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Nintendo NX is a next-gen portable gaming console with high-grade specs

Nintendo NX is a next-gen portable gaming console with high-grade specsFor the past couple of years, amid the war in console market between Microsoft and Sony with their Xbox and Sony PlayStation respectively, Nintendo has been gaining ground mostly on portable gaming market through its Wii and Nintendo DS lineup, competing against Sony PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable.

However, with the competition becoming much fiercer than before, then there’s no reason for Nintendo to just sit around in a couch eating snack while Microsoft and Sony keeps making a lot of hard cash in console market.

This manufacturer needs to step up its game, especially when many developers of console/PC games have started to bring their games to the higher new level using advanced next-gen graphics and visual effects.

That’s why recently, Nintendo reportedly will come up with a brand new gaming console. This one is still a portable gaming console though, so it’s definitely not going head-to-head against Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One for sure.

Interestingly, this Nintendo’s new gaming console, which is codenamed as NX, is gonna be a lot better than its predecessor. For instance, let’s talk about performance.

Performance

So according to reports, as confirmed by 'numerous of sources', this Nintendo NX is going to be a really powerful gaming console. So it’s very likely that games on Nintendo NX will be on the same level with games on Sony PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, especially in terms of graphics and visual effects.

I’m not really sure how powerful this is gonna be, but given how video games today are mostly superior in terms of graphics, then I have the feeling that Nintendo will also bring the latest and greatest hardware possible so big game developer will be interested to come on board with Nintendo NX.

However, given that the market of casual video games is still really huge, probably bigger than the market of serious hardcore games, then Nintendo NX probably will also be the home for developers that usually make casual video games.

Hardware

Anyway, as far as hardware, Nintendo NX will have detachable controllers, which means there will be the mechanism on the console that allows players to attach and detach the controllers on both sides of its screen.

But why does this console need the detachable controllers?

Well, apparently, this Nintendo NX will be treated as the main machine or “the brain of NX” (as described by Eurogamer) that users can connect to a docking station whenever they want to view the games on their big-screened TVs.

Interestingly, unlike Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 that are already jumping on Blu-ray discs and digital downloadable games, the games on Nintendo NX will still use the traditional cartridges.

Software

On the software side, Nintendo NX is expected to run on Nintendo’s home-baked proprietary operating system, which I think is a much better choice than using Android OS (as reported before).

And that's because the mobile game market on Android platform has now started to become overly saturated because many developers here mostly make crappy (shitty, if you would) casual games that are not serious enough to attract serious gamers.

So by using Nintendo’s own proprietary OS, Nintendo NX will have a chance to separate itself from the competition and let serious game developers make better games on this platform. Besides, it will make it easier for Nintendo to filter which games that are qualified to join this platform and which ones aren’t.

Release date?

It’s actually interesting to see how this new gaming console from Nintendo comes to fruition because in 2015 of March, Satoru Iwata, the company president, called this device as a “brand new concept” for video game platforms.

So we haven’t known already what Nintendo is gonna bring to the table here to compete against Sony PlayStation Vita and other portable gaming consoles on the market.

Anyway, Nintendo NX is set to release probably in March of 2017, which is still 8 months away from realization. Unfortunately, Nintendo is still very tight-lipped regarding the information of this new console.

According to Shigeru Miyamoto, he said "In terms of NX, there's an idea that we're working on. That's why we can't share anything at this point, and I don't want to comment on the other companies. If it was just a matter of following advancements in technology, things would be coming out a lot quicker."

But if that’s true Nintendo NX is gonna be a detachable gaming console that users can plug in to their TVs, then it’s very clear that one of the Nintendo’s plans in the future is definitely to make Nintendo NX a universal console that will give users the power to control all the equipments in their living rooms with one single platform – Nintendo NX.

6 awesome Android and PSP games that I still play on my Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone

6 awesome Android and PSP games that I still play on my Alcatel Flash 2 smartphonePlaying games has been really fun to do on my smartphone - Alcatel Flash 2. Even though this phone is not as powerful as my previous Alcatel Flash Plus, especially in terms of gaming performance, I’m still able to play some heavy games on this device.

To be honest, I’m actually not a really huge fan of Android games on my smartphone. Of course, I have some Android games installed on this device like GTA III and Max Payne.

But I’m actually more interested to play PSP games on my phone like Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 or Splinter Cell Essentials because these games offer more serious gameplay than Android games.

Anyway, below I’m going to show you the list of games that I still have on my Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone until today. Hope you like it!

PES 2014 (PSP version)

PES 2014 (PSP version)Okay, the first game that has been my favorite on my smartphone lately is Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. As a matter of fact, this game is the one that I still play on my device until today.

However, the Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 I’m referring here is actually the PSP version, not the Android version.

The reason why I really love the PSP version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 is actually because this game uses almost the same gameplay mechanics just like on the console, which means the gameplay is a bit hard to master and will require you to do some trainings especially with the controls if you want to be good at this game.

This is way different with the Android version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 released a few years ago that was tailored with the touch controls of smartphone and tablet.

As a result, this game was really easy to master and it’s also not that hard to score goals in this game, which was why this game became really boring for me over the time.

So if you love football games and you also happen to have well-spec’d smartphone or tablet, I strongly recommend you to play the PSP version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 because it’s really awesome and I believe you won’t get bored playing it even for the next few years.

But if you still don’t know how exactly to play PlayStation Portable games on your Android device, you can check out my other post to learn more about that.

Splinter Cell: Essentials (PlayStation Portable)

Splinter Cell: Essentials (PlayStation Portable)The other awesome game that I still have and play right now on my smartphone is Splinter Cell: Essentials, the PSP version, not Splinter Cell: Conviction series released on Android platforms a few years ago.

This game actually kind of reminds with Splinter Cell Chaos Theory that I used to play on my old-gen Nokia N-Gage QD cell phone around 12 years ago, especially in terms of graphics and gameplay.

However, this Splinter Cell: Essentials of course is totally different than the N-Gage QD version. It actually still follows the same storyline of Splinter Cell: Conviction, where Sam Fisher’s daughter is being murdered by his enemies.

So in this game, you play as Sam Fisher in 3rd person perspective where you’ll be able to hide in the shadows to avoid enemies’ sights and then kill each of them silently. But you must also complete some specific missions in order to finish each level.

This game is definitely worth a shot especially if you’re already a huge fan of Splinter Cell series. However, it’s worth mentioning that your smartphone or tablet must be powerful in terms of graphical performance (GPU and CPU) because this game is pretty heavy in graphics.

You can use PPSPP app to play this game on your Android smartphone or tablet. If you haven’t known already, PPSPP is a PSP game emulator that allows you to play almost all PSP games that are available to download on the net.

I totally recommend this app to you if you love playing serious games on your smartphone or tablet, especially if you're already bored to play Android games.

Max Payne (Android)

Max Payne (Android)The other amazing game that is still there on my Alcatel Flash 2 is Max Payne. This game actually has been really popular either on PC and consoles for the past couple of years.

So in this game, you play as Max, a guy who wants to start a new life with his wife. But then, some bad guys in his past found where he lives right now and killed Max’s wife. And so this is when his journey starts.

This game is an action shooting game with 3rd person perspective, it’s kind of free roam type of game, but the environments are limited in some locations, not as huge as Grand Theft Auto of course.

But of course, in Mad Max, you cannot drive any cars here. So you can only walk and shoot people with the weapons at your disposal.

This game is developed by Rockstars Games by the way, which is also the one that makes GTA series. So I believe you're gonna love this game, especially if you're already a huge fan of GTA series.

GTA III (Android)

GTA III (Android)I actually like GTA Vice City better than GTA III, but sadly my Alcatel Flash 2 phone doesn’t hold up to its performance when running Vice City. In fact, it closes itself after entering to the game. So I’m basically stuck in the menu.

But anyway, GTA III is actually still a pretty darn good game, especially for those of you who love GTA series.

However, one thing that I don’t really like from this game is, its controls are not really responsive, especially compared to GTA Vice City that plays nicely with quick responsive controls. So for example, when I’m driving a car in GTA III, it’s really hard to control the wheel and most of the times, my car goes out of the control and always hits other cars or objects.

So if your smartphone or tablet is well spec’d, I strongly recommend you to play GTA Vice City or GTA san Andreas, or even GTA Liberty City Stories because all of these games are available on Google Play Store.

