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Friday, 2 September 2016

Google Scraps Project Ara Modular Smartphone, Discontinues Chromebook Pixel

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It’s not been a good few days to be one of Google’s hardware projects, with not just one but two of them being canned for good. One of them was still in the early days of becoming a shipping product, whilst the other had received critical acclaim following its release in 2015.
The first on the chopping block was the Chromebook Pixel. Originally released in February of 2015, the Chromebook Pixel was allowed to sell out, with inventory now exhausted both within Google and Best Buy stores.
The Chromebook Pixel actually comprised of two different models – one for $999, which was discontinued in April, and another which sold for an additional $300, dubbed the Chromebook Pixel LS. Neither are now available, and it appears the Chromebook Pixel is no more. With the death of the Pixel, Google now no longer sells a laptop computing device.

Google’s Project Ara today joined the Chromebook Pixel on Google’s high-tech scrapheap. After more than three years of promising development, Google’s Project Ara is now dead after what we all thought may prove to be one of the most interesting of Google’s projects failed to materialize.
Project Ara was essentially a modular smartphone, allowing each individual aspect of the handset to be swapped out, with Google believing that allowed for extra flexibility and additional ease of repair. Always ambitious and perhaps never likely to turn into something we would be able to buy in stores, Project Ara was what makes Google so great, and it’s a shame to see it go. Having said that, however, if Project Ara’s demise allows Google to spend precious resources on something more likely to impact our lives, then we’re all for it!
With so much always going on inside Google, we can only imagine what other things the company, and it’s super-clever employees are up to now that Project Ara and the Chromebook Pixel are no longer around.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

7 apps that unlock your smartphone's hidden talents

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Android devices can be remarkably versatile, and with a wide range of innovative apps now available, it isn't only rooting that opens up new possibilities. These seven apps can turn your phone in to a Linux computer, a Galaxy S6 Edge, a heart rate monitor and much more.

1. Use the LED as a heart rate monitor

Measuring your heart rate can be a useful way to detect potential medical issues or just to keep a track on your wellbeing. The Instant Heart Rate app lets you measure your heartrate using the LED sensor on the back of your smartphone. Once you've got the app you simply place your finger on the sensor to get an accurate reading of how many times your heart beats in a minute. 
A word of warning though, the LED can become quite hot to the touch when the app takes a while to register a reading. It also seems to have trouble processing results when you have sweaty hands, although this is something you'd expect to be improved in the future.

AndroidPIT Instant Heart Rate measuring heart rate
You can keep an eye on your health with a smartphone heart monitor. / © ANDROIDPIT
Instant Heart RateInstall on Google Play

2. Install Linux on your Android

It may be hard to believe, but a simple app and a couple of cheap pieces of hardware can turn your smartphone into a PC. It's now possible to install Linux, running the Jessie Debian operating system, on your Android smartphone.
Once you download it, Debian Noroot installs itself as an app and opens up a virtual environment. This environment soon represents a complete XFCE desktop environment, turning your smartphone display into a touch pad. Pick up a Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad, hook up a HML cable to a large screen and the transformation is complete. Use the command 'apt-get' to add any further applications you might need.
Debian norootInstall on Google Play

3. Record your calls

As you may guess from its name, Automatic Call Recorder is all about recording phone calls. You can decide in advance which calls you want to record and the app does the rest. Recordings can then be stored in your Dropbox, Google Drive, or on an SD card.
It's worth mentioning that it's against the law to record conversations without consent, so you should tell the person you're speaking to that you are recording. Also, some users of Android Lollipop are currently having problems recording the language of the person on the other end. But an e-mail to the developer should be enough to solve that particular problem.
Automatic Call RecorderInstall on Google Play

4.Get S6 Edge features on other smartphones

Along with its curved display, one of the most eye-catching and well-publicized features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the colored alerts that run along the curved edge of the phone to let you know when a particular person is trying to get in touch.
To display these colorful notifications on other smartphones, just download the app Edge Color Notifications. Once you've installed it, there is a range of colors, which you can assign to people who contact you. If you get a call, a colorful pulse will appear on the phone's edge, in true Knight Rider style. Set your smartphone to a certain display and the color shimmers past, giving the effect of the S6 Edge, without the expense.

