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How to Enable Right-To-Left Layout in Android



How to Enable Right-To-Left Layout in Android:

We all are very much comfortable with the traditional left-to-right text alignment. But left hand users may feel more comfortable in a right-to-left text alignment for taping and all. If your device’s system language is one that uses a right-to-left script (like Arabic, or Hebrew), the change from LTR to RTL is done automatically.

To force right-to-left layouts on your Android device follow the below steps,

Step 1: Go to Menu and select Settings

Step 2: If you can see Developer Options and access it you can skip this step, else continue with this step to enable Developer Options. Select About Phone and tap seven times in quick succession on Build Number to enable Developer Options.

Step 3: Now Developer Options will be enabled and it may listed at the bottom right above About Phone, tap it to open.

Step 4: Scroll down and tap the box to enable Force RTL layout direction.


Now you have turned on the Right-To-Left Layout in your phone. All system menus and Google apps will reflect the change: phonebook, messaging, Google Play, Gmail, notifications area, and so on. Switching back to left-to-right layouts is just as easy, and is obviously done by taping again on the “Force RTL layout direction” tab.

Hope you got what we meant.If not, drop in your doubts in the comment section.Keep visiting the site for more cool articles which is going to help you by various means.


Philips W3500 Review: A Decent Android Smartphone

Highlights for Philips W3500 

  • 1.3 Ghz Quad core Processor
  • 5” Smartphone
  • Dual SIM (GSM and WCDMA)
  • 5 Mega Pixel camera with built in flash.


The Philips w3500 is a large phone with 5 inch WFVGA display running on 1.3Ghz processor.  I found the phone fits perfectly into your pocket also the build quality is fairly good.  This Philips phone runs on 4.2.2 version of Android OS  (Jellybean) . Quickly you can notice the large screen with Philips logo.  The Phone comes with 2 slots for SIM card and 1 slot for memory card ( up to 32 GB).

Initial set up

Setting up the phone was easy.  After configuring the WiFi, you just have to fill in your existing google account details.  All Google stuff like Contacts, Calendars and others gets synced on your phone. It was easy to remove the covers and insert the SIM card (Good for mini SIM card, not so good for micro SIM card)

Apps and Games

The Phone comes pre-installed with Google Play Store where you can find millions of android apps.  Zomato, WhatsApp,BookMyShow, JustUnfollow are some of the apps which I downloaded from store. As the phone is equipped with 1 GB RAM Games like Subway Surfers performed better on this phone with minimum load time and fast graphics rendering.


No problems yet,  The phone is running normally since its first charge.  You can charge the phone using the provided data cable attached with Charger. The battery is of 2200 mAh (Li-ion).


The Philips W3500 has a 5 Mega Pixel Camera with built in flash. While trying the phone hands on, I was able to take some good pictures. Big screen is a good add-on to browse though your taken pictures.  The camera performed well in sunlight and low light conditions as well. One interesting thing which I observed is the thumbnails for videos were cool with good animations, so it is easy to distinguish between a photo and a video. The Phone is also equipped with front facing camera – good for taking selfies.



The phone is pretty smooth, easy-to-use and good for any first time smartphone user.  I personally had a good experience using this phone running on android OS.

Pricing and availability

The Phone is priced at 14,650 Rs. However, Online stores like amazon are selling it for 11,999 Rs. You can order the phone at amazon here which includes free shipping.




Evernote Hello for android now out

Evernote Hello for Android is a Must Have App

Evernote recently launched its Android app Evernote Hello which is a contacts app but of the next kind. Evernote Hello was already available for the iPhone user, and now its the Droid turn.

For those of you who are not aware, Evernote Hello is an intuitive way to remember people you meet in and around you everyday. It is a smart way to save contacts and hopefully a neat little database for every person you have ever met in your lifetime. Like there are many acquaintances you had make in a day if you are a businessman, but then remembering each one of em would become more than confusing.

Evernote Hello for iPhone

Evernote Hello is one such app which ties all the information of a person and puts a face on it. Then all you need to do is, enter any detail of that person such as the location you had met him/her or the place you had your coffee with that person and Evernote Hello will pull that contact out for you. Evernote Hello calls these as Encounters.

LinkedIn is the most essential tool for every individual these days, to keep your business contacts close by, and Evernote Hello makes this easy by importing all those contacts to its database. Evernote Hello with the help if its Linkedin integration can attach additional information to an already existing contact filling up all the blanks.

