Google Play Services 4.1

The latest release of Google Play services has begun rolling out to users. It includes new Turn Based Multiplayer support for games, and a preliminary API for integrating Google Drive into your apps. This update also improves battery life for all users with Google Location Reporting enabled. Once the rollout has completed, you’ll be able to download the SDK using the Android SDK manager and get started with the new APIs. Watch for more information coming soon.

Turn Based Multiplayer
Play Games now supports turn-based multiplayer! Developers can build asynchronous games to play with friends and auto-matched players, supporting 2-8 players per game. When players take turns, their turn data is uploaded to Play Services and shared with other players automatically.

We are also providing an optional new “Connecting to Play Games” transition animation during sign-in, before the permission dialog appears. This helps contextualize the permission dialog, especially in games that ask for sign in on game start.

Google Drive
This version of Google Play Services includes a developer preview of the new Google Drive API for Android. You can use it to easily read and write files in Google Drive so they’re available across devices and on the web. Users can work with files offline too — changes are synced with Google Drive automatically when they reconnect.

The API also includes common UI components including a file picker and save dialog.

Google Mobile Ads
With Google Play services 4.1, the Google Mobile Ads SDK now fully supports DoubleClick for Publishers, DoubleClick Ad Exchange, and Search Ads for Mobile Apps. You can also use a new publisher-provided location API to provide Google with the location when requesting ads. Location-based ads can improve your app monetization.

Google+
An improved Google+ sharing experience makes it even easier for users to share with the right people from your app. It includes better auto-complete and suggested recipients from Gmail contacts, device contacts and people on Google+.

More About Google Play Services
To learn more about Google Play services and the APIs available to you through it, visit the Google Services of the Android Developers site.

Download link if you are in a rush : Google Play Update

Most Useful Apps For Your Daily Life

Do you consider yourself a high-tech user with a smartphone? Is there any favorite apps out there to help your life out? Here’s my favorite daily apps in my HTC One.

1. Google Maps

Google Maps has many various tools to be used as my daily applications. I have this application for years as it solves my daily traffic check when I go to the office and back to home or anywhere. Google maps has made a very interesting approach in giving an information like traffic, navigation, places, etc.

How to enable the traffic? You just need to open Google Maps menu and enable/tick the traffic. It will show you 3 colors, Green : No traffic, Yellow : Medium Traffic, and Red : High Traffic. Google Map delivers the service with internet connections, so you need to have a good connection and location services to run it effectively.

Download Google Maps application here.

2. MovPlex

This is an Indonesian Movie schedule, which is very accurate in delivering the service. MovPlex use the data from the largest Cinema Group (Studio 21 & Studio XXI) and Blitzmegaplex in Indonesia. MovPlex now connected to Rotten Tomatoes API for Box Office Movies (Opening, Top & Upcoming). MovPlex has a very attractive design and is very easy to use. You can do several things like :

1. Find the schedule of Now Playing movies & Theaters, not only that, but also you can see IMDb Rating & watch the trailer directly from your phone, anytime.

2. See the Coming Soon (Upcoming) movies synopsis and also the trailers if any.
3. Movie Review and Rating.
4. More …

Download MovPlex apps here

3. Komutta

Komutta is a comutter guide for the people that live in Jakarta, It does several useful things in Jakarta’s Mass transportations.
– Show Transjakarta/Busway koridors and route (Beta for Koridor 11)
– Show KRL schedule, shift the schedule, train position and set an alarm
– Transjakarta Route Map and shelter location
– Show Bus, Bus AC, Mini Bus and Angkot Route
– Shows Taxi name and Phone Number
– Favorite your most common route, either it’s a Busway, KRL of Angkot.
– Search Route from Start to End Shelter, Tap the item and your route will be shown in the map (non smooth)
– share your search result to a friend using email
– support localization for Indonesian language (Bahasa)
– CCTV View

Download Komutta here

 

Most-Used Smartphone App in 2013

Most-Used Smartphone App

Google Maps shown a huge response in delivering their service. They got the tittle of The Most-Used Smartphone App in quarter 2013 shown by Statista. According to data published by GlobalWebIndex, 54 percent of global smartphone owners used Google’s navigation app in the month preceding the survey. As per my earlier post about Google Maps, the Google Maps application has several function that is very useful for our daily life.

Google’s decision to develop an open source mobile operating system and give it away for free apparently pays off. Android’s market share in the smartphone market recently soared above 70 percent and since Android phones come preloaded with several Google apps, the search company controls a significant share of mobile web usage.

So, What’s your favorite apps?

