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[How To] Convert Your Android Device Into OnePlus One

For all of you out there who are still waiting to get their hands on the OnePlus One which was released recently and quickly got the title of ”flagship killer’. the Chinese start up OnePlus was a result of former employees who worked at Oppo. The phone quickly became the centre of attention and received a lot of critical acclaim. It offered killer specs in an unbeatable price. However, the invite system was a bit of a bother. But thankfully, even that is being replaced by a pre-order system, this means easier access to the device. The pre-order system will go in motion somewhere in October, later this year.

If you are one of the people who for some reason can’t buy the OnePlus One but want to taste all the software features that are available on it. There is a way you can do it, and it is pretty easy provided you have knowledge about how Android works. Luckily for you, the folks over at HighOnAndroid have created a conversion kit that will help you transform your phone into a OnePlus One. And when we talk about conversion, it is only limited to software. Don’t expect your hardware to magically upgrade itself by just using a simple conversion kit.  Continue Reading →

[How To] Root LG G3

LG released the much awaited LG G3 back in June, earlier this year. The smart phone quickly became the favourite one for both the users and critics alike. The phone has been receiving positive reviews ever since it was released and why shouldn’t it? It offers top of the line specs enclosed in a sturdy exoskeleton.

The LG G3 comes in 2 variants. One variant offers 16 gigs of internal storage along with 2 gigs of RAM and the other one comes with 3 gigs of RAM with 32 gigs of internal storage. However, rest of the specs are pretty much the same. The phone packs a 5.5 IPS display with QHD resolution, a quad core Snapdragon 801, 13 mega pixel of camera capable of recording videos at both FHD and UHD, 2.1 mega pixel of front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, NFC and all the other connectivities, it also has the micro SD card slot in case you are wondering since its younger sibling didn’t come with one. Under the hood, there is a 3,000 mAh battery that can be replaced by the user.  Continue Reading →

[How To] Download YouTube Videos on PC/Android

YouTube is one of the most used website for videos, for some it provides relentless entertainment while many seek knowledge that is being offered by several vloggers on YouTube. Not only the PC version, but even the mobile app is equally adored, so much that it has been a subject of several accolades throughout the year. YouTube is easy and efficient in finding and playing videos. However, if you are willing to download videos so you can watch it later or share with friends who for some reason can’t access the website, then there is a slight problem. YouTube by default doesn’t support the downloads of the videos on either Android or your PC. So what shall be done under this situation? Since we are talking about both Android and your PC here, we should move on to the PC first. There is a very handy, little program called ClipGrab and it allows you to download and even convert your favourite YouTube videos. That’s not all, it even lets you download videos from other sites such as Daily Motion or Vimeo. So without further ado, let’s get to the process. Continue Reading →

Root Sony Xperia Z2 on The Latest Firmware

Sony announced the company’s current flagship, Xperia Z2 back in February, earlier this year. The phone quickly managed to get a lot of positive reviews. Although the phone was quite similar to the predecessor in terms of design and some technicalities as well. It was a completely improved version of Xperia Z1. The camera was now capable of recording videos at 4k resolution, as well as shooting slow motion videos known as Time Shift. There was an upgraded processor (Snapdragon 801) more RAM (3 gigs instead of 2 gigs) and more battery (3,200 mAh instead of 3,000 mAh) and a better built quality as well as protection against dust and water.

The phone was released with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat on board, ever since then, Sony’s consistently provided stability updates, and after each update the root was wasted. Sony recently released another update that patched the last rooting method and made it impossible to root. Thankfully in the Android world, nothing is actually impossible. Thanks to the folks over at the XDA, the way to root the latest Xperia Z2 firmware is finally here. The best thing about this method? You can root the phone regardless of the state of your boot loader and it hardly takes 5 minutes to complete the rooting process. All you need is some basic Android knowledge and you are good to go.

