 seconds until the device shuts down completely.
Now press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together until the Galaxy S Advance logo appears on screen and the device boots into recovery mode. NOTE: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the desired option.
Perform Wipe data/Factory reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress) and choose Yes on next screen to confirm the action. Then perform Wipe Cache Partition and once again hit Yes to confirm.
From the main menu of CWM recovery, go to Advanced and choose Wipe Dalvik Cache. Then hit Yes on next screen to confirm.
Select Install Zip from sdcard and then click Choose zip from sdcard. Browse to the location of the AOKP ROM firmware file which you copied earlier to your phone. Choose Yes on next screen to confirm the ROM installation.
Repeat the previous step to install Google Apps as well.
Once Google Apps is also installed, select "+++++Go Back+++++"and reboot the device by tapping reboot system now from the recovery menu. Your Galaxy S Advance will restart and it may take about 5 minutes for first boot. So, do not interrupt the process.
Your Galaxy S Advance I9070 is now running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat via CyanogenMod 11 Build 4. Go to Settings > About Phone to verify the firmware installed.

NOTE: If the device gets stuck at boot loop (while rebooting), then just do a factory reset from recovery mode to fix the issue.

How to Install Android 4.4.2 CyanogenMod 11 ROM via TWRP Recovery

Power off the phone and wait for 6 to 7 seconds until the device shuts down completely.
Now press and hold Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together, until the Galaxy S Advance logo appears on screen and the device boots into recovery mode. NOTE: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the desired option.
Perform Wipe data/Factory reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do so, tap on Wipe and scroll down to the bottom of the screen and do a Swipe on "Swipe to factory reset" option.
Now perform a System format by selecting Wipe > Advanced Wipe and then tap on System option. Scroll to the bottom of screen and do a swipe on "Swipe to Wipe" option.
Tap on install and navigate to the CM11 ROM zip file you copied earlier to your phone. Scroll to the bottom of screen and do a swipe on Swipe to confirm flash option to begin installing the firmware.
Repeat the previous step to flash Google apps as well.
Once Google Apps is also installed, select reboot and then tap on System to reboot your device. Your Galaxy S Advance will restart and it may take about 5 minutes for first boot to complete. So, do not interrupt the process.

Your Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070 is now running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat via CyanogenMod 11 ROM. Go to Settings > About Phone to verify the firmware installed.

NOTE: If the device gets stuck at boot loop (while rebooting), then just do a factory reset from recovery mode to fix the issue.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Nokia Lumia 525 now available at USD 148 in China. Coming soon in India !

After the enormous success of Lumia 520 Windows Phone, Nokia has finally launched its successor Lumia 525 in China. The handset, which is priced around USD 148, is expected to generate huge revenue from Chinese markets.

Lumia 525 possesses one GB of RAM, which is double the RAM found in other budget Lumia phones. Though, other specifications of this device are similar to that of Lumia 520.
The device comes with 7 GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage and includes a five-megapixel rear camera with no flash. The absence of front camera is still a major drawback with budget smartphones from Nokia and Lumia 525 takes this legacy forward.

The smartphone is powered by Windows Phone 8 with the Lumia Black update. It includes a four-inch WVGA (480x800) IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 235 ppi. The device is installed with a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor alongside 1GB of RAM. It features eight GB of inbuilt storage, which is expanded up to 64 GB through a microSD card.

Key specifications

  • Four-inch WVGA IPS LCD display
  • One GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM
  • Eight GB inbuilt storage, expandable up to 64GB
  • Five-megapixel rear camera
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, A-GLONASS 3G

Thursday, December 26, 2013

How to Format / Reset Nokia Asha 501 with Video Tuorial

Hello friends,
Please follow the following steps to format or reset Nokia Asha 501.


*** Please take back up before performing the reset.
*** Although its a safe process but still owner of the post or website does not take any responsibility if your phone is bricked during this process.


  • Go to Menu
  • Scroll down and select reset phone
  • Click Reset Phone again 
  • Select Ok
  • You are all set . in 30 secs your phone will be formatted / reset.

Please watch the video tutorial if you have any doubts during the reset.

Thank You.





Friday, December 13, 2013

Sony launches pen drives for smartphones, tablets

Eyeing a new market for data storage devices, Sony has launched the world's first pen drives compatible with smartphones and tablets. The new flash drives are "2-in-1 devices" with both USB 2.0 and microUSB connectors, allowing buyers to use them in laptops and desktops as well as smartphones and tablets.

Viviano Cantu, director of consumer media marketing, Sony Electronics, said, "These new drives combine convenience, peace of mind and performance and are perfect for mobile multi-tasking."

The new drives are compatible with Android (Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean) operating systems and offer USB on-the-go (OTG) functionality. Sony says that it is working on making them compatible with Android 4.4 (KitKat), the latest version of Google's mobile operating system.

Apart from copying data between devices, these flash drives can be used to as additional or temporary storage for smartphones and tablets.

Their locking caps (available in three colours) will protect the connectors from damage, dust and debris, says Sony. The metal body of the flash drives is durable enough to withstand everyday mobile use, it claims.

