If we remember, about a week ago, Google gave Chrome OS a ability to run Android apps by a “App Runtime for Chrome.” The recover came with a lot of limitations—it usually worked with certain apps and usually worked on Chrome OS. But a developer by a name of “Vladikoff” has solemnly been stripping divided these limits. First he figured out how to load any app on Chrome OS, instead of usually a 4 that are strictly supported. Now he’s made an even bigger breakthrough and gotten Android apps to work on any desktop OS that Chrome runs on. You can now run Android apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The penetrate depends on App Runtime for Chrome (ARC), that is built using Native Client, a Google plan that allows Chrome to run local formula safely within a web browser. While ARC was usually strictly expelled as an prolongation on Chrome OS, Native Client extensions are meant to be cross-platform. The categorical separator to entrance is receiving ARC Chrome Web Store, that flags desktop versions of Chrome as “incompatible.”

Vladikoff made a tradition chronicle of ARC, called ARChon, that can be sideloaded simply by boring a record onto Chrome. It should get Android apps adult and using on any height using a desktop chronicle of Chrome 37 and up. The tough partial is removing Android apps that are concordant with it. ARC doesn’t run tender Android app packages (APKs)—they need to be converted into a Chrome extension—but Vladikoff has a apparatus called “chromeos-apk” that will take caring of that, too.

Everything is finished by Chrome’s prolongation APIs. Google’s strange runtime is an extension, ARChon is an extension, and all a apps are extensions. This creates a implement routine a small complicated. You’ll have to capacitate “developer mode” on Chrome and implement a garland of unpacked extensions. Instructions are in Vladikoff’s tools, and there is a whole new subreddit, called /r/chromeapks, that will get we adult and using and even has some pre-converted APKs to try out.

We managed to get a few Android apps running in Mac OS X; while it is a cludgy hack, it’s really impressive. So what is it indeed like to use? Crashy. It’s really fast, though a miss of Google Services using in a credentials means a lot of apps don’t work. Twitter, for instance, would frequently pile-up due to a miss of Google Play Services. Google’s runtime for Chrome is also still in beta for a reason, and a fact that there are usually 4 strictly authorised apps means there is substantially some-more work to do on Google’s side, too.

The penetrate is a delicious look into a intensity destiny for Google, one where it turns Android into a concept runtime that works not usually on Android phones, tablets, and Chrome OS devices, though on any desktop mechanism with Chrome installed. Native Client has always felt like Google’s attempt at formulating a concept runtime, and it’s tough to trust that this all works by coincidence.

While this penetrate is cart and crashy, during a core it works. Apps spin on and bucket up, and, other than some blank dependencies, they work well. It’s adequate to make we imagine a destiny when all a problems get worked out, and Google opens a floodgates on a Play Store, putting 1.3 million Android apps onto nearly each platform.

Samsung competence be a initial to recover a Android L refurbish for its
smartphones, shortly after Google strictly releases a OS, tips a new
report. Additionally, in a startling move, a South Korean hulk might
shortly start offering a handsets usually around offline retailers.

reports, citing insiders, that a Android L updates for a company’s
premium Samsung Galaxy S5
and Samsung Galaxy
Note 4
competence be expelled by a finish of Nov or early December.

a report points out that Google itseld is nonetheless to exhibit an accurate time frame
for a Android L refurbish recover for a Nexus operation of devices, though
it should be tighten to a launch of a subsequent Nexus smartphone or tablet,
approaching on Oct 31./

(Also see: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Has
‘Best Smartphone Display’, Says DisplayMate

Google announced a subsequent vital build of Android for smartphones and tablets,
currently codenamed Android L, during a I/O event. Google also detailed
some of a facilities and reliable that Android L will be expelled later
this year.

With Android L, Google has rested a interface
design of a whole handling system, that a association identifies as
the new “Material Design.” Other than softened performance, Google is
also aiming for improved battery opening in Android inclination running
Android L.

It is being speculated that Samsung is operative tough to
push out program updates faster than in a past for a smartphones,
especially deliberation that bill handsets such as a Moto G receive
more timely updates than some of Samsung’s high-end devices.

other news, a news citing differences in offline and online pricing of
Samsung handsets claims has led a association to announce exclusive
selling rights for around 48 models to offline retailers, due to
excessive vigour from a brick-and-mortar retailers.

