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.

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Android News: Temple Run for Android Released

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The mega addictive iPhone game Temple Run is finally released for the Android based devices. The game has hit the play store today and is available for download globally. The specifications of the game are:

  • UPDATED: March 27, 2012
  • CURRENT VERSION: 1.0.0
  • REQUIRES ANDROID: 2.1 and up
  • CATEGORY: Arcade & Action
  • SIZE: 26M
  • PRICE: Free
  • CONTENT RATING: Low Maturity

The game can be downloaded from the Google Play Store: Temple_Run_1.0.0.apk

Android Tutorial: Install Teamhacksung’s ICS 4.0.3 CM9 ALPHA (Build 16) for Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000

New update is out for the Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 users waiting for the loved CyanogenMod’s Ice Cream Sandwich release better know as CM9 by Teamhacksung. This ROM is currently is in Alpha stage and the tutorial below is for installing the Build 16 of the same. Please note that this tutorial is exclusively applicable to the Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 (International Version) ONLY.

Some pre-requisites to be followed are:

  • Taking the back-up: This is a must thing that should be done. Get into Clockworkmod Recovery and select backup. It would take around 10 minutes to complete the backup. Please make sure that the battery is fully charged.
  • Alternatively, you can take the back up of only the apps using Astro File Manager or Titanium Backup 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 the CM9, 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—

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 CM9 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.
  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. Install Google Apps (Optional): For this first ROM Manager has to be installed from the Android Market (Free). Once that is done, open ROM Manager, at opening the app, it will ask for the SuperUser rights. Click on allow. Next, navigate to the Download ROM under the ROM Management section. Under the Free tab, loacate Google Apps. Select the latest one having the Subtitle as Recommended for CM9.xx. (At the time of publishing this tutorial, “20120212 ICS” was the latest one.
  5. Install Google Apps Fixer (If installed Google Apps): 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 gapps_fixer.zip file and select it. Please note that, here, if the google sync does not work even after installing the Google Apps Fixer, do a Factory Reset and Do Not restore the data backup made by Titanium Backup.

Changelog for CM9 Build 16:

  • Regression in BUILD 15: Superuser application crashes
  • Regression in BUILD 15: Data Roaming enabled by default
  • Back camera does not record geotagging fixed
  • Camera crashe when changing resolution fixed
  • New WM8994 Extensions (aka “Voodoo Sound”) configurable from DSP Manager

Known Issues in CM9:

  • Camera does not support scene modes
  • FM Radio does not work.
  • Phone unnecessarily gets data connection on device encryption password enter screen.
  • Cannot format external SD
  • Android OS battery usage display higher than normal.
  • Sometime wrong SMS selected for forwarding
  • Format internal instead of external SD when requested to format ext. SD
  • Transfer speed slows down when screen off
  • Gallery face glow FCs
  • Screenshot shutter sound
  • Camera crashes when changing resolution
  • TV Out using HW-decoding (probably won’t be fixed)
  • Sim Toolkit (probably won’t be fixed)
  • No camera focus mode setting
  • Back camera does not record geotagging
  • Compass doesn’t work in Google Maps v6
  • Unable to dial “0001” in some regions
  • Regression in BUILD 15: Data Roaming enabled by default
  • Slow USB transfer speed for some people
  • Camera still photos problem after recording video

**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.

Google Chrome Beta for Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Some good news for Android lovers are here… Google recently released the Beta version of Google Chrome for Android. Unfortunately, this one is only for the Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 users and will be available in a select few countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil).

Still having Google Chrome on Android will be a great thing considering the Chrome Sync feature enabling the users to bring their personalized settings from the desktop version of Chrome. Some of the main features included are:

  • Browse fast with accelerated page loading, scrolling, and zooming
  • Search and navigate directly from the omnibox
  • Gesture feature to switch tabs, with unlimited tabs
  • Open and switch between unlimited tabs in an easy-to-view stack
  • Sign in to Chrome to sync your bookmarks and view tabs you have open on your computer
  • Send pages from desktop Chrome to your smartphone or tablet with one click and read them on the go, even if you’re offline
  • Browse privately in Incognito mode

The specifications of the application are:

  • UPDATED: February 7, 2012
  • CURRENT VERSION: 0.16.4130.199
  • REQUIRES ANDROID: 4.0 and up
  • CATEGORY: Communication
  • SIZE: 16MB
  • PRICE: Free
  • DOWNLOAD: Chrome

Tutorial to Root Android 2.3.6 XXJVU on Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000

Samsung recently released the Android 2.3.6 XXJVU for Europe for Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 (International Version). Incase you are looking for rooting the same, follow the tutorial below:

PLEASE NOTE: ROOTING THE PHONE VOIDS THE WARRANTY. PLEASE CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK

Incase you are looking for the installation of Android 2.3.6 navigate to the tutorial here.

Some of the prerequisites to be followed:

  • Take the back-up of all the apps: To do so, in case you have a rooted phone, you may use Titanium Backup from Android Market. If you don’t have rooted phone, you can use Astro File Manager  (Available in Android Market for free) to take the backup.
  • Backup of contacts: Mostly all the Android devices are preset to sync the contacts with the gmail account. In-case, you have disabled it, you can enable it by getting into Contacts–>Options–>More–>Accounts and select the google account and check mark the sync contacts option.
  • Taking back-up of Call Logs and Messages: You can use third party apps from android market like SMS Backup + (Again freely available) which will sync your logs and messages to your gmail account as labels which can be easily restored later.
  • Download the zip file: CF-Root-XW_TMN_JVU-v4.3-CWM3RFS.zip
  • Downloading the ODIN & PIT files: Flashprogram_Samsung_I9000__Pits.rar
  • Downloading the Drivers for the PC: SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_v1_3_2300_0.zip

Once done with the prerequisites, carryout the following steps:

  1. Unzip the ODIN, CF-Root-XW_TMN_JVU-v4.3-CWM3RFS.zip and Drivers to their respective folders in case it requires any password, it will be “samfirmware.com”. 
  2. Now, the first thing to be done is install the phone drivers on the PC which you are to use for flashing the ROM. To do this, navigate to  SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_v1_3_2300_0folder and select the appropriate setup x86 or x64 based on the type of OS you are using on your PC.
  3. Once this one has been installed, get your GT I9000 in the download mode by using the 3-Button combo. For that, first switch off the phone and wait for it to vibrate a little just to confirm that it is completely switched off. Then, press the three buttons: Power KeyVolume Downand  Home Key  and hold until you see a green android saying “Downloading”
  4. Next, goto Flashprogram_Samsung_I9000__Pits folder and open I9003_Odin3 v1.82.exe (Don’t bother the  I9003 in the file name. It is compatible for I9000 also)
  5. Once ODIN has be opened, connect your phone to the PC while it is in download mode. Once connected, an “Added” remark will appear on the message window.
  6. Then, click on the PDA button, navigate to the CF-Root-XW_TMN_JVU-v4.3-CWM3RFS.tar and select it.
  7. Next, click on start and wait for a minute or so until message window shows “All threads completed” and “Pass” displayed on the top left box.
  8. The phone will then automatically reboot.

DISCLAIMER: ROOTING THE PHONE WILL VOID THE WARRANTY. PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION, I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SAME. PLEASE ROOT THE ROM AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN CASE OF ANY DOUBTS OR PROBLEMS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMUNICATE THEM VIA THE COMMENTS AND THEY SHALL BE ADDRESSED ASAP.