Android

New Version of AndScreen 1.1.0 Released !!

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Yesterday, I had released a minor update of AndScreen version 1.1.0. These minor changes are as follows:

● Added New Feature: Create unlimited profiles for android phones. Your selected profile will be loaded automatically on startup of AndScreen software.

● Change: Now “Locate ADB Folder” feature is under “Settings” menu.

Read complete list of features of AndScreen from this page.

You can download AndScreen latest version from this link:

http://usmanafzal.pk/my_softwares.htm

Screenshots of AndScreen 1.1.0:

Andscreen (System Mode):

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AndScreen (Recovery Mode):

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AndScreen 1.1.0 Version:

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Root QMobile Noir A2 and Install CWM Recovery 6.0.2.7 version

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QMobile Noir A2 was first rooted by an XDA forum member named as “Nagdrx”, although he is so humble about this procedure that he is not the creator of this method and just connected some pieces to get a working method. This statement gave a room to some cheaters to claim the ownership of this method. But the fact is fact. He is still the first person who practically rooted QMobile Noir A2 (MT 6575 version 2 ). I personally very thankful to “Nagdrx” for his post. You can read his great post from this page.

Anyway, I followed his procedure and made this simplest tutorial for beginners who can’t understand it without screenshots. First of all, download this compressed file to your PC. Uncompress above rar file to desktop like this:

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You will see “Noir A2 ROOT” folder having these contents:

1. SP_Flash_Tool (Folder)
2. CWM-Recovery-6.0.2.7.img (file)
3. MT6573_Android_scatter.txt (file)
4. SuperSU-v1.65.zip (file)

Copy compressed file “SuperSU-v1.65.zip” to SD Card of your mobile. Now install USB driver from this rar file before proceeding to the next step. It is assumed that USB debugging mode is enabled on your mobile. You can get it by going to Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging (check: ON). Select Allow USB debugging : OK.

Disconnect your mobile from PC and follow these steps:
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Open folder “SP_Flash_Tool” :

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Execute “Flash_Tool.exe” file to see screen below :

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Click on “Scatter-loading” radio button and select “MT6573_Android_scatter.txt” file :

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Click “OK” to ignore this message :

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This will load the scatter file. Now click on “Recovery” option to open “CWM-Recovery-6.0.2.7.img” file :

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You can see complete file path of Recovery image file when you open it :

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Switch off your QMobile Noir A2 mobile and remove battery for few seconds. Then again put battery into mobile but keep it in switch-off state. Click to “Download” radio button which will start the 14 seconds count down :

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Immediately connect your mobile to PC via USB cable to start the download process :

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After the completion of download, you will see “Rom Download Result” dialog message followed by green circle dialog screen like below :

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Now CWM Recovery has been installed. Close the “SP_Flash_Tool” software. Automatically you will see “Found New Hardware Wizard” dialog screens. Just click “Next” button and follow the steps :

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Now disconnect your mobile from PC. Press “Power” button, Volume UP and Volume Down keys simultaneously for 3 seconds till you see two options:

Recovery Mode: Volume Up
Factory Mode: Volume Down

Just press “Volume Up” side key to boot into Recovery Mode. You will see this screen:

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Select “install zip from sdcard” by pressing “Power” button :

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Select “choose zip from sdcard” by pressing “Power” button :

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Select “SuperSU-v1.65.zip” file and press “Power” button :

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This will install SuperSU application into your mobile :

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Now you have “Rooted QMobile Noir A2” with CWM Recovery installed. Select “reboot system now” to go into system mode. Below are the screenshots after the root process:

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WARNING: After this root process, you must make backup of currently installed ROM before uninstalling any application. So that you can easily go back to its original state. You can do it (under CWM recovery) by going to backup and restore > backup.

All the screenshots of system and recovery modes are taken by using my newly developed software “AndScreen v 1.1.0”, developed in Visual Basic 6 language. I will upload this new 1.1.0 version  on 21st October, 2013. Below is the screenshot of this upcoming version 1.1.0:

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Usman Afzal

AndScreen : A Screenshot Utility for Android Devices (System and Recovery Modes Supported)

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I have developed a new screenshot application for Android devices,  works under System and Recovery modes as well and released “AndScreen version 1.0.0” for Windows XP / 7 (32 bit) systems.

AndScreen has made it very easy to capture Android screens in much lesser time than ever before. Screenshot images will be saved in a pre-defined folder with a unique file name.

Andscreen (System Mode):

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AndScreen (Recovery Mode):

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Also It has a built-in Screenshot Viewer component for fastest browsing.

AndScreen (Screenshot Viewer):

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You can see all removable USB devices connected to computer and the information will be displayed in the format like:

USB > Removable > Drive (Letter)/ >  Device Name :: Vendor ID :: Product ID :: Product Revision

AndScreen (Main Features):

● Ability to take screenshot of display screen (for Android devices only).

● Both System and Recovery modes are supported.

● Recovery mode only works with rooted phones.

● Ability to save and view screenshots in 4 different image formats ( png, tif, gif, jpg).

● No need to type any DOS command. AndScreen is the ONLY application which gives the simplest process to take screenshots and then examine these using its built-in Screenshot Viewer.

