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Remotely Control Your Android Phone Using SMS

Consider a situation when you kept your phone in silent and now you cant find anywAndoridhere. You wanted to ring on that but the ringer is in silence mode. Now what? Frustration of course! Why don’t you use the app called “Agastya” which will turn your ringer on and you can find it with a simple missed call from your mate’s number. You will turn your phone’s ringer by just sending a SMS from any phone. Even the simplest Nokia 1100 will do.

The app “Agastya” can do many other tasks other than turning your ringer on via SMS. You can also retrieve your missed call alerts, and also incoming SMS messages through simple SMS.

So how do you do it?

Firstly, you need to install this app from Goggle’s play store. Click here to install Agastya.

Now it will ask for your email id and a PIN which you will use to retrieve information from your Android Phone. Enter both the information and you are done. (Don’t forget to keep Agastya running in the background.)

Now from any mobile sms that PIN (which you entered at first startup time). And within few seconds you will receive a list of commands which will help you retrieve the information from your phone. These will be valid for the next one hour. 

Once you receive that SMS containing the list of commands you are ready to hack into your own phone. Do take care of the capital letters while sending those codes.

This is pretty useful for the users which have multiple phones. In case you forgot your other phone somewhere you can also fetch contacts from your phone via SMS.

The IMEI number can help you block a stolen phone from accessing network. (To know the IMEI number of your device type *#06#.)

Here is a list of SMS command which you can try at your android phone.

SILENT Turns of the Ringer of the phone
RINGER Turns on the Ringer
IMEI Gets the IMEI number of your phone
LAST MESSAGES Retrieve the last 5 messages received at your phone
LAST CALLS Retrieve the last 5 dialed/ received/missed call detail
<CONTACTS> Fetches the contact number of that person

 

There are other alternatives to this app too. You can also try Where’s My Droid app which will not only turn on the ringer of your phone remotely but will also send you the phone’s current GPS location by SMS.

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Micromax Funbook has latest Android 4.0 platform

So the Funbook has been launched. I really liked the tagline which goes ” Pass bhi hoga, Time pass bhi hoga.”

Priced at merely Rs 6,500 Micromax Funbook really offers loads of features. It offers a Free Tata Photon dongle too with the purchase.

With its standard specifications like other tablets which are priced at higher rates, micromax funbook is all set to develop a fair competition in tablet market. Take a look of its specifications :

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Top 10 Budget Android Mobiles…

Every one wants the best phone but in the least price. with android being the hottest mobile operating system these days, everyone one wants the one. This platform is used in both smartphones and tablets. with the advantage of having  millions of applications for this platform in the Google Play Store (Android Market) its a wise decision made by the users. Many manufacturers are using this operating system. Some of them are HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony and more. Combining both the need of cheap but the best with an android option here is the list of top 10 budget smartphones having Android os.

HTC Explorer:

Price: Rs. 8,889/-

  • A 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Android Gingerbread
  • 3MP camera is capable of video recording
  • Bluetooth connectivity to 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks,
  • 512MB RAM
  • expandable up to 32GB

Samsung Galaxy Y S5360:

Price: Rs. 7,199/-

  • A 3-inch TFT touchscreen and runs on the TouchWiz UI
  • Android Gingerbread OS
  • 2MP camera
  • Wi-Fi, GPRS, 3G and EDGE enabled
  • 256 MB RAM
  • expanded up to 32GB with a MicroSD card Slot

Samsung Galaxy Pop S5570:

Price: Rs. 6,023/-

  • A 3.14-inch touchscreen
  • Android’s Froyo OS
  • 3MP camera
  • Bluetooth, 3G Connectivity
  • expandable up to 32GB with a MicroSD card Slot

Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670:

Price: Rs. 8,033/-

  • A 3.31-inch capacitive TFT touchscreen
  • Android v2.2 OS
  • Powered by a 600MHz processor
  • 5MP camera that offers panorama shots, 3x zoom and geo tagging
  • internal memory of 16GB,
  • 2G and 3G networks, Bluetooth connectivity

LG Optimus Net:

