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Impressed by Ubuntu Phone? Get Ubuntu’s Vertical App Switcher On Android With Unity Launcher.

At the beginning of the year, Canonical announced its Ubuntu for phones project that will soon enable you to enjoy a full-fledged, standalone version of the popular Linux OS on your mobile devices. While it’s the lucky Galaxy Nexus owners who will be getting the first taste of the fully-functional OS, they are still waiting for a release by Canonical. However, what you can have for now is Ubuntu’s vertical app switcher/launcher on any device running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher, thanks to the brand new app called Unity Launcher. Resembling the looks and functionality of Ubuntu’s standard app switcher, Unity Launcher is a third-party customizable multitasking and app switching solution for Android that lets you switch back and forth between your favorite apps form anywhere in the OS by simply swiping in from the left edge of your device’s screen.

 

 

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While Unity Launcher works almost exactly like most of the multitasking solutions we have already seen in the recent past, its specialty remains in the way it tries to emulate the original app switcher of Ubuntu. It comprises a vertically scrollable list filled with shortcuts to as many of your favorite Android apps as you want. Apps are displayed on their semi-translucent tiles, along with their respective titles. You can bring up this list by simply swiping in from the dedicated edge of your device’s screen, giving you universal access to your favorite apps from anywhere in the OS, regardless of the app you are currently running. The list automatically disappears from the scene after a few seconds of bringing it up.

To get started with the app, just launch it by tapping the Unity Launcher icon in the app drawer. From the app’s solitary home screen, you can trigger its services, pin your favorite apps to its switch list, and tinker with the various layout settings it has to offer.

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Using the various available options, you can adjust the width of the interactive area, alter the list’s visibility timeout, and personalize the list’s show/hide animation delay. Moreover, you have the option to set the launcher’s gravity, background color and icon background/tile. That’s not all – there is also the option to show/hide app titles, and modify the background color of the region where app names are displayed.

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Unity Launcher is available in the Play Store as both free and $0.99 variants. The free version only allows you to pin your favorite apps to the switch list, whereas all the UI tweaks and other customizations are available in the paid variant. Download links to both versions are provided below.

Download Unity Launcher Free For Android

Download Unity Launcher For Android (Paid)

CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly – Now Available for Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Note 2 [Download]

So yeah, I’m too lazy right now to write a full review and all that catchy photos and stuff. Just go and get your hands on Cyanogen Mod 10.1 Nightly! and let us know how was it…

Nightly stuff is not stable and things may go wrong. Proceed at your own risk.

The official CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds for Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Note 2 has been finally announced and is available for download. If you were waiting for this update, then this is a news which will make you happy. Please be aware that these updates are less stable as it is nightly build and may have many bugs.

Don’t forget to backup all the stuffs before flashing. You can download this updates from below link:
Download CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightly for Verizon Note 2
Nightly Build for Sprint Note 2

Google Chrome launches new Beta Channel for Android

Google’s announced a new Chrome Beta channel for its phone and tablet iteration. Google’s desktop browser (on Mac Windows, Linux and Chrome OS) already has early access channels to new (and sometimes unstable) builds and now it’s going mobile. Google promises updates, likely just as regular as the big screen version, and it’ll be compatible with any Android device running version 4.0 or higher. Point your browser to the second source to sign up to the new dev channel.

Google Sound Search Song Recognition Widget Comes To Play Store

The official mobile clients of various cross-platform online music recognition services like Shazam and SoundHound are hugely popular for the level of ease they offer to identify and track information regarding any music you come across, be it anywhere. Inspired by the success of these tools, Google decided to incorporate one of its own within Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the form of a neat little home screen widget. Call it a Christmas gift or Google’s decision to spread the feature to masses, the sameSound Search widget is now available in the Play Store for any device running Android 4.0 or higher. As with Shazam and SoundHound, the idea behind this widget is the same – to help users easily recognize any playing song. In addition, you can also purchase the detected songs from Google Play’s gigantic online music repository.

After you’ve installed the Sound Search widget, you may place it on your device’s home screen by navigating to the ‘Widgets’ tab within the app drawer, and then dragging the Sound Search widget to a vacant spot on your home screen. If you’re an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher user, you can also place the widget on your device’s lockscreen by swiping rightwards all the way to the ‘Add Widget’ screen and then tapping the Sound Search option.

