Showing posts with label Android tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Android tips. Show all posts

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Protection Against Android Malware

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Some tips could always be useful irrespective of the user being new to Android who would be eager to explore new available options on the screen. Some of them could also be annoying which tends to come with the daily functions and operations. These tips could be helpful to the user since every few months there seems to be some security vulnerability in Android which could affect many users of Android smartphones, for instance in recent years, Quadrooter together with Stagefright.

 These two security vulnerabilities were considered to be different. In regular life, how secure would Android be and what would be helpful against the dangers from the internet? Numerous security holes had been exploited by Quadrooter, in Qualcomm drivers in the summer of 2016 wherein nine hundred million Android devices had been affected.

This had been presented by those who had identified the gaps. But in order to take the benefit of the Quadrooter exposure, the invader needs to be capable of installing and running an appropriate designed app on a smartphone. The Stagefright susceptibility seemed to be different which was unseen in the functions in processing of streams or media files and the issue was that when even a video would be sent as an MMS there was a tendency of it being misused.

The invader had the capability of sending a file to the user where the dangerous code could be accomplished. Beginning with Android 4.0, it seemed difficult to exploit the susceptibility owing to the system intervention, though it is not difficult. The dissimilarity between the two security breaches is evident. While Quadrooter tends to need few steps from the user, Stagefright can be exploited remotely without the need of interaction of the user. Android tends to have various means of safeguarding the security of the users. The most significant methods are:

1. Prevention of installation of unfamiliar apps 



There is said to be a setting in the Android system which enables or disables installations of apps of unfamiliar source wherein the option gets deactivated on the device in its delivery state where one can install apps only from the Play Store. Some of the companies tend to have their own app store preinstalled like in the case of Samsung, with its Galaxy Apps. The capability of limiting the option is not relevant for these and this option tends to protect the user against malware spreads through an unfamiliar app store or simple internet pages. News regarding malware in the Play Store seems to be quite rare since these disreputable apps are eradicated rapidly from the Play Store. However, unknown sources need to be activated in using app store of Amazon or perhaps for another like F-Droid.

2. Virus Scanner of Google 



The second line of defense of Google does not seem to have compatibility issue but provides security against malicious apps – virus scanning. Beginning with Android 4.2, this has been made available and is now a part of the services of Google Play. It has also been activated by default and should be left that way. The setting is said to enable apps to be scanned for likely malware before the installation. However if malware tends to be discovered, Android rejects the installation.

Quadrooter Malware 



Google had confirmed with Android Central some few days after discovering that Quadrooter malware cannot be installed while the corresponding setting had been set. Adrian Ludwig, security chief of Android had declared that it was identical to Gooligan, the malware which had hacked Google accounts in December 2016. As of April 2016, Android Security Report, in 2015 states that with this procedure, the threat landscape for users of Android could be considerably less and with this feature the malware apps does not have any chance against Google. Essentially the verification of the app tends to function by calculating the fingerprint – hash value of an APK which is compared against the database of Google comprising of likely threats. Google tends to scan apps on the Play Store, as well as APKs which are accessible through the web.

Alerts against Ensuing Manipulation



This system seems to be quite effective since around 90% of the apps connected outside the Play Store seemed to be well-known to Google which had been scanned for probable security concerns. Besides this, Google is also capable of extracting specific features from the apps subjecting them to identical process which enables Google to identify dangerous feature. Thus it warns the user if essential and also prevents the installation of such a kind of app. Google, in the meantime tends to scan the installed apps during the process and can also alert against ensuing manipulation of the app, which is already installed. In the case of extreme condition, there is also the likelihood of removing apps from the smartphone if these have been permitted by a device administrator.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

21 Android Secrets, Shortcuts and Hidden Features You Should Know About

Android Secrets
Since the great industrial revolution in Great Britain and other European countries in the 18th century has changed the world science and the technology to a great extent and the civilization registered some of the most important discoveries, which spearhead the technological advancements of our society. Although there are some of the most magnificent developments have taken place those really help us in various ways, but the invention of the computer and the internet, in the later par of the last century, have changed the entire scenario and with the mobile phone, especially Smartphone, has revolutionized the communication systems and become the darling of billions of users. The Android-powered Smartphone are nowadays helping the world to get the best results in almost all sectors.

