How to delete synced Google/G+ photos in Gallery? [Android]

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"One account. All of Google" this is okay if we have a clear idea of the products and the data which we were syncing to the device. If not then certainly face this type of problems for sure. So at the time of first login itself should check what all the data is being synced to the device and uncheck if you wish, not to.

So here, unfortunately there is no option to organise the synced Google/G+ photos(Picasa web albums) in Gallery. So how to delete or hide those albums. This is simple and the same to be followed in case of other accounts too.

How to delete synced Google/G+ photos in Gallery?

Step 1 : Goto Settings > Accounts > Sync ( a tap your email ID) and uncheck the Google Photos and Google+ photos.

Step 2 : Again in Settings Goto Apps under Device and navigate to the Gallery app and tap the clear data option.

Now open your Gallery and check for the Albums.

That's it and your done.

Nexus 4's KitKat Factory Image is out even before OTA

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After pushing out the official Android 4.4 OTA(over-the-air) updates to almost all Wi-Fi versions of Nexus devices earlier in the week, Google has now made factory images and binaries available to even more. Yes even for Nexus 4, the 4.4 factory Image is all set for download on Google Developers Website.

If you are of the custom rom enthusiast or going to sell your device in near future then it is a good idea to keep a local copy of your device�s factory images just in case you ever need to go back to stock. Additionally, factory images can also be used to manually upgrade your Nexus device if you�re tired of waiting for an OTA update.

As of now,we�ve got Android 4.4 build KRT16O factory image and binary files for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013 (both WiFi and LTE), and Nexus 7 2012 (both WiFi and data). Nothing yet for the Nexus 10 even though its OTA update has already begun to roll out.

Factory Images:  Nexus 4 | Nexus 7 (2013) | Nexus 7 (2012)

Binaries: Nexus 4 | Nexus 7 (2013) | Nexus 7 (2012) | Nexus 10

5 Must Have Android Apps You Need To Know

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Of thousands of apps out there on Google Play store one may find an app relevant to his/her situation or may not, that depends on the search he/she makes. But what about those guys who keep on downloading and searching for a year old file in Gmail, Drop box, Google drive etc etc not knowing that there exists an app by name cloud magic for that situation. So, here in this post I sorted out some such kinda apps which I felt as the best of hundreds I tried.

Pushbullet : 


This app is about pushing notifications to your phone or PC. The app may come under note taking applications, but have some sort of importance as it is upto notifications. So it is easy to copy text, accessing links right in notification tray itself.

"Pushbullet makes it easy to instantly send files, links, notes, checklists, addresses, and more right into your notification tray on your phone or tablet. You can send almost anything from your phone to your computer or to friends as well!" - Description : Google Play

Download Link : Google Play Store : Pushbullet

Airdroid


Airdroid is an app which allows you to control your android device through web browser. Make sure that your android device and computer are connected through same network. You can access call register, files on your device, manage apps, contacts and much more.

You can stream videos from your device to computer without any lag. Though the devices are connected wirelessly, file transfer works like charm. Airdroid comes with an inbuilt file manager using which you access your files on your android device.



Download Link : Google Play Store : Airdroid

Floating Toucher : 


Floating toucher is a movable button that floats on your android screen. It mainly contains the most commonly used shortcuts and you could control your device or open your favor app easily without exiting current app.You can customize the shortcuts to keep recent apps or your apps on the list. You can change the floating button style or can create your own.




Download Link : Google Play Store : Floating Toucher


CloudMagic Search : 


CloudMagic lets you find anything when you need it the most. Lightning fast search across Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Dropbox, Evernote, SkyDrive and much more. It just index the files folders and attachment paths and once it syncs all the date stored in the cloud services, the magic show begins.

CloudMagic is free to download. Start using with a free plan that comes with 50 previews a month. Upgrade to CloudMagic Pro ($4.99/month) for unlimited previews.




Download Link : Google Play Store : CloudMagic Search


Camscanner : 


This app turns your Smartphone into a Scanner. CamScanner is an intelligent document management solution for individuals, small businesses, organizations, governments and schools. It is the perfect fit for those who want to scan, sync, edit, share and manage various contents on all devices.