 

How To Optimize Google Maps in Your Daily Life

English: Wordmark of Google Maps

English: Wordmark of Google Maps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe you all know what Google Maps technology is. There are several functions out there that will help you out in your daily life. I currently use HTC One with Android JellyBean 4.2.2 as my daily smartphone to help me several things. Google Maps have such functions like traffic, navigation, places or else. Traffic jam is such my daily problem when to go outside, especially in Jakarta where I lived in.

Google Maps has recently updated their mobile application version for android. The new Google Maps app has a simplified interface that focuses on the map. It has a lot of things in common with the new Google Maps for desktop, including the missing features. For now, there’s no support for My Maps (it will be added later), many layers are missing, Labs features are no longer available. Map caching is now a hidden feature: type “OK maps” in the search box and the app will pre-load the map you’re currently viewing. Google Latitude has been discontinued and replaced by a Google+ feature. In my limited testing, the app was pretty slow and laggy, so Google still has some work to do to optimize the app. Continue reading

The famous HTC One – after 1 Month review

 

HTC One – Silver

HTC has done a very incredible job on doing their smartphone business. They are very innovative in building a smartphone software, especially in Android Platform. I’ve been using HTC Smartphone for about 2 years ago, My first device with HTC was HTC Sensation (original version) which has a very intuitive HTC Sense inside. On 2013, HTC has shown us the best mobile smartphone code name HTC M7 called HTC One with HTC Sense 5 inside.

 

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Will Smart Machine Create a World without Work?

Paul Wiseman and Bernard Condon, The Associated Press, Washington | World | Fri, January 25 2013, 12:22 PM

They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like “I, Robot” and the television show “Knight Rider.”

Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the US, California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks —jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology?

“All those jobs are going to disappear in the next 25 years,” predicts Moshe Vardi, a computer scientist at Rice University in Houston. “Driving by people will look quaint; it will look like a horse and buggy.”

If automation can unseat bus drivers, urban deliverymen, long-haul truckers, even cabbies, is any job safe?

Vardi poses an equally scary question: “Are we prepared for an economy in which 50 percent of people aren’t working?”
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ice Cream Sandwich

https://www.youtube.com/v/qJbDl8aikUk

Ice cream sandwich is the most android operating system upgrade that we wait after the launch of Galaxy Nexus series that makes the new era of Android 4.0 (codename : ICS).

Some developer has made a custom ROM for their devices to run ICS. But the official version that may come for each handset may vary. Sony has yet made a commitment to upgrade their 2011 xperia series to Ice Cream Sandwich. This video has shown their commitment by giving us the developer’s progress in making things come true.

Sony’s will provide upgrade at the end of march 2012 and the upgrade will soon be completed for all devices on may 2012. ICS has made a huge improvement in the operating system performances and new UI. One of the most awaited UI that amazes me is closing a program by sliding it. The settings will also be enhanced by giving us the best and the most needed useful programs to be embedded in the settings menu. Just wait and see their progress in keeping up their promises.

The Amazing Google Maps

Have you ever lost your way home? Have you ever get a traffic jam by choosing the bad directions? Have not you know about the shortest route of your track? Do you know where your friends are now? Maybe google Maps can help you answering these questions.

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I’d barely can’t live a day with google maps as Jakarta is the crowded city in Indonesia. I need to go home as fast as I can, and I just need the Jakarta’s traffic just to have the informations of what route best for me. Google maps have this. It may track the street crowd. Yellow : normal, green : you can run fast. Red : slow or maybe traffic jam. This colors are very informative for us. Try this by activating the traffic mode shown on the above picture.

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Have you ever want to go somewhere fast? Yet, every other maps are giving  the same way algorithms. But google maps has included some more logics with the traffic mode and how many minutes to get there. Just put the place you want to go and get the directions right away.

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Another part that this app have are the google latitude. Ever know the foursquare method of checking in the place? This is most likely the same method. But you can lively see your friends here in the maps. This helps us a lot in looking out where our relatives are. Try this and google rocks.

Android Apps – MovPlex Review

Do you like to watch movies in theatre? Do you have an Android or iPhone? Do you love traveling and watch some movies in XXI, Blitz or else? MovPlex may help you.

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MovPlex is a mobile applications developed by ‘warcod – warung coding’. This local indonesian apps are highly recomended as our movies discovery. We can see what’s upcoming movies, see the trailers, details synopsis through IMDb links, and furthermore the theaters showing the movies with detail ticket prices.

