Monday, November 12, 2012

Dolphin Browser. One of the best browsers for an android device



Recently i have been on a hunt to find the best internet browser for my phone, but sadly most of the browsers that i tried were either very ram intensive and hence slowing my phone down and preventing me from multitasking or were slow at loading pages. So i recently came across the dolphin browser and was amazed by how amazingly fast and smooth it was. Now before you guys start telling me that opera mini is the fastest at loading pages and dolphin is no where close to it keep in mind that it does not render pages correctly and thus spoiling the overall user experience of  the website . This is where dolphin comes in handy by rendering pages much faster than the normal browser as well as chrome on 3g as well as 2g networks.There are many variants of the browser but i would recommend only 2 .The 1st one being the complete browser with plugins and a ton of features. I would suggest this version for people with devices with pretty decent hardware specs, as this one needs a bit more juice to function properly. The 2nd one is for people with lower end android devices , this version has gesture support but otherwise has almost all the features of  ics browser+. So guys give this browser a go and let me know how it works out for you



Dolphin Browser is the FASTEST, EASIEST and most FUN mobile Web browser
Download Dolphin's free mobile browser and join the 16 million plus who enjoy the exclusive features of our elite mobile web browser.
Dolphin Browser is the FASTEST, EASIEST and most FUN mobile web browser available Dolphin Mobile Browser(Formerly Dolphin Browser HD is the world's first Gesture, Sonar and Add-on enabled mobile web browser on Android.
★ #1 Mobile Web Browser on Android Market
★ Over 10,000,000 total downloads
★ #2 on CNET’s 100 Android Apps for 2011
★ #1 PC Mag’s "The 40 Best Free Apps for 2011"
★★★★★ Dolphin Browser's Gestures and sidebars make Web surfing fast, intuitive and fun while on the go. - USA Today
★★★★★ “…it’s a great, simple browser that feels more at home on a touchscreen device than pretty much anything else you’ll try. - Lifehacker
Features:
★ Sonar – Dolphin listens and lets you use your voice to search on the Internet, share on your favorite social networks, bookmark your favorite website, navigate and more all from your phone or tablet browser
★ Gesture - Let your inner artist out and create a personal Gesture (symbol) to access the mobile and desktop websites you use the most.
★ Add-on – Beef up your mobile Internet browser experience by installing the Add-ons for the tasks you need at your fingertips. With more than 60 and counting, Dolphin Add-ons enables any action to be done right within the mobile browser. You can check out the Add-on features with 3 preloaded on your right Sidebar.
★ Webzine - Fast Web page loading, with no ads. Dolphin Webzine simplifies the way you read your favorite mobile content, from news to blogs and websites. Webzine is now available as an Add-on on the Android Market.
★ Speed Dial - Visit your favorite mobile and desktop websites on the go with one touch.
★ Tabbed browsing - No need to toggle between screens, tabbed browsing lets you open and switch between Web pages fast as lightning.
★ Sidebars - Make the best of mobile interface via Dolphin Sidebar.
We love hearing from you. Contact us at support@dolphin-browser.com and rate us today!
Website: www.dolphin-browser.com
Join Dolphin Facebook Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/DolphinFans
Follow Dolphin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/DolphinBrowser
Here are a couple of cool features that you can add to your Dolphin Mobile Browser by installing Dolphin Add-ons:
• Dolphin Webzine
• Box for Dolphin
• Dolphin.fm
• Dolphin QRCode Share
• Bookmark to SD
• Dolphin YouTube Search
• Dolphin eBay Search
• Dolphin Alexa Rank
• PDF Viewer for Dolphin
• Web to PDF
• Dolphin Translate
• Dolphin Brightness
• Dolphin Password Manager Lite
• Password Manager Pro
• Lastpass for Dolphin Browser
• Xmarks for Dolphin
• Dolphin Google Services
• Dolphin Reader
• Google Reader Notifier
• Softpedia.com RSS
• Dolphin Screen Cut
• Dolphin Tweet
• Bookmarks Widget
• Dolphin Desktop Toggle



Download (The Standard version)

Download (The mini version)


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Root ICS

Instructions:

1)Download the Root_ICS.zip
2)Reboot into CWM
3)Install zip from sd card

Friday, May 18, 2012

Android market alternative (Blackmarket Alpha)




This is a great alternative for the android market , because of its huge collection of apps and games i actually prefer this over the play store.It doesn't look all that great but  you can get paid apps for FREE with it . The app also comes with a backup feature That lets you backup your apps.Also when you download an app its apk gets saved to your memory (this lets you re install the app or share the app )unlike the play store in which the apk is downloaded ,installed and deleted.