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Once the widget is installed, all you need to do is tap the ‘What’s this song’ button, move your device closer to the audio source (for quicker and better recognition), and wait for the magic to work. The widget will try to recognize the track, find a relevant match in Play Music, and eventually provide you with the result. Identified tracks can then be purchased from Google Play by tapping the result displayed on the widget. Another good thing about Sound Search is its capability to maintain a log of your recently identified tracks. To launch the history list, just tap the clock button on the widget.

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When put to test with almost half a dozen different tracks, the widget impressed us by quickly and correctly identifying all of them without any trouble. Alongside each track, we were presented with the relevant title, artist, album art and scan time. In case the track is available in Google Play for sale, the widget also displays its price.

Please be informed that Sound Search requires Android 4.0 or higher to run. The widget is available at Google Play Store for free, and can be downloaded via the link provided below.

Download Sound Search For Google Play For Android

Skype for Windows 8 this October 26th!

26th of October of this year is going to be truly amazing. Phenomenal actually. Here are the things that are going to set the technology world rock and roll.

  • Windows 8
  • Surface Tablets
  • Skype for Windows 8
  • Updates for Windows Phone 8

…and maybe Microsoft comes with something else in the middle? Who knows. But what is the good news over here that the official Skype Metro Application is coming to Windows 8 on the 26th.

“WE’VE BEEN RELATIVELY QUIET SINCE THE ACQUISITION.”

“For the last six months or so we have been moving people to the Messenger backend,” says Snyder. “The big advantage there is that Skype doesn’t always have to be running. It wakes up when it’s time to deliver a chat message or call etc.” The changes also mean that around 80 percent of all IMs sent on Skype are sent over the new Messenger backend. Skype’s Windows 8 app is the first to take advantage of this new model, with updates coming to iOS and Android later to complete feature parity.

http://www.skype.com/go/windows8

IMAGE CREDITS : TheVerge

Add A Refresh/Stop Button To The Address Bar In Chrome For iPhone

Everyone appears to be absolutely in love with the Chrome app for iOS. The first impression of the new iPhone web browser might be that it is perfect, and has got all the features anyone can possibly want. However, that is not the case. Although Chrome is better than Safari in quite a few areas, there are still things that could have been better in Google’s official browser app for iPhone and iPad. If you don’t believe that, and happen to think that nothing can be improved in Chrome, take a look at our post discussing some of the best Chrome-related Cydia tweaks available in the jailbreak store. The Cydia developer community isn’t satisfied with the Chrome app just yet, and the latest tweak released for the enhancement of the browser is named EasyRefresh for Chrome. If you have ever used the Chrome app on your iPhone, you are sure to have noticed that if you want to refresh any page, you have to go to the app’s options menu and tap the button from there. EasyRefresh solves this problem by adding a new refresh button to the address bar, just the way it works in Safari!

Chrome iOS Default EasyRefresh for Chrome Cydia EasyRefresh for Chrome

Before installing the tweak, go to the Chrome app and take a look at the address bar. It has got nothing except the URL of the page you are currently on. The options menu features the refresh/ stop button at the top of the list. EasyRefresh for Chrome will not disturb this refresh button, it will just copy it to the address bar. The tweak can be downloaded from the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store, where (quite expectedly) it is available as a free download. The whole package is just 13kB in size, and will finish installing in the blink of an eye. After downloading EasyRefresh, launch Chrome again. It is better if you kill the app from the App Switcher tray before re-launching it, but that is not a necessary step. Once the app is up and running, take a look at the address bar, and you will see the newly added refresh button there. While a page is loading, the button will be displayed as a cross icon that can be used to stop loading a page at any time. Other than that, the button is there to let you refresh the page.

Of course, EasyRefresh is just one of the ways you can have an alternative to the stock refresh method in Chrome. The Chromizer tweak (covered in detail in our list post linked in the intro) adds the pull to refresh functionality to Chrome. However, if you are a fan of the address bar refresh button, EasyRefresh is the tweak you need.

