Change Carrier Name On Android Phone Easily [How To Guide]

When it comes to modifying Android devices, then users with extended modification / flashing experience tend to customize each and every feature of their Android devices. And perhaps this hackability of Android OS is the main reason for it’s speedy growth. The first task of many jailbreakers on iOS is to change their device’s carrier name and until now, this mod was missing from Android devices. But Holabalola, XDA member and Android app developer, has recently released an app that allows you to change carrier name with a single click and without the need to know any thing about rooting or flashing. The app requires you have to a rooted Android devices because the functionality of this app is directly linked with tinkering System files.

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Connection Checker For Android Fixes Weak WiFi/Mobile Network Signals

Does it not feel infuriating when your WiFi or mobile network repeatedly taps out due to weak reception. Not only does this hamper your internet browsing experience, download tasks, music/ video streaming session or whatever relevant task you may have at hand, it drains the battery very much like an exhausted, famished jock gulps down an energy drink! If you have tried most of what the Android Market has to offer to rectify said issue, and are still looking for a viable solution to the notorious problem mentioned above, then you might want to check out Connection Checker - a free and easy-to-use Android tool that checks the network status after a user-defined time interval and automatically toggles the WiFi or mobile network Off in the event of weak or no signals till a stable connection is established. Read More

Notification Bubbles – Floating Notifications On Android Homescreen

Tired of dragging down the status bar for every little notification? Wish you could have them all floating around in plane sight? Notification Bubbles is a free, interactive live wallpaper for Android that displays Facebook, Twitter and SMS notifications on your homescree within floating bubbles. Read on for more information, our brief review and the download link. Read More

How To Make Netflix App Work On Your Unsupported Rooted Android Device

The list of good reasons to get root access on your Android device gets longer. If you’re a big movie or TV show buff, being unable to run the freshly released Netflix app on your unsupported Android device might be killing you right now. We understand your pain and would like to share with you a quick and simple trick that’ll fool Netflix into thinking your device is one of the five currently supported. The method involves altering your phone’s model name from within the build.prop system file and thus, requires root access. Read More

123Clip For Android Lets You Save Parts Of A Web Page For Offline Viewing

As we browse the internet, we often come across information on certain web pages that we want to save for later reference. While there are tools out there like Instapaper, Read It Later and Readability that allow you to do this, they essentially save the entire page for the purpose, and not all of them have Android apps available. What if you only want to capture a certain part of a web page for later reference rather than a full web page, and that too on your Android device? We've got just the right app for you! 123Clip is a free, handy tool for Android that allows you to select or “clip” portions of a web page and save them to your SD card for offline viewing. Clips can include any number of images and/or blocks of text selected by the user or even the entire web page. Unlike in regular saved web pages, the HTML blocks in these clips are arranged in a one-column, inline format more suitable for mobile viewing – particularly useful when it comes to web pages that don’t have mobile variants. Read More

GO Launcher EX For Android Gets Its Own SMS Widget

And they’re back. Its been only a few weeks since the GO dev team began releasing widgets for their acclaimed home replacement app, GO Launcher EX. The developers have just released yet another good-looking GO Widget to the Android Market, bringing the total count up to three, the other two being the previously reviewed Contacts and Task Manager widgets. Message GOWidget for GO Launcher EX is a smart and efficient SMS widget. The widget, like every thing else from the dev team, is absolutely free and can be downloaded directly from the Market or from within the launcher itself. Read More

Permissions Denied For Android Lets You Block User App Permissions

Given all the hoopla surrounding the security loopholes in Google's mobile operating system, Android, and the extent of damage that certain apps can cause using your personal data/information by just being granted access to specific aspects of your device, it is only fitting to have a solution for managing these permissions accordingly. If you have root access on your Android device and feel the need to tighten the reigns on certain user apps (prevent social media apps from accessing contacts or GPS, for instance), Permissions Denied may be the answer you’re looking for. The freeware allows you to monitor, block, restore and back up permissions for all apps installed on your device. It even lets you block and enable each of its own permissions. Read More

