Archive for the ‘Android Applications’ Category

Using AppAware to find software on Google Play

May 5, 2013 Leave a comment

This week blog update is about a little android application that I have been playing with on my test nexus 7 and has proved quite useful in suggesting other android applications I may want to use and displays applications that I would have never thought about using.

As you can guess from the logo on the right App Aware is the best alternative to the Android Market (Google Play Store) for finding the best new Android apps and games and it

AppAware suggests applications based on number of times downloaded by other people, applications that you have download or applications that your friends have downloaded.

You can install it on your android device by going to google play and searching for AppAware. release Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on the Arnova 10 G2

April 28, 2013 Leave a comment
Arnova 10g2

Arnova 10g2

Well the team over at have manged to create an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) for the old Arnova 10 G2 from the website.

“Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on the Arnova 10 G2, it’s there, finally !
We have an improved an existing ICS firmware to add root, Google Play Store support, CWR Recovery, init.d like scripts, 2 GB storage space for apps and few bugs fixes to the Arnova 10 G2”

Please be aware that the  Arnova 10 G2 has limited resources, such as 512 MB of RAM and older version ARM chip and as such  is a bit too low to offer perfectly smooth ICS operation but is vast improvement over the gingerbread default O/S

Installing the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on the Arnova 10 G2

You will need to go to the following website

Go to the Website and read the install instructions and download the custom firmware update and rockchip flashing tool


You also need to read the following guide about using the rockchip flashing tool


If the above does not work then to get the Arnova 10g2 in to recovery mode take a read of the following blog


When I first tried this on my Arnova 10 g2 after I got the formatting system on the Arnova screen with the little android it then went to a graphic of a circle with CUSTOM FIRMWARE and then nothing happened this was because I push the upgrade button and not the restore button on the rockchip flashing tool.

Back up Installed Android Apps in Bulk

October 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Here is a very simple application to back up apps on your android device in bulk.

App Manager is designed to be a simple to use app for Android users to back up their apps in bulk or one-by-one. In addition, it has also a provision to uninstall apps in bulk (batch uninstall). App Manager also gives extensive information about each app.

App Manager has a very easy to use interface. After installation, just check the applications you want to back up or hit check all option for batch back up, and then tap backup. Your apps are safely backed up onto your SD card.

Save the backed up apps on your computer for safekeeping. For that, connect your phone to your PC and go to your SD card – Android – Data –burrows.apps.appmanger using Airdroid or USB Cable and copy and save the folder on your PC.

App Manager can be downloaded from here —> App Manager on PlayStore

Even though you can backup in bulk you will have to restore applications one by one.

AirDroid relase new version of it’s software

May 24, 2012 Leave a comment

In one of my pervious posts I mention a fantastic android application call Airdroid that allows you to back up and control your android product over a local wireless network.

Pervious Post about Airdroid

Well Airdroid have release an updated version of this software (V1.0.5) which includes such improvements as

1). Bug Fixes from the older version

2). Added QR code scanning for easier login (No more typing in passcodes)

4). Added “Speed Upload” and “Speed install” on the virtual desktop

5). Added a tools subsection on the Android AirDroid window to allow you to view lots of handy information.

6). Multiple screens  are now possible along with being able to do screen shots

In conclusion this is a great step for the AirDroid program and a leap forward from the pervious version and the best thing is it is still free.

Now if they only work out how to do business based Airdriod system that allows IT managers to control their fleet of Android products then this could be a great alternate to a company’s Blackberry or Apple solution.

Free mindmap app for android

April 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Do you require a free mind map software for your android phone/tablet then take a look at the following app

Mindjet for Android  – Site Link

Mindjet is a free mind map program with a tiny bit of nagware asking you to upgrade to the enterprise edition of the software which is not needed if you only use every so often.

To get the most out of this software you should have Mindmap software installed on your desktop such as Freemind and creating the initial mindmaps there and transferring them to your android device to use in Mindjet.

To move the documents between your android device and your pc you can use airdroid

You tube video introducing mindjet

Features included with this software include
• Zoom in and out.
• Drag and drop topics.
• Create topic notes.
• Various topic styles with simple gestures.
• Add icons and images for context and detail.
• Priority markers.
• Create relationships between topics.
• Add attachments and hyperlinks to supporting files and web pages.
• Gesture shortcuts – draw shapes in order to execute various commands.
• Full-screen mode.
• File tagging for easy organization and search.
• Support for keyboard shortcuts.

Back up your Arnova 10 g2 and other tasks wirelessly using AirDroid

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Airdroid replaces the arnova 10 g2 USB cable with your web browser on your computer for most tasks. With AirDroid you can do the following

–          Transfer files to and from your arnova 10 g2

–          Manage applications such as backing up and importing them.

AirDroid is free to download and use and does not included any nagware to bother you.

On the Arnova 10 g2

To get started you will need to download the AirDroid application from the android market

Once installed launch the AirDroid app and you will be shown a first time intro screen just scroll left and tap the start button on the second screen.

You should get shown the following screen

Tap the start button and the next screen will show you the IP address to put in to you browser and the password you need to put in.

On your Computer

Start your preferred browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome) and type in the IP address of your arnova 10 g2 along with the port number you will get the following screen

Air Droid Login Screen

Enter the password you were show on the arnova 10 g2 screen and should be shown the airdroid interface which shows folders and statistics about your own Arnova 10 g2 device.

Air Droid Interface Window

Transfer files to and from your arnova 10 g2

Click the files icon on the airdroid interface to view the contents of the SD card on the Arnova 10 g2 this is an easier way to clean up the Arnova 10 g2 then the file manager supplied with the tablet.

File window in airdroid interface

Manage applications such as backing up and importing them

Click the apps icon on the airdroid interface to open up the apps screen; you can now see all the installed apps on your Arnova 10 g2

Application installed on my Arnova 10 g2

Use the export button to export an app from your Arnova 10 g2 to your computer as an APK file

Use the import app button to upload an APK file into the Arnova 10 g2 from your computer to install Apps not your computer you will need to use android market by clicking the market icon.

It is import to note you will have confirmed each app removal and installation on your arnova 10 g2.

*The AirDroid android application will also work with other equipment using android software so please feel free to try this out on your android phone*


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