Pinoy Android » Tutorials Philippines' First Android Blog and Forum Wed, 20 Nov 2013 05:03:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Know your Android/android-101/know-your-android/ /android-101/know-your-android/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 03:16:57 +0000 /?p=3511 android market Know your Android
How well do you really know your Android device?

It’s not just the handset or the storage or the megapixel of your camera that’s important to your Smartphone, but take into consideration that little green guy that’s powering your device. Android has been, among other things dominating the Smartphone industry due to the fact that it revolves around an open source code so it can “allow the software to be freely modified and distributed by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers”. That’ll explain the constant update Google is making to your device that in turn gives you one of the best devices out in the market in terms of performance and user friendliness.

Here now are some Android facts that you might want to take a look at:

1. Android in Linux based and was designed primarily for touchscreen devices.

2. Before Google bought Android in 2005, it served as the financier of Android, Inc. and was unveiled back in 2007.

3. HTC Dream was the first Android device out in the market. It ran Android 1.0 and wad “upgradable to v. 1.6″.

4. Google outs and upgrade every six to nine months, mostly over the air (OTA).


Version               Name                             Date released

1.5                         Cupcake                        April 30, 2009

1.6                         Donut                            September 15, 2009

2.0-2.1                Eclair                             October 26, 2009

2.2                        Froyo                             May 20, 2010

2.3-2.3.2           Gingerbread                 December 6, 2010

2.3.3-2.3.7       Gingerbread                 February 9, 2011

3.1                        Honeycomb                 May 10, 2011

3.2                        Honeycomb                 July 15, 2011

4.0.3-4.0.4       Ice Cream Sandwich    December 16, 2011

4.1.x                     Jellybean                      July 9, 2012

4.2.x                     Jellybean                      November 13, 2012

4.3                         Jellybean                      July 24, 2013

4.4                         KitKat                             TBA

5. According to a shipment study in 2012, Android dominated the market with 70.1% of its devices shipped worldwide. It was followed by iOS with 21% and “others” with 8.9%.

6. Android’s logo was derived from an Atari game titled Gauntlet: The Third Encounter.

7. There are currently 430,000 apps available on Google Play. Developers out some 20,000 new applications each month.

8. Most Android users spend their time reading their emails and playing games.

9. Android 2.2 (Froyo) is named after Frozen Yogurt.

10. The first Galaxy Tab was launched in 2010. It ran on Android 2.2. Samsung then announced a 10-inch slab running on Honeycomb in 2011.

11. Around 8% of iPhone users switch to Android

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How to Enable Keyboard Sound on Android ICS Stock Keyboard/android-101/enable-keyboard-sound-android-ics-stock-keyboard/ /android-101/enable-keyboard-sound-android-ics-stock-keyboard/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:24:54 +0000 /?p=2701 This problem occurred to me when I flashed my Galaxy S II with Pure ICS Custom Rom and it uses Android AOKP keyboard. Everything works perfectly except for the keyboard, it has no sound. After hours of searching and tinkering I found out that by default Android stock keyboard sound setting is unchecked. So how to enable keyboard sound on Android keyboard? it’s simple follow this instruction.

How to fix Android AOKP keyboard has no sound

Settings > Language and Keyboard > Android Keyboard > tack the option in the right most part (see image below for clearer view) > Sound on Keypress

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How to Install Official Android 4.0.3 on Samsung Galaxy S II – XXLPQ Firmware/android-news/install-official-android-403-samsung-galaxy-ii-xxlpq-firmware/ /android-news/install-official-android-403-samsung-galaxy-ii-xxlpq-firmware/#comments Wed, 14 Mar 2012 07:48:55 +0000 /?p=2552 galaxy s2 android 4 ics How to Install Official Android 4.0.3 on Samsung Galaxy S II   XXLPQ Firmware

Official Android 4.0.3 Samsung Galaxy S II

Got an itchy hands and want to update your Samsung Galaxy S II to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich? Then I will guide you to the resources where you can get the official firmware. The good guys of XDA-Developer released the Samung Galaxy S II Official Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich European version and  ready for download.