Sony has said that the new flash drives will be available in of 8, 16 and 32 GB capacities, priced at $19.99, $29.99 and $62.99. While the Japanese manufacturer has not announced their India launch date, it has said that the flash drives will hit global markets in January next year.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Maxx 2600mAh Power Bank Portable charger Service center

Hello friends,
We all know that in this era of smartphones there are highly powerful machines coming up with many capabilities. But still what they lack is power backup.
Every Smartphone (Android/IPhone/Windows) Phone lacks Battery back up.

There are many Alternative solutions to save battery

1) Use Battery Saving Tips here.

Or

2) Use a Portable Charger or a Power Bank.




Portable charges are of many ranges as per your requirement.

From 2200 mAh to 10000 mAh


  • But the most common is 2600 mAh Maxx power charger.
  • Its Cheap and efficient. It comes around 450 INR + 50 with Shipping costs.
  • It comes with a 1 year Warranty


But its useful. It almost charge your phone completely once.
Its Handy and tiny. So you don't have to worry about your battery if its draining fast Just keep this with you and Enjoy.


Sometimes people do receive faulty charger and then they have to do is look for service center in their area/Location


Here is the link where you can find the Service Center's
http://www.maxxmobile.in/support/find-service-center

Enjoy :):):)




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Download WhatsApp for Nokia Asha 201, 301,305, 205, 501

Offering an affordable and fast way to chat to friends and family around the world, messaging services like WhatsApp have become more popular than texting, and the app is now available for the Nokia Asha 501.



Download WhatsApp for Nokia Asha 201, 301,305, 205, 501, and more Free
Short Description: Download WhatsApp for Nokia Asha Nokia Asha 210, Nokia Asha 301, Nokia Asha 202, Nokia Asha 306, Nokia Asha 305, Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 302, Nokia Asha 311, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 501 and Nokia Asha 200 mobile series.



WhatsApp is one of the most used application for chatting or messaging free. You can easily download and install WhatsApp in your Android, Windows, iPhone and some other smart phones. But Nokia Asha mobile series is using different operating system, so you can’t download WhatsApp app from WhatsApp.com.



Steps to install WhatsApp in Nokia Asha Mobile
Way 1:

Download WhatsApp from Nokia Official site. You will get JAR or JAD file.
Now open the Download JAR or JAD file to install from its downloaded location.
That’s all. Now enjoy free messaging and chatting from your Nokia Asha Mobile


Way 2:

1) Go to Nokia Ovi store in your mobile
2) Search for Watsapp
3) Install ...

Enjoy !!!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How to use CPU Tuner in Android Phones

In the following post I will explain how to use cpu tuner, a completely free and open source app for android. All you need is root and some time. It's a follow up on and summary of my various related posts you can mostly see below ("related posts") on working with governors to increase power efficiency in Linux. This is of course something that a) Linux and b) Android and c) your phone manufacturer should already have done. But as they didn't...

0. Notice
CPU Tuner (CT) also includes setting "Min" and "Max" Frequencies. This is meant for devices with special firmware, which allows for overclocking and is not part of this post. All of these steps (tune governors, disable inactive interfaces) apply to any Linux device.
The following goes out especially to our dear US users (but also to every country with punitive damages):
CAREFUL, this tool may cause your phone to explode and other annoying things. You should especially never put your phone into a washing machine, or dryer or microwave or into a fire or do other completely and utterly stupid things with it! Use of this tool does not protect against lack of brain or thought!

1. What is...?
Now let me begin by explaining all the terms used in the program.

1.1. up_threshold: The CPU usage % at which the CPU frequency is scaled up. In the case of conservative this is X % higher than the current frequency. X is determined by the freq_step setting and defaults to 5 % in Linux and 20 % in my android and is not supported by CT atm. In the case of ondemand, (AFAIK!) it skips directly to the maximum frequency. That's why there's no freq_step in the case of ondemand.

1.2. down_threshold: As you may have thought already now, this is the CPU usage percentage where the frequency is reduced. This does not exist for the ondemand governor.

1.3. Triggers: Here you can tell CT that you want to use certian profiles in certain conditions. The most simple condition is battery usage. If battery usage is set to 100, then CT will set a certain profile whenever the battery is below 100%. Another important profile is Screen Off. This allows you to activate a certain profile once your screen is off.
1.4. Profiles: A profile is a combination of settings, e.g. Disable Wifi, Use Conservative Governor, etc. (see 2.1).

1.5. governor: This picks your CPU frequency according to an algorithm (a set of rules). There are different algorithms available:

1.5.1. performance: This stays at the maximum frequency all the time. Not power efficient at all. But great for testing if the problems you are experiencing are really caused by frequency scaling.

1.5.2. powersave: stays at the minimum frequency no matter what. I think this never makes sense. It will take a lot of time to get back out of this as any phone becomes very unresponsive once you set to this, so be careful and just avoid it! Oh, and then some devices just hang without return when you set this. It might possibly make sense when the screen is off. But most probably it'll just cause problems and annoy you. ;-)

1.5.3. userspace: This is if you want to set the frequency manually. Unless you have your brain directly connected with wires to the phone or your are trying something out you should avoid this one as well.

1.5.4. conservative and ondemand: You are probably just skipping through this, huh? ;-) See 1.1. above for the description of conservative and ondemand.