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You can have the Galaxy S6 Edge's color notifications on other smartphones. / © ANDROIDPIT
Edge Color NotificationsInstall on Google Play

5. Give your power button a break

No one likes a flat battery and Gravity Screen is a fun app that can save you a few precious percentage points. The app conserves battery power by using the movement of a phone to establish when it needs to be active. For example, it can track the angle at which a phone is placed on a table or when it's being pulled out of a dark bag or pocket. As soon as the app detects that the phone is not needed, the display turns to power-saving mode until you need it again.
There is a range of subtle adjustments within the app that let you to customize it to suit your needs. You can also buy the Pro version for 1.89 Euros, which increases the app's accuracy. With some smartphone power buttons positioned in awkward places, this app could become very handy indeed.
Gravity Screen - On/OffInstall on Google Play

6. Transform your power button into a flashlight switch

But let's not write off the power button yet, because it still has its uses. In many Android variants it's much too complicated to activate the LED flash as a flashlight but the Power Button Flashlight app solves this problem. It allows the user to activate their flashlight by pressing the power button three times within three seconds.
The free version of the app is rendered almost useless by irritating adverts, but after an in-app purchase of 99 (Euro) cents, the advertising can be disabled, allowing this portable light source to become very useful.
Power Button FlashLight /TorchInstall on Google Play

7. Heads-up alerts for older smartphones

Many non-Lollipop users believe they are unable to use the popular Heads-Up Notifications that flutter in map form on top of a screen and show a preview of their contents. But a new and controversial feature, already presented in custom ROMs and as an Xposed module, has now been introduced to Android Lollipop, making the notifications available to more users.
The latest Android update makes the notifications available, even without rooting. This allows an app to become much better than the native Android configuration appears to allow. Retrofitters therefore get a better feature than those using the new alerts.

You can now get heads up notifications on older models of phones. / © MohammadAG
Heads-up notificationsInstall on Google Play
Do you know any other ways to unlock your phone's hidden talents? Comment below.

Monday, 3 August 2015

How to increase the RAM of your Android smartphone

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When you've had a smartphone for a while it can start to feel slow, and RAM - random access memory, which is where your phone stores its stuff as it's using it - can be part of the problem. If your phone doesn't have enough it can struggle, but there are ways to address that. You can even create extra RAM without cracking the case or reaching for a soldering iron. 
RAM extended

What is RAM (Random Access Memory)?

RAM is what your device uses when it's doing something. For example, when you're editing a photo both the photo and the app you're using to edit it are both in the device's RAM; when you finish editing the photo is then saved to your device's storage so it can't get lost. The more RAM you have the more you can do, so for example you can have more browser tabs open, more apps running or more system features doing their stuff.
The problem with RAM is that it isn't always emptied properly, and that apps don't always behave. Some apps and system processes run when you really don't need them, and others don't clean up behind themselves when they quit. After a while those issues can produce noticeable results such as slow performance, lagging and stuttering and the odd crash too. 
Like internal storage, RAM is a physical component of your device so you can't just stick more in. What you can do, though, is use it more efficiently - or use some clever tricks to create RAM from other kinds of storage.
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How to increase your RAM without root access

Now that you have an idea of ​​what RAM is, we'll show you how to preserve it. In this first part, we focus on tips for non-rooted devices. For those devices we can't magically add more memory, but we can make better use of what you've got. As a rule of thumb, the more your phone is doing the more RAM is being used - so if you can reduce what's running you can free up more memory for the tasks that really matter to you. 

Limit widgets and live wallpapers

These are both pretty greedy elements when it comes to RAM usage. Many widgets often refresh and occupy bandwidth, while some live wallpapers and animated wallpapers are continually active. This can also cause your battery to drain faster too! So remember to limit the number of them in effect to optimize your current available memory.
Phase beam Nexus live wallpaper 5

Disable applications

Some applications take up RAM even if they aren't currently being used, so you're getting all the downsides of unnecessary RAM use without anything to show for it. Organizing which apps should be and should not be running in the background can take time, but it's worth it to improve your smartphone performance. 
To disable an application, go to "settings" and then "apps" or "application manager." Next, go to the "all" tab to get the list of all the applications currently on your device. To disable an application, tap on it, then tap "disable" and confirm. Be careful not to disable everything and anything, unless you want to end up with an unstable system, but most apps which don't come pre-installed on your handset are pretty safe to disable (or delete entirely if you never use them).  
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androidpit disable app