Rayman Jungle Run (Android)

Rayman Jungle Run (Android)It’s actually pretty weird why this game is still on my phone, but even so, Rayman Jungle Run is pretty awesome to play. It actually kind of reminds me with Sonic game where you must run really fast and collect all the coins that you meet along the way.

So this Rayman Jungle Run game is totally different with the regular Rayman series which is a 3D platform adventure game.

The beginning levels of this game is really easy to play, but its difficulty gets more serious when you advance to higher levels, which can be pretty hard to play.

The cool thing about this game is, you can retry the same level in order collect the remaining coins that you haven’t collected before.

Worms 2: Armageddon (Android)

Worms 2: Armageddon (Android)I’ve been a huge fan of Worms series ever since I had an old-gen cell phone in the past. So in this game, as its name implies, you indeed play as a worm in a group and you must defeat the other group of worms in order to finish and win the game.

This game actually is similar with an old online game that used to be so popular around 14 years ago, which I forgot its name (Run Bound if I'm not mistaken).

So you will be able to equip your worm with a bunch of weapons, like rocket launcher, bazooka, shotgun and you can even do the teleport thing to move to other area in the game. And you must fight other group of worms by using the weapons at your disposal.

But there is the time limit, so if you don’t kill all your opponents, the winner will be decided by how much damage that the group has taken. So if you lose many worms, while the opponents still have a few worms left, then they are the winner here. And the other way around.

Worms 2: Armageddon is definitely a really fun game to play, probably better than Angry Birds. But of course it all comes down to your favor of game genre. So if you like playing game where you can shoot at opponents using a varied different weapons, then Worms 2: Armageddon is probably the one you don’t want to miss.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, 6 awesome games that I still have on my Alcatel Flash Plus 2 smartphone until today.

Anyway, what about you? What your favorite games that you still have on your smartphone or tablet until right now? Do you still intensively play any of them everyday? Or you’re just like me, you get bored easily with Android games?

Well, if you have something to say regarding this topic, don’t hesitate to leave your opinion right on the comment section below.

How to root LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet?

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jBz9AlquRHU/V6Ugq2-3JwI/AAAAAAAAGZg/XHrU1iY8TkAKyZvr3RTGVhFbWFHJgzWKACLcB/s1600/lg%2Bg%2Bpad.JPGIf you own LG G Pad 8.3 tablet for a pretty long time, you probably might want to root it in order to get the best out of this tablet. One of the coolest things if your LG G Pad tablet has been rooted is you can install custom ROM like stock Android OS to improve the performance and battery life of this tablet.

But if you’re not really familiar with rooting an Android device, rooting is actually not recommended for you. So I strongly suggest you to stay away from this page. Besides, it will void your warranty so you won’t be able to claim it again at any LG’s service centers near your town.

* NOTE * However, if you still insists and want to root your LG G Pad tablet, below I’m gonna show you exactly how to root this tablet. But remember, you must realize that you're doing this at your own risk. So I’m not responsible for anything wrong that might happen on your tablet.

#1. Check your Android software and version

Okay, before even proceeding to the process of rooting, first things first, you need to check the Android software that your LG G Pad 8.3 is currently running on.

I assume that if you haven’t done anything to your device like doing software updates, then your LG G Pad 8.3 is still running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat right now, which is the one it came with in the first place or when it just launched to the market.

Make sure your LG G Pad 8.3 is still running on Android 4.2.2 Kitkat with build number of something like ..39B if I’m not mistaken. This is really important because if your tablet is running on the other or latest software versions, the rooting process in this post might not work properly on your tablet.

To check your device’s software, you can do this by going through Setting > and then scroll down to the very bottom > select “About Tablet” > and lastly tap on the “Software Information” to find out more about the version of Android OS on your device.

#2. Enable Developer options

After checking the software information of your LG G Pad, the next thing to do is enable the Developer Options on your tablet. It’s actually really easy to do that, you just need to tap on the build number on Software Information for a few times.

As you can see, if you press it a couple times, your tablet will show you the message that the “Developer Options” on your device has been enabled. On Setting, this new option will be automatically added to the list.

#3. Go to Developer Options

After enabling the Developer Options on your LG G Pad, now open it. If this is your first time entering to the Developer Options screen, the system will prompt you the warning message in the beginning.

When that happens, check off the small box that says “Don’t show this again” and then press “OK”.

#4. Turn on USB debugging

After landing to the Developer Options screen, now scroll down for a bit and then find the option “USB Debugging”. After that, enable this feature by tapping on the toggle to turn this feature on.

Make sure that the toggle of Developer Options on the very top is also turned on. Okay, now your LG G Pad is all set and ready to get ROOTED.

#5. Download 2 files

After you finish setting up your device for rooting, now go to your computer and download these 2 files on your laptop.

- USB Driver of LG G Pad for PC
- Root_gpad.zip

It’s really important to download these files on your computer, not on your tablet because the rooting process of LG G Pad 8.3 will require your computer in order to run the root software which only works on Windows PC.

#6. Install the driver on your PC

I assume that you’ve already downloaded 2 files above on your computer. Now install the driver named “adsf.zip” which you just downloaded earlier on your PC.

This is really important to do first because your computer needs to install the specific driver of LG G Pad so your PC will recognize your tablet when the USB cable is plugged on.

#7. Connect your tablet to computer with USB cable

After the installation of the driver is complete, now connect your LG G Pad tablet with your PC using the USB cable that comes with the tablet. If your PC can recognize your tablet properly, you will see a message shown on your computer.

#8. Switch to “MTP mode”

After your PC recognizes your tablet properly, there will be some options provided on the screen of your LG G Pad. In default, the connection between your computer and the tablet is usually set as “Charging mode”.

If that’s true, now switch it the other option “MTP mode” in order to connect your PC to the storage and system of your tablet.

When you do this, your PC will ask you to download the driver that comes with the tablet. Now install this driver and let the process finish.

#9. Extract root_gpad.zip inside a new empty folder

Earlier, I already asked you to download 2 files: one of them is the rooting file named “root_gpad.zip” on your computer. Now I want you to extract this “root_gpad.zip” inside a new empty folder on the Desktop.

So you must firstly create a new empty folder on the desktop, and then extract this zip file inside that new folder. This zip file must be put in one folder because it contains some important files that you must execute.

#10. Run "Root.bat"

Okay, after you finish extracting, there will be some files here inside the new folder. Among these files, there is one file named “root.bat”. Now run it to start the rooting process of your tablet.

#11. Press any key on your PC

As you can see on the screen, right after you execute/run the “root.bat” file on your computer, the DOS-based window will be prompted on the screen.

There will be some explanations and messages on this window that will guide you to root your LG G Pad tablet. All you have to do now is follow the instructions shown on the screen.

Now press any key on your computer to proceed to the rooting process of your tablet. You can press space bar for example.

#12. Unplug your tablet from PC

In order to make sure that your tablet and your PC is connected properly through USB cable, now I want you to unplug the USB cable from your LG G Pad tablet to start over the connection between your PC and your tablet.

#13. Re-Enable again USB Debugging

Okay, now on your tablet’s screen, go to Setting > Developer Options > and then tap on the toggle “USB Debugging” to deactivate this feature. After that, turn on again “USB Debugging” by tapping on the toggle the second time. This is really important to ensure that your device is indeed in the “USB Debugging” mode.

#14. Plug back your tablet to computer and switch to 'MTP mode'

After re-enabling the USB Debugging on your tablet, now plug back your tablet on with your computer using the USB cable. Wait for a few seconds until your computer recognizes your tablet.

And then on the screen of your tablet, switch the mode from “Charging Mode” to “MTP mode”.

#15. press any key again on PC

Now back on the screen of your computer, press any key again to proceed to the next instructions.

#16. Press any key again on PC

Again, press any key on your computer to proceed the next step of rooting.

#17. Now turn on your tablet again and select "Accept"

Now unlock your tablet and as you can see on the screen, a new window pops up. When that happens, select the option “Accept” to start the rooting process on your tablet and wait for a couple of seconds until the process is complete.

#18. Press any key on PC to close the software

Now go back to the screen of your computer and press again any key to proceed to the next step. If I’m not mistaken, after you press any key at this point, the window will close itself. This indicates the process is complete.

#19. Check if SuperSU app on your tablet

If you open the app drawer on your LG G Pad tablet, there is a new app called “SuperSU” being installed there, which means now your tablet has been successfully rooted.

