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

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Update Samsung Galaxy S advance (NFC) I9070P to Jellybean 4.1.2 GermanVersion Without Rooting



Update Samsung Galaxy S Advance (NFC) I9070P to Jellybean German  4.1.2 Version Without Rooting

1. Upgrade to JB 4.1.2(German Ver)
Download this Firmware file from here:  https://adf.ly/OZZam

Installation :
  1. Extract the tar.md5 from the above zip file if you download from the mirror.
  2. Turn off your phone.
  3. Make sure Samsung Kies program is not running on your computer at that time.
  4. If it is, just close Kies.
  5. Put your phone in download mode(Now press volume down key+ home key + power button together simultaneously for few seconds until you get haptic feedback from your phone i.e. until your phone vibrates to enter download mode. Now press volume up key to confirm that you want to proceed ahead when asked to do so on the screen.)
  6. Connect the phone to PC
  7. Download Odin V3 1.8 from here and Open Odin v3 1.8* 
  8. In ODIN program, you’ll see a box colored with com number indicated. In the log section of ODIN program, it’ll display Added message. This indicates that your phone is successfully detected by ODIN program.
  9. Click on PDA button and browse to the firmware extracted folder and select the firmware file.
  10. Choose the tar.md5 in the pda section. Leave rest untouched.
  11. Flash.

Once it completes,

After completing everything, you’ll find that all your previous apps, messages, contacts are intact. Well, don’t be hopeful because you might face several problems like no network connectivity after flashing jelly bean firmware on Galaxy S Advance, or the UI screen very laggy, or excessive RAM usage, etc. To solve such issues and to experience speed Jellybean butter effect, you have to factory reset your phone.

So, Switch Off your phone.

Press Volume up key + Home button + power key together simultaneously to enter recovery mode.
Use volume up/down key to navigate through the options and power key to select/execute a particular option.
Select Wipe Cache here.
Now select Factory Reset.
Now Select Reboot.

Yippie you should be all set to go.

If you still want more so that your Phone get more smooth
Then i have a simple method how to make ur JB (I9070PXXLPD) smooth



Saturday, May 4, 2013

Enable Notification Synchronization for custom labels in Gmail Android app


Gmail android app is very useful and productive as it automatically synchronizes with our gmail account and notifies us whenever new mail arrives in our inbox, but if you’re like me, who organize their mails into separate categories or folders or labels in gmail, you might have noticed that you don’t get notification for mails received in your labels/filters, even mails routed directly to gmail labels are not synchronized automatically unless you check your labels manually. For example, you’ve created a filter in your gmail account which moves all your business related mails to a specific label. Now, you know how important it is to timely respond to business mails and therefore, instant email notification for your business mails are necessary and so synchronization of all your mails in business labels. So, in this tutorial, we’ll enable notification and synchronization for labels in our gmail android app:



  1. Launch Gmail android app.
  2. Tap option button and visit settings page.
  3. You’ll see your email address listed below General Settings option. Tap on your email address to open the respective setting.
  4. You’ll now see Manage labels option. Tap it.
  5. On this page, you’ll see all your gmail labels/folders listed with details whether gmail synchronizes them or not. Just select the desired label for which you want to enable notification.
  6. On this screen, tap on Sync Message option and choose Sync all or Sync last 30 days.
  7. Now, Under Notifications, select Label Notifications and also select Vibrate option. You can also select Notify for Every message option if you wish to receive notification for each message that arrives in that label.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How to downgrade Android JellyBean to GingerBread on Samsung Galaxy S GT I9000 India


Few users were not satisfied with JB and wanted to go back to GingerBread. It gets touch emailing all the instructions to our fellow readers for downgrading back to GB on Galaxy S . So here, I’ve put the tutorial on How to downgrade Galaxy S from Jelly Bean to GingerBread OS.