2. How to increase your energy efficiency
Note that I write increase the energy efficiency and not decrease the power usage. You could decrease the power usage easily: Just set up_threashold to 99 and down_threshold to 98. But that would most likely cause your phone to act very weird. And this is not what we're aiming for. We want a phone that works perfectly and just uses less energy. Of course this kind of general tuning is something your phone vendor should have done already. But trust me, I haven't seen a single phone where they actually did. And android mostly comes with Linux defaults, which are tweaked for 100 % performance and don't care much about high energy efficiency.

2.1. Quick&Easy: Interface Tuning
The easiest and first thing you can do is to set the general device settings. Easy power savers are to adjust active interfaces when the display is off:

2.1.1. Mobiledata: 2G only. This could cause problems if you use VoIP software via 3G with the display off. This saves power twice: Firstly 2G takes less power than 3G in standby. Secondly, switching between 2G and 3G can take a lot of power. (The device will constantly try to find and "upgrade" to 3G networks.) Side-effects: It mostly means that incoming phone calls will be more likely to be in slightly lower quality, as 2G uses more lossy audio compression codecs. This could decrease your battery time if you're constantly downloading big files via 3G while the display is off. (Honestly, how would that work?).  (recommendation: 2G only).

2.1.2. Background Sync: disable. This can have various consequences, e.g. Gmail claims to rely on this. But I still get new email and Gtalk noticiations with this off somehow. It's a general setting that other programs might rely on as well. So just see if this works for you. (recommendation: disable)

2.1.3. Wifi: Disable. I don't use this. Because if you use Voip software with your phone it usually detects if your ear is close to the headset and then turns off the display, which makes sense to save energy. Also sooner or later your display may turn off during a call anyway. Then a Voip connection or even streaming radio and other services via Wifi would be disconnected. That's why I prefer to use this setting with other programs. It would be cool if Wifi was disabled automatically after x minutes without usage or when out of range. But that's really something for other tools than CPU tuner. (At least then, the tool should be renamed to something like power tuner). (recommendation: leave unchanged)

2.1.4. Bluetooth: Disable. Side effects: If you use bluetooth headsets etc. they will be disconnected. Hence it only makes sense if you don't really use bluetooth. But then you will probably never have it switched on anyway, so there would be little point in switching it from off to off automatically... Useful if you sometimes use it or play with it and then forget to turn it off again. (recommendation: leave unchanged)

2.1.5. GPS: Disable. This usually saves quite a lot of power. Side effects: When switching back on, it will often take some time to find your location again. (Samsung Galaxy 3, you're annoying me here even with gpsopt...). Also, if you use a navigation software and switch off when the display turns off, this means you will at least lose your precise GPS location and your navigation software will either stop working entirely or start giving very imprecise (and thus often useless) advice: "Go sort of left, but also a bit right, one of the next or previous streets...". Sounds like me giving directions. This only works when the app is installed as a system app (no method does not work universally, also try root explorer and copy the apk to /system/apps).

2.2. Governor Tuning -- Step by Step
This is the most tricky part, but it's worth it: These settings can save you power even if your phone is not in use. If can also increase your phones responsiveness and interactivity while you use it. And it can do both. And it could even decrease power use in both situations. Always start with your vendors default settings. (Assumption: The current/default settings don't cause any mp3 playback gaps, etc. for you; otherwise: Start with 70 up, 40 down; otherwise: start with 40 up; 20 down.)

2.2.1. Make one change at a time: e.g. increase the up threshold by 10 or 20 %. Then listen to music for about 10 minutes with that setting. Check if you run into any problems (see "Signs of Trouble" below). If you notice problems, go back to the setting before, then add a smaller percentage, e.g. 5 %.

2.2.2. Rinse and repeat until you get a fluffy paste. (Once one change works, try another, e.g. first try increasing the up threshold, then try increasing the down threshold.)

2.2.3. Signs of Trouble
The most notable and annoying problem for me is that music playback stutters. (Attention, if you like , noise is probably part of the audio track and not an issue.) This also means that you the other person will hear glitches in skype and other voip softwares. The second, less annoying, likely effect is that the user interfaces will become less responsive, animations will stutter and won't look as pretty etc. These are all things you should watch out for during the governor tuning explained below.

2.3. Putting it all together
Once you find your preferred settings, I recommend creating two profiles for the start: one for screen off and one of screen on. While screen off is a trigger, to use a profile whenever the screen is on just select battery below 100 %. I'd prefer the ondemand scheduler when the screen is on as it's the most responsive in my experience. But as it stands I use only the conservative governor.

3. Causes
In my experience so far, the down threshold is much more likely to cause problems than the up threshold. It seems Linux makes its calculations of when to send new data to the sound card based on the current frequency and doesn't adjust them (soon enough) when the frequency is reduced. (Note to self: File a bug about this to the overflowing android bugzilla, which mostly seems disregarded by developers.) This causes problems especially for the ondemand governor, which is much more prone to create noise during playback in my experience than the conservative one, as it switches back down to the lowest frequency almost immediately.

3.1. Don't rely on Skype as a measure, as skype can often cause problems even if you use the governor to "performance", which effectively disables frequency scaling. I hope they will improve skype, which reportedly works quite well on iPhone, but not on MyPhone. Generally you should check if problems disappear with the performance governor. Because if they don't they're not related to the CPU frequency scaling at all. Hence they are highly unlikely to be related to CPU tuner. In my experience CSipSimple works pretty well, try calling an echo service or answering machine to check how flaky the connection is -- of course you need a stable network (wifi with all stripes!) connection to ensure that it doesn't cause the glitches. You would also notice that they don't disappear with the performance governor then, of course.