Disable animations

Animations often steal RAM and are quite inessential; you can manage these in the developer options. To enable "Developer Options" on your device, go to your "Settings", then "About Phone" and then tap on the build number about 7 times until it notifies you that you have become a developer. (Please note that this has no negative effect on your device, it just adds the developer options menu in your settings. Just be cautious when poking around in there.)
androidpit enable developer options
Once you have done this, go back into your phone settings and scroll down to "Developer Options". Next, go into the "Drawing" section and turn off the following options, your RAM will thank you for it:
  •  Window animation scale
  •  Transition Animation scale
  •  Animator duration scale
  • androidpit developer options animations
  • How to increase your RAM when you have root access

    In this section we're going to explain how to increase your RAM with a rooted device. The trick involves creating a partition on your SD card which will act as a secondary source of RAM. To do this, we will be using the ROEHSOFT RAM Expander (SWAP) app. You can download it here.
    Here is the Play Store description of it:
    • Free SD card memory as a RAM use (SWAP RAM / SWAP MEMORY)
    • Swapfile RAM expansion up to 4.0 GB (file system limit)
    • No limit on SWAP partition!
    • The usual performance degradation when paged not occur with sd card from class-8
    • Widget for PNP swap (swap on / off swap)
    • Detailed Memory Information & Analysis
    • Autorun
    • ​Swappiness kernel parameter set
    • Easy foolproof use (1 click optimization and automatic calculation)
    • Supporting Tung all Android devices (root access and Kernelswap support)
    You will need a class 4 SD card at a minimum, but for best results you should use a higher class.

    Check the compatibility of your device

    Before using ROEHSOFT RAM Expander you will need to check that your device is compatible. Download MemoryInfo & Swapfile Check. Start the app and give it SuperUser rights. Click "start ramexpander test here" at the bottom of the screen. Select the SD-card or Ext SD-card. Then press "Click for result". If "Congratulations"  appears, your device is compatible with the RAM expander app!
  • androidpit memory info checker one
  • Install the "Swap"

    If you have a compatible handset, download and start the ROEHSOFT RAM-EXPANDER (SWAP) app and start the application. Give it root permissions and choose your language (you can choose between English, German and French).
    Use the slider to select the amount of space you want to allocate to your SWAP partition. Tap "optimal value" to automatically adjust the settings for the best performance, and "autorun" should also be enabled. The last thing you need to do is tap "Swap Activ" to complete the process. 
  • androidpit roehsoft ram one
  • Your system should now have more RAM, and thus better performance, thanks to the support of your SD-card. (Note that this process will mean that the SD-card is no longer accessible from a computer.)
    Did these suggestions work for you? Are there any other good ways to get more RAM?

Sunday, 2 August 2015

How to stop your smartphone overheating

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Summer is here. Tans are being topped up and ice cream vendors are rejoicing but spare a thought for your smartphone, for them summer brings many enemies. Heat is the biggest danger but sand, water or an overly-ambitious leap for a frisbee can all be hazardous to our trusty devices.
samsung galaxy s6 edge qi wireless charging

Following the notion that prevention is better than cure, we've put together a few of the best ways to protect your smartphone and stop it overheating. Because while you may know you can look after yourself with plenty of sun screen and regular hydration, those are techniques you should avoid when it comes to technology. Try these instead.

1. Charge properly

OK, so this one seems fairly simple but there are good ways to charge and bad ways to charge . Some of these are probably listed in the long-forgotten user manual but here are some general guidelines to follow. There's also plenty more useful advice here.
Firstly, make sure your smartphone is free from obstacles, including cases and anything else that may cause the battery to heat up. A battery subjected to hot conditions will not last as long as others and, in extremely rare cases, may even cause an explosion.
It's also best not to charge your device for too long in the daytime heat. So, tough as it may be for some, perhaps just charge to 70 or 80%, avoid the mobile charger and fully charge the device at night when the battery has run down.

2. Keep it in a cool, sheltered place

Many of us will recognize the need to seek shade every now and again in the summer but it's particularly important for your phone. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight could damage not only the battery but also the screen.
It's also best to try and avoid keeping your device in your pocket where possible, particularly if it's tight or you're likely to get sweaty. The ideal scenario is to keep your device in a larger pocket, a bag or a purse in order to keep it cool.
beach smartphone

3. Beware the beach and look for cover

We may love the beach in summer but it's it's fraught with danger for our smartphones. The biggest killers of the Samsung Galaxy s5 were water, dust and sand - with at least two of those three always in abundance by the seaside.
So the advice here is straightforward: Try and use your device as little as possible at the beach. But for those who can't bear to leave a beach scene un-Instagrammed, it's worth considering a protective screen. It may not be the choice of the purist or the aesthete but a slight loss of responsiveness seems preferable to a total loss of functionality.

