The lock screen is one of those Android features that you constantly see so it’s important that you’ve got one that you like the look of. Rather than putting up with the one that comes pre-installed on your mobile, why not install a new one?
Until yesterday, the lock screen was just about the only thing  that I hadn’t customized on my Android phone. I’ve changed the wallpaper, I’ve changed the home screen and I’ve even rooted my mobile to install a different version of Android.
So I gave it a go and installed Magic Locker, a very popular lock screen changer.
Once Magic Locker is installed, you need to open it up and tick the Enable MagicLocker box. You can then click the themes tab at the top of the app and click the more themes button. Install one of the lockscreen themes and then activate it on the MagicLocker app. The lock screen will have now changed to the one you activated.

Pros

  • Free – The Magic Locker app is free and many of the available lock screens are also free.
  • Many lock screens available – There are many lock screens available on the Android Marketplace for Magic Locker.
  • Lock screens – Some of the lock screens available are animated and all look great.

Cons

  • Loading time – I found that the lock screens occasionally took a few seconds to load. This may not seem like much but when you just want to quickly unlock your phone to use it, it can get a bit annoying.

Conclusion

Magic Locker is a great app which is well worth the download. The app supports many free lock screens that work really well and look great.

Click Here To download Magic Locker for Free

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TEMPLE RUN: BRAVE FOR FREE

Posted: November 2, 2013 in Android Hacks

TEMPLE RUN: BRAVE IS AN OFFICIAL APP WITH AN ALL NEW LOOK AND ARCHERY FEATURES!

New features just for Temple Run: Brave —
• Introducing ARCHERY – tap targets to shoot a bullseye and earn extra coins
• New, amazing visuals. It looks better than ever!
• All new environments inspired by Disney/Pixar Brave and the wilds of Scotland
• Play as Merida from Disney/Pixar Brave
• Outrun Mordu, the demon bear, to earn running glory

Also includes all the great features from Temple Run:
• Simple swipe and tilt control that are easy to use and just feel right
• Level up your character and use crazy power-ups
• Endless play!

Tested with Samsung GALAXY S II

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Before parting with any Android device, review this hardware and software checklist

With the ever-growing Android market, more and more people are buying and selling Android phones and tablets every day. Some people — like myself — depend on the value of their used devices to purchase the latest and greatest. But before shipping that phone or tablet off to its new owner, it is vital to make sure everything important has been removed.
The top concern for many folks in this position is that of privacy protection. Personal information like phone numbers, emails, and compromising pictures are things nobody wants falling into the wrong hands. It’s also a good idea not to send any “extras” along with the device, like any one of the cards (microSD, SIM, etc.) that could be hiding in various nooks and crannies of any Android phone or tablet.
Of course, before removing any hardware or erasing any data, you’ll want to backup the important things to keep or transfer to another device. Whether it be applications, music, or family photos, it needs to be correctly copied over to removable storage on the device itself or to a personal computer.
Let’s get started.

Hardware

There are many different Android devices out there, each with a different hardware layout. This article would be much too long to include specific instructions for every phone and tablet, however it shouldn’t be hard to spot the following if you look carefully enough.

Remove your SIM card

Most phones and many tablets use one of these to access a cellular network for voice, text, and data — it will need to be transferred to your new device (unless you got a new SIM card or switched carriers). Devices that don’t use a SIM card are non-LTE CDMA devices (older hardware on Sprint and Verizon) and WiFi-only tablets.
If your device has a removable back, chances are the SIM card is visible once the back cover and/or battery are removed. Devices without removable back panels should have a SIM card slot somewhere along the device’s outside edge — a special tool that came with the device may be needed to pop the SIM card out. (Alternatively a fine needle or paperclip pay do the trick.)

Remove your SD card (if the phone has one)

This is something you definitely do not want to accidentally leave in a device before giving it away. Larger capacity microSD cards can cost upwards of $50. While not as common today, many older phones had SD card slots. Examples of newer devices that have them are the Samsung Galaxy S4 and many tablets. Like the SIM card slot, the SD card slot is usually behind the removable back plate or somewhere along the device’s edge. The slot may be spring loaded, so try pushing before pulling.

Accessories

These items are commonly sold or given away with a device, however in the case of selling the accessories separately or using them for a second device in your possession, they should not be overlooked.
If your device has a removable battery (many newer phones and most tablets do not), make sure no aftermarket/extended battery is in the device. It should be easy to tell the original battery since it probably has the original equipment manufacturer’s name on it. (If in doubt, try Googling the part number printed on the battery.)
Was your device’s case part of the sale? If not, and you want it, take it off — especially if it’s one of those expensive battery cases. While this would seem like a no-brainer, some cases — like the official Nexus 4 bumper — are easily missed.
Since most screen protectors are not reusable, and even the ones that are are probably scratched, used protectors are of little value. If the screen protector currently on your device is in bad shape, however, do the courteous thing and remove it for the next owner.