Requirements:
Follow the instructions carefully. This tutorial is applicable for Galaxy S phone (GT-I9000) running Jelly Bean Android 4.1.2 OS. (Indian Version)
Make sure you’ve charged your phone to its full capacity.
Backup all contents on your phone including contacts, messages, apps (if you want to), images, videos, personal files as downgrading process will wipe everything.
Proceed at your own risk as your device might get bricked. So, do not downgrade unless you desperately want to. If you really want to downgrade to GB, you can even approach Samsung Mobile Service center to do the job for you instead of taking risk yourself. The author and this website hold no responsibility for any damage.
USB Data Cable
Computer/Laptop


How to Downgrade JB 4.1.2 to GB 2.3.6 on Galaxy S GT I9000


  1. Download this package from here. This is compressed file. Use 7-zip or winrar program to extract the archive.
  2. Open Odin3 v1.85 version download from here .
  3. Turn off your phone. Go to download mode on your phone by pressing volume down + home+ power keys together. You’ll be asked to press volume up key to confirm entry into download mode.
  4. Connect your phone to computer via usb cable.
  5. In ODIN, a box will turn colored with com number and in the log window, there will be a message – Added.
  6. Now click on PDA button in ODIN and select tar.md5 file.
  7. Now, make sure Re-Partition, Auto-Reboot, F. Reset Time boxes are ticked in ODIN program.
  8. Click on Start button.
  9. Let the flashing process continue.
  10. After some time, your phone will reboot. It might take time to start so have patience.
  11. Once your phone starts successfully and ODIN displays PASS message in Green colored box, you can then unplug your phone from computer.
  12. Go to phone settings to confirm if you’re successfully back on GingerBread OS.
  13. So, I hope this tutorial helps you get your device back to its original glory. Proceed with caution, or give Jelly Bean more time to stabilize itself if you’re not happy with JB as more and more updates will be released for JB for various countries soon. Hence downgrading is not the best choice.

How to Install Facebook Home On Any Incompatible Android Phone

We have already informed you about the new Facebook Launcher which will turn your smartphone to a Facebook-oriented device but all of the Android handsets are not eligible for this new makeover as one of the Social networking giant Facebook Authority has officially restricted this new invention to only 5 high-end smartphones available in the market as of now named HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC First, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S3 and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones. We are getting mixed reaction from the Facebook addicts all over the world and we can understand their agony, still if you are able to download Facebook Home launcher apk from any unknown source you still need to know the procedure to install this launcher successfully on your incompatible Android devices.


For all of our fans & followers, we are elaborately discussing the procedure beneath and we hope this will help you to configure your device properly to taste the essence of new Facebook Home Launcher. Well, this guide will surely inspire you and firstly we’d like to thank Android developer Paul O’Brien of Modaco, for his strains that made possible to bring Facebook Home available to all Android devices and the best thing is, you do not have to root your devices to give Facebook Home a try and those folks who have rooted their devices already, this will work for them also. Most importantly, before beginning the procedure, it is mandatory to have minimum Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS installed into you devices.

Note: If you need to root your device, do it at your own risk as casual approach can cause permanent damage to the OS of your device and can brick your device. We never encourage the users to root their devices for using unauthorized applications.


To install Facebook Home on your Android smartphone, you need to do first

Update your device to Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher.
Uninstall the Facebook app and Facebook Messenger app if already installed on your device.
If your device has Facebook and Facebook Messenger applications factory installed then you must root your device in order to uninstall them from your device.
Afterwards, on your device go to Settings > then Security > and under Device administration, check the box beside of “Unknown Sources”.


After doing all these pre-configuration, simply do the followings


  • Download Facebook application (com.facebook.katana.modaco.apk) by Modaco from here.
  • Download Facebook Messenger application (com.facebook.orca.modaco.apk) by Modaco from here.
  • Download patched Facebook Home application (com.facebook.home.modaco.apk) from here.




You can directly download the above applications on your device or you can download those onto your PC or Laptop and after that you can copy them from the source and paste them on your Android device’s internal or external memory. After following all the steps mentioned above successfully, you need to go to the file manager to locate the files.

Now follow these installation steps carefully to install Facebook Home on your device successfully.

After spotting the required three apk files on your device, you need to install Facebook application (com.facebook.katana.modaco.apk) first.




