[Tutorial] Install Android 4.4 KitKat on a GSM Galaxy Nexus

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Halloween was a wonderful day for every Android-fanboy this time round as it was when Google released the Nexus 5 and along with it Android 4.4 KitKat. Although, for some (Galaxy Nexus owners), it wasn’t as good a day. Google officially announced that it’s Galaxy Nexus (both GSM and Verizon variants) would not receive any Android 4.4 KitKat goodness. To put it in another way, the Galaxy Nexuses will be stuck on Android 4.3 for eternity; ..and then the good Lord said, “let there be XDA”.

According to XDA Developers, the  following AOSP ROM is quite stable (it is!) with the exception of a few isolated issues like animation and graphical glitches (did not bother us much) which will be fixed in the upcoming releases.

Pre-requisites to flashing this ROM 

  • Back up data and settings using a recommended custom recovery tool, like ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup.
  • Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on the phone, by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (if you don’t see Developer Options, follow this pastie -> http://bit.ly/1h0xTLg)
  • You must be rooted on your current firmware before updating and have a custom recovery installed. We suggest using ClockworkMod recovery.

Downloads Required

Steps involved in updating the phone

  • Connect your Galaxy Nexus to your computer and transfer the files you downloaded onto it’s storage.
  • Power off the phone and disconnect its USB cable from computer.
  • Boot the phone into Fastboot mode by pressing and holding Volume UpVolume Down and Power buttons together.
  • Once the device reboots, you should see something like this —Fastboot_gnex
  • Use the Volume up and Volume down buttons to navigate to the red banner above the opened up Android to say “Recovery mode” and then press the Power button.
  • In ClockworkMod recovery, perform a full data wipe task by choosing Wipe Data/Factory Reset (use volume buttons to navigate and power button to select the desired option in recovery).
  • Wait until the wipe process completes and then perform Wipe Cache Partition. Let the process complete and then select Wipe Dalvik Cache from advance option. This will prevent ROM related errors or boot loop issues.
  • Once the wipe process is done, return to main recovery menu and select Install Zip from SD card.
  • Then select Choose zip from SD card. Now, locate the Android 4.4 ROM zip file you copied earlier to the phone and select it by tapping Power button. Confirm the ROM installation on next screen and let the installation begin.
  • Then, repeat the previous step for installing Google Apps as well.
  • After Google apps is also installed, go back and tap on reboot system now in the recovery menu. The phone will now reboot automatically. The first boot might take about five minutes to complete. So, don’t worry!
  • Once rebooted, you will be greeted with the Android setup wizard. Set your phone up and enjoy!

Steps involved to get get root access on the 4.4 ROM

  • Install the Nexus Root Toolkit you downloaded earlier. It will extract certain files so make sure you install in within a folder.
  • Once installed, you will be asked to select your device. Select Galaxy Nexus GSM/HSPA+  and the select you ROM as Custom ROM – KK. Then, let the toolkit do it’s thing until you’re greeted with the following dialog box.

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  • Under the Root section  tick Custom Recovery if it’s un-ticked and then press Root.
  • From here on, just follow the instructions the pop up on your computer and you’ll be fine.
  • Once, the process ends, you will an up and running KitKat ROM with root access.

Source: XDA Developers

Update1 : Cyanogenmod 11 is now available for the Galaxy Nexus and it installs Kitkat!

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[Tutorial] How To Get Facebook Home On Any Unsupported Android Device (Root Required)

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Facebook has relesed their new launcher, Home, available on the Google Play Store. However, it’s currently US-only, and only available on a bunch of devices (for reasons known only to Facebook.)

But if you’re from another part of the world, and want to try it on your device, and it’s not supported yet? Don’t worry. Here’s a small tutorial to help you out. Although, you’ll need to be rooted for it to work.

1) First of all, get the Facebook Home .apk for here

2) Then, go into /system using a file manager of your choice (I used Root Explorer from the Play Store). You’ll find a build.prop text file there.

3) We have to edit the following values –

ro.product.model=”Some unique string”
ro.product.name= “Some unique string”
ro.product.device=”Some unique string”

Replace your device’s unique string with “GT-I9300” (without quotes)

4) Reboot. Install the Facebook Home APK and open it. Boom. That’s it. All done.

As it happens, you don’t need Facebook Home to use Chat Heads. It comes with the Messenger app update. So, if you only want Chat Heads, just update Messenger!

Source: Androsym

#Update1: This method is cumbersome and time-consuming so please follow the this article instead

[Guide] Install WhatsApp Messenger In iPod Touch And iPad.

whatsapp-messanger-downloadI am sure that you all are aware of WhatsApp messenger. If Not, WhatsApp Messenger lets you Send Instant Messages literally free of cost to other WhatsApp users. Each chat is so small that even the slowest net is enough. WhatsApp cannot be installed on iPod Touch and iPad because its not compatible with it.

To Install WhatsApp On Your iPod Touch or iPad, you need certain softwares:
1. iTunes 10 or 11 (We Tested This On iTunes 10)
2. iPhone Configuration Utility
And You’re Ready To Go:
1. Open your iTunes and looks for WhatsApp in Apps section of iTunes.

2. Install and open the iPhone Configuration utility before that make sure you connected your iDevice on Windows PC or Mac.

3. Check on the left panel on iPhone configuration utility.

Click on application, Add file and locate the .ipa file you want to add or simply drag and drop the .ipa file to iPhone configuration utility

You can Locate the .ipa at the following path:

For Mac user

/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Application

For Windows user

C:\Users\USER\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Mobile Applications

Note : The paths mentioned above are default ones, if you changed the path them check the .ipa file there.

