Sideloading Android OTA updates

If you have a Nexus device, it will regularly get updated to the newest Android version. If you don't like to wait for the OTA update to arrive to your device, you can sideload the update if you can get your hands on it. Note: You should always backup important files on your device before doing an update like this. Use this at your own risk, should anything unexpected happen to your device. Downloading the OTA update file Usually, Android

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The history of Android

Ron Amadeo of the tech news site Ars Technica, recently posted a rather lengthy article on Android history, from version 0.5 to todays 4.4. Its worth reading. The history of Android I now notice that android has come a looong way, since my first android device, the white HTC Magic with cupcake 1.5, to the Nexus 5 with android 4.4.3. I don’t think I could ever go back to the magic, today. (I shiver

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How to take a screenshot on the Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 is a great phone, with a slick interface with a minimalistic 3 physical buttons. If you need to take a screenshot, the way to do this, is by simultaneously pressing and holding the power button and the volume down button, for about one second.

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"Ambient Temperature Galaxy S4" app released to Google Play!

May 7, 2013 my app called* Ambient Temperature Galaxy S4* was released to Google Play. This is a thermometer app which measures the Ambient Temperature, instead of the battery temperature (as many of the other apps does). This requires a special temperature sensor present on the device. As of right now, the only devices that have the nesessary Ambient Temperature Sensors, are the Samsung Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 3.Galaxy S5 will not be supported, as it does not

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How to get the "Developer options" and "Performance" menus in the new CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean)

Initially, the “Developer options” and “Performance” menus are hidden in CyanogenMod 10.1. From the developer options menu, you can enable Usb debugging mode and more, which is handy if you are a developer, like me. Suprisingly, you will have to perform a trick to see these two menu items! Heres the trick: Go to Settings -> About phone Scroll to the bottom of the screen Press the “Build number” section 7 times. You will see a message, like pictured

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How to try out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich!

A couple or hours ago, the Galaxy Nexus was announced, along with Android 4.0. At the same time, the Android 4.0 SDK was released into the wild.  Here I will show you how to already get it up and running, so you can try it out, and start developing/adapting your Android apps for ICS. It will give you a nice “hands on” feeling for ICS The steps in this post is quite similar to the post I

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Some useful Android Emulator Tips And Tricks

This page about the Android Emulator, gives you a lot of tips on how to do different things in you emulator, like rotate the screen of your AVD device. Heres some of the things I find quite useful when working on my apps: From the Controlling the Emulator section: Emulated Device Key Keyboard Key Switch to previous layout orientation (for example, portrait, landscape) Ctrl-F11 Switch to next layout orientation (for example, portrait, landscape) Ctrl-F12 Home HOME Toggle cell networking on/

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How to try out Android 3.0 - Honeycomb!

Earlier, I wrote a post on how you can try out the new Android Gingerbread (2.3), and now its Honeycombs turn! This process is very similar to the one regarding the Gingerbread, so I suggest you skim through that post. You can read more about whats new in Honeycom here. And here is more about the Honeycomb preview SDK itself. First, we need to open our Android SDK and AVD manager, and install the new Honeycomb packages: 1. Go

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Formatting Android XML files in Eclipse

The XML auto formatting in Eclipse ADT is currently not working properly. When I am working on Android apps with big XML layout files in Eclipse ADT, the XML tends to get a little cluttered, and sometimes the many attributes ends up on one single line like this: With attributes on one line. It Looks bad, and has low readability. This makes reading the XML layout far more difficult than if they were all ligned up properly below each other.

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BF2Stats v2.0 Released as new app!

BF2Stats2 is a totally new and improved version of the old BF2Stats, Battlefield 2 stats app for Android. Features: Improved in every way Search for playernames Add and remove your favourite players to your fav list Faster and more robust app Uses less data traffic It was released as a new app in Market. (because I managed to loose my jarsigner crypt key) So it means a fresh start! :) Market URL: market://details?id=no.BF2.Stats2 I am sure

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