  • Afterwards, select the Facebook Messenger application (com.facebook.orca.modaco.apk) to install it.
  • Then, click on the Facebook Home application (com.facebook.home.modaco.apk) to install that finally.
  • After successful installation of those three applications, you will discover three new icons appear on your device’s Apps list named “Facebook”, “Home” and “Messenger”.







  • At this time, open the Facebook application by clicking on that and when prompted enter your credentials and log in.
  • After successful log into your Facebook account, tap the “Menu” icon located at the top and go to Accounts >then App Settings > and check the box which says “Enable Facebook Home”.




  • Now, a prompt notification will appear on the screen asking you to complete action; just select “Home” and tap on “Always”.




Done! You have successfully integrated Facebook Home onto your Android device. Just keep your patience for few seconds to load the Facebook Launcher up and when it completes you will have a new look & feel appeal of your device with a completely new UI.


You can now enjoy your own new personal Facebook smartphone anywhere with always connected features to your favorite social networking life of Facebook. You will also able to play with the new Chat Heads feature at the time of chatting with your friends on Facebook.

We have successfully tested the above method on Micromax Canvas 2 A110 powered by Android v4.1 Jelly Bean OS and it worked perfectly. You just need to follow the above steps carefully in order to install Facebook Home successfully on your own device. Do not attempt any other means to install those above downloaded files as doing such can also damage the OS of your device.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Manually Update Samsung Galaxy S advance to Official Jellybean India 4.1.2 Without Rooting


1. Upgrade to JB (INDIA Ver)
Download :

https://adf.ly/Nf6nB

Installation :
  1. Extract the tar.md5 from the above zip file if you download from the mirror.
  2. Turn off your phone.
  3. Make sure Samsung Kies program is not running on your computer at that time.
  4. If it is, just close Kies.
  5. Put your phone in download mode(Now press volume down key+ home key + power button together simultaneously for few seconds until you get haptic feedback from your phone i.e. until your phone vibrates to enter download mode. Now press volume up key to confirm that you want to proceed ahead when asked to do so on the screen.)
  6. Connect the phone to PC
  7. Download Odin V3 1.8 from here and Open Odin v3 1.8* 
  8. In ODIN program, you’ll see a box colored with com number indicated. In the log section of ODIN program, it’ll display Added message. This indicates that your phone is successfully detected by ODIN program.
  9. Click on PDA button and browse to the firmware extracted folder and select the firmware file.
  10. Choose the tar.md5 in the pda section. Leave rest untouched.
  11. Flash.

Once it completes,

After completing everything, you’ll find that all your previous apps, messages, contacts are intact. Well, don’t be hopeful because you might face several problems like no network connectivity after flashing jelly bean firmware on Galaxy S Advance, or the UI screen very laggy, or excessive RAM usage, etc. To solve such issues and to experience speed Jellybean butter effect, you have to factory reset your phone.

So, Switch Off your phone.

Press Volume up key + Home button + power key together simultaneously to enter recovery mode.
Use volume up/down key to navigate through the options and power key to select/execute a particular option.
Select Wipe Cache here.
Now select Factory Reset.
Now Select Reboot.

Yippie you should be all set to go.



Monday, April 22, 2013

Hidden Secret Codes for Google Android SmartPhones


These codes have been obtained by decoding various .apk files present in the phone firmware.
DISCLAIMER: This information is intended for experienced users. It is not intended for basic users, hackers, or mobile thieves. Please do not try any of following methods if you are not familiar with mobile phones. We’ll not be responsible for the use or misuse of this information, including loss of data or hardware damage. So use it at your own risk.
INSTRUCTONS: You Can use these codes using your phones’s dialer.

Google Android Security Codes
*#*#4636#*#* 
This code can be used to get some interesting information about your phone and battery. It shows following 5 menus on screen:
  • Phone information
  • Battery information
  • Battery history
  • Usage statistics
  • Wifi information
Menus might differ for different mobile phones.

*#*#7780#*#*
This code can be used for a factory data reset. It’ll remove following things:
  • Google account settings stored in your phone
  • System and application data and settings
  • Downloaded applications
It’ll NOT remove:
  • Current system software and bundled applications
  • SD card files e.g. photos, music files, etc.
PS: Once you give this code, you get a prompt screen asking you to click on “Reset phone” button. So you get a chance to cancel your operation.

