Run Yahoo! Messenger in Ubuntu


Ubuntu is a popular Linux distribution and Yahoo! Messenger is a popular web chat client. There is no official Yahoo! versions available for messenger. However there are many chat clients such as Empathy, Pidgin etc. are there in Linux and Yahoo id can be used there to chat. While talking about Pidgin, it is much powerful chat client. It has many features and one can even access Yahoo! chat rooms using this messenger.

Yahoo! Messenger provides HD video calling support. Though this option is available in Pidgin to use video call, it cannot be used for cam chat with a person who is not in your list. This often restricts the user from using web cam in chat rooms. As I mentioned before, there is no official version released for Linux distributions though Linux is gaining popularity day by day, especially in the case of Ubuntu.

There is a program called “Wine” which facilitates installing Windows applications in Linux. This is a windows compatibility layer and most of the ‘.exe’ files are supposed to be worked in Ubuntu. Go to software center and install Wine. This software is about 100 MB in size. Once it is installed, download the Yahoo! Messenger and install it. This will work fine.

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How to free ROM in Idea Blade


Idea blade is coming with a ROM of 256 MB and user space will be nearly 60 MB. Once you start installing applications or updating it free memory will be decreased. Here are some useful ideas to free up your ROM.

Many pre-installed applications get updates via Google Play. Once you update these applications it is not ORIGINALLY updating the app but installing a newer version which in turn eat your internal memory. That is why when yo reset your system, your applications are able to return to original version.

There is an application called Apps2Rom is available to download. It helps to check if your device has duplicated applications. i.e., original application in ROM and its updated version. Your phone should be rooted to use this application. Once you open this app, you can see the list of applications in it. If any application is duplicated, (this can be identified by looking into the dot near the application. If you see two green dots near any application it means it is duplicated) you can replace your old version with latest one. By doing is you are uninstalling factory installed application and installing a fresher version. Further updates to this version will not create any duplicates.

Also, if your phone is rooted, you can try uninstalling your factory installed applications such as games, facebook,twitter,youtube,opera mini etc. This can save a lot of space. Many applications such as Root Uninstall and Root uninstaller etc, are available in Google Play for download. Try these.

These techniques are not limited to Idea Blade and can be tried in all supported Android devices.

Cyanogenmod 7.2.0 Release candidate ready for testing


Cyanogenmod, the popular android based firmware developing community, has released their latest version. This version, 7.2 RC1 is based upon Google’s Android release 2.3.7 and is the final release on 7.x series. Cyanogenmod official blog reports it has added a couple of backported features and fixes from Android 4.0, Icecream sandwitch. One of the major bug fix it claims is about SD card ringtones. Its earlier versions sufered from misteriously vanishing ringtones from SD card.

Cyanogenmod added support for nealy 20 new devices adding a sum of 70 in supported devices list! I tested it is my idea blade and found working well. Though it is crashing at times, its overall performance is satisfactory. If you are not interested in tesing, do not use this release candidate and install previous stable version.

Following devices are supported for testing Cyanogenmod 7.2 RC1 (List originally taken from cyanogenmod blog)