The report
also claims that a 48 models also embody a reward Samsung Galaxy
Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha though divulgence all a models. However,
Samsung is nonetheless to make any central proclamation per a sale of
its handsets offline.


The disproportion in pricing of Samsung
handsets sole online and offline is pronounced to be huge, and a physical
sellers are incompetent to compare a prices offering by a online retailers.
Reportedly a conditions has led to a arrangement of an All India Mobile
Retailers Association (AIMRA), that is a physique that will work for the
benefits of offline retailers and say a relation in cost across
different trade channels.

The report quotes a comparison Samsung Electronics executive, “We have taken action
against many brute distributors, who were transfer their bonds online
and violence down a cost of a handsets. We are operative tough to bring
behind cost hygiene in a market. Our revenues from online sales have
come down from 30 percent to singular digit. We also have skeleton to stop
billing WS Retail, a largest reseller on Flipkart.”

However, the
Samsung executive is reported to have combined that a association has struck
understanding with some online retailers to exclusively sell one or dual models,
wherein a tradesman will say relation in price. Notably, Samsung
recently launched a mini-variant of Galaxy S5, a Galaxy S5 Mini,
exclusively on Flipkart.

It’s value observant that a online sales
strategy has worked good for some handset makers like Motorola, with
Flipkart confirming it had sole around 1.6 million Moto handsets
in India given apropos disdainful online partner in February.

other renouned instance is of Xiaomi, whose Mi 3 and Redmi 1S flash sale
competence not be receiving certain feedback from consumers in
India though has seen high-volume sales.

India is now a world’s third largest Internet marketplace and “on a bullet sight to turn a second”. But even when we turn a second with around 300 million Internet users, India would still have over 75 per cent of a race that has no entrance to this supposed information superhighway. It is this cube of race that will form a “next billion” that companies like Nokia, and now Google, has been articulate about. And it is this subsequent billion that Google thinks will line adult to buy and good smartphone that is also affordable.

With a Android One programme, Google hopes to be means to give users a best hardware-software combo during a unequivocally reasonable cost of $100 to start with. At a impulse it has finished this with 3 inclination from Indian smartphone makers, all with a same specifications and all labelled around Rs 6,400. Soon, it will try and strike this honeyed mark opposite several cost points above and next $100, charity a best knowledge during that range. It will also have some-more partners on house as it spreads a Android One examination to other countries in Asia and afterwards a rest of a world.

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But things are not that easy. The marketplace has altered given Sundar Pichai, Google comparison clamp boss for Android, Chrome and Apps,  announced Android One progressing this year. Now we have Firefox’s ultra-low cost smartphones labelled during usually around $35, or Rs 2,000 in India. There are a garland of Android, or Android-based phones, with cost tags identical to Android One, yet sporting somewhat improved specifications. The marketplace is unequivocally swarming during a bottom and Google’s onslaught will be to make people know a value tender it is offering.

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That would be entrance to a pristine Android experience, now accessible usually on Nexus inclination that are labelled most higher. This also means initial entrance to new Android updates and a most some-more tranquil sourroundings than a bloatware-filled ecosystem that it is now. Plus, there is a combined advantage of giveaway information offerings that would come bundled with a phone in a bid to get new users bending to a intensity of smartphones and carrying Internet literally during their fingertips. To mangle a denunciation barrier, a second largest barrier to smartphone adoption after price, there are also facilities like Google Translate that now has Hindi-English-Hindi packs and voice hunt that now recognises a inhabitant language. Add to this Google’s guarantee to make YouTube accessible offline on these phones in a entrance months and users competence usually see good value in opting for one of these devices.

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The initial inclination have all been powered by chipmaker MediaTek, while Qualcomm is approaching to enter a ravel in a second wave. This also means, Android One is not always going to be a pristine bill play and there will be inclination given towards a midst range, maybe even higher. What Google is perplexing to grasp here is control over a fragmentation that has gripped a Android ecosystem. Just about 21 per cent of Android inclination are using a latest KitKat OS, while on iOS over 90 per cent are on a iOS 7. That is a frightful design for Google that in a suggests a riot in a Android market. With Android One Google has an event to redress that, yet gradually. Now, manufacturers have a template to collect and select a hardware they need out of a menu supposing by Google. That should make some-more of them opt for Android than doing their possess thing with a OS.

