Android Window Animation

Make your Android run faster? Increase its animation speed

I have many friends complaining about the “lag” that they feel when they are using their Android devices. Theoretically, these complaints cannot be addressed specially if they purchased a low spec Android device. However, most of the time this “lag” problem can be easily re-mediated by doing some bias on how the human mind  perceives performance – increasing Android’s animation speed.

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Google Play Store: No Internet connectivity issue

Google Play Store: No Internet connection

Ever encountered using Google play Store with it telling you that you have no Internet connection when in fact your connection is alive and well? Recently, I also encountered such issue (using my mobile data). If you are encountering such problem, you can follow the steps below to regain connectivity.

    1. Check your time and date settings. Make sure that your phone’s date and time settings are correct. As what I have read, 80% of users who encountered this issue in Play Store fixed the problem by fixing their time and date. Remember to set it to Automatic (if on manual) or Manual with correct settings (if on automatic).

      Time and date settings
    2. Reset your hosts file.  Your hosts file serves as a firewall / router which can control Internet traffic and redirect you to different websites. If some app messed up the file, then your connectivity could be affected. Therefore, it is necessary to reset this file and see if whether or not Play Store is not working due to invalid or corrupted host file. I recommend using Adaway to reset this file. Note that you need superuser privileges (root) to edit or change the hosts file. Also, you need to reboot your phone  after any changes to the hosts file.
      Xplore: /etc/hosts
      X-plore: /etc/hosts

    3. Clear Google Play Store cache. Clearing Google Play Store cache will help it use the new settings that we have provided (see step 1 and 2).You can also use this as you first step but most of the time, the cache is not the problem.

      App settings: Clear cache
      App settings: Clear cache

After doing such steps, your problem with Google Play Store might be solved. If you have different solutions to this problem, kindly share below in the comment section. Cheers!

Lifeline: Whiteout

Google playstore entry: Lifeline: Whiteout
Google playstore entry: Lifeline: Whiteout

Whiteout is text-based game with you (the player) tasked of helping someone survive by guiding the character through multiple decisions points throughout the game.

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Youtube Music: Make Youtube your music player

Hi there! It been a while.

Today I am going to teach you how to stream and download to your favorite YouTube videos on your mobile phones easily using an app that I found in XDA – YouTube music.


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Create your own FTF

A comprehensive guide on downloading firmware files via a download manager and creating an FTF bundle for Sony Xperia Phones – Includes a guide on how to create a pre-rooted flashable zip for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

So I recently upgraded my Z3 Compact to Android Lollipop 5.1.1. The upgrade went fine but the process of downloading the necessary files were a pain in the ass.

Why? Because downloading the firmware files using the XperiFirm is very slow (well, sometimes)!

Anyway, this post is not for me to rant about it but to teach you on how to avoid waiting for too long for the XperiFirm to download those firmware file updates. We will discuss the following topics in this post (seriously. I feel like a teacher right now):

  • How to download firmware files using a download manager
  • How to unpack firmware files
  • How to create custom FTF files (lets assume that you wanted a pre-rooted FTF)
  • How to create a flashable .zip file

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Set Calendar Colors App Logo

Set Calendar Colors: Set Your Exchange Calendar Entry Color

Set Calendar Colors App Logo
Set Calendar Colors App Logo

Bothered by the current color of your Exchange calendar entries on your Android calendar? Worry no more, a solution is already here!

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Xperia Flat Theme - Purple

Xperia Z3 Compact Flat Themes – The Android Lollipop Experience

Can’t wait for the Android Lollipop update? You can install these themes to enjoy the Lollipop experience!

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