Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How to Use Android Phone to Remote Control Your PC?

With the popularity of tablets and smartphones, we can do almost everything on the advanced mobile device just like we do on PC. Even though, there are still many difficult tasks that can only be performed on PC, in this situation, if you don’t have a PC nearby,but have an Android Phone how to do it? Indeed, we can remote control PC by collaborating with a friend’s PC via remote app. Next let’s see the popular Android remote apps.

Remote control PC with Android Phone
Speaking of the remote control, you cannot neglect TeamViewer, one of the most famous remote Android apps. It is also available for other major platforms, covering Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS. With the app, you can access to the PC desktop with all of its documents and installed applications and easily transfer the files between the Phone and PC.

  • Download and install TeamViewer QuickSupport on the PC you want to remote control, launch the program and remember the numeric ID and password at the main screen of the program.
  • Download and install the TeamViewer and install on your Android phone. Launch it and enter the ID and password and after the gesture control instructions, you can see the desktop of the remote computer, then you get the control.
If you just want the alternative of TeamViewer, just try android-vnc-viewer which is another perfect one to remotely access their desktop and connect to most VNC servers including RealVNC (Windows and Linux), TightVNC, x11vnc and Apple Remote Desktop (Mac).The main features of it is keyboard zoom, the option to configure multiple connections, multiple input modes and others. The bad thing may be it requires a VNC server.

  • Set up the VNC server on the remote control computer. 
  • Download and install the android-vnc-viewer on Android phone. 
  • Open it and type the VNC server nickname, password and IP address port number, check the box next to "Local mouse pointer." Tap "Connect" and then Android VNC Viewer connects to the VNC server. Then you can operate on the Android phone.
Unified Remote
Unified Remote is another popular remote control app which will turn your Android device into a WiFi or Bluetooth universal remote control for your Windows PC.

  • Download the Remote server and install it on PC. You can set up a password to security the control.Use Wi-Fi to pair up the PC and the Android Phone. 
  • Download Unified Remote and install on your Android device, once the app and the server are running, tap I have installed the new server! to add a server, enter the IP address of the PC and password you have set.
  • After connected, set the preferences according to your use, and then you can remote control Keyboards and Mouse, Navigation and Task Manager, File Explorer and Power,and Players and more.
If you have interest and demand to remote control your PC with Android phone, just try one of them.

You might also like:
How to Remote Control Android Device with your PC/Mac?  
How to Change Font on Android Phones or Tablets?
How to Unlock the Android Device if You Forgot the Passcode?

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Monday, February 25, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Nexus 7vs iPad Mini, Will Samsung Win?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has finally been unveiled at MWC 2013 (Mobile World Congress), which is undoubtedly give a boost to the tablet market specifically aiming at Apple’s iPad Mini and Nexus 7.

When Samsung is obviously the ruler of the global smartphones market, will it get the same success in tablets? We know, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is the very awesome one, so what’s this one? Maybe one interesting way of appreciating its future success is a comparison with its strong contenders Nexus 7 and iPad Mini.Just let’s have a look at the Galaxy Note 8 vs iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 battle.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Nexus 7vs iPad Mini

Design & Display
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 keeps the classic design of the Note line-up with round edges and plastic back lid, boasting an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 pixels display. Nexus 7 is superior to Note 8 with an elegant design, a textured back for the best grip and a 7-inch 1,280 x 800 pixels screen while Apple’s iPad Mini excels with its premium-looking body, solid construction and a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels.

For portability, Nexus 7 is the most suitable one, second iPad Mini, last Galaxy Note 8. But iPad Mini is the thinnest and lightest one, and also Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is about 2.5 mm thinner than Nexus 7.But for display, Nexus 7 is inarguably the winner, and Note 8 failed in this game.

OS & Software
Running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, Note 8 also features the optimized apps for the S Pen stylus, which allow you to easily draw or edit photos in Photoshop Touch with Handwriting support. Also, the TouchWiz UI of Note 8 offers the popular features on Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2 like Pop up Play, Smart Stay. Via Smart Remote app, you can even use Note 8 as a remotecontrol.

Coming with pre-loaded with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, Nexus 7 is the one of the few device which can upgrade to Android 4.2.2.

The iPad Mini certainly runs iOS 6 out of the box, but it can upgradable to iOS 6.1.2 now.

