Posts Tagged ‘All Android’

How to revert back to DJI Pilot? (Android)

August 17, 2015

If you left your Google Play to ‘auto update’ apps, and you woke up with a dodgy DJI GO app that replaced your DJI Pilot – fret not. I have a copy of the final version of DJI Pilot app (version 1.2.0) that you can download on my dropbox.

dji pilot final version

Before downloading, I highly recommend that you turn off that ‘auto update’ by going to Google Play – hit your menu key, click on settings, click the ‘Auto-Update apps’ and select ‘Do not auto-update apps’. You can still update your apps manually though, so no worries on that.

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Now that’s done and out of the way, you can uninstall your DJI GO app, and then download the final DJI Pilot app from my dropbox by clicking > HERE <

(There is no need to have a dropbox account to download, however, if you want one, please register via my link > HERE < and both of us may get extra space! Sharing is caring :-) )

Make sure you allow non Google Play app to install by going to Settings > Security > then enable ‘unknown sources’ if you have not done so.

I found that DJI Pilot app is a bit lighter on processor usage then the DJI GO. What do you guys think?

By the way, here’s my recent video of Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 night fly for you guys to drool over 😛

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Phantom 3 FPV lag fix / How to make your Android phones perform faster

August 16, 2015

Would you like to make your Android phones / tablet performs faster or better?

This post will show you some simple tips on how to do it. Who knows, you might actually unleash the hidden kitten beast that’s been lurking in your Android devices 😉

If you have an Ipad Air 2 or an Iphone 6, you should have good smooth live view / FPV for your Phantom 3. However live view stutters and jerky are the norm if you are using an Android device. I’m using a Redmi Note (an Octa-core, 2GB RAM, Mali-450MP4 GPU) and things can get a little bit ugly for this mid range phone as it’s not that powerful to begin with.

However, I did some tweaks to my Redmi Note and saw great improvements afterwards. Although this is mainly focused on the DJI Pilot / DJI Go app for Phantom 3 live view / FPV – Normal Android users may also get benefit from this tutorial, resulting in a more smoother interface, faster response time on both normal tasks and gaming.

Watch the guide and let me know if this simple performance tweak works.

Play Angry Birds Go on Nexus 7

December 30, 2013

It is simply irritating when you have a great device like the Nexus 7 and yet you can’t download Angry Birds Go! because “this item is not compatible with your device“?

Nexus 7 incompatible with Angry Birds Go solution

I mean, what the heck? The Nexus 7 for me is a gaming tablet! With NVIDIA Tegra 3 that runs on Quad Core processors (not the 2012 version) – see also my review here – it is more than capable to run this silly game. Come on Angry Birds Go! now you’ve made me angry! How can Rovio do this? Do they have some grudge over Nexus or something. Even my ancient Single Core Sony Xperia Play and Dual Core China Lenovo phone is on the supported list! Screw you Rovio! 😛

Well, let me tell you something. Angry Birds Go! does run on Nexus 7. If Google Play denied you access, pop up your tablet browser (I suggest Chrome or Firefox) and enter “angry birds go apk” Find the result from android mob and download the apk (It’s quite large but not huge). Then just open to install.

angry birds go for nexus 7

Update : I tried mine with result from theandroidapp and this one worked. Just download the apk and install. Data will be downloaded over wifi / 3G. Runs great on Nexus 7 – but my wife said the game seemed a little bit too ‘technologically advanced‘ for her (maybe she compared this with the original Angry Birds) 😛

At first I wanted to host the apk on my dropbox, but not sure if Rovio would be happy about this (I mean, they SHOULD be happy of me promoting their game to ‘unsupported’ device that actually supports it!). But hey, you guys can give me a thanks by dropping a comment or subscribing to this blog 🙂

how to run angry birds go on nexus 7

Update : And here is the Angry Birds Go! running on my Nexus 7.

The Nexus 7 32GB review – Why buy a china tablet?

August 5, 2013

I may be a little bit backdated but I feel there is not so much ‘wow‘ factor with the new Nexus 7 2 (2013). And seeing that the new Nexus 7 2 is out, the older version of Nexus 7 will face a drop down in price. So if you have not owned a (decent) tablet yet – this may be the right time for you to get the ‘not so old‘ Nexus 7.