4. Avoid diving

A quick dip in the sea and a swim with the fishes (not in the mafia way) is an appealing prospect but water and phones don't get on at all.
The basic advice here, again, is pretty simple - don't get your phone wet and check your pockets before you dive in the any water. If you are thinking of taking your phone near the drink, it's worth investing in one of the many covers that work underwater, with the added bonus that you can get some pretty spectacular shots.
Water hero

A potential solution

Right, so you've followed all these tips and your smartphone still feels like it's just popped out the toaster. It's probably time to, quite literally, chill out and avoid using it for a few minutes. It's normal for smartphones to overheat sometimes in hot conditions but there are further steps you can take to try and avoid it. 
If the device stops functioning correctly, it will often be a problem with the firmware. One of the best ways to tackle the problem is Coolify. Here's what you need to know about the app:
coolify teaser

What does it do?

As you might imagine, Coolify prevents your phone overheating. It does this by continuously monitoring the temperature around you and modifying the phone's systems accordingly, particularly during intensive internet use or during the times where you are using a heavy duty app. Oh, and a side effect of Coolify is that battery life is increased. Win-win.

How does it work?

Many of you may be skeptical about the app, perhaps suspecting it purely closes tasks in order to free up memory but that's not the case. The developers have tweaked the concept 80 times and Coolify can now alter a device's system parameters in a number of ways, including interacting with the battery and the device's virtual machine. (?) This level of interaction will, naturally, require root permissions.
For those who use custom ROMS, the app may vary in efficacy, depending on how they were developed, though Coolify is compatible with 80% of custom ROMs. It's also worth noting how silently it works and how little RAM it requires to run. In fact, you could almost forget it was even running if the benefits weren't so obvious.
coolify 01

How do I use it?

Coolify is simple to use and intuitively designed. Just press 'Turn On Normal Temp Protection' to begin, accept the request for root permissions and the initialization process will begin. This will be followed by the main screen, where you will find the current temperature chart. Other functions are accessed through the menu button in the top-right of the screen and include:
Cooling:  A record of the dates and times when the app has cooled the device.
Settings: Allows the user to set when to use the app, whether to use Celsius or Fahrenheit and whether to allow notifications.
Background: Changes the background to one of several pre-set pictures or allows the user  to choose any picture from their phone to form their background.
coolify 02
There's no doubt that Coolify is very effective at controlling the temperature of your devices and preventing over-heating. Smartphone manufacturers are also starting to play their part, attempting to integrate processors and hardware that produce as little heat as possible.
Traditionally the most important factor in phones overheating, as Galaxy s4 users will know only too well, is the optimization software. It seems like Coolify may be able to rectify this issue, so give it a go and see what you think.
All this should give your smartphone the chance to enjoy the summer as much as you do.
If you have any other tips or experiences to share, let us know in the comment section below.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

18 Best Android apps of 2015 via androidpit

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Searching for the best Android apps is a daunting task. Whether you're looking for an email app or a file manager, there are always tens of well-rated ones available - which is both a blessing and a curse. Here atAndroidPIT, we’ve spent years curating the best apps for every specific purpose, and we've now compiled them for our readers. We will continue to update this page as often as we can with links to the best Android apps available. This is what we've got so far.

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Best app for musicians

Do you find yourself bobbing your head along to the rhythm of the train when you're sitting on it, or composing silent melodies in your head that you know would sound amazing if only you could record them at that moment? Then you should check out Caustic 3, the latest version of the popular mobile music-making machine. Using this powerful tool, you can use one of 14 different synthesizers, vocoders and drum machines to create that perfect sound on the move. Caustic 3 is a deep and complex app, so be prepared to put some time into, but the results are great.
If you're looking for a simpler way to make music on the move, check out our other favorite music-making apps.
androidpit caustic 3

Best app you won't find in the Play Store

Sometimes you have to venture beyond the Play Store to find the best apps. From our collection of favorite apps found outside the Play Store, our number one was TubeMate. Using this app, you can download YouTube videos to your device in various formats and resolutions - including 1080p. Anything you download will automatically be saved to the video section of your gallery, and be instantly ready to watch, stream to Chromecast, or otherwise do with as you please.