At first I am hesitant to try because I am waiting for the Official Android 4.0.3 for the Philippines but then Anthony from Tweaktown Australia posted on their Facebook page that we was able to run the European ROM to his unlock Galaxy S II with no problem so I decided to download the XXLPQ.

The firmware is Non-Wipe , that means when you push your firmware via Odin your apps will retain as is. So you don’t need to download and reinstall your apps. Also, ChainFire has the pre-rooted kernel you can use later on.

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Disclaimer: This is not for faint hearted Galaxy S II user, one mistake and you will have a brick-device. Also it is better to have full-system-image back up so that you can restore your system if unsuccessful or want to downgrade. PinoyDroid will not be held responsible for unsuccessful upgrade. USE WITH YOUR OWN RISK!

Requirements for the Android 4.0.3 ICS Manual update: 

  • I9100XXLPQ (Official Final Build)  – HotFile | Mirror
  • Odin 1.85 – Here
  • USB Driver (Samsung)
  • USB Cable for Samsung Galaxy Phones

How to Install Android 4.0.3 XXLPQ on Samsung Galaxy S II via Odin

  • After downloading the I9100XXLPQ firmware extract the content
  • Run Odin
  • Put your device into Download MODE (Home + Volume Down + Power)
  • Click PDA and select *.tar.md5
  • click START
  • Reboot after Odin is finished Pushing the firmware

If you have three files in the archive package, just put the necessary files to:

  • Click PDA and select I9100_CODE_*.tar.md5
  • Click PHONE and select MODEM_*.tar.md5
  • Click CSC and GT-I9100-MULTI-CSC-*.tar.md5
  • Then finally click START

How to Root Samsung Galaxy S II XXLPQ firmware:

  • Download ChainFire Unsecure Kernel: Here
  • Run Odin
  • Push the kernel to PDA
  • Hit Start
  • Reboot After

I am pretty excited as time of this wring, I am downloading the Firmware will install it to my S II.

Video of Samsung Galaxy S II running Android 4.0.3:


[Official Final ICS Firmwares] I9100XXLPQ (4.0.3) – Europe XEO | CF-Root [13-3-12]

More after the break….

Update: Currently Running on Android 4.0.3!!!

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How to Install Beats Audio on Non-HTC phones/android-101/install-beats-audio-nonhtc-phones/ /android-101/install-beats-audio-nonhtc-phones/#comments Mon, 05 Mar 2012 07:00:33 +0000 /?p=2438 beats How to Install Beats Audio on Non HTC phones

There is a new hype in the Android world today! Installing Audio Beats library to Non-HTC Beats Audio capable smartphone. Beats Audio is a new exclusive add-on to the latest model of HTC Android phones.

The project was started by XDA Member RockoDev and there are claims that it really improve the audio quality of their Android phones. I decided to give a try if it will work on my Samsung Galaxy S II, like many others who claim that this is just a placebo effect.

If you are curious on how your Android phone will sound like with Audio beats follow the How To.

Requirements before installation: 

  • You need a rooted device running at least Android 2.3.x – Gingerbread
  • Back up your system – I use ClockWork Mod Recovery

How to Install Beats Audio Library

  • Download Beats Audio Library: Here
  • Upload the Zip file to your SD Card
  •  Boot to Recovery
  • Install Zip File from SD Card
  • Reboot

For More information and tested devices, go over to the official thread at XDA.

In my personal opinion I can’t really tell the difference. I am using a Sennheiser HD 408 and the stock Samsung earbud that came with my unit.

With my Sennheiser headphones I can’t tell the difference because the bass of this headphone is one of the best I have and with my Samsung stock earbud, it has mediocre bass and I feel no effect especially with deep bass music like Electronic genre.

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How to enable USB Jig Binary Counter reset after installing new firmware/firmware-updates/enable-usb-jig-binary-counter-reset-installing-firmware/ /firmware-updates/enable-usb-jig-binary-counter-reset-installing-firmware/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:15:25 +0000 /?p=2297 USB Jig How to enable USB Jig Binary Counter reset after installing new firmwareThe USB Jig is a tiny device that force the system to download mode, resets the Counter and Erases the Yellow Triangle. The Counter which records the number of times you flash your kernel while the Yellow Triangle is a warning sign during the boot up telling you that the kernel has been rooted or been modified.