CPU, RAM & Storage
Note 8 sports the Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 4 Quad chipset based on a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, Mali 400 MP GPU and 2GB of RAM, which is really powerful to make the Note 8 a very fast tablet. It will come with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, with up to 64GB expanded storage.

Nexus 7 comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset ,1GB RAM and16GB/32GB models, and iPad Mini only includes a dual-core 1 GHz A5 processor , 512 MB RAM and 16/32/64 GB models.Both of they have no SD card port.

Obviously, Note 8 owns the most powerful hardware platform of the three. But remember although the iPad Mini does badly in this specs term, iOS still runs pretty smooth without the multitasking and other Android features.

Battery, Connectivity & Camera
Note 8 includes a 4,600 mAh battery while iPad Mini and Nexus 7 packs with the same 4,325 mAh battery .In this factor, the three ones is pretty close.

Note 8 uses a 5MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front camera and offers WiFi, 3G and 4G, just the same as iPad Mini while Nexus 7 can only offers WiFi and 3G and a front facing 1.2MP camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 definitely is the powerful and attractive device with higher technical specs. And Samsung may become stronger on the tablet market. However, Google and Apple will reportedly upgrade their tablets in 2013, and it is still the beginning of the battle. But until then the Note 8 is an important competitor for both Nexus 7 and iPad Mini.

You might also like: 
HTC One vs LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Top Rumored Smartphones at MWC 2013

After the big electrical ceremony CES, another grand phone-specifically ceremony MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2013 Barcelona is just around the cornor . So, what impressive smartphones will be launched at MWC 2013 at present? Let’s just have a look.

smartphones at MWC 2013
Nokia PureView Lumia and upgrade version of Lumia 920, Lumia 720, Lumia 520
With the key feature of 41Mp camera, the Windows phone 8 smartphone Nokia PureView Lumia will be probably announced at MWC 2013 since its predecessor the 808 PureView with a Symbian OS was launched at MWC 2012.

For others,Nokia will focus on its windows phone 8-based Lumia smartphones at this ceremony, and rumors said that Catwalk, acts as the upgrade version of Lumia 920, will be unveiled to us. It is said to the device will come with an aluminium and thinner body.As for hardware, it will have a UltraPixel PureView camera.Besides, the middle and low-end windows phone 8 based smartphones Lumia 720(4.3”,1G dual core processor,512MB RAM,8GB internal memory ,6MP rear camera and 2MP front camera )and Lumia 520(4”,1G dual core processor,512MB RAM,8GB internal memory and 5MP rear camera) will appear at MWC 2013.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and dual-screen Galaxy Q
As known for all, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will come at MWC, which was released early in this year.

Rumored said that Samsung will bring a dual-screens phone called Galaxy Q, sporting the 1080p flexible screen, 1.7GHz Exynos 5 dual-core processor, 2GB RAM.The Galaxy Q will run Android 4.2, and it can perfectly splice the two screens to double the display without effecting the visual experience in the stitching.

In addition, Samsung is likely to launch the middle and the low-end smartphones like Galaxy Young、Galaxy Fame、Galaxy Core,etc.

ZTE Firefox OS smartphone?
The Chinese phone maker ZTE joined with Mozilla and will be launched an early Firefox OS based smartphone. And the phone is expected to unveiled at this MWC. Also, ZTE may bring the Android smartphone Grand Memo, coming with a 5.7 inch 720 p screen, Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor as well as a 13 megapixel camera.What’s more, ZTE may bring a tablet called V81.

LG Optimus G Pro and Other suprises
LG did brilliantly at CES, so what’s it prepare for MWC? Up until now, we know the new Optimus G Pro will be shown off , and the latest launced Optimus F5 , Optimus F7and Optimus L3 II will join the ceremony.Besides, LG should prepare some new smartphones, but the exciting details we may need to wait.

Huawei Ascend P2 and Ascend W3
Yesterday,Huawei has announced new flagship Android 4.1 based Ascend P2,which boasts 4.7 inch 720p display, a quad-core 1.5GHz Hisilicon K3V2 processor,a 13 megapixel rear camera,1GB RAM and 16GB storage. The battery is up to 2420mAh.