● Screenshots will be saved as a pre-defined format like “A(date)-(time).xyz” in C drive folder “AndScreenshots”.

● Monitor all the Removable USB devices connected to your computer like mobile phones, flash drives, memory cards (with card reader) etc.

● It has a built-in Screenshot Viewer with a special scrolling option for larger images.

● You must have Android SDK alongwith USB drivers installed on pc in order to use AndScreen application.

● You must locate the Android ADB folder “Platform-tools” in order to use “AndScreen” for the first time only.

AndScreen is developed in Visual Basic 6.0 language under Windows XP SP3 machine.

● Supported Windows OS: XP/ 7 (32 bit)

You can download AndScreen  from My Softwares Page link.

AndScreen Version History

Possible Error Messages:
Error # 1 (a) : File Not Found: adb.exe. Please relocate default folder
(b) : File Not Found: AdbWinApi.dll. Please relocate default folder
(c) : File Not Found: AdbWinUsbApi.dll. Please relocate default folder

Solution: Android SDK must be installed on your PC  in order to use “AndScreen” software because “AndScreen” will use above three missing files which are a part of Android SDK package. Read this tutorial for the easy installation of Android SDK package alongwith USB drivers.

Then Relocate the default folder “Platform-tools” by Manual or Automatic process. Then “Save” this location and restart “AndScreen” software. You will never see above error messages again.

Error # 2: “File Not Found: fb0.raw. Process Stopped !!”

Solution: Disconnect your mobile from PC and reconnect again. Also restart “AndScreen” software. Make sure that your can see your android phone information in the black horizontal screen like this:

System Mode  (for  non-rooted/ rooted phones):

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Recovery Mode (for ROOTED phone only):

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Also make sure that “USB debugging” mode is enabled in your phone because your phone will never detect in “Mass Storage” mode.

Above screenshots are taken by using Rooted QMobile Noir A2 which is a Mediatek MT65xx device.

Use ADB Method to Install apps or Move installed applications to SD Card on your Android phone

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There are many android applications present on Google Play Store that are capable to move or install apps on SD Card. The good example is App2SD which I  have used but it is failed for some Android applications like Adobe Flash Player, Screenshot and so on.

There is better alternate solution which is ADB method (ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge). Below are the screenshots BEFORE and AFTER applying this ADB method:

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These are the steps of ADB method:

(1) Download and install Java. Skip this step if JDK (Java Development Kit) is already installed on your Windows OS.
(2) Download and install Android SDK . It is very important that the installation path must be “C:\android” to avoid any confusion.

(3) Run Android SDK Manager by going to “Start Menu > Programs > Android SDK Tools > SDK Manager”.

Select the packages like Android SDK Tools, Android SDK Platform-tools and Google USB Driver Package and click “Install Packages” button.

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(4) On your Android device (Qmobile Noir A2), go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging (check: ON). Select Allow USB debugging : OK.

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Before proceeding, make sure that you have installed the USB drivers from Qmobile driver CD. Now connect your mobile to PC via USB cable which will automatically start the Qmobile PC Suite application. Just close it (don’t connect it).

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For Windows XP users:

(a) Run Command prompt by going to Start Menu > Run

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(b) Write cmd and press OK. The command prompt window will open.

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(c) Type cd C:\android\platform-tools and press ENTER key.

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(d) Run command adb devices and press ENTER.

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This will show the list of all devices attached.

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(e) Run the following command to check the install location of your Android device:

Command # 1:
adb shell pm getInstallLocation
or adb shell pm get-install-location (for ICS versions)

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The output will be 0[auto] by default. Below are the options you have:

0[auto] : Installation to auto location decided by Android OS
1[internal] : Installation to internal storage of mobile
2[external] : Installation to external media like SD Card

To set SD Card as default install location, run this command:

Command # 2:
adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2
or adb shell pm set-install-location 2 (for ICS versions)

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To verify that above command worked correctly, you can run Command # 1 again.

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To change the install location to 0[auto] again, run this command:

Command # 3:
adb shell pm setInstallLocation 0
or adb shell pm set-install-location 0 (for ICS versions)

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Run Command # 1 again to verify the install location:

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You can simply unplug your mobile from PC after setting install location to SD Card.

I have made this tutorial simple for inexperienced Android users. If you have any question related to this article, post it here.

QMobile Noir A2 : A Review

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Few months ago, QMobile Noir A2 gained popularity among Pakistani mobile users due to its fast processing speed and reasonable features in very low price. Qmobile Noir A2 is an Android based smartphone equipped with Gingerbread 2.3.6 version, 3.2 MP rear camera with 0.3 MP front camera, 1GHz single core Processor (ARM v7),172 MB internal memory, 235 MB RAM, 3.5 Inches Capacitive touchscreen, TV out feature, 32 GB MicroSD card support, FM Radio, 3.5 mm jack output, Wifi, Bluetooth, USB etc but without GPS and 3G.

Qmobile Noir A2 is still leading the market in its cheap category under 9K pak rupees, although there are also some cheap china made smartphones like Gfive A68 and A79 available. It is not a secret that QMobile is also a Pakistani importer & distributor of China made mobiles.