#20. Open SuperSU

Now open the SuperSU app on your tablet. Usually, if you have some apps that require root access, they will appear here on this app. So through this app, you can control the root access of any apps, either to allow/grant or deny the root access to the apps.

#21. Validate the root Access with Root Checker app

Okay, the last thing you need to do now is validate the root access on your LG G Pad tablet. This is really important to do in order to see whether your tablet has root access or not. You can do that by using an app called “Root Checker” which you can download on Google Play Store for free.

After downloading and installing Root Checker from Google Play Store, open the app. And then press the button “Verify Root” to start checking the root access on your tablet.

The message will be prompted on the screen asking for the root access to this app. When that appears, press “Allow” to grant the root access for 'Root Checker' app.

If there is a message that says “Congrats! Your device has root access” (in green color), it means your LG G Pad indeed has been successfully rooted. Congrats guys!

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, my step-by-step guide for you if you want to root your LG G Pad tablet. Hopefully this method works perfectly on your device. Anyway, if you find this article helpful and informative to you, please don’t hesitate to share this post on Twitter and Facebook by pressing the social media buttons on this page. I would totally appreciate it.

* NOTE *: Anyway, if you want to learn more about rooting this LG G Pad tablet from the video, then you can check out this YouTube video.

How to turn off sound on keypress when typing on Google Android keyboard?

How to turn off sound on keypress when typing on Google Android keyboard?Stock Google Keyboard has been one of the best keyboard options for most of Android devices out there. If you happen to have Android smartphone or tablet, then you’re probably using Google Keyboard on your device right now, but you also use other 3rd party keyboards like TouchPal if you don't really like Android stock keyboard.

I personally use Google Keyboard on my smartphone mainly because it’s simple and it also works pretty great on my device. However, there’s something that can be pretty annoying on this keyboard. And that is the sound on 'keypress', which is the sound that always kicks in everytime you press any key on the keyboard.

I’m not saying that it’s really annoying, but when set in highest volume, this sound can be pretty irritating especially if there are many people around you in public places.

This is why you need want to lower the volume level of this keypress, so you can still hear the sound of this keypress, while other people around you won’t be annoyed by the sound.

Okay then, below I'm going to show you how to turn off or lower the volume level of keypress sound on Google Keyboard.

#1. Go to Setting

Okay, the first thing to do is go to Setting because that’s the only place where you can modify anything on your device, from display, security (lockscreen), sound and many more, including the keyboard you’re using right now.

#2. Scroll down and select Language & Input

After opening the Setting app, now scroll down to the bottom and then find the section of setting called ‘Language & Input’.

#3. Select Google Keyboard

If you have opened ‘Language & Input’, as you can see on the screen, in the ‘Keyboard & Input methods’ section, there will be the option ‘Google Keyboard’ below it. Now tap on it so you can start configuring every element on Google keyboard.

#4. Open ‘Preference’

After opening the setting page of Google Keyboard, you will be shown with a bunch of options of settings for this keyboard. Now select ‘Preferences’.

#5. Turn on ‘Sound on Keypress’

If you want to disable the sound on keypress everytime you press any key on the keyboard, you can turn it off by tapping on the toggle ‘Sound on Keypress’.

#6. Control the sound level of keypress

You can also control the volume level of the sound on keypress, so everytime you press any key on the keyboard, the sound that comes out is not very loud but you can still hear it.

To do this, now still on the 'Preferences' setting page, tap on ‘Volume on keypress’. And then drag the toggle to control the sound level of keyboard. I personally choose around '16' because it doesn’t sound too loud but I can still hear it.

But if you want the sound on this keypress to be higher or lower, it’s up to you.

#7. Turn on ‘Vibrate on Keypress’

I personally love to use sound on the keyboard because this is the best tactile feedback that I can get everytime I press any key on the keyboard. So I can instantly know whether I am pressing the key or not.

However, if you want to turn off this sound, you can also replace it vibration on your device. So everytime you press any key on the keyboard, it will give you a tactile feedback through vibration, which is recommended if you’re currently at the meeting in your office or at library.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, my tips for you if you want control the sound on keypress of Google Keyboard. I hope you’ll find this article helpful and informative to you.

I actually love to use Google Keyboard because it’s much faster and smoother, plus it has everything that I need from a great virtual keyboard like emoji icons, symbols and many more.

However, besides Google Keyboard, there’s actually another good virtual on-screen keyboard which you can use on your Android device. And that is TouchPal, which has been my favorite on my previous Alcatel Flash Plus smartphone.

But I currently don’t use it right now on my Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone because it performs pretty laggy.

Anyway, what about you? What default keyboard are you using right now? Is it Google Keyboard? Is it TouchPal keyboard? Or maybe any other keyboard?

Well, if you guys have any other great keyboards that you would like to share with me, please don’ t hesitate to leave your opinion on the comment section below.

How to stop mobile notifications of Yahoo Mail app from showing up on the screen?

How to stop mobile notifications of Yahoo Mail app from showing up on the screen?Checking out emails has never been easier thanks to email client apps like Gmail or Yahoo Mail. I myself personally use Yahoo Mail app on my smartphone right now to check out new emails everyday.

The great thing about Yahoo Mail is, not only am I able to read emails from my Yahoo Mail account, but I can also read emails from other email providers, like Gmail, Outlook/Hotmail, etc.

However, there’s something that in my opinion is pretty annoying from Yahoo Mail app. And that is the notification feature of this app. It’s actually pretty normal for email client apps to have notification feature because even Gmail has it too.

However, it’s actually not really efficient to activate this feature because not only will it waste my internet data, but it can also drain the battery life of my device because this app usually keeps working in the background to check new emails every few seconds.

This is the main reason why, I'm going to show you how to disable this notification feature on Yahoo Mail app.

#1. Open Yahoo Mail app

Okay, the first thing you need to do is open the Yahoo Mail app on your smartphone or tablet. But if you haven’t had it yet, you can download it for free on Google Play Store.

By the way, you can also use Yahoo Mail app to open other email accounts like Gmail or Outlook So I totally recommend this app if you have multiple email accounts. In fact, this app can be a great replacement for Gmail on your device.

And you don’t need to worry about getting a lot of notifications from your multiple emails because you can turn off the notification of EACH email account.

#2. Press the menu option on the TOP LEFT in search bar

After opening the Yahoo Mail app, there is this menu button on the TOP LEFT CORNER (inside the search field). Now press it to open the menu option.

#3. Scroll down to the bottom and select Setting

On the menu option, now scroll down a bit and then select “Setting” to open the setting page.

#4. Scroll down and select Notifications

On the setting page, scroll down and then tap “Notifications” because you want to configure the notification setting on your email accounts.

#5. Turn off 2 notifications 'News' and 'Mail'

As you can see here, on the Notifications page, there are 2 toggles that are turned on in default. To stop all the notifications about 'News and Products' from Yahoo, you can simply tap on the first toggle on the top.

Meanwhile, if you want to disable the push notifications from your email accounts, you can press the toggles on the bottom area.

#6. Customize for each account

But you can also allow one of your email accounts to keep showing you the notifications so you won’t be interrupted by many notifications from your multiple email accounts.

To do that, tap on the toggle that says “Customize for each account” and then turn on the notification of each email account.

#7. Vibrate and pick the Sound

Anyway, besides setting up the notification for each email account, you can also change the ringtone of the notification on this setting page. And you can also turn ON/OFF the vibration everytime you receive a new notification.

#8. Exit the app and you’re good to go

Okay, now you have finished setting up the notifications from your Yahoo Mail app.

From now on, Yahoo Mail will no longer give you the pop-up notification again on the screen. And that’s because the push notification feature on this app has been disabled.

If you want to check whether you receive a new email or not, you can simply open Yahoo Mail app and let it refresh itself to get your new emails in real time.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, a really great email client app from Yahoo Mail. What do you think about this app? Do you like it or you don’t really like it? Or maybe you already have a much better email client app that you have been using for quite awhile on your device?

But regardless of your choice, I think Yahoo Mail can be a great replacement for Gmail because not only can you have complete email features through this app, but you can also open multiple email accounts from Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail and many other email providers on the net.

So I think this app deserves to be a must-have app for smartphone or tablet users out there, especially the ones that have multiple email accounts and want to access all of their accounts in one simple universal app.