There is also a outrageous business event for Google in usually expanding a series of Internet users globally, after all it is a largest digital promotion association in world. More Internet users means a vast series of eyeballs to uncover ads to and make money. But in a routine it seems unfailing to lift out millions of people from digital obscurity. While a initial phones competence not be diversion changing a pristine clarity of a term, a trail that a Internet hulk has selected in this smartphone epoch could good finish adult being one. It won’t be prolonged when Android One inclination start apropos accessible during a fragment of a benefaction $100 cost tab and that is when Google would have achieved a goal.

Same price, same specs

Micromax Canvas A1: Rs 6,499
Karbonn Sparkle V: Rs 6,399
Spice Dream Uno: Rs 6,399

Screen: 4.5-inch (854x480p, 218ppi) capacitive hold screen
Size: 134mm height, 68mm width, 9.3mm abyss and 140g weight.
Cameras: 2MP front and 5MP rear
Video: 30fps 1080p recording
Memory: 4GB (about 2.5GB is used adult by software) with 32GB expandable slot
CPU: Cortex A7 1.3 GHz quad core MediaTek processor
GPU: ARM Mali-400MP2 RAM: 1GB
Connectivity: Wifi 802.11 b/g/n Battery: 1700 mAh
Networks: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) UMTS/HSPA+ adult to 21 MBPS (850, 2100 MHz)
SIM: Micro

  • Google’s Android L program is approaching to be expelled subsequent month
  • Once installed, it will encrypt information by default for a initial time
  • The apparatus has been an discretionary underline given Android Jelly Bean was released
  • But many people didn’t know how to capacitate it or wakeful a apparatus existed
  • Update means usually people with a device’s cue can entrance a data
  • Apple announced it has combined a identical underline to iOS 8 progressing this week

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Apple has faced critique over a past week for duplicating many Android facilities on a incomparable iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, though it appears this fabrication goes both ways.

Just days after Apple combined encryption by default to iOS 8, Google has announced a next-generation Android program will equally forestall law coercion officers and governments removing their hands on user information.

As with Apple’s confidence tool, usually people with passwords or passcodes for inclination regulating Android L will be means to entrance a files on it.

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Google is set to recover a Android L program (pictured) subsequent month. Once installed, it will encrypt information by default Only people with a device or smartwatch's (Moto 360 pictured) cue will be means to entrance a files - preventing a military and governments removing entrance to it regulating a hunt warrant

Google is set to recover a Android L program (pictured left) subsequent month. Once installed, it will encrypt information by default, and usually people with a device or smartwatch’s (Moto 360 graphic right) cue will be means to entrance a files – preventing a military and governments removing entrance to it regulating a hunt warrant

As with Apple, this means that if hunt warrants are served on Google for a customer’s information, it won’t legally be means to get reason of it.

Google began adding encryption collection to inclination in 2011 and it was a customary underline of Android Jelly Bean.


Google began adding encryption collection to inclination in 2011 and it was a customary underline on Android Jelly Bean. 

However, a apparatus was discretionary and many users possibly didn’t know how to capacitate a feature, or weren’t wakeful it existed.

To capacitate encryption on inclination regulating Android KitKat or Jelly Bean, block a phone or inscription into charge.

Make certain a device stays connected to a energy wire throughout. 

Go to Setting, Security and name Screen Lock. 

Choose a PIN or cue and follow a steps. 

Select a Encrypt choice when prompted.

Encryption can take adult to an hour, depending on how many files are stored on a device. 

However, a apparatus was discretionary and many users possibly didn’t know how to capacitate a feature, or weren’t wakeful it existed.

Any inclination that ascent to Android L subsequent month will have this apparatus incited on by default, though it can’t be disabled.

‘As partial of a subsequent Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of a box, so we won’t even have to consider about branch it on, ’ pronounced Google’s executive of tellurian communications and open affairs Niki Christoff.

‘For over 3 years Android has offering encryption, and keys are not stored off of a device, so they can't be common with law enforcement.’

Earlier this week, Apple launched a new Privacy page, and a firm’s arch executive Tim Cook wrote an open minute to customers. 

Mr Cook said: ‘At Apple, your trust means all to us.