Some of the Android Secrets

  1.  By just typing “find my phone” into Google on any desktop or laptop; one can get the ping that where the phone is left behind; 
  2.  The battery saver is helping the phone to get a better and long battery life, which increases the life up to 30%; 
  3.  The Android helps in finding, how much of battery life is left, with an accurate picture; 
  4.  There is a Home button, which is helping in getting the information quickly and comfortably; 
  5.  For easy access to the respective phone; smart lock plays it easier for the user; 
  6.  By using the most elegant Android Device manager; one can locate the lost phone, in case the phone is lost; 
  7.  The user can keep his details, such as; Name, address, phone number etc., which can be seen on the display screen; 
  8.  The potential user can encrypt the accounts, downloaded apps, settings, media and other files; 
  9.  If the user lost his phone, still that can be accessed through a friend's phone and avail the messages, photos etc.; 
  10.  Whatever happening on the screen can be recorded in a video at a specific time
  11.  Transfer of data like contacts, photos etc. can be sent easily from one Android phone to other very comfortably; 
  12.  The feature of data usage in Android phone can be managed with extreme precision; 
  13.  Nougat, one of the most modern software of Android helps in customizing and editing of the phone; 
  14.  If any pop ups makes any annoyance, it can be stopped with the help of Android device at the setting level; 
  15.  Like Google; the Android software Nougat is also hiding games, Neko, which can be located in Setting
  16.  Various notifications of apps and other software can be controlled and helpful in restricting some of them; 
  17.  The Notification log, only available in the form of widgets, helps in getting older notifications at finger tips; 
  18.  The Night Mode option of the light can be availed in Android phone, which is available as a hidden feature; 
  19.  Android Nougat is having the Split Screen mode, which is unique in nature and quite handy for the user; 
  20.  Offline maps can be saved and the will be helpful for the user for its easy options;
  21.  The deletion of the default apps is an easier option available in the Android phones.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Few Tricks Every Android User Should Know


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Most of the phones with the android system in the market are very easy to use but there are some easy tricks, which can be used for making these phones, not only efficient but more enjoyable as well. Android being an open platform gives lot of opportunities for customization. Apart from personalizing the phones, these tricks can be used to keep the phones neat and can be practiced for keeping them organized. This will allow plenty of battery to survive all day long.

Google: 

Google is one such application, which is more like a personal assistant. User’s have to open the Google app, click on get Google now and fill all the necessary preferences. To get personalized notifications from Google, you need to tell the app about your favorite sports team, stocks among others. Google can be given direction about the Google Maps transportation in the user’s preferred mode.

Make use of lock screens and launchers replacements: 

Not everybody can stare at the same weather widget every day. Google play store now provides the user with changing interfaces for the android phones.

Power saving mode: 

User should turn on the power saving mode on their phones by going to the setting menu. Some of the android phones also have the option of higher-level battery-saving mode. Unfortunately, not all the phones have battery saving mode option.

Always keep an extra battery: 

Always remember, the battery can die anytime and it is not possible to be beside a store. If your android phone has the option of replaceable back, then you can keep an extra battery that can be used when required.

Google Chrome: 

Using Google chrome to login to the Google account will allow the users to carry over all their bookmarks and preferences automatically.

Create folders for apps: 

Users can divide all their apps into different folders and keep it organized. This not only reduces the time to search for application but also minimizes the clutter from the screen. To create a folder, you need to press and hold on any app and you will get an option to create folder on the top left hand side. Some of the phones have the option to dragging and dropping one app on another to create folders. This is the perfect example for iOS.

Third party keyboard: 

Users now have the option to choose different types of keyboard and they do not have to be restricted to the Google standard keyboard. Google play store provide plenty of option, one such app is the Swype, which allow the users to swipe between the letters rather than type.

Bandwidth management: 

One can cut down on the amount of the data usage but turning on Reduce Data Usage in the Google Chrome. This will ensure that all the unnecessary whitespace is removed and large images are reduced to a smaller size.