Anyway, hope you like what I just shared in this post guys. And if you do enjoy it, please kindly share this article to your friends or family by pressing the social media buttons on this page. I would totally appreciate it guys!

How to control the brightness on Android smartphone or tablet?

How to control the brightness on Android smartphone or tablet?Under the heavy sun in the daylight, the screen of your smartphone or tablet becomes really impossible to view. The solution for that is usually be setting the screen brightness to the highest level.

So we can view the screen more clearly and from there, we can start using our smartphone normally again.

But the question is, how exactly to control the screen brightness of our smartphone? Well, this actually depends on what platform are you using right now.

If you’re currently using iPad, iPhone or iOS-based devices, you can actually control the brightness by swiping up from the bottom of the screen (when on the homescreen) to open the navigation panel which will appear instantly from the bottom. And from there you can finally control the screen brightness.

Meanwhile, if you’re using Android smartphone or tablet, below I’m going to show you how to control the screen brightness of your device. Hope this helps!

#1. Go to Setting

If you want to control the screen brightness of your smartphone or tablet, you can actually open the drop-down notification panel from the top and from there, you can drag the pointer on the top to control the brightness either to higher or lower level.

However, there’s also another way to control the screen brightness of our smartphone and also to modify the screen settings of your device.

#2. Select ‘Display’

After opening the Setting app, now scroll down for a bit and then press ‘Display’ to enter to the configuration of the screen of your smartphone or tablet.

#3. Tap on ‘Brightness Level’

As you can see, there is the section called ‘Brightness Level’. Okay, now tap on it change the brightness level of screen on your device.

#4. Drag the pointer to left or right to control the brightness

Once you tap on ‘Brightness Level’, the brightness controller will pop up on top of the screen. If you want to set the brightness level, you can simply drag it either to left (to turn the brightness to lower level) or drag it to the right to set the brightness to higher level.

#5. Use ‘Adaptive Brightness’

There’s actually the standard feature that enables your device to turn the screen brightness either to higher or lower level depends on the lighting conditions around you.

So if you’re using your device on the bed in low light, the screen will be set in lower level. On the other hand, if you’re using your device in the area in good lighting conditions, the screen will then turn its brightness to normal level so user will be able to view the screen conveniently.

But for me personally, I always set the screen brightness of my device manually in medium level. So it’s not too high, not too low either.

And it actually has been good not only for me when using it, but also for its battery life because if we set the screen brightness too high, it will only drain the battery life much faster.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, my tips about how to change the level of screen brightness on your smartphone or tablet. Hope you like what I just shared in this post.

There’s actually another trick to improve the screen of your device so it will look more gorgeous and more vivid than the standard default screen setting. However, I’m going to share about that in the next article. So if you’re interested to find out more about that, be sure to stick around on this website.

How to save web pages offline using Opera mini or Opera browser?

How to save web pages offline using Opera mini or Opera browser?Surfing the web with our mobile device is definitely really pleasing to do everyday. Not only can we stay updated with some new information and news, but we can also be entertained by many cool contents that we can find on the web.

However, if you’re browsing the web with Firefox app or Google Chrome, you won't be able to save the web pages to your device for further offline reading. You’re only allowed to bookmark the pages and keep their URL addresses in your list.

So if you want to read the contents on any website, you must visit the website again with internet connection activated. And this is definitely not really efficient, especially if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to waste your internet data.

Okay, I know that Mozilla Firefox app has this feature called "Add to reading list". But I think this feature is not really good, especially at saving the actual website along with all of the elements on the page.

The good news is, there’s one solution for this problem. And that’s by using Opera mini or Opera as the main web browser on your smartphone or tablet from now on.

Unlike Firefox, Chrome or most of other web browsers out there, Opera mini and Opera has the cool feature to save the web page you’re visiting and then keep them on your device for further offline reading. So if you feel like reading the content on any page again in the future, you can read it offline without any internet connection needed.

Okay then, below I'm going to show you how to save web pages using Opera mini or Opera browser. Enjoy!

#1. Open your Opera mini or Opera app

First things first, now open the Opera mini or Opera app on your device. But if you still haven’t had it yet, you can download any of them for free on Google Play Store.

The Opera mini app is really small in size by the way, but the full-fledged Opera web browser app is pretty huge probably around 60MB to 70MB if I’m not mistaken. So if you want to download them both, I strongly suggest you to use Wifi connection to save your mobile internet data.

After downloading and installing this app, now open the app.

#2. Visit any web page

As you can see on the screen, right when you open the app, it will show you some of the websites that come with this app, all in boxy-shaped thumbnails. Now go to any website that you would like to save on your device for further offline reading.

#3. Tap on the “+” icon on the top left inside the address bar

After successfully landing and it finishes loading the page, now press the “+” icon which you can see on the top left on the screen, inside the address bar. When you press it, it will generate you some options of actions that you can apply on the web page.

#4. Select “Save for online”

Now if you want to save that web page on your device, you can simply do that by selecting the option “Save for offline”. After selecting it, all the contents on that web page, along with other elements like photos, contents, etc, all will be saved automatically on your device.

And the most amazing is, this Opera mini and Opera browser apps are really quick when saving the web page. It usually just takes 2 seconds to save the web page.

#5. How to open the offline web page on Opera mini?

Okay, after successfully saving the web page on your device, the next question is, how to revisit the web page that we just saved earlier?

Well, it’s actually really easy to do that.

However, as 2 different apps, of course, each Opera mini app and Opera browser app has different layout. So on Opera mini, if you want to revisit the saved web pages, you can press the button “Saved Pages” on the top below the address bar.

#6. How to open the offline web page on Opera web browser?

On the other hand with the full-fledged Opera browser app, if you want to revisit the web pages that you just saved earlier, you can tap on the “Saved pages” blue boxy-shaped thumbnail around on the homescreen.

When you press it, you will be taken the screen where you’ll see the list of web pages that you have saved on your device.

Unfortunately, if you uninstall this Opera browser/Opera mini app in the future, all of these saved pages will be entirely gone. So you must revisit all the web pages and then save them all again on your device one by one.

But don’t worry about that, there’s actually a workaround for this problem. And that’s by using an app called “Titanium Backup” which you can use to backup Opera mini apps along with their data, including the saved web pages.

So if you accidentally uninstall these Opera mini apps in the future, you can restore them all over again using Titanium Backup. However, this app requires root access of your device, which means if your device hasn’t been rooted yet, you cannot use this app on your device.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, my simple guide for you if you want to know how to save any web page on Opera mini or Opera browser app. Hopefully this post can be helpful for you.

Anyway, what about you guys? Do you use Opera mini apps to surf the web? Or do you use other web browser for that matter? And how exactly do you save the web pages to your device? Please share you opinion here on the comment section below.

How to play GBA games/ROMs (Gameboy Advanced) on your Android smartphone or tablet?

How to play GBA games/ROMs (Gameboy Advanced) on your Android smartphone or tablet?One of the coolest things about smartphone or tablet is, not only are you able to play Android games, but you can also play any kind of games from different platforms by using game emulators.

Gameboy Advanced is one of those platforms.

If you used to have Gameboy Advanced device in the past, you’re probably not gonna use this portable gaming console anymore because now you can also play GBA games on your smartphone or tablet.

How to play GBA games/ROMs (Gameboy Advanced) on your Android smartphone or tablet?

Anyway, below, I’m going to show you how to play GBA games on your Android device. Enjoy!

#1. Go to Google Play Store

First of all, open the Google Play Store app on your device.

#2. Download GBA Emulator

After opening you Google Play Store, now find an app called “GBA Emulator”, which is the one developed by 'Deimos Applications'. And then, download this app to your device. This app is free by the way, so you don’t have to spend any money in order to download it to your device.

Anyway, besides “GBA Emulator” from Deimos Applications, there are tons of other GBA emulator apps available on Google Play Store, but I think this is also a pretty good GBA emulator.

This app only weighs in around 3MB of data, which is really small in size. So I believe it’s okay to use your mobile internet data to download this app.

#3. Open the app

After the installation process is complete, now open the app to start playing Gameboy Advanced games on your Android device.

#4. Locate the GBA game files/ROMS on your device?

Okay, the very first time you open the app, it will ask you to locate the GBA games/ROMs that you’ve already downloaded on your device.

Anyway, if you haven’t had any GBA games on your device, you can download them for free on Google. But if you already have the games, then you can skip the step number 5 below and proceed to the step number 6.