Evernote Hello for android screenshot

Some other unique features about Evernote Hello:

  • Evernote Hello predicts people you are about to meet by searching your Calendars for appointments, call logs and messaging history.
  • Evernote Hello’s Mosaic view shows the faces of all the people you have ever met.
  • All your info is kept private, Evernote Hello doesn’t use any kind of special software for tracking its users. Your data is kept private at all times.
  • Whenever you meet a person, Evernote Hello sends a personalized e-mail to that person containing your info and photo.
  • All the notes you take at a meeting, pictures you snapped at a hangover, will be displayed right under that encounter as Related Notes, making it easy for you to remember anything and everything that happened at that meeting, don’t show it to your wife, hehe 😉

Evernote Hello for Android is completely free and always will be. Install it now at the Google Play Store.

Micromax a50 superfone ninja

Micromax A50 Review: Fast, Powerful, Very Cheap Android Phone with AISHA

Micromax recently introduced its latest model Micromax A50 android smartphone which is available at a very competitive price, a mere Rs. 4,999 only. And this droid also showcases a voice assistant tool called AISHA much like the popular SIRI.


  • 7.9 cms Capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread Mobile OS
  • Features the all new AISHA (Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant)
  • Dual SIM Support
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity
  • 2.0 MP Camera
  • Gravity Sensor
  • External Storage expandable upto 32 GB

Micromax a50 review - a cheap android phone with aisha

Press Release by Micromax at the end of the post.

The A50 is powerful in multi-tasking too as it comes with a 650 Mhz processor speed. However the most exceptional feature of this phone is AISHA, the voice assisted tool. In the end we all want a phone which can do our tasks in a jiffy, in this case AISHA will prove very helpful for you.

Is AISHA a mimic of SIRI?

You just exchange a command such as “Update status on Facebook” and the rest is done by AISHA. You can also ask her “What is the weather in New York” and she will respond to you by “The weather is cold”. As you can see the commands are all a mimic what we found in iPhone’s SIRI, but then again iPhone 4S costs double than what A50 is priced at.

update facebook status on micromax a50

Although there are voice assistance tools for Android available at Google Play such as Skyvi and Iris but Aisha performs better and responds to your commands with much greater accuracy than those apps.


Impressive TVC


VERDICT: Looking at the connectivity options such as 3G and Wi-Fi and also enough processor speed for everyday use, this smartphone is priced at a very cheap rate i.e. Rs. 4,999 which is pretty competitive because not a lot of manufacturers these days are putting their models on sale with such feature sets in that price range. If you are looking for an affordable Android phone with more than enough features to get you started then look no further, Micromax A50 is best suited for you.

But if you are one of those who are into photography and want pro features then don’t consider buying this phone because 2.0 MP camera is not the best option. The starting point for you will be 5.0 MP found in Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Ace and other mid-range phones which also have nice processing powers and GPS functionality, which is important for people which like to take pictures while traveling or in events like weddings that you can even take pictures Inside Out Booth.

Here is the official press release by Micromax:

Bangalore, April 26th, 2012: Micromax Informatics Limited (“Micromax”)the 12th largest handset manufacturer in the World (According to Global Handset Vendor Market share report from Strategy Analytics) today announced the launch of A50 Ninja, which comes with an Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant, “AISHA”.

Priced at Rs. 4,999/- the Micromax A50 Ninja makes an effort to provide an affordable smartphone solution for the masses who have longed for a phone which is not just smart but an intelligent device. In succession to A85, A75, A73 and A78, Micromax intensifies its Superfone portfolio by introducing A50 and thus offering handsets ranging from Rs. 4,999 to Rs. 12, 500.

A50 runs on Android version 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) with a processor speed of 650 MHz .The phone features a 7.9 cms multi touch capacitive screen to provide ease to the users. It’s another dual SIM Android powered offering from Micromax. However, with A50 Micromax offers a new innovation to the user in form of AISHA. Through the voice recognition tool, Users can initiate a Google search, view stock market details, Know phone status, movie reviews, make calls, read news of desired locations, know horoscopes, make language translations and also view recipes through AISHA. This is not just enough, AISHA helps you to inquire your missed calls, send message, inquire date and time, weather conditions, pose knowledge questions and a number of jobs to count on.