Best unknown Android app

Ask Me Anything, brought to us by Reddit AMA, is a unique and surprisingly low-key app which lets you read the latest celebrity AMA inteviews, and also send over questions that you'd like to ask those celebrities. Strange that an app involving celebrities would be fairly unknown, right? But it's possible that they don't want to be over-flooded with questions. You can also vote on questions other people present, and help decide whether those questions get asked to famous faces from the worlds of film, sport, science, and more.
androidpit ama

Best porn app for Android

AndroidPIT's porn correspondent scoured the internet far and wide, and spent many lone hours in a room with the curtains closed in his search for the best porn apps for Android. Out of all his dirty discoveries, we've picked out Pornhub as our favorite. Its video collection is huge and varied, accounting for all tastes, and the app is presented in a way that'll have you ogling your preferred sexual fantasies in seconds. It's also filled with interesting statistics, but our guess is that you won't spend too much time looking at those...
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Best cloud storage app for Android

Cloud storage is so commonplace now that its name doesn't sound quite as mystical and ethereal as it did a few years ago. That doesn't make it any less useful, as storing your personal data online is - for the most part - much safer than keeping it on a fragile old hard drive. We're prepared to accept accusations of bias here, as our favorite cloud storage app is Google Drive. it's baked into most Android devices, Google is always giving extra GBs of storage space away for free, and it's synced up with the handy Google Docs office suite. It's the undisputed champ.
androidpit drive docs material design

Best messenger app on Android 

There are some obvious contenders for 'Best messaging app' on Android - WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to name a couple - but Drupe is the one messaging app to rule them all. If you haven't heard of it, that's because it's relatively new on the scene. Drupe displays your whole contacts list, then lets you contact people using any of the most popular messaging services - WhatsApp, SMS, Skype, you name it. So from this one app, you can essentially contact anyone using any messaging app you want. It's ingenious!
androidpit drupe

Best dating app for Android

Whether you're looking for love, companionship, or something more - ahem - 'carnal', there are plenty of Android apps out there to help you find what you're looking for. In fact, you could say there are Plenty of Fish, which is one of our favorite dating apps out there. Sign-up is free, and you're matched up with people well-suited to you based on some inscrutably complex but effective algorithm. It even advises on good places to go on dates in your area. It makes finding a date easier than shooting fish in a barrel.  

Best offline Android app

When you don't have a Wi-Fi or data connection it's too late to download one. We've got the best of the best of offline apps for Android for your offline enjoyment. One of the very best offline Android apps of all is Pocket, and offline reader app that saves text and images for reading later on. No more bookmarking, link sharing or copy pasting when you've Pocket in your pocket.
AndroidPIT Nexus 5 Pocket

Best Android lock screen app

Lock screen apps are awesome - you can do things on your smartphone or tablet without even having to unlock it. From checking notifications, calendar reminders, music controls, missed calls, Quick Settings and more, Next Lock Screen lets you take control of your locked phone. Next will even suggest apps based on your location.
androidpit next lock screen

Best Play Store alternative

The first thing you should know is that Google Play is not the only place you can get Android apps. Sure, it's the biggest and the most official, but there are lots of apps out there that never quite made it to Google Play or that simply exist elsewhere (like in the Amazon app store for example).
Our favorite Google Play Store alternative is SlideMe, where you can find a whole bunch of cool, hand-picked apps that have been individually tested to ensure that they work on AOSP (Android Open-Source Project), and are not tied into the Play Store's services.
androidpit slideme

Best Android browser

Dolphin Browser is one of the best Android browsers you can get. It's free, it looks great, it comes with tons of features, and it supports Adobe Flash Player - the multimedia player that just won't die. 
androidpit dolphin browser

Best Android camera app

Camera360 Ultimate made its way onto our best Android camera apps list because it houses so many features, including over 200 filters, NFC photo sharing, and a blissful absence of ads. It's a comprehensive free app that ensures you get the best out of your Android camera.
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Best Android keyboard app

One of best Android keyboard apps is Swiftkey, a free keyboard app which makes typing just about as simple as it can be, and has great swipe options, predictions, adaptive-learning and more.
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Best music app for Android

The Walkman and the iPod are as good as dead, because our smartphones have taken over as powerful music players. While the default music apps on your Android device probably do a fine job, if you want to crank up the bass or other aspects of your music, you'll need something more.
One of the best music player apps for Android is Poweramp. It’s a great way to enjoy your favorite music, with a ton of options and support for almost any type of file. You can’t go wrong with Poweramp.
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Best video app for Android