#5. How to find GBA games/ROMS on Google?

If you want to download GBA games on Google, you can simply use the key phrase “game’s name(space)GBA ROM” in the search bar and Google will give you a bunch of websites that provide the download links for that game.

For example, if you’re looking for the GBA version of “Donkey Kong Country 3”, you can just type this on Google:

“Donkey Kong Country 2 GBA ROM”

Anyway, if you’re having trouble to find the names of all GBA games, you can check out this Wikipedia page that has the complete list of all GBA games available on the market.

In terms of size, unlike PlayStation Portable (PSP) games that are mostly heavy in size (around 100MB to 2GB), the size of GBA games are mostly not really huge, probably around 10MB to 40MB.

So it only takes a couple of minutes or even seconds to download GBA games/ROMs to your computer, especially if you have a really fast internet connection.

Okay, when the downloading process is complete, now transfer the GBA games/ROMs to your smartphone or tablet.

After moving the GBA game files/ROMs to you Android device, now put them all in one empty folder on your device and name the folder as “GBA games” so you can easily locate these games when 'GBA emulator' app asks you to find the games on your device.

#6. How to transparency of the virtual controls?

On “GBA Emulator” app, you can also modify the transparency of the virtual controls. To do that, you just need to tap on the menu option > Open 'Setting' > select “Virtual Keypad Setting” > 'Controls Transparency' > and then from there you can finally adjust the transparency level of the virtual controls.

Unfortunately, on this 'Gameboy Emulator' app, you're not able to configure the keymap of each button to any position according to your liking. So you cannot do things like resize the buttons, move the buttons to other area, etc.

The good thing is, the default keymap on this app is still pretty convenient to use because Gameboy Advanced doesn't use a lot of buttons, unlike PSP that has a lot of buttons on its controller.

#7. How to save the game?

Okay, on this 'GBA Emulator' app, you're also able to save the current checkpoint in any position during the game. So for example, if you’re playing Super Mario, you can save the game in any checkpoint of the game, like in boss battle.

So if you’re currently fighting a really difficult boss in Super Mario, you can just open the menu option > open 'Save' > and then tap on any empty slot (from slot 1, slot 2, slot 3, etc) to save the game.

Later, if you feel like continuing the game, you can just load the saved game and continue exactly where the last time you left that game.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, my tips for you if you want to know how to play Gameboy Advanced or GBA games on your Android smartphone or tablet. But I think this guide can also be applied to other iOS users given that GBA emulator apps are also available for iOS devices on App Store.

So if you have iPad or iPhone lying around your house, you can also follow the instructions above if you want to play GBA games on your iOS devices.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is an elegant clone of Apple Macbook Air that costs only $540

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is the affordable version of Macbook Air that costs only $540In the past couple of years, Xiaomi has been doing really great in smartphone market. Many of its devices have sold like hotcakes in many countries. More impressively, not only is this company really superior with its smartphone division, but Xiaomi has also managed to gain ground in tablet market through its widely popular Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 tablet.

But apparently, all of these remarkable achievements are not enough for this company. Xiaomi still wants to expand its global reach especially in technology markets. And that’s shown by a brand new product that this company just unveiled recently at its official press event held a few days ago.

Mi Notebook Air

At its recent event, Xiaomi actually wanted to introduce a new Redmi Pro smartphone. But turned out, there was another product that managed to steal the thunder here.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is the affordable version of Macbook Air that costs only $540

So the new product of Xiaomi I’m referring here is a laptop. And it’s called ‘Mi Notebook Air’, which of course kind of reminds us with Apple's popular laptop. However, Xiaomi’s new laptop is not just a regular laptop. It’s more than that. It is a laptop that wants to give Apple run for its money.

And that might happen because this Xiaomi’s new laptop is not only mind blowing in terms of specs, but it’s also superior when it comes to design and build quality.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is the affordable version of Macbook Air that costs only $540

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is the affordable version of Macbook Air that costs only $540

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air has a thin and sleek design, covered with full metal body all over the place, something that has been the trademark of Apple laptops.

Anyway, if you haven’t known a lot about Xiaomi, so Xiaomi is a China-based company which is well known for its software (OS) and products that mostly bears a striking resemblance to Apple popular devices, like iPhone and iPad. As a matter of fact, even its software UI (called MIUI) on all Xiaomi devices also looks similar like iOS at the first glance.

So no wonder if Xiaomi’s new Mi Notebook Air looks a lot like Apple’s popular laptop, Macbook Air, either in design and even its name.

Mi Notebook Air is sold in 2 models: the one with 13.3-inch screen and the other one with smaller 12.5-inch display, both sporting the full-HD resolution. And they are running on the full-fledged Windows 10 operating system.

What's so great about Xiaomi Mi Notebook AIr?

As far as design goes, as I mentioned above already, Mi Notebook Air is on the same level with Macbook Air, in both design and build quality. All of its body is covered with full metal materials and its design is really thin, sleek, light in weight and really elegant.

There’s USB charging port type-C on this laptop, plus 2 other USB slots. Meanwhile, on the inside, its keyboard also looks similar with the one on Apple’s Macbook Air, which is full-sized keyboard with chiclet-styled keys that are individually backlit.

On the software side, there’s ‘Xiaomi Sync’ that will help user of this laptop pair their data from their Xiaomi smartphones.

The other interesting part about Mi Notebook Air is, if you happen to own Xiaomi Mi band, you can unlock this laptop using this wearable device, making it really simple and quick to access your laptop.

Okay, now we dive deeper into more serious stuff on this laptop. So under the hood, Mi Notebook Air cannot be underestimated here because it’s powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB DDR4 RAM, which makes it a beast in terms of performance.

Meanwhile, its graphical department is handled by a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card. So basically, you can throw any kind of PC games on this laptop and it will get the job done perfectly.

Storage capacity?

Well, you don’t need to worry anything because there is the 256GB PCIe SSD which will give you plenty of space to put many of your favorite media files or PC games. And if that’s not enough, the expandable SSD slot is already provided for you.

However, those are the specs of the flagship more expensive model with a 13.3-inch display.

Meanwhile, the smaller 12.5-inch model features a more humble Intel Core M3 processor coupled with integrated graphics card, as well as 4GB of RAM. Not to mention, its 128GB expandable SSD slot will add an extra space if the built-in 256GB storage is not enough for you.

How about the price?

The good thing is, unlike Apple Macbook Air that costs your arm and leg, you can get this Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air at the fractured cost of Apple’s laptop.

The one with 12.5-inch screen is only asking you around 3599 CNY or around $540 USD, while the flagship model with 13.3-inch screen is only priced at 4,999 CNY or around $750, which is the half price of Apple's laptop.

So it’s totally worth it if you decide to buy this Xiaomi laptop compared to other competitors in $700 mid-end laptop market. And if you just can’t afford Apple Macbook Air, then Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air can be the best replacement for you.

Anyway, something that is so interesting about Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is, according to the company, this laptop is 13% thinner than Apple Macbook Air. And it’s also 11% smaller than Apple’s laptop because it has thinner 5.56 mm bezel around the screen.

Mi Notebook Air will be available to buy on 2 August. Unfortunately, all of these bad boys are only available to buy in China at this point. So if you’re living in other countries, you probably won’t see these laptops arrive very soon in the markets.

Meanwhile the people in the US can’t just drool in front of their computers because Xiaomi still has no plan to jump to the US market just yet, especially with this Apple’s clone. So if you really want to have it, you're probably gonna need to import this laptop from other countries.

How to add this cool photo gallery widget on the homescreen of your Android tablet?

How to put add photo gallery widget on homescreen of your smartphone or tablet?One of the best things on Android operating system compared to other mobile OSes out there is the ability for us to add widgets on the homescreen. This not only makes the homescreen look more attractive and intuitive, but it also enhances the experience of using our device.

There are actually tons of interesting widgets that can make our homescreen look awesome. I personally use some widgets on my smartphone. But the one that in my opinion really stands out is the photo gallery widget.

So by using this widget, now I’m able to show off my favorite photos right away on the homescreen. Okay, I know that in stock Android OS, there’s also the default photo gallery widget. But I think it looks pretty standard and not as cool as the photo gallery widget I’m using right now on my smartphone.

How to put add photo gallery widget on homescreen of your smartphone or tablet?