The process uses a Root kit which can also use other Xperia phones such as the Xperia Z1 and Xperia SP. Continue Reading →

[How To] Hide Albums on Your Android

Own an Android phone but tired of people invading your gallery and going through your images without your permission? Well one of the best things about owning an Android is the freedom it provides you to control your device however you want. Luckily, the same freedom allows you to hide the specific galleries you don’t want people to see because sometimes they contain important and even private stuff. Another best thing here is that you don’t really need a 3rd party app who only has the feature to hide your galleries. All you need is a little bit of Android knowledge and one small yet extremely handy file explorer. In case you are wondering if this process is tricky it is isn’t, all you need to do is to create a simple file called nomedia, if you are still not convinced, you can always use Quickpic which also serves as a third party gallery that will let you hide your images. As for the gallery features, it is one of the best 3rd party gallery apps, it serves both in the looks and functionality department. So without delaying the concern at hand, let us begin. This tutorial also helps you get rid of unwanted albums such as the album arts of the music you have on your phone or the images those annoying ads download by themselves. Continue Reading →

How to Fix Infamous Google Play Errors

Google’s Play Store is undoubtedly one of the best app stores with thousands of handy apps that fit in almost all the categories. Be it games, productivity, entertainment, personalisation. The store has basically covered almost every thing you can want. The store has an amazing amount of both free and paid apps so there’s always a lot to choose from.  But despite being nearly perfect, the store has a lot of issues as well. Most of the time the issues can end up frustrating you because they simply stop you from downloading or updating any app you need to.

The errors are almost always random so you can never tell when you are going to encounter one. They’re even different at times, leaving you confused. But if you are one of the many people who has faced these errors and managed to find what’s wrong with the device. Thanks to extensive trial and error, we’ve managed to eliminate few of the most common errors and also found the reasons why these errors occur.

You can check out the errors and their possible solutions listed below. In case you know about more errors, feel free to let us know. Continue Reading →

[How To] Flash Android L on Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google revealed the much awaited Android L (name and version number not final yet) yesterday at Google I/O, and it is everything Android enthusiasts were hoping and more. For starters, Google once again did a complete UI over haul, the last time we saw such a drastic change in UI was when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released. So what’s new in Android L? Basically, every thing you once knew is now improved and revamped. It’s high time you say goodbye to the Holo style UI because Google has completely replaced the old Holo UI with Material Design. Now to those who are wondering why replace such a practical UI? Well, it was getting old, and a bit boring considering how the whole UI felt static.

Apart from the UI overhaul, Google even changed the run time. Instead of using the ancient Dalvik, Google has finally moved on to ART (Android Runtime) which first debuted in an experimental stage on Android 4.4 Kitkat. This means that all the applications will now be compatible with ART. Google also redesigned the notifications, and the recents have more of a Cards UI. Other than that, Google has added a lot of animations that help the whole UI look much more dynamic. For example, dialing a number will leave some animations on the numbers you will be pressing, In short, every system app has been redesigned keeping the Material Design in mind.

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[How To] Root HTC Desire 816

Unlike other company’s like Samsung and Sony, HTC didn’t announce the flagship at MWC, back in February. However, they came up with a mid-ranger device that managed to get a pretty good amount of hype. Despite being a mid-ranger, the Desire 816 offered a pretty decent package.

The phone-cum-phablet came with a 5.5 inches of screen that offered 720p resolution, 1.5 gigs of RAM, 8 gigs of internal storage which was expandable via micro SD card slot, 13 mega pixel camera on the back and a 5 mega pixel camera on the front for self shots. There’s a quad core Snapdragon 400 under the hood clocked at 1.6 gigahertz,

HTC Desire 816 comes with Android 4.4.2 Kitkout of the box layered with HTC’s latest Sense 6.0 UI, the phone is available in both single and dual SIM variants. There’s a 2,600 mAh non-removable battery under the hood. The reviews so far have proved to be positive, with smaller draw backs regarding the aesthetics of the device as well as sub-par battery life and speaker loudness, but nothing to drastic. Continue Reading →