The default video player on your Android phone will probably 'do the job' and play most standard video formats without much fuss. But if you're playing some niche formats or enjoy tinkering with the video settings to get the perfect picture, then you'll need to branch out.
VLC for Android came out of beta back in December, meaning that it's now stable and ready for everyone to use. It supports a huge number of video formats. You can use hardware acceleration to take advantage of those four or eight cores on your device and really get the most out of your videos. The pinch-to-zoom feature is pretty neat too.
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Best productivity app for Android

Smartphones might not yet be valid replacements for our PCs, but with their increasing power and screen sizes, they're getting there. As such, it's good to have the best possible productivity apps on your Android device, so you have the assurance that you can do some work when there's no keyboard-and-mouse computer around.
Expensify is one of our best Android productivity apps simply for managing your budget. You can make it as simple or as detailed as you want, and track all of your spending in an easy-to-use format. It’s  great free business travel app that you shouldn’t be without.
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Best app for rooters and modders

Rooting and modding mobile devices was a terrifying prospect once upon a time. But more online tutorials have cropped up, and more apps have arrived to help. However, if you're not ready to go down the techy path of rooting (it's really not that bad), you can always do some modding using a variety of Android launchers.
When it comes to the best Android launchers, smart launcher is one of our favorites due to its unique, ultra-cool design. If you can’t find a theme to suit you here, we don’t know where you will.
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Best security and maintenance app

Android security is a contentious subject and arguments about the safety of the system crop up frequently. Keep safe out there and check out some of our recommended security apps. While you're at it, you might want to have a go at optimizing your system performance too. 
AVG is one of the best anti-virus apps for Android. Even if your browsing and app downloading habits are completely safe, you can never be too careful. Check out AVG for a discreet solution.
androidpit avg android antivirus security

Best weather and GPS app

There are plenty of weather apps available that are more accurate than those pre-installed on your Android device. We've had a look at some of the best, as well as some GPS apps which might help you outdoors. 
Yahoo! Weather is one of our favorites at AndroidPIT because it looks great, it’s simple to use, and it presents all of the information you require at a glance. It also comes with a nice widget too.
androidpit yahoo weather

Best fitness and lifestyle app

Whether you want to lose a few extra pounds or meet some new people, we have some apps to help you out. 
Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal provides a great way to lose weight and stay in shape. Simply enter your weight and height, and Calorie Counter will tell you how many calories you can consume each day while losing weight. It requires a little effort on the part of the user, but it’s worth it.
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Tuesday, 2 June 2015


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Samsung's 4G-enabled Galaxy Core Prime 4G was launched in February and was then set to be made available in India in March. However, the smartphone never did release in March, but according an established Mumbai-based retailer, the Galaxy Core Prime 4G has now gone on sale in India.
The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G is said to be available at Rs. 9,999 and come with free bundled offers from the company. According to Mahesh Telecom, the Galaxy Core Prime 4G comes with up to 3GB free 4G data on Airtel network; free Hungama premium offer (with 3 months) subscription, and Vuclip prime offer (with 3 months subscription).
It's worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G, as of now, is not listed on the company's India e-store.
Initially announced in February, the Galaxy Core Prime 4G was unveiled alongside Galaxy Grand Prime 4G and Galaxy J1 4G.
The Galaxy Core Prime 4G supports TDD-LTE (2300) 4G networks used in India. The 3G-variant of the smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime is already available in the Indian market.
The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G, much like its 3G variant, runs Android 4.4 KitKat and features dual-SIM support, a 4.5-inch WVGA (480x800 pixels) PLS (plane-to-line switching) TFT LCD display, and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage, and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB). The smartphone sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also packs a 2-megapixel front camera on board.
The Galaxy Core Prime 4G measures 131.3x68.4x8.8mm, sports matte body finish with metal sides. It will be available in Charcoal Grey, White, and Silver colours. On the connectivity front, the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G offers 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, NFC, Glonass, A-GPS, and Bluetooth options. It is backed by a 2000mAh battery.
Last month, Samsung silently launched its Grand Neo Plus smartphone, which was listed on the company's official online India store priced at Rs. 9,999.