Okay then, below I’m about to show you how to add this cool photo gallery widget on the homescreen of your device. Hope you like it!

#1. Go to Google Play Store

The first thing you need to do is open the Google Play Store app on your device because that’s where you can get this photo gallery app.

#2. Find an app called “Photo Frame&Grid Widget”

After opening Google Play Store, now search an app called “Photo Frame&Grip Widget” and then download the app to your device. It’s actually not really heavy in size, so I think it’s fine if you use your mobile data to download this app. But of course, you can WiFi connection instead if you want to save your data.

#3. Add a widget using the app

Okay, if you have successfully installed this app to your device, now firstly add a widget on your homescreen using this app.

To do this, you can simply press any empty area on the homescreen, and then select “Widgets”. After that, scroll down the list and choose the app “Photo Frame&Grid Widget”.

Now to add this widget to your homescreen, try pressing it for more than 2 seconds and then release it on any empty area on the homescreen.

#4. Open the app

Now open the “Photo Frame&Grid Widget” app that you just installed earlier.

#5. Modify the widget setting

Okay, after adding the widget to the homescreen, the next step you need to do here is set up the whole thing of the widget through the app.

#6. Set up the album folder

In order for the photos to appear on the widget, you must firstly choose which folder on your device that contains the photos that you would like to show on the widget.

To do this, you can simply tap on the option “Album folders” and then locate the folder on your device that contains the photos you'd like to show off on the widget.

#7. Change the external photo viewer app

After setting up the photo album, you also need to choose the external photo viewer that later will be used on the widget.

So everytime you tap on any photo in the widget, it will bring you right away to the photo through the photo viewer app of your choice.

For example, if you set up 'Google Photos' as the default external photo viewer on this widget, everytime you tap on any photo, Google Photos will open and show you the photo that just tapped on the widget.

Anyway, to do that, you just need to scroll down > tap on the “External Viewer”. After that, on the next screen, tick off the small box that says “Photo Viewer type” in order to use the external photo viewer of your choice.

And then, in the custom photo viewer app, select the photo viewer app that you have on your device.

#8. Turn off the preview

The next setting you need to modify here is the preview mode. I personally don’t use this feature on my device. So everytime I tap on any photo in the widget, it will bring me right away to the photo, without showing me the preview on the widget.

To do this, you just need to open “Preview/Frame” and then check off the “Preview mode on/off” to turn off this preview feature.

#9. Modify the thumbnails

The next other important setting to modify here is the size of the thumbnails. So as you know already, thumbnails will show you the small version of the photos. And all thumbnails of the photos will appear on the widget.

However, you also need to choose the right perfect size of the thumbnails so they will fit perfectly on the widget.

To do this, you can simply press the option “Thumbnail” > tap on the “Size” > and then pick the size that will fit on the widget. I personally use the option “Medium (HTC Rosie)” so the thumbnails will appear in boxy square shape on the widget.

But if that option doesn’t fit perfectly on the widget, you can also choose other option in the list.

#10. Save the setting

Okay, after you finish setting up the widget, you can save all the settings by pressing the check mark icon on the top of the screen.

As you can see on the widget, it will automatically change itself according to the settings that you just made earlier.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, a really cool photo gallery widget that I personally have been using until today on my device. I hope you also like this widget and find this article helpful.

Anyway, what about you? Do you have any other cool apps that can show photo gallery on the homescreen? If you do, don’t hesitate to share your apps here on the comment section below. I’ll be more than happier to hear them.


Why you should start using NOVA Launcher on your Android device

Why you should start using NOVA Launcher on your Android deviceThe main reason why I really love using Android device is because there are so many possibilities that are waiting to be unlocked on Android platform.

One of those possibilities is the ability to use 3rd party launchers to replace the stock launcher that comes pre-installed with my smartphone. And this totally enhances the experience of using my device and in fact, improves its performance and battery life as well.

Talking about Android launchers, there are actually many great 3rd party launchers that you can download for free on Google Play Store right now.

But I personally choose NOVA Launcher because I really love how fast it performs and it actually has been pretty great with the battery life and performance of my phone. Besides that, I also love how I can totally control everything that’s shown on the homescreen.

So this is why I totally recommend you to start using NOVA Launcher because it’s simply AWESOME! In fact, I believe you will find this launcher much better than the stock launcher that comes pre-installed on your device right now.

Anyway, below I’m about to show you how exactly to use NOVA Launcher on your Android device as well as the features found on this launcher. So, enjoy!

#1. Go to Google Play Store

First of all, open your Google Play Store to start searching for this launcher.

#2. Download “NOVA Launcher”

Now find an app called “NOVA Launcher” and then download it to your device. But before pressing the download button, be sure that your device has sufficient amount of storage space.

This app actually only weighs in around 16MB if you download it from Google Play Store. But I strongly recommend you to use Wifi connection when downloading this app in order to save your mobile internet data.

#3. Open the app

After the installation process is complete, now open the app.

Right when you open this launcher, the homescreen of your device will change to a new looking UI where all the app icons are smaller than on the default stock Android UI. Yes, that’s the UI of NOVA Launcher.

#4. Set the default launcher

Eventhough the homescreen has now changed to the UI from Nova Launcher, if you press the capacitive home button on your device, it actually will bring you back to the default stock Android UI.

Meanwhile, Nova Launcher is still running in the background which you can open again from the “Recent Apps” screen.

Now in order to make Nova Launcher as the default UI on your device, you need to set it up manually through the Nova Launcher app. To do this, now switch back to Nova Launcher > press the menu option and select “Nova Settings”.

After that, scroll down to the bottom > choose “Select Default Home” > and then select “Use Nova Launcher as Home” to use Nova Launcher as the default homescreen.

Finally, select the option “ALWAYS” to make sure that everytime you press the capacitive home button on your device, it will bring you to the homescreen of Nova Launcher, not the stock UI of your device.

However, if you want switch to the normal default UI of your device, you can change it back through this same setting page.

#5. How to modify the look of NOVA Launcher

Okay, the next question is, how exactly to modify the look of Nova Launcher? Well, it’s actually not that hard to do that. You just need to open the menu option on homescreen > Select “Nova Settings” > select “Look and Feel” > and then from there you can do anything with the UI of this Nova Launcher.

* Screen Orientation * : if you want the UI of Nova Launcher to behave according to how you move your device, you can select the option 'Auto-Rotate'. By doing this, everytime you move your device in landscape mode, the homescreen along with all the apps will also move and be adjusted in landscape mode.

But you can also select “Default” to set the homescreen always in portrait mode. So eventhough you use this device in landscape mode, the homescreen will stay in portrait mode and not change into landscape mode.

* Scroll Speed * : This feature controls the speed of how the homescreen scroll everytime you swap the homescreen to right or left.

* Animation Speed * : This feature allows you to set the speed of animation on the homescreen, like when you open app drawer or when you open the folder on the homescreen.

* App Animation * : This feature allows you to control the animation everytime you open the app.

#6. How to backup the layout of NOVA launcher?

After you finish placing all the app shortcuts on the homescreen, it’s really important to create the backup of this layout.

So later in the future, if you accidentally delete Nova Launcher app from your device, you can import back the saved layout of Nova Launcher that you have saved earlier. All the app shortcuts, widgets and folders will be placed back to the homescreen exactly according to your layout.

To do this, you just need to open the menu option on homescreen > Nova Settings > select “Backup & Import Settings” > select “Backup” > switch ”Document Storage” to ”External Storage” > Press “OK”.

#7. How to modify the use of home button on NOVA Launcher?

If you want to change the functionality of capacitive home button of your device, you just need to open the menu option > select “Nova Settings” > “Gestures & Inputs” > “Home button” > and then choose the other actions in the list.

So if you’re on the homescreen, when you press the capacitive home button, it will act according to the action that you chose earlier in the setting.

I strongly suggest you to pick “Show Previews” in the list. This will make it easier for you to open the overview screen which allows you to change the wallpaper, add widget and open the Setting of Nova Launcher. But it’s up to you.

Conclusion

Well, there you go guys, my tips for you if you want to start using Nova Launcher as the default launcher of your device. Anyway, what about you guys? Do you also use Nova Launcher on your smartphone or tablet right now? Or do you use other launchers?

Well, if you have other great launchers that you would like to recommend to me here, don’t hesitate to share them all here on the comment section below. I’ll be more than happier to hear what them.