‘We’re edition this website to explain how we hoop your personal information, what we do and don’t collect, and why.

‘A few years ago, users of internet services began to realize that when an online use is free, you’re not a customer. You’re a product.

‘But during Apple, we trust a good patron knowledge shouldn’t come during a responsibility of your privacy.’

Google began adding encryption collection to inclination in 2011 and it was a customary underline of Android Jelly Bean (pictured). However, a apparatus was discretionary and many users possibly didn¿t know how to capacitate a feature, or weren¿t wakeful it existed

Google began adding encryption collection to inclination in 2011 and it was a customary underline of Android Jelly Bean (pictured). However, a apparatus was discretionary and many users possibly didn’t know how to capacitate a feature, or weren’t wakeful it existed

According to Apple’s new remoteness site, on inclination regulating iOS 8, personal information including photos, messages – including attachments – email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders are placed underneath a insurance of a user’s passcode.

‘Unlike a competitors, Apple can't bypass your passcode and therefore can't entrance this data,’ continued a firm.

‘So it’s not technically possibly for us to respond to supervision warrants for a descent of this information from inclination in their possession regulating iOS 8. 

Earlier this week, Apple launched a new Privacy page, and a firm's arch executive Tim Cook wrote an open minute to business (pictured). Mr Cook wrote: 'Apple can't bypass your passcode and therefore can't entrance this data. So it's not technically possibly for us to respond to warrants from inclination regulating iOS 8'

Earlier this week, Apple launched a new Privacy page, and a firm’s arch executive Tim Cook wrote an open minute to business (pictured). Mr Cook wrote: ‘Apple can't bypass your passcode and therefore can't entrance this data. So it’s not technically possibly for us to respond to warrants from inclination regulating iOS 8′

In March, Google published a video that minute a routine it takes when responding to hunt warrants from law coercion officers and governments (screengrab pictured). Under a new rules, Google will be means to legally decrease requests for any information stable by a passcode, by default

In March, Google published a video that minute a routine it takes when responding to hunt warrants from law coercion officers and governments (screengrab pictured). Under a new rules, Google will be means to legally decrease requests for any information stable by a passcode, by default

The anxiety to competitors is believed to have been an conflict on Google, that a organisation has countered with a Android L encryption proclamation today.

The rollout of new program to Google devices, however, is significantly slower than Apple.

Apple can pull updates to each device since it owns a hardware, though Android runs on a inclination of mixed manufacturers, that will have to hurl out Android L individually.

This could take months, if not years.  

And information stored on Google Drive, as with iCloud, is not encrypted automatically, so could still be retrieved with a suitable warrant.

However, information stored on Google Drive (pictured), as with iCloud, is not encrypted automatically and could still be retrieved with a suitable warrant

However, information stored on Google Drive (pictured), as with iCloud, is not encrypted automatically and could still be retrieved with a suitable warrant

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Fire OS 4.0 announced by Amazon

Amazon denounced several Kindles and Kindle Fire tablets, along with a subsequent vital chronicle of Fire OS, Version 4.0. The new OS adds new features, particularly a introduction of mixed user profiles. This lets several users share one Kindle Fire inscription with any carrying their possess personal space.

The cold Firefly underline that debuted with a Fire Phone comes to a Kindle Fire 8.9 inscription with 4.0. This is a underline that creates acid Amazon for a product easy by gnawing a photo. Firefly can also interpret content prisoner with a camera.

Source: ZDNet

Google unleashes Android One for rising markets

Android One
(Image: Google)

The Android One beginning announced this week by Google targets rising markets with low-cost phones. The vigilant is to have partners in Android One furnish phones for reduction than $100. Google already has several partners in India lined adult for Android One.

To make this beginning work, Google will take over program updates, distinct customary Android procedures that come underneath criticism. The routine will have Google recover updates to all Android One phones. Expect Android handset owners in grown regions to start perfectionist concept updates to soothe fragmentation that is common.

Source: ZDNet

Microsoft releases mobile keyboard for Windows, iOS, and Android tablets

The folks in Redmond are critical about mobile, and that includes accessories. The Universal Mobile Keyboard is an appendage designed to work with tablets regulating Android, iOS, and Windows 8.1.


