Au Revoir!

I have been anticipating this for a long time now. As you all are aware that I have hardly posted anything over the last one year. I am writing in today to official close the blog. The posts will still be available as an archive to all those who wish to re-visit and read. Thank you for being such great readers all these years.

– Anoop Phanse

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Samsung is rolling out the first OTA for Galaxy S4 I9500 in India

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As one can see from the screen shot an update for improved stability is being rolled out for the international version GT I9500 Samsung Galaxy S4.

I shall further disect and report the exact changes one the update is installed.  🙂

Install Facebook Home.apk on Almost Any Android Device

All those who are dying to install and try out the New Facebook Home App, but are unfortunately not able to do so because either their device or country not being supported, good news are here!! The modaco.com founder PaulOBrein has patched the Facebook apps so they can be installed on almost any device without rooting them.

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For all the people, who have the supported devices but country not being supported:

  1. Install the latest version of Facebook App and Facebook Messenger App from the Google Play Store
  2. Install the Patched Version of Facebook Home from here.

For the people with unsupported devices:

  1. Download the patched Facebook App, Facebook Messenger App and the Facebook Home App.
  2. Install all the three apps and you are good to go!!

All those looking for the original forum post by PaulOBrien can head over here.

2012 Traffic Review!!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 160,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Tzinga Energy Drink: The CyanogenMOD against Stock ROM for Human Body?

Recently, I installed CyanogenMOD 7.1 on my Galaxy S I9000 for daily use. Now, you would be wondering, when the whole world is talking about CM9, why on earth am I now using CM7, perhaps a late mover. I altogether had a different reason for doing so. I have been trying out every new ROM that has been coming out of from developers’ end. But some-how, I used to roll back to stock ROM after exploring the newly installed ROM for a day or two. This time, since I had nothing new to try out, I decided to re-experience the CyanogenMOD magic but again, wanted it to be a pleasant one and hence decided on using the CM7.1 Stable version. Every time I try out a new ROM, I hate the fact that we have to install the google apps pack separately. So, I was quite annoyed with it initially. But then, I was bored from the stock 2.3.6 too and so that worked as a motivation for me to use the CM7.1

At the end of the second day, I was quite happy from this ROM because of the battery consumption results. I could clearly see 20% battery remaining on the phone which otherwise used to be dead by the evening itself (on account of the extensive use of 3G, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth). Then, again CM7 has its own custom launcher and a whole bunch of goodies that you don’t get to see in any of the Stock ROMs. The best part (for some it could turn out to be the worst) was the absence of the Samsung Touch Whiz. Love it or hate it I felt Samsung could work something out for I9000 and improve the Touch Whiz experience but that would be again one more addition to our endless list of have’s and have not’s from Samsung.

Now, today I tried out this new Energy Drink called Tzinga by Hecto Beverages and after having had one, I had the same feeling that I had after having installed CM7. It was something extra as compared the regular Cloud9 or the Red Bull. Well it not only had everything that Red Bull or for that matter of fact, Cloud9 had to offer but the best part was the three flavours it came in: Tropical Trip, Mango-Strawberry and Lemon Mint. The whole feeling was like installing a brand new custom ROM which had all the new features, themes and wallpapers which made you feel privileged of getting something extraordinary, which normally people are not aware of. Now, I must say, this drink Tzinga not only taste better than Red Bull but also was way cheaper at just INR 20 for 200 ml while I could get the Red Bull at INR 95. Again, another major difference was on the packaging front. Untill now, all the energy drinks that I have seen in the market have always been available in either Tin (mostly) or Bottles. But this one Tzinga, comes in a flexible pack which gives you an altogether different feel while drinking.

Android Tutorial | Install Dark Knight 5.5 | ICS 4.0.4 Nexus port for SGS GT I9000

XDA Developer nasif619 is back with one more update for the ROM Dark Knight. This ROM originally made for the Nexus S has been ported to the Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 (International). The ROM is based on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich v 4.0.4. The main features of the ROM are:

  • Engine: Android 4.0.4 release Nasif modified, changed, improved
  • Very Fast System0.
  • Fat-Free ROM
  • Zoom on camera
  • Pre-rooted
  • Full init.d Support
  • Touch to focus
  • Voodoo Colour
  • Notification widgets
  • Zipalinged
  • Insert Busybox
  • Tweaks in Build.prop
  • Best battery life [NO Android OS BUG]
  • WiFi Tethering
  • HD 720p Video recording
  • GPS tweaks.
  • Add free rom.
  • Necessary app installed on your data partition.
  • Full USB transfer speed.

