Wouldn’t it be nice to have Beats Audio quality on your Android device? Well now you can, sort of.
Top mod AwesomeBEATS adds extra controls and boosts to your rooted device’s audio settings, letting you make the most of the audio options of Android. It’s a slightly fiddly process to get it installed though, and you’ll need a couple of apps and processes installed before you even get started to make it work. First off you’ll need a rooted device, and you’ll need to know what ROM you’re running as well. You won’t need a computer to work your way through this tutorial, but you should be pretty confident about what you’re doing when it comes to playing around with rooted devices, as we’re going to be poking around with the Linux-based innards of your phone or tablet using Terminal Emulator.
We ran the tutorial on a Nexus 7 (2012) rooted with WugFresh (wugfresh.com) and didn’t hit any major snags, but if you don’t know how to recover and restore your rooted phone, it might be best to get to grips with that before you try this. If you’re using a Nexus as well, get pro tips on restoring on page 40. When you’re ready, load up the Play store on your phone or tablet and we can start installing all the extra bits and bobs we need before we start installing AwesomeBEATS.
Discover tips, tricks and in-depth tutorials for using Samsung’s latest devices
If you’ve just bought a new Samsung Galaxy Alpha or Note 4, or just want to know more about your existing Samsung, check out The Samsung Galaxy Book Volume 4 (Revised Edition) and Samsung Galaxy: The Complete Manual (Fifth Revised Edition).
The Samsung Galaxy Book Volume 4 is great for beginners, packed with in-depth guides, top tips and step-by-step tutorials on browsing the web and taking pictures to navigating and keeping fit using your Samsung.
The long-awaited launch of Xiaomi’s latest products, the Mi Note and MiNote Pro has happened.
Having teased us earlier in the week with a cryptic advert, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi’s reveal has finally taken place and they have taken a swipe at their two biggest rivals – Samsung and Apple.
The Mi Note, with a 1920 x 1080 resolution display, was launched to great fanfare in Beijing and is clearly a direct competitor for Samsung’s Note 4 and Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. It is lighter and thinner than both models as well as having a much greater pixel density.
The Note 4’s cameras outperform the Mi Note’s 13MP rear facing and 4MP front facing ones, but the iPhone 6 Plus’ lag some way behind.
Switch on the Nexus 6 hidden LED for an alternative notification alert to Ambient Display
If you look carefully, you might spot a glint of light reflecting in your Nexus 6’s top speaker grill. This is an LED that Google and Motorola decided the flagship phone needed, but haven’t enabled as default.
Why would you want a flashing LED instead of using the Nexus 6’s Ambient Display? Perhaps you don’t want your entire screen to light up whenever you get a notification. Maybe you just want to tinker with your Android’s features.
In either case, here’s how to replace Ambient Display with a Blackberry-style blinking light for notifications.
A bug that leaves more the half the world’s Android users vulnerable to malicious attacks has been found, but Google isn’t releasing a patch.
Security analyst Tod Beardsley has detected a bug in the WebView app that could open the door to hackers but Google isn’t addressing the situation because the operating system is too old.
The bug, which allows apps to look at webpages without the need to open a different app, only affects phones and tablets running Android 4.3 or earlier. Google’s response to Beardsley stated that it doesn’t develop patches for operating systems before Android 4.4 so will not be releasing a patch to close off the hole through which hackers can gain access to phones.
Only 40 per cent of Android users are on Android 4.4 or above so that leaves an incredible 60 per cent of users vulnerable to attacks if they use the WebView app. In its reply to Beardsley, Google said that they ‘welcome patches with the report for consideration. Other than notifying OEMs, we will not be able to take action on any report that is affecting versions before 4.4 that are not accompanied with a patch.’
There are some pretty slick things that the iPad and iPhone can do that would be nice to have on your Android device. One of them is gesture controls which involves pinching, swiping and tapping to navigate around your device.
With Good Mood Droid Gesture Controls you can add these to your Android device and you can create your own too. It’s pretty easy to get to grips with, and within a few minutes you’ll be using all sorts of gestures your own way to get around. You’ll need a rooted device, and you’ll need to download an app from the Google Play store. There’s nothing complex here, you won’t need to do much more than installing the app on your device and it shouldn’t take you more than a couple of minutes to get everything up and running. So grab your phone or tablet, point it to the Play Store and let’s get started.
1. Download the app