Alvin Ybañez(264 posts)

Android is arguably the most flexible mobile operating system. Period. I'm extremely passionate about helping Android users around world get the most out of their Android devices by writing how-to guides and tutorials.

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How to flash TWRP Recovery 2.2.1 on the Galaxy S Plus I9001

by: Alvin YbañezSeptember 3, 2012

The Team Win Recovery Project’s touch-based recovery, better known as TWRP Recovery, is a popular alternative to the widely used ClockworkMod Recovery (which also has a touch-based version).

Being a custom recovery for Android, TWRP Recovery allows you to perform more dev-related tasks on your phone than stock custom recovery would provide.  For instance, using TWRP Recovery, you can flash custom ROMs, install updates through ZIP files, create backups of your ROM, restore backups, reset your phone, wipe phone data, and more.

Apart from touch-based interaction, TWRP Recovery 2.2.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S Plus GT-I9001 features slimmer backup sizes with up [...]

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PerApp: Automatically applying settings for individual Android apps

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 30, 2012

Our Android devices include a bunch of settings that we can configure to suit our needs. We can adjust the volume, change the screen orientation, adjust the time before the screen turns off, and even adjust the CPU speed. These are handy features but it is really an inconvenience when you have to change each setting before launching an individual app. XDA Developers member arpruss also felt the same way and that led him to create an app that allows you to specify settings for each individual app.

The PerApp app allows you to set a special set of configurations for each app. There are apps from the Google Play Store that allow you to do this, but you either have to face [...]

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Best 3D homescreen launchers for Android

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 28, 2012

One of the perks of having an Android device is that it can be easily be customized the way its owners want. If you have read our articles about the best Android apps for customizing your Android phone, there are tons of apps from the Google Play Store that allow you to personalize your Android device. You can install a third-party keyboard, customize your ringtones, install an alternate SMS messenger, and much more.

Android launchers can also be used to fully customize your Android skin. Previously, we talked about the best Android launchers for your Android device. But this time, let’s focus our attention on the best Android launchers with 3D interfaces and 3D [...]

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Best army, military, and soldier games for Android

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 27, 2012

There are a variety of games on the Google Play Store that allow us to play different roles. We can be a doctor managing a clinic, a professional chef, a mayor of a great virtual city, and even a soldier at war, fighting for his or her country’s peace. On today’s app list, we will be tackling some Android games that let you become a soldier without having to undergo rigorous training. With these games, you can feel how it is to become a soldier. You can even command a war in a peaceful and fun way.

World War

The World War app is a text-based online multiplayer game that lets you play the role of a general. You will be able take missions and build [...]

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WiFi Shoot: Sharing files over Wi-Fi Direct

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 21, 2012

As the capabilities of Android devices have improved, so did the speed of transferring files from one device to another. Gone are the days that you have to steadily hold two phones near each other and wait until your files are sent via infrared. One of the new ways of sharing files faster is via Wi-Fi Direct.

Wi-Fi Direct is a feature that allows two Wi-Fi-capable devices to connect without the need to go through a wireless access point, which allows the phone to transfer files much faster. In layperson’s terms, Wi-Fi Direct is like directly connecting two devices together without the need for a wireless router or an access point. Using this mechanism, the app [...]

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Better Wifi On/Off: Rule-based Wi-Fi manager for Android

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 20, 2012

There are a variety of Android apps on the Google Play Store that allow you to lessen battery consumption. There are apps that prevent apps from running in the background, apps that clear your phone’s RAM, and an app that controls your Wi-Fi connections.

If you have read our article about the Sentry app, you’re familiar that these kind of apps can save your battery power by controlling your Wi-Fi connection. Doing so will prevent apps from automatically updating or syncing data in the background, and thus lessen power consumption.

Another app has also surfaced and aims to help you save battery power by controlling the Wi-Fi connection. The Better [...]

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Ultimate Rotation Control: Forcing landscape mode in Nexus 7 homescreen and apps

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 15, 2012

The Google Nexus 7 is the first Nexus tablet ever made. However, the lack of landscape orientation for the homescreen and in some apps makes it feel less of a tablet. Usually, most tablets feature a landscape orientation to utilize the tablet’s wider screen. Although made as a tablet, the Nexus 7 doesn’t rotate into landscape mode while on the homescreen. Some apps even restrict their main screens to display only in portrait.

To solve this problem, you may ask the help of third-party apps that allow you to control the screen orientation on your Android device. One of those apps is Ultimate Rotation Control. This app overrides the default orientation [...]

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How to flash inverted Google Apps to the Galaxy S I9000

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 15, 2012

If you are a keen observer, you might notice that almost all Google apps have a white background or a light-colored interface. This is true on the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000, as well as on other Android phones.

The white background, the black text, and a few bright colors allow the apps to display a simple design which is easy on the eyes. Speaking out of curiosity, how would the Google apps look if we inverted their color into a dark theme?

Not all curiosity can kill but it lets you create something new and interesting. XDA Developers member xlory certainly did the latter. He inverted the colors of the Google Apps and created a nice dark-themed interface for the [...]

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Formvote: Poll app for Android for easily creating polls your friends can vote in

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 10, 2012

Everyday, we are faced with a lot of choices. We need to choose what to wear, what to eat for lunch, where to go next, and all other choices that need to be made. When faced with a lot of choices, it’s very difficult to make up your mind and choose the best option. The task would be easier if we knew the ideas of our friends and relatives and use those as basis in making your choice. But, thanks to Formvote, you can now easily ask the opinion of others and easily choose the best option.

You can ask the public which dress you should wear to your ball or which restaurant you should treat your friends to on a Friday night. What’s even better is that the [...]

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beeZee: Autoreply app for incoming calls and SMS

by: Alvin YbañezAugust 10, 2012

If I were to describe advancing technology in one word, the word “instant” would perfectly describe modern technology. With our high-tech gadgets and portable devices, we can almost do anything instantly. You can check your mail, send messages to your loved ones, and do almost anything — instantly — in the palm of your hands.

With technology’s rapid speed, users find it hard to keep up with their devices. We may sometimes have difficulty in replying to all our messages or answering incoming calls. If you’re busier than a buzzing bee and your Android phone is continuously playing the notification tone of unread SMS messages or [...]

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