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Titanium Backup – enable write access to external SD Card March 6, 2016

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Recently I’ve been trying a couple of Android devices. I used to focus on iOS but I become a little bit bored with it lately. The deep customisation options on (rooted) Android devices began to fascinate me again.

When I played around with a recent and quite good Samsung tablet I ran into a couple of issues with Titanium Backup and an external 128GB SD Card. By the way rooting of said Samsung tablet is easy and straight forward.

Namely when trying to back up a couple of applications to that external SD Card, Titanium Backup showed: “readonly” / “this folder is not writable”. That seemed strange as I had even formatted the SD Card in the freshly set up tablet.

Well after a quick google search here is the solution (you will need root access, a file manager and a text editor – I used http://www.estrongs.com/?lang=en )

  • navigate to : / system /etc/ permissions/platform.xml
  • finde the section “WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE”
  • inside that section add the following line:  <group gid=”media_rw” />

After a reboot of the device read and write SD Card access from within Titanium Backup worked fine.

OnePlus Two revealed July 29, 2015

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The famed flagship killer from 2014 is back. In the latest incarnation the OnePlus 2 is now the 2016-flagship killer!

That seems to be a bit of a stretch – as no one knows what 2016’s flagship phones will look like and whether the OnePlus 2 can keep up.

Nevertheless the OnePlus 2 has been revealed and it brings a huge bag of interesting features for quite an interesting price.

  • 5.5-inch touchscreen display with 1080p resolution
  • 2.0 GHz (underclocked to 1.8 GHz) octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1
  • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 16GB or 64GB of storage
  • 3300 mAh non-removable battery
  • USB Type-C charging port (so it is easy to plug in the included charging cable whichever way you want / no more fiddling with the connector)
  • Fingerprint sensor via physical home button
  • Dual SIM
  • Mute switch

The design is also quite interesting. A brushed metal frame is bordering the huge full HD display. The sandstone backing of the original OnePlus One is also back and gets company in the form of additional StyleSwap back panels. Bamboo and kevlar are joined by wood finishes include ‘black apricot’ and rosewood.

OnePlus 2 Invite System

Same procedure as every year: You cannot simply go and buy a OnePlus 2. You have to be invited to get one. The Chinese company claims it has much more devices ready for sale and there will be more invites around.

But the system essentially works like last year: Sign your name onto a waiting list, keep an eye out on social media channels and get in touch with friends who may already plan on getting a OnePlus 2.

Once you get your hands on a precious invite code then you have 24 hours to buy the phone in the company’s online shop.

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Commute Apps Week 28 July 6, 2015

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The App Blender

 

I was using my regular commuter train to get to work today. It is really striking to see that nearly everyone on the train is using a smartphone or tablet. I went back in time in my head. Well the last month and weeks were always similar. Crowded trains with tons of people using smartphones.

It hasn’t been like that forever. Only in the last 5 to 6 years -or so- the smartphone has started to invade my conservative commuter trains.

Nowadays everywhere I look a bright and colorful screen smiles back at me (usually encased in one of the grey or black bars that represent our typical touch screen smartphone these days).

If I have the time I make a mental note of the device and App I see. And I thought why not make a blog post out of these anonymous observations.

Today was quite the usual train ride but still the plethora of Apps in use by my fellow passengers is intriguing. Todays mixed bag of Apps:

 

Candy Crush Saga

Google Play. App Store.

The swap-3-style game is still so popular! Today I have seen a grown business man using a full size 9.8-inch iPad and tapping away on the colorful candy crush screen. Fascinating.

 

Whatsapp

Google Play. App Store.

It’s still amazing how many people are constantly tapping away on their Whatsapp virtual keyboard. Today I witnessed several guys using Android devices and some rather up to date version of Whatsapp (material design).

 

Words with Friends

Google Play. App Store.

A bit of a unicorn today: I have actually not very often spotted someone who uses words with friends. But today a gentleman was eagerly picking the right phrases for his ongoing matches.

 

Gallery App from the CyanogenMod Team now available for Testing “GalleryNext” January 16, 2014

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Google is on an interesting path with its latest release of the Android operating system 4.4 “KitKat”. For example on the Nexus 5 Google went so far as to make the search app the default launcher. So Google’s closed source search is the part that defines how your icons look on a Nexus 5. Also Google+ is being pushed more and more. Not too long ago Google added a special little App to Android which offers dedicated access to the Google+ Gallery. It also seems that step by step this new app shall replace the default Android Gallery.

So to sum things up: rather generic features on an Android device (Launcher, Gallery) are slowly being replaced with “enhanced” Google services (Google Search, Google+ Photos). So if we follow Google’s arguments we get exciting new features and interesting cloud stuff at the expense of being 100% tied into the Google ecosystem. I am sure there is more to come and other features will be tied into Google’s services as well.

So for people who like the flexibility and openness of Android it may be time to look around for viable alternatives to the “Google way”. For example if you do not want to keep your pictures on Google+ and you are a big fan of yahoo’s flickr then other gallery apps may be better.

Recently I checked out CyanogenMod’s GalleryNext. A sleek little gallery app coming from the people bringing beautiful Android versions to older devices. I must say I like it. It’s lightweight, it integrates Facebook-, Flickr- and Dropbox-pictures (as well as the usual Picasa albums) and it basically has a similar look and feel as the former default Android gallery app.

If you would like to give the app a try – it is currently in a testing stage, so backup your stuff an follow these steps (outlined here https://plus.google.com/110558071969009568835/posts/KFiGREqst3P) :

Super SU – Update Issues August 2, 2013

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My secondary phone right now is a Google Nexus 4 (LG MAKO). I basically want to tinker around with the latest version of Android and I am taking it abroad when I need to be flexible and be able to swap SIMs.

On the device I am an avid Super SU user. Unfortunately after flashing Android 4.3 (and re-rooting of course) the Super SU binary update does not succeed (no progress shown for ~ 30mins). I looked around and found a couple of resources rg. that issue:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=31887507

http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-lte-all-things-root/701522-help-supersu-not-updating.html

In the first link the following easy guide is mentioned:

  • first try update binary using Super SU for few times, if still installation failed try to download old superuser through play store.
  • Disable superuser for Super SU in settings>Superuser
  • In old superuser, go to info and then tap the “tap to check updates” and update the binary.
  • Then, enable superuser in Super SU and voilaa!!… try it..
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