Google Authenticator: 

Google account can be verified through this app. Through this app, the user has to enter the security code apart from the login password to access the account. This allows no stranger act on your phone.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

How to Stop Android Handset from Lagging?

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Every android user must have come across a situation where they find their device to be slow after regular usage. Every user has their own hating reason against the lagging of their android device, a gamer hates it because it interrupts their fights and strikes, a developer hates lagging as it cuts off and interrupts their thoughts and every other user hates is as they need to reboot their handset in order to get back their device’s speed.

This lagging issue really becomes an irritating factor after which sometimes people tries out weird stuffs to speed up their device but they might fail to do so. Today in this article we will highlight couple of amazing techniques to speed up your android device both by accessing third party apps and without apps.

Without utilizing any third party app

Software upgrade 

Always keep your software and firmware upgraded which uses the system resources orderly. Most of the time people use degraded software which results in the low performance. Always updating the software or keeping the software up to date is a good habit for the perfect and best device’s performance.

Regular reset 

Due to continuous and long usage of varieties of apps the devices are affected with different malwares which may not be identified by the users externally, so regular reset in a year or after every 6 months will bring your device to a state just like a brand new device. While you reset your device just keep in mind to back up all your data and documents so that you can reuse it later in the future.

Memory status 

The internal memory provided by the manufacturer of an android handset is very limited which is the main reason behind the lagging up of android devices as the apps that you install gets stored in the internal memory of your device, so always keep an eye on your memory space (available space).

With the use of third party apps 

Most of the times due to busy schedule we may not get time to go through above mentioned tips to provide our android device from lagging, so using a third party app is a smart move. There are several device speeding apps in the market which can take care of your android device and one among them is “Advance mobile care from IO bit.”

The amazing advantages and features of advance mobile care that makes it preferable than any other applications are as follows.

  • You don’t have to root your device to use or make the most use of this application whereas most of the apps in the market require rooting of phone. 
  • Not only speeding up your device, the application comes with additional features like anti theft, antivirus, privacy locker, task killer, battery saver, game speeder and app manager for free. 
  • Regular update of the app keeps it updated with latest threats and antivirus patterns. 
  • The application is easily handled and so it is user friendly. 

So it is up to you how you protect your device from lagging, either with the use of third party apps or without any apps.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Different Means of Taking Screenshots on Any Smartphone or Tablet

Screenshot
If you are the person who is looking to show off your new wallpaper, your amazing desktop screensaver in front of their friends or even if you want to show off of your new games and Android widgets that you have experimented with, then what to do you do? No need to think of high end ways to achieve this, you simply need to take a screenshot of the things and be ready to show off. The following steps will help you achieve your aim depending on the type of device you are using:
The users of laptops and desktops:

If you are among the people who still rely on and use any one of the versions of the Microsoft windows, then the easiest option they have is to take the complete screenshot share it with your friends. The user just needs to follow the following steps:

  1.  The user just needs to click on the print screen tab on your keyboard of on your laptop 
  2.  Open the Microsoft paint and just press the Ctrl+V option. 
  3.  You will have the entire screenshot of the desktop and you should be able to save the file at your desired location.
If you are looking for more control over the screenshots then you might want to download IrfanView. This will allow the users to capture take the screenshots by following the below mentioned steps:

1. On a regular desktop the user needs to press the C tab and then you will get the option to select the type of screenshot that you are looking for. The users will get a lot of details and options for better experience. The users will be able to move their mouse over the area they want to be captured as the screenshots, click on start and save your screenshot.

2. Mac users will have to follow 2 commands to take screenshots. They can capture the screenshot by pressing the command as cmd + shift + 3 and if you are looking for, capturing only a part of your screen then just press the “cmd + shift + 4 and it will direct you to, drag and select the area that you might want to capture and save the on the desktop.

The users of tablets and Smart phones

Irrespective of what device you are using, Windows Phone, Android phone or even any apple series, the user just has to press the power button and ensuring that the home button is also pressed at the same to time to get a screenshot of the entire screen. But if you have an older version of Android (less than 4.0) then you can follow the below steps:

 Holding the power button for a long time might give option to take a screen shot apart from reboot and shut off.

