Android Kitkat for Samsung S4 Mini duos

Samsung Mobile have officially released the Kitkat update for their Galaxy S4 mini duos( GT-I9192) in Russia. Other regions are awaiting the release. But you don’t have to wait,  as  the update is now available for download from Sam mobile website . Those from other regions can also install this update.

I am from India and I have been using this update here without any issues.

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How to run WhatsApp on PC

 

 

WhatsApp , without any doubt is the best instant messaging app for the mobile. WhatsApp was in news recently due to its acquisition by Facebook . WhatsApp is built for mobile and no official version exist for PC .There are many malware applications that claims to be WhatsApp for PC ,what they do is stealing your personal details . Any application that claim to be the pc client of WhatsApp need to be dealt with suspicion. Please don’t download them and put yourselves in danger.

 

So that means i can’t have WhatsApp on PC ? Officially no. But there is always a way , right ?

To run WhatsApp on PC , all you need to have is an android emulator downloaded on PC . Emulator , as the name suggests, creates a virtual android device within your PC and let you run all the apps within PC itself.

Official Android SDK contains emulator , which is used by developers to test their apk files. But running this emulator needs some complex setting up proccedurres. So i am not going to use that.  For those who want to give a try , download it from Android developers website.

 

There are a some other good emulators you could give a try. Bluestacks App player is a free one. But it should be considered a player , rather than an emulator, nevertheless runs android apps . When i tried out, i found it lagging and many a times i had to force shut it down.

An alternative is You Wave . This is the emulator that i use currently . This is not a freeware , but you can try it before buying. It is very stable and runs without any lag or freezes . Only issue i found is the ROM . The device that is being emulated doesnot have enough memory and neither i found an option to increase the memory. So that is a -ve for me. Anyways , the original application is far far bettter than Bluestacks .

 

 

 

 

 

So now back to the topic. With the emulator installed and opened , download the Whatsapp messenger and install it .

 

While opening it will ask for the phone number ,enter it and wait till the app waits for the confirmation code ( 5 Minutes) .

 

 

 

Once the time out is finished , you will reach a new window which says sms verification failed . Here you can enter the confirmation code you reeviced via sms . Just the enter the code in the space above call me button. Finished . You are now ready to use WhatsApp on PC . Enjoy !!!! 

 

NB : Please note that WhatsApp doesnot allow same phone number to be used in multiple devices , so you may have to use a number that is not associated with an existing account . 

 

Like the trick , got something to say ? Please share it and give your valuable comments . Happy to help 🙂 

 

Create apps on android phone without any coding

Last week we told you how to create applications for android phones without any coding . Today I am going one step further , telling you how to create your own apps within the mobile itself , without coding of-course .  You can distribute it for free or earn profit from it by selling through google play or appstores .

So what all things i need to start ?

The first thing i need is an app called Tasker.  It is a paid app and can be downloaded from Google Play store . Takser lets you automate tasks in the phone. It turns your smart phone into a super-smart-phone .Build your own reminders or change your wallpaper in regular intervals , Tasker does it seamlessly. You can do simple to complex things in Tasker. Taking photos with gestures, locking the gallery or an app, reading out the text messages , calling out the caller name etc etc . Imagine you building your own anti-theft app ! Yes it is possible in Tasker. You can make stand alone apps , yes *.apk files , using a free plugin Tasker App Factory , which you can download from Play  store.

So how to make an app ? I will show you how to make a simple app , which i named as Flip2 . What Flip2 does is , it will put the phone into silent / sleep mode when you place the phone face down. Please note that your phone need to be rooted for all the features to work. To know how to root your phone , click here.

First create a new project in Tasker . Before that you have to disable the Beginner mode in Preferences

Ok. Gave a name for the project, that will be the name for your app . Here i gave the name Flip2

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Now we have to create a new profile for this app. Since we are going to create an app based on the state of the phone , choose State. In the State , choose Sensor . Now all the sensors available will be listed out in black .  Here for my app , i choose Orientation .

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Once the orientation is selected , now you can choose the conditions . The app will work when the condition is satisfied. So i choose Face Down , so that the app will run when i keep the phone face down.

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So you have successfully completed the profile. Now we have to choose the tasks to be carried out once the condition is met . I need my app to put the phone into silent mode , turn the wifi/ bluetooth/ mobile data off . So i choose New Task  and name it as Sleep .ChooseAudio>Silent Mode >On  – This will put the phone into silent mode on face down . Similarly i set the modes for Wifi, bluetooth, mobile data and media control ( eg :stopping the music player ) .Once you are done with the tasks , go back to Profiles

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Now the phone knows what to do once i keep the phone face down. But we don’t want to keep our phone always down . So we have to assign exit tasks for the phone to revert back to the original settings, once we take our phone from the face-down condition . For this , press an hold the task name (Sleep) till a menu appears as shown above . Choose Add Exit Task. i want my phone out of silent mode and also turn the wifi on , if the battery level is more than 30 % . Also i can set a notification beep and also lock the phone for unauthorized users . I can also make the wifi on or off depending upon the location. But for now i am just reverting back to the original setting . Once you are done with exit task , go back to profile

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Now your app is ready . Press the Project name till a new menu appears

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Click Select Icon . You can choose from the inbuilt icons or download or choose your own ( You have to create an icon and download it to phone) .