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I’d love to have this app just because it’s intuitive and easy to use. You can sort by the movies, sort by theatres or maybe sort by the upcoming movies. The very detail informations are given and that amazed me. While it also include the blitz megaplex movies inside also and it has made my life easier. Try and download the now for free: MovPlex for android download

Mobile Gaming ‘Android’??

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We have experienced the smartphones function to help us in our real life. The joy does not stop here yet. As I use Android phones about a year later, which was the glorious day of android 2.1 eclair version, there were some games to fulfill our needs. Some funny games that wasn’t exist in the era of windows mobile edition. Some use accelerometer in handling games and much more intuitive games are provided.

In recent years, android games has grown a massive improvement in graphic performance. They also require some memory to be downloaded as a game file for about more than 100mb more. Some games has an awesome graphic performance since the android phones nowadays have the ability to run this game. Their hardware are also growing and some known PC or console games has made some mobile gaming too.

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The above screenshot is a shadowgun which has a very nice graphic performace for mobile gaming. I really enjoy playing this games. You can refer to this link : https://market.android.com/details?id=com.madfingergames.shadowgun

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There are so many games out there with good graphic performance. You can try ‘Dead Space’, Sprinkle, PES 2012, Plants vs Zombie, Anomaly HD, Real Steel, etc. Maybe you can share some games for me to play too. Android rocks!!

Review Droid RAZR XT910

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Motorola owes its survival in recent times to two phones –the Razr and the Droid. Perhaps Motorola was hoping to sprinkle magic dust on its latest high-end offering by naming the version launched on Verizon’s network in the US as the Droid Razr.

Released in 2004, at a time when Motorola’s market share was flagging against Nokia and cooler brands from the far East, the first Razr’s ultra slimnessappealed, and it went on to shift 130m units, becoming the world’s best selling flip-open phone.

The Droid came along in 2008, when Motorola was again in the doldrums, pushed out of the limelight this time by the iPhone. Chief executive Sanjay Jha bet the company’s future on Android, the mobile operating system owned by Google. His first Android model, the Droid, was launched with Verizon and had a slide-out keypad akin to a palmtop computer; it proved popular in the US and went ontosell more units in its first few months than the iPhone.

Otherwise known as the XT910, the latest Razr resembles its predecessors in more than name. It is one of the thinnest phones on the market, the main body just 7.1mm thick, although it widens at the top end. And, of course, it runs on Android. Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S II : Not comparable

About a month ago, my sister queuing for a Samsug Galaxy S II in their first Grand Launching in Pacific Place, Jakarta. The price was shockingly attractive by giving a BCA Credit Card holder’s to buy at Rp 4.2 mio with a 6 or 12 months 0%, while the other cash payment will be given a Rp 4.5 mio. With this attractive price, there are so many people queuing for this cell phone to buy. There were only 1.200 units to sell in one day. Now, The Samsung Galaxy S II has been sold in a regular price at Rp 5.5 mio.

I already know that this cell phone, The Samsung Galaxy S II, has a high performance in android today’s handsets. You can compare it to its class like HTC Sensation and LG Optimus 2x where they have the same hardware with a dual core processor and a powerful graphic cards implemented inside. The Samsung Galaxy S II has left all their competitors far away by performance test.

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Xperia Mini Pro Review : The Mini but Mighty Successor

A year ago, I wrote about Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review. I’ve always wanted an adequate camera performance and X10 mini pro edition gave me that. More than enough, the 5MP camera is always beautiful to see  the image. Compared to other phone camera, the quality of x10 Mini pro is more than average. It is always fun to have a small but powerful, as their motto : Mini but Mighty.

A week ago, I bought another version of mini pro. Xperia line up has launched another version (upgraded version) of the X10 families. Xperia mini pro is an upgraded version of X10 Mini Pro. What’s so good about the newer version of mini pro??

The most important thing of android version in X10 Mini Pro has been an end to them. Sony has stated an upgrade for x10 families for Q4 this year but I can’t be sure about it anymore. Actually the éclair version of android implemented in X10 families is adequate enough for us. But user’s need more games and other experience in new GUI with dual touch (pinch to zoom) and any other improvement that you can get for a higher version of android. X10 Mini Pro has a limited hardware performance on CPU and RAM that will limit its performance in playing a hardcore game.

In this case, Sony Ericsson made another version I mean an upgrade version of Xperia line ups. They provide a better hardware simulation to provide an upgrade for later version. All Xperia line ups has “GingerBread” version of android (android v2.3.3). For my recent review, I will focused on my Xperia Mini Pro to get in depth on my new gadget. And somehow, I’ll show you some comparison to X10 Mini Pro about the hardware and software performance.