Download


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Uninstall system apps



Ever wondered why you have an email app or some useless crappy app that just eats up space pre installed into a rom of your device when you can easily get a better alternative for it . That where system app remover comes in handy . It helps you remove all the useless bloatware from your device.\

Requirements:
a rooted android device

And dont just randomly uninstall apps cause you dont know what they do, because if you mess with a system app you'll probably end up using cwm to restore your rom.So use this app wisely

DOWNLOAD

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Flash Cyanogen on HCL ME X1 with FWDN


 Flash Cyanogen on HCL ME X1 with FWDN



How to flash FWDN image (Windows PC is required)
i) Prepare
1. Download FWDN_V7_v2.13.exe
2. download & install VTC Driver v5.xx for your Windows PC
3. download lk.rom and tcc_mtd.img for your tablet
4. connect power cable (do not use USB power for safety)

TO boot into FWDN mode you have to hold the home button down and turn the tablet on.doing so will result in a screen that says that you are in fwdn mode

ii) Flash bootloader(lk.rom) you can skip this step if you already flashed proper lk.rom or you don't have proper lk.rom for your tablet
1. start FWDN on PC
2. drag & drop lk.rom into FWDN window
3. (re)boot tablet into FWDN mode
4. connect PC and tablet (window popped and size of "NAND Data" is displayed in Area Map in FWDN window)
5. confirm checkbox of lk.rom is checked
6. click "Start" & wait complete
7. disconnect & reboot tablet into FWDN mode to use new(just flashed) bootloader
8. uncheck checkbox of lk.rom (it's ok if checked but no reason to flash again in next step)

iii) flash Android image and initialize internal NAND(FAT) partition
1. drag & drop tcc_mtd.img into FWDN window
2. (re)boot tablet into FWDN mode (if you forgot it in 7. in previous step)
3. connect PC and tablet
4. click "NAND Data" in Area Map in FWDN window *6 *7
5. fill "Image File Path" (use [...] button) *8
6. click "Create Image" (NAND Data.fai will be added in main FWDN window)
7. confirm checkbox of tcc_mtd.img and NAND Data.fai are checked
8. click "Start" & wait complete (take several minutes)
9. disconnect & reboot tablet



*6 creating new NAND Data.fai is required when size of NAND Data(FAT partition) is changed by flashing new lk.rom in previous step. you can use same NAND Data.fai if you are using same lk.rom. don't use NAND Data.fai from other people.
*7 if size of NAND Data is not changed, you can skip flashing NAND Data.fai to keep your files in NAND(FAT) partition.
*8 you can make non-empty NAND Data.fai in this window

if the drivers are installed correctly then a menu will pop up in fwdn saying that the device has been detected.If it is not being detected then
1)open device manager
2)select the tablet from usb devices and double click it
3)Then select update driver
4)select driver from computer


FWDN


Drivers


FWDN image


Install google play for ICS on HCL ME X1




1)Install the recovery tool app
2)open the app and wait for gapp.zip to appear
3)select it and the tablet should automatically restart


Try this out and let me know if it works for you

Recovery tool app

Re installing CWM after ics update

After you update to the ics rom you will notice that CWM is not present anymore .So if you want to re install CWM follow these steps

Instructions

1)Install Recovery tool app
2)Downlaod CWM zip and place it on your sd card
3)Open the recovery tool app and wait till you can see update.zip(CWM zip)
4)Select it and the tablet should restart and install CWM

ICS beta 1.1 test

Can some one try this out and tell me if you can install ics using this backup or does it just say md5 mismatch


Download

ICS BETA 1 for HCL ME X1
















WORKING:
accelerometer, audio, internal NAND flash, SD card, touchscreen, USB host/device, wlan

NOT WORKING:
3G, camera, hardware accelerated video, music player (it dosent work sometimes, reboot the tab and it should start working again)

This is a beta version of ice cream sandwich for the HCL ME X1.The rom is unbelievably  responsive but has a few bugs. You must try.