4. If all fails
If everything starts to be buggy all out of a sudden, just disable CT and check if it disappears. If you've got no idea what you changed, reset CPU tuner to defaults and repeat more carefully.

5. Feedback
If you've managed to find the perfect settings for your device, please report them in the comments here. Make sure to include your phone device and which firmware you use (as exact as possible please). This may save other people from listening to hours of music to find the perfect settings for their phone. I officially invite to flamewars about what exactly the perfect and absolutely ideal settings for all and any situations, people and devices are. ;-) Once we've found them we can adjust CT to come with them preinstalled and then get them into android as default.

My settings right now are:
Screen on:
conservative, up 50, down 30;
2g/3g
Screen off:
conservative, up 90, down 50.
2g only.

The End.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tricks used to extend battery life in Android Phones

Share with others tricks used to extend battery life.





Tricks known to me:

1.Reduce your Screen Brightness
Display uses about 5-80% of battery usually. Reducing the brightness helps to increase the battery life a lot. To do so goto Settings->Display->Brightness
- Automatic brightness is good but lead to higher consumption of battery. Close brightness automatic and set brightness low.

2.Disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC
Even though Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth are designed for low-power consumption, they drain the battery. Most of the 2012 android devices have a unique feature known as NFC (Near Field Communion) such as i9070p. This feature enables a sensor field around the handset and is used for sharing. This also drains the battery unnecessarily. So it’s better to turn off the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFCs when it’s not in use.
- Deactivate Wi-Fi when not needed
- If you do not use the Bluetooth function, disable it.
- If you do not use the NFC function, disable it.
- If you do not surf the internet stop any data connection
- As long as you do not use GPS and/or location services, close them.

3. Prefer Wi-Fi rather than GPRS
It may be weird that the GPRS consumes more power when compared to Wi-Fi. For example, Wi-Fi consumes 5% charge; the GPRS connection consumes 15% charge. This may not be seen while viewing websites but in case of watching a video in YouTube or making a call in a VoIP service, it drains the battery at a rapid rate. So it’s better to use Wi-Fi to watch videos or making calls.
.- Wi-Fi network consumes less than 3G connection, it is recommended to use Wi-Fi

4. Avoid Live Wallpaper
The live wallpaper drains the battery to a considerable rate. So it’s better to use static wallpapers rather than the live wallpaper.Also use images which contain black color because the LED screens use less power to display black than displaying white. Doing this helps to increase the battery life up to 10%.
-Use a dark background, save battery. Light backgrounds need more battery.

5.Disable Data traffic
Many applications use data traffic in the background letting this phone to sleep. Some of the apps which use the background data traffic are GMail, Whatsapp, Facebook, Viber, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Play, etc. These apps checks for the updates and for incoming messages all time. So it’s better to disable the background data traffic.
- Network 2G network consumes less than , it is recommended to use 2G connection
- If you do not surf the internet stop any data connection.

6. Disable Auto-Sync
This option comes under the background data traffic. This feature checks for the mail all the time. Which means you will be able to get the mail in your handset as soon as the mail arrives. But this service uses a considerable amount of battery
- Upload and sync only on Wi-Fi. Or stop sync on all accounts.

7.Do not use more widgets
- The more the widgets, more the RAM, more the battery will be drained.
- Dump the widgets

8.Disable Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash enables to watch videos in websites but it drains the battery a lot. The main reason why adobe discontinued its service from android 4.1 is this battery problem.

9.Turn OFF vibrations
The smartphones makes use of some energy to make a vibration, but when “Vibration on Key press” is enabled, while typing a word the phone produces more number of vibrations. It consumes more battery. So it’s better to disable this feature in the keyboard settings.
- Vibration consume energy. A low intensity vibration or even disable as reduce battery consumption.
- Disable Haptic feedback.

10. Power saving mode
If you use your device constantly throughout the day, you may want to consider using your device’s power saving mode. In fact, many of the tips suggested in this post are implemented in most devices’ power saving mode. For instance, power saving mode usually limits CPU use, reduces screen brightness, deactivates haptic feedback, disables data network when the screen is asleep, and lowers the brightness level of the browser’s background color.

The generally recommended advice is to disable power saving mode when you intend to use your phone’s smartphone features; otherwise, turning power saving off can help you stretch your battery life further. So, for instance, you might want to disable power saving mode if you plan to play games on your phone, or else you could experience lag or jitter.

11. Do not try to overcharge
Normally the smartphone charges up in 1-2 hours. But if you charge it throughout the day, it lowers the life-time of the battery. Check the condition of the battery often to have a good battery life.

12.Reduce screen timeout 
- Screen timeout should be as low as when not using this device to enter sleep mode. (15s)
- Sensitive buttons should be as little heated. (1,5s)

13. Uninstall unnecessary apps
You can never be too sure what's running itself in the background, what with all the multi-tasking, self-uploading, auto-replicating features in today's modern Android apps, so at least minimise the chances of something randomly hoovering up all your battery by constantly trying to connect to some non-existent server, by deleting any unused or old apps. Some apps are resource-intensive — either by nature (as in the case of games) or by developer incompetence or negligence (as in the case of poorly written apps).