Application Folder Creates Customizable Folders On Android Homescreen

Although folders are nothing new to Android, their proper use has always been in question by hardcore users. Perhaps the rather bland and monotonous concept of folders in stock Android firmware has led many custom ROM developers to come up with goodies of their own. As a result, we are getting to see many uniquely designed and much purposeful folder apps arriving at a constant pace in the Android Market these days. Once such app that we recently came across is Application Folder -  a free (ad-supported) homescreen widget for Android that can be used to create highly customizable folders containing shortcuts to a user-defined group of apps, bookmarks and/or contacts. Now, you might be wondering how it is any better than the built-in folder creation feature seen in iOS-inspired Android launchers the likes of GO Launcher EX and MIUI’s native launcher. For starters, you can choose a separate icon for each folder that you create using Application Folder. Furthermore, folders can be set to display contained shortcuts (when tapped) in either a side-scrollable badge or the conventional window view. Application is all about hyper-customization; it packs quite a few interesting features that we shall explore past the break. Read More

Texty For Android Lets You Sync, Send & Receive SMS On Your Computer

While you’re busy working on your computer, attending to a barrage of incoming SMS can prove to be quite a hassle. Texty for Android, in combination with its extension for Google Chrome, turns your computer into an SMS gateway that makes sending and replying to text messages quick and painless. The app syncs your contacts, incoming and outgoing SMS over the web with its Chrome extension, allowing you to send and receive SMS from within Google Chrome. As of this writing, the app is available as a private beta on the Android Market and the extension is available for download on  You can download both the extension and Android app but to have access to them, you’ll have to apply for a beta invite. Read More

SocialCamera For Android – Tag Photos Of Friends Faster With Face Recognition

There aren’t many apps on the Android Market that allow you to tag your friends or phone contacts in photos before sharing them over the web, and none that do so automatically via facial recognition. None except Viewdle’s SocialCamera, the mobile counterpart of ViewdleUploader for Windows 7. SocialCamera is a free photo-sharing app for Android that syncs with your phone, Email, Flickr, Facebook & Twitter contacts, allowing you tag them in the photos that you choose to share, while providing you with tag suggestions using face recognition. The more you tag your photos, the more accurate the suggestions get. Still in beta as of this writing, the app is yet to include the option to tag Twitter contacts. However, said feature will soon be included in a future update. More after the break. Read More

fring For Android & iOS Updated To Include Free Group Video Calls

One of the best multi-platform video calling apps just got way better. fring for Android and iOS has been updated to include the group video feature that, up until a day ago, was part of a limited beta version of the app. The feature allows up to four users at a time in a video conference call. This is a first for the world of mobile apps and a fringin’ awesome addition to the app, indeed. Read More

Facebook-Page Likes Widget For Android Shows Page Likes On Homescreen

From the developers of the recently reviewed Twitter Followers Widget for Android comes Facebook-Page Likes Widget – a similar homescreen widget that displays the concurrent number of Likes of a user-specified Facebook page and provides a one-tap shortcut to accessing the page via Facebook Mobile. What makes the widget even handier than its twitter counterpart is the fact that, as of this writing, the official Facebook app for Android is yet to incorporate similar functionality i.e. the option to monitor Facebook pages. The widget is in beta as of this writing and is available on the Android Market for free. Read More

Google Docs For Android – Create, Edit, Upload & Share Documents Online

The much awaited official app for Google’s web-based documents service has finally been released to the Android Market. Google Docs for Android allows you to create, edit, upload and share documents online via your Google/Gmail account. In our test-run, we found the interface sufficiently fluid, efficient and user-friendly and thought the app as a whole was adequate. Though, judging from the first few reviews on the app’s Android Market page, it seems a majority of users are disappointed with the overall quality and we don’t blame them. It is Google we’re talking about here. Anything less than 'fantastic' ends up disappointing. Most of the disappointed lot have called the app a mere front end for the the mobile website. True, the app's editing interface is an exact replica of its mobile web counterpart. However, most would agree that it is most definitely a faster, more efficient alternative to the mobile web interface. More after the break. Read More

Location Cache For Android Lets You Monitor, Clear & Block Location Data Collection