AISHA is an application that translates words into action. By simply speaking to the phone, the users can connect with the people, businesses and activities that are important to you. With AISHA if the users need to check the weather conditions they just need to say ‘What is the weather in Delhi’ and AISHA will respond saying “The weather will be sunny”.

For the smooth functioning of AISHA to provide an intelligent and immediate response, Micromax has back-end tie up with Indian portals such as Timesjob.com, Simplymarry.com etc

Through AISHA, the users can update their status on Facebook and Twitter. A50 comes on the Gingerbread platform and the users can discover a hub of apps that awaits them at the Google Play Store ranging from entertainment to music apps. Micromax A50 sports a 2.0 MP camera.

Superfone A50 Ninja is available at an attractive price of Rs. 4,999. This model will be available across all leading retail outlets in India.


Google Play all set to rock the streets

Google Play makes it to the Navigation Bar: Just one click to Android Apps

As you would have seen this morning. Google’s navigation bar has an yet another addition. Its time for Google Play. As you know Google had recently revealed the Google Play platform to experience and share the unique features it offers for the Android users.

Basically, it is a transformation of Google Market into Google Play which gives you a one stop shop to listen to music, watch movies, and read ebooks on your Droid. Apart from that you can also browse through 1000’s of android apps.

Google Play - A screencapture of Play store on Google's navigation bar

The recent addition of Google Play icon in the navigation bar (highlighted with a red colored NEW label) makes it more easier for us to access Google Play content. Placed between the very popular Google Maps and Google’s very own video service YouTube, Google Play is likely to get more Clicks from visitors all over the world.

According to the Official blog post,

Entertainment is supposed to be fun. But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite—moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires…lots of wires. Today we’re eliminating all that hassle with Google Play, a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet.

As you can see the glossy Google Play logo also looks good as a favicon in any browser.

Google Play logo official

You should also know that apart from offering free apps, Google Play has integrated Google Music too and you can now stream or buy music right from the Play Store. To download music and videos just sign in to your Google account and then purchase apps with the help of Google’s pay service, the Google Checkout.

Google Play - Download paid and free apps

After download your Music will stay on Google servers as the whole thing is Cloud based and you needn’t worry about copying your files to other android devices too, because the sync will happen automatically, assuming you have already configured your synchronization settings!

If you would like to watch Google’s intuitive new idea in launching Google Play then here’s a video to show you just that!

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HTC's Beats Audio now on your Android device

How To: Install HTC’s Beats Audio app on any Android device

Yes its true. HTC’s Beats Audio, the music enhancer software that comes bundled with every HTC Phone is now available for your Android Phone too and also its completely free.

We have seen many Android apps which can be used to amplify your music and add extraordinary sound effects on your Droid smartphone such as DSP Manager, PowerAMP, Xloud, etc, unlike the stock music app which consists of no music enhancements whatsoever.

How to install HTC's beats audio app on any android device

Beats Audio is one such software which elevates your music to the next level but this app existed for HTC users only, until recently a Senior Member at the XDAForums who goes by the codename “RockoDev” developed the app for all Android devices. Many users have confirmed it works for all the Android versions. The files consists of a flashable zip which is to be put on the root of your sdcard and flashed using a recovery app like ClockworkMod.

Here’s a step by step procedure on how to flash it.


1. Make sure you have a recovery manager like ClockworkMod or ROM Manager before trying to flash this file.

2. Make sure your Android device is fully rooted i.e. you have Superuser access to your Droid filesystem.

3. Make sure you are using a Android 2.3+ Gingerbread ROM atleast. This app is not tested on Phones running Froyo or any other lower category ROMs.

If you are sure you meet all the above requirements please proceed to the next step on how to install Beats Audio.


Step 1: Download the Beats Audio zip file by visiting this thread at XDA.

Step 2: Copy the file to the root of your sdcard i.e. don’t keep it in any folder.

Step 3: Reboot into Recovery by pressing Power+Home button simultaneously and choose the option Install zip from sdcard.

Step 4: Locate the file you copied in Step 2 and Press Yes. Let it flash and then select Reboot system now.

Voila. Check out your App drawer and there it is the Beats Audio app!

If you would like a video tutorial instead, here it is.


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Source: XDA Blog

360 Launcher homescreen

360 Launcher for Android: Enjoy MIUI fun on your Android for free

360 Launcher is a nice new launcher which imitates the MIUI ROM. This launcher was first developed in Chinese and later got translated into English with the help of a XDA member.

