Screenless Display

One of the more frustrating aspects of modern communications technology is that, as devices have miniaturized, they have become more difficult to interact with – no one would type out a novel on a smartphone, for example. The lack of space on screen-based displays provides a clear opportunity for screenless displays to fill the gap. Full-sized keyboards can already be projected onto a surface for users to interact with, without concern over whether it will fit into their pocket. Perhaps evoking

T-Mobile Offers iPhone Tests and Unlimited Music Streaming

1 (1)T-Mobile US, the fourth-largest American phone carrier, has spent the past year and a half introducing aggressive new offerings to lure customers. Late Wednesday, the company said it would add to those offerings with unlimited streaming music and the ability to test-drive an iPhone.The company’s moves have helped attract millions of people to T-Mobile. And they have also impressed federal antitrust regulators, who have publicly patted themselves on the back for resisting a potential merge

Facebook launches mobile app that does not require Facebook account

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc launched a smartphone app on Tuesday that will allow consumers to exchange disappearing photos and videos without requiring Facebook accounts, the Internet company’s latest effort to develop mobile services beyond its core social network.

The new app, dubbed Slingshot, allows users to sign up for the service with their mobile phone number and connect with friends in their phone’s contact list or, if they want, by finding their Facebook friends.

Photos on Slingshot disappear from users’ phones shortly after they are viewed, reflecting a growing anxiety about privacy in the age of Internet social networking.

Facebook’s release of Slingshot comes as a new crop of mobile messaging services gain popularity and threaten to draw younger users away from Facebook’s 1.28 billion-user social network.

To help mitigate the threat from alternative social networks, Facebook is developing a variety of standalone apps and acquiring fast-growing rivals. In 2012 it acquired photo-sharing service Instagram and in February it announced plans to acquire messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion.

Snapchat, an app that lets users send messages that automatically disappear after a few seconds, turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook last year, according to media reports at the time.

Unlike other messaging apps, Slingshot will not allow users to view the messages they have received from their friends until they reciprocate and send back a photo or video of their own. The rule is designed to make Slingshot a service for which everyone contributes material, although it could require a learning curve that confuses or turns off some users.

“When everyone participates there’s less pressure, more creativity and even the little things in life can turn into awesome shared experiences,” Facebook said in a blog post announcing the service on Tuesday.

Slingshot will be available in the United States on Tuesday for Android and iOS devices

Root Galaxy Grand DUOS on Android 4.2.2 and Install CWM Recovery

Samsung has rolled out the Android 4.2.2 update for Galaxy Grand DUOS with model number GT-I9082, which runs Android v4.1.2 out of box.

Firmware details

Model name: Galaxy Grand DUOS

Model version: I9082

 

 

Firmware version: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Build date: 29 July, 2013

PDA: I9082XXUBMGA

The update bearing build number I9082XXUBMGA is currently available for users in Russia and is expected to reach other parts of the world soon. The official firmware brings several new features such as lockscreen widgets, dedicated toggles menu in the status bar, improved task switching, Daydream screen saver mode and other performance enhancements, notes, Sammobile.

Galaxy Grand DUOS

Samsung has released Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Grand DUOS I9082.

Those who have upgraded their devices to the latest official firmware and are currently looking for a root method may follow our step-by-step guide. Along with rooting the handset, the tutorial installs ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery. The root guide as well as the files used in the method are shared by senior XDA member, chotu222. Head over to the development thread to learn about the root method.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held responsible for any damage to the device. Users are advised to ensure that their devices meet the following requirements.

Per-requisites

1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy Grand DUOS to connect the Android device with the computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on phone to connect it with computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and check USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP already installed then backup data using the recovery.

4) The battery of the Galaxy Grand should have above 80% charge.

5) The device should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.

6) Rooting the phone will void its manufacturer’s warranty. Users can reclaim the warranty back by unrooting the device later.

7) The root package as well as the CWM recovery package works only on Samsung Galaxy Grand DUOS GT-I9082 running on Android 4.2.2. As applying these to any other variant might brick the device, verify the model number of Galaxy device by navigating to Settings>> About phone>> Model number.