Software

Data handling is probably the most important thing when selling or giving away a device. Not only do you not want to lose all those family photos and your Bieber song collection, but you don’t want the next owner to have access to your Google accounts, data, and media.

Back up personal data

Most folks’ biggest concern when backing up data is saving their photos and videos. If your device has an SD card, it may be as easy as removing the card and connecting it to a computer (or first copying to the SD card, then onto a computer). If the multimedia is stored on internal memory, you’ll need to connect the device to a computer via USB cable. Once connected, you’ll be able to drag and drop any files you want to keep (including photos and videos) onto your computer.

You can use Wondershare MobileGo for this

Wipe data (factory reset)

Once you’re absolutely, positively, 100% sure you have everything you need backed up, you can wipe your device squeaky clean. There are a couple ways to do this. You can boot into recovery and use the factory reset/wipe data command, or go the more user-friendly route and go to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset (if you don’t have menu options exactly like this, you should have something very similar). This will erase everything on your device. If you’re presented with checkboxes asking if you want to wipe external or internal storage, be sure to check these too.
When the device restarts, it should boot into some kind of welcome screen — just like when it was booted up out of the box. After the reset, you can reboot to check and make sure everything is gone, if you so choose. If you’re leaving an SD card in the device for the next owner, be sure to delete all its contents too. A factory reset does not always wipe removable SD cards.If you’ve rooted and ROM’d your device, it would be a good idea to go back to the place where you got the tools to do so and find a guide to completely restore your device to its factory state.

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When we are constantly connected and always communicating with the rest of the world, some of us begin to feel a little uneasy when we can’t do so, for example, while driving a car. Talking on the phone without using a Bluetooth hands-free device is not the safest thing to do, but, unfortunately, it has become a common sight on roads across the world. Reading and replying to text messages or emails while driving are even more dangerous. Not only does it distract you, it also takes one hand away from the steering wheel. Research has revealed that a large number of road accidents occur due to driving while messaging, emailing and chatting on smartphones.

There is a good tool that will make driving safer for you and your family members. DriveSafe.ly is a free mobile app that you can download from http://www.drivesafe.ly. It runs on most popular smartphone platforms like Android, iOS and BlackBerry.

Once installed, you can switch the app on and off as per your convenience. Now, if you receive any email or a text message while driving, DriveSafe.ly will read it out aloud to you in a voice of your choice!

Download Link: http://www.drivesafe.ly/

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How To Create an Android App

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Android Hacks

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If you have some basic Java knowledge, it’s quite easy to create a simple Android app. Technically, you don’t even have to have an Android smartphone, because you can run and test your app in an emulator. Nevertheless, having a smartphone is a better option.

Here is the list of things you need:

  • Eclipse IDE
  • Android ADT plugin for Eclipse
  • Android smartphone
  • Android SDK which matches the Android version on your smartphone

To create a simple Hello World app, follow these steps:

1)Download Eclipse

You can download Eclipse IDE at this link: http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-classic-372/indigosr2

2) Download Android ADT plugin

  1. Start Eclipse, then select Help > Install New Software….
  2. Click Add, in the top-right corner.
  3. In the Add Repository dialog that appears, enter “ADT Plugin” for the Name and the following URL for the Location:
    https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/
    
  4. Click OK
    Note: If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, try using “http” in the Location URL, instead of “https” (https is preferred for security reasons).
  5. In the Available Software dialog, select the checkbox next to Developer Tools and click Next.
  6. In the next window, you’ll see a list of the tools to be downloaded. Click Next.
  7. Read and accept the license agreements, then click Finish.
    Note: If you get a security warning saying that the authenticity or validity of the software can’t be established, click OK.
  8. When the installation completes, restart Eclipse.

3)Download Android SDK

Make sure Eclipse is closed. On Windows 7, go to C:\Users\<your_username>\android-sdks. Open “SDK Manager.exe”. On other systems android-sdks folder should also be in your home folder.

Download the SDK which matches the version on your phone.

4) Configure the phone

Other possibility is to use an emulator. But the main disadvantage of that possibility is slow loading: for every change you make in the source code and wish to test it, you have to wait 2-3 minutes (depending on your computer’s speed) for the emulator to load.

To configure your phone for testing, do as follows:

Setting -> Applications -> Development -> tick USB debugging

Then connect your phone to your PC with an USB cable.

5) Open a new Android project

Click File -> New Android project.

Enter the name of your project.

Choose the SDK that matches Android version on your phone.

Add a name of your package.

6) Add some code

ADT plugin has created the main activity for you. That code is executed when the application starts.

Delete this line:

setContentView(R.layout.main);

And add these 3:

TextView tv = new TextView(this); 
tv.setText("Hello, Android"); 
setContentView(tv);

Eclipse will prompt you to import the required library for TextView. Just click on the light bulb on the left and double click “Import ‘TextView’”.