*2767*3855#
Think before you give this code. This code is used for factory format. It’ll remove all files and settings including the internal memory storage. It’ll also reinstall the phone firmware.
PS: Once you give this code, there is no way to cancel the operation unless you remove the battery from the phone. So think twice before giving this code.

*#*#34971539#*#*
This code is used to get information about phone camera. It shows following 4 menus:
  • Update camera firmware in image (Don’t try this option)
  • Update camera firmware in SD card
  • Get camera firmware version
  • Get firmware update count
WARNING: Never use the first option otherwise your phone camera will stop working and you’ll need to take your phone to service center to reinstall camera firmware.

*#*#7594#*#*
This one is my favorite one. This code can be used to change the “End Call / Power” button action in your phone. Be default, if you long press the button, it shows a screen asking you to select any option from Silent mode, Airplane mode and Power off.
You can change this action using this code. You can enable direct power off on this button so you don’t need to waste your time in selecting the option.


*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#*
This code opens a File copy screen where you can backup your media files e.g. Images, Sound, Video and Voice memo.


*#*#197328640#*#*
This code can be used to enter into Service mode. You can run various tests and change settings in the service mode.

WLAN, GPS and Bluetooth Test Codes:
*#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#* OR *#*#528#*#* - WLAN test (Use “Menu” button to start various tests)
*#*#232338#*#* - Shows WiFi MAC address
*#*#1472365#*#* - GPS test
*#*#1575#*#* - Another GPS test
*#*#232331#*#* - Bluetooth test
*#*#232337#*# - Shows Bluetooth device address

*#*#8255#*#*
This code can be used to launch GTalk Service Monitor.


Codes to get Firmware version information:
*#*#4986*2650468#*#* - PDA, Phone, H/W, RFCallDate
*#*#1234#*#* - PDA and Phone
*#*#1111#*#* - FTA SW Version
*#*#2222#*#* - FTA HW Version
*#*#44336#*#* - PDA, Phone, CSC, Build Time, Changelist number


Codes to launch various Factory Tests:
*#*#0283#*#* - Packet Loopback
*#*#0*#*#* - LCD test
*#*#0673#*#* OR *#*#0289#*#* - Melody test
*#*#0842#*#* - Device test (Vibration test and BackLight test)
*#*#2663#*#* - Touch screen version
*#*#2664#*#* - Touch screen test
*#*#0588#*#* - Proximity sensor test
*#*#3264#*#* - RAM version

Monday, April 1, 2013

How to downgrade Android JellyBean to GingerBread on Samsung Galaxy S Advance

We’ve posted tutorials on how to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy S advance phone with latest official Jelly Bean release, but few users were not satisfied with JB and wanted to go back to GingerBread. It gets touch emailing all the instructions to our fellow readers for downgrading back to GB on Galaxy S Advance. So here, I’ve put the tutorial on How to downgrade Galaxy S Advance from Jelly Bean to GingerBread OS.

Requirements:
Follow the instructions carefully. This tutorial is applicable for Galaxy S Advance phone (GT-I9070) running Jelly Bean Android 4.1.2 OS.
Make sure you’ve charged your phone to its full capacity.
Backup all contents on your phone including contacts, messages, apps (if you want to), images, videos, personal files as downgrading process will wipe everything.
Proceed at your own risk as your device might get bricked. So, do not downgrade unless you desperately want to. If you really want to downgrade to GB, you can even approach Samsung Mobile Service center to do the job for you instead of taking risk yourself. The author and this website hold no responsibility for any damage.
USB Data Cable
Computer/Laptop