Steps to install CWM Recovery on Galaxy Grand DUOS GT-I9082

Step-1: Download CWM Recovery for Galaxy Grand DUOS to computer

File name: CWM-touch_i9082_chotu.tar.zip [Those who are doing for first time, use this CWM Recovery file link]

Step-2: Extract the downloaded recovery package to get CWM-touch_i9082_chotu.tar.md5 file

Step-3: Download Odin3 v3.04. Extract the Odin zip to get Odin3 v3.04.exe with a few other files

Step-4: Switch off the phone and wait for about five to six seconds for vibration to confirm complete power off

Step-5: Boot the Galaxy Grand DUOS into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Power and Home buttons together. Release all three buttons when the GT-I9082 logo appears on the screen. Then press Volume Up button to confirm to enter into Download Mode

Step-6: Connect the phone to the computer using USB cable while it is in Download Mode. Wait until Odin detects the device. When it is connected successfully, an Added message will appear under Odin’s message box. Additionally, the ID: COM box in Odin will turn blue with COM port number indicating successful connection.

Note: If the Added message does not come then try another USB port, try the one located at the back side of the computer. In case Odin still fails to recognise the device then re-install USB driver.

Step-7: Run Odin3 v3.04.exe on computer

If there is a pop-up like Installing ADB drivers, do not interrupt. Let it get finished

Step-8: In Odin click the PDA button and select CWM-touch_i9082_chotu.tar.md5 file

Step-9: Configure Odin settings. Verify Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin window. But uncheck the Re-Partition option

Step-10: Hit Start button in Odin. The installation process should begin now and would take a few minutes to complete

Note: If users get md5 hash value failed while flashing the recovery file, remove the md5 from the file and rename to CWM-touch_i9082_chotu.tar and then flash it again.

Step-11: When the installation process is completed, the phone will reboot automatically. Following this a PASS message with green background will appear under Odin indicating successful installation. Unplug the USB cable from the phone safely

Steps to root Galaxy Grand DUOS GT-I9082

Step-1: Download SuperSU root package for Galaxy Grand DUOS to computer

File name: UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.51.zip 

Step-2: Copy the downloaded root file to the external SD card of the phone [Not to internal SD card]

Step-3: Turn off the phone and boot the phone into CWM recovery by pressing and holding Volume Up, Power and Home buttons together

Note: In recovery mode use Volume keys to scroll between options and Power button to select the desired option.

Step-4: In recovery mode, select install zip from sdcard then select choose zip from sdcard. Now browse to the SuperSU root package which was earlier copied to the SD card of the phone. Select it using Power button and confirm installation by selecting Yes on the next screen

Step-5: When the installation process is completed, return to the recovery menu and reboot the phone by selecting reboot system now

When the Galaxy Grand DOUS boots up, it should be rooted successfully on Android 4.2.2 with CWM recovery installed.

 

How to improve the performance of your Android smartphone or tablet

Android as an OS has evolved quite a bit over the past few years and there are a lot of tools at users disposal to optimize the performance of the smartphone. The Android OS has the ability to give users an acceptable experience even on an entry level smartphone. Manufacturers at times skin the OS with their own UI and also offer some preloaded apps that may often be nothing more than bloatware. The flexibility and customization options that Android offers sometimes works against it as it may make the smartphone/tablet lag, slower and a battery guzzler.

To help you achieve a state of optimum battery life and performance on your Android device, here we list a few tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your smartphone or tablet.

If you aren’t using it, delete it!

Some Android devices come preloaded with a bunch of apps. If you pick up a smartphone or tablet from Samsung, HTC, Sony or some other manufacturers, you will get a preloaded skin on it along with a few preloaded apps. Some of these apps may consume memory, stay active in the background or just consume storage space. If you aren’t going to use these apps, it makes sense for you to delete them. This will not only help you get some storage space, but also make the phone run smoother as well. You can uninstall apps from the Settings>Device>Apps menu.

