It seems that the formerly “do no evil” google have decided to remove all ad blocking apps from the Play Store. Fortunately it has always been possible to install apps directly from the APK files – as long as you can find them. The 3 most popular ad blocking apps are still available to download in apk format, all you need to do is enable the installing of apps from “unknown sources” somewhere in your phones settings.
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I was recently given a Samsung Galaxy S2 which was locked to T-Mobile, and was asked if I could unlock it so that it could be used on any network. I naively assumed that rooting the phone would achieve this aim, but sadly this was not the case – it seems that some network providers are still sim locking phones, even on contract, and that breaking these locks still isn’t always straight-forward. With enough research however, it becomes a fairly straightforward process.
I recently wrote about ways to enhance and tweak the Samsung Galaxy S3. Since then my partner has acquired a Galaxy Note 2, which is rather like an oversize S3. Now that I’ve had chance to play with it a bit I’ve updated my original article to cover the tweaks that work for both phones. Any differences are noted there. I’ve also written a new article with a guide to how to root the Note 2. Enjoy.
As I’ve noted before pretty much the first thing I do when I get a new phone is root it. This time around its the turn of my partners Galaxy Note 2. Below I will summarise the steps which are very similar to those I used for my own Samsung Galaxy S3.
I’ve had my Galaxy S3 a little over a month already and have slowly been compiling a worthwhile list of tips and tweaks that I use and can recommend to other users. I’ve updated the list to include tips for the Galaxy Note 2 which my partner now has. Many of these may also apply to other Samsung or even other android phones, but some are specific to the galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2. By all means try them regardless of phone and let us know how you get on. (more…)
Pretty much the first thing I do when I get a new phone is root it. First and foremost this allows me to install and enable adfree – which is getting increasingly essential on android. On previous phones this was often tricky, altho in the last couple of years it has steadily got easier. This time it was the turn of my new Samsung Galaxy S3. Below I will summarise the steps in my own way, but I had a look at several guides on the net and the best one I found was on AndroidAuthority.
There are plenty of reviews out there comparing the latest phones, the latest tablets and the latest notebooks, but very few ever reference something more than 18 months old. Most people don’t upgrade their kit anywhere near that frequently which makes the comparisons rather useless. In the 4-5 year timeframe which is a more typical upgrade cycle for most people there have been huge changes to the computing power available.
I’ve previously written about using an alternative ROM on my HTC Desire thanks to AceSMod007, but things have moved on a fair bit since then. I’ve finally got round to updating my Desire again, and decided I’d go with another “007 Mod”, specifically RunnymedeMod007 which features Sense 3.5. I’ve actually been running release 7 for a few weeks, but it has been a mixed experience. Having updated to release 21 a couple of days ago I’m now much happier. If you have a Desire and want the latest eye candy without compromising on performance I highly recommend giving it a try. Happy modding.
With the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Prime and the Apple Iphone 4S, I thought I’d do a quick comparison of the 2 devices. I’ve also included data and specs for 2 other high-end recent smartphones, the HTC Sensation XE and the Motorola Atrix 2.