How to Downgrade JB 4.1.2 to GB 2.3.6 on Galaxy S Advance


  1. Download this package from here. This is compressed file. Use 7-zip or winrar program to extract the archive.
  2. If you Galaxy S Advance phone is the 16GB model, download this file also from here. Extract this rar file.
  3. Open Odin3 v1.85 version.
  4. Turn off your phone. Go to download mode on your phone by pressing volume down + home+ power keys together. You’ll be asked to press volume up key to confirm entry into download mode.
  5. Connect your phone to computer via usb cable.
  6. In ODIN, a box will turn colored with com number and in the log window, there will be a message – Added.
  7. Now click on PDA button in ODIN and select CODE_GT-I9070_I9070DXLD1_CL1068093_REV00_user_SEC_KEY_LD1_ 8G.tar.md5 file.
  8. Now hit on CSC button and select CSC_GT-I9070-MULTI-CSC-OLBLD1_SEC_KEY_8G.tar.md5 file.
  9. Hit on PIT button and select the PIT file extracted from the downloaded package in first step above (GT-I9070_EUR_XX_8G.pit).
  10. Now, make sure Re-Partition, Auto-Reboot, F. Reset Time boxes are ticked in ODIN program.
  11. Click on Start button.
  12. Let the flashing process continue.
  13. After some time, your phone will reboot. It might take time to start so have patience.
  14. Once your phone starts successfully and ODIN displays PASS message in Green colored box, you can then unplug your phone from computer.
  15. Go to phone settings to confirm if you’re successfully back on GingerBread OS.
  16. Now, if you’ve 16GB Galaxy S Advance phone, your internal memory might have shrunk to much smaller size. To fix this, Follow the above steps to flash your phone again, but this time, select the PIT file downloaded in step 2 above instead of PIT file from step 1. After flashing, the phone will start automatically. Go to phone settings and under storage options, choose format storage. This way, your internal storage of 16gb will be restored on your galaxy s advance phone. Note: This 16th step is only for those people who have 16gb sgsa model.
  17. You can also now flash other GingerBread OS version for your country via Odin3 v3.07 if you want following the general flashing method(Optional).
  18. So, I hope this tutorial helps you get your device back to its original glory. Proceed with caution, or give Jelly Bean more time to stabilize itself if you’re not happy with JB as more and more updates will be released for JB for various countries soon. Hence downgrading is not the best choice.

Galaxy S Advance sees a price drop, now at Rs 14500 in India



Samsung has been constantly launching new in the Indian market, but this has not stopped continuous fall in prices of the older Samsung devices.

After a drop in few of the Galaxy phones, including Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Grand, we have today spotted a huge price drop in the Galaxy S Advance GT-i9070. The phone launched last year at Rs 26900 in India available at Flipkart at a price of Rs 14500 (see the screenshot above). On the Samsung Store you can grab this today at a price of Rs 19890.

The phone runs the older Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, and is all set to get the Android 4.2.2 operating system update this year. Read here the pre-list of upcoming Android updates for Samsung devices. The S Advance runs on a dual-core ARM Cortex A-9 processor clocked at 1 GHz complemented by a Mali-400MP graphics processor under the hood of a 4-inch super amoled display screen supporting 16 million colours.

It has a 5 megapixel primary camera with LED flash and a secondary 1.3 megapixel camera. The primary camera offers features like multi-shot mode, photo effects, white balance, auto focus, face and smile detection, geo-tagging, touch focus and image editor. And the connectivity options on this Single SIM phone are via 2G, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, USB, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth, DLNA.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Update Samsung Galaxy S advance to Jellybean Serbia 4.1.2 Without Rooting


Update Samsung Galaxy S advance to Jellybean Serbia 4.1.2 Without Rooting

1. Upgrade to JB (SER Ver)
Download :
http://terafile.co/242085091df6/SER-I9070XXLQ4-20130123175537.zip

Installation :
  1. Extract the tar.md5 from the above zip file if you download from the mirror.
  2. Turn off your phone.
  3. Make sure Samsung Kies program is not running on your computer at that time.
  4. If it is, just close Kies.
  5. Put your phone in download mode(Now press volume down key+ home key + power button together simultaneously for few seconds until you get haptic feedback from your phone i.e. until your phone vibrates to enter download mode. Now press volume up key to confirm that you want to proceed ahead when asked to do so on the screen.)
  6. Connect the phone to PC
  7. Download Odin V3 1.8 from here and Open Odin v3 1.8* 
  8. In ODIN program, you’ll see a box colored with com number indicated. In the log section of ODIN program, it’ll display Added message. This indicates that your phone is successfully detected by ODIN program.
  9. Click on PDA button and browse to the firmware extracted folder and select the firmware file.
  10. Choose the tar.md5 in the pda section. Leave rest untouched.
  11. Flash.

