Set beautiful Cinemagraph GIFs as your Android Wallpaper

My introduction to Android 2.3 Gingerbread back in 2012 was my first time with Android or even a smartphone. Among the other things that blew me away were Live Wallpapers. Over the years my love and fascinaton with Live Wallpapers has almost ended. For one they use up resources, and then there aren’t a lot of good choices. Not as many as I’d like anyway. Lately with the adoption of GIF images by social networks such as Facebook and Instagram though, GIFs have taken up a big chunk of the images being shared. It was only about time until people started wanting to set certain GIFs as a wallpaper.

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Control volume by swiping from the edge of screen on an Android device

One of the major disadvantages with hardware keys is they can be damaged. And we’ve all been there, a broken power button, stuck volume buttons. Such things can happen to even the most well made devices at times. Or may be your device has rather rigid buttons and it feels troublesome having to press them. I’ve personally faced that and the perfect solution to such a problem would be touch based controls. Thanks to a developer called clownFace, there is such an option for volume controls. Continue reading “Control volume by swiping from the edge of screen on an Android device”

[Update : SuperSU now works] TWRP now available for the Pixel and Pixel XL

Ethan Yonker (Dees Troy), the lead developer of TWRP recovery yesterday posted on his Google+ account that the recovery shouldn’t take much time now to arrive for Pixel and Pixel XL as decrypt was finally working on his test builds. We have since seen root access arrive for the Pixel siblings but due to the complexity of the new File Based Encryption the Pixels use the development of the recovery has been very difficult.

And come today, TWRP recovery for Pixel and Pixel XL have already made it to the official repository at TeamWin’s website but it can only be described as a very alpha build of TWRP. Continue reading “[Update : SuperSU now works] TWRP now available for the Pixel and Pixel XL”

Get the Pixel home button animation on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

There is lots to love about the Pixel and Pixel XL, from the stellar camera to the build quality, the design is sort of meh! but there’s likely no doubt that the best part of the Pixel phone experience is the software. Both phones are running Android 7.1 Nougat and do come with a handful of things that are exclusive. But as is the case with software features on Android, most of them simply don’t stay that way.

Over the past few weeks, more and more Pixel-exclusive features became available to Nexus device owners through unofficial hacks and today we’re going to add another missing piece of the puzzle, the home button animation. Continue reading “Get the Pixel home button animation on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P”

How to take the best possible smartphone picture of the Super moon

Sky-watchers are in for a celestial treat tonight, when the Moon will be the largest and brightest in 70 years. NASA and National Geographic have posted tips on how to best photograph the supermoon. We won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034, so make sure you get a look.

A “supermoon” occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day as its perigee, the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth. The term is borrowed from the pseudoscience of astrology but has been adopted by popular culture and astronomers. Supermoons generally appear to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons. While such moons occur around every 13 months, November’s is a special one.

According to NASA, this month’s supermoon “becomes full within about two hours of perigee — arguably making it an extra-super moon.” Continue reading “How to take the best possible smartphone picture of the Super moon”

Get the Google Pixel Fingerprint Gestures on any Android Marshmallow device

Google Pixel and a number of Huawei, Lenovo, and Xiaomi devices feature some pretty nifty shortcuts you can access using the fingerprint sensor. But these are no longer exclusive to those handsets thanks to the amazing developers at XDA. What began life as a simple app to just put the device to sleep with MIUI ROMs has turned into much more.

The app put together by ztc1997 is called Fingerprint Quick Action. The best part is that the app does not even require root although, it is better if you do have it. Continue reading “Get the Google Pixel Fingerprint Gestures on any Android Marshmallow device”

Fix for the annoying Chromecast notification from Facebook

Facebook promised earlier this month that they will be building chromecast support in the Facebook android app which has been available on the iOS app for a while now. It would seem the social networking giant is working towards the promised feature and has been since quite a while actually. These are screenshots from March by a user who found that there was a chromecast icon in his Facebook app and it also worked. Whatever happened to that later.

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Here’s how to enable bootloader unlocking for Verizon and EE Pixel/Pixel XL

When Google announced the Google Pixel, and revealed it comes exclusively on Verizon, enthusiasts feared Verizon might continue its practices even with the true Google flagship just as they do with every Android device they sell. And Verizon did indeed prove them right by disabling bootloader unlock on the Pixels it sold. But cracking the Verizon Pixel/Pixel XL’s bootloader seemed to be a matter of when, not if, and just a couple days ago, some senior XDA developers announced they had managed to achieve root on the Pixel.

Now two more devs from Sunshine have come up with a tool they call dePixel8 which they say can enable bootloader unlocking on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL sold on Verizon Wireless in the U.S. or EE in the U.K. Continue reading “Here’s how to enable bootloader unlocking for Verizon and EE Pixel/Pixel XL”

Night Light remains a Pixel exclusive feature, but you can still get it on your Nexus.. sort of

It seems that Google is piling up the features that will make the Pixel smartphones special, further distancing itself from its Nexus predecessors. In some cases, however, the changes might turn out to actually be detrimental to Google’s older, existing devices.

In responding to comments on Google+, Googler Ian Lake confirmed that devices other than the Google Pixel won’t be able to support fingerprint sensor gestures or the new Night Light mode. Unfortunately, it seems that Android 7.1 has also removed the previously existing Night Mode for those devices as well. That’s not to say OEMs can’t work on their own Night Modes and fingerprint gestures, in fact, both of these features do arrive on Pixel after a few Chinese OEMs have already done it.  Continue reading “Night Light remains a Pixel exclusive feature, but you can still get it on your Nexus.. sort of”

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