Showing posts with label Android. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Android. Show all posts

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Android History - Interesting

Many of us use Android phones, don't we? But do you even know which Android version you are using, or what were the previous versions to which your OS owes its legacy?
Here are some interesting things you probably didn’t know.

Did you know that Android does not give the names to the newer versions randomly?
Then what method do they follow to name them? It’s so simple, you won’t believe it!!!
They name their versions… Alphabetically!
Yes, you heard it right. Alphabetically!!! Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourselves.

Android 1.0                    Alpha
Android 1.1                    Beta
Android 1.5                    Cup cake
Android 1.6                    Donut
Android 2.0/2.1              Eclair
Android 2.2                    Froyo
Android 2.3                    Ginger Bread
Android 3.0/3.1/3.2        Honeycomb
Android 4.0                    Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.1                    Jelly Bean
Android 4.4                    Kit Kat
Android 5.0                    Something starting with L.

It may be Lollipop or something else. But be assured, it will definitely be a sweet delicacy! Wait, did you just ask WHY? Didn’t you notice the names given above?! ALL of them are sweets!
Does this make Android the SWEETEST OS out there?

Cup Cake






Ginger Bread


Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean

Kit Kat 

HISTORY Timeline :

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Cortana - Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now

Apple has Siri. Google has Google Now. Now, Microsoft has… Cortana!

So, what is Cortana?
Cortana is your personal assistant, and by assistant I MEAN “assistant”. Siri and Google Now are good for texts, making calls, etc without touching the phone (through voice commands) but Cortana takes it to the next level. She STUDIES you, your daily life, your daily routine and helps you accordingly, without you even asking her. Its like she has a brain of her own!

For instance :

  • She knows whether you are at work or at home.

  • She will know the way you take to the office and will automatically warn you if there is traffic on the way and whether you need to take a detour.

  • She knows what type of music you like and will give you suggestions based on it.

  • If you want to set an alarm, just tell her and she will set it for you. Or you can simply tell her ‘wake me after an hour’ and she will do it.

  • Now you don’t even have to remember anything! Just tell her and she will remember it for you. For example, if you have to ask your friend John how his holiday was, you simply tell Cortana to remind you the next time you call John and when you do call him, she reminds you.

  • Dictate her a text and tell her to send it to the person you want, and its done.

  • Cortana will respond silently when you type, and verbally when you speak.

  • Unlike Siri, Cortana will be available even to third party apps like Skype, Facebook etc and can integrate with them easily.

Release date :

The beta version of Cortana is already out for Windows phone 8.1 (US only)
The full version is planned for a late 2014 launch. (US, UK and China only)
The remaining countries will get Cortana in 2015.
Cortana might also be released for PC and Xbox, but nothing is confirmed as of now.

Trivia :

Cortana is an artificial intelligence in the Halo games.

So, is Cortana just a new Microsoft Bob, or is this the FUTURE?
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Whatsapp - Top 10 Funny Technology Videos

Welcome back! Watching and sharing videos on Whatsapp is something that we do quite often. You can send a video file of upto 15 MB to anyone anywhere on earth (of course you need to have their phone number). You can make your buddy laugh 'n' smile within a minute or two.
If you have been watching a lot of funny jokes, then you should also try some funny 'tech' stuff too.
Here are the top 10 funny technology videos circulating on Whatsapp.
Watch the compilation of the 10 on our YouTube Channel.
Given below are the download links of all the 10 videos with a short description on each.
While few are quite amazing, the pun and satire in the others' will make you laugh your head off!

Whatsapp - Top 10 Funny Technology Videos

10.  The Real Transformer  [ Download for Whatsapp ]
       If you have watched the Transformers movie/cartoon series, then you will definitely be amazed when a laptop transforms into an awesome airplane.
Then the "Sam Witwicky" of this transformer goes berserk and his plane flies off the window.

9.  The Holographic Home  [ Download for Whatsapp ]
     Imagine you lived in a home which has a security lock as you have in your phone, and a holographic keypad appears whenever you stand in front of your door. Amazing isn't it?
Say you also have a snooker board and you can even set holographic clouds above your snooker balls. You also have a telecvision system which shoots out holographs of whaterver appears to pop out from the screen. Yes that's quite amazing! Don't you think so?

8.  Funny Lift Prank  [ Download for Whatsapp ]

    This is a funny prank performed by LG, a prominent technology company, to test their life-like monitors. A monitor is placed on the floor of a lift that plays a video which makes it appear as if the floor is falling.

7. World Without Mobile  [ Download for Whatsapp ]

    Imagine there was no mobile. How do you think the world would socialize?
Watch the video to see funny ways of emailing, tweeting and maintaining a facebook profile.

 6.  The iPad Man trolled  [ Download for Whatsapp ]
     This husband shows off his iPad's impeccable practicality to his wife. She gets irritated and plays a prank on him. Ultimately funny!

5.  The Escalator Problem  [ Download for Whatsapp ]

     A man and a woman get "stuck" on an escalator. Their stupidity is astonishing. Hilariously funny!

 4.  Frog plays a Game  [ Download for Whatsapp ]

     You will definitely love this frog playing the 'Bug Smasher' game on an Android phone until. . . . . . . . . Watch the video for the extremely funny part towards the end.

3.  Helpdesk of the Medieval age  [ Download for Whatsapp ]
    Once upon a time a new thing was invented called "Book". No one knew how to use it. So people contacted the Medieval Helpdesk to guide them. Watch the video to tutor yourself on how to open and read a book.
Only one word.
H I L A R I O U S !

 2.  Mactini Nano - The smallest computer ever  [ Download for Whatsapp ]

    John here introduces the smallest computer ever - The Mactini.
To find out how to use it, watch the video for the funniest review ever.
Twice  H I L A R I O U S !


