Couple of months back I bought OnePlus One after my Nexus 4 screen was shattered to bits and pieces when it fell from my hand accidentally. So much for Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection 🙁
Device came with CM11 and the first thing I did was to root the phone. Few days back, CM12 OTA was release for Lollipop however since I had rooted my phone with TWRP recovery, I did not get the same. So I manually flashed CM12 (YNG1TAS0YL) image. Right after my OnePlus booted with CM12, it started downloading an OTA update (YNG1TAS17L). I was so happy that OTA are working again on my rooted phone. However, disappointment came after OTA download finished and I clicked on “Install Update” button. Few seconds after clicking on it, my phone rebooted and went into TWRP recovery instead of continuing with update installation. I tried numerous times but with no success. Continue reading
Aviate is a nifty new invite only (as on writing this post) launcher for Android phone. It automatically categorizes all of your apps, and intelligently rearranges your home screen throughout the day to dynamically give you the apps and information you need most, depending on time and your location. Read more about it here. Continue reading
I was interested in implementing a specific functionality in one of the Android projects we are working on. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a easy way to implement the same. Luckily the same functionality is available in an existing Android application so I thought of reverse engineering that application to figure out how they made it work.
A couple of days later, I was browsing contents of my Android phone using file explorer and found apk files of all almost all extensions I had installed on my phone. The next moment I knew how I could get my hands on apk file of any android market application. I had rooted my phone few days back and took backup of all installed applications before that. Some of you may have guessed by now but surprisingly I didn’t find this solution online or may be I didn’t look hard enough.
Here are the steps for downloading apk for any android application from Google play.
- Install the application for which you need apk file on your Android phone. For example, if you need apk file for ‘Angry Birds’ then install it.
- Next, install this application – App Backup & Restore
- Open the application installed in step 2, select the app from step 1 and take a backup for the same.
- The backup will create a apk file of the application and store it in your SD card under App_Backup_Restore folder.
That was easy, wasn’t it? Enjoy!