We erase the counter for  the reason that if you break your device and you decide  to have it warranty the technician will not know that its been tampered. Pushing modified kernel or installing custom ROM voids the warranty that is why after rooting it is ideal to reset your counter and  also it removes the ugly warning sign at boot up.

Samsung’s latest firmware disables the USB Jig binary counter reset, so the best thing to do after rooting your latest firmware is to install an old bootloader then use the Jig tool to reset the binary counter and remove the yellow boot up warning thingy.

Note: If you update your ROM/Kernel via Kies it is pretty sure that you have the latest bootloader.

All packages below this point have the old bootloader so you can safely reset the binary counter with a Jig. icon smile How to enable USB Jig Binary Counter reset after installing new firmware

If you’ve already flashed a full package from elsewhere or updated using KIES and cannot reset your binary counter using the Jig just flash this package in the PDA or Bootloader section of Odin to replace the bootloaders and then you can reset the counter: Download Here

Requirements for the Bootloader installation:

  1. Download Odin: Here
  2. Download Samsung Galaxy S II Old Bootloader: Here

How to install Samsung old Bootloader:

  1. Power Off the device
  2. Put it to Download Mode: Power + Home + Volume Down
  3. Connect the device to the computer via the USB cable
  4. Run Odin as Administrator
  5. Push the Old Bootloader at Bootloader section of Odin
  6. Hit Start
  7. You will get a Green Pass!
  8. Tip: If you want to have the latest bootloader, after installing the booloader and reset your counter using the jig, you can reinstall the newer bootloader, in the same process.
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How to enable USB Jig binary counter reset:
  1. After the installation of the old Bootloader, turn off the device
  2. Plug the USB Jig – this time you will get the screen confirmation at download mode that your counter is set back to zero ’0′.

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Rooting Samsung Galaxy S II with DXKL3 firmware/firmware-updates/rooting-samsung-galaxy-ii-dxkl3-firmware/ /firmware-updates/rooting-samsung-galaxy-ii-dxkl3-firmware/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 07:10:57 +0000 /?p=2287 Each time an OEM like Samsung update their firmware some methods of rooting will not work. An example of this is the DoomLord – Easy Rooting Method. In this method I was able to root the Galaxy S 2 I9100 with DXKI2 firmware with one click but this method won’t work with the latest firmwares like the Android 2.3.6 DKL3.

The good news is that ChainFire, the GodFather of Samsung Galaxy S II rooting released a modified DXKL3 kernel. This kernel is already rooted and you have to do is push it via Odin. This method is for ‘rooting beginners‘ and if you just follow the instruction you will have a rooted device in few seconds.

Warning: Perform at your own risk, rooting could possibly brick your device and void your

Prerequisite before rooting are as follows: 

  • Back up your entire system this includes Contact, SMS, Call Logs, Apps, Music, Pictures etc.  You can follow some back up procedure and tools, Here:
  • Check your firmware: Settings > About Phone > Kernel Version e.g (DX is the country code)

Rooting Requirements:

  • Download Odin: Here
  • Download Chain Fire Kernel DXKL3: Here
  • Samsung USB Driver Here:  Here
  • Samsung USB Cable and your computer (Windows)
  • Read Chain Fire instruction: Here

If you have not installed USB driver for your device just downkoad the driver (link above) and install it.

  1. uninstall previous drivers (control panel or device manager)
  2. reboot
  3. install new drivers
  4. reboot!!
  5. plug in your device and have fun!

Let the rooting begin:

  1. Enable USB Debugging: Settings > Application Settings > Development > USB Debugging (checked)
  2. Set your Phone to Download Mode: Power Off > Turn on by ‘Power + Volume Down + Home Key’
  3. Run Odin as AdminstratorRooting Samsung Galaxy S II Rooting Samsung Galaxy S II with DXKL3 firmware
  4. Make sure that Auto-Reboot, F. Reset Time is checked
  5. Push your download Chain Fire Kernel to PDA
  6. Hit – Start
  7. Make sure you have Green Pass.