Please read the detailed review of Qmobile Noir A2 published on November 21, 2012. These are some important points of this review:

► 3.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen (Multi-touch feature)
► HVGA display screen resolution (320 x 480 pixels)
► Maximum 5 homescreen panes with easy switching
► Dual SIM, Dual standby, Dual Band (900 / 1800)
► Dimensions: 114 x 61 x 12.9 mm (Height x Width x Thickness)
► Approximate Weight : 120g (battery included)
► 1 GHz single core processor (as claimed by QMobile)
► Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) with QAPPS support
► CPU : MT 6575 Chipset, ARM v7 Processor revision 10
► BogoMIPS: 1998.84 MHz (Checked using Quadrant Standard Benchmark)
► GPU : PowerVR SGX 531
► Quadrant Benchmark Score: 1577
► AnTuTu Benchmark Score: 3313
► NenaMark 2.4 Benchmark Score: 29.9
► Google Play Store version 3.9.16
► Adobe Flash support: YES (Version 11.1 checked)
► Internal Memory : 172 MB (90 MB free user memory available)
► RAM : 235 MB
► Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Tethering and portable hotspot
► GPRS Class 12, EDGE Class 12
► 3G : Not supported
► GPS : Not supported
► 3.15 MP (2048 x 1536) rear camera, Auto-focus, geo-tagging, face detection
► Camera Flash light : NO
► 0.3 MP front video call camera
► MicroUSB 2.0 port (charging) and stereo bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support
► MicroSD slot (supported upto 32 GB), 4GB memory card included
► Standard 3.5 mm audio jack support
► Sensors: Motion, Proximity, Accelerometer
► Stereo FM Radio (with record as 3gpp audio file)
► TV Out feature (HDMI cable not included in the box)
► Android Live Wallpapers
► Documents To Go 2.5 Full version  (Create/ Edit/ View  of doc, xls, ppt, pdf files)
► Android Web Browser, Opera Mini 6.5 pre-installed
► Google Search & Voice-input search
► PC Suite software (with driver installation CD)
► Video chat support via wifi network (on Skype, Yahoo and Tango)
► Social media Integration (Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Messenger, MSN talk Pro, Gtalk, Google Maps, Latitude, Places etc)
► E-Mail solution (GMail, Yahoo Mail, Android Mail)
► Saavn, Calendar,AccuWeather widget, Angry Birds and Talking Tom pre-installed
► Practically unlimited phonebook
► Text messages in threaded view
► 1300 mAh Lithium ion standard battery, approx 6 hrs talk time, 10 hrs music play, 4.5 hrs web surfing (wifi), 5 hrs video playback, 60 hrs standby time (tested).
Price: 8700 Pak rupees (Karachi, Lahore confirmed)

Major Disadvantages of QMobile Noir A2:
► Low internal memory (only 90 MB internal storage available out of 172 MB)
► Low RAM ( approx. 40-50 MB free RAM available out of 235 MB)
► NO GPS support
► NO 3G support (this is not a disadvantage if you are in a country like Pakistan where 3G services are still not available for mobile users)

If you have any information or question related to Noir A2 mobile then post it here.

Make Backup of Installed Apps of Your Android Phone on Memory Card (as .apk files)

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There are many Android users who want to make backup of installed applications of their Android phone or tablet on memory card (SD card). The possible reasons are as follows:

  • User want to apply full factory reset which will erase all manual installations.
  • User want to install same apps on another Android phone without any internet connection.
  • User have installed an application which has moderate importance for him but due to insufficient internal storage of phone, he want to uninstall it.

There may be any other reason for you but if this is the case, then My APKs is an ultimate solution for you. This is the best backup & restore solution of installed applications for your Android phone. This is completely FREE and also ADS FREE application. A must have application for your Android devices.

Main Features of “My APKs” application:

Create backup of installed applications on memory card. You have option to manually select every single installed application or just make a backup of ALL installed apps by a single click. I have 38 installed apps and it took approximately 15 seconds (for 57MB size) to save all these apps on SD Card as “.apk” files. It is assumed that you already know what is “apk” file (Android Application Package). For more info, please read this article.

The home screen of My APKs shows a list of all installed applications. Select any application and long press on the screen will show some options for you like:

Details : Shows information about installed application like version number, installation date, updated date, file size, permissions etc.

Copy to : Select the folder on memory card to save the selected application as a .apk file. I have manually created new folder named as “My_APKs”.

Share (apk) : Share the selected app via wifi, bluetooth, email, skype etc.

Share (url) : Share the web link of selected app present on Google Play Store.

Report : Save the list of all installed applications on SD card as txt, html or pdf file.

These are the screenshots of My APKs application running successfully on QMobile Noir A2 (1GHz version, Gingerbread 2.3.6):

The best part is that you can also save system apk files like Google Play Store. First, you have to select option “Load System Apps too : YES” under “Settings” Menu. Then make a backup which will save all apk files (APK Folder size : 176 MB for my case). One can easily find the required apk saved file if browse it from Android File Manager as seen in the screen shots above.

Developer’s Website link