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Prakash

My setup:

Laptop with Ubuntu 14.04LTS  and Nexus 4.

I also assume you are comfortable with the command prompt. You need to run some commands from terminal.

If you are already running Android 5.0, you can skip Step 1 and go directly to Step 2 to root your device. In my case, I didn’t wait for the OTA update, but if you prefer to play it safe, get the Android 5.0 update and then start.

Pre-Preparation.

Make sure your laptop is charged or plugged into the power and your phone is charged too.

Take a full system backup, because these steps wipes the Android clean.

And ensure your laptop doesn’t go into suspend mode while you do this.

Now install a few packages:

sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb

sudo apt-get install fastboot

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phablet-team/tools
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install phablet-tools

Step 1: Installing Android 5.0

NOTE: This will wipe the system clean so if you haven’t backed up, go and back up first.

Download the correct file from the Google site:

https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

For Nexus 4 it is called.

occam-lrx21t-factory-51cee750.tgz

Now extract the files, it will show you a directory

occam-lrx21t

Change to this directory occam-lrx21t

Now boot into the bootloader, remember this step as you will need to do it a few times.

adb reboot bootloader

If it’s not able to find the device,  you can boot manually.

For nexus 4, while holding the volume button down, press the power button.

Now unlock the device with the following command.

fastboot oem unlock

Now flash the Android 5.0 Image by running this command from the directory above.

./flash-all.sh

After a few minutes, On the phone you will see a new boot up logo for Android 5.0. this will take a few minutes to complete. Grab a coffee or your favourite beverage.

Once this is complete, wait you still have to root the device.

wait, don’t do much on your android, as the unlock process may wipe your data!

Step 2: Rooting Android.

Download the rooting script from chainfire: http://download.chainfire.eu/297/CF-Root/CF-Auto-Root/CF-Auto-Root-mako-occam-nexus4.zip

When you scroll down, you see the actual link to download.

This will download this file: CF-Auto-Root-mako-occam-nexus4.zip

Extract this directory, change to this directory.

Now boot into the boot loader with your preferred method. I used volume down button + power on.

Now type these commands.

chmod +x root-linux.sh 
./root-linux.sh

Step 3: Installing MultROM manager

Find the app in Google Play and Install.

Start the app. This will ask you to install 3 things, go ahead and install.

Screenshot_2014-11-23-23-52-01

It will also boot into recovery mode.

Once its done, it will reboot and start android.

Now start the MultROM manager again.

You should see the option to install Ubuntu Touch.

Screenshot_2014-11-23-23-55-30

Step 4: Installing Ubuntu Touch

If you want demo files, select the -demo

you can choose stable OR development version, you can also install both one by one.

This step took the longest amount of time for me. Go get a nap!

It will ask you to reboot once.

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Once this is done, there is no intimation that it is completed.

When you reboot, it will give you an option to boot internal (Android) or Ubuntu Touch. Here you can select Ubuntu Touch and boot into it and setup.

Final Housekeeping. Boot into bootloader and lock the boot loader again:

fastboot oem lock

click on start to reboot your system.

Note: If you upgrade your Android, you will lose the dual-boot and have to start again from step 2 which may differ with your android version.

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Prakash Advani

After the  iPhone 6 vs Android: Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC M8 and Xiaomi MI3,  I am now comparing the Phablets: iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3 and Note 3 Neo. I picked the top Phablets and also the budget Note 3 Neo.

Features iPhone 6 Plus Note 4 LG G3 Sony Xperia Z3 Note 3 Neo
 FingerPrint Sensor  Yes  Yes No No No
Shatter Proof  No No No Yes Yes
Screen Size 5.5″  5.7″ 5.5″ 5.2″ 5.5″
Resolution 1080 x 1920 1440×2560  1440×2560 1080 x 1920 720 x 1280
RAM 2 GB  3 GB  2/3 GB  3 GB 2 GB
 Memory Card Slot No  Yes Yes Yes Yes
Primary Camera 8 MP  16 MP  13 MP 20.7 MP 8 MP
Selfie Camera 1.2 MP  3.7 MP 2.1 MP  2.2 MP 2 MP
CPU Dual-core
1.4 GHz
Octacore
2.7 GHz+
1.3 GHz
 Quad-core
2.5 GHz
 Quad-core
2.5 GHz
 Hexa Core
1.7 GHZ+
1.3 GHz
64 Bit ? 64 Bit 32-Bit 32-Bit 32-Bit 32-Bit
 FM Radio No TBC Yes (in D855) Yes No

Still want an Apple ?









