Force ’incompatible‘ apps to run on Android by editing the build.prop system file
A new, powerful phone sits in your hand. It’s running a recent version of Android and you’re opening Google Play to install a useful new app – only to find that it is apparently not compatible with your device. How could this be?
It probably has something to do with your phone and how it is identified by Google Play. Perhaps the app is limited to a handful of devices because the developer doesn’t have the resources to provide wider support.
Whatever the case, there is a way that you can fool Google Play into thinking that your phone is compatible by editing the build.prop file. The process here is simple, but doesn’t come without risks. Accessing build.prop is not something you should choose to do without consideration of the impact to your phone’s stability. Essentially this is a high-risk edit, one that can brick your device, so care is needed. If you want to edit the file manually you should take a full Nandroid backup of your device storage. You’ll also need your phone to be rooted.
Use CloudMagic to put all of your email communication in a single place
If you’re anything like us then you’ve probably got several email addresses. One for work, one for your private conversations, and one from five years ago that you only ever check because it’s got a funny name. And that’s where CloudMagic comes in. It’s a ridiculously easy-to-use app that lets you amalgamate all of your email addresses into a single inbox. More than that it lets you connect other useful services, like Pocket, Evernote and Zendesk, so that everything you need to handle personal and business communication is just a tap away.
In this tutorial we’ll walk you through setting up CloudMagic, and show you how to get the most from it. It’s not the most difficult of propositions, and all you’ll need to do to get started is grab your device and download the app.
Your Dropbox account can do so much more than simply storing files.
There’s a good bet that if you’ve got an Android device you’ve got a Dropbox account. It’s one of the best cloud-storage providers out there, and a lot of phones offer extra storage space when you buy them. Plus the multi-platform nature of the service means you can share files between your Android and iOS devices, and home computer without too much hassle. You probably understand the basics of how the Android app works, and how to move your files around, but this tutorial will walk you through some parts of it you might have missed, and make sure you’re getting the most out of your Android Dropbox experience.
We’ll show you how to automatically back up your photos and videos, get some extra storage, and ensure that all of your files are kept safe from prying fingers. All you’ll need is the app installed and you’re good to go.
For more expert tutorials, make sure to check out the latest issue of Android Magazine.
Flynx opens links in the background, letting you do other things while they load.
Flynx is a clever little app that buys you that most precious of things – a little more time. Rather than opening links in your browser and waiting for them to load, Flynx loads them up in the background. A little circle pops up showing you the progress of the site loading, letting you keep browsing whatever app you’re using while the link loads. Right now you can open up to four links at the same time.
This tutorial will walk you through the way the app works, showing you how to open multiple links, how to swap the reading style of the links you open and how to close the links once you’ve finished with them. It’s pretty straightforward stuff, and in a few minutes you’ll be spending less time waiting and more time reading than ever before. Grab the app from the Google Play store and you’re all ready to go.
Keep track of your data use with this handy and free-to-install app.
Keeping track of the data you’re using on your Android phone isn’t difficult. Newer versions of the OS have a built-in monitor that lets you set usage limits and alerts you when you’re close to them. But viaProtect goes several steps further. This isn’t an app for monitoring the data you’re using, it’s for making sure that data isn’t going anywhere it isn’t supposed to. You get a regularly updated breakdown of the organisations you’re sending your data to, and an in-depth analysis of the risk your phone is in.
The app gives you a score, and keeps an eye on all the apps you’re using to make sure they’re not doing anything they shouldn’t. If you’re a power user, with a rooted device and developer settings unlocked, then it’s a great way to make sure your device, and everything on it, is safe from harm. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to get the app up and running, and how to ensure your Android device is secure.
Expand Google Now’s usability by enabling and creating a range of new commands.
Google Now has become a prominent feature for most Android users. It provides an easy platform to stay involved with everything that’s going on in the world and perform searches for things you enjoy as well. One criticism is that it still doesn’t offer enough command options for users to explore, but the new Commandr app changes that entirely. Commandr has been specifically built to vastly expand Google Now’s database and explore other ways that the Google Now system can be implemented into different areas of your smartphone.
The app itself includes a large number of commands created by the Commandr team for users to check out and edit if they see fit. But its best feature is being able to create and vote on user created commands, which will get added to the library if they get enough votes. In this tutorial we’ll be guiding you through the process of editing and implementing new Google Now commands, as well as showing you how you can create your own.