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I’d say “Alternative to china tablets is the Nexus 7” – With it’s attractive price tag and still carrying a respectable specs, why buy a crappy china tablet instead of the Nexus 7? Of course it’s missing something physical like the back camera, hdmi out, and a memory card expansion slot. But I tell ya it’s a gentleman for being honest from the start – instead of the china tablets that have almost everything physical wise, they have taken the specs away (although it appears all amazing and powerful in paper – don’t be fooled!) and won’t be performing as good as the Nexus 7 when it comes to the challenge.

So if you are thinking “what is the best budget tablet” that you should buy? I will highly recommend the Nexus 7 – be it the WIFI version 16 / 32GB, or the cellular / 3G version 16 / 32GB version. It is not just a budget tablet, it is an ‘Excellent tablet’ which have won 2012 “Gadget Of The Year” and “Tablet Of The Year” beating the Ipad, Sony Tablet S, even Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. How is that for an excellent budget tablet?

Still not convinced why you should get the Nexus 7? Maybe I’ll help you to know each others first. Hop on in for the full review.

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Xperia Play owners – I think it’s time to sell your device

January 1, 2013

Happy new year everyone (especially to my dearest subscribers, although not many 🙂 ). I just hope that I have more informative content to write about this year and hopefully a broader range of topics. I hate being so specifics, sometimes I get bored a bit too soon.

Well, my phone would also like to wish me a Happy New Year – kamikaze style by displaying static screen – like a TV without antenna.

xperia play screen issue

At first I thought it was a software issue – Since I have flashed a custom ROM but not void warranty (didn’t matter anymore – the official Sony warranty ended last December, WARGH!) as I did not unlock the bootloader – so I factory reset and flashed back to stock ROM. On first boot and a couple of minutes after – everything was normal – until I turn the screen off and turn it back again – just to be surprised by the horror static screen – still being there!

Come on Xperia PlayPlay nice will ya…

So I spent a couple of hours – software side – to fix the issue, but to no success. In the end I goggled and found out that this is quite a common issue with Xperia Play. Due to it’s moving parts (gamepad slider) – this is the common ribbon issue with most slider type phones.

I have not checked how much it would cost for repairs (and how long will it take) – but I will update it here once I know.

As for the rest of Xperia Play owners out there – if your device is still good, I suggest that you sell it off before the same thing happens to your unit. Although it is a good gaming phone, the hardware on the Xperia Play is simply outdated. It’s even outdated during its first launch. And now with quad cores leading the market, with faster GPU and bigger RAM – the Xperia Play with 1Ghz single core, less than a GB RAM plus it’s ridiculously small internal storage is just … just ..

I don’t even have a word for it. Just avoid it unless you really want the built in gamepad.

The common used price for Xperia Play should range around RM400. Brand new ones are around RM600+. Just an idea if you plan to sell one… or buying one. There should be some selling @ Lowyat.net. Just head over to the Garage Sales -> Mobile Phones and Related Accessories section and hopefully you are in luck!

Will WhatsApp Messenger be a paid application?

September 25, 2012

My WhatsApp Messenger account has again been automatically renewed to 05/04/2013. Although it still says “Free trial” … from my personal point of view, it will not and never become a paid app.

Reason is simple. It has too many subscribers! With it’s cross platform that works on Android, Iphone, Blackberry’s and all.. most of my friends and families which have unlimited mobile internet have WhatsApp installed on their smartphones. It’s a great application to send text and images, not to mention location, audio, and even short videos.

By converting this to a ‘paid app’ it will instantaneously cripple and result in almost 100% lost of their subscribers.

Just like the other day when WhatsApp was down for maintenance …

Me and most of my friends started downloading and switched over to Viber! And now Viber is a keeper to us all. It works pretty much the same as WhatsApp, easy to add contacts by identifying those that’s already on your phone contact list.. which makes the “what’s your ID?” obsolete and useless.

So WhatsApp, why don’t you just stop with the “Free Trial” joke once and for all. You know that you can’t get this much of subscribers if you changed it to a paid app. If you really need money.. (like to support your server bandwidth and all) how about some advertisements for some money instead? That would be a good idea, as long as those ad’s doesn’t really suck our bandwidth or go on full screen or something until it disturb from using the app normally. We like the ad to be super small if possible (or no ad at all if ever! Make it stay as this!)

For those who didn’t try WhatsApp yet, get it > here < from Google Play.
And why don’t you get Viber as well > here < just in case if WhatsApp is down again? 😉

A compilation of most used Android Application

January 22, 2012

Recently I have a friend who just bought an Android phone. He posted in facebook asking for most favorite and most used Android apps. And I do have some other friends who kept asking about Android apps and all which I’ve noticed that I kept on repeating myself about it again and again. As I’ve been using Android since a few years ago (started off with HTC Magic) and have gotten quite used to it, I believe I should write a few about it and posted this here as “the best is to share, not to keep!“.

