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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Moving AMIDuOS storage location to a different drive (a workaround)

If you have used AMIDuOS before, you will notice that it installs and stores all files forcefully in drive C. If you are running an SSD + HDD combo with too little SSD space, this is really a pain in the head. As we all know, Android apps by default can consume a lot of storage space. Therefore, if you are using a lot of Android apps in your DuOS emulator, it will in turn take a lot of space in your disk space.

For instance in my DuOS configuration, I am seeing around 13-14 GB of storage usage.

My typical DuOS space usage
My typical DuOS space usage.

Luckily there is a guide provided in the AmiDuOS support page by Andrew Kim that will enable us to move those big .vdi files to another drive (in my case in my drive D:).

Simplifying the steps provided  by Andrew Kim will give us the following:

  1. Get symbolic linker app
  2. Move data files to another location
  3. Run symbolic linker app and perform link
  4. Profit!

I could end my entry here but hey, you’re not here to read a summary of a post. So without further ado, let’s proceed with the details.

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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!

Lazada app forced into portrait mode.

AMIDuOS: Fixing auto rotation for portrait apps

So you did try doing Android emulation in your Windows machine. Among the different solutions out there, you choose AMIDuOS. You booted it up, installed your apps and tried to experience Android in your laptop / desktop. What a bliss!

But after sometime, you noticed that some apps won’t fit the full resolution provided by your machine’s screen.

Lazada app forced into portrait mode.
Lazada app forced into portrait mode

At first, its okay with you. But after a while, it get into you and you ask questions like “why the f*** is this app is forced to portrait mode when clearly my screen is on landscape mode?“.

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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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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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