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Prakash Advani

I was watching the iPhone 6 launch last night and was wonder what the fuss is all about? Well it’s from Apple and people may be drooling.

Lets find out how the iPhone 6 compares with the Leading Android phones. I am only comparing the specifications and features and not the actually quality which is very subjective.

Here is Apple iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Xiaomi MI3. Galaxy S5 and One M8 are the premium Android phones while the MI3 is the poor man’s option or the rich mans budget phone which ever way you look at it.

Features iPhone 6 Galaxy S5 One M8 MI3
 FingerPrint Sensor  Yes  Yes No No
 Dust Resistant  No  Yes  No  No
 Water Resistant   No  Yes  No  No
 Screen Size  4.7″  5.1″  5.0″  5.0″
 Resolution  750 x 1334  1080 x 1920  1080 x 1920  1080 x 1920
 Full HD  No  Yes  Yes  Yes
 RAM  1 GB  2 GB  2 GB  2 GB
 Memory Card Slot No  Yes Yes No
Primary Camera 8 MP  16 MP  Dual 4MP  13 MP
Selfie Camera 1.2 MP  2 MP   5MP  2MP
CPU Dual-core
1.4 GHz
Quad-core
2.5 GHz
 Quad-core
2.3/2.5 GHz
 Quad-core
2.3 GHz
 FM Radio No No Yes Yes
4G LTE Yes Yes Yes No

As you can see the Android variants are leading in almost all the specifications which does matter. This includes the inexpensive Xiaomi Rather than innovating, Apple seems to only playing catch-up. Apply skillfully hides the finer specifications. Its your choice to stand in the queue for iPhone 6 or go with an Android at a cheaper price.

 

 







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Prakash Advani

Huawei’s MediaPad X1 is not only a good alternative to an iPad Mini but also has phone capabilities. Announced at Mobile World Congress and expected to be launched in March 2014.

Claimed to be the slimmest 7″ tablet, Here is what is cool about it:

  • 3G with calling facility
  • 4G LTE (optional)
  • Quad Core Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 7″ Full HD, IPS panel
  • 13 MP camera (sony lens), with 5 MP secondary camera
  • 16 GB Internal storage
  • Expandable MicroSD slot
  • 5000 mAh battery, which is powerful enough and can also be used to charge other devices
  • WiFi  b/g/n, Dual Band in the 4G version
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Just 239g lightweight and slim

Here are the limitations:

  • No Android KitKat, there is no plans or commitment for Huawei.
  •  Little awkward to use a phone because of the large size.

Since today’s phones don’t even last a day, you should use your primary phone for voice only, and use this device for all data activities. The X1 could be good tablet device but little awkward to hold as a phone. Could be used with Bluetooth as a phone.

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Prakash Advani

Interesting tidbits:

Rubin recounted his first meeting with Samsung’s executives by saying “You and what army are going to go and create this? You have six people. Are you high?’ is basically what they said. They laughed me out of the boardroom. This happened two weeks before Google acquired us.”  Considering that there were actually eight people on the team for Android, it shows that they really did not care for the company at all.

Back to 2005.  Google CEO Larry Page agrees to meet with Rubin and loves the idea.  Google had been looking for an innovation to bring to the mobile industry, and they were afraid that another company, such as Microsoft with their massive resources, would beat them to it.  Page offered to purchase Android for $50 million and some various perks, and the whole original Android team was absorbed into Mountain View at Google HQ, and thus began the story of Android, and how it was not taken by Samsung but rather the innovative Google.

Never underestimate what a 6 people company can do :)

Read the complete article: http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/02/andy-rubin-offered-android-to-samsung-first-and-they-laughed-just-two-weeks-before-google-snapped-android-up.html

 

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Prakash Advani

A friend of mine was looking for a budget phone with a lot of features. While there are bigger brands which are more expensive, I came across Xolo Q3000 which offers similar features at an affordable price.