4. Check for Devices on the left panel on iPhone configuration utility and make sure your iDevice is listed.

Click on your device and go to application. A list of applications will will shown and in our case you can see Install button next to WhatsApp. Click on it and allow a few seconds(why not empty that bladder?)

Give it some time it will be installed on your deice and you will see the uninstall button next to the app installed.

Note: This method may not work in some newer iDevices. If You have a Jailbroken iDevice, install WhatsPad from the BigBoss Repo(pre-installed)

We at T101 do not encourage piracy.

[Modding] A Cool Case For The iPod Touch 4 Adding Stereo Speakers And Vibration

In the 2011 CES,  Mophie showed off a prototype of its Pulse game grip for the 4th-generation iPod touch, which features battery-powered front-facing stereo speakers and haptic feedback by Reflex Technology. When one of us at Technologic101 bought it, we spent some time using the Pulse and came away rather impressed. Game audio, music, and even the keyboard tick sound get translated into convincing pulses and vibrations. The iPod touch interfaces with the Pulse via the 3.5mm headphone jack, and a switch on the bottom left edge turns the haptic feedback on and off. As a bonus, the Pulse also offers full case protection.

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The mophie pulse™ is an innovative rumble feedback gaming device designed to give you a new dimension to your gaming experience while playing games on the iPod touch 4th generation. The pulse controller will improve the usability and appeal of all iPod apps – not just games. All effects, such as music, button clicks or scrolling will create a sensory feedback.

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Featuring ViviTouch™ Technology, the case shakes, vibrates, and pulses, bringing applications and games to life. Front-facing stereo speakers enrich the sound quality of the built-in iPod touch speakers, redirecting the sound to create overall bone-shaking game feedback. Additionally, the pulse allows easy access to controls and connectors and features a textured gaming grip on the sides and back of the case to give users ultimate control.

It converts electric energy directly into movement and even uses 70 percent less battery power. Developers do not need to use the ViviTouch API to generate vibrations, instead the audio energy from a game is converted to recreate different effects. However, the API is available if Developers want to optimize their games for ViviTouch.

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The Product Dimensions Are : 5.74 in x 2.50 in x 0.65 in
Weight: 1lbs

This Product is a must for all users who want iPhone-like gaming experience in their iPod Touch.

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[Tutorial] How to Bypass Mailbox for iPhone’s Waiting Period

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So, lately this new email client (currently only supporting Gmail)  for the iPhone/iPod has been a huge topic for discussion in the tech community. Especially it’s ‘first-come, first-serve’ policy which some people are fine with but it irritates others. And we get that. You want to get your hands on the app too like everyone else is. So, what is this policy? Well, the developers for the app are sensible enough manage their servers properly because they know if they didn’t, they would crash and result in a bad review for the app. So, they limited the number of users allowed to use the app. Now, while we think this is smart and an intelligent way to monitor their users, it is also a ‘bad’ thing for people who want to get their hands on the app as soon as possible – for whatever reason.

Fortunately, there is a simple work-around for people with ‘jailbroken’ devices to get the app working. Let me guide you through the process.

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any harm to your phone or email account. Also, we cannot assure this method to work when you try to use it as the developers might have just updated the app or their permission protocols.So, try this only if you really want to. 

Thing you need

  1. A jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch
  2. iFile installed from Cydia
  3. The Mailbox app installed on the phone (duh?)

Procedure

  •  Load Mailbox and get a place in line
  • Load iFile
  • Browse to var/mobile/Applications/ and look through all the weird named folders until you find Mailbox. Once you found it go to Mailbox/Library/Preferences/com.orchestra.v2.plist
  • Tap on com.orchestra.v2.plist and open it with the Text Viewer.
  • Scroll towards the end of the document and locate the following lines –

<key>orchestra.mailbox.did.ask.for.push.permission</key>
<true/>
<key>orchestra.velvet.room.allowed</key>
<false/>

  • Tap on Edit (upper left corner) and change the last line from false to true and save the file.
  • Make sure Mailbox for iPhone is not open (close it in the app switcher). Then, open up the app and sign in with Gmail.

#Update : This method no longer works. We’ll updated the post as soon as we find something that works.

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[Tutorial] How To Use The US Playstore Outside the US On Any Android Device

Untitled-1We live in a monopoly with USA as the super-power.So,it seems fair that Americans have an exclusive app market to purchase or browse content on.But this does not mean we can’t have access to it.A simple proxy does the trick,but the question is,which proxy and whether to pay for one or not?

Paying for a proxy is a stupid idea when there are free alternatives (which do work) out there.We’ll be talking about the most convenient and easy to use proxy in just a second.For now,let’s talk about what one needs to get access to the US playstore.

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Procedure

  1. Install Market Enabler on your phone just like you would install any other .apk file and download and install Hotspot Shield too from the playstore.
  2. Open Market enabler and select a ‘ US ‘ carrier from the second tab (swipe left once).We suggest using us-verizon.Make sure you don’t set it as ‘set on boot’ because that’ll interfere with your calls and/or messages.
  3. Now open up the VPN app and enable it.It’ll take a few seconds only.
  4. Now,go to Settings -> Apps -> All and look for ‘Google Play Store’ and empty it’s cache.
  5. Open up the Playstore and you should see the US Playstore which would look something like this.

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