The controversy involving the iPhone and anonymous location-data collection has now expanded to the Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms, too. While the iOS and WP7 dev communities are yet to join the fight for user privacy, Android developers are already on the move. Developed by XDA member mopodo, Location Cache is a free tool for rooted Android devices that not only allows you to view and wipe all cached cell-tower and WiFi hotspot locations, but lets you block location caching altogether and unlike the alternative method that involves disabling location collection through wireless networks (Settings > My Location > Use Wireless Networks), the app does so without slowing down location fetching. Join us after the jump for more. Read More

BITS For Android Lets You Create Your Very Own Homescreen Widgets

Can’t find the perfect homescreen widget on the Android Market? Wish you could design your own? BITS is an editable homescreen widget that allows you to do just that. With BITS, you can choose from a wide variety of individually customizable elements (called “bits”) and add them in layers (one over the other) to a canvas size of your choice via simple drag-and-drop editing and additional controls for finer adjustment. Still in beta as of this writing, the widget is missing a few key features, such as, the option to assign actions to widget elements and importing custom graphics. However, most of these features, along with additional widget elements/bits, have already been listed on the developer’s website as possible additions in future updates. Read More

Twitter Followers Widget Shows Followers Count On Android Homescreen

Want to keep track of all your followers on Twitter without having to open the Twitter app itself? How about being able to do so right from your Android home screen? Twitter followers Widget for Android is a free, handy homescreen widget that displays the current following and followers count of a user-specified Twitter account. The widget, which was released to the Android Market as a private beta four days ago, has just been updated and is now available as a free public beta. Read More

Learn On The Go With Official HowStuffWorks App For Android

Every time a HowStuffWorks episode airs on television, I know that I am in for learning something new and totally unexplored. Same could be said about the website of this immensely informative platform by Discovery that packs loads of knowledge and learning material for those interested. New to the Android Market, Discovery’s official HowStuffWorks Android app is a comprehensive portal for feeding your inquisitive mind on the go. The app allows direct access to articles, quotes, facts and shows from the acclaimed website through a simple yet good-looking UI and comes equipped with push notifications for shows (both podcasts and blog posts) and two home screen widgets, one each for quotes and facts. Better yet, you can even interact with HowStuffWorks podcasters via Twitter and Facebook. For those of you who aren't in the habit of tuning in to the tube regularly, How Stuff Works is show aired on the Discovery Channel that explores, as the name implies, how everyday items are made and what makes them tick. Read More

Official AutoCAD App For Android Lets You View, Edit & Share Your DWG Files

Android-using architects and engineers rejoice! The official mobile variant of Autodesk Inc.’s acclaimed CAD application just hit the Android Market. AutoCAD WS for Android lets you view and edit DWG files stored locally (on your SD card) or uploaded to your online AutoCAD WS account and share them via email with the help of just a few taps. The app comes equipped with essential Draw, Edit and Markup tools. You will also find the option to upload locally saved DWG files to your online AutoCAD WS account and view DWG files received as Email attachments. Read More

Add Toggles For WiFi, Bluetooth, Sound And More To Your Android Status Bar

Not everyone prefers having their homescreens cluttered with toggle widgets. From amongst those who don’t, some flash custom ROMs that have built-in status bar toggles while others simply sweep said widgets under the rug. If you’re ready to do neither, we’ve got the perfect remedy for you. Notification Toggle for Android is a free tool that adds toggles of your choice to the notification bar. The freeware lets you choose from a list of seven toggles and four shortcuts and adds the chosen to the notification bar, each in a separate notification/line or up to five grouped in a single notification. As exciting and refreshing the concept of Notification Toggle may sound, it is one of the very first solutions of its type that we have come across so far. Read More

Angel Browser Is Customizable And Feature-Rich Browser For Android

Although in need of a fair amount of polishing as of this writing, Angel Browser for Android shows quite a lot of promise. The free browser sports everything but the kitchen sink – a vast assortment of old and new features including tabbed browsing, a Read Later option and a Speed Dial page (set as the home/new tab page as per default settings), which seems to be inspired from Google Chrome’s Most visited page. With a slightly more user-friendly UI than the one that currently governs the browser, Angel Browser could do wonders. Read More