Lots of people have asked for the invite for the OnePlus 2 which I never had!
Looks like today have an open sale, no invite required..go for it
Amazon.com has dropped the pricing for Nexus 6. The Nexus has had a good reputation of top notch hardware at a reasonable price. However this changed with the Nexus 6 launch. While it was great hardware, it wasn’t cheap this time.
Now Nexus 6 is finally had a price dropped and it now makes sense. A new Nexus is expected soon and hence the price drop but it still looks good.
For those who came in late, here is whats interesting about the Nexus 6:
Last month, LinuxGizmos.com and the Linux Foundation’s Linux.com community website sponsored a 10-day SurveyMonkey survey that asked readers of both sites to choose their favorite three Linux- or Android-based open-spec single-board computers. This year, 1,721 respondents — more than twice the number from the 2014 survey — selected their favorites from a list of 53 SBCs, compared to last year’s 32.
The best phone money can buy, one plus one is now available without an invitation.
If you are in the market for a new phone, here is your chance.
Here are three invites for One Plus One – India edition.
Grab them before they last
Click on the link below.
Use any of these
3 4 invite codes:
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.
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
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:
For Nexus 4 it is called.
Now extract the files, it will show you a directory
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.
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!
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
Find the app in Google Play and Install.
Start the app. This will ask you to install 3 things, go ahead and install.
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.
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.
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.Read more
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|
|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|
| Hexa Core
|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 ?
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|
|Resolution||750 x 1334||1080 x 1920||1080 x 1920||1080 x 1920|
|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|
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.
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:
Here are the limitations:
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.Read more
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
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:
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.
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.
Asus Cube (was earlier Qube), looks like an interesting device.
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.
Here is the difference, Lets see which one rocks.
|Samsung Galaxy Grand||Micromax A116 Canvas HD||Karbonn S1 Titanium|
|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|
|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.Read more
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.
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|
|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.
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.
HTC has upgraded the One X with One X+
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+Read more
Google Nexus range has announced the Nexus 10 which beats the iPad 4 in display resolution, where is what is cool:
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.Read more
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