If not, then when pressing the power button, press the volume button and you might get the option to take screenshot. This feature has been enables in Samsung Galaxy and Sony Ericsson Xperia phones.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

How to Stop Android Devices from Lagging?


Android Devices
As we all know, now-a-days most of the people use Smartphone’s or Android devices for their daily use. Most people spend time playing games on handsets, develop new apps or very useful for developers and for many more purposes. For this reason, all people hate if their smart phone lags or get slower as it interrupts them from their routine work. People have become more impatience now-a-days, so they can’t tolerate a slight delay in their work and the same is going on with the android devices.

There are many reasons causing the Smartphone’s to lag from their original speed. To cope up with this, the user must first know about the cause of lagging and then be able to fix it for the better functioning of their handset as it used to be before.

With time every the smart phones slows down, so it’s important your devices by following these simple and easy steps and boost your device speed.

Updating the Firmware: 

Your Smartphone’s firmware plays crucial role in fixing up some lags, and other issues without your awareness. So having a regular update of your firmware may help you fix the lagging of your handset ensure its user with better performance.

Put apps into Hibernation: 

Your handset may have tons of apps out of which you might use hardly few. Others may be used occasionally by you. These apps not in use consume more of battery and causes lagging of your device.

So you can put these apps into hibernation and whenever you need them just tap on the app and they will wake up and perform as normal. You can perform this task by using Greenify app.

Once you install this app, click on the + button and tap the apps that you wish to put to sleep and then select Accept button.

Resetting your device: 

Resetting your device is a temporary solution. It helps you to erase everything and brings your phone to the original condition same as you received in the box. But after some days when you start using it, the same lagging problem arises.

Assure that you backup all your important contacts and other important data before heading towards resetting of your device.

Low internal memory: 

Having low internal memory may be the reason behind lagging of your device. So you can use some external storage device like SD card to store media files like songs, videos and other files. This will free your internal storage and prevents your device from lagging.

Some low-end phones come with low internal memories, so they might not observe much difference with this solution.

Rooting: 

Even rooting up your phone can help boost the speed of your Smartphone. This might be a risky one as unsuccessful rooting may brick your phone and if rooted successfully, it might void your handsets warranty. Voiding of warranty might not be the point of concern as you may enroot your phone and restore the warranty again.

After rooting you can over clock your phone’s processor which will boost up the speed of your device but will consume more battery than before.

Conclusion: 

Before performing any of the above steps, it is advisable that you backup your mobile data so that you do not lose any of them during the process.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Charge It Up

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Letters are a thing of the past. Telegrams are obsolete. Distance is no longer distant. The world has entered the age of technology. Phones are as smart as humans. Unfortunately, they tend to die faster. To prevent the phone from dying, charging is the only solution. Sometime, our handy chargers fail. Retrieving the phone from the land of dead, even then, is rather simple. Following steps might help.


THE SOLUTION:
 
There could be a number of solutions to this problem depending on what is causing it.
  • QUICK FIX: To begin with, pulling the battery out of the device, could be a good start. After a while, assemble the phone and plug it into the original charger. This works in most cases. If the smart phone comes with an in-built battery, then, stimulated battery pull could be a good alternative. 
  • CLEAN IT UP:
Often dirt or other particles get lodged inside the port which prevents it from getting charged. If there is something lodged inside the port, the phone will not respond to the charger. In such a situation, the solution is to clean the port, plug the charger back, and continue charging.
  • USE A DIFFERENT PORT:
Temporarily, a quick fix could be to use a different port, it could be the computer’s charger or the car’s. Attaching the phone to the computer and charging it is an immediate and effective solution. Moreover, it works every single time!
  • USE A DIFFERENT OUTLET:
There might be no problem with the charger altogether, it could be the outlet. Thus checking the outlet could be a good option. Things might just get fixed by shifting the charger from one outlet to the other.
  • CONTINUE CHARGING:
Sometime, since the battery has died down completely, it might take a longer time to get started. So, a good idea is to continue charging and wait till the battery is energized enough to restart and join the world of connectivity.
  • TIME FOR A NEW BATTERY:
May be the real reason behind this inconvenience is the fact that the battery cannot deliver its services any longer. Thus, changing the battery could be essential. Before replacement, taking the option of an expert is crucial. A good idea is to take it to a mobile operator.
  • CHANGING CHARGERS:
If nothing works whatsoever, it could be because the charger is damaged and need fixing. In this regard getting a new charger is the only alternative. Good deals on chargers are available online for the phone will not work without a charged up battery.
  • TIME TO GET A NEW PHONE:
If everything suggested above have failed to retrieve the phone, including getting a new battery and changing chargers. Then it is not the fault of the battery or the charger but of the concerned phone and in such a situation, the only possible solution is to buy a new phone and replace the old one for time has out-smarted it.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Quick and Smarter way of Hassle Free Updating of Moto G GPe to KitKat 4.4.4