My favourite Android applications
in no ranking order

#GPS#
Ndrive (market link)

I’ve used several GPS voice navigation software before (such as Sygic and Papago, and there should be some more which I could not remember) but kept going back to Ndrive for it’s great voice navigation guidance. Ndrive is fluid without lags and have simple, nice interface. Great thing about it is that once you speed up, it will automatically zoom out the map so you can see more of what’s ahead. And when you slow down, the application will zoom in so you can see a more detailed map instead. There is an option to toggle this if you want more of manual control.

As much praise as I can give, Ndrive (I’m using version 10 currently) is horribly bad when coming to it’s searching capabilities. In Malaysia, there are a lot of mis-spelled road names and POI, and doing search on POI is a nightmare as the software will ask you for which town the POI is in, and you really need to be accurate in order to find what you need. For instance, if I enter Selangor, I will be prompted with multiple Selangor entries such as Selangor Setapak Gombak, Selangor Hulu Kelang Gombak, Selangor Batu Gombak, Selangor Bukit Raja Petaling, Selangor Damansara Petaling and so on.. it’s really frustrating when you just unsure of the exact POI that you are looking for and when you only know it’s in Selangor! I wish Ndrive could simplify this what Garmin did which made it so easy (and I still use Garmin on my Windows 6.5 phone when I have the chance to!). There are some rural areas which have roads without names. This is kind of frustrating especially when you’ve paid quite a heavy price tag of the software.

But still, I liked it for some unknown reason…

#religious#
iQuran (market link)

This is my favourite. I know that this is similar to the iPhone version, but I’m glad they also have it on Android. I’ve covered this application before in my previous post. So you can read all about it > HERE < and yes it’s FREE.

#religious#
Quran Android (market link)

After some time, I believe Quran – Madina was one of my most favorite Quran apps as it appears exactly like the real quran. If you want the text to be bigger, just flip the phone sideways for landscape support. However, I am not sure why this does not work on my Xperia Play anymore (I kept getting Force Close error). So an alternative to this was the Quran Android pictured above. Although text is a bit plain looking but it has support for audio recitation (like the iQuran), and easy to read without having to scroll much. This application is FREE as well.

#file management#
File Expert (market link)

Please remember this application was developed by ‘Geek Software Technology Inc’ and it is as geeky as it can get. You will not only have the normal file explorer capability, but access to your phone internal storage (without root, however root is required to perform write actions), access to your dropbox, box.net, kanbox, kDrive, etc straight from File Expert, server capability (Windows / Samba sharing, FTP, SFTP, FTPS, WebDAV, Bluetooth OBEX), backup and uninstall of apps, and many more which I honestly have not tried it all yet. Most common function for this is the easy file transfer via Wifi which when I get home, connect the phone to my home wifi, turn on web sharing and I am able to access the phone content (files, pictures, videos) on my PC browser wirelessly. Best thing is that I can download or even upload files to my phone without plugging the USB in. A top 5/5 must have application (I have no use for Root Explorer anymore, sadly, but still it was a good app), and did I mention it’s FREE?

#sms backup#
SMS Backup + (market link)

My wife been running her own business and have tons of SMS from clients on her Android phone. And the fact that Android only holds 200 of your SMS before the rest disappears unknowingly is quite scary for some who does not know about it (the one who keeps all SMS and never bothered to delete, until one day when you need to take a look at the old SMS only to realize that it’s not there anymore). SMS Backup + is a fine application which stores (automatically if configured) all of your SMS to your Gmail account. It’s simple to set and runs great. I’ve covered about this application before, so you may read it further over > HERE <

In short, this application is useful for people who either subscribed for data plan or frequently connect their phone to Wifi. For an offline version, read on below!

#sms backup#
SMS Backup (market link)

Now this is an offline backup application which backup your SMS to your MicroSD Card. Great for those who does not have data plan and does not frequently connect their phone to any Wifi connection. It’s pretty straight forward to begin with.

First, open the app > click on settings (tools icon on upper right), I usually click on ‘Archive Mode’ so new SMS are added into the same file automatically (does not generate a new file each time backup). I will just leave the rest of the settings by default. Then, click Schedule settings, specify what time to auto backup and the intervals (repeat every .. 1 day?) > Click Enable Schedule, and click on Save to accept the new settings. After that click back on your Android button, and do an initial backup by clicking Backup.