  • ace –  HTC Desire HD / Inspire 4G
  • anzu –  SE XperiaArc-LT15i
  • blade –  ZTE Blade
  • bravoc –  HTC Desire CDMA
  • bravo –  HTC Desire
  • buzz –  HTC Wildfire
  • c660 –  LG Optimus Pro
  • captivatemtd –  Samsung Captivate
  • click –  HTC Tattoo
  • coconut –  SE LiveWithWalkman-WT19i
  • cooper –  Samsung GalaxyAce
  • crespo4g –  Google Nexus S 4G
  • crespo –  Google Nexus S
  • desirec –  Droid Eris
  • droid2 –  Motorola DROID2
  • droid2we –  Motorola DROID2 World Edition
  • e510 –  LG Optimus Hub
  • e730 –  LG Optimus Sol
  • e739 –  T-Mobile LG myTouch
  • encore –  Barnes&Noble Nook Color
  • epicmtd –  Samsung Epic 4G
  • espresso –  HTC myTouch 3G Slide
  • fascinatemtd –  Samsung Fascinate
  • galaxys2att –  Samsung Galaxy S2 ATT
  • galaxys2 –  Samsung Galaxy S2
  • galaxysbmtd –  Samsung GalaxyS_B
  • galaxysmtd –  Samsung GalaxyS
  • glacier –  T-Mobile myTouch 4G / HTC Glacier
  • hallon –  SE XperiaNeo-MT15i
  • heroc –  HTC Hero CDMA
  • hero –  HTC Hero
  • inc –  Droid Incredible
  • iyokan –  SE XperiaPro-MK16i
  • jordan –  Motorola Defy
  • legend –  HTC Legend
  • liberty –  HTC Aria
  • mango –  SE XperiaMiniPro-SK17i
  • mesmerizemtd –  Samsung Mesmerize
  • morrison –  Motorola Cliq
  • motus –  Motorola Backflip
  • olympus –  Motorola Atrix
  • one –  Geeksphone ONE
  • p500 –  LG Optimus One
  • p920 –  LG Optimus 3D
  • p925 –  LG ATT Thrill
  • p970 –  LG Optimus Black
  • p990 –  LG Optimus 2X
  • p999 –  T-Mobile G2x
  • passion –  Google Nexus One
  • saga –  HTC Desire S
  • satsuma –  SE XperiaActive-ST17i
  • shadow –  Motorola Droid X
  • sholes –  Motorola Droid
  • showcasemtd –  Samsung Showcase
  • smultron –  SE XperiaMini-ST15i
  • speedy –  HTC Evo Shift
  • supersonic –  HTC Evo
  • tass –  Samsung GalaxyMini
  • u8220 –  Huawei U8220
  • urushi –  SE XperiaRay-ST18i
  • v9 –  ZTE V9
  • vega –  Advent Vega
  • vibrantmtd –  Samsung Vibrant
  • vision –  T-Mobile G2 / HTC Desire Z
  • vivo –  Droid Incredible S
  • vivow –  Droid Incredible 2
  • zeppelin –  Motorola CliqXT
  • zero –  Geeksphone ZERO
  • zeusc –  SE Xperia Play CDMA-R800x
  • zeus –  SE Xperia Play -R800i

 

10 Must have applications in Android Phones


Android is so popular because it is highly customizable. Google Play, previously known as Android Market, is an ocean where you can find millions of applications choose from. However it would be perplexing which of these to be installed and not. Of course, it depends on what is your actual requirement. It is recommended not to install any application unless you use it frequently and you really NEED it.

Here I am introducing some applications that are really useful. This is for general use. In my next blog I’ll be introducing some system utilities for advanced users.

  1. Adobe Reader: Likewise in your PC, adobe reader is required to read PDF files. You can also view the PDF attachments in your e-mail using this app.
  2. Docs to Go: This applet let you read office documents in your android device. You can read popular formats such as doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx etc. Attachments in the e-mails can also be viewed in this application. It has two versions, free and premium. In free version you have only view options whereas premium allows to edit the documents and Google Docs collaboration.
  3. Nimbuzz: is a social messenger utility. You can add Gtalk, Yahoo!, Hotmail, ICQ etc to this messenger.
  4. NGPAY: ( This application is only for the users in India).This is not a mandatory application unless you have a valid bank account and have some money in it.  With this application you can purchase books, camera, train – bus -air tickets, flowers etc. Moreover you can recharge your mobiles too. Axis Bank, SBI &  HDFC banks officially support this application.
  5. Just Dial: ( This application is only for the users in India) JD is a popular local search engine where you can find out nearby hotels, hospitals, ATMs, movies, restaurants, etc. It is highly useful while in travel.
  6. Newshunt: ( This application is only for the users in India) Newshunt is a newspaper reader application. You can read all Indian news papers in their native languages. Also you can share the news to facebook and twitter.
  7. Real Player: This application is highly recommended if you are interested in streaming videos and looking around to download it. Real Player for android is capable of streaming a video, download it and do both together.
  8. Saavan: It is a popular music streaming applet. You can listen to Indian music online. This application is working fine even in GPRS/EDGE networks.
  9. Opera Next Browser: Opera is a popular web browser. Opera Next is a beta version browser but powerful. It is recommended over the native browsers.
  10. Touchpal Keyborad: This is an optional one. However it is very useful as it has many cool features such as sliding input. Though your phone has sliding input, this one is really impressive.