14.Never leave applications open 
- Never leave applications open in the background for long time. Set the limit to 1 or 2

15.To root or not
Rooting may have drawbacks but the benefits far outweigh them. One attractive advantage of rooting is that of possibly improving your device’s battery life.

16. Debloating
Rooting itself won’t lengthen your battery life. Rooting merely opens the gates to your device’s restricted partitions and directories. With such restriction gone, you can remove useless apps (e.g., bloatware from carriers or OEMs), especially those that run as background services, wasting away precious battery power.

17.CPU underclocking
With root access on your device, you can also install apps that can improve your system’s performance. A CPU controller app, for instance. Three names instantly spring to mind: SetCPU for Root Users, No-frills CPU Control, and CPU Tuner.

Apps like these essentially allow you to tweak the CPU settings on your device. You can set the CPU frequency to stay at the lowest (and, as a result, use up the least power but sacrifice device performance) or to stretch the CPU to its maximum limits (resulting in better and faster performance, but at the price of heat, quick battery drain, and potential system instability).

Be careful when using such apps. There are risks involved; for example, your device could behave erratically when its CPU clock is set higher than usual.


18. Custom kernels and ROMS
As we have an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery in the process of rooting. Many custom kernels and custom ROMs. Feel free to look around XDA for guides on how to flash custom kernels or custom ROMs to your particular device.


Battery life is one of the biggest issues in the Samsung Galaxy S GT-i9070 Advance. Take your SIM card out, turn off Wi-Fi and never touch it and it'll sit there happily, lasting for a whole week on one charge. But try to use it for anything "smart" and, well, that's where the problems start.

...and keep it cool
Batteries work best in cooler temperatures, with prolonged warm periods gradually lowering their efficiency over time. Putting your phone in a looser pocket might help, or perhaps just gently fanning it while it charges. That might not be the best use of your working day, but at least you'll still be able to get on Twitter on the train home.

Updated :[Use following to get rid of battery issues]

1) Don't use any Memory cleaning apps/Task Killers or battery saving apps.
2) Go to Settings -> Location Services -> Uncheck All (Specially Permission to Google to collect data)
3) Facebook Synch settings to Never (Go Manually and check)

Bingo You are All set !!! Enjoy your Extended Battery Life



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Must have Apps in your Android phone

MX Player - Video Player

For best video experience, Powerful media player with background playback and new HW decoder.

Google Play Download URL
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mxtech.videoplayer.ad&hl=en


Payback Calculator-Finance

Have you ever been in a situation when you go out with friends and when different people pay for different things at different occasions and later you struggle hard to find out who gave how much? There is a simple solution for that download Payback calculator.

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devilopers.payback

My Pregnancy Today- Health / Pregnancy / Maternity

This is a great award winning app for all expecting mothers and fathers to determine hows the baby developing inside her mom day by day and what instructions one should follow when she is pregnant.
With Weekly Notifications about baby's health and development its one of the most downloaded apps in Google Play Store

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.babycenter.pregnancytracker


My Baby Today - Health / Pregnancy / Maternity / Baby Development

This is a great award winning app for all Parents who have the new born with them. Diffrent questions answered and a great information store
With Weekly Notifications about baby's health and development its one of the most downloaded apps in Google Play Store

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.babycenter.mybabytoday

FuelLog - Car Management -Personal 

Track fuel consumption, maintenances and costs!

Track and log your mileage, fuel consumption, maintenances, services and costs of your car or motorbike and know exactly how much your car costs. FuelLog calculates a lot of useful statistics like fuel consumption and economy (e.g. mpg or l/100km) of your car or other vehicle, total cost and mileage, average cost per distance or gas amount, average cost per month, year and driven distances, expenses and a lot more. Everything is managed in a nice-looking and very easy to use interface.

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ch.simonmorgenthaler.fuellog&hl=en


True Caller- Caller Information -Personal 

Truecaller is the world's largest collaborative phone directory that makes it easy to get in touch with people across the globe.

Truecaller also shows you who the caller is instantly, blocks unwanted calls and so much more.

+25 million users can´t be wrong, jump on the bandwagon!

Google Play Download URL

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




Battery Bot- Battery Usage Information -Personal 

BatteryBot monitors and shows your battery charge level (percent) as an icon in your status bar, with temperature, health, voltage, and time since plugged / unplugged in the notification area. It now also has a 1x1 app widget. The Pro version also has user-configurable alarms, logs, and a large (4x1) widget.

Google Play Download URL



Super Backup - Personal 

Features:

-Backup apps to SD card

-Backup & restore app's data(need root)

-Batch restore apps from SD card (need root)

-Backup Contacts & SMS & Call logs & Bookmarks & Calendars to SD card

-Restore Contacts & SMS & Call logs & Bookmarks & Calendars from SD card

-Can select SMS conversations to backup

-Delete the backup data on SD card

-Schedule automatic backups

-Auto upload scheduled backup files to your Gmail

-Show last backup count & time

-User can change backup folder path in Settings

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.idea.backup.smscontacts


Ex Dialler- Fast Contact and Dialling App-Personal 

Super easy-to-use

Fast and smooth

Extra light-weight

Smart T9 algorithm

30+ languages

Directly call/text to someone by swiping left/right

Various themes and plugins

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.modoohut.dialer



Zomato - Nearby Restaurant Information -Personal 

Features

- Search for restaurants by location/cuisine/name

- Get personalized recommendations through notifications by following foodies with similar taste and opinion on Zomato

