Thursday, 25 February 2016

We Are Sure You Would Never Do This, BUT......

How to Unlock Your Android Phones If You Forgot the Unlock Pattern or Passcode

unlock android phoneForgetting your Android phone unlock pattern or passcode can be frustrating, and many users actually end up forgetting it at some point. While there are many solutions posted on the Internet about how to deal with this situation, only a few of them actually work. Some of the solutions that work require you to download apps and install them on your Android phone, others need you to sign in with your Gmail account, and finally, others will reset and erase all of your data from the Android phone, returning it to factory settings.
Depending on your particular situation, you may want to choose a certain solution to bypass your unlock pattern or passcode. If you have just bought the Android phone and did not have time to store any information on it, erasing all of the data will certainly not be a problem. But if you had the Android phone for a long time and have many contacts and personal information stored in it, you may want to look for alternatives. Especially if you haven’t backed up your information anywhere else.
Here are three simple solutions to unlock Android phones that will work for most brands such as Samsung, HTC, LG,etc.

Unlock By Logging Into Gmail account

1. Type the wrong password or pattern for five times
2. After the fifth mistype, an option called ‘Forgot Pattern’ will appear in the bottom right side of the screen – click on it
3. Log in with your Google username and password associated with the respective Android phone
4. You can now draw a new pattern and confirm the change.

Bypass By Downloading Apps

1. Log in to the Android Market on your computer
2. Install the ‘Screen Lock Bypass’ App to your Android phone
3. Install another application – the application will run and disable the screen lock
4. The application runs each time you boot the Android phone and bypass the screen lock.

Reset Phone: Restoring the Android Phone to Factory Settings

1. Switch off the Android phone
2. Press the volume button up and down
3. Press the power button and keep holding it with the volume up button
4. Keep pressing until the terminal interface appears on the Android phone
5. Navigate through the terminal using the home button
6. Choose the option to delete all user data
7. Your device will restart after several moments and it will reboot with factory settings.

A Few Notes Regarding Unlocking Phones When Forgetting Pattern of Password

Be careful if you want to use the last solution to bypass your Android phone’s code, as you will actually lose all information on it, including contacts. Only choose this if you have a backup for any personal or important information. The first option has been known to fail for some users, but others managed to use it successfully. The second option is optimal for most users, but it’s not a solution in itself, as it never changes the password, but it simply bypasses it every time you open your Android phone.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Have You Used Periscope on Android Yet?

How To Create Your First Broadcast With Periscope

A number of blogs back we wrote about 'Periscope Is Now On Android' and in this post we are happy to go into further detail on how to use the application on your phone, what to use it for and why you may want to do all of the above.

What is Periscope?

Before moving into details, let’s remind ourselves of what the app does.
Periscope is a live video broadcast app, owned by Twitter. The goal of the app is to bring live broadcasting to the surface of the popular social network and make sure we can get and record instant video feeds from all over the world in a matter of seconds.

How to install Periscope on Android?

Installing Periscope is a piece of cake and the app can be easily found in the Play Store. Once you have located the app and chosen to install it, you will be presented with quite a lengthy list of app permissions: the app will be asking for access to your camera, microphone, social media and other locations. For a social app like Periscope, these kind of permission requests seem to be well-justified and after approving them, the installation process should move along seamlessly.

How to set up your account?

In order to use Periscope, you will need to set up a Twitter account (provided you don’t have one already). After that is settled, use your Twitter account details to log into Periscope. After approving your Twitter ID, you will need to create a separate username for your Periscope account. After getting this done, the app will offer you a list of people to follow, based on your Twitter contact list.
A great thing about the Android version of the app is the ability to set up multiple accounts. You can do this easily by tapping the Add Account button within the app and then switch between the various accounts as you please.

 Using Periscope: interface

If you are familiar with Tublr, you may find a lot if similarities between it and Periscope interface. You will be presented with a selection of videos, which you can scroll through and tap on to watch.
When watching the video, you will also get a glimpse of the scrollable list of comments in the bottom left corner. Tap Say Something to voice your opinion, ask a question or even give a suggestion to the broadcaster – as all your comments will be delivered to the person filming the video in real time.
A cool feature of Periscope is that you can “like” a broadcast multiple times (unlike on Facebook or Instagram). By tapping the video, you give it a “heart”– and you can tap as many times as you want, creating a sort of applause wave for the video creator.
You can manage the content you see through the three icons on the main screen.
“TV” will show you the current broadcasts being filmed by those on your contact list.
“Globe” presents a random selection of broadcasts from around the world.
“People” will offer you a list of the most popular users.
“Person in circle” will show you own profile, letting you know how many followers you have and who they are.
At the bottom of the main screen, you will see Settings. Through this menu item, you will be able to manage your notifications and broadcasting options.
Note: you can choose to autosave your broadcasts in the camera roll, as Periscope deleted the data after 24 hours.

How to create your first broadcast?