Why can’t I install drivers of my Alcatel Flash 2 on my PC correctly?

Why can’t I install drivers of my Alcatel Flash 2 on my PC correctly?As a really affordable smartphone that costs only $150, I think Alcatel Flash 2 is really amazing for that price. One of the things that I really love the most from this phone is definitely its fast 4G LTE connectivity. So I can literally download any huge files in just a couple of seconds using this device.

More impressively, I can also use this phone as the modem for my laptop by using USB cable that comes with it. And this totally helps a lot speed up the downloading process of my laptop. However, there’s still one problem that I usually face everytime I want to connect this phone to my PC.

So when I try to connect my Alcatel Flash 2 to my laptop for the very first time, it keeps failing to install the drivers to my laptop. And this has prevented me from using this phone as the modem for my laptop.

As a result, of course I cannot connect to the internet of my phone through my laptop. This actually also happened to my previuos Alcatel Flash Plus smartphone, which had the same exact problem.

Well, if you also have the same exact problem where your Alcatel Flash 2 keeps failing to install its drivers to your laptop or PC, then I have the best solution for you.

Okay then, below I’m going to show you how to be able to install the drivers from your Alcatel Flash 2 to your computer so you can finally use this phone as the modem for your laptop/PC.

#1. Backup your data and system with TWRP

Okay, first things first, before even proceeding to the next step, I want you to create a backup system and data of your Alcatel Flash 2 by using TWRP custom recovery tool. But if you haven’t known how to install it yet, here I’ll show you how.

Of course, before creating the backup system, you must firstly root your Alcatel Flash 2 using Kingroot 4.6.5 app.

After you've successfully rooted this phone, then you can finally install TWRP on your Alcatel Flash 2 and create the backup system using this custom recovery tool. Anyway, you can get the compatible version of Alcatel Flash 2 on this page, which is the official forum for Alcatel smartphone users.

This is really important because in order to connect your PC with the internet connection of your Alcatel Flash 2, your PC needs to install 2 drivers that come with the phone: “Android ADB” and “RNDIS”.

And the only way to successfully install these 2 drivers to your PC or laptop is by resetting your Alcatel Flash 2 to its factory setting, which means you’re about to restore your phone entirely and delete all data from the system, including the apps/games and saved data.

This is why I suggest you to create the backup system of your phone with TWRP custom recovery tool.

So once you've successfully installed “Android ADB” and “RNDIS” drivers to your PC (after your phone is fully reset to factory setting), you can restore back your phone to normal again by using the backup system that you already created earlier with TWRP.

Anyway, if you don’t know how to install TWRP custom recovery tool to your Alcatel Flash 2 and how to create the backup system using TWRP, you can visit these pages here and here to find out more.

But of course, your phone must be rooted first in order to be able to use this tool.

#2. Remove the external microSD card from your device

Okay, I assume that right now, you have created the backup system of your phone using TWRP. Now the next thing to do is remove the external microSD card from your device because you’re about to reset your phone back to factory setting.

To do this, just go to Setting > Storage > scroll down to the bottom and select 'Unmount SD card'. After that, remove your microSD card from this phone.

#3. Go to Setting

To start the process of resetting, now go back to Setting.

#4. Backup & Reset

On the setting, now scroll down and then select “Backup & Reset” in the list.

#5. Factory data reset

As you can see on the screen, there is the option of “Factory Data Reset” on the bottom. Now tap on it to start resetting your phone to factory setting.

#6. Tap on RESET to fully reset your phone to the factory setting

Before you begin the process of resetting, your phone will ask you to confirm your choice here because you’re about to restore your Alcatel Flash 2 entirely and remove all the data in the system. But if you’re READY to do this, press the button “RESET” to start the process of resetting.

#7. Wait until the process of resetting is complete

It usually takes a couple of minutes until this whole process of resetting is complete. So all you need to do right now is wait. During this process, your phone will reboot itself and will show the opening logo multiple times until it finally enter to the homescreen.

You will then be asked to enter your Google username and password along with some information to your phone.

#8. Plug in your smartphone to your PC

Okay, after your phone is fully reset and it finally enters to the homescreen, now plug your Alcatel Flash 2 to your computer (PC or laptop) using the USB cable that comes with the phone.

#9. Choose Media MTP

Once your PC recognizes your smartphone, in default, your phone is connected to your PC in ‘Charge only’ mode. Now in order to install 2 important drivers: “Android ADB” and “RNDIS”, you need to switch the mode to ‘Media device (MTP)’ right on the screen of your phone.

As mentioned above, these 2 drivers will be important to connect your PC with the internet connection (4G LTE) of your Alcatel Flash 2. So if you manage to install these 2 drivers to your PC, you can now use your phone as the modem to surf the internet on your PC.

However, in ‘Media device (MTP)’ mode, your PC will firstly install the diver ‘Android ADB’, while the second driver will be installed later when you try to connect your PC with ‘USB tethering’ (in the step number 12).

#10. Let your smartphone install MTP driver to your PC

Now wait until the installation process of this driver is complete. It usually takes a couple of seconds.

#11. Connect your PC with your smartphone with USB tethering

Okay, now go back to your smartphone, open the Setting > select the option ‘More’ > select ‘tethering and portable hotspot’ > turn on the ‘USB tethering’ by tapping on the toggle.

#12. Let your smartphone install RNDIS driver to your PC

Right when you turn on the toggle of ‘USB tethering’, your PC then will try to install the second driver called “RNDIS” which will connect your PC with the LTE radio of your Alcatel Flash 2.

#13. Wait until the installation process is complete

The last thing you need to do now is wait for a couple of seconds until your PC finishes installing the ‘RNDIS’ driver.

#14. Restore the backup system of your Alcatel Flash 2 with TWRP

Okay, I assume that right now you’ve already managed to connect your PC with the internet connection (4G LTE) of your Alcatel Flash 2. Now you can restore your Alcatel Flash 2 back to normal again by using the backup system you created earlier using TWRP.

Plug off your Alcatel Flash 2 from your PC and do the process of restoring backup with TWRP, which is already explained on this page.

Conclusion

Well, there you go guys, my solution for you if you are having problem to connect your PC with the internet connection of your Alcatel Flash 2. Hopefully this can be really helpful for you.

Even though this solution is only for Alcatel Flash 2 users, but I believe this can also be applied to the users of other phones. So if you're also having the same problem where you cannot install the drivers from your phone to your PC, then this solution might work for you as well.

How to root Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone using Kingroot app?

How to root Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone using Kingroot app?Despite being a risky method, rooting your Android smartphone or tablet is actually one of the great ways to get the best out of your device. Not only can you enhance the experience of using your device, but you can also unlock its full potential by rooting it.

Anyway, if you happen to own Alcatel Flash 2 and you want to root it, below I’m about to show you how exactly to do that. It’s actually really safe to root your Alcatel Flash 2, especially if you root it using my method below.

Okay then, if you have decided to root your Alcatel Flash 2, you must realize that you are gonna do this at your own risk. So I’m not responsible for anything wrong that might happen on your device.

#1. Download Kingroot v4.6.5 on the internet

How to root Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone using Kingroot app?Okay, if you want to root your Alcatel Flash 2 smartphone, you must firstly download the rooting app called ‘Kingroot’ which you can get on the internet.

The Kingroot app that is compatible with Alcatel Flash 2 is the one with the version number 4.6.5. But Google Play Store is not the place to find Kingroot v4.6.5 because it’s NOT available there.

If you want to get the right compatible ‘Kingroot v.4.65’ for your Alcatel Flash 2, you need to visit some community forums related to Alcatel Flash 2 on the internet (like flash3c.com or xda-developers.com).

So you can find almost anything on these forums, from the latest news about Alcatel devices to even the methods of rooting, installing custom ROMs or fixing bricked Alcatel smartphones.

#2. Allow installation of apps from unknown sources

If this is your first time downloading and installing app from 3rd party websites to your Alcatel Flash 2, then you firstly need to enable your device from installing Android apps from 3rd party websites around internet.

To do this, go to Setting > select ‘Device’ > and then check off the small box that says “Allow installation of application from unknown source”.

So from now on, your Alcatel Flash 2 can install any Android apps that you download from unofficial websites outside Google Play Store, including ‘Kingroot’ app.