Rooting Galaxy S 2 DXKL3 Rooting Samsung Galaxy S II with DXKL3 firmware
This rooting method is also applicable to other Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus. Just download the necessary CF-Kernel.

How would I know that I have rooted phone? Basically you can install root required apps like CWM.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 rooted using cf root dxkl3 Rooting Samsung Galaxy S II with DXKL3 firmware

Update: The latest Samsung bootloader does not allow USB Jig Reset, so you will have the yellow triangle thing and counter turn on  after you push the kernel.

Right after the break: Installing old bootloader for Galaxy S II – USB Jig Binary Reset Counter fix and remove triangle warning sign.


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Android 101: Newbie Guide on How to Back up Apps, Contacts, System Data/android-apps/android-101-newbie-guide-apps-contacts-system-data/ /android-apps/android-101-newbie-guide-apps-contacts-system-data/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:06:50 +0000 /?p=2264 In computing backup is a must. Having backup saves time in installing your app if you decide to reformat or clean wipe your system and worse with no backup you will lose everything you invested like contacts. I am guilty of this sin. I was not able to back up in a month and it cost me when I accidentally clean wipe my system.

In this Android 101, I am highlighting the tools and procedures on how to back up your Android devices - from Contacts, SMS, Call logs, Email and Apps. This is useful when you are doing full backup before doing some major overhaul to your system like installing new ROMs or doing Rooting.

Android 101: Back Up Tools:

  • Astro File Manager (Free or Pro) – is a file manager and it has the ability to back up and restore apps.
  • Titanium Backup (Free or Pro) (Root)- is the ultimate back up app for  Android. It is a well known app that it is one of the ‘must have Android app‘  for rooted devices.
  • ClockworkMod Recovery (Root) - don’t be confused of the name because it can do back ups too. CWM is an another ‘must have Android app‘ for rooted devices and it is app that I know that we use in installing Custom ROM. CWM also can do full system back up. It can back up boot image, system, basically every part of a system.
  • Back up Contacts by RedRock – is my favorite tool in backing up my Contacts. It can back up to SD Card, Upload to DropBox and send the CSV file to others via Bluetooth, Email and other communication tools like Skype. Just be very careful to whom you will send the file.
  • Google Back up Services – this is Android’s built-in back up for contacts. Just sync your system to your Google account and all your contacts will be uploaded to Google.
Warning: Rooted apps requires rooting your devices and it voids warranty.

How to Back up apps using Astro File Manager?

  1.   Launch Astro App > User Menu > Tools >  Application Back Up > Check your desired Apps > Hit Back up
  2. Back up Apps is located at /mnt/sdcard/backups/apps
  3. You can copy the Apps folder that contains all the app’s apk file to your desired storage for safe keeping
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How to Back Up apps using Titanium Back Up?
  1. Launch Titanium Back > Backup/Restore Menu > Tap each App or Batch Backup
  2. Batch Back Up: User Menu > Batch > Backup > Run – Backup All Users Apps
  3. Tip:You can back up your entire system such as apps+system data.titanium Android 101: Newbie Guide on How to Back up Apps, Contacts, System Data

How to Back Up System using ClockWorkMod Recovery?

  1. Launch CWM > Backup (create a new backup) – hit Okay or rename your backup file.
  2.  System will reboot and will do full system back up.
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How to Back up System using Backup Contacts by RedRock?
  1. Launch Backup Contacts
  2. Back up to following destinations: Backup to SD, Upload to DropBox, ViewFile and Send File ( Bluetooth, Email or other communication apps).
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How to Backup/Sync to Google Account?

  1. Settings > Privacy > Back-up my Data (checked)

If you have some apps and procedure you want to share, just comment below. Your inputs will save our fellow Android users from the dilemma of losing data due to lack of backup.

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How to Setup USB Tethering and Portable Hotspot in Android/android-101/setup-usb-tethering-portable-hotspot-android/ /android-101/setup-usb-tethering-portable-hotspot-android/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2011 04:55:50 +0000 /?p=2081 Android Wi Fi Tether How to Setup USB Tethering and Portable Hotspot in AndroidWhat is Tethering?