The Bluetooth keyboard has a toggle switch for any upheld height to capacitate specific controls for each. It lacks a trackpad so it can work with a iPad, so Windows inscription owners competence wish to consider twice about regulating it.

Source: ZDNet

Hidden underline in Chrome for Android answers queries while typing them

The Chrome browser in Android is utterly capable, and this dark underline creates it even some-more so. Once enabled, Chrome for Android will start display answers for queries as they are typed in a URL bar.

The answers are displayed in a Omnibox that drops down while typing in a URL bar, so there is no need to do anything though daub on a preferred answer.

To capacitate this underline do a following:

  • Go to chrome://flags in a new tab
  • Find a ‘Answers in Suggest’ flag
  • Tap on a drop-down box
  • Set it to ‘Enabled’

Restart a browser when educated and you’re good to go.

Source: OMG! Chrome


Alex Washburn/WIRED

Now that Apple’s got a bigger, improved iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we think oodles of big-screen Android aficionados might forsake to iOS. (Apparently Apple thinks so too). But while switching phones is one form of headache, switching phones and switching handling systems can satisfy migraine-level heedfulness if you’re not scrupulously prepared.

But we will be prepared. From your can’t-miss calendar events to your favorite apps, here’s how to make certain your many critical mobile needs make a transition from Android to iOS as uniformly as possible.

Mail, Calendar, and Contacts

If we keep your life synced with Google’s cloud-based ecosystem, transferring from Android to iOS is comparatively easy. You’ll need to emanate an Apple ID when we initial start your iOS tour (if we don’t already have an iTunes account), yet we can supplement your Google comment once you’ve finished your phone’s initial set up.

To do this, go to Settings Mail, Contacts, Calendars, afterwards daub Add Account. There, we can supplement your Google comment (or any other email comment you’d like synced on a device). Once added, we can name to sync Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Notes.

If you’ve kept your contacts stored locally on your Android phone, you’ll initial need to export your contacts to that device’s SD card, bond it to your mechanism and download a ensuing .vcf file, afterwards record into your Google account. Click where it says “Gmail” in a tip left to go to Contacts, afterwards click a More add-on and name Import. Now, when we supplement your Google comment to your iPhone, your contacts will come along, too.


Since iOS 8 now supports third-party keyboards, a chances you’ll be means to continue regulating a near-identical chronicle of your keyboard are intensely high. Lucky you!

Adding a third celebration keyboard to your complement is flattering simple. Download a keyboard app from a App Store afterwards go to Settings General Keyboards Add New Keyboard. Navigate to a territory for third celebration keyboards, and you’ll see all a keyboard apps you’ve downloaded. Select a one we wish to use, give it accede to be used systemwide, and you’re prepared to go.

Popular keyboards like SwiftKey, Swype, Fleksy, and TouchPal should now all be accessible for iOS 8.


While we won’t have a same arrange of homescreen widgets as on an Android handset, iOS 8 does concede widgets in a Today perspective in Notification Center. You entrance with a appropriate down from a tip of a shade and, as a name suggests, this is where you’ll also find a list of recent, actionable notifications you’ve received.

As for widgets, a latest chronicle of a Yahoo Weather app includes one that acts like a tiny chronicle of a full blown app, with a location-specific Flickr print annotated with stream and destiny heat conditions. Calendar apps like Readdle’s Calendars 5 also offer Notification Center widgets for a improved glanceable chronicle of your daily report than Apple’s Calendar provides.

Dropbox, Evernote, and OpenTable are some of a other titles that offer such widgets. 9to5Mac has a comprehensive alphabetical list of apps that now capacitate Notification Center widgets, yet some-more will certainly be on a way.

Your App Collection

Unfortunately, there’s no one or dual step approach to get all your favorites from Android onto your iOS device. You’ll need to go by and manually restock your homescreen with a apps we use on a regular.

But this distrurbance is indeed an event in disguise. Now’s a time to take an register of your app collection. Make a list of your tangible favorites, a ones we use daily, and a ones we can’t suppose vital without. Ditch a rest. Congratulations, your app collection usually got a consummate tumble cleaning.

With a difference of usually a handful of titles (mostly games), scarcely all of your Android favorites should also be on iOS. If we already shelled out large income for an Android chronicle of an app, it could be value dropping their patron use a line–they might be means to offer a bonus formula for your continued patronage, rather than risk we selecting a cheaper competing app. If a app is usually $1 though, don’t be stingy, uncover a dev some love.