- Use "open now" filter to find restaurants open at a specific time

- Find what you are craving - search within the 3 million dishes being served across 120,000 restaurants across 28 cities being covered by Zomato

- View Menu, Pictures, Directions, Contact and all the other information you need to choose a restaurant for Dine-out, Delivery, Nightlife or Takeaway

- Rate and Review restaurants directly from the app

- Add restaurants to Favorites/Wishlist/Been-there and create a "to-do" list of restaurants

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.application.zomato


Book My Show App- Movie Ticket App-Personal- Entertainment

Buy Online Tickets. Movie Tickets Booking. Book T20 Tickets, T20 Cricket, Music Concerts, Sports, Plays, Events, Theater, Cinema & Match Tickets. Cricket Schedule, Match Reviews, Movie Reviews, T20 Match News.

With BookMyShow's application you can now book tickets for movies, plays, concerts and many other events happening in your city.

Most of the renowned cinemas in the country like PVR Cinemas, BIG Cinemas, INOX, AGS Cinemas, Apna Cinema, CineMAX, City Gold, DT City Centre, E-SQUARE, Cinepolis, Fame Cinemas, Fun Cinemas, Glitz Cinemas, Gold Cinema, Gopalan Cinemas, HDIL Broadway, INOX, Movietime, Prasads, Q Cinemas, Rajhans Cine World, Satyam Cineplexes, SRS Cinemas, Storm 5D, Wave and many more have tied-up exclusively with BookMyShow.

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bt.bms


Birthdays- Easy Birthday Reminder App with Facebook Integration -Personal 

Lists all contacts with birthdays so you do not have to search anymore.

Easily import friends from Facebook, choose the most important ones and post messages to their wall using templates. There is no automatic posting of messages, but the app makes sending birthday messages much much easier.

You get several widgets in various sizes to always be up to date whose birthday is next.

Be notified in the status bar to never forget about birthdays again. In case you do not have time right now, easily add a reminder to to contact your friends later in the day.

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.muzurisana.birthdayfree


Screen Off & Lock- Screen Lock App -Personal 

Screen Off and Lock allows you to switch off your devices from:

1. Launcher shortcut

2. Launcher widget 1x1 - 4x4, resizable in Android 4.0+ (Also available in lock screen for Android 4.2+) (Donate version)

3. Notification

4. Floating button over all apps! (Double tap to use it) (Donate version)

5. Search button (if your device has it)

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.katecca.screenofflock


M-Indicator - Mumbai Local Transport Information- Travel

1.Mumbai Local Train timetable

-Western (Virar-Dahanu Shuttle, EMU, DMU, MEMU) (16 Apr 2013) 

-Central (28 Mar 2013) 

-Harbour (14 Feb 2012) 

-Thane-Vashi (14 Feb 2012)

-Diva-Roha

-Dahanu Panvel

-Neral-Matheran

-Indicator Symbols,

-Rail Ticket fare

-Rail Map of all routes and proposed Nerul-Uran route

2.Bus Routes

-BEST, NMMT, TMT,VVMT

-Get route by bus number

-Get buses arriving at particular bus stop

-Search buses between source and destination

-AC bus timetable updated on March April 2013

3.Auto and taxi fare

-Day and Night fare

-Complaint numbers of RTO

-Luggage charges information

4.Classifieds section

-Get advertisements of jobs ,real estate, education..

5. Jobs

- Now directly apply to the employer through JOBS INDICATOR. Specialized for jobs in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai & Thane. Also find Government jobs in Mumbai and rest of the Maharashtra along with last date of application.

6.Natak Cinema

- Get daily schedule of Marathi Natak and Cinema

7.Railway megablock information

- Get weekly updated information of railway megablocks on Sundays

8. Picnic Spots

-get category wise list of picnic spots e.g beaches, Hill stations, Waterfalls, Caves, Forts, Farmhouse, Resorts, Lakes 

-Get distance wise list of various weekend picnic spots nearby Mumbai.

-Watch pics , read description and other information about spot

-Get updated list(Oct 2012) of MTDC approved budget hotels of all over Maharashtra

8."Indian Railways PNR status check". PNR can be checked through internet or through SMS.

9.Movies

- get Theater wise list of latest Movie shows in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane.

10. Sodexo Outlet Locator

- Search Sodexo outlet nearby your area

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobond.mindicator


Software Data Cable- File Transfer App -Personal 

Connect and share everything among phones, tablets, PC, MAC, Laptop, Google TV, Cloud storage, Xbox etc. A must-have app that will save you time and eliminate the need of USB data cable for file transfer. Once you've tried it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it!

BENEFITS WITH SOFTWARE DATA CABLE 

• The fewer cables to carry the better

• The computer doesn't need to have drivers it does need installed

• Send photos, music, videos, apps etc. to other phones, tablets or TV anytime, anywhere

• Auto-sync photos and other important files to computer or cloud storage (on a daily, weekly basis to backup data)

• Extend mobile storage space without any cost

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.damiapp.softdatacable



Any Do - Task Reminder App Integrated with Google - Personal- Time Management and Task Management

Millions use Any.do every day to remember all the tasks they want to-do and make sure they get them done. Key benefits: Seamless cloud sync, Speech recognition, Alerts, Any.do Moment, Snooze tasks, Google Task Sync, Notes, Sub tasks, Amazing Widgets, Repeating / Recurring Tasks, Missed call, Auto complete, In app actions, Gesture support & much more!