I personally tested this launcher and i must say it is a must have launcher for any Androidian. It is fast and full of eye candy themes and wallpapers which are downloadable completely for free from the official site. I really liked the Weather Widget but we can’t change its location settings from Beijing. Although it looks kinda nice just sitting there on my homescreen.

360 Launcher homescreen

You also get a Power widget bundled with the launcher. The Flashlight included in the widget works out of the box i.e. you don’t need an app to run it. The default theme and wallpaper also matches with the weather widget. Please do try out the extra themes such as Android 4.0 and Windows Phone. Please check out the end of this post for the link to 360 Launcher free themes and wallpapers.

     360 Launcher power widget  
360 Launcher theme preferences
360 Launcher wallpaper preferences

Also i love the 360 launcher lockscreen. Its somewhat close to what you find in the GO Locker Fourkey Theme. But this one is more minimalistic in appearance and smooth in operation.

360 Launcher lockscreen

This the Preferences screen of 360 Launcher. In here you can customize any element of the launcher. Also there is an option to perform backup of your homescreen if you wish to restore it at a later time.

360 Launcher settings screen

The Launcher also comes with some nice animation effects to enjoy. From Swirl, Snake, Cube to Flippy, Chord and many others, you can personalize ’em, any way you like.

360 Launcher animation and effects

There’s also a Memory Cleaner widget which cleans out processes hogging your memory and frees space in your RAM. Running many apps in the background sometimes makes your phone run slowly, so this is a great way to free up your memory if you want to get things done quickly.

Here is the official XDA thread to download 360 Launcher for free. This app is not available on the Market.

For addons and themes for your 360 Launcher please proceed to this link.

Why Aakash and Why Not No Aakash

Speeaking about Aakash 2, aka Ubislate 7+, it’s the higher version of Aakash – the major difference between the upgraded and original versions being – Aakash 2 is not only meant for students but for other commercial purposes as well.

Aakash, aka Ubislate 7

Why? I mean, Why Aakash?

See, there’s a lotta reasons why you gotta go for this tablet.

One, it’s cheap. I mean… I’d anyday prefer the Aakash tablet over a pair of Jeans; both costing around 2.5 grands.

Two, Android. Enough said.

Three, 7 inches display, 2 USB ports and a too-good-for-two-thousand-five-hundred-rupees hardware overall.

Four, 180 minutes battery.

Five, By the time you convert 180 minutes into hours, more or less 100 Aakash 2’s will be booked. No kidding. Ubislate 7+ has been all booked for the months of January and February, yes.

Six, I’ve spent fifteen minutes writing this article. You better buy it. 😉

Link : Pre-book Aakash 2

What are your views about Aakash 2? Do let me know by leaving a comment.

Add Friend Android app makes it easy to add a facebook friend

How Cool is Adding a Facebook Friend by just the tap of your two Phones

That’s what the next generation is all about. Don’t worry its not some out of the ordinary gimmick wherein you have to sit hours together tweaking your phone just to add that special feature which enables you to add a facebook friend. It actually very simple. Its just Android!

touch your phones backs to add a facebook friend

This is a little something we have brought you as a New Year treat. If you are owning an Android device and your phone is NFC enabled then you might be in for some surprise. The Add Friend Android app makes your life easier by giving you the ability to add a facebook friend just by touching your phone with your friends phone back to back.


Step 1: Install the Add Friend app available from the Android Market.

Step 2: Turn on NFC on your device as well as your friend’s phone.

Step 3: Now open the Add Friend app. Request your friend to do the same.

Step 4: Touch the backs of your two phones together and wait for a vibrate to confirm that the data was sent successfully.

Step 5: You will immediately land on to your Friend’s Facebook Profile page. From there you can then choose to add him as a Friend.

Add a facebook friend with the add friend android app

Isn’t it ingenious? We all know NFC devices can interact with each other by sending out close proximity radio transmissions. With the help of this technology many new applications are now surfacing the gadget world which are designed to be very friendly and offers ease of accessibility.

Perhaps we will see a load of such apps launch out in the next year. Till then cross your fingers and BTW Happy New Year!

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Source: Android Authority

the carrier iq threat - is it present in your smartphone?

Is your Android handset being compromised without you knowing?