Except the P2, Huawei may launch a windows phone 8 smartphone Ascend W3 , which is rumord to include 4.5 inch 720p display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor , 1GB RAM and 8MP camera.And the device is said to support wireless charging like Lumia 920.

When more details will be shown at MWC 2013, just wait.

You might also like: 
CES 2013: An 18.4-inch Asus Transformer Aio Announced for both Android and Windows 8?

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Features of PS 4, the So-called the Most Powerful Game Console

Undoubtedly, for gamers, now the main streams of game consoles are Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. And it seems that Xbox 360 stays ahead of the game all the time. But balance may be broken out with the official announcement of Sony PlayStation 4, which will be released in November, 2013 . So, what sharp and new features will PS 4 show to us? Let’s just take a look at the new features of PS 4.

Competitive Hardware
Equipped with an X86 CPU, 8GB of unified memory, traditional hard-drive storage, and an enhanced PC-style GPU, PS4 has a "supercharged PC architecture". The hardware configurations really can be the excitement, which means the faster game experience and the more vivid and unprecedented image quality just like the real film.

Dual Shock 4 of PS 4
Besides, a new controller called the Dual Shock 4 appears along with the PS 4.Like rumors said, the Dual Shock 4 comes with a small touch screen, a headphone jack, and a share button, a light-up bar that works with the 3D stereo camera bar for motion controls.

Social Entertainment
The new interface is similar as Facebook, offering the serious "real names" friend-making gaming network to communicate. And players can upload the video clips of their own gameplay or screenshots via “Share Menu “ or spectate and chat during other people’s games.Besides, players can also get the situation of the network on mobile device.
Real Names game network by PS 4

Integration with smartphones and tablets
PS4 is promised to work on smartphones, tablets, and the Vita as well with UUSTREAM feature and the clean-looking social browser was shown on various devices, including streaming video of gameplay.

Gaikai cloud technology
Gaikai cloud technology will offer you the "fastest gaming network" and when someone buys the online game, the related friend will be noticed at once. And then the trial-based way of playing games before buying can be available. The technology can also be able to continually one-button broadcast your game progress.

Remote play
Users will be able to remotely play their games via the PS Vita, similar as what the Nintendo Wii U enables on the GamePad, but in this case, you can experience the game with a fully independent handheld device.

Cloud service
The PlayStation cloud service will enable players to call up any PlayStation game, from past to present, immediately. PlayStation game, from past to present, immediately.

Playing While Downloading
Players will be allowed to play the downloaded portion of a game, even if the entire game is not finished downloading. One funny thing is when you push the power button to stop the game and let the console go into sleep, the system will automatically save your game progress so that you can continue the game next time.

The PS 4 is promised to be the most powerful device and it focuses the streaming game experience and social entertainment, aims to the home gaming market. It seems that you can get the excitement of the features, but the reality is wait to confirm.

You might also like:
How to Watch Flash Videos on PS3? 
How to Connect Nexus 7 with PS3 or Xbox controller to Get the Better Game Experience?

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

HTC One vs LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5

Finally, another great smartphone HTC One has come to us after the Nexus 4, Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5. So, what’s the surprise does the phone bring along? And can it compete for the best smartphones mentioned above on the present market? Just do some comparison about them in the following.

First the basic specifications 
HTC One Nexus 4 Galaxy Note 2 iPhone 5
OS Android 4.1.2 Android 4.2 Android 4.1 iOS 6
Display 4.7"HD LCD(1920*1080,468ppi) 4.7"HD IPS+LCD(1280*768,320ppi) 5.5"HD Super LCD 3(1920*1080,440ppi) 4"Retina display(1136*640,326ppi)
Processor 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600(quad-core) 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 pro(quad-core) 1.6GHz Exynos 4(quad-core) 1.3GHz Apple A6 chip(quad-core)
Storage 32GB/64GB 8GB/16GB 16GB/32GB/64GB 16GB(Expand to up to 64GB)
Camera 4UP UltraPixel rear camera and 2.1 MP wide-angel front camera 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front camera 8MP iSight rear camera and 1.2 MP front camera
Battery 2300mAh 2100mAh 3100mAh 1440mAh
Connectivity Blueteeth,NFC Blueteeth,NFC Blueteeth,NFC Blueteeth

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Three Methods to Manually Update Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 to Android 4.2.2

Android 4.2.2 update to Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10
Google pushed the new Android 4.2.2 update specifically to Nexus devices a few days ago, and the devices includes Google Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.The update mainly fixed Bluetooth implementation to limit audio stream stuttering, and a codebase change to limit random rebooting. Other changes includes the disabled workaround that enabled LTE connectivity on very specific markets and networks, ADB connection security measures, app download notification changes, quick setting user interface changes, etc.