How to install ICS 
2)Reboot into CWM Recovery

    Optional
3)Go to backup and restore
4)Make backup of stock ROM(not necessary unless you have not already done this)
5)Go back to the main page

4)Wipe data/factory reset
5)Go into mounts and storage
6) format boot and system

7)Go to backup and restore
8)Select internal or external SD card depending on where you copied the backup file
9)Install the backup
10)Reboot

The rom dosent come with a file manager . so open the browsre on the tablet and download  file manager hd 
directly onto the tablet.Or open getjar and search for "aico file manager" and install it

Fix
1)Hardware accelerated video - This is only a partial fix but it get the job done most of the time.so what you have to do is get a 3rd party video player app such as mobo video player or mx video player and you should have most videos playing  in software acceleration mode(this option can be found in the settings of both the players).

2)Music player occasionaly doesn't work- Restart the tablet





INSTRUCTIONS ON WHERE TO PLACE THE DOWNLOADED BACKUP FILE

1)Download the ics zip file 
2)Extract the folder to your computer
3)Connect the tablet over usb to computer
4)copy the extracted folder to SD/clockworkmod/backup/  (on sd or internal it doesn't matter)

Serial no:101110010351..that wont work so just change the last 2 digits and it should work

ICS BETA 1

Download (This ones in german so after you install it open up the settings(Einstellungen, it will be there on the home screen) then scroll down till you see sprache & Eingabe(Language &input) and select it.Now the first option in it should be sprache(Language) select it and then select english or chineese :p)

Monday, May 14, 2012

HCL ME X1 is not the re branded version of coby 7022 !!!!!!!

Since yesterday , i have been trying to fix the bugs of ICS for 7022 on the HCL ME X1. But then the fact that it worked properly on the 7022 but not the x1 got me thinking. So after a little bit of research and prying open my tablet i have come to realize that the HCL me x1 is the re branded version of Emdoor EM73 capacitive GC2M 8K.
The reasons that lead me to believe this is that when I opened the tablet(removed the back panel) I found EM_A100_V2 written on the board next to the telechips processor. A quick google search of this lead me to the androtab  site. This page had a hardware description of the device which looked exactly like the HCL ME X1 but that could have been just coincidence so i did the dumbest thing i could. I flashed the cyanogen mod rom from their site for the 7022 using fwdn(not clockwork recovery ) and to my surprise the touchscreen stopped working with the boot animation becoming very slow no mater which rom i used.Then i tried to do the same thing with the emdoor rom and it worked perfectly(as in touchscreen started to work again)and everything went back to normal.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Faster Facebook app finally!!!


Have you ever wondered when  Facebook would actually come come out with a faster version and usable  version of their android app. I have and personally i think their mobile web page is much better than their app. I agree the mobile web page doesn't look and feel as good as the app but then again it gets the job done and that to pretty fast.
So the guys at Team2Soft came out with Fast for Facebook . The app is insanely fast if you compare it to the official app. The app also has an ICS feel to it. The navigation is also pretty easy. With the app currently being in BETA and all bugs are expected but there aren't many. 









                             






























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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Watch you favorite anime on your android device for free



Crunchyroll

This app let you stream Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, Shugo Chara!, Blue Exorcist, Gintama, The World God Only Knows, Bodacious Space Pirates, Nisemonogatari, Eyeshield 21, Skip Beat!, Beelzebub, Gosick, and more all for free.

The app is free to download but free users are only allowed to stream over WiFi only, you can only watch the latest episode 1 week after it airs and all episodes are subtitled(this may not be an issue for a lot of you but some people prefer dubbed over subbed)  . But then again its a FREE and a legit way to watch your favorite amine.

With a paid account you can watch the latest episodes 1 hour after it airs, you can also watch over WiFi and 3G/4G , No ads and  you get access to 720p HD and DVD quality videos (1080p on newer series) on our website 

  


Download

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cyanogen mod 7 for HCL ME X1































WORKING:
accelerometer, audio, gapps, internal NAND flash, SD card, touchscreen with calibration app, USB host/device, wlan


NOT WORKING:
3G, camera, hardware accelerated video, HDMI, and many things which you expect to work


But all in all the rom is pretty good. The only major issue being the hardware accelerated video and camera.Due to unsupported hardware accelerated video, hd videos or most formats that were supported before do not work on this rom .