Once it completes,

After completing everything, you’ll find that all your previous apps, messages, contacts are intact. Well, don’t be hopeful because you might face several problems like no network connectivity after flashing jelly bean firmware on Galaxy S Advance, or the UI screen very laggy, or excessive RAM usage, etc. To solve such issues and to experience speed Jellybean butter effect, you have to factory reset your phone.

So, Switch Off your phone.

Press Volume up key + Home button + power key together simultaneously to enter recovery mode.
Use volume up/down key to navigate through the options and power key to select/execute a particular option.
Select Wipe Cache here.
Now select Factory Reset.
Now Select Reboot.

Yippie you should be all set to go.

If you still want more so that your Phone get more smooth
Then i have a simple method how to make ur JB (XXLQB) smooth


2. Root ur devices!
Download link :
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2087424

Installation :
- Download the zip and place it in the root of your sd card.
PS : SD Card is a must.
- Reboot to the stock recovery. (Vol Up + Home + Power)
- Select install update from external storage.
- Select the root.zip file.
- Bingo…ur rooted now!!! No more warranty :P


3. Install CWM recovery!
Download link and walkthrough! Read if u wish to understand! :
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1987313

Installation :
- Download the zip. (CWM 6.0.2.8)
- Put it in the sdcard.
- Reboot to recovery. (Vole Up + Home + Power)
- Select install update from external storage.
- Flash update .zip from the recovery.

4. Change Kernel to CoCore-E 5.0
Download link and walkthrough! Again, read if u wish to understand!
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2140597 
Keep scrolling down until u get the CoCore-E-5.0-CWM.zip ..click and download :

Installation :
- Download the CoCore-E-5.0-CWM.zip file
- Put it on the sdcard
- Reboot to CWM recovery (Vol Up + Home + Power)
- Select install / flash from external storage
- Choose the cocore.zip file
- Bingo!!!! check setting > about device > kernel

5. Deodexed Version (optional). Make it if u think necessary 
Download link : and follow the method..
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=39271027&postcount=50

CREDIT : XDA DEVELOPERS


Sunday, March 3, 2013

How to Use Wi-Fi Direct on Android Mobile Devices & Samsung Galaxy Devices



It seems weird that people still transfer files between each other using Bluetooth. Actually, most of Android users especially those who have got Galaxy Smartphones don't even know or ignore a very important feature.

That feature is known for Wi-Fi Direct which allows users to go beyond the maximum speed of Data Transfer on their devices.

What is Wi-Fi Direct Technology?

It is originally known for Wi-Fi (Peer to Peer) Technology which allows devices to connect with each other without an access point. Apparently, smartphone users can benefit from it to share or transfer big files in an incredible speed that goes up to 250 megabits per second which is way faster than any other similar File Transfer methods.

If we compare it to Bluetooth then results would noticeably differ for the benefit of speed and range regarding to the fact that it only has a speed of 3 megabits and and a range of 30 feet. While Wi-Fi Direct already has a speed of 250 megabits and a range of 200 feet.

How to Enable Wi-Fi Direct on Android?

It is very simple and I am going to explain it in simple steps so just open settings on your device by clicking the Menu Button.

Once you have clicked the menu button of your device you would see that list of options and you are going to click on Settings (See Below).






Now you are looking at the Settings Screen just find that word (More...) under the "Wireless And Network" tab then click on it.



So that is the final step just tap on the Wi-Fi Direct option under the "Tethering And Portable Hotspot" tab to switch it on.

How to Use Wi-Fi Direct for File Transferring?

Once you have enabled the Wi-Fi Direct in your settings it will ask you automatically what device you are wishing to connect. What you are going to do is tapping on the device you want to transfer files to it (See Below).



Well, now you just need to go to the file that you wish to send so just locate the left-bottom of the screen to click on "Send Via" button and choose Wi-Fi Direct like the picture below.