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anydo


Google Keep- Google's Note Taking App - Personal 

Quickly capture what’s on your mind and recall it easily wherever you are. Create a checklist, enter a voice note or take a photo and annotate it. Everything you add is available instantly on all your devices – desktop and mobile.

With Google Keep, you can:

• Keep track of your thoughts via notes, lists and photos

• Have voice notes transcribed automatically

• Use homescreen widgets to capture thoughts quickly

• Colour-code your notes to help find them later

• Swipe to archive things you no longer need

• Turn a note into a checklist by adding checkboxes

• Use your notes from anywhere - they are safely stored in the cloud and available on the web at http://drive.google.com/keep

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.keep


Microsoft One Note - Synch Office One Note Books with Phone -Personal 

Microsoft OneNote for Android phones is your digital notebook for capturing what's important in your personal and professional life. Jot down your ideas, add pictures, update your shopping list, and check your to-do's from this Microsoft Office app.

Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. They are automatically saved and synced in the cloud, so you always have the latest on all your devices.

Share notes with friends and colleagues. Plan vacations, share meeting minutes or lecture notes with people around you.

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.onenote


Sygic- Best Navigation App -Personal 

HIGHLIGHTS

- High quality TomTom maps stored on the phone

- Works with GPS only, internet is not needed

- Turn-by-Turn voice guided navigation

- Spoken Street Names to focus on the road

- Three Alternative Routes to choose from

- Waypoints for places you want to visit 

- Dynamic Lane Guidance to know the right lane

- Junction View to understand intersections 

- Speed Limit Display to protect your wallet

- Speed Camera Warnings for Speedy Gonzales

Google Play Download URL

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sygic.aura

Monday, October 7, 2013

How iOS 7 has become Android


Android did it first and no one bats an eye. iOS does it and everyone loses their minds.



Friday, August 16, 2013

Find your Lost Android Phone in just few minutes using Android Device manager

Android Device Manager 
The feature, announced earlier this month, lets you easily find, ring, and even remotely reset your Android device from any phone, tablet, or computer.

Up till now, you'd have had to go out of your way to install (and sometimes pay for) a third-party utility in order to get such functionality. Now it's built right into Android, whether you realize it or not -- and it's always ready and available, with no added apps or running services required.

It took a little while for Android Device Manager to roll out to everyone, but so long as you're running the now-ancient Android 2.2 or higher, it's patiently waiting for you this very minute. In order to unlock its full potential, though, there's something you need to do.

It's easy: Just grab your phone or tablet, open up the app called Google Settings (look in your app drawer -- it's there), and select the option called Android Device Manager. Then make sure the boxes for both "Remotely locate this device" and "Allow factory reset" are checked. The first one should be activated by default, but the second -- the one that could really save your hide in a bind -- has to be enabled by hand.

Once you've got both those settings confirmed, you're all set. Just go to google.com/android/devicemanager from any mobile device or computer, and you'll see your phone pinpointed on a Google Map. You can ring it -- at full volume for a full five minutes -- or, in a worst-case scenario, perform a factory reset and wipe all your info right then and there.

If you have multiple Android devices connected to your account, clicking the small down arrow next to the first device's name will show you a list of every phone and tablet you've got. Just be sure to follow the steps we just discussed on each device -- right now -- so they're all fully activated and operational.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Android Rooting dictionary for beginners

Root - Acquiring ”root” is the process of gaining total control over your device. When you purchase your device, there are certain files and systems that you cannot access because they are blocked by the manufacturer. By aquiring root you gain access to these files, allowing you to modify, replace and even delete them. This allows you to take total control over how the software of your device looks and works.

Bootloader - Before you can root your device, you must unlock your bootloader. The bootloader is a line of code that is executed even before your Android operating system boots up. The bootloader’s code is specific for each make and model of the many Android devices. Bootloaders come “locked” because the device manufacturer doesn’t want you tinkering with the software that they worked so hard to optimize for that particular piece of hardware. Unlocking the bootloader allows you to tinker with the phone’s firmware, or even replace it with a custom firmware (aka: ROM). It is important to note that unlocking your bootloader will erase all data stored on your phone, essentially putting it back to a “factory reset” state, so you’ll want to save any pictures, music, or any other important files that are on your device.

Recovery - Once your bootloader is unlocked and you have rooted your device, you will need a custom recovery. A recovery is a piece of software that is called up separate from the actual Android operating system. Its purpose is to make changes to the Android OS at a core level, such as delete user data, apply updates and more. The stock recovery is limited in function, so if you are planning on modifying/hacking/rooting your phone, you will need to install a “Custom Recovery” such as Clockwork Mod Recovery. A custom recovery will allow you to make backups, restore them, wipe partitions, install custom software and more.

Backup / Nandroid - Once your custom recovery is installed, you will want to make a backup (also known as a Nandroid). A Nandroid is simply a complete and total backup of your phone. It will store all of your data, apps, settings, SMS messages, and more, basically allowing you to restore your phone to the exact state that it was in when you made the backup.