The reviews of the new update of the system are positive and for the rooted users or others, updating the system to Android 4.2.2 over the air (OTA) will get some troubles because of the custom recovery. But don’t worry, you can try the following three ways to get the new update besides installing the OTA.

Note: The method below is under the assumption that you’re running stock Android and not a custom ROM. For custom ROM users, an updated Android 4.2.2 version of that ROM have to be found on the device or download suitable stock image from Google and install factory image fresh which will erase everything.

Method 1:System Updates
  • Go to Settings> Apps > All and scrolling and find Google Services Framework.
  • Tap the “Clear Data” button and confirm by tapping “OK”, then back to the main Settings screen.
  • Tap “About Phone” on Nexus 4 or About Tablet on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, and then tap “System Updates”, tap “Check Now” and the update process of Android 4.2.2 should begin when you are asked to confirm the update.
  • When finished the update, your root will remove without the extra protection. You can use the Clockwork Mod recovery or the OTA Rootkeeper to retain your root when get the update.
Method 2: Flash the update from your recovery
  • Download the Android 4.2.2 update for Nexus 7 , Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, and transfer the file to your device.
  • Reboot the device into recovery (power down the device, and then power it up while pressing (and holding) the volume up and down buttons).
  • Boot to a screen with a big (green) colored arrow pointing to where power button is, and Andy the Android in the background.
  • Use the volume button to choose different boot options. Press volume up or down until the arrow is red and says “Recovery mode”, then press the power button.
  • After booting to recovery, you will find the option to install from a zip, choose the file you saved to your device and start to install the Android 4.2.2 update.
Method 3: Using ADB

At first, ensure the present system you have used is updated to Android 4.2.1 and not an earlier build.
  • Install the ADB file and let it work.
  • Download the Android 4.2.2 OTA update to Nexus 7 , Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10 and move the file to the same folder where ADB is located 
  • Connect the device with computer via USB cable.Boot the device into recovery like the previous method, and find the option to “sideload” or “apply update from adb” on the recovery mode menu.
  • Open a command-line window on the computer and run the commands.
   Nexus 4:
   adb sideload de8b8d101614.signed-occam-JDQ39-from-JOP40D.de8b8d10.zip
  Nexus 7:
  adb sideload 6ece895ecb23.signed-nakasi-JDQ39-from-JOP40D.6ece895e.zip
  Nexus 10:
 adb sideload eaef14432ff5.signed-mantaray-JDQ39-from-JOP40D.eaef1443.zip
  • When the running progress reaches 100%, you will see the device installing the update. After the update, reboot the device from the recovery menu, and the updates will run the final step and once it finished, you can enjoy Android 4.2.2.
If you want to experience the latest Android 4.2.2 on you Nexus but have trouble in receiving the OTB update, then try the ways above, and the first one is the priority.

You may also like:
Upgrade Your Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7 to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Top 5 Cross-Platform Games for Android and iOS Phones and Tablets of 2012

Obviously, games are the best way to get rid of the boring time. And we can benefit from the great display of our mobile devices, whether iOS or Android, whether smartphones or tablets. In 2012, there are no doubt many captivating games either pushed the envelope with state-of-the-art graphics and rich narratives or perfected already proven formulas for touch-based devices. So, let’s just have a look at the top 5 games including both the free download games and the paid ones in 2012 in the following.

Top 1:Angry Birds Star Wars (iPhone, iPod touch $0.99, iPad $2.99, Android smartphones free, Android tablets $2.99)

Angry Birds Star Wars
If you have played the other versions of Angry Birds, this latest version Angry Birds Star Wars is one that you cannot miss.You will feel that the star wars has never so good with re-dressed old birds and the Lightsaber ability that allows you to slice up Pigtroopers and obstacles and deflect blaster fire.This is a must-have game for your iOS or Android device, and it worths your downloading.