Tethering is the process of sharing your mobile device’s internet connection to other devices. Devices that has WiFi capability can connect to a ‘tethered device’ such smartphones, laptop,  tablets and even desktop computer with wireless cards.

Starting from Android 2.2 Froyo, Android supports USB Tethering and Portable Hotspot feature. In USB Tethering the two devices must connect to each other via a USB cable while Portable Hotspot the smartphone or tablet serves an access point.

The advantage of Portable Hotspot to USB Tethering is that you can share internet connection up to 8 devices compared to just one in USB Tethering.

How to Set up Tethering in Android device?

Configuring your Android device to tether is fairly easy. All you need to do is to enable the tethering setting or you can use tethering app but personally I choose  the stock capability of my smartphone to share my internet to other devices especially my laptop when my DSL Broadband goes down. Here’s how:

Requirements for Android Tethering:

1. Smartphone or Tablet with Data connection; Data connection could be 3G or 4G as long as your device have internet connection.
2. Smartphone or Tablet USB cable – for USB Tethering

Configuring Tethering settings in Android:

1. Go to Settings
2. Wireless and Network
3. Tethering and portable hotspot
4. Choose from USB tethering or Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot settings
4.1 USB Tethering: Connect your mobile phone or tablet via USB
4.2. Portable Hotspot: Tap to ‘checked/enable’ Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot
4.3. In Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot you can name your access point to your liking.
5. Connect your device like laptop to your new access point. In USB Tethering your laptop or desktop connection will automatically detect your connection as it will serve as a modem and in the Portable Hotspot just connect normally via your Wireless Connection Wizard or it will just detect that new set Hotspot.
6. Enjoy your shared internet.

Sharing your internet connection using your mobile phone is a life saver. I usually do this when my DSL is out of service and I need to connect to the internet for work since my nature of work requires internet connection.

The downside of Tethering is that your tethered device is draining more battery juice because the modem are running especially the Wi-Fi Hotspots unlike USB Tethering where the phone is constantly charging though it is not healthy for the battery if it is constinually charged. This will cause over charged and shortens the life of the battery pack.

All in all tethering is a useful feature in emergency or even in normal use inorder to have internet connection or share internet connections to friends when they have no data plan.

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How to Share Android Apps via Bluetooth/android-101/how-to-share-android-apps-bluetooth/ /android-101/how-to-share-android-apps-bluetooth/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 04:26:08 +0000 /?p=2052 In this tutorial I will guide you on how to share Android apps to another Android phone or tablet. Sharing apps in Android is very easy and less pain if you try to browse the Android market and other Android app publishers like Amazon app store and download it form there.

In this example I will use bluetooth however you can share your apps using WiFi, Social Networking apps and sites, and even make your own QR Codes to share the link of that specific app/s that you like to share with friends and families.

How to Share Android Apps via Bluetooth Guide:

1. Turn on your Bluetooth in both devices.

2. Tap the Applications Menu (The Device that will share)

3. Tap Menu

4.  Share App

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5. Choose the App that you like to Share

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6. Tap Menu “Share Via” – Choose Bluetooth -

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7. Choose Paired Device

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8. Choose the Bluetooth of the phone e.g GT-S5360. Then it will receive an HTML file with the Link of the Android app you just shared. Then it can be downloaded via WiFi or Carrier 3G/4G

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9. You’re done!

See? it is very easy and you can both enjoy same app. I find it personally useful to sync my Apps in both phones.

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How to take Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S2/android-101/screenshots-samsung-galaxy-s2/ /android-101/screenshots-samsung-galaxy-s2/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 13:19:00 +0000 /?p=1971  How to take Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy S2This tips and tricks will guide you on how to take screenshot on your Samsung Galaxy S2. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread has this built in feature that requires no root access.  In previous version of Android you need to install a root required app in order to have this functionality and now it is readily available in Samsung Android phones as long as it is running Gingerbread.

To get a screenshot: Press the Power button + Home Key at the same time.

To check your screenshot just go to your

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