Price: Rs. 7,363/-

  • A 3.2-inch capacitive HVGA touchscreen, resolution of 320×480 pixels
  • Android Gingerbread
  • It is powered by a 800MHz processor
  • 3MP camera offers 4x zoom
  • 2G and 3G networks, Bluetooth connectivity
  • 256 MB RAM
  • expandable up to 32GB with a MicroSD card Slot

Micromax Superfone Lite A75 :

Price: Rs. 8659/-

  • A 3.75-inch capacitive HVGA touchscreen
  • Android’s Gingerbread OS
  • Dual-Sim (GSM+GSM) device
  • Dual camera with primary 3MP and a secondary 0.3MP
  • 256 MB RAM
  • expandable up to 32GB with a MicroSD card Slot

Idea Blade:

Price: Approximately Rs. 8000/-

  • 3.5-inch capacitive TFT WVGA touchscreen
  • Android Froyo OS
  • 3.2MP camera with digital zoom, videos shooting
  • expandable up to 32GB
  • 256 MB RAM
  • it is equipped to work on 3G, 2G, GPRS, EDGE and Wi-Fi.

Motorola FIRE :

Price: Rs. 9371/-

  • A 2.8-inch touchscreen and a QWERTY keypad
  • Android Gingerbread OS
  • 3MP camera with a fixed focus, digital zoom and video recording capabilities
  • Connectivity options include 3G, 2G, GPRS, EDGE and Wi-Fi
  • 256 MB RAM
  • expanded Up to 32GB with a MicroSD card Slot

Karbonn A1:

Price: Rs. 4,499/-

  • 2.79-inch TFT touchscreen
  • Android v2.2 OS.
  • 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPRS, 3G and EDGE enabled
  • 3.2MB camera
  • RAM of 256MB
  • expanded up to 32GB with a MicroSD card Slot

Micromax A70:

Price: Rs.6,695/-

  • A 3.2-inch capacitive touchsceen
  • Android’s Froyo OS
  • sports 2 cameras
  • GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi and3G enabled
  • 256 MB RAM
  • expanded up to 32GB with a MicroSD card Slot

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Android Vs iOS

The smartphone industry has become a battle for iOS of Apple and Android of Google. These two platforms are quite famous all over the world. They are rivals and who controls the smartphones is the big question. Moreover, the apps have become more significant that even the specifications are secondary. The apps make the phones personal. In fact they tend the people to change from one platform to the other.

The infographic below explains everything about the quality of the mobile applications. Even a slight difference is a big one. It compares the iOS and Android ecosystems and has side by side comparison of the app ratings. This is based on the common user complaints.

Solving Android WiFi Problems

Sometimes you may have some astonishing problems on your Android mobile phone and one of them is not able to connect your phone over Wi-Fi. The problem maybe not in your phone but can other issues which you aren’t aware of. It noted that 90 % such problems occur due to router configuration problem. And here is our basic guide on how would you resolve those issue by yourself.

The basic steps to ensure that the problem is fixed by you manually are…..

  1. Switch your mobile handset and reinsert battery and try again.
  2. If that doesn’t work and if you are using security on Wi-Fi router then remove it. Check back again.
  3. Some of the devices don’t supports router which is supported by other devices. So in that case you need to go to router configuration in PC and check each setting which your mobile needs.

If the problem is still not solved then follow these –

  1. Use Fix My Wi-Fi – Using this paid Android App you can resolve some of the known Wi-Fi issues. The problem can be in failing to reconnect or return to access point, Wi-Fi dropping when idle(Optional Wi-Fi lock), device not attempting to connect. This app comes free with certain HTC mobile phones. Its available at Price of $3 or Rs 145. You can get this app for download at Marketplace.
  2. If the paid app doesn’t work then it might be driver failure. For Samsung Galaxy series mobile phones open your keypad and type *#*#526#*#*, wait for some time until you see ‘process was successful’ on the screen. You can repeat this whenever you see this problem.

HCL Tablet With Android 4.0 ICS

HCL Infosystems launched its tablet in New Delhi starting  at Rs 7,999.

The tablet is running on the latest Android operating system version 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich and has 7 inch touchscreen. The device supports HD video recording, WiFi and 3G connection.it has a memory of 4 GB, which can be extended up to 32 GB.

The K12 version of the tablet will be priced at Rs 11,499 and  it comes with K12 (kindergarten to class XII) curriculum, educational applications, games and eBooks.