 Moto G GPe
Motorola Moto G Google Play Edition is one of the most successful mid-budgets Smartphone. It offers high end features like Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz Quad-core processing unit, along with a 4.5 inch HD Gorilla Glass Display at jaw dropping affordable price. As result of such features, Motorola had sold out innumerable units all across the globe. The Moto G GPe has introduced the update to upgrade your phone from Jelly Bean 4.4.2 to Android KitKat 4.4.4. Here are the steps, which would guide you to update the phone without any hassle.
Prerequisites for Updating
  •  Install all the Motorola drivers.
  •  Enable the USB Debugging for updating process.
  •  Install the Android SDK.
  •  Moto G should have an adequate charge preferably over 60% battery level.
  •  Back-up all the necessary data from the phone like the storage, SMS, Contacts etc.
  •  Stock KOT49H ROM and recovery should be installed.
Steps for Updating Moto G GPe to KitKat 4.4.4
a. The Motorola customers are required to download the OTA update zip file of approximately 162 MB from the Motorola website.

b. The users should switch off their phone completely. While switching on the phone the users are requires pressing the Volume Up + Volume Down+ Powers keys simultaneously. Very soon, a boot mode screen would be available.

c. Using the volume keys users can down the menu and should select the Recovery option by pressing the Power Button.

d. In the idle of the screen, a warning Android logo would be displayed.

e. Moto G user now should press and hold the Volume Up and Volume Down for five seconds, then gently release the Power button.

f. The Moto G will now be booted into stock recovery mode. ‘Android System Recovery <3e>’ text would be displayed at the top of the screen.

g. Users should now connect their Moto G Smartphone to the PC via USB cable.

h. Again, use the volume keys to highlight ‘apply update from ADB’ and select the said option by using the Power Key.

i. The Moto G users should locate the folder on their PC where OTA file has been downloaded in the earlier step. Once you get inside the folder, then press Shift Key and right on an empty space. A list options would be displayed in the pop-up menu, click on the ‘Open Command Window Here’.

j. A black screen command prompt will appear on the screen.

k. Users should type the following in the command prompt to side load the OTA:
adb sideload 8139a3b77162488d3bc058c378e28ff2ea22ae78.KOT49H.M004_5-KTU84P.M003_18.zip

l. The users are requires hold patience as this process would considerable time to finish. Once the process is completed select the ‘Recovery System Now’ from the recovery menu.

m. The Moto G Google Play Edition will now reboot into updated Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM. Just check the Android Version for your satisfaction.

With this, the process of updating the Android Operating System is successfully completed. Now enjoy your latest Android your Moto G GPe handset and unfold all the wonderful opportunities and features provided by it.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Tips for Charging Android Battery Quickly

Charging Android Battery
Consumers are looking forward to good battery life by purchasing new smartphones but battery technology continues to progress more slowly than mobile technology, Companies that are manufacturing new and more efficient batteries are finding it difficult to keep up with the higher resolution displays and other smartphone makers with power hungry technology expanding into iPhone, Android phones and other handsets.

This has forced vendors in creating extreme power saving modes which cuts off major part of the device’s functions to extend battery life when the charge tends to get very low. Though it may take some time to see much progress with regards to smartphone battery life, in the meanwhile, there are some useful ways wherein one can improve the performance of the existing batteries.

For instance when one has returned home after a tiring day at work and is about to go out again and the phone is in need of charging but no time to do the same. These useful tips will enable the user in charging the Android battery to hundred percent.