1.  Funny or 'Pun'ny Shopping with technology    [ Download for Whatsapp ]
     This conversation between a customer and a fruit-store owner is so verbose on technology that the pun in their convo has you on the brim of the cup of laughter.
Understood anything?
Watch the video and then you will understand my intention.

How to download?

  • Click on the [ Download for Whatsapp ] link to get the following window. Click on the small gray downward arrow.

  • In the dialogue box that appears, select 'Save File' and 'OK'. Your video file downloads in a jiffy.

Watch the compilated version on YouTube.
Laugh and share them with your friends on Whatsapp.
Smile and thank you! 
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Friday, 25 July 2014

How to install Android L on your smartphone?

Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 7
As we said in a previous article about Android L, Google had released a beta version of the next big thing in the Android OS series nicknamed Android L. As it is in it's beta stage, developers are allowed to freely try out the new preview to test their apps before the next android version goes live. Well as of now the Android L nickname doesn't seem like the actual name for the next version of android. Only time will tell what they're gonna name it or what sweet edible goodie are they going to name it after. So this article will be dealing with the question of how to install android L on your smartphone. Right now these can only be installed on the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7.

Warning: Google says the new preview could contain errors and defects and could result in harm to your device, but the good news is that the installation is easily reversible and by restoring the factory settings you could easily revert back to any version of Kitkat, so you dont have to worry about that. 
Related:  Top 5 features of Android L

Now to explain how to install the android L preview on your smartphone step by step below. Keep your eyes peeled. Here we go.

Steps to install Android L:

1) First off, download the installer from here which also has other tools included. These tools are Android ADB and fastboot tools.
 The Android SDK is normally huge but you dont require it to install the Android L image.

2) Follow the instructions from there on and as given in the image below. Do not attempt to change the installation directory.

Command Prompt

3) Now download the file according to the device you possess.

Nexus 5 or Nexus 7

4) Please note that you'll require a tool such as win-zip or 7-zip or winrar which would be used to extract the files from the .tgz archive. This file has to be unzipped two times one after the other because there's another file of .tar format inside. Extract these files to the same folder as the minimal ADB and fastboot (C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot.)

Installation files

5) After extraction, you'll see a list of folders as given in the image above.

6)Now go to Settings on your smartphone running Kitkat and keep scrolling until you reach the bottom of the screen where you'll see the build number of the device. You have to tap it at least seven times to reveal the developer options which are't displayed in jellybean version 4.2 and later versions. Then when you're in Developer options just check the box that enables USB debugging as shown in the image below:

USB debugging

7) Next, you have to download the USB driver from Google. Here is the link. Extract it to a separate folder.

8) Connect your Nexus via USB and do remember it to have it powered on. Now go to the Control panel on your PC and then go to Devices and Printers. Your device is listed there among other devices. On windows 8 PCs it will be listed as MTP under Multimedia devices. Right click on it and go to properties. Now press the hardware tab and select your device, i.e., Nexus 5 from the list and then click properties. Now you have to update the driver, and pointing it to the folder where you extracted the Google USB driver.

As you're done, it should show the device as Android composite ADB interface. Soon afterwards, you'll be prompted by windows with the message, "Allow USB debugging?" Select "Always allow from this computer" and press OK.


9) As soon as you're done with the previous step, Switch off your device and let it stay connected to the port as it was. Now you have to use an particular key combo to put the device in "fastboot" mode.

In case of the Nexus 5, the combo is holding both the volume control buttons and the power button all at the same time. In case of Nexus 7, it is volume down and power buttons at the same time. After you're done with the appropriate combo, you should see the screen as below:

Root your phone

10) Now carefully see what comes next in these steps. If the Lock state remains locked(that's normal), then all you gotta do now is type "fastboot oem unlock" without the quotes and press enter. You'll get to the screen that is given below in the image. Switch between Yes and No with the volume control and to select YES, press the power button.
Note: These actions will erase your device, so make sure you have backed up your device first.

11) You can install the Android L firmware now with the boot loader being unlocked. Now type flash-all. You'll see that the process will begin as shown in the image below.

Command Prompt

12) When you're done with this process, locking the bootloader again for security reasons. Start the device in fastboot mode again and then type fastboot oem unlock. If you lock the bootloader, that wouldn't result in loss of user data but if you unlock the device again, user data is lost.

Steps to uninstall Android L and restore all factory settings:

Now reverting back to the same old factory settings is as much the same process as installing it.

1) Download the right version of Kitkat from here. Choose the appropriate version for your Nexus device.

2) Delete all the previous installation files of Android L from the previously stated directory before extracting the new files to it.

The files given in the image below are to be removed in case you need a reminder.

Installation files

Repeat the steps discussed previously here in this article and the result would be a clean fresh install of the original stock ROM on your Nexus device.

 As you already know that the Android L is presently available only for Nexus 5 and  Nexus 7 so now if you had a Nexus 4 or a Nexus 7(2012) by chance and wanted to install Android L, read this article.

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How to install Android L: Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 2012

Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Hello folks, this one's gonna be a small post as we just wanted to share some updates with old devices in the Nexus line such as the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7(2012 version). This article would show you how to install the Android L image in the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 devices in the same way we showed you in the previous article on how to install it on the new Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 (version 2013). It's pretty simple. if you desperately want to install it for your older devices then, we're just gonna share some links for you to check out and install it like we did in the previous article.

The XDA developers have managed to install Android L on both these old devices.

For a Nexus 4:

Check this thread for a Nexus 4.

For a Nexus 7(version 2012):

This thread if you have an old Nexus 7.

Warning: These are beta versions and have many defects. A lot of things have not been tested yet on a basic level and the apps are simply not working as of yet.You can find  a list of problems and issues by clicking this link.

Related: Nexus 5 Review

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