Upgrading Idea Blade from Froyo to Gingerbread


Idea Blade is a customized version of popular android device ZTE Blade. This phone is being sold in many countries under various names. In India, Dell and Idea are selling this handsets under the name Dell XCD35 and Idea Blade respectively. Though these are primarily from ZTE, it differs in hardware. Dell XCD35 is the original ZTE device shipped from Europe with 512MB intenal memory whereas Idea Blade is a Chines make with only 256 MB internal memory. However this device shows a wonderful performance while comparing with its competetors.

As you know Android is an open sourse software platform, anyone can make changes in it. However Android phones do not handover the root licence to the customers. Rooting is the privilege to access the system files. Since these files are vulnerable to attacks, typically rooting is not allowed by default by Android phone vendors. There are various softwares avaiable in Android Market, now known as Google Play, for gaining root access in android devices for free of cost and as paid versions. However rooting voids the manufacture warrenty!

There are many customized ROMs are available and it can be replaced by the stock ROM. Being a demanded android device, ZTE Blade is in the supported device list of the most popular ROM, Cyanogenmod.Though Idea Blade is upgradable to Android 2.3, no official packages are available yet. However still you can try two customized ROMs, Swedish Snow RLS6 and Moldovan-Mile-High-Mountain-Pie-RLS9. The first mentioned one is latest one and is recommended coz the other have an issue with camera.Cyanogenmod 7.1 is tested Idea Blade and it is found working well. After a clean installation without any add on packages such as google apps, there will be a free memory if 130 MB. Swedish Snow is pretty good and once it  is installed there will be a free memory of minimum 115MB.

Here is the step by step guide to upgrade Idea Blade from Froyo (2.2) to Gingerbread(2.3). Again, this is an unofficial release and rooting process will void your manufacture gurantee. Also, try these at your own risk!

1. First of all, download the  package  file from here and copy it to the SD Card. Then the device must be rooted. Download Z4root and install it in the phone. Copy the installation file into the SD card and open it using filer or any file explorers. Make sure to enable Unknown sources in Settings > Applications in order to install the package. Also enable USB debugging in deveopement page. (Note: This whole process will wipe the entire data in the phone. You should take back up of your contacts and whatever data you need).

2. Once it is installed you need to root the device by selecting permanent root. You may be asked to give super user privilege and allow it. Once rooting is completed, system will reboot automatically.

3. Download another software ROM Manager from Android market and install it. This program also should have super user privilege.

4. It is highly recommended to take a backup of your current ROM so that at any point, you can restore your stock ROM(Original ROM). You should have sufficient memory in SD card to take a back up (aroudn 300-500MB). Meanwhile you may be asked to install and addtional package clockworkmod recovery. Click on yes and it will be automatically installed. No worries!

5. Once back up is complete, click on the reboot into recovery button in ROM manager. Phone will reboot into recovery mode. (You can manually do it by shutting down the phone, restart it and press power button and volume key while booting. )

6. Now the real play begins. You need to click on wipe data/factory reset option. You can use volume keys to navigate and Home key to select. Click on this option and you will reach confirmation page. Select Yes and it will wipe all user data in some moments. (Remember, with this process whatever there in the phone will be lost.)

7. Now return to the main screen and you need to wipe cache and dalvik cache as well. Once these two are done with come to the main screen.

8. Now choose install from Zip in SD card. This will open the SD card file and you need to select the zip file and then click on home button. Installation will finish in some minutes. Stay cool!

9. Once installation complete message is shown, click on reboot now. First boot will take time upto 10 – 15 minutes. Once everything is set, you will see the home screen.

10. Additional packages and advanced knowledge can be obtained from the developer page.

Installation Procedure for Cyanogenmod

  1. First of all you need to install Z4root and root your Idea Blade. Run a permanent root and restart your device. Now install ROM Manager from market. Though ROM Manager has a rooting option, it is not capable of rooting Idea Blade and Z4root is recommended.
  2. In ROM Manager, take a back up of your current ROM. You will be asked for installing clockworkmod recovery, press OK to continue. Once clockworkmod recovery is installed, try back up. Phone will be rebooted once back up  process is completed.
  3. Open the ROM Manager again and click on Download ROM and under Free category you can see various free to use custom ROMs. Click on Cyanogenmod and it will show a list of ava ilable updates. Install the latest stable version(unless you want to view the latest features in a developer preview). You will be asked for opting additional packages. Google Apps is recommended.
  4. Once download is done with, it will show Pre-ROM installation options. Choose to empty cache and dalvik cache.
  5. System will boot into recovery and start installing the Cyanogenmod into your Idea device.
  6. Once installation is finished wait for first Cyanogenmod loading. It will take some minutes and your Idea is ready with Cyanogenmod

In Cynogenmod, camera will not work. You need to run a patch to fix this. Search the cyanogenmod forums for the patches.