Now the app is ready for building . If you are intending to publish the app into play store , you  have to create signatures . For this go to More >Developer Options>Create Certificate  .

Now Choose Export > As an App

Fill out the details about the app . Done . Your app will be created

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Now you have successfully created an app. You can run it in your phone and distribute it through Play store .

Do you find this helpful ? Please share this and give your valuable comments .If anyone needed the Flip2 app , please post it in comments or my Facebook page.   Happy to help 🙂

 

Best 5 Live wallpapers in Playstore : Part One

What it makes android different from other operating system is the customization part. You can change the look , the behavior, sounds and what not ? Google Playstore got a separate section just for the personalization apps . You can choose from the thousands of themes, icon packs, wallpapers and launchers .  You will easily get lost in that wilderness. Don’t get baffled by the ratings . I have tested many of the top applications in that genre and must tell you , most of those highly rated apps doesn’t fare better than the free apps available .

Given the size of the playstore , the task of testing each and every app is not going to be feasible for us. So i randomly test apps , mostly from the small developers . I will list out the apps that i found worth mentioning over here . Today , the app that caught my eye is Live Jellyfish LWP

This was a surprise app for me. Found this one on my friends mobile . I instantly fell in love with it. This is a very simple live wallpaper . Smooth and clean animation. It is a very light app and doesn’t consume ram and lags . Since the wallpaper is a dark one , it also doesn’t consumes the battery too much. So easily a 5 star from me

You won’t regret paying for this live wallpaper.

Playstore link : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.superjellystudios.wallpaper.livejellyfish

How to create your own android app without any coding for free

There are tons of resources available for you to learn android , and almost all are absolutely free . Being open source , Android SDK and toolkit can be downloaded from the official Android Developer website . Android website itself have great articles to start your learning .But learning a language is not an easy task. It takes weeks of training before you could even try to develop your own app. But i will tell you an alternative. This option is for those guys , who wants to develop their own android application without even writing a single line of code . All you need is the imagination .

So how you are going to do it ? Actually there are many websites that offers the users to develop their own android applications , but most of them on a subscription plan . Subscription fees depends upon the pack you are going to choose and will cost you anywhere not less than $33 . If you can’t shell out money , don’t be disappointed . There are a couple of web services that offers this for free of cost. I tried out two of them Appypie and Andromo , both are free , but subscription packs are also available . But i would recommend you to start with the free service before moving out to a paid service. As i said , i tried out Appypie and Andromo but ultimately i ended up with Andromo . I felt Andromo will be more friendly for a novice user . But Andromo requires you to sign up before starting , whereas Appypie will let you develop your app but need to complete the registration procedure before actually building it . Here i will be using Andromo .

STEP 1

Go to http://www.andromo.com

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Complete the signing up procedure . It is free !

STEP 2

Give a name for the project . The name given will be the name of the app

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Click create after giving a name

STEP 3

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Here you can see the basic information about your app. You can choose the target device – whether google play store or amazon app store or samsung app store  , the category , app version etc. Click save and continue once you are done here .

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This is the main page of your app. Click Add an Activity button to evoke a drop down menu , where in you can choose the type of activity . Choose the activity of your choose to evoke the sub menu where you can add further details. You can choose as many activities as you can , but requires a minimum of one . Please be careful about choosing the activity , as this will be the content of your app. Once finished don’t forget to click save and continue .

STEP 5

Here you can choose the style of your app . Colours , Themes etc .

STEP 6

Go through the Dashboard ,  That is the layout . Choose from the available layout . Once you customized , click Save and Continue

STEP 7

Monetization tab gives you the options to add ads in your apps. Please note that  free version of Andromo comes with inbuilt ads of the Andromo inside your app.

STEP 8

Services tab let you choose the push messages and Google analytics

STEP 9

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Now click the Build My App button to start the building procedure. All the compiling and building will be done by the Andromo servers and this will take some time. Once the building is completed , they will send you a notification into your registered email upon which you can download your app by clicking on the Actions button . If you are not satisfied with the app , you can go back and edit each and every step. That is it . Now you have made your own Android App. If you want , you can publish it into Google Play store. We will update you on this later. For now i am winding up this post. Hope this was helpful for you.

Got a better idea?  . Have something to say ? . Please do it it comments . Happy to help 🙂