Photos, Music, PDFs, and Other Media

One of a things we adore about removing a new handset is a possibility to start fresh. But some folks like to keep their favorite photos, videos, and song on their device, always. No sweat. If that’s you, you’ll wish to initial download them onto your mechanism (connect your Android device and afterwards sync regulating Outlook or Exchange) and send them onto your iPhone around iTunes. To do this, bond your iPhone around USB or over WiFi and launch iTunes, click “Sync with Phone,” afterwards name a media we wish on your new phone (you can name from books, cinema and TV shows, notes, photos, audio content, and more).

If you’re transferring PDFs and ePub documents, we can still entrance them on iOS regulating iBooks to review them (or another PDF reader). If you’ve got Office documents, Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote will let we review and revise them on a iPhone, or we can use Microsoft Office for iOS.

Your MP3 files, if we aren’t already an zealous Spotify or Rdio user, will live in Apple’s Music app on iOS once they’ve been combined to iTunes. And once your audio collection is sorted, if we wish to buy some-more song on a go, you’ll be shopping calm on iTunes (same goes for cinema or TV shows).

For anything stored in a cloud—for instance on Evernote, Google Drive, or Dropbox—you’re good to go. Just download a iOS chronicle of those apps, and you’ll be means to entrance your files once they’re synced.

On Thursday Google announced that a subsequent chronicle of Android will have encryption enabled by default, safeguarding user information from anyone who lacks cue access. It’s a underline lauded by remoteness advocates, and matches Apple’s new iPhone policy. But Google’s new routine isn’t really useful if we possess an Android phone that won’t be updated to Android L for a while (if ever).

But let’s not get too focussed out of shape. We’re here to share how we can encrypt your Android inclination regulating a Jelly Bean and Kit Kat systems. That’s right: Privacy facilities are already built in. You only need to spin them on.

Why encrypt?

Remember: Encryption isn’t only about holding a philosophical position in a post-Snowden authorised landscape. Protecting your information opposite all demeanour of penetration might be advised if you’re a doctor, counsel or business chairman who has a authorised and reliable shortcoming to defense supportive data.

Likewise, your device is full of personal and work information, like comment numbers and passwords, that could be useful to racketeers and scammers. No matter who we are, we have a lot of personal and maybe veteran information on your phone that we wouldn’t wish only anyone to access.

Encryption contra close screen

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Your close shade only keeps someone from regulating your phone. But it’s not too formidable to get during a data staying on your phone by plugging it into a mechanism around a USB port. Enter encryption, that provides a turn of insurance distant over a elementary close shade code, scrambling all a information on your phone with a special cryptographic key. So even if someone pulls all a information off your phone, circumventing a close screen, a information will be invalid but your key.

Bear in mind that it’s tough to know when you’ve entirely broken information on a phone. Forensic research of a gone phone can feasible display info like content messages. But if a messages are encrypted to start with, there’s no approach that they can be recovered.

Encryption disadvantages

It’s not all a travel in a park. Be wakeful that opening on comparison inclination can be slowed by encryption, and it can negatively impact battery life, too. If your Android phone or inscription was done in a final integrate years, it expected has special hardware to speed adult encryption, and a impact on speed and battery life will be negligible. Also, encryption isn’t 100 percent foolproof (though it creates accessing your information so formidable and expensive, crooks substantially won’t take a time to mangle it).

How to encrypt Jelly Bean and KitKat devices

Step 1: Plug in your device’s energy wire and concede a battery to charge. Keep a energy wire connected.

Tip: The encryption routine can take as prolonged as 30 mins or more. If your battery dies and a phone shuts off in a center of a process, a routine will fail, and you’ll remove data.

Step 2: Open a device’s Settings and demeanour for a Security menu item. Then name a Screen Lock menu object and select a PIN or Password and follow a prompts to endorse it.

Tip: One distrurbance with encryption is that you’ll always need to enter a PIN, or a longer password, to open a device. Longer passwords are harder to hack.

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Step 3: Scroll to a Encrypt phone or Encrypt tablet choice within a Security settings and select a Encrypt SD card choice by checking a checkbox. Select Next and endorse your PIN during a prompts.