How to root Idea Blade (ZTE Blade)


Idea blade is  customized version of  ZTE blade.Though ZTE blade supports Cyanogenmod Idea blade do not supports changing ROM. Idea blade has only 256 mb of ROM. Even clockworkmod cannot root this phone.

Here is a method to root Idea Blade. Install Z4root and it facilitates rooting of this device. This software supports both permanent and temperory rooting. Install this software and permanently root your phone. Once rooting s done with, system will reboot.

Additionally you can remove the preinstalled softwares from this device. Install Root Uninstaller from Android market. You can remove the unwanted or not frequently using softwares and games etc. It is recommended to remove the preinstalled launcher and replace it with Launched Pro for better performance.

Save Battery Life in Android Phones


It was in no time Android supported devices hit the market.Main reasons behind this are ease of use, affordability and thousands of millions of applications to assist in daily and professional lives. Many phone manufactures turned to android leaving there native traditional operating systems. The main drawback every android user is concerned with is battery life. Here are few tips to save the battery life to an extend.

  1. Android phones are designed in a way that it always connected to internet. It consumes the battery a lot. Of course you may have some applications which require connection always. However there are instances like when you sleeping where you are not using phone at all. Turn off your data traffic during those period unless you are using corporate mail exchanges and want to sync your mail box periodically. Add a power control widget in your home screen and you can turn off your data traffic from there.
  2. GPS and WiFi are high resource hungry compared to other components. You not always want your phone to navigate you unless you are in a new place or searching for a bar or restaurant nearby! Turn off your GPS location service. If you want your applications locate you, you do have an option in Location & Privacy in Settings. You can enable network based GPS(A-GPS) by which applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Places etc can make suggestions to you if you want to show your check ins to friends. Also, turn off WiFi when you are not using it. Power control widget helps you to turn off these services with ease. So is for bluetooth. Remember the rule, if you are not using a service let it sleep!
  3. No doubt, you would have installed lot of applications installed in your device. Android phones do not have close button. If you are opening an application and closing it with back button still there will be some of its component services running in background. These are consuming your data, memory and finally battery. Use task manager to kill unwanted applications or install some task killer applications which will check for unwanted applications and fire them if found roaming around. If you are using applications seldom, better do not install it.
  4. If you want your phone to save battery than showing you some eye candy animations, turn them off. Animations consumes memory and of course battery. Use either some animations or none.
  5. LCD Brightness, it is hard to compromise here. There is nothing worst in a phone like a bad and dark LCD. You do not need to turn of the backlit at all, try to reduce backlight to 30%. Or if your phone has light sensor, you can use auto brightness mode which will adjust brightness according to the ambience. When you are in strong sunlight phone will automatically adjust the screen so that you do not have to look hard to see what is on display and it will not harm your eyes when you are browsing in bed time.
  6. Turn off the motion sensor effect in LCD. Ask it not to rotate your screen when you turn the phone unless you are using some webpages where you want to see it in landscape mode.
  7. Brighter wallpapers eat more battery than dark ones. Try some dark still beautiful wall papers. If you wish to do more, never touch your live wall paper section. Such animated wall papers will consume more energy.
  8. Turn off the notifications: Most of the applications require data traffic. Applications like Facebook, twitter, email etc periodically connects to server to update. If you are not mad at social service sites or not craze to know what your celebrity does in Twitter, turn off notification options in them. Disable the notifications and try manual updates. In the case of e-mails, if you are not expecting any urgent mails, you can push your update interval to the maximum limit or disable it completely. This will help to save battery drastically
  9. 3G networks render fast data traffic and it consumes battery faster like that. If you are not using VoIP or video chat or streaming videos, EDGE/GPRS will suffice your request. Switch to 2G network when you don’t require fast data traffic.
  10. By default google applications are designed to sync automatically. Your contacts, email, photos, calendar etc will be periodically sync with server. Turn off the auto sync option in Settings. Still it is recommended to sync your data manually once in a week.