Download Link : Google Play Store : Camscanner

2 Best Ways to Install Android on PC

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Ever since Google acquired Android Inc. on August 17, 2005 its been a revolution in mobile world. Yes, things changed a lot right from size of the mobile to the multiple tasks it can perform. So owning it in mobile or in tablet form is one way that everybody does but owning a smartphone apart from one in your pocket is somewhat different isn't it. Here is 2 Best ways to get android on PC. So which one would you like to try first A Tablet or a Smartphone. Yes, you can experience both on your PC.

Let's get started with bigger one :


Tablet : 

Installation and setup process is quite simple if you follow exactly as stated below,

Downloads :

Step 1 : Firstly, Download and install the Oracle VM VirtualBox form here!

Step 2 : Secondly, Download the Android x86 4.2 Image file from here!

Installation and Setup process :

Step 3 : After installation open VirtualBox and select New. In the dialog box enter the name as your wish and select
i)Type : Linux
ii)Version : Other Linux

and select Next

Step 4 : In the next dialog box enter the memory size as your wish

Note : Minimum 512Mb required for JellyBean

and select Next

Step 5 : In the next dialog box select create a virtual hard drive now. Then select VDI and select fixed or dynamically allocated as your wish and create the virtual drive.

Note : Mininimum 1 GB required for installation

Step 6 : Select Virtual device and select settings, a dialog box appears. In the dialog box select
i)Storage->Storage Tree->Empty
ii)In the attributes section select the Android 4.2 iso file you downloaded and check Live Cd/Dvd, then click Ok

Step 7 : Then start the virtual device. In the screen select Install Android-x86 to hard disk.

Step 8 : In the next screen select Create/Modify Partition.

Step 9 : Then create a new primary bootable partition and select write. After finishing writing select quit.

Step 10 : Then install android in sda1 and select type as ext3 , choose yes for installing grub.

Step 11 : After installing remove live iso from VirtualBox and reboot. Now you can boot into Android 4.2.2.
You are done.


Screenshots :
android 4.2.2 on pc


how to install android apps on pc

whatsapp on pc installation

Trouble installing applications like whatsapp, then follow the ES File Explorer Guide over here! should have the .apk file to get started.

Smartphone :

In terms of Installation and setup this is way better than the tablet version as it is a paid software. The name of the emulator/software is Youwave. So people you might be knowing how to get a paid version of the software, right! So, there remain nothing to know about the installation and setup process. As a regular software install the Youwave and sign in using your Google account to get the instant access of Android 4.1 on PC.

Still want to know about Youwave, then here is the How-to Guide :  How to run Android on Windows?

Screenshots : 




Official Website : Youwave 

How to install drivers on an unsupported operating system (Windows 7/8)

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This is quiet a common issue that guys used to face with their 6 years old laptop/pc i.e., laptops at the time of windows vista. Even the OEM guys didn't extended their support to the new Operating systems (windows 7/ 8). So whom so ever want to upgrade to the latest will face this sort of issue of sure.

So here is the solution :

Download all the available drivers from the OEM website, vista or xp whatever supported driver out there or if you have a backup then do remember the path.

Step 1 : After installation of windows 7/8 OS open Device Manager, you may find this option under My Computer properties or under System in Control Panel.


In maximum cases the problem is with ATI and Webcam drivers, so in Device Manager the hardware's with exclamation mark indicates that the hardware isn't installed properly.

Step 2 : So, now Right click on that hardware and select Update Driver Software.. and browse the software manually instead of finding it online.

Step 3 : Wait until the installation complete and then restart your computer.

That's it, and you are done. You will find the difference for sure in the first restart itself. The same process is to be followed with the other hardware too.

Best top 3 Icon packs for Android

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Launchers, icon packs, wallpapers, widgets, lock screens, notifications etc etc....In each and every category there are number of applications up on Google play. So, which one to choose and which one is best?