If you have purchased a few apps and are worried that you will have to repurchase them once deleted, don’t worry. Once an app has been purchased, you can delete it and download it as many times as you like. All you need is to log in with your Gmail account (the one you used to purchase the app). The only downside is that you will lose any data that you have saved via some of these apps.

Update on a regular basis

App developers as well as smartphone or tablet manufacturers release updates on a regular basis. These updates may bring a new version of the OS to your device or may update the firmware to give you better performance. Developers also release updates for the apps on a regular basis. These updates help optimise the performance of the apps as well as make them more efficient. Updating your apps and device on a regular basis will affect the performance.

Updates for apps can be accessed from the Google Play store. To update firmware/OS , you can access it from Settings>System>About the Phone>System Update.

Fewer widgets

One of the best features of owning an Android device is that you can customize the available home screens with widgets and live wallpapers. The downside to this is that they are battery guzzlers. You would do a lot better to have a static wallpaper and if you aren’t using a widget, it makes sense to remove it, as widgets not only consume battery but data as well while updating.

Widgets and live wallpapers consume not only the battery but the memory of your Android device as well. Switching them off means that the device will become smoother to operate. A long press on the home screen will bring up the wallpaper and widgets option on most Android devices for you to customize.

Transfer apps to the SD card

One of the biggest problems, especially of mid-ranged Android smartphones and tablets is that the built-in storage is really low. There are some apps that cannot be transferred to the SD card, but most of the apps available on the Play store can be moved to the SD card.

It is easier to clean up the memory card by deleting left over folders from uninstalled apps and also simpler to transfer data from your PC to the device.

Background data and connectivity options

The beauty of Android is that it is very easy to sync your contacts, apps and other information seamlessly between devices. Unfortunately, the background sync depletes the devices battery life in a jiffy. Disabling background sync will help you save on the battery life of the smartphone. It is easy to manually sync your Android device with a simple click of a button. You can also enable selective sync if there are apps and information you would like updated all the time.

On your Android smartphone or tablet you have a bunch of connectivity options such as 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Sure, all these connectivity options are great to use but you won’t use them all the time. It makes sense for you to disable these functions when they aren’t in operation. Switch on the Wi-Fi when you are in a Wi-Fi zone and switch it off when you leave it. When you aren’t using the Internet on your smartphone, it makes sense for you to switch to 2G as 3G is very power hungry. GPS and location services too can be switched off after you have checked-in or finished using Google Maps.

Setting the display brightness to auto will help you save the battery but it is better if you manually control the brightness and set it to as low as you’d feel comfortable with. The screen is one the biggest battery drainers and if you are someone who has a behemoth of a smartphone with a large display, you will see a noticeable bump in battery life with lowered display brightness.

You can add a power control widget on the home screen that lets you control the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth GPS and other settings with brightness controls. Some smartphone makers give you these options in the drop down notification area.

Root your Android device

This option isn’t advisable for all but if you are someone who wants to unleash the full potential of your smartphone, there is no better option than rooting.

Android is built on the Linux kernel and like any other Linux-based OS it also can be rooted. The advantage of rooting is that you have administrator level access on your phone/tablet. If there are apps on your device that can’t be uninstalled through  traditional means, you will be able to get rid of them after rooting the smartphone.

Rooting your phone also gives you the ability to flash it with custom ROMs. This means that you can customize the phone to work the way you want it to. Put simply, rooting helps you enhance the performance and battery life of your phone. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, check out our comprehensive guide to rooting Android smartphones.

When Google launches a new version of Android, it takes quite a bit of time to come to third party smartphones and tablets. Rooting your smartphone gives you the ability to install and have access to the latest version of the OS days after its launch.

Third party apps

If you are someone who has already tried the above options and still wants to do more to get the best performance boost from your Android device, you can resort to some third party apps available on the Google Play store. You have many free apps to choose from but there are a few paid apps worth investing in as well, depending on your requirement.

Battery boosters

Typing “battery booster” in the Play store will give you a hundred apps to choose from. These apps help you boost the battery life of your smartphone and also help you monitor and see what apps are consuming the most amount of battery. Some apps also give you options such as power mode, restrictive mode and battery saver mode. Each mode cuts down activities such as data, Wi-Fi, brightness, background sync and more to conserve battery.

