Password protect your Apps and Restrict Purchases

Apply passwords to your apps and avoid costly unwanted purchases. You must have heard people paying up excessively high bills for those accidental in-app purchases or in-game currency that children buy without knowing any better. But there is no need to worry about it. There is an easy fix for this in the Google Play Store. With just a few taps, you can save yourself from such pesky in-app purchases. You can add a secure password to your account and prevent anyone from downloading anyone that can cost you money without your consent. This password protection not only protects your apps but also secures other features including magazines, books and music. Subsequently you will be required to validate every transaction that is not free on the Google Play Store. From renting movies to cancelling your subscription, all will require you to enter your password.

You can add password protection with these simple steps :

Settings

Open up settings menu in your Google Play Store App.

Restrict Purchases

Under the settings tab, you will find ‘use password to restrict purchases’. Just tap on the box next to it to enable the option.

Enter the password

In the pop-up menu, you will be asked to to enter the password associated with your primary Google Account.

Then tap on OK and you are done. From now onwards you will be asked to enter this password every time you make an in-app purchase, rent movies from Play Store.

We highly recommend to verify this setting by just trying to make an in-app purchase or purchase something from the Play Store.

 

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Android 4.4 KitKat Top Features

Android Kitkat is backward compatible with over 1 billion older devices. Another interesting thing about KitKat is that it requires less memory. You can run KitKat on a device with memory as low as 512 MB.

Google Android head Sundar Pichai said that the goal for 2014 is to “reach the next billion people.”  In emerging countries like Brazil, India, Russia, Indonesia, and Mexico, Android’s business is tripling every year.  In some of those countries, several manufacturers have been selling Android phones that are powered by the two-years-old Android Gingerbread (version 2.3) operating system. Android KitKat is intended to prevent older software from being sold in those emerging countries.

 

Here are Top Ten KitKat features :

 

1. Ok Google

Now you no longer need to touch the screen to get directions or play music. Just say “Ok Google” when you are either on the home screen or running Google Now. Then say the any command you want your Android to perform.

 

2. Full-Screen Album And Movie Art Combined With Controls

Now you will see full-screen and album art appear while projecting movies to Google Chromeast or playing music on your device. You can also control the player from the lock screen itself.

 

3.  Immersive Display

Did you hate the status bar and the navigation buttons stick to your screen while you were reading an e-book or watching a movie, just like me and wished that they hide ? Google has listened and they have added a feature that will hide them automatically until you swipe the edge to bring them back.

 

4. Contact Prioritization

We all have contacts whom we call more often. Android KitKat now prioritises your contacts so that you don’t have to search them every time you wish to call them.

 

5. Enhanced Caller ID

Next time you receive a call from an unrecognised number, Android KitKat will attempt to retrieve the Caller ID information from local listings within Google maps.

 

6. Message Consolidation

Android KitKat has consolidated SMS , MMS, video calls and Google Hangouts chat messages all in one place. The Android KitKat Messages app also supports location-sharing and animated GIFs through Google Hangouts.

 

7. Emojis

Emojis has been added by Google into KitKat’s keyboard. With Emoji, can enhance the context of your messages by placing smileys, cars, animals, and other interesting icons with this feature.

 

8. Cloud Printing Support

Android KitKat will also support Cloud Printing, a necessity of future. You can now print almost anything from your KitKat device. To use this feature, you must connect your printer to Google Cloud Print or HP ePrint.

 

9. Quickoffice

Android KitKat will come with QuickOffice pre-installed. So, next time you need to edit any document, spreadsheet or presentation, you don’t have to search the Play Store to look for a good editing app. You can also browse through your documents in your Google Docs and Google Drive account.

 

10. Step Detector And Step Counter

Android KitKat has a step detector and step counter so that fitness-related apps can track when the user is walking, running, and climbing stairs.  The step detector uses the accelerometer input to recognize when the user has taken a step.  The step counter tracks the total number of steps since the device’s last restart.

How To Run Adobe Flash On Jelly Bean

Thinking how to run Adobe Flash  on Jelly Bean, just follow these simple and quick steps :

1) Download the file flash_player version 11.1.115.34: http://d-h.st/mba .

2) Copy your files to the SD card of your Android device.

3) Install it using any File Manager.

4) Start the Browser.

5) Go into the Browser settings and uncheck the option of Flash Player (on demand or always on at your discretion)

6) Finally you have the latest version of Flash also Android!

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Install Xperia Launcher on any Android phone with ICS or above

Fascinated by Sony’s Xperia Launcher, now you can have one. Ported from Xperia T, Xperia Launcher is available for Android devices running Android 4.0.3 and above. Developed by XDA developers,  the launcher comes as an APK file. Simply install the APK on your device. ICS users need to root their phone to get the grid-based interfae. If you do not wish to root your device you can enjoy the list-view. While users using Jelly Bean do not have to do anything, simply install the APK and enjoy without rooting.

Features of Xeria Launcher include:

  • User selectable number of home screens (up to 11) and default screen selection
  • Customizable desktop and app drawer grid size (from 3 x 3 to 9 x 9)
  • Infinite scrolling on the desktop and the app drawer (significantly improved from previous (GB) version)
  • Resizable widgets
  • Hide apps from the app drawer (now does not hide them from the desktop and the dock)
  • Swipe Up / Down gestures on the desktop
  • Show / hide icon labels on the desktop, the dock and the app drawer
  • Enable / disable app sharing on social networks
  • Enable / disable tactile feedback (vibration)
  • Icon packs support (load icons from: Launcher Pro, ADW Launcher and GO Launcher themes / icon packs)
  • Backup and restore launcher settings
  • Support for any resolution and any display density (custom DPI)

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One Touch Direct Dial

Most of us have contacts whom we call frequently. You can add One Touch Direct Dial to home screen to call these contacts with a touch.

To add a direct dial:

Long press on home screen

shortcut

direct dial

required contact from list

 

Next time when you want to call these contacts, just tap on the shortcut.

 

 

How to take screenshots on Android 4.0 ICS devices

Android 4.0 ICS brings new features and optimisations but many of them are not visible on the interface. Native screenshot feature is among one of them that allows you take a snapshot of your mobile screen.

Tking a screenshot on your ICS device is as simple as 1.2.3. No Rooting is required if you have official ICS update running on your device.

Follow these three steps to take a s creenshot of any screen on your device such as online payment proofs  etc.

Step One:

Locate the volume down button on your device.

Step Two:

Locate the power button.

Step Three:

Press and hold the volume down button and power button  together for a second or two.

A  screenshot will be taken and you will be notified with a screenshot sound. As in Gingerbread os, the sreenshots are saved in a separate folder under ‘screenshots’ in the gallery.