Struggling to choose between ROMs? You can learn how to dual boot your device
The great thing about Android is that there are so many possibilities for customising your device, but sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing! Maybe you’re struggling to choose between a handful of custom ROMs, and wish there was a way to quickly test them all out without having to go through the laborious process of wiping your device and flashing each ROM in turn. Or maybe you like certain aspects of one ROM and certain aspects of another, and wish there was a way to easily switch between them. If either of these sound like you, then it may be useful for you to give MultiROM a try.
This multi-boot mod enables you to install multiple ROMs on a single Android device, and then switch between them whenever your app boots. We will show you how to install MultiROM and then how to use this app to install multiple ROMs. Finally, you will see how to switch between these ROMs and then how to use MultiROM to test out Ubuntu Touch.
MultiROM works with all the Nexus devices (4, 5, 6 and 7) plus a handful of other devices. You’ll fi nd a complete list of compatible devices over at MultiROM Manager’s Google Play page. This customisation also requires root access before you continue.
Put an end to switching between messaging apps and calendars with the Meet keyboard
Switching between messaging and calendar apps to organise a meeting can be a pain. So is the necessity for ping-pong emails to decide on a time that’s suitable for both parties. The ingenious new Meet keyboard solves both problems, making it quicker to arrange one-on-one meetings on your phone. The keyboard is included with Microsoft’s free Sunrise Calendar app.
With Meet keyboard set up, whenever you’re making plans via WhatsApp or even by email, you only have to select the bottom right keyboard icon and it will replace your keyboard with a mini calendar. You can then choose a selection of free time slots, without having to leave the conversation. When the link is opened by the recipient they get to select a convenient time. The meeting will then be added to your calendar (and theirs if they use Sunrise). It’s that simple.
This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine issue 53. Never miss in-depth tutorials and hardware reviews again, subscribe here.
With edjing Pro currently 70% off in a launch price sale, here’s what we think of the premium DJ app
The free edjing app has been around since 2012, but now maker DJiT has launched a Pro version. It looks like a completely different app, with a new interface and plenty of extra features – unlike most DJing apps, everything is unlocked from the off (so no IAPs). The standard view shows scrolling waveforms for the two tracks – loaded from locally stored music, streamed from Deezer (premium account required) or SoundCloud. As in the rival Cross DJ, the latter option is a welcome inclusion, enabling you to search the vast library and browse genres. However, we did experience occasional issues with certain tracks not downloading to the app.
Traditionalists will be glad to see a turntable view option, although it lacks access to some features, including the FX panel. In either view, tapping a track’s Sync button will automatically sync it with the other – so long as the BPMs aren’t too different. While the automatic beat detection works well, there’s a nice option to halve/double the BPM, or even tap it out manually. In waveform view, a Freeze function enables you to pause the waveform scrolling and play slices of the track like a sampler – it works best with synth intros, drum breaks and vocal solos.
Can Sony deliver another winning tablet in the unpopular 10” category and finally put the Snapdragon 810 to good use?
The 10” tablet category is the unloved class of Android devices. While 7” and 8” tablets sell well, larger devices have typically been less popular than rival devices such as the iPad. There could be several reasons for this – an underwhelming tablet software library, the 16:10 form factor or perhaps just a lack of desirable tablets. For a while now, Sony have been trying to resolve the latter with their Z range of devices.
Sony’s approach to both phone and tablet devices has long been one of evolution not revolution. The Z4, Sony’s latest Android tablet, continues this trend. It retains the ‘Omnibalance’ design, but improves on it’s predecessor, the Z2 Tablet in almost every way. The newcomer is incredibly thin at 6.1mm, extremely light at only 389g and with considerably shrunken bezels it is an impressive 12mm narrower than the Z2. This trimming in every dimension results in what could reasonably be considered the first 10” screened tablet that is comfortable to hold for extended periods. The Z4 tablet is IP65 + IP68 rated to protect against dust or water ingress.
While the body of the tablet has shrunk, as you’d expect, the internals have been upgraded to the very latest specifications. The centrepiece of the Z4 is the much maligned Snapdragon 810 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. In this device however, the processor may have finally found its natural home. The tablet is extremely fast in use, running Sony’s lightly tweaked version of Android Lollipop. While the device can get warm, it never gets uncomfortably so, even under the most demanding of tasks. The screen on the Z4 Tablet is a 10.1″, 2560×1600 pixels IPS panel which is extremely bright and sharp. Although the screen is bright enough to be used outside, as with most tablets the reflective nature of the screen means glare can be an issue.
Google’s Artificial Neural Network Deep Dream has been creating some of the trippiest images ever.
Google is always trying to learn more about the world around it. To help the search engine giant do so, engineers are developing the Artificial Neural Network (ANN) that attempts to make sense of the world around it. This is the framework on which Google Now on Tap is being built.
Engineers show it thousands of images to try and get it to learn, for example, what a chair looks like. In time the network should realise that an object with four legs, a horizontal surface and a vertical surface is probably a chair and therefore searches should prove more intuitive.
To test how the ANN is progressing, Google’s engineers have been getting it to draw images and the results have been trippy to say the least. The ANN has been seeing dog faces, eyes and slugs in places where there are none, simply because there are shapes that it vaguely recognises. It has also been adding arms into pictures of dumbbells because the images of dumbbells it sees usually include arms. It’s sweet but ever so slightly scary.
We take a look at the iRig UA, the portable, palm-sized amp
Lugging around an amplifier wherever you go can be a right pain for guitarists but luckily the iRig UA is here to save all you budding Slashes and Hendrixes.
The iRig UA is a palm-sized, ultra-light device that you use to transform your mobile into an amp in seconds.
The company’s popular Amplitube app has an excellent user interface, recreating the look and feel of an elaborate amp set up. Each screen has a number of dials and switches that you can alter to you liking, which you can then queue up on your phone’s screen to create the effect you are going for.