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The Google+ Project, Is it the new Facebook rival??

One of the most sophisticated project newly presented by Google in the social media to defeat their rival in this kind of industry, Facebook, is a Google + project. Google has some project that is presented but failed to meet the consumer requirement, The Google Buzz is definitely can’t find it’s way in delivering the message of social media.

Google has some achievement in mobile devices too, Android, that they will implement this new project to it. What are they plus?? What makes them different from Facebook, Friendster, and Twitter?? Or maybe they are only just another improvement like Facebook from Friendster??

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Turn your X10 Families to Wireless Router

It’s amazing to have your android rooted device to be a wireless router for your other gadgets like ipod touch, notebooks, or maybe other mobile phones. It’s very easy, you just root your x10 devices before installing the application. This wireless router method used your phone data connection like 3G, HSDPA, GPRS and share it with wifi as adhoc.

Let’s follow the instruction :

1. You first should root your android phone. Follow my articles –> Rooting your X10 Families

2. There is so much application to make your android device to be a wireless router.

    a. Barnacle Wifi Tether

Turn your phone into a Wireless Ad-hoc HotSpot
Share your 3G with Windows, Mac/iPod/iPad, Linux, Xbox
Requires __ROOT__ access
Barnacle is unlimited, free and open source. If you like it, please donate by getting Barnacle Widget!

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    b. Wireless Tether for root user

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*** If you get force closes after the update uninstall and install it again! ***
This program enables wifi AND bluetooth-tethering (PAN) for "rooted" handsets.
Clients (your laptop for example) can connect via wifi or bluetooth and get access to the internet using the mobile connection (4G, 3G, 2G) or (in case you are using bluetooth) the wifi connection which is established by the handset.
Wifi-tethering creates a so called adhoc (peer-to-peer) network on most devices. Infrastructure-mode is suppported for some devices – including the HTC Evo for instance.
** FEATURES **
-) Access-control feature. Allow/deny clients to use your mobile-data connection.
-) Wifi-Encrytion. 128-bit WEP in general. WPA2 on supported devices.
-) Reduce wifi-transmit power (on supported devices)
-) Settings for wifi-ssid, wifi-channel, „lan“-network and more.
This application requires a "rooted"-device and a custom-kernel which supports netfilter (iptables)!
** PREREQUISITE **
1) Root
2) Netfilter-enabled kernel
For more information visit our developer-site on google-code:
http://code.google.com/p/android-wifi-tether/
Use this application at your own risk. It is possible that use of this program may violate your carrier’s Terms of Service.
Recent changes:
-) Adds infrastructure-support for the HTC Evo and other HTC-devices (Broadcom bcm4329-chipset).
-) Should work on almost every rooted device (the built-in wifi-interface needs to support the so called „wireless extension“) if a „netfilter-enabeld“ kernel is present.
-) Reduce wifi-transmit power (on wifi-interfaces supporting the „wireless extension“).

I myself use Barnacle wifi tether for my own X10 Mini Pro. Just remember to have a data connection and I mean a good data connection and unlimited data connection before using this program. Enjoy your new wifi router. Cheers CMIIW

Rooting your X10 Families Éclair

What is Rooting??

Rooting is a process that allows users of cellphones, and other devices, running the Android operating system to attain privileged control (known as "root access") within Android’s Linux subsystem, similar to jailbreaking on Apple devices running the iOS operating system, overcoming limitations that the carriers and manufacturers put on such phones. It also allows for newer versions of Android not supplied by the original device manufacturer. In contrast to iOS jailbreaking, rooting is not needed to run applications not distributed by the official Android Market with the exception of AT&T phones which are locked from installing third party applications[1]. It is needed however, when trying to access paid Android applications from countries which are not part of the paid applications market.[citation needed] Rooting is also necessary for certain applications and widgets that require additional system and hardware rights such as for rebooting the phone, certain backup utilities and hacks for hardware LEDs.

Rooting with Z4Root is as easy as one touch, you can root and unroot in an easier way. It is 100% safe – nothing on disk is changed besides the root binaries. If something goes wrong, simply rebooting the device should fix up any and all issues.

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Requirement :

1. Download the Z4Root v.1.2.0 from the market or the link I’ve provided.

2. Enable the USB Debugging, You can find it at Settings – Application – Development

3. After installing, run the Z4Root. It will install the latest SuperUser and compatible Busybox. If you wish to Unroot your phone, it will simply removes all it’s traces.

Your device now has been rooted, you can install some applications that need ‘root’ phone like TitaniumBackup, Clear cache, etc. Enjoy, CMIIW Open-mouthed smile