Top 2:Dead Trigger(iOS/Android Free)
Dead Trigger
A free blood-stained, high-intensity shooter? Of course it refers to Dead Trigger.It updates quickily and offers you stunning graphics.You can easily be attracted by its lighting and post-process effects, gameplay, level of details with full 3D characters and environments, and general storyline.Besides, you can enjoy the high quality 3D audio and a lively music soundtrack in the game. In some degree, it can compete with the Xbox games.

Top 3:Horn(iOS/Android $6.99)
Although scored only 2.7 at Google Play presently,Horn is still the best game of 2012 because it combines an imaginative narrative with top-of-the-line graphics, proving that mobile games with endearing stories can be beautiful despite the limitations of iOS devices.If you want the awesome experience,it requires your device to come with at least Tegra 3 like Nexus 7.The game focuses on the character Horn which is a young blacksmith’s apprentice, and he must defeat giant monsters who are villagers transformed by a horrible curse.The price is not cheap, but you will find it worth the cost.

Top 4:CONTRACT KILLER 2(iOS/Android Free)
Dream of being assassins? CONTRACT KILLER 2 can make your dream come true to act as the ultimate Contract Killer Jack Griffin.You will experience an intense, international storyline combining long-range kill shots and close-range melee attacks.Great weapons and enviroments,cover-based mechanics and melee attacks are all the attractions.And to survive in this line of work, you have to sneak your way in and shoot your way out to earn titles, badges, and big rewards.The game is free to play, and it offers your some paid extra items.

Top 5: ETERNITY WARRIORS 2(iOS/Android Free)
If you are someone who is diappointed by the original Eternity Warriors, then ETERNITY WARRIORS 2 can change your impression. Not only does the game run much smoother than its predecessor, but a plethora of unique dungeons, higher volume of enemies and online multiplayer helped tick all the right boxes, making the games more attractive.It worths your attention.

Of course,there are many other funny and challenging games for the mobile device,and I am glad if you can leave your opinion.

You may also like:
Best 10 Free Christmas Online Flash Games in 2012 for Family Holiday Enjoyment

Stumble Upon Toolbar

Friday, February 1, 2013

How to Connect Nexus 7 with PS3 or Xbox controller to Get the Better Game Experience?

A game addict? So would you want to experience the different potable game experience with the great device Nexus 7?Undoutedbly, with a quad-core Tegra 3 heart, a vibrant 1280*800 high-resolution display, and sensors like a gyroscope and accelerometer, you will feel Nexus 7 is very brilliant for games. But touch controls are inarguably not the best way of playing. Fortunately, we can use the PS3 or the Xbox controller with Nexus 7 to get the amazing game experience. Following will show you the way.

Nexus 7 with PS3 controller
What you need: A Nexus 7 ,a PS3 or Xbox controller(or another game controllers), a USB OTG cable to turn the micro-USB connector on the bottom of your Nexus 7 into a full-sized USB port, a mini USB to USB cable for PS3 or a wired pad for Xbox.

When you have prepared for the things, you can get started. Go into the below steps.

Step 1. Connect USB OTG cable to the micro USB port of Nexus 7, the other side with the mini USB to USB cable or wired pad.

Step 2.Plug in the PS3 controller or Xbox controller. With luck, your controller will turn on and be automagically detected by the Nexus 7

Step 3. Press the controller's Xbox 360 or PS3 home button, when fiddling with the analog stick while on the app menu, you should be able to move between apps, and open the games like with the Y (Xbox 360) or X (PS3) button.

Step 4.Load up a compatible game like Dead Trigger, Asphalt 7, or OnLive. You can start to find the game with Nvidia's TegraZone app, which will point you towards many a fine Tegra 3 optimized title including joystick support.

Step 5. If your game is not optimized for controllers, you can use the gamepad with emulators to let you manually assign different button taps and analog stick wiggles to in-game inputs.

If you have rooted the Nexus 7, then you can play the games fully wireless with PS3 controllers using the Sixaxis Controller app.You will need to pair the controller within the app using your USB OTG cable first via the Bluetooth.

Want to experience the game on Nexus 7 with the controller? Go and try it, you can feel something unthinkable.

You may also like: 
How to install the Ubuntu on Nexus 7?

Stumble Upon Toolbar