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Step 4: Press a Encrypt phone or Encrypt tablet button.

Tip: You can’t retreat encryption in Android. If we confirm to decrypt your device later, you’ll need to perform a bureau reset, that will clean all data.

Step 5: Just wait awhile. The device will reboot several times during a encryption process, that can take 30 mins or more. On completion, you’ll be stirred to enter your password, that is your PIN or password, depending on what you’re using. Whatever we do, don’t forget it!

There’s a lot to adore about Android, though one problem that plagues a mobile height is a accumulation of opposite interface skins. Samsung has TouchWiz, HTC does a Sense UI, Asus has Zen UI, and on and on it goes.

If you’re sleepy of all a nonsense and usually wish batch Android we have dual options: Buy a device among a singular preference of Google Play Edition inclination or implement a new Android ROM that brings your phone or inscription to a vanilla state.

Today, we’re going to try that second choice by installing CyanogenMod, a ROM pre-installed on a OnePlus One, regulating Cyanogen’s roughly one-click installer for Windows.

Getting a batch chronicle of Android isn’t a usually reason to try CyanogenMod. The publicly available, giveaway Android ROM also comes with some neat facilities like themes, granular remoteness permissions, and entrance to apps requiring base permissions—though it leaves a Android basis good adequate alone. The ROM also gives we base entrance to your phone, radically vouchsafing we do whatever you’d like to a software, creation it rarely customizable.

CyanogenMod is used by lots of people worldwide and a fast chronicle is a really arguable chronicle of Android. However, messing around with your phone’s handling complement always carries during slightest a tiny possibility you’ll finish adult bricking a device. Proceed during your possess risk.

Back-up and check

Before we do anything, it’s best to make certain all your information is corroborated up. Installing CyanogenMod will totally clean your device and lapse it to a uninformed state. If your device is heavily integrated with Google’s services afterwards your email, contacts, and list of commissioned apps should already be tied to your Google account.

As for your photos, they might be corroborated adult to a cloud as good by services like Google+, Dropbox, and OneDrive. But these are all opt-in facilities that do not occur automatically.

If you’re not certain either your information lives in a cloud it’s best to use a fill-in and revive app like My Backup Pro. Some confidence apps such as Lookout also offer cloud-based back-ups.

The pivotal is to make certain your fill-in is saved to an outmost web use or a PC, given we will be wiping all information off your smartphone or tablet.

Finally, before we get critical about installing CyanogenMod it doesn’t harm to make certain your device is concordant with a OS. Check on Cyanogen’s site to be sure.

Also, your battery should be good charged before commencement this process. Even better, block in your phone.

Download a mobile app

Installing CyanogenMod requires dual apps: one on your Android device and one on your Windows PC. But a mobile app is not accessible in Google Play, so initial we have to prepared your Android device for installing apps from unapproved sources.

Open a Settings app on your Android phone and daub on a Security heading. On a subsequent page, demeanour for a Unknown sources choice and check a box subsequent to it. Next daub OK on a warning box that appears.


Install a CyanogenMod Android app right from a notifications lift down.

Now download a CyanogenMod app from a ROM’s site. Once it’s downloaded to your device, lift down a notifications drawer and daub a object that says OneClick.apk Download complete and afterwards daub Install.

Once a app is prepared to go, open it adult and daub Begin. Next, you’ll see a warning that CyanogenMod could finish adult bricking your phone in singular cases. Since we live on a corner (and we’ve already finished certain CyanogenMod works with a device), daub I Agree.


You contingency capacitate USB debugging before perplexing to implement CyanogenMod.

Now, you’ll be asked to cgange one or dual settings on your phone, including USB debugging and your phone’s USB camera connection. Depending on your device we might have to capacitate both facilities or usually one. In a box of USB debugging, daub a Continue symbol and a shade from a Settings app will open. Look for a USB debugging choice and capacitate it.

After that’s done, your phone is prepared for CyanogenMod.

Now, we spin to a PC.

CM installer


Start a designation routine by joining your Android device to a Windows PC around USB.

Download and implement a CyanogenMod Installer for Windows and a bond your phone to your PC around USB.

Now usually follow any instructions that pop-up on a screen.


The CMInstaller for Windows will ask we to capacitate USB debugging again.