The system will attempt now to scan for Wi-Fi Direct Devices automatically and you will have to choose the one you wish to transfer the file to it. To do so, just click on "Send To This Device" under the name of it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

5 apps you get paid to use

Most people don’t realize there are plenty of legit reward apps that will pay users for simply using their application. Interestingly, you can collect points with the tap of a button on your iPhone or Android smartphone and redeem those points for gift cards, discounts, cash and electronics such as tablets, mP3 players or headphones.
I mean, think about it. This kind of traction when it comes to rewarding users makes perfect sense, especially as smartphone adoption is growing at a rapid pace worldwide. This is a prime area for companies like Viggle, Shopkick, Checkpoints and App Trailers to grab the attention of people by cleverly implementing such a fun way to go out and shop

Viggle

 


 Veggie is a loyalty program for television that gives people real rewards for checking into the television shows they’re watching. Currently available for Android, Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Viggle automatically identifies what television shows its users are watching and awards them points when they check-in. Viggle users can redeem their points in the app’s rewards catalogue for items such as movie tickets, music, gift cards and much more.
In the time I’ve used this app, I have been able to accumulate $40 in iTunes gift cards. The user interface of the social TV app is relatively easy to use. You can get from place to place without any guesswork, as things are pretty straight forward. However, there are a few drawbacks with this app. For example, the physical products such as the Apple TV (210,000 points) or iPod touch (375,000 points) seem unattainable. And don’t get me started on the Caribbean cruise that’ll a set you back 4,000,000 points — seriously, that’s a lot of TV watching!
Download free:
iOS | Android

Shopkick



With an easy to use application like Shopkick earning rewards is a breeze. All Shopkicks users have to do is  simply walk into a participating store, check in through the app, and earn points. People can also rack up points by scanning items and recent purchases. The idea is to urge you to do a lot of shopping at your favorite stores, and rewards like gift cards, vouchers and discounts are at your disposal once you earn the right amount of points. Once you launch the application the startup screen tells you the amount of stores that are in your area that you can earn “kick” points.
I really like the fact that you can store your credit cards securely so they can be used for purchases at eligible stores. This opens another avenue for folks to collect them some kicks.
Download free:
iOS | Android


Checkpoints


Similar to Shopkick, Checkpoints users can earn points ranging from 10 to 50 for scanning items at stores. The difference is a much more product driven strategy. For instance, if you head to a grocery store like Stop & Shop (in my area), you’ll notice points for scanning specific items like Welch’s fruit juice. You will get at least 1 coin for each scan you do. Coins can be used to spin the slots or buy a scratch ticket to win 20 to 150,000 points.
If going to the store and scanning a bunch of items isn’t your thing, then you will be happy to know that you can earn points and coins at home by doing things like downloading free apps and watching short videos about apps.
Download free:
iOS | Android

App Trailers


This app pays you to download other apps and watch trailers. How simple is that? In AppTrailers, you just watch videos that are about 30 seconds to a minute or so. Each viewing earns about 5 to 10 points, but you can make much more than that. You can play free scratch ticket games every day that pay you 10-21 points if you win. Another interesting option is the choice of buying scratchers using points that have different jackpots. You can also refer your buddies and receive 250 points. The only choice I seen for logging in was by way of Facebook. I’m not sure if an email signup option is available. I haven’t earned any money yet, but I’ll keep you posted on the latest.
Download free:
iOS | Android


Foap



Foap has probably the most intriguing concept out there. In an age where everyone wants to snap pictures and upload them to their social networking site of choice, Foap attempts to capitalize on that trend. Foap lets users upload their photos to the startup’s marketplace where they can be purchased for $10 each. Every sale is split 50/50 between the photographer and Foap. So instead of taking decent pictures for free, you can potentially get paid for them.
When the app first launched, the Foap team ran the approval process of each submission, which quickly became an arduous and expensive process. Not to mention, the user experience suffered because it made it too long for photos to get the thumbs up or down. Now approvals go through the community of users on the platform, as this makes photos go through much smoother. Unfortunately, the Foap app isn’t available for Android yet.
iOS

Sunday, February 3, 2013

How to update Galaxy S Advance with Official Android 4.1.2 JellyBean Firmware


Finally after a long wait, Samsung has started pushing up Android Jelly Bean firmware updates for Samsung Galaxy S Advance users. This phone initially launched with GingerBread firmware didn’t even receive ICS update. The first country to get jellybean android 4.1.2 firmware update is Russia. Firmware updates for other regions like India, UK, US, etc will be released later, but why wait? With our tutorial given here, you can flash your Galaxy S advance phone GT-I9070 with official Android 4.1.2 firmware. So, if you’re like me, impatient and want to get your hands on the goodness of JellyBean, go ahead.