#3. Install the app

After downloading the ‘Kingroot 4.6.5’ app, install it to your Alcatel smartphone. Anyway, this is a rooting app. So if this is the very first time you root your smartphone, usually the system will prompt you the warning message when you try to install it.

But don’t worry, this ‘Kingroot’ app is really safe to install. In fact, it is one of the most popular apps especially related to rooting Android devices. So you’re definitely in safe hands here.

I don’t exactly remember what warning message that will be prompted on the screen, but when that appears, you can simply select the option: “download anyway”.

The point is, this ‘Kingroot’ is a safe app to install. So you don't need to worry anything.

#4. Run the app

Okay, once the installation process is complete, as you can see, the Kingroot app will appear on app drawer or probably on the homescreen. Now open the app to start the rooting process of your Alcatel Flash 2.

#5. Swipe up to skip the opening

If I’m not mistaken, right when you open the app, there will be some intro or opening on the screen showing you the information about this app. Now swipe up the screen to start the rooting process.

#6. Connect to the internet

In order for this Kingroot app to work properly, you need to firstly activate the internet connection of your smartphone. This is really important because during the rooting process, Kingroot will try to download some files that are required for rooting the specific device, in this case, Alcatel Flash 2.

#7. Press “Try it”

Okay, to start the Kingroot app, press the button that says “Try it”.

#8. Press “Start Root”

Usually, the first thing that you see on the screen is the root status of your device. So if your Alcatel Flash 2 hasn’t been rooted yet and this is your first time using Kingroot app, it will show you the message “root status error” or “root status not available”, which means your phone hasn’t been rooted.

Now to start the rooting process, press “Start Root”. But remember, your internet connection must be activated first before starting the process of rooting.

#9. Wait until the rooting process is complete

The process of rooting with Kingroot app usually only takes a couple of seconds to finish. But this depends on the speed of your internet connection. So when you try to root this phone, make sure that the signal of your internet connection is good in order to ensure that the rooting process goes smoothly without any problem.

Anyway, as you can see, the percentage number will be shown on the screen which indicates the process of rooting is still in progress. But if the rooting process doesn’t succeed, you need to retry it again until the percentage number reaches 100%.

So this is why, good and fast internet connection is really needed during this process.

#10. Rooting process is complete!

Well, if the percentage number finally hits 100% and there is the green checkmark being shown on the screen, this means your Alcatel Flash 2 has successfully been rooted. Congrats!

And when that happens, the root status that you saw earlier on the screen will now be changed to “root access is available”.

#11. How to use Kingroot?

It’s actually really easy to use Kingroot app. As you can see on the screen, if your Alcatel Flash 2 phone has been successfully rooted, there is the option called “Root Authorization” on this app. And if you tap on it, it will show you a bunch of apps that require root access.

So through this app, you can control which apps that you'd like to be granted with root access.

Usually, if you download an app which requires root access of your device, right when you open the app, the warning message will be prompted on the screen asking your permission for root access.

And when that happens, you can simply select “Allow” or “Grant" to allow root access to this app.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, my step-by-step guide for you if you want to root your Alcatel Flash 2. Hopefully this works perfectly on your phone. Anyway, the rooting process of Alcatel Flash 2 is actually similar with the rooting process of Alcatel Flash Plus, which is by using the Kingroot app.

However, given that Flash Plus is an older-gen device than Alcatel Flash 2, the Kingroot app that will work properly on this phablet is the one with the version number 4.0.0.

So if you also happen to own Alcatel Flash Plus, then I will show you how exactly to root this phone right in my next post. Be sure to stick around on this site!

How to play PSP games (PlayStation Portable) on your Android smartphone or tablet?

How to play PSP games (PlayStation Portable) on your Android smartphone or tablet?If you love playing games on your PlayStation Portable, you’re probably not gonna need it anymore because now you can also play PSP games right away on your smartphone or tablet. But most of people out there don’t know exactly how to play PSP games on their mobile devices.

It’s actually not really difficult to play PSP games on Android device. All you need to do is download the PSP emulator (app) on Google Play Store, download the PSP games on Google and you’re good to go.

Okay then, below I’m going to show you how to download and play PSP games on your Android device. Hope you like it!

#1. Go to Google Play Store

First things first, now open the Google Play Store app on your device.

#2. Download PPSPP and Install it

After landing on Google Play Store home page, now search an app called “PPSPP” and then download it to your device. It’s actually not really huge in terms of size, but I suggest you to use your Wifi connection when downloading this app, you know, to save your mobile internet data.

#3. Open the app

Okay, after the installation process is complete, now open the app.

#4. Find PSP games on the web

If you’re having a problem to find PSP games on internet, you can actually search them on Google using the key phrase: “name of the game PSP ROM”. For example, if you want to look for Prince of Persia Rival Swords game on PSP, you can simply type this on Google:

Prince of Persia Rival Swords PSP ROM.

In the search results, you will see a bunch of websites that have the ROM of this game. Now download it on your computer.

#5. Put the PSP game files in internal storage

After downloading the PSP game/ROM from the net, all you have to do now is transfer the game file (with .iso extension) from your computer to your smartphone or tablet.

You can actually make a new folder in root directory of your device and call it “PSP games” for example. Later on PPSPP app, you can just locate this folder and tap on each game so they will appear on the homescreen of the app.

I strongly recommend you to put the PSP game/ROM files in INTERNAL STORAGE so the game can run smoothly. Besides, by doing this, you will save battery life and prevent your device from overheating.

#6. Locate the PSP games

As you can see, on the menu screen, there are 3 tabs on the top left corner: Recent, Games and Homebrew and Demos.

The “Recent” tab will show you the recent games that just played earlier on this app. The “Games” tab will show you the file explorer where you can locate the PSP games on your device storage.

Meanwhile, the last tab "Homebrew & Demos" will notify you if there are some interesting demos or updates from the developer.

The first thing you need to do now is locate the PSP games or ROMs that you have downloaded earlier from the internet.

This process is really important because you want PPSPP to recognize the location of all your PSP games so later these games will appear on “Recent” tab on the homescreen.

#7. Configure the controls

Okay, the next thing to do now is configure the keymap/gaming controls of this app. This app actually already has the default setting for control layout which imitates the layout of gaming controllers on consoles.

However, this default control layout is actually not really convenient to use especially when playing games like Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. So this is why you need to configure the default gaming layout on PPSPP according to your liking.

Now on the homescreen, tap on the option “Setting”. After that, you will be taken to the setting screen where you’ll be able to configure the whole thing of this app, from the sound, controls and even graphics.

Okay, on the setting screen, now tap on “Controls” and then select “Edit touch control layout..”.

As you can see on the screen, there are some sub vertical tabs on the left like: Move, Resize, Visibility, Reset and Back.

To move each key on “Move” tab, you can simply drag any button and then place it according to your liking. And if you want to resize it, you can do it as well on the tab “Resize”.

Meanwhile, if you want to hide some buttons from appearing on the screen, you can switch to “Visibility” tab and then remove the check mark on any button that you don’t want to see on the screen.

I personally hide some buttons like: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Unthrottle because they are not important in the game. So you probably should too.

#8. You’re good to go

Okay, now go back to the homescreen and to start any game.

#9. How to save the game?

After selecting the game, now press the “Back” capacitive button on your device to pause and enter the menu screen. As you can see, on the left area, there are 5 empty slots that PPSPP provides to you if you want to save the game.

The cool thing about this app is, you can save the game in any circumstance or position during the gameplay.

For example, if you’re playing Pro Evolution Soccer and the kick off is about to start, you can just press “Back” to PAUSE the game and then tap on any empty slot that says “Save State” to save that last exact checkpoint.

Later if you want to reload that last checkpoint of this game, you can simply press “Load State” again to reload the game in exact last position/checkpoint.

This definitely will help a lot when playing adventure or action games when you’re in the boss battle which usually is really hard to defeat.

So you can just press “Save State” and if you die, you can simply press “Load State” again to spawn in the last checkpoint of that boss battle. Isn’t that awesome, huh?

Conclusion

Well, there you have it guys, my guide for you if you want to play PSP games on your Android device. I personally still use this app for playing Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 game because this game has the same gameplay mechanics just like in console version.

And this is totally different with Android version of PES 2012 which is really easy to play and not challenging for me.

Anyway, what about you guys? Do you happen to also use PPSPP emulator on your device? What do you think about this app? What PSP games do you still play on your device?

Please don't hesitate to share your opinion on the comment section below.

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