So here in this post I sorted out top 3 icon packs which I felt as the best. Which in turn supports almost all the launchers (nova/apex/holo/go etc.)

Click UI icon pack :


The best icon pack out there, icons are crystal clear, elegant and so nice to see that, almost for every app there is an icon. As stated in the Google play description, 'there are around 750+ icons right now and constantly updating and adding in more'. The icons are HD with 144X144. So, you could expect a sharp look even on tablets.

Google play store  : Click UI

iOS 7 Flat


Here is the iOS traditional minimalistic icons for android. There are numerous iOS icon packs on play but this is completely new. Yes, it is an adaption of the new iOS 7. Over 1400 + icons and been constantly adding. It is a complete app that can be accessed directly from app drawer and also has the support for multiple launchers( Nova/apex/go/holo etc). Apart from this the app includes 12 HQ wallpapers.


No need of icons description as they are just awesome.

Google Play Store : iOS 7 Flat

Mee UI :


This icon pack is an adaption of Meego OS, the famous Nokia n9 theme. The icons are so elegant in look that one would never thought of unistalling instead he goes on customizing. Even there is an other HD theme in MeeUI but it is a paid app but worth a buy.

Google Play Store : Mee UI Free & MeeUI HD

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How to create a bootable windows 7/8 usb stick ?

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Burning DVD's and CD's and taking backup of things has become old as the USB sticks has its own way to deal certain things like file transfer, backup, taking print outs etc and now formatting a system. Yes, formatting and installing a new operating system do require a boot able CD or DVD but for present a USB stick gets the work done. 

How to create a boot able USB stick???
 
Step 1 : Get the software Universal USB Installer from here!
Step 2 : Plug in your pendrive, after completion of download run the software.
Step 3 :The following screen appears asking you to select the linux distribution, dont think it is upto ubuntu, just scroll down and you will find windows installer section, select the one you possess in image(.iso) file format, browse it and select the pendrive which you have plugged in earlier.

Universal USB Installer for Windows and Ubuntu

Step 3 : And click Create, the wrting process may take some time, be patient.

That's it and you are done.

Now restart you computer and get into boot menu select the desired bootable pendrive as primary and press F10 to save and continue.

Note : Turn off the antivirus before the burn process, otherwise autorun.inf file error may popup.

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Nexus 5 coming soon to India, prices anounnced on Google play store

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Good news, those who are eagerly waiting for Nexus 4 successor with the latest android version 4.4 kitkat is now available for sale in US, It is priced at $349 for 16gig model where as $399 for a 32 gig model.

And in India the price would be Rs.28,999 for 16 gig and Rs.32,999 for 32 gig model and is available in both black and white colors. So the trend of 5inch phones in India going to last for years from now with this release.

Screenshots :

Nexus 5 16GB, Google play India

Nexus 5 32GB, Google play India

A Great phone at Great price!!

No other smartphones in the market can beat the nexus devices whether it is in specifications or in terms of price. That's what made the Nexus a big hit.

Nexus 5 sports a 4.95" Full HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 1920x1080 display (445 ppi) and with the latest Corning� Gorilla� Glass 3 protection. At back it sports a plastic back panel instead of Glass if you see on Nexus 4. So, the phone is on safe side. Inside there is 2.3Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon� 800 processor. while coming to camera it is again 8MP but comes with image stabilization feature. So you could expect a better rear end camera than the one on Nexus 4 and a 1.3 MP front facing camera. 2300mAH battery is an another assert for a better battery life. And with  450MHZ Adreno 330 you can play high end 3D games with ease. Even while you are playing games you can access the notification bar which is a new feature in android kitkit.

If we do compare the device with the new iPhone 5c it costs $549 for a 16Gig model then why would one go with a such an over premium phone limited to a certain circle for sharing things.

Whats New in Android Kitkat : In breif :


Dailer and Caller ID: now you can search the local restaurants and hotels around you by just typing the name of the dish.

Eg: if you type pizza then the Google fetches the local business and displays them along with name and phone no. of the restaurants.