Requirements:

  • Fully charged Galaxy S Advance phone – Make sure your phone is fully charged or atleast >60% battery capacity.
  • USB Data Cable.
  • Laptop/Computer
  • Backup your android phone because after flashing this firmware, we need to factory reset our phone.
  • Risk: Sometimes things may go wrong, so proceed at your own risk.

  1. Download XXLPY JellyBean firmware for Galaxy S Advance from here (resume, download manager-supported mirror link), or here (hotfile). (Both the links are for the same file so download only one. The resume supported 1st link is highly compressed in comparison to the 2nd hotfile link, but after extracting, both these links produce the same file of same size). Update: Recently, another Jelly Bean firmware for Galaxy S Advance has been released. The latest one is XXLPZ which can be downloaded from here (hotfile). You’ve to download either XXLPY or XXLPZ.
  2. Download ODIN for Samsung Galaxy S Advance from here.
  3. Extract the downloaded files in step 1 and 2.
  4. Turn off your phone.
  5. Now press volume down key+ home key + power button togethersimultaneously for few seconds until you get haptic feedback from your phone i.e. until your phone vibrates to enter download mode. Now press volume up key to confirm that you want to proceed ahead when asked to do so on the screen.
  6. Launch ODIN program on your computer. Make sure Samsung Kies program is not running on your computer at that time. If it is, just close Kies.
  7. Connect Galaxy S advance phone with usb data cable to your comuter.
  8. In ODIN program, you’ll see a box colored with com number indicated. In the log section of ODIN program, it’ll display Added message. This indicates that your phone is successfully detected by ODIN program.
  9. Click on PDA button and browse to the firmware extracted folder and select the firmware file. (It will be either XXLPY or XXLPZ depending upon the firmware you download in 1st step –HOME_I9070XXLPY_I9070SERLPY_660490_REV00….. . OR…..I9070XXLPZ_I9070SERLPZ…. )
  10. Hit on Start Button. You’ll see the download progress bar moving on your phone. Wait for sometime. Since this is major release, you might have to wait a little longer.
  11. After flashing everything, ODIN will reboot your phone automatically and display PASS message in its box.
  12. Done. When phone starts again, it’ll take time to start. It’ll display that Android is upgrading and optimizing apps.
  13. You’ll be presented with Set-up wizard where you’ll have to enter certain details, select your language, enter your samsung account details, etc.
  14. After completing everything, you’ll find that all your previous apps, messages, contacts are intact. Well, don’t be hopeful because you might face several problems like no network connectivity after flashing jelly bean firmware on Galaxy S Advance, or the UI screen very laggy, or excessive RAM usage, etc. To solve such issues and to experience speed Jellybean butter effect, you have to factory reset your phone. So, Switch Off your phone. Press Volume up key + Home button + power key togethersimultaneously to enter recovery mode. Use volume up/down key to navigate through the options and power key to select/execute a particular option. SelectWipe Cache here. Now select Factory Reset. Now Select Reboot. Galaxy S Advance will reboot in normal mode. After successful start, you’ll be again presented with Set-up wizard. Here, select English language first of all as the defaul will be russian. Now proceed as usual with other details.
  15. Done! Now enjoy and experience JellyBean on Galaxy S Advance phone in any country. Do tell us what’s new in jellybean for galaxy s advance. We’ve found speed improvement, RAM addition (about 100mb more RAM), Zoom support in Camera, Pop up Play support, Smart Dial feature, Shortcuts on Lockscreen, Nature UX Touchwhiz UI, etc. Unfortunately, Smart Stay feature is not there.