You can also view backup without restoring the SMS by clicking view. This will show a plain text layout with all SMS organized by received date / time. Clicking on any SMS will bring up it’s thread. And the awesomeness is complete! (It’s free of course, duh!)

#proxy#
sl4a (link)

There was this article on the internet in regards to SOPA which mentioned “the power to censor the Web using techniques similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran” – and look what appeared in Malaysian local newspaper…

Did you spot it? So, for this there’s this great Android application called sl4a which actually processes script (and I believe a few more functions which I am not quite familiar about) – so what we do is to run this script (WARNING only works on a rooted device, Ha, told ya to root before!) and you may (yes, some doesn’t work anymore) access these blocked sites like piratebay again. I’ve covered this before, so head > HERE < to read all about it (link to download is there as well).

#productivity#
Mindjet for Android (formerly known as Thinking Space), (market link)

I personally have not really tried Mindjet that much as of yet, but I have used Thinking Space before and it works very good. This is a mind mapping software that you can use on your Android. Of course, it is best when used on tablets and devices such as the Galaxy Note (*cough*) which have a bigger screen estate. But it works well on a typical 3 – 4″ screen.

The application is fast, have ability to export mindmap in png (although Mindjet now only allow you to do that if you’re sending the image file over via email – Thinking Space -if I remembered correctly- have an option to save png on SD Card, so it’s more easier to export. I think they should have this option in paid version of Mindjet Pro). And when you have access to your desktop, you can load your saved file in FreeMind (open source, free app for Windows), although I have not tried this with file saved under Mindjet (it does work before with Thinking Space saved files, although there were minor loss of details during conversion).

#picture editor#
PicSay Pro (market link)

The free version is OK, but the PRO (paid) version is awesome. It contains lots of effects and photo fix options from adjusting contrast, saturation, to applying vignette, dialog box, text, stickers and much more. It also allows you to upload the edited picture straight to social network eg Facebook and option to save it to your SDcard. As I said, the free version is OK, but I would recommend the PRO version for sure.

#emulator#
GameBoid emulator (Google for it!)

Android phones are powerful enough to decently run Gameboy Advanced games. Imagine playing back games such as Dragonball Supersonic Warriors, Balloon Fight, Super Mario Bros, Bomberman, Digimon, Pokemon, Metal Slug… you name it, if it’s there on the GBA handheld console, you can load it up on Android.

Unfortunately Gameboid is not listed in Android Market. But with some Googling, you should be able to find the .apk and also BIOS for GBA easily (this should be in zip file). As for ROMs, that I will not say further 🙂 but feel free to ask uncle Google, he might be able to point you out to one or two…

So that’s it. I do have more, but if I post em all, I wouldn’t have any more to write on next time, right? So what are your favorite and most commonly used Android apps? Come share!

Battery Life on the Xperia PLAY

January 15, 2012

Not bad, not bad at all. Of all the Android based smartphones I had before, the Xperia PLAY holds the best battery life of all. With medium usage running on 3G (no internet) with some web surfing via WIFI, a couple of game play and downloads, I still have more than 50% after a near day of use.

Postponed Galaxy Nexus Announcement

October 9, 2011

It looks like Samsung have decided to postponed the announcement of it’s brand new Galaxy Nexus in the event in respect of Steve Jobs’ recent passing

Galaxy Nexus is the first (official) Android to be equipped with the new OS – Ice Cream Sandwich. If the speculated specs is true, Galaxy Nexus would be on top of the Android chain (stepping up to the Samsung Galaxy S 2 / SGS2) with a 1.5Ghz Dual Core CPU, a Dual Core GPU (maybe a PowerVR SGX543MP2), 8MP camera, 1080p camcorder, a huge capacity 2050mAh battery (we hope this meets our expectation as power users) and a 4.65″ big resolution screen…

But then, I’ve seen some dual cores with ‘laggy’ UI and not that great camera and other things which only looked spectacular on paper. However, being that Samsung has gained a lot of reputation with it’s SGS2, we hope that the Galaxy Nexus will match and exceed most of our expectation – with an exception to the price that is…

Save downloaded apps / games from Market

August 23, 2011

So you found a nice application or games from Android Market and you went ahead and download it to your device. A couple of days later, something happened and you lost all of your apps and games. Just when you thought of getting those apps from Market, you found out that your internet doesn’t work…

If only you had saved them locally…

But wait, you CAN! Spoiler : it’s for rooted users only 🙂

If you know how to navigate to files and folders, this would be a piece of cake.

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