You’ll be asked, for example, to endorse installation, and to capacitate USB debugging a second time from a pop-up window on your Android device.


Use your device’s energy buttons to clear your device’s bootloader.

You’ll also have to clear your device’s bootloader by utilizing a earthy buttons on your phone. The pivotal during this partial is to usually hold your device if educated to by a CM installer on your PC.

It’s all really candid and after a small while you’ll have a uninformed implement of CyanogenMod on your phone or tablet.

In my tests with a first-generation Nexus 7 a designation routine took reduction than 10 minutes, including device reboot, once I’d started a process on my PC.

The pre-release window for Android L continues to be full of surprises. The new Android OS, due out before a finish of a year, is set to encrypt device information by default, a initial for a Android universe—but it’ll substantially be a while before default encryption comes to each Android user.

Savvy Android users already know how to keep their phones and tablets stable with encryption. Beginning with Android Honeycomb in early 2011, Google has offering entrance to discretionary full-disk encryption around a Settings app. As Honeycomb was a tablet-only release, smartphones didn’t get this underline until Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released, several months after Honeycomb.

Based on a strange news from The Washington Post, it’s not transparent if a default encryption in Android L will usually be a customary encryption Android offers now or if this will be something new. It’s also opposite if people with comparison inclination upgrading to Android L will also see encryption incited on by default.

Google was taken for criticism during this writing, though we’ve asked a association for some-more information and will refurbish this story should we get a response.

Defaulting to encryption is zero though a good thing. It means bad actors (as good as overzealous law enforcement) will have a formidable time enormous into your phone but your authorization. Google won’t be means to entrance (or palm over) your phone’s data, either—although law coercion will still be means to collect some information from Google’s servers with a correct warrant.

A delayed roll-out

But even with encryption incited on by default in Android L, it will expected be a prolonged time before a infancy of Android users have inclination that default to a some-more secure state.

encrypting we need

Android suffers from a critical box of fragmentation. At this writing, a infancy of Android users worldwide (around 54 percent) were regulating Android 4.1-4.3 (Jelly Bean), according to Google’s possess count. Only 24.5 percent duration are using a many new chronicle of Android, chronicle 4.4 KitKat.

The biggest problem for Android is that Google depends on phone manufacturers and carriers to hurl out timely updates to comparison phones. That exceedingly delays a hurl out of new facilities to users—if inclination get updated during all.

That’s a decidedly opposite conditions from iOS, where a immeasurable infancy of users are always on a latest chronicle of iOS within a few weeks of a release. That spin of adoption happens since Apple tends to hurl out a latest chronicle of iOS to as many aged inclination as it pretty can. Apple also has a advantage of bypassing a carriers and provision iOS updates directly to users. Apple inclination as aged as a iPhone 4S and a iPad 2 can ascent to the just-released iOS 8.

Large scale adoption of a newest chronicle of iOS also enables Apple to broach critical new facilities comparatively quickly. In iOS 8, for example, Apple is beefing adult device encryption so that Apple can’t collect information stable behind a passcode. For pre-iOS 8 phones, a association could retrieve name information from iPhones and iPads.

Apple’s advantages aside, it’s heartening to see Android delinquent to encryption with a recover of Android L.

But because wait? With usually a little minority of Android users using pre-Android 4.0 devices, many Android owners can already spin on encryption for their inclination if they wanted to. Check out Greenbot’s educational on how to encrypt your Android device today.

Following its recover in late August, Disney’s free-to-play mobile diversion Star War Commander has jumped adult a charts with 5 million downloads on iOS alone. Now, a diversion is expanding further, rising currently for dual new platforms: Android and Windows devices.

Star Wars Commander is a fight plan diversion in a capillary of Clash of Clans. One of a game’s categorical differentiating factors, however, is that we can select your side, possibly a Rebel Alliance or a Galactic Empire. On iOS, many people are personification as a Dark Side, solely for gamers in North Dakota for some reason.

Additionally, Disney announced currently that it skeleton to continue to refurbish Star Wars Commander with new stories and characters.

You can download Star Wars Commander currently from Google Play during this link. Later today, a diversion should be accessible for download from a Windows Phone Store and Windows Store.

For some-more on Star Wars Commander, check out GameSpot’s talk with Disney about a game.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor during GameSpot, and we can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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