How to install CyanogenMod 7
2)Reboot into CWM Recovery

    Optional
3)Go to backup and restore
4)Make backup of stock ROM(not necessary unless you have not already done this)
5)Go back to the main page

4)Wipe data/factory reset (only if you are upgrading from non-CM7 ROM (CM7 1st install))

5)Go to install zip from SD card
6)Select internal or external SD card depending on where you copied the zip file
7)Install cyanogen.zip
6)Reboot
7)touchscreen calibration (only if you are upgrading from non-CM7 ROM (CM7 1st install))




Fix
1)Hardware accelerated video - This is only a partial fix but it get the job done most of the time.so what you have to do is get a 3rd party video player app such as mobo video player or mx video player and you should have most videos playing  in software acceleration mode(this option can be found in the settings of both the players).

2)The first time you boot up you will notice that the internal storage is not being recognized. To fix this go to Settings -> CyanogenMod settings -> Application -> Use internal storage -> On -> reboot.

3)Some apps automatically rotate upside down in this rom. To fix this download Root browser lite. Then go to /data/ and create a file named local.prop and enter these values

    accelerometer.hwrotation=270
    input.hwrotation=270
    ro.sf.hwrotation=270
save the file and reboot

4)Install android market- Download the gapps zip file and place it on the internal or external memory of the tab. Then reboot the tab into CWM recovery and select install zip. Then select the internal or external SD depending on where you copied it and navigate to gapps zip file and install it
 alternative gapps link






CYANOGEN 


Discussion on Development(HCL ME X1 is the same as coby 7022, so just look under that name)

I did not make this rom.All the credit goes to the guys at androtab.info(HCL ME X1 is the same as coby 7022, so just look under that name)

5 free android games that will have you playing for hours

So what we have here are 5 run for your life kind of games that will have you hooked to you phone/tablet for hours . So in no particular order here they are

1)Temple Run


So the game is about a guy(who you play as) who steals a cursed idol from a temple, and now you have to run for your life to escape the Evil Demon Monkeys that are chasing you. Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, unlock new characters, and see how far you can run!

"In every treasure hunting adventure movie there’s one scene in which the plucky hero finally gets his hands on the treasure but then has to navigate a maze of booby traps in order to get out alive. Temple Run is this scene and nothing else. And it’s amazing." - SlideToPlay.com


Download



2)Running Fred

Fred is back with a gory host of awesome acrobatic moves, skills and locations!
The anticipated sequel to Falling Fred is here!
Fred is back with a new host of painful antics, awesome acrobatic/desperate moves, special items and uber-cool locations.
Take control of our hapless hero as he pursues his quest to remain among the living! Running Fred combines ludicrously natural controls and furiously paced action with the shameless buckets of gore praised on its prequel, making up a fantastic third person platformer unparalleled on mobile devices!
Main Features:
- Lots of acrobatic maneuvers 
- Dozens of perilous traps 
- Multiple game modes: Adventure, Challenge and our favourite Endless Survival! 
- Tons of special skills and perks 
- Lot of characters to choose from! 
- Pimp up your character with special outfits 
- Keep your progress across all your devices








Download



3)Gravity Project

How much do you trust your eye and reflex.                                                  What if your time is ending; would you be finishing the game without panics? Would you be changing the gravity instead of turning right and left...Gravity Project, candidate to be the best 3D running game! An addictive game that you will not unhand.Perfectly designed venues, maps, excellent game physics, barrier and character.A rapid, fast an a hard adventure is calling you!!!




4)NinJump

In this fast paced ninja climbing game, your goal is to rise as high as you can while avoiding killer squirrels, angry birds, enemy ninjas, throwing stars and exploding bombs. With a simple tap you can jump from one wall to the other, knocking obstacles from the air as you do. Take down three enemies of the same kind to trigger mega-jump bonuses. Collect shields to plow through your opponents with. Just watch out for ledges and other ninjas because they will knock you off and send you to your doom!






5)Line Runner




Quickly jump over and roll through obstacles, as fast and as far as you can. Try to beat other players highscore on up to 10 different tracks.

















Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Market error for gingerom

Some apps that where available on the market while using the stock hcl rom may not be available on gingerom due to the change in dpi. the original x1 dpi is 200 while gingerom has a dpi of 160


FIX
1)Download and install dpi changer
2)Set the dpi to 200
3)Go to settings of the tab
4)Select applications
5)Select manage applications
6)Select play store/market clear data
7)Restart the tab and and that market should work normally


To restore the screen dpi
1)open dpi changer and set it to 160

Alternative method:
Download any file manager app such as root explorer or root browser lite. Then using the appon the root directory you will find a file named build.prop. open it and scroll down till you find
ro.sf.lcd_density = "XXX"
where xxx denotes the value to be changed

Note:Every time you change the dpi(to fix market issues) make sure you clear market data also.

Google music player


The Google Play Music app lets you listen to your music collection anywhere. All your music is stored online, so no need to worry about syncing or storage space.
* Music purchases from Google Play automatically appear in the app.
* Add up to 20,000(approximately equal to 100gb of online music storage,5mb per song) more songs from your personal music collection on your computer for free.
* Access your entire music library instantly with the Google Play Music app, and save your favorites for offline playback.
* Share a free full play of the songs you purchase from Google Play with your friends on Google+.
* Available in the U.S. only.***** (The player works outside U.S. but if you want the 20000 free online song storage then here is a tutorial how to get google music to work outside U.S.)


Download

Alternative Download

Gingerom 1.0 for HCL ME X1

This rom is a port of the stock rom  of  coby 7022 for the HCL ME X1.


                                                    Gingerom

1)Rooted
2)BusyBox and BusyBox run-parts enabled
3)app2sd enabled
4)Custom boot animation allowed.(place your boot animation in /data/lacal)
5)Bash shell support
6) Nano text editor installed
7)DPI changed to 160
8)Multitasking enabled.( holding down the home button on the x1 displays the recent apps menu)






Instructions
1)Download Gingerom1.0
2)Place the zip file either on the internal or external sd of the tablet
3)Reboot the tablet into CWM
4)Select install zip from sd
5)Select internal or external sd depending on where you coppied it
6)Navigate to gingerom1.0.zip file
7)Select it and Select yes

You should also wipe data and factory reset and wipe cache partition.These options can be found on the first page of CWM recovery



Install android market (play store) on the x1



This method for installing the market does not require root access as well as CWM.
1)Download the market installer zip
2)Extract the market installer folder to a directory  on the tab
3)Navigate to that directory using any file manager app
3)Install the apk files in this folder in numerical order. ie; GoogleServicesFramework-signed.apk first then OneTimeInitializer-signed.apk then SetupWizard-signed.apk then com.android.vending-3.1.3-signed.apk
4)Reboot device after all the installations and you are done

After the install and account setup connect the tab to your wifi and leave the market open for some time and it will automatically update to the latest version



Note:If this method doesn't work here is an alternative method
 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Backup current rom using cwm

Before we start screwing around with the tab(HCL ME X1) let's make a backup of the system firmware so that we can restore it if something goes wrong


1)Boot into CWM (if you haven't already installed CWM go to my tutorial on how to install CWM on HCL ME X1)
2)Navigate to backup and restore
3)In backup and restore select backup to sd card or backup to internal sd card depending on where you would like to save it
4)If you selected backup to sd then the backup would be created to a folder whose name is the date and time of backup.This folder lies inside a folder named Backup which lies inside a folder named Clockworkmod on the sd card.It is similarly saved on the internal memory as well

Install CWM on HCL ME x1


CWM- Clockworkmod recovery is an alternate recovery menu for android devices. It lets you install different firmware's as well as backup roms , install zip packages and so on.so here are the instruction's to install it on the hcl me x1 tab

1)Download cwm for HCL ME X1
2)Rename it to update.zip
3)copy update.zip to the root of your micro sd card (ie; /sdcard/update.zip)
4)Turn the tablet off
5)Turn the tablet on while pressing the back button(the shiny silver circular button). As soon as the stock recovery comes up let go of the buttons
6)Now use the options button to go down, home button is to select an option, back button is to go back
7)Navigate to either install zip from sd card or update(This depends on which version of stock recovery you have)
8)Select update.zip from the root of the sd card
9)select yes

viola you have just installed the cwm recovery. reboot into recovery and it should boot up in cwm recovery and it should look something like this