Changelog:

  • WiFi bug fix
  • Data bug fix
  • Play store Fix
  • No more Reboot on downloading app
  • latest devil Kernel
  • Advanced Edify Script
  • New Script To speed UP
  • 125 mb free memory
  • Removed some app

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ROM IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR SAMSUNG GALAXY S GT I9000 (INTERNATIONAL) ONLY!!

To install this ROM, some pre-requisites to be followed are:

  • Taking the back-up: You can take the back up of only the apps using Astro File Manager or Titanium Backup (Root Users) which are freely available in the android market.
  • Also, to take up the backup of sms and call logs you may use SMS Backup+ which again is freely available in android market. It syncs your call logs and sms as labels to your gmail account.
  • Root users can make a nandroid backup using the Clockworkmod Recovery App.

Now, for the Installation of Dark Knight 4.0.4, the following downloads must be made and copied to the root folder of the phone:

Make sure the the device has 100% battery so that, there aren’t any problems during the flashing

To avoid any flashing problems, I would recommend you to be on Android 2.3.6 or CM7.1 or DK itself.

Now, to flash this ROM, it is necessary that your current ROM is a rooted one.  If not, then please head here to install Android 2.3.6 and root it from here. Then, you may continue installing Dark Knight 4.0.4 by doing the following: To enter into recovery mode one needs to press the three button combo:

  1. Get into Recovery Mode
  2. Clean Cache and do Factory reset by selecting the wipe data/factory reset and wipe cache partition options. Also, get into the advanced section and use the Wipe Dalvik Cache too.
  3. Install ROM from sdcard. For this enter into the recovery, move to install zip from sdcard using the Volume Up/Down Keys, and click on the Home key to enter. Then select choose zip from sdcard and in the next screen navigate to the ROM file and select it.
  4. Once this is done, boot into the new ROM, go to Rom control/Start-up Tweaks. Allow superuser Permission. Then Install the fix FIX Startup Init.d.zip.


WARNING: THIS ROM IS IN ITS DEVELOPMENT STAGE AND MAY NOT BE FULLY FUNCTIONAL. SO THERE ARE ALL THE CHANCES OF HAVING INSTANCES WHEN WIFI/DATA DOESN’T WORK. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS ISSUE FIRST AND THEN INSTALL THE ROM.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT TRYING TO FORMAT THE EXTERNAL SD CARD WILL NOT FORMAT IT BUT INSTEAD IT WILL FORMAT THE INTERNAL MEMORY CARD**

If you have actually read and tried all these instructions and are still stuck PLEASE POST YOUR PROBLEMS IN IN THE COMMENTS SECTION AND THEY WILL GET ADDRESSED ASAP.

BSNL Launches Aakash Tab Rival | Pre Book Pantel T-Pad

BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) has come up with three new tablets, manufactured in India by Penta. Pantel Technologies has entered into a strategic alliance with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), to jointly address the data consumption & ICT needs of Indian consumers by launching a range of Internet Tablets, named “Penta TPAD’s” bundled with the data services of BSNL-3G.

The three tablets that have been launched are T-Pad IS701R, T-Pad WS704C and T-Pad WS802C

While T-Pad IS701R will be giving a clear competition to the Akaash Tablet, the other two T-Pad WS704C and T-Pad WS802C have been specifically launched to compete with the Reliance & Beetel Tablets.

Pantel has already started taking the pre-book orders with tablets costing INR 3250, INR10999 & INR 13500 respectively for T-Pad IS701R, T-Pad WS704C and T-Pad WS802C

The Penta TPAD IS7O1R features a 7″ resistive touchscreen, 1 GHz processor, 256 MB RAM, upto 32GB storage via memory card, WiFi, 3G dongle support & a front camera. It’s priced to compete the Aakash tablet at Rs 3,499. We think the technical specifications outweigh a slightly higher price than the Aakash and expect this tablet to appeal to Aakash fans.

The Penta TPAD WS704C sports a 7″ capacitive touchscreen, 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, upto 32GB storage via memory card (4 GB built-in), WiFi, 3G dongle support & front as well as rear cameras. It also comes with a SIM card slot and is priced at Rs. 9,917.

The Penta TPAD WS802C has a 8″ capacitive touchscreen, 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, upto 32GB storage via memory card (4 GB built-in), WiFi, 3G dongle support & front as well as rear cameras. It, too, features a SIM card slot and is priced at Rs. 12,678.

All tablets come with Android 2.3 and a one-year warranty. Customers can also expect to enjoy subsidized data plans from BSNL.

The feature comparison for the three tablets is as follows:

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Pre-book Link: http://www.pantel.in/category3-tablet.aspx

Source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/shownews.aspx?id=GADEN20120195188&Sec=NEWS&nid=179560