Wipe - Now that your backup is made, you don’t have to be afraid of making changes to your phone or losing data, since you can always restore it (just be sure to not delete the backup!). Now you can “wipe” your phone without worry. Wiping is deleting all the user data from your phone, essentially reseting it to its factory state. You can also wipe (ie: delete) other partitions of your phone like the cache partition. It is always recommended to wipe your phone before installing a custom ROM (we’ll get to that in a second). You can wipe your phone via the custom recovery you installed.

Flashing - Flashing is the process of installing some sort of software or code via your custom recovery.

Flashable ZIP - A flashable ZIP is the actual file that you install or “flash”  via the custom recovery to make changes to your phone’s software. It is a normal .zip file that contains the lines of code to modify your software. These Flashable ZIPs can be used to flash a ROM, Kernel, Radio, mod, and more, which we will define below.

ROM - A ROM is the main firmware or operating system that your phone runs. Just like Windows 7 runs on your PC, or Mac OSX runs on your Macbook, a ROM is the main software you interact with to use your phone. It includes all the system apps (messaging, email, phone), the launcher, the notification bar…everything really. Google’s Nexus line runs a “stock” Android ROM (meaning it’s unmodified) while manufacturers make significant changes to the look and feel of their ROMS before they ship them with your phone (for example: note the difference between the Samsung Galaxy S III’s software and the software on LG’s Nexus 4) . Code-savvy developers have taken the manufacturers’ code and created their own “Custom ROMs”. These ROMs can dramitically enhance the look and feel of your phone, and often add tons of useful features. Two very popular custom ROMs are CyanogenMod and MIUI. A ROM is made for a specific model phone and comes in a Flashable ZIP file that is installed (“flashed”) via your custom recovery.

Kernel - Unlike a ROM the Kernel does not alter the look and feel of your phone, but is a “deeper” line of code that rests beneath the surface, so to speak. It tells the software how to interact with the hardware. A custom kernel is a kernel that developers have added code to, in order to create all sorts of new options and abilities. They might add code to make the phone’s processor run at a higher speed, or make the battery draw less power when the phone is in “idle” mode. Kernels are like the soul of the software. They can be flashed in the custom recovery and the files are usually called Tar Images or Zimages.

Radio / Basebands / Modems - The radio / baseband / modem is a  firmware that allows your phone to connect to the wireless network. This firmware controls basic low-level functions of your phone like cell-network connectivity, Wi-Fi, and GPS. Oftentimes an updated radio / modem will help with signal strength issues, battery drain and more. The radio / modem firmware is specific to each device and carrier and is flashed via custom recovery.

Mod - A “mod” is simply a modification made to the phone’s software. This can include adding functionality or changing the visual layout of your phone, like moving the location of the clock to the center of the notification bar, or inverting the colors in the SMS app. Mods are usually Flashable Zip files that are flashed in the custom recovery.

Brick – A brick is when your phone won’t recover from a bad rooting/flashing process. Your device becomes unresponsive and unable to be restored…essentially making it a “brick” or a very expensive paperweight. Bricking your phone usually happens when you do not follow instructions carefully or if a device does not allow for root. Bricking your phone is a real possibility and risk in rooting and modding your phone, but it is very rare to occur, and most unlikely to occur if you simply follow the instructions.

Superuser (SU) – If you follow the instructions and root correctly, you will become a Superuser (SU), which means you become a complete and total admin of your device, allowing for most, if not all root permissions to be accessible.

Kang - A Kang is a ROM or mod that uses a significant portion of code created by another developer.

Overclock / Underclock - This means that you have installed a custom Kernel that has allowed you to speed up or slow down your phone’s processor speed. Most phones are clocked at a certain processor speed (ie: 2.4 MHz), but if you overclock it, you are allowing your process to push the limits by working at a higher speed. Overclocking will make your phone perform faster, but often comes at the expense of battery life. Underclocking does the exact opposite of overclocking. It makes your processor perform at a lower speed, slowing down perceived performance, but helps increase battery life.

Under Volt (UV) - Undervolting is a feature that is enabled in certain custom kernels. Undervolting lowers the amount of power your processor needs to perform at its normal level which, in theory, saves you battery life. The feature is known to cause issues in many phones.

APK - An APK is the file name for an Android application that can be installed on your phone. All apps downloaded from the Google Play store come as APK files. APKs can also be “sideloaded” by downloading them from outside of the Google Play store and placing on the phones internal or external memory. To install a sideloaded APK you need to enable that option in settings, then find the APK file on your phone and tap it to begin the installation process.

Odex / DeOdex - DeOdexing APKs is a way that developers optimize APKs (apps) to be compatible with different themes that themers have created. Please see this very good explanation on Odex / DeOdex that we wrote about previously.

Android SDK - Android SDK is a software development kit written by Google that enables developers to create applications for the Android platform. The Android SDK includes sample projects with source code, development tools, an emulator, and required libraries to build Android applications. In many cases, if you want to hack your phone, you will need to have the Android SDK installed on your computer.

ADB - ADB stands for Advance Debug Bridge which is a tool that comes in the Android SDK. ADB lets you modify your device (or device’s software) via a PC command line. ADB is mainly for developers to create and test their apps, but it can also be used by curious hackers (like you!) to access your phone from your computer and run some commands via your computer’s command prompt.