Enable Airplane Mode

Turning the phone off or enabling it in airplane mode is an effective and easy way in reducing charging time. The phone tends to burn a lot of battery when connected to Wi-Fi or mobile network and disabling the connection can reduce tremendously the battery life.

Slow Charging on Electrical Outlets

Phones tend to charge slowly on electrical outlets or ports, the main cause being the USB. The USB 2.0 ports output 0.5 amps of energy while USB 3.0 ports output 0.9 amp of power and when charged through a traditional electrical outlet one can receive from 1 to 2 amps of energy.

More amps sent to the phone’s battery can speed up the charging and 1 to 2 amps of power may not seem much though 2 amps of power is four times more from what is received from USB 2.0 which is almost 4 times faster charging time.

Avoid Third Party Chargers

Refraining from using third party chargers or even unsupported charges is another useful way since most of these third party chargers are not efficient and may be inadequately designed or made of low quality which may pose as a risk to the user. For precaution sake, charger received with the Android should be utilised.

Tablet Chargers much faster than Smartphone Chargers

Most of the users are unaware that the smartphone charges much faster when it is connected to a tablet charger rather than a smartphone charger. This is because the different chargers draw different amperages and a tablet requires more energy hence it draws more amperage.

Users could try charging their Android with a tablet charger and note the difference in charging time. USB ports are not necessarily locked at specific amperage and just as a Mac increases its amperage to iDevices so also PC increases its amperage to Android devices.

Online downloading of USB boosting software can be done to boost output to a specific USB port wherein the software tells the computer’s motherboard to boost the power to certain USB port. With the useful tips mentioned above, the user can charge the phone to hundred percent in the shortest span of time.

Friday, 7 February 2014

How to Crack / Unlock Pattern Lock of Your Android Device without using Google Account

Pattern
Have you forgotten your Android Security Lock Pattern? And have you ever tried to unlock the security pattern without knowing the unlocking pattern in the android mobiles. If you were agree for that questions, then you can get the information how to crack the pattern lock of your android mobile. In this post, I have shared a best way to crack the lock without using the Google Account for your smartphone. This trick works in both rooted as well as in the unrooted mobiles / tablets, without internet connection. Simply you need a personal computer with device drivers in it. Kindly don’t use this trick over a theft mobile.

Compatibility: 

The trick to unlocking mobile is work with all sort of Android phone or tablet, which is running over Gingerbread, ICS, and Jelly Bean. No need to root your mobile before doing this, so you no need to bother about the warranty of the device.

Pre-requirement: Before doing this, you need to charge your mobile, if your mobile has low charge. It is strongly advised to keep charge more than 75% before doing this. And one more important is that, USB debugging option should be enabled in the mobile. Without enabling this, you cannot perform this action. If you have any anti-virus application in your personal computer, then disable it in your personal computer. If you have disabled USB debugging, then you need to install Custom Recovery for your mobile.

How to Unlock the Pattern Lock of the Android mobile: 

Download the ADB kit from the Internet. After downloading the ADB kit from the link, then extract the files which you have been downloaded. Now open the Fastboot folder and you will found four files in it. It will haveadb.exe, AdbWinApi.dll, AdbWinUsbApi.dll,fastboot.exe;

Now you need to connect the android mobile to your personal computer. Now open the Fastboot folder and right-click over the empty space, now select Open Command Window Here. Then CMD will open; Now in CMD, type the following code;

adb shell
cd /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases
sqlite3 settings.db
update system set value=0 where name=’lock_pattern_autolock’;
update system set value=0 where name=’lockscreen.lockedoutpermanently’;
.quit 

By typing the above code in the command prompt, your device will be automatically cracked. Now your device will be automatically unlocked from the pattern lock from your android mobile. Just restart your mobile to unlock your mobile, now you can see that no lock will be found in the mobile phone. You can easily enter without putting the pattern lock in the cracked mobile. If you want to secure your mobile, then you can easily enable the lock pattern in your android mobile as you do earlier. You can do this mechanism as many as possible if you forget the lock pattern of your android mobile. This one can be used positively as well as negatively which depends upon your mind.