Friday, 29 May 2015


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Some Useful and Interesting Codes for Smartphones

This page contains a list of codes that can be entered into most Smartphones to retrieve important information run diagnostics and test the functionality of the device.
The codes below are primarily for Smartphones running on the Android Operating System but some codes listed will also work on basic phones and Smartphones that might not be built on the Android OS such as iPhones (iOS), Windows Phones, Nokia Phones (Symbian), etc. Some codes only work for specific manufacturers, some for specific versions of the operating system, some makes and models of phones just don’t like to work at all.
Disclaimer: This page is for educational and informative purposes only, and a few of these codes I wouldn’t recommend a basic or novice phone user to perform. Some of these codes can clear important information from your device if not already saved properly. So all in all, read the description of what the code is intended to do and perform these codes at your own risk because I will not be held responsible or accountable. Otherwise enjoy the codes and enjoy the article.
To input these codes on your phone all you have to do is open up your dialer as though you’re dialing a telephone number and then enter the code. After typing in the code the phone should pull up whatever option you’re testing. Some of these codes you might need to enter the code and then call/dial it.
*#*#4636#*#* or *#*#INFO#*#* can be used to check a lot of things on most Android Smartphones. Including:
Phone information -allows you to run a ping test, and shows a ton of interesting information about the phone.
Battery Information – now you can remove that power app you installed on your phone, all the common information you need about your battery and charging is here.
  • Battery Status: Shows whether the device is charging or if the battery is full.
  • Power Plug: Shows how the device is charging, AC (wall charger), USB (computer) etc.
  • Battery level: at what Percent the battery is charged.
  • Battery scale: should read “100”.
  • Battery Health: should say “Good”. If it shows “unknown” or “unknown error” then you should power cycle (turn the phone off than on) and check again. If it still doesn’t say good. Then the battery itself is likely defective.
  • Battery Voltage: really isn’t something the average phone user is going to need to worry about.
  • Battery Temperature: if your phones getting HOT you can check and see if it’s your battery that’s heating up or the phone itself.
  • Battery technology: usually just shows Li ion (because of the common Lithium Ion batteries found in the majority of these devices).
  • Time since boot: shows the amount of time since you last booted up or turned on the phone.
Battery History
Usage Statistics – shows the apps and programs that have been running on the device and can show how often they’re being opened and used.
*#7353# will access the Device Diagnostic Tool on Samsung phones and some other Smartphones excluding the HTC.
*#*#3424#*#* is how to open the Device Diagnostic Tool on an HTC Android phone.
*#06# shows the IMEI number of your phone. The IMEI is a unique 15 digit number for your specific phone, basically the Social Security number of your phone. Sometimes when typing in *#06# it will add an additional 2 digits at the end. The first 15 digits shown before any space or dash is your IMEI.
*2767*3855# is a code to perform a VERY THOROUGH complete wipe on a Samsung phone. Never type in this code until you backup your entire phone, it will not erase your Operating System or preinstalled applications. It will erase all personal data and settings. If you have tried to perform a Factory Data Reset on your Smartphone and it didn’t solve your issue then this code might be exactly what you’re looking for. PS also remove your SD card or Memory card from the phone before using this code.
*983*57# can be used to Factory Data Reset some Android devices, ZTE phones especially.
*#0*# will pull up the Device Diagnostic Tool on a Motorola Atrix that’s still using the Android 2.1 OS (Operating System).
#3282 or #DATA should show the data usage for Verizon phones.
*4 then hit 4 again to get to the menu for Sprint Customers.
 *3282# or *DATA# to check data usage on AT&T phones.
*646# or *MIN# to check minutes on an AT&T cell phone.
#646 or #MIN Checks the current month's unbilled airtime usage on Verizon phones.
*225# Shows Bill Balance on AT&T mobile phones.
*729# accesses a Bill Pay option on AT&T Phones.
*639# can be used to check upgrade eligibility on an AT&T phone.
*#*#7780#*#* is an alternate code to perform a Factory Data reset on some Android Smartphones. Don’t do this unless you’ve backed up your phone so you don’t lose anything. Once you type in this code the phone will show the option to erase the memory on the device and provide the option to format the SD card as well. Note: In order to finish the reset you will have to tap the “Reset phone” button shown on the screen.
*#7380# is a soft reset code to restore the phones original factory default settings (just settings not a full clear) on Nokia mobile phones.
*#7370# is a hard reset on Nokia phones, this restores the whole phone, not just the settings, so make sure you do a backup first, if possible.
*#*#34971539#*#* this code can be used to get information about your phone’s camera. It shows following:
Update camera firmware in image (Don't try this option because it will most likely break your phone)
Get firmware update count
Get camera firmware version
Update camera firmware in SD card
*#1234# displays software/firmware information.
*#*#7594#*#* this code can be used to change the "End Call/Power" option on your phone. So instead of having to select the Silent mode, Air Plane mode or Power off, you can just use the power key to power the phone right off.
*#*#232339#*#* or *#*#526#*#* or *#*#528#*#* - Wireless LAN (WLAN) test. Just use the phones "Menu" button to start the various tests).