These apps are handy if you are someone who doesn’t want to manually control the functions of your smartphone. They also help monitor the health of the battery on your smartphone.

Clearing memory/Boosting apps

If you have a smartphone that has low RAM, you will notice quite a bit of lag, especially if you multitask heavily. There are a bunch of apps available on the Play Store such as Clean Master, Memory Cleaner, History eraser and more. These apps help clear the cache and also help free memory being consumed by apps in the background at any given point of time.

If you have a large library of apps and are a heavy multitasking user, then these memory-freeing apps do make sense for your Android device.

All-in-one monitoring apps

If you don’t want a different app for monitoring each function of your smartphone, you can always resort to some all-in-one apps such as Elixire 2, System Tuner, Android Assistant, Greenify and many more. These apps not only help you improve the battery life of the smartphone but also help in enhancing the performance by managing the apps and memory usage of the device.

How to transfer files and apps from Android phone, Android tablet.

How to transfer files and apps from Android phone, Android tablet to SD card

 

How to move files and apps from phone to expansion card in Android

In our Android smartphone reviews we often comment that a handset has only 8- or 16GB storage, but can be expanded using an SD card. The ability to use portable storage to expand the capabilities of a smartphone is an absolute boon, but it’s not always as straightforward to use such storage as you might think. It is desirable, however.

Keeping files stored on SD card rather than phone makes it easier to swap them from device to device. It also keeps your phone storage free for things such as the OS and apps, which may keep things moving along quickly on an older handset.

Moving apps from your phone to the SD card is almost always difficult, and often impossible. And it isn’t always as straightforward as it might be to move files from your phone’s storage to the SD card.

Because each iteration- and each manufacturer’s version of Android can be so very different, we can offer only general advice here. But here is advice for if you have an Android phone or Android tablet and you want to move apps or data from the phone to the SD card.

How to move apps from Android phone to SD card

Let’s address the main issue first: there’s a very good chance you might not be able to do this. Because of the way they mount SD cards, many Android manufacturers won’t let you run apps from the SD card – you can’t on some of the Galaxy phones, for instance. In part this is for performance reasons, and in part because the SD card is outside the walled world of your Google account which may make permissions tricky.

This isn’t the case with all Android phones, however. If you can move apps to your SD card, the process is likely to be something like this: go to the Apps menu, find the app you want to move. Then through that particular App’s settings, select move to SD card. See also: Group test: what’s the best smartphone?

How to move files, photos from Android phone to SD card

Transfer Data to SD cardIf you can’t move apps, you can definitely move date from your phone storage to the expansion card. By default files such as music, movies, photos and documents will save to the phone. We’ll explain how to set each type of file to save to the card a little further on. For now let’s concentrate on moving files.

First of all look in your phone’s app menu – is there something called ‘File Manager’ or similar? If so, you are in clover. If not, don’t worry – there are plenty of free third-party file manager apps on the Google Play app store. One we like is ASTRO File Manager.

Using such an app you can browse through the file structure of your handset, find the file or folder you wish to move, copy it, paste it into the new location on your SD card, and delete the original.

But here’s a simple pro tip: you don’t even need an app if you have access to a PC and a USB cable. That being the case you can mount your phone or tablet like a USB drive on your PC. Click into it from the PC and you’ll see the file structure, like any other portable storage. Then simply drag-and-drop files to the SD card. This ability to see and utilise your phone as USB storage is one of the key advantages of Android over iOS.

Transfer Data to SD cardThere is one other possibility that is worth considering. In some recent versions of Android, if you go to Settings > Storage, you’ll find an option called ‘Transfer data to SD card’. Here you can select or all data or certain types of file (photos/music etc), and transfer them from the phone to the SD card via a single click. Do this periodically to keep your phone’s storage free.

How to save files direct to SD card on Android

Finally, here’s how to set up your Android phone so that new files automatically save to the expansion card. Select the app you use for that type of file – for instance ‘Camera’ for photos. Then go to Settings > Storage or similar. There should be an option called something like ‘Save to SD card by default’. Enable this option