When looking through any video feed, you will notice a red camera icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Tap the red Record button to begin your own live broadcast.
  • You will be asked to give your video a title – try to make it clear and relevant, so that your followers know what it is about.
  • You will be offered two options: making your broadcast Public or Private. A public broadcast will be available to everyone, while a private one can only be seen by a selection of people from your contact list.
  • Under the title line, you will be able to toggle on or off three more options: location (allowing or not allowing people to see where you are), enabling or disabling comments for the broadcast and the option to share or not to share the broadcast on Twitter.
  • With all the settings settles, press Start Broadcast to begin.
Important: make sure to have a reliable Wi-Fi connection before starting the broadcast in order not to rack up your phone bill

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Make Sure You Put This on All Your Android Devices

How To Use Android Device Manager To Locate Your Phone

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It’s better to be safe than sorry – this is a known fact of life. And the truth is, you can usually easily protect yourself from unpleasant situations with just the minimum precautions. Say, losing your phone- with just a few simple steps you can minimize the damage caused by the loss or even avoid it altogether. And while we hope you will never have to use it – here’s a helpful step-by-step guide on how to use Android Device Manager to locate or disable a lost phone.

As we most applications, the starting point is at Google Play Store, where you’ll have to go to download Android Device Manager. For that, you will need a Google Account and just a few minutes of your time. Here we go.
  1. Download Android Device Manager
  2. Go to your Settings>Security and allow the app to act as Device Administrator (this way it will have the power to lock or wipe your phone). To download the app, as well as to sign into it, you will need to use one of your Google accounts.
  3. Once you sign in and unless you have multiple phones linked to the same account, you should see your location and the make and model of the phone you are currently using.
  4. Now we get to the painful stuff, what happens if you can’t find your phone.
First thing you do, is go to the Android Device Manager website and sign in with your Google Account. If you phone can be located – you will be able to choose from a few available options.

Option One: Ring

The ting option will do just that – ring your phone. But it will do so non-stop for 5 minutes, letting your phone “scream” at full volume. You can then use the sound to get close to your phone (if it’s lost somewhere in the room) or spot a pick-pocket, if he hasn’t got too far from the crime scene.

Option Two: Lock

The Lock option will allow you to change the PIN or password on your phone or set one up if you didn’t have one before. This is a good way to make sure that whoever got your phone will not get to its contents or if you have reason to believe your friend may be playing a prank on you and is using your account to post obscene pictures on Instagram.

Option Three: Erase All Data

If you’ve given up hope on finding your phone or left it somewhere you are not willing to go back to (think “Silent Hill”) – the best and only option you may have is to erase all data on your phone. Once you choose this option, everything on your phone will be gone, including Android Device Manager (oh, the irony) and you won’t be able to track your phone any longer.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Giving you a Great Experience on Your Android TV

How To Install Kodi / XBMC On Your Android Device

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Kodi is a trademark of the XBMC foundation and is also used to describe the media player formally known as XBMC,  a cross platform, free, open source media center that is great for home theater PC’s, Android TV boxes and lets the user interact through a GUI to browse, download and play podcasts, movies, TV shows and music from a hard drive, local network or the internet.  This free software is available for most Android devices running version 4.2 or later of the OS and using an ARM or x86 SoC, for more info check here.
The easiest method of installation is from the Google Play store. Just search for Kodi. The Google Play app should automatically select the correct version of the Kodi player be it ARM or x86 automatically. If however this isn’t an option and you don’t have access to Google Play on your device or region you can follow the method below.

Enabling Installations

Step 1. First navigate to the settings menu on your android device and find the security menu.
Step2. From the security menu select “unknown sources” so as the option is now enabled.
This will now allow you to install apps from unknown sources
XBMC Step2

Download the Kodi APK

Step1. Open up the internet browser on your device and head over to the Kodi Webpage.
Step2. Select the ARM or x86 Version depending on your hardware. Most users will need to select the ARM link unless they have a device running an Intel or AMD CPU, If you are unsure of your hardware check the user manual or manufacture webpage.
Step3. Wait for the .apk file to download from the webpage
XBMC step03

Installation of the .apk file

After the download is completed you need to locate the .apk file.
You can do this from the download menu in your browser or from a file manager / explorer package.
Step 1. Once you have located the .apk file you want to select it. At this point you will probably be offered an option asking what program to open this file with. Such as “Package installer”.
XBMC step 5
Step2. After selecting an installer option you will be shown a prompt asking for permission to install the application. Confirm you want to install the package.

Step3. You may well get a progress bar and you should wait on this screen until the program is installed.

Step 4. Once the installation has been completed you will get a prompt on the screen and there should be an option at this point to open the software. Select this option and open the newly installed software.

Step 5. When the software is fist installed it will take longer than usual to open, this is because on the first run the program will need to finish its setup and make some final adjustments to ensure its runs correctly on your device.
XBMC step 6

Your finished.
Now you will be presented with the Kodi / XMBC home screen and from here you are free to start enjoying streaming of music, to movies and more. Just sit back and enjoy.