*#*#232338#*#* Shows the Wireless LAN (WLAN) MAC address WiFi and can show “power save mode Settings”.
*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* will open a file manager of sorts where you can backup your media files such as Images, M3 (Sound), Video and Voice memos.

*#*#197328640#*#* opens a Service Mode where you can run various tests such as debugging the screen, gather version information etc.
*#*#1472365#*#* or *#*#1575#*#* will allow you to access a GPS test.
*#*#232331#*#* pulls up a Bluetooth test screen.
*#*#232337#*# Shows the Bluetooth Device Address.
*#*#7378423#*#* or *#*#SERVICE#*#* Sony Battery Health test
*#*#4986*2650468#*#* - PDA, Phone, H/W, RFCallDate.
*#*#1234#*#* - PDA and Phone.
*#*#44336#*#* - PDA, Phone, CSC, Build Time, Changelist number.
*#*#3264#*#* pulls up the RAM version.
*#*#2222#*#* shows the FTA HW Version.
*#*#1111#*#* shows the FTA SW Version.
##21# will cancel your phones registration from your service provider and should allow you to connect to the closest tower in your area. Once you type in the code you will have to actually call it, it will show a message and then go through… try and make a call or two and see if the service has improved. If yes enjoy, if not then power cycle your phone (turn it off and then back on). I don’t usually recommend this code be used unless you’re having pretty constant network related issues. If for some reason you have minimal service after entering this code and you have tried restarting your phone then you might have to contact your wireless provider to get them to reconnect you to the network (which power cycling should do for you), just call in and let them know that you suddenly had no service, should be one of the standard things they check for service related issues, just have them send an OTA (Over The Air Activation) to your phone (so far only confirmed on AT&T phones).
*#*#0283#*#* can check the Packet Loopback for networking.
*#*#0*#*#* - run a LCD test on your screen.
*#*#0673#*#* OR *#*#0289#*#* is how you run a Melody test for checking the sound. I believe this one is for the external speaker (the speaker that plays music on the phone).
*#*#0842#*#* Device test (vibration test and back light test).
*#*#2664#*#* Touch Screen test for if you think you might have dead spots or areas that don’t respond on the screen.
*#*#2663#*#* to show the Touch Screen version.
*#*#0588#*#* is a Proximity Sensor Test. The proximity sensor is a small little sensor, usually on the top of the phone next the logo or speaker you hold up to your ear, and its purpose is to know when you put your phone to your ear, so that the phone will lock, and you won’t accidently press keys when talking to other people. It then is supposed to realize when you’re removing your phone from your ear so that it can show the display again. If your phone is remaining on a black screen and you’re having issues ending calls then it could be your proximity sensor.
*3001#12345#* opens a Field Test on iPhones. You’ll have to press dial/call for this code to go through. This code opens a lot of different options to go through and see how well or efficiently your iPhone is working. One such future shown includes your phones signal. After typing this code into the phone the signal bars actually turn into a number. The lower the number the worse your signal strength is. Remember the number is a negative so -90 is a worse signal strength on your phone than a -80. Using this code can access a ton of technical information on an iphone, once done going through what you want then just press your home key to exit the Field Test.
*777# then call/dial, should open the account balance on a prepaid iPhone.
*#61# can be used to check the number for unanswered calls on iPhone. Use the code *#62# if you don’t have any service currently available. *#67# if the iPhone is busy.
*#21# provides information on call forwarding options.
*#119# or #*119# is supposed to help take a phone out of Emergency Mode. (submitted by a Sprint employee)
*#30# should show whether the phone has the setting to display its caller ID field enabled or disabled (I have yet to confirm this code. I think it is primarily for iPhones). *#76# is a similar code.
*#33# can be used to check for call control bars on an iPhone.
*#43# shows whether call waiting is enabled or disabled on iPhone.
I hope you enjoyed the article and saw some interesting codes that you can use on your phone. If you didn’t see any that you know of and have tried and confirmed yourself then let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to include the Star Code and what the code actually does in the comment.
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