The higher education version would be available for Rs 9,999 and will contain content on technical and professional skills, assessment and applications.

HCL Infosystems Senior VP and HCL Learning Head Anand Ekambaram told that the kind of content which has been packaged, will make this device play an important role in schools…he also added that 20 educational institutions are already using the MyEduTab.

HCL Infosystem launched its tablet  ‘Me Tab X1′ in October last year at Rs 10,990.

The tech firm also said that it will participate in the tender for manufacturing Aakash 2, the enhanced version of the the world’s cheapest tablet PC.

Being the priced low and that too the fact that this tablet is loaded with android 4.0 may be something which may  be making its demand high. But for actual data we will have to wait a little.

Android 4.0.4 OTA Leaked Update For Nexus S 4G

Google previously released the Android 4.0 update for the Nexus Slast year in December but the Nexus S 4Gfor Sprint was left out. A couple of months ago an Android 4.0.4 ROM leaked for the device, which made people hope that the official OTA update would arrive soon but that did not happen.

And now, we have another leaked ROM for the Nexus S 4G. This will update your phone to Android 4.0.4, bringing all the features that other Nexus S users have been enjoying for months, it has also got some improvements to the WiMAX reception, due to the updated base band.

Google recently started giving the Android 4.0.4 update to the GSM versions of the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S but not all have received this update, in fact few have actually received the update so far, with most choosing to simply flash it manually.

Opera Mini 7 for Android

     

Opera Software has launched the final version of Opera Mini 7 for Android. Opera Mini being used by 160 million monthly users, will be really pleased to know this. This version 7’s new features will better help watching your mobile data diet, apart from improved performance and other changes.

 Opera 7 for Android features are improved OpenGLES hardware acceleration, and better optimization for dual-core and quad-core devices. The total number of speed dial buttons has been left on you to decide.
Web page compression has also improved with up to 90 percent of the original data cut out, helping use less data, apart from improving page load times. Beam support (or NFC on Android 4.x) has also been added, apart from an exit button. Tab management, and find-in-page UI have also been improved.

Google Map v6.5 For Android

Recently Google updated its Google Maps to version 6.5 for android,with lots more features added or updated like adding a redesigned Navigation menu for devices with Android 4.0+ platform. This new version also provides estimated travel times within Google Maps with respect to the traffic conditions. The traffic data is refreshed constantly which will help users get the latest possible information.

Google already offered traffic data but this is first time it has made the data available as part of directions. The previous traffic feature that was removed from google maps last summer provided users with the worst-case traffic scenario based on historic traffic data.

It was further revealed that Google pulled that feature as it wanted to better the freshness of the data. The new feature gives users ability to check current traffic conditions and also provides an estimated length of travel time, which is based on data constantly refreshed. so the users will be having almost correct travel time. Google says the traffic information will be better and more precise if more people opted in the service.

Google Maps will provide now higher resolution map, for devices with high pixel density screen such as Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, Droid Razr and others, which means you will get less cluttered map while navigating. The new style is also said to help maps react more quickly to panning, zooming, and twisting. Google also added the ability to prioritize a transit mode and route option in Google Maps 6.5 for Android.

Google Maps for Android v6.5 is available at Google Play

All About Android 4.0

Latest version for the android phones and tablets is the ice cream sandwich. Well its something edible. Its the name given to the latest android 4.0 version. Few quick things to be looked upon as its main characteristics are easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and deep interactivity.

 Android 4.0 makes common action more visible and helps you navigate through simple and intuitive gestures. it becomes interesting and keeps us engaged due to its refined animation and feedback throughout the system.Multitasking is a key strength of android and its made even more easies and visual on android 4.0

Few of its pics.

Home screen folders and favorites tray

Resizable widgets

All app launcher

 


Some more of its features are Quick responses for incoming calls, Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs, Improved text input and spell-checking, Powerful voice input engine, Control over network data, Designed for accessibility. Communication and sharing (People and profiles, unified calendar, visual voicemail, rich and versatile camera capabilities, redesigned gallery app with photo editor, live effect for transforming video, sharing with screenshot.), cloud connected experience(powerful web browsing, improved email,) innovation ( android beam for NFC-based sharing, face unlock, wifi direct and Bluetooth HDP.)