Here is what I liked about it:

  • 5.7″ IPS  full HD display – good if you like big displays
  • 1,5 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • 2 GB RAM – enough to run many applications
  • 4000 mAh  battery – this is almost double than most phones, will give you a charge for days not hours!
  • Dual SIM
  • 13 MP Camera
  • 16 GB built in Memory with MicroSD Slot
  • Android 4.2
  • Micro USB and USB on-the-go

Although I haven’t used a Xolo myself, I have also heard about some issues with Xolo’s service.

The competitions (namely Micromax and Intex) are about to launch Octo-core processors (8 cores), I don’t know how much better performance you will derive but for now this looks like a good phone.

 

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Prakash

Former Nokia employees have got together to start Newkia, a company which plans to do what Nokia missed — Build an Android phone.

Sounds like a great idea, since Nokia has very good engineers and one of the best hardware, what they lacked was good software.

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Prakash

While it is not certain if Google is going to offer Android or ChromeOS for PCs, but Intel is already working on making the $200 Android PC to boost the sagging PC sales.

So far, the notebook market is dominated by two players, Windows and OS X, but there’s an operating system that could drop into this mix and be highly disruptive — Android.

There’s been a lot of discussion bouncing around the tech blogosphere about Intel’s plans to get all disruptive and start supporting Android on devices that will cost in the region of $200.

While Microsoft might not be happy about being sidelined by a company that was once one of its biggest supporters, this is exactly what the PC industry needs.

Think this is a huge leap? It isn’t. Some of Intel’s Atom processors are already compatible with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

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Prakash

ASUS CUBE with Google TV Entertainment Device

Asus Cube (was earlier Qube), looks like an interesting device.

  • 5″ Cube, not exactly small enough to fit behind your TV.
  • HDMI in and HDMI out
  • LAN and Wireless
  • 2 USB Ports
  • IR Ports for remote
  • Remote with keyboard
  • Android 3.2 with Google TV
  • Streaming media: Google, Amazon and Netflix.
  • 50 GB free cloud storage from Google.

 

 

 

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Prakash

While Samsung is busy launching the Galaxy Grand and Micromax the A116 Canvas HD, Karbonn has launched the S1 Titanium.

All of them are big screen phablets (phone+tablets) and here is what is common and whats not.

  • Dual Sim
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Here is the difference, Lets see which one rocks.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Micromax A116 Canvas HD Karbonn S1 Titanium
Display Size 5″ 5″ 4.5″
Display Size 480 x 800, 187 ppi 720 x 1280 pixels, 294 ppi 540 x 960 pixels, 245ppi
CPU Dual Core 1.2 GHz Quad Core 1.2GHz
Quad Core 1.2GHz
Internal Memory 8 GB, expandable to 64 4 GB, expandable to 32 4 GB, expandable to 32
Bluetooth 4.0 2.0 2.0
Primary Camera 8 Megapixel
8 Megapixel 5 Megapixel
Secondary Camera 2 MP VGA VGA
Battery 2100 mAh 2100 mAh 1600 mAh
Estimated Pricing Rs. 21,500 Rs. 14,999 Rs. 10,999

Micromax has the best display, while Karbon has the snappiest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The Karbonn is the best value for money. The price difference of Rs. 4000 for Micromax is huge, Expect them to drop prices even before it is launched. If the price of Micromax is dropped to around Rs. 13,000 it would be worthy paying the extra over Karbonn.

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Prakash

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Grand while Micromax has launched the A116 Canvas HD. Both are big screen phablets (phone+tablets) and here is what is common and whats not.

  • 5″ Screens
  • Dual Sim
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 Megapixel camera
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Here is the difference, Lets see which one rocks.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Micromax A116 Canvas HD
Display 480 x 800, 187 ppi 720 x 1280 pixels, 294 ppi
CPU Dual Core 1.2 GHz Quad Core 1.2GHz
Internal Memory 8 GB, expandable to 64 4 GB, expandable to 32
Speed 21 Mbps 42 Mpbs
Bluetooth 4.0 2.0
Secondary Camera 2 MP  VGA
Estimated Pricing  Rs. 21,500 Rs. 14,990

The Micromax has better specifications at a lower price and seems to be better value for money. The Micromax has a better display, Samsung Galaxy Grand has a newer generation processor and hence should give comparable perforamce to Micromax’s Quad Core.