Install Official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Nexus S And Fully Root It

  1. Make sure you have the International version of Nexus S. You can check this on the sticker on the phone’s inside, under the battery.
  2. Go to Settings > About Phone, scroll down and see the last entry that says ‘Build Number’.
    • If it says IMM76D, you are good to go.
    • If you are not running this latest build but are on an official version of Android (i.e. you haven’t installed a custom ROM), first update to this build by going to Settings > About Phone, clicking ‘System updates’ and clicking ‘Check now’ to check for the latest update, and install it by following the instructions that appear after the phone has downloaded the update.
    • If you are on a custom ROM, download the Official IMM76D Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM from and flash it from recovery (you should know how, if you are on a custom ROM). and just flash it from recovery the way you flashed the custom ROM earlier. This should get you on the IMM76D build, and ready for updating to Jelly Bean.
  3. Download the official JRO03E Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OTA update.

Procedure:

  1. Transfer the Jelly Bean OTA update file i.e. 9ZGgDXDi.zip to your phone’s SD card (internal of course, since Nexus S doesn’t have external SD card slot).
  2. Reboot your phone into recovery:
    1. To do this, first power your phone off, then press and hold the volume-up button and press the power button, not releasing the volume-up button till you see the FASTBOOT MODE screen.
    2. Use the volume-down button to navigate to RECOVERY option and press the power button to enter it. You should now see the image of an Android opened up, with an exclamation mark on top of it.
    3. Now press and hold Power, and press volume-up. You will now see the stock recovery menu. You can navigate the menu using the volume up and down keys, and select an option with the power key.
  3. Select the ‘apply update from /sdcard’ option.
  4. Now use the volume keys to select the file that we had copied earlier i.e. 9ZGgDXDi.zip and press the power button. The update will start installing.
    • In case the update fails for you with error 7, you must install a custom recovery to flash the update. The relevant steps to do that and the required links are provided in the rooting guide below. To put it briefly, you must unlock your bootloader, put the phone into fastboot and flash ClockworkMod recovery. Once it has been installed, you can boot into recovery as described above, and flash the update from the ‘install zip from sdcard’ > ‘choose zip from sdcard’ option.
  5. Once the update has installed completely, select the ‘reboot system now’ option.

There you go – you should now have Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean installed on your Nexus S. If you check your build number now, it should say JRO03E. Enjoy!

Rooting Jelly Bean On Nexus S (Also Installs ClockworkMod Recovery)

If you want to go one step ahead and root Jelly Bean on your phone, fret not – we are here to help you with that too!

Requirements:

  • Android SDK installed on your system to use fastboot. See our Android SDK Installation guide.
  • Unlocked bootloader on your Nexus S. If you haven’t unlocked yours already, see our guide onunlocking the Nexus S bootloader.
  • Latest ClockworkMod recovery image. Make sure to download the version for Google Nexus S. We recommend the touch version, but both should work.
  • Simple Root by XDA-Developers forum member kibmcz (Contains su binary, SuperUser.apk and busybox. Also removes the script that always restores stock recovery upon reboot, so that your ClockworkMod recovery stays installed)

Procedure:

  1. Transfer the Simple-Root-1.0.zip file to your SD card.
  2. On your computer, rename the downloaded ClockworkMod recovery image file from recovery-clockwork-X.X.X.X-crespo.img to recovery.img.
  3. Reboot into fastboot mode. To do that, power your phone off, then press and hold the volume-up button and press the power button, not releasing the volume-up button till you see the FASTBOOT MODE screen.
  4. Connect your phone to the computer via USB, if it isn’t already connected.
  5. Launch a command prompt window on your computer and navigate to the folder where you copied your recovery.img.
  6. Enter the following command:
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  7. Now navigate to the ‘RECOVERY’ option in the fastboot menu and enter it. You will now be in ClockworkMod recovery.
  8. In ClockworkMod recovery menu, go to ‘install zip from sdcard’ followed by ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
  9. Scroll to select the Simple-Root-1.0.zip file and confirm its installation by tapping Yes.
  10. Once the installation is complete, tap ‘reboot system now’ from the main recovery menu.

Congratulations – your Nexus S is now rooted on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.