And now no more unkown numbers, if the local businesses data are up on Google then Google automatically fetches the name along with a picture when they call you.

Notification bar : Now you can access the notification bar even while playing Games

User Interface : There's been lot of images already out, where you can see the slightly modified menu button and white text in notification bar.

Google Now : Now the new version of android is always listening to you, yes whenever you say 'Ok, Google' the Google now appears on screen or you simply swipe from left to right or from the bottom of the home button to up to get into Google Now.

other features include Cloud printing, Emojies, infrared support and the new low-power  audio playback. So, now you can forget about wifi and music player as they consume very low on battery.

Apart from taking screenshot now you can record a video what you were doing on android. This is definitely a very useful feature that Google has added in Kitkat.

Hangouts just replaced the regular txt messaging app, this shows the importance of hangouts. If one gets used to it as mms or video or voice or im for free why would he choose a regular texting app.

Awesome isn't it. Go ahead and buy one!

Google Play : Devices : Nexus 5

Hiding a folder through command prompt (Windows)

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Here is a kind of trick for those who used to try what ever hiding tools available on internet. The trick involves just a command, we are not going to use any kind of software for hiding things.

Lets get started...

How to hide a folder ?

Step 1 : Goto Start type cmd in search and click enter(Windows 7) in Windows XP Goto Start >Run >type 'cmd' > enter.

Step 2 : In the command prompt windows type the desired drive where the file is located
(eg: c:/ or d:/ or e:/ ) and press enter.

Step 3 : Now type the the following  command attrib +a +r +s +h by attaching the folder name at the end.

"Movies" is nothing but name of the folder.

And press enter. That's it. Your folder gets hide. Even if you enable the 'show hidden folder' under ,folder options', the folder which you have hidden wont be visible.

So how is the trick, do remember the name and path of the folder.

How to unhide?

To unhide the hidden folder just replace the '+' sign by '-'

Step 1d:
Step 2 : attrib -a -r -h -s  movies

2 Best ways to share files between Android and Windows

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Its been a revolution in mobile world ever since the android came into existence as an operating system. Yes things changed a lot.  Even you were seeing how far the mobile technology had gone.

For now lets clear the file sharing between PC and Android via Lan. Moving files to and forth can be carried out using a  usb cable but what if you don't have one? We do have apps like Google drive and Dropbox but they are of no use without an internet connection.

So among the  two ways one is via ES file explorer and the other by Airdroid, both the applications are available for free on Google play store.

ES File Explorer


Step 1 : After installation open ES File explorer and click fast access tab which is at top left corner and select LAN

 Step 2 : Now at at the bottom you see set of options among them select scan. Which in turn fetches the available LAN connections.(PC Icon)



 Step 3 : click the icon and enter your windows PC username and password.


 Step 4 : After successful login you are now ready to access your shared folders nothing but desktop or my documents folder( folder paths which comes under local disc C:/)


Step 5 : That's it

So here after whatever files you wish to copy to your mobile just place them in your shared folder, take the mobile out of your pocket open es file explorer > lan > refresh > you will see the files, just select those files and copy them to your SD Card and you are done. cool isn't it.


Google Play Store : ES File Explorer

Air droid :


This is an other awesome application which i been using ever since i got my first android device. Apart from file manager the latest updates added support to SMS, locate n lock the missing device.

Airdroid doesn't require a much setup. Actually there are two ways to setup your phone and windows pc one is by QR Code and other by IP address.




This app is so fast and so reliable in functionality that one would never uninstall. Sending and viewing SMS on big screen is just another assert which makes this app a must have.

Airdroid doesn't require any sort of internet connection everything is carried out via LAN. While downloading a file from phone to PC it may seem as if a regular download but no worries you may test it by removing the dsl cable.

Both the apps may appear quite common in their functionality but unique in setting the things. It is upto you which one to use if you wish to have an alternative to your current file manager with advanced features then choose ES File Explorer or else Airdroid.

Thanks to android for making file sharing so simple and clean.

Google Play Store : Airdroid