 

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Prakash

Root Transmission: the ONLY app that allows you to root other phones straight from your own device!

Inspired by Kos’s p2p-adb hacking toolkit (http://hak5.org/episodes/hak5-1205), this app is a pleasant, easy way to root other phones while away from your computer! Just two buttons, Root and Unroot! Connect the cable and root away! It couldn’t be simpler!

Even has its own terminal window so you can see exactly what’s going on while your phone does its thing!

You will need a ROOTED device capable of USB hosting (USB On The Go), a USB OTG cable and one-click root scripts for the devices you wish to root.

Get it here.

 

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Prakash

HTC has upgraded the One X with One X+

  • It now has a 1.7 GHZ quad-core processor
  • 64 GB Memory
  • 2100 mAh battery to give you upto 50% more usage

If you are using HTC One X, then there is not much for you. If you are planning on buying the HTC One X, you should buy the One X+

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Prakash

Google Nexus range has announced the Nexus 10 which beats the iPad 4 in display resolution, where is what is cool:

  • Dual Core 1.7 GHz processor vs iPads 1.4 GHz Dual Core
  • 2GB RAM vs 1GB on ipad 4
  • Display resolution: 2560X1600 300 PPI vs 264PPI of iPad
  • 10″ Display vs iPad’s 9.7″
  • Weight 603gms vs iPad’s 662 grams
  • 8.9mm thickness verses iPads 9.4mm
  • 5MP camera with 1.9 MP rear camera
  • WiFi
  • Pricing start at $399 vs $499 for iPad

Google is claiming this to be highest resolution tablet in the world. This model is WiFi only model, if you need 3G, you need to wait for the 3G model to get released.

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Prakash

  • Quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 4.7″ Display
  • Sealed battery which can’t be changed or replaced.
  • 8GB  or 16 GB of internal storage (which won’t be expandable as no microSD slot)
  • Price of US$ 399 (no contract or locked)

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Prakash

While most of the recent media attention on NASA has understandably focused on the Curiosity rover on Mars, that’s not the only experiment that the space and aeronautics research agency has in the works. A team at NASA’s Ames Research center in Moffett Field, California, is working on the future launch of miniature satellites constructed with Android-powered Nexus One smartphones at the helm. Dubbed “PhoneSat,” this project is part of a larger experiment called the Small Spacecraft Technology Program that incorporates small consumer electronics into working nanosatellites.

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Prakash

Nikon is releasing the CoolPix S800C in September. With the Android and WiFi powered, you will be able to use your favourite application (Whatsapp, Facebook, Ubuntu One, DropBox, etc.) to share photos easily. Here is the cool features of the CoolPix.

  • 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen with 819,000-dot resolution,
  • 10x optical zoom
  • GPS, 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second
  • 1.7 GB onboard storage
  • SD and SDHC external storage support
  • 18 filter effects
  • HDMI Out (up to 1080i resolution)
  • USB port, and Wi-Fi
  • Weight than a half-pound (6.5 ounces)
  • 1.1-inch depth.

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Prakash

Samsung has announced the Note II, lets see how they compare:

Features Note II Note
Processor Quad Core Dual core
RAM 1.5 GB 1 GB
Built in Memory 16/32 GB 16/32 GB
Screen size 5.5" 5.3"
Camera 13 Megapixel 8 Megapixel
Android 4.1 4.0.4 (currently)
Availability September 2012 already available

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Prakash

From TheDroidGuy.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean operating system tests have passed through the firmware tests and is currently awaiting a few things including a ‘public version of software agreement’ from Google.  There have been no issues in the testing of the SII and Galaxy note Jelly bean so far but they went ahead and said that in case they change their minds on the update, they may roll out a ‘value pack’.  There is no cause for worry on this issue now though considering that the SIII and the Galaxy Note 2 are still the hottest items in the Android market at the moment.

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Prakash

XBMC Media Center is a very popular free and open source cross platform media player application that is developed by the XBMC Foundation. Being an open source application, XBMC media center software is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms.

It has been a popular alternative to Windows Media Centre and likes, and now the popular platform is finally going to be available for Android.

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XBMC Media Player

 

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