Carrier IQ is the name of the new threat that’s been hitting millions of Android phones worldwide. Apparently Carrier IQ is a phone tracking company that logs information from your specific carrier and sends it to their computers for a complete signal analysis and performance reports. At least that’s what was believed they were doing!

According to a recent discovery by Trevor Eckhart, an Android Security Researcher,

Eckhart shows how software developed by mobile-device tracker Carrier IQ logs each keystroke and then sends them off to locations unknown. In addition, when Eckhart tried placing a call, Carrier IQ’s software recorded each number before the call was even made.

trevor eckhart demonstrating the workings of carrier iq

Image Credit: FoxNews.com

After this leak was known many mobile and smartphone manufacturers such as APPLE, HTC, Samsung and Nokia are denying affiliations to the mobile tracking company Carrier IQ. In fact, APPLE immediately responded when questioned, that it will remove the Carrier IQ completely in a future software update of the iOS 5.

The Android Operating System developer Google has also refused any connections with Carrier IQ and told that Carrier IQ software does not come pre-installed with the operating system and it is not responsible for how carriers and mobile manufacturing companies modify the applications on their devices.

After learning about this new development many multinational companies and famous personalities are demanding for an explanation and are distancing themselves from Carrier IQ because we all know its going down, as the mess is now pretty big!

I think this is a major breach of our privacy and personal lives. What do you think? Share you thoughts and let us know in the comments.

Source: The Verge, CNET, ZDNet

Motorola Droid RAZR spec list

Mototrola Droid RAZR complete Spec list, Features and pricing

Whoa…you are already here. OK, turns out you all have heard the big news. Motorola Droid RAZR has been officially released by Motorola Inc. Lets quickly get down and take a look at the copious amounts of features this smartphone comes with.

Motorola Droid RAZR ultra light, ultra thin smartphone

So here is the complete specifications list offered in the new Motorola Droid RAZR smartphone.

Processor and OS:

  • 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4430 Dual core processor
  • Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread Mobile operating system


  • 4.3″ Super qHD AMOLED advanced Display with Gorilla Glass
  • 16M colors
  • Capacitive touch screen

Camera specs:

  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera 720p video recording
  • 8 megapixel camera 1080p HD video recording
  • LED flash
  • Autofocus, Face detection, Geo tagging

Physical specs:

  • 5.15 inches long
  • 2.17 inches


  • 0.28 inches extremely thin
  • 127 grams extremely lightweight
  • Kevlar rugged fiber body rear casing
  • Water repellant, scratch resistant

Connectivity specs:

  • 2G/3G/Verizon 4G LTE network
  • Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA
  • micro HDMI port with 1080p output
  • microUSB port

Memory specs:

  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • 16GB internal memory + 16GB external memory(expandable up to 32GB)


  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 1750 mAh battery
  • Accelerometer sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • FM-Radio

Motorola Droid RAZR amazing amoled display

The Motorola Droid RAZR is available for purchase at Amazon for $799 and in India it will be available for 30,000 approximate.


LauncherPro launcher

Best Launcher for Android: LauncherPro+Android Pro widgets

Android can be customized in a million ways and that’s what i love about it. Today i will introduce you to two new apps: LauncherPro and Android Pro widgets. I will tell you how you can give a modern look to your android smartphone free of cost.

Many of you might have heard about LauncherPro because its one of the most popular launchers in the Android world. Although the paid version of LauncherPro consists of many new features, i will tell you how you can get those paid widgets for free by installing an extra app known as Android Pro widgets.

Android pro widgets app

For those of you who don’t have a lot of RAM and have trouble running many apps, i had suggest you to install LauncherPro, as it takes minimal energy resources and is a lot faster than your stock launcher. Go download LauncherPro.

Next, there is no need to purchase the LauncherPro widgets because the same widget experience can be enjoyed by installing Android Pro widgets app. Now download Android Pro widgets.

Android pro widgets themes

So do you like it? The most exciting of all is you don’t even have to pay for the apps, as they are available for free in the Android Market.

LauncherPro is sure fast and smooth but it isn’t as customizable as GoLauncher EX (another favourite Launcher in the Android world) like we can install cute new themes in GoLauncher EX but LauncherPro doesn’t have the option to change themes. GoLauncher Ex sure has a few cons too, like its a drain on your battery and RAM but more on that later!

Did you enjoy this tutorial? Comment and share your views with us. Which is you favourite Launcher?