Category: Android HOWTOs

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How to Fix HTC One M9 Camera Auto Focus with Manual Mode!

HTC One M9 has one big flaw, that its auto-focus does not work correctly.  5 out of 10 shots taken with the M9 results in over-exposed photos and depending on where you focus, the exposure changes constantly.  This is worse than the HTC One M7 and M8.  Since this is a matter of the camera’s auto focus not doing job correctly, it should be fixed with a camera firmware update by HTC in the future.

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How to Install Flash Player on Android Lollipop!

For those of you with latest Android 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, or 5.1 Lollipop OS, here’s how to install Adobe Flash Player to view legacy Flash Player-enabled websites.   You will need to use a Flash Player-compatible browser like Dolphin browser (which I highly recommend btw).  This will allow you to enjoy all your flash content even on Lollipop.  And yes, if you have a newer device like the Nexus 6 or Note 4 with latest Qualcomm 805 processor or higher, flash runs really fast.

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How to Make a Qi Wireless Charging Car Mount!

For those of you who commute to work daily or perhaps you drive often in general, you may want to consider setting up a Qi wireless charging car mount so you can have your Android smartphone charging wirelessly as soon as you step into your car.

If you own an Android smartphone that’s Qi compatible such as Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 or you have a phone with a Qi-enabled case (like Note 4 S-View case), you can greatly benefit from having wireless charging in your car.  Also, for most Galaxy and many other smartphones, you can get a Qi-wireless module that piggybacks onto back of your battery (See our article on wireless charging receiver).

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How to Fix Nexus 6 Firmware Error! – “could not allocate 1778070480 bytes”

Are you getting “could not allocate 1778070480 bytes” while flashing the latest Android 5.1 firmware or other versions?

That’s because the latest Android 5.1 firmware comes with system image that’s too big for regular fastboot to handle.

To fix this, simply download mfastboot.zip, unzip and put the files in the fastboot folder. then replace the lines in our update guide to:

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How to Update and Root Android 5.1 Manually on Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10!

For those of you who are looking to get the Android 5.1 today not tomorrow, this tutorial will show you how to update your Nexus 4, 5, 6, 9, or 10 to the latest Android 5.1 and root it.

UPDATE: Also works for Android M Preview but DO NOT install SuperSU as you will soft brick! (Cannot root M Preview atm.)

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How to Take Super Macro Photos/Videos with Android Smartphone!

The other day, Twitter user M14xr2 asked me, “hey can you use a macro lens on a Nexus 6?”

And I said, “hell yeah, let me go ahead and test one out, will get back to you.”

Well, I got one of those strap-on macro lenses and boy, they work not too bad out of the box. This particular version I got on Amazon is called Pocket Lens but there’s actually a ton of generic ones on Amazon, I think they are all pretty much the same thing.

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How to Root Nexus 6! [Windows/Mac/Linux]

For those of you who want to root your Nexus 6, remember that in order to root a Nexus device, you will have to unlock the bootloader first.  Unlocking your bootloader WILL ERASE EVERYTHING on your phone so we highly recommend you to root your Nexus 6 as soon as you receive it in the mail.  Also, copy EVERYTHING (all your photos/videos) to your computer so you don’t lose them.