7) Run the app

Click Run->Run or press Ctrl+F11.

Select your device.

And that’s it! Check your phone to see the results.

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Are you worried about losing your precious data from your phone because of virus attack? If yes, you need to install an antivirus on your Android phone.  When you frequently connect your Android phone or its memory card to computer to transfer data, or perform data transfer through Bluetooth, there is a high possibility of infecting the phone with a virus or malicious program. Hence, you should install an antivirus on your phone.

Here are top 5 antivirus recommendations for Android phone:

1. AVG Antivirus Free


It is a paid security software that offers data security and scans your device thoroughly to check for viruses and malware. It scans each and every file present on your phone memory as well as on memory card. By using GPS and cell tower, it can even help in finding stolen devices. It is available in two versions: free and paid. The paid version can be purchased for $4.99. The paid version is free of advertisements.

2. Lookout Mobile Security


It is a powerful malicious program scanning application that can be scheduled to scan your phone on weekly or daily basis. The ‘Find my Phone’ feature of this app lets you find your phone in case you misplaced it. It also takes the backup of files and programs stored on your phone which can be used to restore the data in case you lose it. It is a free Android antivirus program. It was listed among the Top 100 Tech Product of 2010 by PCWorld.

3. Super Security


It is a free antivirus application that brings to you cloud based antivirus engine. It effectively helps in getting rid of all kinds of malicious programs and protects the sensitive information that you have stored on the phone. It also helps in finding your phone when you misplace it. The task manager lets you manage all the programs on your phone.

4. SmrtGuard Mobile Security


It is a free antivirus for Android phones that will safeguard your phone from all kinds of virus. The ‘Find Phone’ feature lets you find your lost phone by means of the GPS.  The other features of this amazing this app include wireless migration and restoration of data, antispam, call blocker, remote lock, application lock, audio ping, remote listen, simCard guardian and many more.

5. Anti-Virus Laser

It is a creatively designed free antivirus program. On the interface of the application, you will see an action puzzle like a tetris that allows you to get rid of all the viruses from your phone. On the screen, you will see the viruses trying to reach out, before they do so you need to fry them up. At the end of it, you will be able to view your score. You can even upload score and see you compete with the world ranking. The free version of this antivirus allows you to play up to 10 levels of the game.

 

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Linux users are familiar with word root. In normal words root is an account who have full administrative privileges.

When you buy a new Android phone, you are just a guest user on the phone. You have rights to use android apps, but you will not be able to make any changes to the system files.

Today i am going to show you Advantage of Rooting android phone ?

1. Overclocking Your Android Phone :-

What-is-Advantage-of-Rooting-Android-Phone1When you root your android device you also get control over the hardware components, making overclocking and undervaluing possible.

An overclock is usually one of the first things users figure out after gaining root access on a new phone. You can install applications that can overclock and make your device super-fast. It’s very common to overclock a 1GHz CPU to 1.6GHz, of course with greater chances of instability.

Similar to overclocking CPU on a desktop computer, Android overclocking increases the maximum frequency (or speed) that your CPU can run, thereby increasing performance of your Android smartphone or tablet.

Overclocking Android can have a lot of benefits like being able to run 3D/HD games without lag (if you have an older Android device that lags on newer games) or even make older Android devices run just as fast as newer devices.

2. Custom ROMS :-

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Custom ROMS change the whole User Interface of your Device so, you can choose from hundreds of custom ROMS whatever you like.

These custom ROMs bring many teaks and performance fixes and are much more user friendly when compared to the stock ones. They are optimized in performance and battery are updated more frequently than the stock ROMs.

Some of the custom ROMS focus on giving you extra functionality and some of the ROMS make your overall device experience very smooth and beautiful.

3. Boost-up your Battery Life :-

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By just rooting android smartphone you can also increase up its power.You can use several battery saving applications on your smartphone which only works when you have a root access. There are many custom ROMS which you can install on your smartphone and they assure you getting increased battery life.

4. Block Adds on Android :-

Preventing ads from loading can help defend against the growing “malvertising” trend, where an ad is used to load malicious code on to victim’s computers. There’s also privacy concerns, where ad networks can sometimes track your movements online.

Disabling ads will not increase your overall security but it will help you to block video ads on YouTube , Facebook ads , flashy banners , pop-us , Tracking and more.

Check my article :- How to Block Ads on Android Device

5. Backup Your Phone :-

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There are several apps like Titanium which can automatically take backup of your phone apps, pics , video , important data etc. over a frequent interval of time.
It requires root because the folder in which apps are installed is only accessible with elevated privileges. It also comes in handy after installing custom ROMs to restore apps without downloading them yet again from the app store.

But Finally You are Voiding Phone’s Warranty. As soon as you root your phone, you void your phone’s warranty and if anything happens to your phone even when it’s in the warranty period, the company is going to charge you for the repairs.

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